Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's only January

I keep having to remind myself that it's only January. I've been too busy for Blogging. Facebook has filled the gap of my need to connect with people through short comments and witty replies.

I took the whole month of December off from cycling and did a whole bunch of running. I ran a few races including a half marathon that ended my running for the year. I got a wicked shin splint.

January came around and with the cold temps Logging commenced at work. The last 3 weeks I have been running early in the morning on Tuesday-Friday then carrying a 20lb chainsaw around for 6 hours and then after work on Tuesdays and Thursdays go for a 2 hour chilly ride on my beloved "Ranger." So you could say that I have been hitting hard. For MLK day I went out with Mookie and Josh for almost 3 hours of riding with 4000 feet of climbing. Kinda early for that but went with it. Rule of thumb: Avoid hitting any road that has "hill" or "mountain" on the sign for the month of January. Especially with a 42x15 (I mean 17) gear. It was cool to break 200 rpm on "do not coast" hill.

Well all that hard hitting paid off. Now I have Bursitis in my right knee. Thanks body. I really don't know how some people can just keep riding and running without problems. If I was riding my bike for work I would be unemployed.

Tucson is right around the corner. Fantasy Island is 2 miles from my sisters house. Looking forward to riding with Monte during the week and racing with Thom. It's going to be so much fun. It will be strange going back to where I spent 10 years of my life. Tucson is where I learned how to ride through sand. Getting a tan is high up on the list of things to do.
And thanks to CB2 I will be flying with my bike fully protected.

The plan is to rest up my knee and ride all week in Tucson with Single Speed USA as the finally.
New parts for Selma are on the way including this.


  1. It's the running that f'ed up your knee.

  2. Yup, running hurts.
    My foot is buggin' me right now.

    I think your weekday "rides" with Monty are going to feel more like racing than "racing" with me.


  3. I'm sure pushing a 25# clunker up a 17% grade with a 70" gear didn't help your cause. My buddy at the gym said that W. Mountain was "one of the longest and steepest roads around" so of course I just had to find out. Great, now Josh is going to go out and throw a 14 on his rig.

  4. Don't worry Mookie I still have the 17 on there.
    The good news is that my knee is already feeling better.
    Thom, you know how it is. Race all week and then have nothing left for the actual event. It should be fun!

  5. say hi to dejay and robb for me while you are out there.

    i haven't been doing much of anything this month. recovering from surgery I guess.

    which road did you go up?

  6. "Thom, you know how it is. Race all week and then have nothing left for the actual event. It should be fun"

    That's why i've been laying on the couch all winter, so i'm well rested...

  7. Constant dripping wears away the stone. 滴水穿石!加油! ....................................................

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  9. Let's try that again.

    Dougy, We went up West Mountain Rd in Canton off of 179.

    Rigid, You earned it. Even though I was running some in December I really was resting. And since I have to be out Logging for work I might as well make it count.

    "Constant dripping wears away the stone"
    Not sure what this is refering too.