Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Somewhere over the Rainbow

I was finally able to get the video inverted from the Rainbow Rim trip that we did in the spring. Putting this together makes me want to go right back and ride it again before the snow flies.

Rainbow Rim from El Scorcho on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I know what I am

I like bike racing, but there is one major flaw in my plan for total domination......I am not fast.
I wish I was fast but if you have seen me you know that I am not built for speed. Maybe short bursts of speed but long term endurance, that ain't me.
I sign myself up for long endurance events in order to scare myself into training more and keep away the doldrums that I run into during the year. This past weekend I competed in the 6 Hrs of Frog Hollow. I raced Solo and Single Speed and came in 4th, wait for it.......out of 6.

Middle of the pack is where I live and I am OK with that. I think that I enjoy the planning and the training for the race more than the race itself, mostly because that is the only day that I have to endure the company of "Racer Guy." Racer Guy still thinks that someday he will be discovered for the true talent that he is, instead of an aging, angry, tool bag.

As you can see I started out slow and then tapered off. I was having gastrointestinal trouble and felt pretty terrible before lap #4. I ate half a PB&H to try and settle my stomach before heading out, I saw that sandwich again 25 minutes later. Why do you always feel better after exporting cargo?

What is Team Taciturn? I am glad you asked, Taciturn defined is; aloof, antisocial, brooding, clammed up, close,closemouthed, cold, curt, distant, dour, laconic, mum, mute, quiet, reserved,reticent, sententious, silent, sparing, speechless,tight-lipped, unexpressive, unforthcoming,withdrawn
In other words, I don't want to be on your team racer boy.

My 13yr old daughter came along as pit crew, moral support and photographer. In my haste I put the helmet cam on upside down again, thanks to the little misses for sorting that out.
Shot the vid on lap three which I rode completely alone, I think I saw one other rider, just the way I like it.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Going Old School

The fall has finally begun here in the StG. Temps are lessening, the days are shorter, and we are looking at 7 days of intermittent rain.
I usually really like the fall but this year it is also the fall of my 39th year on this planet. Shouldn't I have amounted to more by now? 40 sure used to sound a lot older.

I ran across this gem from 2006 when this young man's fancy had turned to riding bigger travel and riding off and down the nastiest stuff I could find. Oh how times change. Knee surgeries will take the fight right out of you.
Big ups to Bob the Wheelbuilder for putting this together, I will forever have documented proof that I rode "Upper Body Bag"(5:55) and "Lower Body Bag"(2:42)
Most of he guys involved have moved on to other endeavors, sorry for all the inside jokes, I appear as CGR.....long story.