Wednesday, February 22, 2006

it's wednesday

check-out this bit of footage from nathan. damn. and i was just getting myself fired-up to do the weekly crit races this year, work on my road license a bit. having never done a road event am automatically a cat 5. would like to work it up to a cat 3 over the next couple years for events such as the Green Mtn Stage Race. Only way to move-up is to race - and that means taking the risk of hitting the pavement. Mountain biking is about your ability to handle your bike, only in the rarest of situations is a crash be caused by another rider. On the road it's a whole 'nother story - the guy next to me could be holding the fate of my collarbone. Without risk there's no reward?

enough of that road nonsense.

i hate saying this, but man, my butt hurts. on sunday's ride, my pants got caught behind the seat on a descent (before i left the house jenn said, "you're wearing those pants? you'll get caught-up in those" - i ignored her, she was right of course). anyway, it was a weird fall, i was way back off the saddle from a steep, rocky descent, then up onto a bridge over a stream, struggled to get pants loose, then realized i had no where to go but down, didn't want to get wet (it was 28 degrees) and somehow managed to fall back onto the bike - taking the rear wheel's skewer to the arse. wailed it. still hurts. needless to say, been doing a lot of standing on the commute. indoor trainer time is even worse than usual...

talking about the indoor trainer - have had some really good Olympic stuff to watch in the mornings while pedaling before the bike commute to work. lots of hockey, then yesterday saw the men's biathalon 4x10 relay - the nordic skiing events are by far my favorite events of the games. but, lots of craziness with the Austrian's and doping allegations... after the biathlon relay an announcer asked why the American's do so "poorly" compared to European nordic skiers - i think the answer is right there in front of us. dope. it's always about the dope - and that truly sucks.


At 2/22/2006 8:57 PM, Blogger FreeThinker said...

At least Americans have the best dope!

At 2/23/2006 10:11 AM, Blogger JB said...

I feel the same about road races. But this year will be the time to try some. Only one goal w/Cat 5 - Make it through alive with minimum bodily injury.


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