Friday, June 24, 2005

A photo finish

My friends Dave & Holly took some great pics of Sunday's Cranky Monkey race, including this sequence of the sprint finish with Nick. Nick posted them on the Pedalshop forum.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Father's Day at the race

I had a good Dad's day at the first Cranky Monkey Wakefield race of the season. The race went well, and I had a good result in the Single Speed class, but I had a most interesting pre-ride, and I'm lucky it didn't carry over into the race. My legs were heavy from the previous day's effort of carrying large concrete chunks for the trail maintenance, so I needed to loosen them up as much as possible. I headed into the Bowl area for a quick warm-up. I hooked my handlebar end on one of those narrow tree-squeezes, broke off my bar-end, and hit the dirt. A few minutes later my pedal threads itself off the spindle, and I'm staring at a bare spindle. I look at my watch and it's 10 minutes till the noon start. I scramble around looking for my pedal in the leaves and dirt and start wondering from whom I can borrow a pedal, like immediately. I find my pedal and luckily was able to thread it back on (I've never seen this problem before...). I didn't have time now to finish the Bowl section so I just headed for daylight and the nearest road, bushwhacking through the woods a bit. I find a dirt road and pop out of the woods, onto Braddock Rd, across from the shopping center. Yikes! So, check my watch again and see I have about 7-8 minutes to book it up the road to the starting line. Luckily for me, my race was much less eventful. Father's Day is turning into a lucky day for me to race.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Alaska bound?

Kim applied for a midwive job in Anchorage this week. Maybe if I write it, it'll come true.

a Joe Foley pic

Joe Foley takes some great bike photos. Here's one from last summers Wakefield race series. Note the special "water" bottle.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Oliver's blog...

Last weekend's trip to ride Thomas the Tank Engine is a good time to start up a blog for Oliver.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

a funhog day

Today was a good sports day for me. I did the Backyard Burn Trail Run at Hemlock Overlook Park, and then got in a couple laps on the bike at Fountainhead later in the day after Kim took Oliver out to a friend's pool in Winchester (they all had a great day too! Oliver loves the pool).

The run went really well for me, I did the shorter 5-mile distance. Trail running is fun, maybe I won't quit running again after this race like I planned to do.

Oliver's evening social club