Thursday, July 30, 2009

Leadville Silver Rush 50

The Leadville Silver Rush 50. This is the race for us losers that didn't get in the Leadville 100. Thanks Lance Armstrong for bringing all the attention and forcing us commoners out. Yes, I am disenfranchised and I hurt. Really hurt. Back to the race - the race was brutal, but bitchin'. The start was straight up a ski hill. I walked. Hell, why run if you have 6 hours of riding in front of you. Well, walking gets you stuck behind 200 dudes that are out for a Sunday ride on a Saturday. So... Run MOFO Run - next time. Anyway, I cracked the frame on the Black Sheep. No problem, a fix-it trip to Fort Collins will happen on Friday. Life without a Black Sheep would be no life at all. James is the man, full confidence in the master craftsman. But I definitely need a backup Sheep. Money Talks, Bull Shit Walks. I think. Check out the data, dude / dudette.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Breckenridge 68

Well, since I am not tough enough to race the Breckenridge 100, I opted for the Breckenridge 68.
68 was good enough for me, this year, considering I only made it 52. I was an idiot. I started the race with a rear tire that had 30% left on its riding life. (Ok, that is a guess.) Bad move. The tire started to leak around mile 22. I nursed it until mile 41 or so. Then I put in a tube - ran out of CO2, bummed some CO2 off a dude and decided to limp back to the start / finish. Good move on my part. The tube had a leak too. If I dropped down into Como, I'd probably still be there. Moral of the story: If you drop big bucks on a bike race, put on a new $40 tire. Tedd and family were at the race, so another good cheering section. Oh yeah, one more thing. The race organizers changed the course the day before the race. Cool. The 2nd loop (my 1st loop) was 'upgraded' from 32 miles to 36 miles. Not a big deal EXCEPT the elevation gain went from 4000' to 5000'. Definitely didn't set my bike up for the brutal climbs added in at the last minute. That is the way it goes. It's still all cool. Check out the data.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Firecracker 50

July 4th. This was one awesome race. The race started in the center of town. Actually the race kicked off the Breckenridge 4th of July parade. All the kids were out high five-ing us racers. It was fun. The course was challenging, mainly due to the elevation. The course peaked out at 11,300 feet above sea level. Doesn't sound like much. But it is. (I need to train more at high altitude, definitely.) My cheering section was awesome. Tedd, Denise, Avery and Paige surprised me at mile 28. They were on the side of a brutal climb out of town. Of course, Tedd provided me with a nice swig of killer beer. Just what I needed in order to survive the next 23 miles. Then I went around a corner and there was 'street party'. Some dude was riding a bicycle chopper wearing a wrestling mask and a Captain America speedo. Awesome. I should have stopped for a picture. The street party crew was nice enough to set a jump out for us punishers and even provided a nice cup of PBR. Well. I rode hard. I even passed a number of dudes on the final, brutal climb. My endurance is improving. I'm getting hooked. At the finish - the #1 cheering section was there to meet me. Great ending. After a few free beers, off to Leadville and the campsite. Great Trip. Check out the data.

Check out the other website for more photos of the family adventure