Monday, June 22, 2009

Wicked Good Weekend!

Hosted KHS Class of 1999 at our house for Reunion Weekend.

You get the picture.

Attended the wedding of a co-worker's daughter outside of Camden with Babs.

You get the picture.

Spent the night in a cabin at the Point Lookout and celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.

Slept late, fueled up with crusty bread and cheese and rode home from Camden.

Got home and had a great Father's Day dinner with the boys.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Motivation to Ride Arrives by Mail

A week ago I was prepping to compete in the EFTA Pinnacle XC race. All systems were a go until Saturday right before dinner. I had started to prep the bike for a muddy event and was attempting to mount tubeless mud tires. For the usual reasons, it was impossible to seat the bead on the rim and it would not hold air. It was at this point that I entered a tailspin of demotivating myself. I started coming up with better things to do with my time on Sunday rather than get up @ 4am, drive 4 hours, race 2 hours, drive 4 hours (actually wasn't tough to do!).

So I left the bike in its incomplete state and plotted out a nice 4 hour road ride around home instead. I ate my pre-race carbo meal and rationalize this was a good plan. Problem was, I didn't really want to ride the road for 4 hours so when Sunday came and it poured rain, I was relieved I had another excuse not to ride and bagged it.
Worse part is, I haven't ridden since! This was a tough work week putting in the ice and the riding opportunities have been nill and I sure haven't had the motivation.
Then, yesterday my new jersey arrived and I miraculously snapped out of my funk.

Training commenced immediately after, albeit for only 1 hour on the rollers! Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to getting rolling again. Thanks Kona for kicking me in the ass!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

To Ride or Not To Ride

Just venting that I'm in that funk.
Work is a killer re-opening the ice rink, all I want to do is hit the couch.
Maybe I can combine the 2:

Next race is July 5th. Hope they have a couch division!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Great Falls Criterium Race Report

Masters 35+

Pro 1/2/3

This will be brief. Ended up working for the man "Fast" Fred "TT" Thomas in the Masters race. He went off with 2 others early and I served as sentry at the front of the field. They stayed away and Fred finished 3rd. I finished with the pack in preparation for the next race.

Thanks to teammate Paul Weiss for the pics

In the pro race I hoped to remain in the pack and finish. A couple of guys got off the front and McCormack's teammate Mark Gunsalus worked the front of the pack keeping the pace reasonable. There were several very hard accelerations, especially after the punchy climb. But I held on and rolled in with the group happy with the effort.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Not Your Average Roadkill

Not to be outdone by Commuter Rick's recent bout with the wild, I must share this. Of course I'm kicking myself in the junk for not thinking and taking a picture with my phone.
I was on an out and back ride this morning and passed what I thought was the backside of a fox dead in the road. It looked in pretty good shape, just some blood spilling under the head. I slowed on my return trip and did a double take because it didn't have a long nose and stuff and swore it looked like a cat. So I turned around and was quite suprised to see a pretty cool looking bobcat.

I was eager to tell the maintenance guys back at school and when I did got a backhand for not dragging it off the road and calling. Apparently these things go for over $1000 stuffed. I am such an ass! I had gloves on and everything!
Well, I may live in Maine, but I ain't no Mainer! I was scared enough it would jump up and chase me! Oh well. I'll get the next one!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Buy it and They Will Come

Lots of people suddenly wanting to visit us! House needs some work though. Shooting for late-July to make it habitable. New daily grind goes like this: Work, ride, family, work on house. It's all good!

Monday, June 01, 2009

No Racing. Just House Buying.

Summer in Maine on the lake. Doesn't get any better than that!