Monday, March 2, 2015

Crippler

It is another one of those monday mornings where I wake up and wounder if my 
aging body is going to make it through the week. 
Typical start make coffee add ice to my left shoulder and take a nap on the 
couch.
I don't remember tweaking my knee this weekend but man it is giving me some pain and not sure how I am going to deal with this new bit of aging..
It was a full weekend with 
the oldest coming home and letting me and Anna out of the house for a good 
old fashion night out on the town.

Some dinner some drinks then off to see the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, which played their best show that we have seen them play so far. 
The venue was perfect and the sound was even better. 
I shook my ass for a good long time until gravity told me it was time to sit and chill which 
I did with a true show of force.. 

Saturday showed up and I was groggy from staying up late and partying the night before,,
but I knew that I had to do something with having both kids in the house,, the stircrazy vibe was in full effect.. 
I convinced the Rocket to go to the park and his sister would come and watch him skate..
He put on a good show for her then I sent them off for Ice Creme while I rode with out them for a while and crushed it a bit more when they got back..


I had made some plans with the local rippers to meet up sunday morning and get some more work done in the park..
Cole and Christian met me at 10ish and we got locked in to the park before hours to 
try and complete the work on the upper part of the Euro.
Again crazy how frustrating it is to get these pieces of wood to match up,,, don't think that their is a straight line in the place.. But with time and patients we were able to cut two more
slabs of masonite and make things smoother..  I then drove the shop vac through the place and tried to make it as clean as we could.. I am so over riding inside,.,.
  

I managed to body slam my self a few times yesterday sliding out on a new trick,, I have been landing a fakie to fakie 50-50,, so yesterday I started on the mini doing a fakie Backside smith ,, landed a few took them to the bigger ramp and slid out and slammed.
After a few more tries and just not feeling it I cruzed home and went bike riding,,, because nothing bad ever happens while riding.. 

Got all kitted up and headed out the door not really expecting much of anything and just let the magnets in my brain pull me in a direction..
Ended up at the bottom of the Vista trail and was worried that my 36x18 my be a bit much to try and climb a snow covered hill..
With my head down and legs churning I powered up through the tough bits and rolled the rest.. 
This trail is so packed in you could have rode a road bike up there.
Got to the top and did some exploring before heading home,, ready to take up my place on the couch..
By the time my ride was done it was safe to say that I got as much as I could out of my weekend..

Now it I can just figure out why my body hurts in so many places.. 
Oh right it must be Monday,,

Friday, February 27, 2015

River Rat

Last night was #SPT that is Skate Park thrusday,, the one night of the week that the boy and I can get to sk8 due to all the Karate that he has.
It was a cold day in the park even with the heat cranked,, so it took a while to get warmed up..
And as I have mentioned it is a small park lines need to be worked on and 
the flow is a learned thing... I try to stay positive about all kinds of things and people that are there riding and trying to have a good time... For the most part it is populated by 99% Sk8boards.. from time to time some scooter show up and on a rare occasion like last night a Inline Skater..
I did not know that they still existed but they do,, and when talking about lines and flow these things are lost on a ride like this,,, dude was all over the place and not paying any attention to the 
rotation of people dropping in.. 
At one point in time he dropped on the kid as he was wrapping up his run and the boy almost went Apeshit, had to talk him down and explain that the inline fad wont last very long...

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Need to figure out how to get the boy to pop higher,, well at lest now he is not hanging up to face plant.. I think that it is time for a new board to stoke the fire.. 
#curren
#flip..

In other new his big sister is coming home today so the food providers can go out and shake their asses off at the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.. 



These guys put on a great show and this one is going to be at the Cavalier a spot that we have never been to and will next month host the Supersuckers..
So the old people that live here will have a late night trying to keep up with the young people of the world as the Boys from Point make us shimmy and shake..


Krooked has a new video part coming out later today,,
this one here is a shot clip about the man at the wheel of the company
the Gonz,,
This is the guy who I idolized as a youth,, he is creative and inventive,, and 
not slowing down as he gets older,,
Makes me want to skate and travel..

Well time for the friday grind,, hoping that if my head is clear tomorrow some outside riding will be had..

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cru Isn't You

What happens when you take a cycling deprived junkie and insert an indoor 
BMX track at the end of February? 
That said head case will ride around in circles for a few hours until the
skin is gone from his hands.. 


I rode the Single Speed down the snowmobile trail to Toads Cove indoor BMX arena for a 
drop in,,,bring what ever bike and ride night..
I had no idea what to expect never being on a true BMX track.
Most people were showing up with Phat bikes and dirt jumpers, maybe one other single 29er there along with mine. 
After the first time around getting a lay of the land I got a feel for what to do and what not to do..
I spent the next ninety minutes trying to balance the two of those ,,, going fast but not ending up on my face..  By the time i was done their was little flesh left on my hands,, and little juice left in my legs.. and I still needed to ride home. 
Safe to say it was fun and got me even more excited for when the dirt comes back to my life. 
And after going around and around I don't have to worry about doing intervals tonight as I am pretty sure that I got that done last night.. 

The Pedal home was a bit of a Fade to Black,, but not as awesome as this Guy...


Next up for the old guy in transition is a thursday night 
sk8 session,, just need to get through 16 hours of work first..
It is the little things that keep me moving..



These Guys are Just Fat Bike Tires 
one of the best Rock Bands of my Time,,



Here is a short clip of me 
going around in circles... 


Now back to the life of being a Fix Guy.. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Great Indoors

With only one week left in the month of February it is time for me to 
layout some plans for March.. My goal is for it to come in like a Lion and carry on the whole month trough.  According to Strava I am dead,, no action for the month so far,,
all the indoor riding is not very exciting.. As of now i am 
planning on going to the BMX track tuesday night and paying the fifteen dollars and riding around in circles over the jumps and through the berms..
It sounds like a good time getting to ride some dirt and see something new,,, even if I am dressed in stretchy clothes and looking like a dork..
But that is tomorrow and  I still need to get through today and this evening tempo session 
on the rollers.

My old man body is tired,, and sore,, four long sessions in a row sk8ing with the boy at the indoor play place,, can leave someone my age crippled.

The boy was lighting it up and really pushing him self which was great to see..
And at times he was more motivated than normal,, and took great pride
in helping out with the weekend goal of getting some of the holes repaired.
I got tired of asking when,,were they going to get fixed and just decided to do it my self. 

This was the first project and i'll be damned if it took more time than I expected,, you would
think that just cutting a few sheets of Masonite would be no big deal,, but sweet merciful crap..
When done it was not perfect but with what I was working with it was so much better.. 
It was James approved.. 

Friday night we met a young kid who was learning some new moves and skating pretty good but riding on an old ratty deck,, 
I told him that next time I saw him I would throw him a deck i had laying around,, he just had to stop pushing Mongo and get his feet right.
Well we bumped into him on Saturday morning and I think that he was a happy boy with my hand me down.. 

I had to twist the boys arm to skate on sunday, He was tired and only wanted to stay in the house and play with his Legos... I needed to do something it was negative some dumb ass degrees out and 
I have cabin fever..
I had enough time to replace another sheet that had a nasty hole in it and we got to listen to the RUN DMC that downloaded the other night,, and when it was done we ended up skating 
for another three hours... I am seeing some great progress in the boy and 
that is what this is all about,, I would not change it for the world..
I am a lucky dad to get to spend so much time with my Son..
Now
off to work to start a new week,,
Yea!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shackle me Knot

It is flashback friday Right? I found this while flipping through pictures on my phone, the other day... this is a five days after my accident and was the first time that I was allowed to take a shower,,  still shattered and beaten,, and to this day when I see these images it just makes me mad.... But I am not sure what I am mad at... At times time I think that i am mad at cycling,,, my love,, my passion,, the one thing that would get me out of bed day in and day out.. Other times I think that the anger is directed at my self for getting my self into the situation. Other times I think that i am just mad and can't control it... It has been a tough winter,, I still love the bike and riding the bike but at times I am just not in love and  I keep waiting for that spark that will light the fire and make me burn for the revolution again.. 



Last night was a Hey Lets go skate Thursday...
I had some new shoes to break in and the boy was going to be rolling on some new bearings.
On the way to the Park we picked up one of the local pro kids 
who was heading out for a birthday skate session,, oh to twenty three again,,, wait not sure if 
I want that,,, I was sooo young and dumb in my early twenty's
Regardless it was a solid 
thrash session of ripping and grinding..  
The young Rocket continues to impress me with his learning and growing into the 
sport of Sk8 Toy riding.. 

The TenyearOld was flying last night and was really starting to move across the lip of ramps,,
I think the new bearing that he installed were making a huge difference..
The new sk8 slippers for me were real real nice,, my loving wife continues to shake her head 
on how many shoes the young one and I have skated through in the last year but as I say it is the cost of doing business.. 

This is going to be a no travel weekend for us,, I am hoping to get outside and ride a bike,, we'll see how the weather shapes up,, looks as if tomorrow I may have a window to ride..
Their is a fat bike race up at Holzinger but with out a fat bike and not wanting to spend twenty five dollars to race I will probably avoid that.  For ten bucks less
on this coming Tuesday the local indoor BMX track is letting people bring in their bikes and rip 
the dirt track for three hours..  It sounds very tempting and would be nice to get to see the inside in person. We may just have to take the Blackbuck for a spin and fly a few jumps there..  

But for now I don't want to grow up and don't plan on it anytime soon..

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Short Sighted

I have been feeling really trapped lately due to being indoors more than I have ever been in my adult life.. Some of it is by design and the rest is because of environment. 
I have to say that I have been missing the commuting to work,, at least then I was out in the elements and moving,, I can say I don't miss having to have six layers on just to get to and from work.
I miss skiing and as of a few weeks ago I could have gotten my skis out and tried to find some snow but with the lack of snowpack this year it has been tough.
Again miles are getting done and the work is their just being done in one place.
More miles in one place have been adding up this year than ever before,, I am hoping that i can get out on saturday and turn the pedals. 
Last night was not exception down in the chamber of solitude.. 
But I got to watch this and really enjoyed it. 


Spring is coming and when I close my eyes I can see visions if single track and spinning wheels. Even while spinning and going no where it helps to dream ,,,,,, anything to help dream of warmer days..


Monday, February 16, 2015

All 2gether Now

It had been real real cold out the past week or so.. Not as bad as last year but not good for going outside and riding bikes. So far this month I have not been outside to ride,, which is something that I am not proud of but it is what it is the indoor miles are getting done and after looking at my mileage totals for the year I am happy with that.

So it is cold and we did not want to be cooped up in the house over the weekend so we made a last minute trip east to do some skateboarding and to go see the Pip at college. 
The family truckster was loaded down and we fought the wind as we drove to the burbs of Milwaukee to the Cream City Sk8 park. 
Again another new spot for me and the boy and I knew that it was going to be good when we walked in and Dinosaur Jr was blasting through the speakers.
The layout was a mix between the 3rd Lair and Familia,, Lots of ledges and cement curbheads to grind and slide. 
I think at first the boy was a little overwhelmed due to the lack of transition to skate and he is still working on his Ollie's and street like tricks. 
As the temps heated up and the crowed swelled the tricks and lines got better and better. 
  
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After a solid three hour session Mama Bear picked us up and we headed north this time to go and 
hang out with the Pip.
We got checked into the sleeping spot and Sophia met up with us in time to head to the pool,, the kids shot hoops in the swimming hole while mom and I got to hang out in the hot tub and crack a few beers.. I was nice to have the Family all back together. 
Like the good parents that we are we took the kids out on the sleepy one horse town that Ripon is and tasted the local food. 

At  times it was like James did not even know that we were there he was so excited to have is sister 
near by spending to spend valentines day with. 
Dinner was good and it was nice to have our Sober Driver with us,, not that she was needed but 
always a perk. 
Kids hit the pool again and my eyelids were getting heavy sleep would come all too soon. 

Sunday was again Cold and we jumped in the Rav and drove to a neighboring town so we could take
the oldest shopping at Target,, the kid was in desperate need of clothes.
We dropped he back off at school and she showed us her dorm room which I tried to take a picture of but it is so damn small that I could not even put it in to perspective. 
 I am sure that some inmates have more living space then this kid does. 
It better be a good education because the living conditions are tough,,,, not sure what I am paying for. 

After driving home their was still enough day left to get to the local indoor and kill some time. 
Again it was a typical sunday being only me and the boy there,, and this was nice after the day before being out of his element.
We worked on some new moves and rocked out to good music 
Watching the boy work on tricks and then make them work is enough to put a smile on this old mans face..
After a solid weekend once again it has left me feeling sore and old,, but I would not give it up for anything. 

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