Wednesday, July 20, 2011

To talk yourself into DNF, or not???

Question- on those days you don't have it, would you rather quit, or finish it off no matter your result?

Opinion shop open for business- youll remember the times you beat yourself down to will yourself to just finish more then the other days. I'll remember Du Lac more than any of the previous 2011 series races/ results... Got nothing + don't quit = ricoh 

I'd rather dig a hole then talk myself into throwing in the towel and walking away from it... Maybe it's the wrestler mentality or maybe it just being Ricoh, or both... Funny how some that decide to quit try talking others into it... I came across 2 guys talking each other into dnf'ing. And these guys had dropped me 15 minutes earlier... They tried luring me into it, but I just mumbled something and marched on...

Duluth trip highlights (mix of fun and fear)- Dawn/ kids and I with some epic cabin adventures... Lester Trails/ Split Rock/ Gooseberry/ Witness deer jump into car window (driver ok, deer not)/ Canal Park and ships and 4 wheeled bike/ Piedmont in the mud (section 8A)/ Witness car break in at Lester river (punk kids)/ Lake Superior swim and rock hunt (lake aint that cold QPet...)/ Explore French and Knife Rivers/ Du Lac preride- Mark taking a huge digger riding high speed into some rip-rap and walking away from it (POINT), DHer in the making?/ Momma no panic attack when walked up on with child in difficulty/

Last and least Du Lac- Climb off start went into woods top 10 then gave up 10 places real quick as vision spun but not wheels, race highlight- Rocket called out riding the mini DH jumps and 3 LCR do em while catfish and loon and silverwood go around (POINT), then Rocket calls ride the bench on side of trail got that too while in haze. Got caught by Mayella Ewell only to see said person skip trail, too funny. Atticus Finch got it right...       

Thanks to my 3 amegos (Dawn/ Mark/ Madeline) for the support at Du Lac... Kids would rather hang at the big lake, but they were good soldiers helping me push on when the tank was empty/ see pic below of 6 year old WALK ALONG giving me pep talk for lap 5.

                                                             Race pace??? ha.

                                                        Bicycle built for 4...

Up next... More circles... Maybe farther West for a bit in Aug? Would like to test Pivot where it belongs.

TDF- Go Cuddles go... Wonder if Hushoff can ride singletrack? I heard/ read Schleck bros got no skill. Bet Contidor don't like weeds and bugs just like jimmmmay. Jim don't even know who Contdor is...

XTR 2x10 CRANKS 40-28T 175mm- brand new still for sale... I'm not good at selling stuff on interweb.


  1. It was hot central there this weekend and i think that I just got recovered h2o wise... If I had cash i would hit you up for those cranks... Recover and see you at Elk River.

  2. You ss'r your not suppos to shift. Make offer..

  3. That pic looks like part of the Gravel Road series. Lose your TULIPS?


  4. Hey that's my umbrella that's about to Mary POPPINS away!!

  5. Pics of Dawn please.
    Hi Dawn