Saturday, December 29, 2007
I plan to enter and race in the Uxbridge Icebreaker in march. Part of this goal is to show up 25Lbs lighter. This should be fun as I'm drawing up the training plan over the next 2 days. That's not counting any equipment research I will be doing as I have some stuf I'm looking at in the future.
Got some good stuff over Xmas. Got a new digital camera that will be easier to pack riding. One big thing I got from my parents was a pair of Endura Hummvee shorts, all the way from the Scottish Highlands. Slightly small though as I gained some weight over Xmas.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Going to try a Yeti ASR tomorrow on the Shore. Should be fun especially since I haven't ridden one in 7 years.
Got a whole bunch of parts plus scrounged out of the basement. Tomorrow though will go by MEC to see if they have a couple of chainrings in the appropriate bolt pattern size for my cranks.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Man it's really not the same. It's way to much clearance stuff and not as much of the second hand consignment stuff. Was a little disappointed. But found a pair of shifters and a pair of Roach shorts that where basically new. Might go back on Friday to pick up pair of Core Rat pants.
For the rest of my parts I'll go by Simon's tomorrow to see if I can get a deal for some stuff. Part of the problem is I kind of want to take my Experience frame back with me to build up as a rigid bike.
It's funny though how I look at my shopping choices and realize how I've matured as a rider. I'm now closer to being a true mountain biker who does a bit of everything.
Plus tomorrow I'll be taking a ride around town to see what's been happening.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Am in Toronto before I fly out to spend Xmas with may parents in Van. Though today had some fun riding for about and hour. Toronto got hit big time with a storm today. But that will be all over the media for more details.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Today's ride was out in Collins Bay and was based on time not mileage. Some fresh track where made- nothing like first tracks on a mountain bike.
Half way through.
On the equipment side I have decided to go with an AMP seatpost unless Crank Brothers make the Joplin seatpost in a 27.2 size.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Yet even though I was interested in doing some races I also realized that I could careless if I did. It's not about the politic's and the costs though they are a severe pain. It's just that it's more fun to go out and ride hard. To see how far I can go in 4 hours of riding. I guess I just love the training aspect more then the racing aspect
To me it's almost more fun to ride with others and show them how it's done of the race course. It's more rewarding to look at a map and think I wonder if I could ride that. Some of this thinking seems to be missing in this day and age. This is pretty much in line with what I call Warren's Law. So named after endurance legend Tom Warren.
Warren's Law is a theorem of 2 axioms set against each other.
Warren's Law #1. Racing is like taking an exam. If you went to school and never took an exam then you'd never really know where you stand.
Warren's Law #2. Racing gets in the way of training.
Right now I'd like to start setting some creative training challenges. More to come.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
So far they have been comfortable and had no annoying irritation to date. They fit into my shoes with only the standard trim. One good thing is that the insoles do increase the stiffness of my shoes which when trying to waste less energy on a 5 hour ride is important.
Next phase of testing will be to see what happens in winter. I ride year round in some of the toughest conditions at times so we shall se what happens next.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
It's amazing to me how mtbers seem to always want the new part. Then will toss or bury their old cast off parts. In a day and age where we are encouraged to recycle and such how little is done.
I make an effort to be different. At least half of my bike is parts from others who either don't want them or are bomb proof old school parts. My shifters are old school thumbshifters that cost me $85 back in 93. Well still running them into 2008, definetly got my dollar for them.
Come on, there is a whole market of still good old parts out there that we can use. But do we? No we go buy the new shiny part while adding more shit to the landfill.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Was out for a ride on the trails. The pic below is post crash after coming down a short DH and bunny hopping a rock and root.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Been busy doing some trail work plus working on the Mistress for parts upgrades. In a week will have a new rear wheel and drive train.
Now just need funds for a gravity dropper.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Right now my top one's are full Hope brakes, a Gravity Dropper, Paul thumbies, and of course a set of Paul's love levers.
I definetly want the Gravity Dropper. It is an upgraded version of the old Hite Rite. It will be perfect for most rides. The ability to climb and then drop the saddle on the fly so I can descend with ease. Plus Freddie and Eddie will appreciate the improved clearance.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Looks like I'll be heading out to ride Collins Bay Sat and Sun this weekend. Good thing as the whole Queen's campus will be covered with drunken students for the Homecoming weekend.
Still working on the cockpit set up. Just need to wait for the next pay cheque.
Friday, October 5, 2007
The coaching instructions are that I need to get down a light training weight. I have untill December 8th to get down to 189lbs or else. I didn't ask the or else part, being a smart man I know when to simply nod my head and say yes in the appropriate places.
So it begins on Monday of next week. No day off even for the long weekend.
Time for a little old school style training.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Speaking of sounds, got reminded of the loudest laugh in mountain biking. Frorider Brett Tippie was in the recent issue of Mountain Bike Action. Seems he spent a little time with the darkside and with help from his friend's has returned to the light.
Good to see he's back. Tippie is one guy who loved to ride his bike. Happy and having fun no matter what. Hell, it could be pouring buckets, a river down A-Line, and lighting strikes. He'd still be laughing and wanting to go ride.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Juts spent the weekend in Guelph and wasn't able to ride as much as I would have liked. But I'm aiming to make up for that tomorrow and Wednesday with 2 days of riding in Collins Bay. Today put in 70 min at Roger's trails.
Off to finish moving some stuff into our new place.
Pic's will come soon once i have a better net connection.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Have the new place and will be moving stuff in after Thanksgiving.
Had the C&F boy's testing out a new jersey add on and we shall see if it works after the weekend. Now gotta go by the bike shop to get the bike.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Well it would seem that is all back. Have a couple of ideas am thinking up and we shall see.
Tomorrow I get the fun of repacking a rear hub.
Long live Tug Warren.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Plus my cooler weather gear as it seems to ending the sleeveless weather.
The good news is that my mileage is going up.
After meeting with the C&F team thinking of dumping my cross frame and getting a 29er. But we shall see. It all depends on what is cheap- mind you I'm liking the looks of the Redline Flight frame. I refuse to go singlespeed as I'm not that ghetto though I would consider say 1x7.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
So tomorrow is the big day. The day we leave the cess pool of humanity known as Toronto behind is tomorrow. It is the time to begin a bew cycle of our lives and to start moving forward. To stop doing the circular backstroke around the drain.
Things look good for us in Kingston. Have some things lined up and will post up some pic's of the new riding areas in a couple of days.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Found a nice little trail area. Lots of rock, none of that clay that sucks when it rains shite. It's nice to be challenged without having to use ladders and other stunts to make it more challenging.
Hopefully will be working by Wed so I can get some much needed parts.
Tomorrow get to meets with the C&F team to make some further plans for the winter. But for now that will be classified info.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
After that plus dropping my jersey off to be modified took the scenic route home. Rode along the Bluffs and waterfront trails. Good 4 hours of riding.
Spent the evening fixing up Joely's bike for her to return to riding.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Came up on Thursday to do a little apartment hunting and some recce rides. Have heard hat there may be some stuff up near Fort Henry, so will check it out tomorrow.
Damm I'll have to move the C&F Team as well. They will hate all that down time.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
There is so much stuff a mountain biker has. Sometimes I wonder if I need a team bus, or at the minimum hire a Soigneur to keep thing moving.
In other developments have been working with the coaching staff over the last few weeks working on hill climbing. Now will be moving on with sprints and such. Plus been researching stuff with the Special Projects. Been dealing with bike stuff right now.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Been putting in some big mileage in the last week. Still looking at changes to the Mistress over the next month. Have a saddle on the way but now need a handlebar. Maybe the Salsa MOTO or a On One bar. We will see.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
It has been miles of trails and many river crossings. They have held up well to the abuse. They drain well after being submerged during river and creek fordings. Even when wet these wool athletic socks are still comfortable.
Gotta give the guys at foxsox.com for the AXT-1's as they sure can take a beating.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
This full zip got me thinking today. So when i got home from my ride I emailed the Special Projects Team with an idea. They argree that it is a good idea and are presently looking into stuff that will be good for all.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
This was so unexpected plus am celebrating the cost savings. Now all that is needed is for the special projects team to finish the present special project they are working on. Having a meeting with them on Tuesday to finalize some details.
On the other front, am meeting with both my coach plus equipment tester. Have to plan out the coming weeks training.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Have been riding and have found a potential DH line. Plus have pretty much got the Chromag Stylus set up the way I want it. Will post up more with pic's later.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Though the bonus of getting away from the relatives is good to.
Monday, July 30, 2007
The goal was 10 intervals up the acces road. The road takes about 5.5 minutes to climb. Kepr a good cadence through out with only some minor difficulty in the middle.
When I got home you could see the salt stains on my shorts and jersey. Signs of a good session.
The only downside was the fact my helmet which is a dirt jumper style does not breath at all. Still waiting for some more money so I can buy the Fox Flux I want.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
So after meeting with the team and support staff, whom have agreed that the time is right. So since I have been given the green light, woo hoo. The plan is to only do select events only for fun and one's that offer a bit of a challenge.
So have called the coach back on board and will be meeting during a ride tomorrow.
Also will be working on a couple of secret projects to go along with this. The secret team will be gathered shortly.
Let the pain begin.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
A couple of day's ago was wishing I had another sleeveless jersey to ride in but of course don't want to pay stacks of money. While looking at bad idea racing a couple of days ago saw his modified jersey. Gave me an idea to use with an old MEC sleevelss jersey I have. but will also be adding 3 rear pockets.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Well the situation was quickly resolved when my buddy Tweek from the www.cycle-solutions.com crew appeared. He had already ridden for something like 4 hours. Went riding with him to show him some of the other trail areas that are in the Rouge. Always good riding with Tweek as he is a guy who truly loves to ride his bike.
It's funny if one looked at a pic of us and the bikes together. Tweek runs a Kona Kula 29er that weighs something like 17lbs while my Chromag Stylus weighs in something like 30lbs. It felt good cleaning one hill that he couldn't with the heavy bike. The 29er reminds me I need to get the Cross bike back up and running.
So tomorrow I'll visit the guys at Cycle Solutions and try to get that jersey I want.
Monday, July 23, 2007
In the last year due to life changes I had to make the decision to downsize my endurance training and racing. Since getting sponsored by the great crew at Running Free 3 years ago who supported not only my racing but also continue to support what I do.
Sometimes it hasn't been easy changing the mental gears to not race and to focus on things like trail work and helping the kids get better at trail riding. But it has been all worth it.
Plus by not racing in the last year I have returned to my endurance sport roots, the roots being mountain biking. That as much can be gained from just riding trails with others as can be gained from racing.
But yet again I have the desire to change gears back to racing, at least a little bit for now. I can thank Gabby for this changing of gears again. It's something about her that makes me want to ride more now.
Now to decide what race.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Spent a couple of hours riding the trails of the Rouge. Didn't beat the rain but if it isn't raining it isn't training. Been thinking of somethings about riding and the present view of the world. Will post it up later though.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Rode in the Don today, good 3 hour ride not counting the time at the DJ's. The climbing intervals seem to be helping my riding alot. Much stronger on the hills plus it is taking a little less effort to ride other sections.
Also rode the Ridge backwards. Noticed that some sections where I have had problems riding have become a bit easier.
So now will have to keep doing these sessions to continue improvement. And in that regards received the watch handlebar mount in the mail today. Now just need to replace my watches batteries and will be up and ready to go for more pain.
Check out this ladder bridge.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Headed out to Ben Trash for some hill intervals. But first had to take a mandatory breather for a train.
Did 3 repeats of a hill I call See colours and Puke. It's a tough granny gear climb that requires one to be on the whole way up.
The reward for my effort was a view of the sunset.
Monday, July 16, 2007
It's basically a half inch threaded rod cut to length with two nuts and washers. It's important to use rougly 7 washers aside. I say this as if you have less the washers will bend and twist.
After crashing a couple of times and ripping chunks out of my saddle I took Duct Tape to the problem. So I now have maybe another 6 months of life out of it before I need to replace it for real.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
After riding for 3 hours enede up at the DJ's and hung out. Tried some riding of the Rythmm Section and just wasn't feeling it today.
Was a bit down with the fact that wasn't feeling the flow but what was worse was the feeling of bad air from the rest of the guy's there. There was no energy or motivation from the whole bunch. It seemed very negative and draining, like a funeral. What a waste that is. Why go to a place that makes people feel good and have fun to sit miserable and unhappy?
That is a waste of life. I left as I realized that it was bad and would mentally drag me down. My goal has been to let less of that happen around me.
And so far it is working.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
So checked out the Blue Collar MTB site,
And found this do it yourself headset tool,
It took a bit of work to get it to work. Had to get out the round file and remove a small amount of paint from inside the head tube. One thing I discovered is that you need about 7 washers aside to limit bending of the washers. I say this as depending on how the headset fits it may be a bit tight.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Well, after 30 minutes of work I discover that for some reason the headset won't fit. WTF! I specifically odered an inch and an eighth headset. It's a good WTB one and it don't fit. Yet the old race face one fits no problem. The only thing that I can think off is that the paint on the headset is getting in the way.
Guess it's another day with a shitty bearing.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Hopefully won't be as hot tomorrow.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Watering the tarmac with sweat.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
So today headed into the Don and ended up hitting the Rthymm Section for most of it. Starting to get a feel for the new bike on it. Still having some problems stiffening up at certain points. Kind of sucks as I then regress untill I take a break. My buddy Jay mentioned trying to think about what comes next so that I will progress. We shall see.
Tomorrow's plan is to ride stunts and the DH run a few times.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
It was fun showing her how to do some stuff and to see her face light up when she got it.
It's something we all seem to have forgotten how to do. It's the old school way of learning to ride from others.
Friday, June 29, 2007
So have heard an interesting little piece of info from a buddy. Apparently Maverick the makers of the speedball seatpost will be making a 27.2 size in the seatpost. Hoepfully this is true.
Am working on a big project that will be revealed next week.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
All the guys where complimenting me on my efforts as Crew Chief at the race. Some of the guys weren't even there. Now they are trying to recruit me for the August event. Guess I may have a calling.
Well, while there picked up a new bite valve plus found out I'll be getting one of their cool race jersey's.
Monday, June 25, 2007
So it was Albion Hills that the 24 Hours of Summer Solstice occured. I was called by Matt Klymson to be his crew chief for his solo effort. It was fun to do it and would do it again.
Now I myself would never want to ride for 24 hours like Matt, but I wouldn't mind trying a 6 hour Enduro in the future. Plus it gave me some ideas for a future project in the works. But more on that later.
Matt was incredible, he was consistent the whole race. By the end he had matched Marc Hendershott for for total laps completed. An astonishing 23 laps.
The Pit area for Matt
Matt post race
Friday, June 22, 2007
But spent 3 hours riding the Don trails today. Am riding them better then ever it seems. It seems that riding the trails elsewhere as well works great. Even better was how it felt after I had angled the bar a bit to a more aggresive position.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Did 3 climbs up with the added challenge of dust clouds from the trucks on the access road. Oh well, If it doesn't kill me it can only make me stronger. After words went and played on the trails and even found a new section that once cleaned up will make a good technical section.
On the ride home was thinking of some upgrades for the Mistress,
I was thinking of a seat, like the brooks one I saw on Team Bad Idea Racing's site today,
Maybe a new bar and stem will be in the future.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The plan was to use the race to pre ride the course for the 24 Hour race coming up, that way as crew chief for a Solo racer I'd have an idea of the course. But it was to be a chance for my wife to see me race before our child is born.
So after an easy spin in the don for about 40 minutes, picked up Joely and headed out. We had stopped to get a drink and some food and the next thing we knew it was a Monsoon. Made some phone calls and found out that there was storms all over. So we pulled the plug.
Even though it is a bit disappointing to have this result when one puts some effort into something. But the plus side is that I have a chance to race even closer to home.