Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Not dead yet

While I'm glum that Josh is no longer writing in these parts and that we're got some personal turmoil floating about, I'm not going to let that derail the blog. My guess is that our few readers were here to read about (greater) Hartford & bikes not other, more dramatic things.

So, I'm going to write a bit about some bike stuff.

First, I met with Art & Jason last night about our plan of attack for Hartford 'Cross in October. I think we're in a good position to make a pretty awesome race. So, if you're part of some kind of something and want to do some sponsoring, shoot me an email at oiseaux@gmail.com. Otherwise, come and race or come and watch. You really should come, it's much easier to get to than that race in Maine.

Second, the D2R2 is in two weeks and I'm sort of terrified. I think that I'm in ok shape, but like, it's supposed to be the hardest ride in the world. It's like the Leadville 100 meets Alpe d'Heuz times 50. I've decided that I'm going to ride my rigid mountain bike with semi-slick 1.5"s on it. I don't know if that's a good decision of not. Maybe someone can counsel me. It's a light and comfortable bike with low gearing. That seems like a good choice, right?

Third, I'm doing my first Cat 2 race on Sunday at Hodges Dam. I'm making the jump from beginner racing to mediocre racing. I'm expecting a last place finish. I also haven't raced since two months ago at Winsted Woods, so I'm totally out of practice.

Fourth could have been about my vacation to Vermont and riding my bike, but I didn't take any pictures of it. No one wants to read my narrative about getting muddy at Kingdom Trails.

This is Still Hill Rd in Glover, VT. Imagine if you got to commute to work on this!


G said...

First: D2R2. You'll be fine on your MTB w/ slicks, that's what I've ridden in the past. It's tough but if youre in decent condition which it sounds like you are then you'll do fine. The weather has a lot to do with it, if it's hot and muggy like today good luck. I'll be there doing the 100k, enough to tire you out and get back to the food and beer before the others.

Second, Hodges Village is a fun race. Very fast in spots (dirt roads) and some great singletrack. Stepping up to Cat 2 means no letup and with the later start time its gonna be warmer, so hydrate well.

G said...

BTW your pic looks like about half of D2R2

Brendan said...

Well, that's encouraging in that "if you like activities that make you puke, you'll be fine, however, if you don't, you'll spend a lot of time puking" way. Luckily, puking is my middle name!

Mark said...

I am doing my own D2R2 with NEMBA in Litchfield county. 50+ miles, kind of a pre-Hartford Cross training ride.

Hey remember, if you are not puking you are not trying hard enough!

Maurah said...

The pix looks terrific, although would have loved if you had raised your hands over your head--not Rocky style, maybe just in a "whee" motion. Good job, the BBB loves on