Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Resurrection

Going to make this quick as looking at glowing things makes my head hurt and i  have been 
told by the doc's to not to.
Last thing this guy remembers is riding down Hwy 77 with a bunch of other people.
As far as I can remember I was still up in the front part of the race as the speed was starting to
ramp up.
I remember seeing the fast guys start to get strung out and was letting people on shifting bikes 
go as my plan was to hit it once we got to dirt,,

Well that never happened,,, the next thing I remember is being strapped to a backboard, and that did not make a shit ton of since.
After that I was in an Ambulance and to the first of two hospitals.
They gave me a CT scan and thought that they saw a bleed on my brain. 
SO next I was loaded on a helicopter  and taken to Duluth.
Here I finally got cleaned up and the reality of what was happening set in..

I was Pretty Fucked Up,, 
Must have landed on my face first as it was a mess,, They found a broken cheek bone and a crack in my skull,, along with tons of ripped flesh.
I spent the next 27+ hours here getting observed and constantly looked after.
The big issue is that I was out cold for five+ minutes and suffered some brain trauma.

As for today the swelling is going down and movement is getting better,, my head still hurts and my eye is still swollen semi shut,, I have no idea what happened although people saw me on the ground no one know what led to the crash.. 
My bike is twisted like a waded up piece of paper,, helmet is smashed glasses broken and I have a big hole in the back of jersey,, I don't have any cuts on my back?

So for now I heal,,, no work,,, no bikes,, no skateboards,, Just a lot of sitting around
and wondering what happened. 
I am very happy to be alive and am very thankful to 
Tall Dave who walked out into the cyclist to help me,,, I am not mad that no one stopped as I was out cold on the ground,, Just very happy that Dave was there...
As I figure out more or can take looking at a screen longer more thoughts will
spill out of my Cracked head.

Party ON?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Spinning

I am not really sure what I am getting my self into here this weekend?
I had always said that I would not race the Chequamegon, but after almost eight years of living in 
Wisco and being asked all the time if I race it I figured why not.
Well that was months ago that I signed up and now I am going to have to tow the line.
Last weekend doing some hot laps I blew a spoke out of my back wheel on the LaMare, 
So I changed my mind on which bike to ride. 
The Blackbuck has gone through a few changes
over the week finally getting the stock steel fork on it and 
multiple gear changes. 
I started the week out with a 44x20 which was a 63.8 inch gear which I could move but was 
worried about the distance and more than that my back..
So now I have a 36x17 61.5 so lower and I know that I will spin my brains out at times
but I hope to have more in the tank at the end.
Not really sure what my goal is for the weekend is,, FUN is the only
words that I have written down.
We are going to be camping at the KOA and it is going to be 
cold the next two nights but the the popper has a heater and it will be in full use. 
So as the morning continues  I will check my list of stuff needed and make sure that I have 
warm clothes along with skateboard gear in case we get the chance to go to
Tom's place and get rad on his half pipe.. 
So this could either be a whole lot of fun riding racing with 3000 other people or it could be two plus hours of hurting and asking why am I doing this to my self.. "Legendary"  are the words that I am seeing this morning on the interwebs.
What ever it is going to be it is going to be a Party.. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Busting

There can never be enough of a good thing?
I am not totally sold on that but one would have to argue that more is better 
than less? That being said after an hour plus session
of skating with the boy on Sunday afternoon I was able to convince him to go back after dinner, and skate some more.
The four wheels and hard maple were flying around the park and new trick were being unleashed. 
For the most part I was able to keep it up right, and not hit the ground too hard. 
James has now been riding for a year and he is coming along well,, and more than anything he
has gotten to see a number of different parks, and does great learning the lines that he can ride.

Now the only reason that my legs were fresh enough to skate as long as we did on Sunday was because the road race that I was in that morning was cut short after one lap of two. 
I don't do much road racing but this is close to the house and it is a good format.
Two 21 mile laps through the country side. 
Last year I went to the front and blew up,, this year I was going to do the same
with out the blow up. Wanting to put some pain in my legs before the 
Chequamegon this was the perfect spot for me to be. 
I was able to keep it clean through the P gravel section and when the hills came
I stuck with the sharp end.
Coming into the start finish area flying on the new sections of pavement a car came up
with a people come out and yelling that it was the last lap. 
Crossing the line they again waved us to stop.
It turns out that the second race which is a 21 version had a crash in it and someone had to be airlifted. We could see the Helicopter flying away as they told us this. 
Last night on the news they said that the women who was in the crash is rough shape and may not make it. This was very sobering news. Never in all my years of riding and racing have I ever
had to hear such tragic news. 
The only bit of soap box preaching that i have is to all the people that were bitching and complaining that the race was called,,,, chill out,, someones life is at stake here.  

Moving away from this it is time to start thinking about the weekend to come,, and how the race
will be effected by the wall of water that is coming.. 
For now the bike is set up 44x20 which gives me 63.8 inches of gear,, the ski trails may be real real 
wet so this may change. only time will tell. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Broke back Racing

Well huh is about all I have to say..  Yep,,
I went into the past weekend with visions of great things to come but a curve ball was thrown at me and I had to fight through.
The Laddies Loppet is one of if not the best weekend of the year. 
Great racing good people and whole weekend of bikes and racing. 
I went into the long weekend feeling ready for a throw down,, knowing that it would all start with a solid TT saturday morning.
Regardless everything was thrown out with the bathwater.
No really,, I got home Thursday morning after a nice mellow road 
spin, and jumped in the shower. 
Half way though this event I was washing my feet and I stood up and my back went out.
Totally locked up,, I spent the rest of the day on the floor or in a ball of pain.
I did everything that could to work on getting loose the only issue was 
it kept getting worse.  The freaking out started as I was unable to my bags packed bikes prepped and things ready to go for the morning.
Friday morning came and I fibbed my way through the morning saying that I was feeling better,
which only landed me back in bed and thinking that we would not be leaving anytime soon.
I did rally and get into the Rav with help from Anna,, I could not even lift the bags into the car. 
So driving for 7+ hours sounded like a great idea.
The Drive up as an event as it always is... Made it all the way to the north end of the Cities before the rain started and the parking lot that is 94 became the pleasure and pain that can be driving to Maplelag.

I wanted a solid TT that was the plan,, not being able to stand straight and still a bunch of pain in my back I gave it all I had.. Going first off I had a clear shot in front of me and crossed the line.
Timing was a bit of an issue,,the mat had gotten moved and my official time was different from my computer and my gps. 
From here on out the weekend was going to be about survival.
Having to survive the Short Track which was 20 minutes plus two laps,, only to get lapped on the last lap.
I had mad it through saturday in one piece but well out of the GC,, for the weekend.
Sundays race was going to be my last chance for glory,, and we had been woken up to thunder and  rain which was only going to make for some interesting lines in the woods. 
Sundays race went better but still just not great. 
I was a long ski trail start before spitting us into some single track. 
Having miss the front selection I had to settle in and see if I could generate some  power..
And with my back acting up power was hard to find. 
I was so damn happy to be done and off the bike by the time it was all done and said. 
Getting off the bike was an issue all with in its self
.
But I knew that the racing was done and now I could get to some beer drinking. 
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So the weekend came and went and I did not miss out on what is always a great weekend. 
Do I want to do it again,, well of course but I would much rather go,,, and not have to be in the pain that I was in.
The Richards family and crew put on quite a show,,, and 
am so thankful that I get to be part of 
the best weekends of the year..
As always,,, PARTY ON!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aint no Sissy

Shaking out the legs one last time before the Rocket and I head up to 
Maplelag for one of the best weekends of racing of the summer.
The days have been getting shorter and the weeds have been getting taller so it has been hard to find time and make the work count. 
Not having a normal crew to ride with and not wanting to do the 
world champ road rides that send people to the ER,, I tend to use the 
EVIL,, social media app,, STRAVA.

Strava gets a lot of bad press,, and at times it does cause people to ride like AssHats.
But I have to say that it has changed the cycling world and allows the user to 
track not only their miles but their progress. 
There are segments all over the place road,, dirt,, gravel...
I have even used it to mow the grass,, just for shits and giggles.
Times are set,,, miles are ridden and rides are mapped out.
So why all the bad press., why so many people hating on it.?
 Long story short tonight I went out for a Hard Effort,,
one that I could look back and say that I may be ready for three stages of racing this coming weekend.
I picked a hill that I have been riding and have set a fast time and wanted to see if I could beat 
that time.  Upon getting to the bottom of the hill
 I came up on another cyclist who gave me the "Look" and took the trail..
So knowing that I wanted to make it hurt, I turned around and gave
the rider some space.
I restarted and was giving it full gas..
Just about half way,, I passed said rider and as I asked to come around and pedaled 
away the rider yelled out in a sarcastic manner,,, " hey devin it is your segment"..
Why the h8te?
This is my group ride like De La Soul "me myself and I"
Regardless i kept my head down and achieved my  painful workout.. 
Too much hate too may divisions within the sport,,
To sound like a guy who went on TV and asked "why can't we all just get along"?
All I want to do is ride my bike and Party On!!
I that I will do.. 

Have some Tittes and Beer

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thick&Wet

What a difference a week makes,, summer weather has returned to the 
Driftless region.
We went from unseasonably cool and dry back to what August should be  in the Wisco disco..
Dew points have been in the 70's and the morning fog has been thick at times.
And I am still protesting the polar vortex that made our heat run longer into the spring than anyone would have wanted,,, so that means that the A/C has not been turned on yet.
I did a Blackbuck commute to work the other morning and spun through the 
thick fog until I crested the top of the quarry hill and popped out into the sun.
With out windshield wipers on my glasses I had to take them off 
which made riding single track a chore,, so the ride turned into more of
a nice soft pedal and while I cleared my mind before a long work day. 


Needless to say this week has not seen a whole lot of miles or hard workouts as 
I start to get ready for the Loppet..  On that note my new King/Velocity wheels 
showed up the other afternoon, capping off yet another asskicker of a 
work day. With wheels in hand a different front axle coming from King HQ I will be
able to pull the wheels off the singlespeed and get them back to the LaMere, and start
prepping for the Stage Race up north.
Seems as the events will start coming hard and fast.. Loppet,, Fat Tire 40,, St. Cloud... Holzinger? and then the final Minnesota race in Red Wing. 

This weekend will be a trip,, going to take the family up north to see some Blue Grass music 
as we continue to celebrate Anna's birthday week,, then off to Green Bay to 
watch the Pip race one more WORS race before the official collegiate racing season starts. 
I am going to bring my bike so I can pre ride with the Ripon team on saturday and sunday..
But what I am really excited about is getting to skate some different skateparks.
The one in Point Looks real real good and Green Bay has one that 
my wheels are itching to get after.. 
Now if I can keep my self off the ground and stop making my old man body hurt all the time.


One last shout out to my 
Lovely Wife.. 



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DogTown

Wow last week spun through like a whirlwind,, blowing my mind and leaving me 
scratching my head asking what happened. 
Coming down from the high that was Single Speed USA,, and finishing off
the week with getting the Pip back off to school, I am amazed that I found time to do anything. 
The Blackbuck was one strong constant in my week riding it to and from work,,
getting 30+ miles of pure single track 1x1 love. 
And it was just what I needed to clear the head of all that was going on. 

The day before I left for the UP Pip had called me mid day crying her eyes out 
after she got jumped by a light pole in a local parking lot,, causing some 
big damage to my shiny Rav4.
This caused nothing but issues taking us down to one car and that car was
supposed to leave with the kid to get her back to school. 
Last minute trips to the store to get that one thing that was going to be needed for dorm
life and trying to get the boy back and forth to Karate made for some 
stressful moments.. 
But as always we prevailed and thanks to being able to ride then ride some more I was able to keep my mind clear. 
Friday came and the kid was all loaded up and off she went. 
James was as bummed out as I have ever seen him watching his sister go.
But once the sorrow cleared from his face he realized that life at home with out the Pip would be ok. 

Again I continued to purge the Darkheart with more miles and even loaded up the car on Saturday 
and the boy and I took a skate park tour that ended at a Target store getting him
a new Lego,, When in doubt get the kid a Lego. 
Topper of the weekend was getting to ride the OnebyOne with Josh B,, riding all over the bluffs,
climbing and then climbing some more.. 
Did I mention that me and the new Buck are getting along really really well. 
I am itching to get back out and ride,,, but I am damn tired from all the goings on at work,,
maybe some dinner and I can rally..
Or maybe it is time to just and rip the skateboard some more with the 
boy.
What ever happens it is going to be a blast enjoying the Dog daze of Summer. 
Jay Adams
May the wheels Always Turn..