Friday, December 25, 2009

got a little Christmas eve snow ride in

Met up with Jerry after the temps warmed up to about 10 degrees. that was up from about 6 earlier. Gators are perfect for keeping dry! Combined with the neoprene booties....ah dry warm feet.

Who wouldn't smile on a day like this!

Funny, all the pics i have are us riding and not pushing through the snow which there was plenty of!
This was the most fun section!

Was really good to get out and ride today! Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Skinny tyres and washboards

Yes, been on the injured reserve lately. Rollers in the family room just suck! Out on the road bike yesterday was really nice. Just a bit of a nip with the wind chill on the ear that i had to cover it with the beanie. Still tender to the cold. Prob will be for a long time. Felt good just to get out! Think i'm finally on the mends. back is still really sore but have to get through it, have no choice!

Headed up griggs for some dirt road and on up to the daniels park overlook. Always enjoy the views from up here. Walk to the edge and imagine the possibilities of all the singletrack that could be built down there! Washboards on the way down make for a total body shakedown! It'll rattle anything out of you! Now i know where to find all the empty aluminum cans i could ever want as this road looks to be where all the Keystone light cans end up! Litter bugs are lame!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Home from Fargo Tho!

Boys came home with some 3rd place hardware and a few injuries. 3rd out of 12 teams wasn't bad, and up there the boys can be 13 in this league compared to our 12 yr olds and that one year can make a big difference in size!
All in all 3 concussions and one broken clavicle on one of the boys. The hit involving the clavicle was a shitty cheap hit and that kid should have been kicked out of the tournament! Instead picked up a one game suspension for it. Cody came home healthy and played great really stepped up for this tournament. The game for third place was a good one and beat the Moorhead team 4-3 in a very exciting game! Picked up a new helmet and am just anxious to get out and ride. My back/shoulder blade pretty much hurts all the time even ribs on left side and i landed on my right side. Gonna see how it goes for a couple days and if not better. Get an xray.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Headin to Fargo

Not that Fargo But close enough! Got some hockey to watch, codys tourney!

Wind chills look to be a bit brisk

Sunday, December 6, 2009

What was good for the soul :

Yesterday, Had to be good for the soul today. Started out a beautiful day headed to monument (sat.) to hook up with Joe and some of the crew from the south. Spike, Jeremy and Jerry joined me in heading down.

Tracked along in the snowy trail from mt. herman rd. rolling along chatting and feeling pretty good. Joe is the mt. herman expert and our tour guide for the day.

Tough getting clipped in with the ice build up on the cleats but we managed to roll pretty well.

Came down a really fun descent and came out on a fire road and began the climb. Got to our high point for the morning and took a breather. Next thing i know we are heading out and that is about all i remember from here the next couple hours were a foggy memory. I started down the tight rutted trail and unclipped once then clipped back in and found myself in the gut of the rock garden picked my way through and saw Kristian to my right shooting pics then thats all i remember.
Next thing i know someone has my arm and was walking me up the trail and i heard someone on the phone telling our location. I had surmised i had crashed by the blood on my sleeves and the concerned look on everyone around me. I felt suddenly embarasssed and tried to convince them i was fine and we should just keep going. That wasn't gonna happen. I dont know who all did what but i thank all of you and thank jeremy and spike for getting the truck. I honestly dont remember talking to the paramedics but found the form i filled out denying transport. I do remember seeing the truck. I guess i hit pretty hard because looking at my helmet today it is dented in the front and cracked near the back and wore off about a 1/4 inch of the foam just above my ear. Or what was left of the ear. I dont even know who took these but they were on my camera. Spike im guessing. Not sure why im smiling. Probably just embarassed. I know my technical ability and usually ride within it. It was just a rock garden and i guess i hung my front wheel up and went over from what they tell me. Kristian may have a pic just before the crash.

Photo by Kristian

I know it was just a crash with a bad outcome but i feel very lucky that my helmet did its job and my friends were there and took good care of me. I cant thank you guys enough. Trip to the er was long and seemingly lasted forever. Thanks guys for staying with me. When the nurse told me she could stick her finger through the hole in my ear that mad me a little queezy! Final outcome: concussion, 19 stitches in all 10 behind the ear and 9 in the front she did a great jog putting it back together! And super sore back, shoulder blade, Everything on my right side. somehow my left pinky finger swollen like a mfer! Fatter than my middle finger at the moment. I was super bummed i missed cody's game but glad im here to see more it could have been worse. My back is really sore and does not feel right i'm going to see how it feels tomorrow and maybe get it xray'd if not somewhat better.

Friday, December 4, 2009

A whole week and finally turn the pedals

excuses are lame get out and ride! I have had too many lately. Today was a beautiful day, the sun was out and i finished my job early. Anticipated sloppy conditions but a nice surprise - everything was still frozen and the dirt that wasnt snow covered was dry.

Today was a day to clear the head a bit and i succeeded! If you do not own this girls book, or at least not read it. I would highly recommend it and its on sale - autographed. Now i just have to remember who i loaned mine to......If nothing else read her blog and be inspired!