Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Myerson says we can't flee who we are and he's right. Boston was never this cool when I fled 15 years ago. Or was it? But I love Boston and New England right now. When were were set to move back from Norther California 5 years ago I though this it the end...back to Boston...God help us. And as much as intellectually I should hate it here Boston is just me. It is under my skin and I love it. And one of the things that have made me love Boston is cross. Trust me its not the townies and plethora of Dunkin Donuts. Is DD even coffee? or is it just repackaged folgers? I have found what I call Stations of the Cross literally right in my backyard. I am sure all you reformed or practicing Catholics are like wtf? Is he really debasing my faith comparing a high ritual to his cross jones? No offense intended. Cross for me is that. And the Stations I visit wether it may be Olin College, the Sudbury aqueduct, Elm Bank...god even the names just get me all misty, represent a similar meditative state. It is my Church right now. I go there. I suffer. I find peace and silence (ok in between the dog walkers and creepy guys) and I get better at racing cross...
Don't look down if you are afraid of heights! Such a killah section of the cross town trail in Wellesley. My loop can vary from 1.5 hrs to 2.5. Any skill you want you can work it here...even bungy jumping I suppose if you were so inclined...
6 races in 3 weeks. That is all that is left of this cross season. I am going to savor every moment. It has been--- The. Best. Cross. Season. Evah! Thank you to all of you cross freaks that have made this season so awesome! Good luck to everybody gearing up for Bend it will be epic! And I am not just referring to the drive from PDX to Bend. Have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy the last hurrah of this season. And don't forget to register for Ice Weasels!!!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thank you to all the Hupcake bakers! The Hupcake has become such a cool part of Hup in New England. I loved that there was so much creativity with this batch. Kerry even introduced us to the bacon muffin and Key Lime cupcakes. All cupcakes and muffins were gone before Adam Myerson could have one! That my friends is a crime...my bad as I should have had a stash for the Pro's that showed up in large numbers for the elite race. Very un-PRO of me but I am learning next time I have a PRO Hupcake stash...who knows I may send our Fidea bodyguard over to pit row next weekend as the Verge series gets back under way with a certain tribute...have I mentioned I can't wait for the last two double Verge weekends? Sterling and NBX coming up fast and furious. Its going to be incredible.
The fundraiser never could have happened without the help of sooo many people. First of course would be the Boston Road Club and Joe Cady. Joe is the Race Director of Lowell and didn't even hesitate when I asked him if we could do the fundraiser. He was so supportive and Hup is forever in his and BRC's debt.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Hup is putting on a fundraiser starting in the am. And one of the things that never ceases to amaze me is how quickly the bike industry rallies to support each other. I have to say a huge thanks to my friends at Pedros, Mad Alchemy, Landry's, Zanconoto as well as a very generous donor who wanted to remain anonymous.
The fundraiser will include a raffle full of the aforementioned swag, and a fundraiser in which we will sell Hupcakes, beverages, bagels, and other goodies. All the proceeds will go to Harry and his family. The raffle tickets will cost $5 each. It is possible a Hupcake will come with every raffle ticket! We will do prize drawings after each race. Get there early and get your raffle tickets at the Hup booth!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Went out to Caryl Park and Hale Reservation in Dover. It seemed totally foreign as all the leaves are on the ground. Makes it harder to cue on turns in the trail. I got lost a few times. Got so lost I hung the bike in a tree sat down and ate a clif bar. Listened to the wind through the trees and just chilled. Damn I love mountain biking in the Fall. I can't remember the last ride I went on that I wasn't either doing intervals or rushing to get home. It was fantastic. The only thing missing was some teammates. It did also cross my mind that if I stacked it hard I'd be pretty f'd all alone in the woods with no one having a clue where I was. But that thought passed quickly thankfully.
The trail elves have been busy and some of the "trails" I found this summer are still in great shape. The leaves actually made it easier to ride some stuff I usually freak out on as the ax head rocks were all hidden beneath a blanket of brown. It also made for some pretty sketchy dismounts as it was almost more hazardous portaging the bike across some stuff than riding it.
Great day out on the bike. Sola is riding tight. Almost ripped the entire rear end off the bike when I somehow sucked up an enormous branch into the rear triangle. But guess what? Ti is stronger than wood. Wonder how a plastic bike would have done? Probably not so well...
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Lodrina sent me this gorgeous photo of the new Hup United Noir Banner. Really the first time that standard flew in action. My good friend George printed it up for me for the sole purpose of kicking Hups booth up another notch. I love how Lo captured the Lion of Flanders and the sun shining through it with the Ksyrium in the foreground. Noho really was an amazing weekend of cross. Words can't even give it justice...next stop the Forest of Lowellenberg! I sooooo hope for the mucky muck like last year. That was one of the most insane races of the whole season.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's website on "Keep Right Laws" points out that: This law refers to the "normal" speed of traffic, not the "legal" speed of traffic. The 60 MPH driver in a 55 MPH zone where everybody else is going 65 MPH must move right..."
It is also illegal in many states in the U.S. to use the "far left" or passing lane on a major highway as a travelling lane (as opposed to passing), or to fail to yield to faster moving traffic that is attempting to overtake in that lane. For example, Colorado's "Left Lane Law" states:
A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in the passing lane of a highway if the speed-limit is sixty-five miles per hour or more unless such person is passing other motor-vehicles that are in a non-passing lane...(emphasis added)
Other examples, such as Massachusetts (General Statute 89-4B), New Jersey, Maine, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and others, make it illegal to fail to yield to traffic that seeks to overtake in the left lane, or to create any other "obstruction" in the passing lane that hinders the flow of traffic. As a result, heavy trucks are often prohibited from using the passing lane."
Ok end of rant. But damn...don't they know I need to get back to my babies?
What happens at the swinger party stays at the swinger party...well it wasn't all that it was actually a really nice way to just chill out talk with Adam and Al in a low key atmosphere and get stoked for the race. Have I mentioned that Northampton is probably my favorite race of the year? Love it. And since Rosey introduced us to the VIP suites at the Quality Inn my love for it has grown exponentially...We packed so many bikers into one suite slated for 3 occupants that I thought for sure the inn keeper was going to call the cops. I kept having flash backs to college dorm life. Man these young guys either are going to be the death of me or are going to be the fountain of youth for me...time will tell which. If race results are part of the equation it certainly is panning out to be the later as I had the ride of my life at Noho on Day 1....but the look on my wife's face as I recounted some of our sleeping/living arrangements painted a slightly different story.