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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Fall Epic 8 - Here we come!

So...now locked in...







Exactly, the Fall Epic 8 Hours at Hardwood Hills presented by Pulse Racing.  In, for better or worse.

This is my first race since breaking my thumb.  The thumb will be heavily taped; the bone is healed but the ligament needs surgical repair.  I have been riding, but not really training...so it will be interesting to see how this goes.

Headed to Hardwood yesterday with NewfieSteve, to check out the course...




It's basically a series on long, steady, grindy climbs...whether twisty single track, or wide open double track.  I guess it's called Hardwood Hills for a reason.  A taller gear will be fine for the first few laps or so...but I think will be too much for this old cat as the day wears on...so...   It's always a challenge to know what the 'right' gearing is...as I said to NewfieSteve, "There's never a right gear."  Anyways, we are going to make this Epic 8 epic!!  (Can I say 'epic' enough in one post???)





There's a few roots, some tight corners, and a couple of obstacles but nothing too overly technical...so it should just be a fun ride!  An opportunity to watch all of my friends pass me for 8 hours!  And, going to share my pit with TeamColin as he kills his first Solo 8 Hour.  It really is going to be Epic!!

Anyways, the recon mission went well.  No crashes, the thumb survived...and Steve provided some epic tailgate recovery!


I know...two pics of the recovery...
but that's the best part!


So, anyways, here we go!
Just a short post to warn you...and prepare for next weeks post(s).  They gotta be epic report(s), to properly review this race!!

So...
Stay posted!

Hey...didn't say 'epic' this time!!  D'oh!!!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Thumbs Away

So...this being injured thing means that I haven't been racing...which makes it a little tough to do race reports.  And although Lois thinks I am her Superman, and Fig looks at me in a way I am not totally comfortable with, I really am not that exciting that I can make worthy stuff up.  No Steven King here...although I did see this the other day...



Scarier than Oggie...

What is scary, is how the 'healed' thumb is looking.  The cast is now off and the bone is healed but...





Apparently the ligament holding the knuckle together is gone...meaning the thumb bends awkwardly when it isn't supposed to...





So I have been on the bike...cuz I don't run...not well anyways...





And I don't race cross...but maybe I should...





So I was initially road riding with the cast on, to try to stay in a bit of shape (other than round)...but this last week the cast came off...so I have been mountain biking again...finally!!

However, because of the missing ligament, the thumb is wonky, so mtb-ing requires a splint to keep the joint in place...but the splint needs to be heavily modified, which I am not so creative to do...





Or heavily taped, which I am able to do and have been doing...so far, successfully.  So far, I have been sticking to mostly calmer, non-technical trails, but as I get more confident in the thumb and my taping ability, I will progress to attempting more challenging trails.  There are plenty of local technical options...the ultimate goal would be to be able to keep up to the BicycleWorks crew on our local trials.

Anyways...Lois is glad that I am back on the mountain bike...cuz she was getting antsy about the classy ladies I was meeting on road rides...





And then there is the option of reconstructive surgery to repair the thumb during the off-season (is there an off season any more???).  Anyways...that is an option I am seriously considering...although it means another 8 weeks...it's good to have choices...





For now, the plan is to be able to take part in a couple of the late season races...so look out...I may just be the guy who is in your way in one of the upcoming events...

Perhaps the Fall 8 Hour??

Stay posted!



Happy Newfie Birthday!!




Thursday, 7 September 2017

Gotcha!!

Yeah, I guess I took a bit of a holiday from posting last week...and missed a few events.  Apologies...

Brief reviews, (no, nothing to do with gotch)...


Superfly Racing summed up the OCup season with the Provincial's at Sir Sam's Ski & Bike...

Congrats to TrueGrit Race Team member Oscar (The Mexican) 
on taking the Junior's Provincial Jersey!!




And our local Kelso MTB weekly race series summed up the season last week...


TrueGritters, the SethClan (okay...Seth and Grant), 
dominated the Kelso race series this year!!




And this past weekend SubstanceProjects summed up (lots of summing going on here...is the end of the season coming or something???) their XCMarathon MTB race series with an always tough marathon race The Kingston Trophy.

TeamColin wrote an always entertaining summary of the race...read it here.

And TeamVanGo, always great supporters of Dan's (SubstanceProjects) races, also wrote a race review.  Read it here.

I am looking forward to getting back at the racing...hopefully before the season is totally over.  (Mostly cuz I really miss ApexTed).

The broken thumb is healing...slowly.  I take the cast off occasionally to rehab it.



I don't know if the pic does it justice but it does look rather nasty...but could be worse...



Anyways...its been 7 weeks.  And although the first 2 weeks were completely off bike...I have since been on a roadbike, trying to keep some semblance of riding 'shape'...

And have been easing into some MTB...first on a suspension mtb...then on a 29+ fatboy...finally on a rigid SS.  So far so good!  However...I am seriously not in mountain bike shape...so no expectations of podiums...just hope to finish in one piece.  Perhaps in a week...or two...

In the meantime...I have just been enjoying riding for fun.  Kind of how buddy SteveS explains in his RideCycleSpin blog, here, where he discusses finding peace on the bike.  (well...lot's of promoting other blogs here...makes my drivel look better!  Thanks, guys!!).

Plus just enjoying riding with friends...

At Turkey Point with PowerPaul and NewfieSteve...





On the Fatboy29+



Where we may have forgotten a flipper for the post ride tailgate...and resorted to pulling a rotor off a bike...



And a fun, long (150km), windy Niagara road ride with PowerPaul, Giant, NewfieSteve, and Jaimie...that required multiple stops...just because...








Anyways...trying to stay in shape...and enjoying it.  And get back at a race or two before racing ends...

And before Cross starts...cuz I don't race cross...which is why I have a CX bike for sale...(sneaky gear change there, eh!)

A blinged out 2015 SWorks Crux...(yes, you can still add to an SWorks...).  58cm.  $3,450 obo...



Anyways...here's hoping I see you at a race soon!!

Thumbs up!
Stay posted!


Friday, 25 August 2017

Rambles

So the local MTB race world was on a bit of a hiatus this week...I guess.

Well the Kelso weekly series finished out it's season this Tuesday, with these fast cats taking part...



Thank you to Giant for the pic.  I stole it from his Active & Attractive facebook page (yes that really is the name of it...isn't it obvious from the folks in this pic??).

There was also a not local race of some sort...100km in New Hampshire which DonnaW went down to win...and meanwhile met this cool cat!!




And you know if Tinker is there, it's gotta be one of the toughest races around!!  Very cool!

But that is about all I am aware of what may have been going on in mtb racing this week...so instead of boring you with made up shit...I will bore you with pics of my bike experiences this week as I attempt to rehab the broken bones.

Enjoy...(or at least tolerate...);


A ride out to Megalomaniac Winery out in the 20 Valley near Vineland



With this fast crew...Fig, (yours truyl), Ian, Jonathan, PowerPaul.

I've been trying to find folks faster and fitter than me to ride with to keep me motivated to stay in shape...then I saw this ride...



How is that for motivation!!??  That is AdamKingOfTheHill's ride from this week.  Once you understand the stats you realize what a monster long, fast, climby ride this was!!  How the f'...???  Remind me never to try to keep up to Adam...


Me...when I saw that ride posted...


No Tank You!!

Anyways, that served for more motivation...

So I rode with these folks...

JennR, Jonathan (again!), MikeOz

Pushing the limits between some fun stops...


Maddaugh Springs for water refill...


Which really is this...really...


An Osprey nest in Badenoch


Buttertart 'n' coffee stop 1


Buttertart 'n' coffee stop 2


Then as we were riding through the countryside we rode by some folks out in a random field, dressed in medieval garb...like they were re-enacting some ancient battle...or playing 'slash the dwarf'...(nothing against dwarfs, but studies show 9 out of 10 dwarfs are not Happy...).  We didn't get a pic...but it looked very much like this...




Seriously...and it was surreal enough that it had me wondering if they had passed through a time portal; or if we had.

And I don't know what that scene must have done to Jenn cuz at 115km she decided she should attack and sprint for 2 kms...

I was like...




Sorry....am I using that one too much??

Anyways...I think she was just in a hurry to get to the beer and BBQ that Lois had waiting for us...


Thanks Lois!!

Or maybe it was this pic from husband Mark about their kids...


Yup...real pic...from MarkR...


Anyways...another great ride...trying to stay in some kind of shape...there are still mtb races left this season I would like to attempt...

I did get a solo mtb ride in to see if the bones could handle it...




And it seemed to be mostly OK...just can't shift without a thumb...so it may be mostly singlespeed!

Anyways...I guess my rambling is rambling...at least we got to witness a cosmic event this week...





Total eggclipse???


Anyways...I am once again getting off track...

This coming weekend has SirSam's O'Cup provincials...and if you are not there, looks like the weather is going to be great for any other local riding (avoid Texas!!)...

Enjoy the weekend...maybe we will see you out there!!

Stay posted!!


Don't go to Dar's on a Tuesday!!