Monday, September 24, 2012
|This is titled Hipster Fortification. For non-locals, the paper is the Stranger, the local free weekly , Dick's is a Seattle classic late night drive in burger joint and the rest, well....doesn't really need explanation|
|The Campagnolo Nouvo Record Rear Derailleur. This derailleur is a work of art and I had one on my Erickson race bike that I bought in my first year of college. Never really worked all that great, but man, that Italian style did go a long way!|
|One of my favorite aspects to them is that they were stamped with the year they were made. "71" or the year that I was born. Old, so very old.|
So, on to cross racing. The venue was at a park east of Seattle that bordered a lake. Lots of turns, pretty flat, one set of barriers, and a beach section that was very, very, very, long. There was a lot of discussion before the race about the "rideability" of the sand, but the sad truth is that after the first of about 15 laps, I was running almost all of it. I started at the back but surprisingly felt comfortable enough to move up quite a few spots in the grassy corners....and then we hit the sand. The first lap out of the sand was not too bad and I continued to do battle for position and do my best not to crash in front of my wife, but then things began to unravel. Each lap on the sand I ran slower and slower and my remounts were less enthusiastic and guys I had been riding relatively easily with, literally ran away from me in the sand. Still, for my first race, I had a blast, and am even excited to race again next weekend. I hear there is....wait for it....a SAND section!! My specialty!
|So much tape|
|I'm hurting, but having FUN!|
|I did battle with this bruiser for a while, but he eventually got ahead of me in the run and that was that.|
|I managed to not crash on the two barriers on the course, which was nice.|
|SO MUCH SAND!!|
|How do you work this thing again?|
|Seriously, I had this thing won, but there were all these guys in my way and did I mention all the SAND?!?|
Friday, September 21, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|Freaking out my coworkers after getting my eyes dilated for my eye exam. No, I have not developed a nasty heroin habit!|
Chasing Seafair pirates all over town in their silly boats with wheels. Ride the Duck have nothing on these guys.
local beer store, Chuck's on 85th is up to 30 taps of local and regional beers and now has food trucks in the parking lot every Sunday. So cool, this weekend, we had a jerk pork rice bowl with plantains and curry beef empinada sandwich thingy. Oh, we also had sushi out of a truck in Ballard two weekends ago and it was mind blowingly good, best yellow tail I have had in a long time.
|My folks just adopted these two little lap warmers.|
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Here is a snap shot of the last two weeks of my existence. Ironic that's its not raining in a single picture, because it feels like that is all it has been doing all June(uary).
|Panoramic view of Puget Sound from Carkeek Park|
|Even rode the rollers just to stave off the madness. Check out my new badass carbon hoops!|
|And my 40 year old rollers! Still rockin!|
|Electric car sushi delivery in Ukiah, CA|
|Harvests, modest though they may be, are starting to come in from the garden|
|Snuck out for some solo mtb fun last Wednesday. Mostly dry trails at Grand Ridge. So much fun.|
|Strange to come to end of the trail and pop out at a giant housing complex in Issaquah, WA.|
|Another trip to Carkeek Park to test out our new hiking boots. Happened across these strange structures.|
|Art in the park|