Saturday, August 25, 2012

MN24 6Hr Sally- Overall

Seems like I need to prep by eating a frozen pizza for dinner at 10PM the night prior after a pathetic Vikings game more often. Had the legs for the 6 hour sally, fitted the pug up with the original heavyweight husker du's. Payed off, cleaning Stairway to Heaven 10 of 11 times.

Entered the fatbike class but if you take the overall, you might as well claim it. Ya I felt guilty not racing 12 hours, but with 30 min laps and no quarry or skinnys I got rather board by hour 4. Then the cramp demons came alive at hour 5. Not sure how I would have responded had I pushed along for another 6 hours. On my 32 lb's of fat, probly not so well.

3rd- Drew Ragnarok KOM Wilson, 1st- LCR!, 2nd- Bart Rodberg

Hat off to the 12 and 24 solo's going and gone at it... With 30 minute laps the madness is ensuing right now I venture to bet.

Race don't stop til 10AM tomorrow. Check in on Mr Farrow and the strong men/ women here. MN24 Upto the min Online Results

The setup. A battering ram, nothing pimpy nor up to the minute fatbike lightweight.
Special thanks to my Sonyer (QPete) for the on the fly bottle prep, then disappearing act. Saved me the tweek of having to pour my own bottle powder on the fly...

Note- wonder if Red Baron Pizza would sponsor LCR?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Team Name: LCR (scared of >6)

Fat Class at Red Wing MN24. Only doing 6hr. Many excuses, but reality I'm just scared of riding that 32lb fatbike for longer then I want too.

I could really use some healthy competition at Red Wing on Sat.

I don't want to be 1of1. I'll take finishing dead last but making my eyes bleed over a warm fuzzy podium every time.

Come Join me.

MN24 at Red Wing Site


Like I say, you can only do a first time event once.

Jack, you can pick up your used jug of choc milk on way to RW on Sat morn. ha ha

Sunday, August 19, 2012

"If you get lost, you shouldn't be riding a bike."

said Cuyuna Nick...

I guess I better take up old man's rugby or kickball then...

Yep, got lost. 'Rusty Ride', MORC fundraiser at Cuyuna trails/ 1st annual.

100 miler. Off the start gapped the field with 1 at a moderate pace. Got spun around early on in a grass maze fighting to stay on the wheel of the eventual winner (Trevor Rockwell- ringer from the real Iowa). All was good, found my bearings, finished the lap, figured out my mistake, gentlemen's agreement with Trevor that I'd complete what I missed on lap 3 or 4. He was good with that, so on we race.

#88 and Rusted. 

Trevor didn't drive up from Iowa to solo off the front, he was there for a fight, so I did my best to give it to him. Good guy to ride with, strong SS'er in the technical, working his way up the national level ultra mtb racing scene.

Spent the bulk of the race trading leads, riding hard but when it's 100 mi, you got to regulate the output.  In the end Trevor gapped me in the grassy maze on lap 4, I stopped and redid my error from the 1st lap and finished out the Cuyuna trails pleased with the effort. 100 mi, 2nd place, 7hr 44min. Half the ride was either grass, snowmo trail, or road thus the scewed fast time. The Mahnomen singletrack was used for the race, a maze of IMBA style trails put together real well for the race.

THANKS MORC VOLUNTEERS!!! Specifically Cuyuna Nick, Amanda, Meg, all the people that forsook their own riding on the day to support, and DNR Steve. Great first time event. I understand why it is called a "ride". Legal lingo with the State/ makes sense. This ride was full on beatdown/ worthy.

LCR games- Jack wasn't down with the grass sickness and went over to Yawkey to ride the real stuff after 1 lap, my Sis (Rebecca) won the ladies 50, Lon rode strong for 3rd in the 50, Ed pushed through his flat disease and finished the 100, Marx the Machine was all smiles after the 50, le Mac cooked up and fed 8 lbs of bacon, and Porteay saved the day by taking down a bees nest.

Note- Barry T won the 50. Can't forget big bad Joel B kicked it in the 50 either!

Next- I haven't a clue. I'm feeling good with no target. Riddle that.

Recovery- Horse racing at Canterbury, ever thought on what it'd be like to be a horse jockey? Come on, think about if for a second. White knuckle wicked like coming down Moab Rim with vee brakes.
Random. Wonder if they'd let us do a hot lap on the fats in that loose dirt? We'd top the rodeo clowns for sure. Jim would build a jump off to the side and get us in trouble.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Batted 875

In baseball world this would be a real good average:

  • 1for1. House chores/ Mice terminated, holes plugged.
  • 2for2. Trample Turtles, Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket. Twas a duluth bluegrass/ pseudo-hillbilly/ modern pink floydish- space cowboy/ rock out anthem "Outta My System!!!"
  • 3for3. Twins Game with Dawn/ Kids, Chopper and Jimmmay. 12th row 3rd base line. Twins lose, naw really?   Jim had fun (seriously).
  • 3for4. WTR race (hid). Stee-rike out. or better yet sallied out. Didn't feel like the sunday series routine (drive/ wander/ race for filler/ wander/ drive). Sometimes a miss motivates. 
  • 4for5. Worship Hosanna... PTL!
  • 5for6. Ordered wedding ring (learning- easy on, hard off)
  • 6for7. 3+ hour Murphy loop, ready for 100 miles of red dirt.
  • 7for8. Dr. Charles surgery, brakes held up. Time to get red.
  • 8for9. First cast, first catch for Madeline. A sunny, then the mother load (a perch).
Look out Babe Winkleman and Jack.

I was better at baseball then I am at bikes. I just didn't like riding the pine and standing around spitting in a glove. There is something about bikes and a beatdown that keeps me engaged.

Bring on the Rusty Ride Race. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Behind Bars Urgent Care- Patient feedback/ Buck last fat

When you got a bicycle 911, where else to go for a dose of outpatient care then Dr. Charles at the Behind Bars Clinic. Symptoms/ treatment:
  • Front Brake- thought it was brain eatin ameoba draining my stopping power. True be told it be an aging master cyclinder + death grip?. Temp fix by Dr Charles to keep me moving. Long term, will need followup visit.
  • Front Brake- pad pin stuck then partial strip (trail side operator error)... Who invented the easy out, sweet!
  • Bottom Bracket- Bearing end of life, easy replacement... Until that 2mm centering bolt stripped. 2008 XTR was wiped off the planet. Backup plan is computer parts to hold together. Riddle that!
  • For the moment, clean bill of health, 2008 Mama keeps ticking, no need for that pacemaker on the wall.
Behind Bars Medical Clinic- Dr Charles, Head Surgeon

Will she stay functional for next 2 weekends of abuse? TBD.

Buck Last night- Race Results click here. Fat only had a class one week. Guess that makes me the Buck Worlds Champ of fat...

Tonight, Beard Fest. Turtles that trample, Horses of a band, and Morning Jackets... Been too long since good music live and outside. Only thing better than rocking out in the dirt is riding it.

WTR Sunday, MN series in WI. Worthy of your time and efforts. Pre or post ride, they have some good traps (skinnys, rock flings, etc). Ride the traps backwards too.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Buck- Fat has Class...

Fat Class- Introducing the most recent way to handicapp yourself while racing a bike... BUCK RACE RESULTTS 

Random thoughts- seems like one clock starts time for all classes, no prorate with wave starts?, 30 sec wait but same time as who I finished with?, fight from dead back = fun, ladys times been skewed for years? There was more than 10 fats racing, lost in the dust I guess. LCR takes podium like days of old, until the masses take over. Fact, the fat class actually kicked off in 08 or 09 when we had the lil scurmish with Wood. Skewers loosened on the line, domino'd bikes, then fats ghost rided at in return. Was almost as good as AWA wrastling at the Met.

If Penn makes it stick, please run em with the Advance Men Class...

Wait. Even better, run em in front... Fat Fox's and Hound's...

Random. Happy Goat getting hammered at 24 hour. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cross Town Traffic!!!

Jimi sang it best. (this vid rocks, check out streaking biker circa 1970)

But I had it on the mind at the start line... Bad sign when it's 1 min before start and all your thinking about is how to navigate the cross town traffic toget home.

Hillside... had a good ride. That's right, ride, not race... Got home mowed the lawn, didn't even phase me. Whatup with that? Need more anger.

Haven't had a 2 race week in a long time. Buck Thurs was an enjoyable grunt on the reverse fats. To top that off, Madeline and Mark both raced... Mark is showing an interest in bike racing. Opposite game, don't push/ have fun.


Madeline and her pink bike courtesy of Behind Bars.

Sunday, Hillside and the Richzilla Production. This MN Series race easily outdoes the rest of the series when it comes to hospitatily, racer appreciation/ support, and the RZ goofball factor. I got no excuse for my "Filler" result. I saved it for race day, everything was clockwork leading up to the startline, cept for the stinking cross town traffic. Getting around SW metro is gridlock.

Off the Start, an interesting pile up/ scuttlebutt finger point... Seeing Hollywoods roadie white shoe go flying was comical. Field sprint, instantly knew that running the handmedown Bontrager mud tires was overkill. Attempted to push, but didn't have any sort of overdrive. So backed off and enjoyed the teeter each lap with an "LCR!" shoutout, attempted all skinny's/ mixed results. Heath was my witness with an early on fail. ha.

Head down, drool, staring at front wheel.

LCR logic- All that really matters is where you finish amungst the Goon Squad. Today, Coldbert had his day and caught me from the Comp's. Gave him a point even though he skipped the teeter. How many years have we been telling him to move back up? He was the original LCR expert with Luke.

Idea- Need more anger = better result. Consult with Hollywood, next time take me down off the start.

Next? More Bucks, mix in a Murphy TT?, leading up to return trip to Cuyana for 100 miles of morc non-race race. Cuyana Nick said I wont be cheated.

Non-bike- Looking forward to Trampled by Turtles/ Band of Horses/ My Morning Jacket outdoor amphitheater concert w/ my Honey...