Friday, May 26, 2006

Bad Knee


I haven't been updating things for a bit here, because I've been laying around for the past week or so nursing a sore knee. I got back from San Carlos two weekends ago and I think I tried to do to much, to soon the first couple days back and have aggravated my left knee quite a bit. It actually swelled up while at work about a week ago, which caused me to take a the next day off for a little rest. I spent last weekend sitting around with a bag of ice on the knee, and when it wasn't responding I went to the doctor on Monday. Found out that I have Pes Anserine in the knee, which is a mild case of Bursitis. They gave me an injection for the swelling, which has helped, but I am still supposed to be taking it pretty easy for the remainder of this week. There is quite a bit of strength returning already, however I can feel it on the bike if I do anything more than really light pedaling, which I have been doing for about 1.5 hours the past couple days. Hopefully things will return to normal over the next week to ten days. I'm a bit worried because I've just signed up for the Tour de Nez and the Cascade Classic, and am also in the process of registering for the Tour de Toona and hopefully the Tour of Utah. It would be nice to be able to train right now. That's about it, cross your fingers that there will be some better news next week.

On a positive note, my good friend Scott is getting married tomorrow, so it should be a pretty fun weekend. Adios.

Monday, May 15, 2006

San Carlos, Mexico...What a Weekend!

So this weekend I took a little time off and headed down to San Carlos, Mexico for Scott's bachelor party. Let's just say that a good time was had by all! I'd tell the tale, but I'd be breaking the code, so I thought I'd just put up a few pics from the weekend...enjoy!

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words...


L to R: John, Scott (the Bachelor), Garrett, Me, Dan, Paul, Jeff...the San Carlos Crew

The view from the Fiesta hotel when we arrived on Friday.


On the way to dinner Friday night.

Garrett, Scott, Paul, and Jeff on the boat in the Sea of Cortez.


J0hn and I heading out to sea.

Garrett surrounded by the angry wake of the boat.

I think this Dorado (Mahi Mahi) has seen better days!

The catch of the day!

Our Saturday night fish fry.

Jeff, Garrett, and John.

Paul and Scott in the lights.

Still Number One!

The end of the evening, Saturday.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Gila

Looks like the skeleton crew that Eclipse sent over to the Tour of the Gila is doing pretty well for themselves so far. Kyle and Shane are racing with a composite team supported by Einsteins bagels. I was checking out the results from the stage 2 road race and it looks like Kyle placed 19th in the pro's, pretty damn good. Their team had three guys in the top twenty for the day. I've done this race a bunch of times, and if you can crack the top twenty in any catagory you are certainly flying. The final climb is about 5.5 miles and averages about 10%, with a couple pitches as steep as 18%. I finished 6th on this stage a couple years ago, and to this day I still think that was one of the best days I've ever had on the bike.

In the 2's Erik Long and Dave Glick must be pedaling the same bike, as they both came in together in 9th and 10th yesterday and also finished virtually tied on time in the opening time trial. We only have three guys racing in the 2's race this year, as a few guys going ended up getting sick last minute or had other commitments. Those two are now sitting 12th and 14th on GC, so I'll be watching the weekend results to see if they can hold it. Wish 'em all good luck. Adios.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Beer and the MTB

What is it with mountain biking that makes it go hand in hand with cold beer? Never really figured that one out myself, but if you know of any good reason's for it, let me know. Actually, I guess any reason is usually a good reason to pop a cold one, especially after a three hour ride on rough singletrack out at Starr Pass. Ok, so maybe I just answered my own question.

Fun ride today. I threw some new tires on my mountain bike, which inspired me to take it out for a ride for the first time since late November. I think that out of the 6000 or so miles I've got in this year, I now have roughly 40 on the mtb. Robert, if you are reading this, looks like I've got a lot of catching up to do! Anyway, cruised out to Starr Pass solo, and was riding the main loop when I ran into Bruce from Fair Wheel Bikes (Eclipse sponsor, shameless plug here!) and David from DCB Adventures. The two of them were a bit lost, so we decided to ride in together. Made the ride a helluva lot more fun for me. They were both riding singlespeed 29'ers, which I have never been on before today. David let me ride a few miles on his, interesting to say the least. It was a short test, but the first thing that I noticed was the laidback cockpit and the feel of the HUGE wheels/tires that he was running. My K2 is still set up with a really aggressive XC position, but I think that the current trend in bike setup seems to be a way more upright position. Actually feels pretty good once you get used to it, just really different at first. One of these days I'll actually have to get a new mtb and get with the times. So we rode out of Starr Pass together and I bid them both adeu in the parking lot and started heading home, with a pit stop at Time Market in mind for a little pick-me-up of coffee and espresso.

After leaving Time Market (thoughly caffinated, of course) I was cruising down University Drive checking out the scene, when once again I ran into Bruce and Dave, this time hanging out for a post ride fixer-upper at Frog 'n Firkin. Bruce insisted on buying me a pint, so I figured "what the hell," and was able to catch a pretty good buzz in about 20 minutes of sipping on an Arrogant Bastard Ale. Funny who I run into while out, as the "Big Pickle" also showed up and joined us for a bit. Seems he is recovering fine after breaking two bones in his hand while trying to follow the Peltonen brothers down Mt. Lemmon a couple weeks ago. No pickles for him today, although he was eating a big basket of fish and chips.

That's about it for today. Adios.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Breakaway


A bit hard to tell, but that's me in the center of the three guys off the front of the race yesterday.