Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Looking back: Bike racing, 2011 ...

Last March, like at the start of Rolling Thunder, I began my racing season so optimistically ...

... Now, eight months later, like 10 minutes into Rolling Thunder, bleeding knees and an uninterested look on my face are now metaphors for my 2011 season.

Season highs: Racing Tour of Walla Walla (and not crashing), winning the Big Mountain time trial at the Great Northern Stage Race (by 45 seconds), and winning Rocky Mountain Roubaix (right on)
Season lows: Breaking a spoke 30 seconds into Last Chance Cross (then face-planting two minutes later), Cow Country Classic (Headline: Montana Road Race State Championship draws twenty people ... in all classes), and getting tacked at the Clinton Road Race (damn kids)

Goals for 2012: Get my Cat. 1 touring upgrade. Race mountain bikes one or two more times. Crash less.

See you in 2012 bikes/bike racing; bring on the snow, La Nina ...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ousel Peak, Bob Marshall

Me, Cody, and Anna, our new buddy from Oakland, California, climbed Ousel Peak in the northern Bob on Friday. 4,000 feet of vert. in about 3.5 miles.

Welcome to 8,000 feet, sea level dweller!


Like a shark out of water.