Bike builds hardly go the way I expect them too. There is always one thing that doesn’t work, or something that is missing and needed, which sends me to some parts bin, digging for something that will work. Somehow it was different this time. The only hitch was that we got a later start than … Continue reading Gregario
Note: I wrote this over a year and half ago now. At the time I took what felt like a bold move printed it out and sent it via real mail to Bill Strickland, with the hopes of getting it published. He was kind enough to give me good feedback and passed it along. Nothing … Continue reading Portland Winter
Justin was having one of those magic leg days. He’d raced the day before and just missed out on the top 10. Today he was absolutely flying. He showed us that when he’d lit the pace on NW Newberry. Joe and I didn’t even try, we just let him go. He had been sitting for … Continue reading Otto Miller
At first I reach for the button behind the lever, before remembering that I’m on a different bike and that I need to do this with my thumb. Justin and I have an hour before he has to open the shop, I’m only in town for a day so this is our only chance to … Continue reading Yellow Jacket
The fog we had been riding in for the last two hours had finally lifted, or maybe we’d just fully adjusted to it and it was no longer worth mentioning. There were four of us, whittled down from a starting group of seven; Myself, Justin, Joemestiuqe and Eric who neither of us knew, but was … Continue reading Top of NW Rockcreek
I step out into the cold, or what has come to pass for cold after six years of mild winters. It instantly reminds me what cold days were like in Cleveland. The way the hairs in my nose would freeze together instantly, only to be released with the next exhale. How it would take six … Continue reading Winter
I wrote about motivation on Monday and how I was excited to take on a new set of goals. As I thought about it more I realized that I tend to be more motivate around this time of year. Which seems to be the reverse of how it works for most people. I'm not sure … Continue reading Winter of Content.
I left Justin's shop late after meeting building a bike and meeting with Tym and Joe about what we are going to do about the team for next season. I'd eaten too much vegan food from the place around the corner, which I balanced out by shoving as many little mars, snickers and three musketeers … Continue reading Red Blinky
It has been some time since I was really training. Since July, when I stopped riding with a computer in fact. I didn't plan on having a 'cross goal to work towards. Actually I had originally planned on starting my base miles soon. Cross was just going to be a way for me to keep … Continue reading Grounding.
I can hear the faint buzzing of my single speed freewheel over the music in my headphones. Always thinking it is the sound of air escaping from my rear wheel. For some reason I always hear it as a whisssssss.. and not a bzzzzzzz. I can still hear the clicking of gears over the rasp … Continue reading Remembered Fragments.