HAUNTINGEST BOOK I EVER READ: FRANKENSTEIN. Want to have nightmares for a month?... read it, I dare ya. But, Mary Shelley's good doctor's got nothing on The Old Diesel.
Check out the monstrosity I call The Marvel.
Oh, no you di'nt.
My inner evil said Old Diesel! you got too much steam to be countin' on them weak single pivot binders. You got to go all Lewis Hamilton when you're racin'.
I know the SRAM single-pivots match all the rest of the SRAM E-tap components. But, out with them and their flimsy performance and in with the almightypowerfullest, double-pivot ShuhManO Durace. I mean, if you're going to build a monster make it as grotesque as possible, right?
Question I'm askin' is... do I hit it with some black fingernail polish or leave the DURACE scar there for all to see?
ANDY ASKED IF I WENT TO CX NATIONALS?
Heck no! That's way too hard for me. I tried it once and it was terrible. All the pain of XC MTB racing and none of the fun!
Have you ever tried it?
Yes... I'm a national champ.
... insert drop the mic image here...
Well, that shut me up. So nice ol' Andy is a CX National Champ. Who'd a guessed it? Nothing personal Andy, but... one, you're too nice to breathe fire like CX racers; two, you used to race Vision Quest a long painful slog across the Santa Anas the opposite of CX's all out pace for 30 minutes; three....
CX is wildly popular with a very wild crowd. It's 30-60 minutes of the most painful, relentless style of bike racing ever invented. On a road bike. And they hope for miserable conditions: rain? sleet? snow? BRING IT!
Check out NonDot Adventures a super fun race series in OC Parks.
What does that say about me?
That I've tried every kind of bicycle racing at least once, or twice.
That I know what I like,
I don't breathe fire,
I prefer fun.
It's fun to compete,
In the disciplines that fit my abilities
Ya gotta try all the flavors to know what you like.
Attacking 3/4's of the way up a climb is a tactic.
Following your lead out rider is a tactic.
Skipping cake tonight is a tactic.
Riding in the drops is a tactic.
Social media is a tactic.
Riding bikes in the fog is a tactic.
I'M A LONG SHADOW RIDER.
leaving early while others sleep.
I'm a long shadow rider,
waitin' till my work is done.
The bigger the goals,
the longer the shadows get.
Creeping into and out of the dark,
Is how races are won.
The long shadow riders,
know who they are.
The long shadow riders,
know how to get it done.
MY BUDDY MIKE ASKED HOW MY BLOG WAS GOING. Before I could answer, he said he wanted to do that LaJa ride.
My look kept him trying...
LaTa, it's a ride from Wyoming to Colorado.
Oh, LoToJa... It's Logan, UT to Jackson Hole. 200 miles.
Yeah, I want to do that.
Well, you better start riding.
But, what do I do?
Read my blog (he asked). Start with Base Miles. Do you have a bike?
Yes, I do.
I could tell he was doing and mental inventory of his vast collection of bike gear. He mumbled... bike, attach cleats to shoes, helmet, shorts... not shirt with long zipper...
I don't have one of those shirts with the long zipper.
We sell those (he asked, again). So we went to our site on his iPad. I showed him the blog. He subscribed, which reminded me I need to start emailing posts to subscribers.
He clicked on the dropdown menu and then I realized...
How guilty I am of using code words instead of English.
Here's his interpretation of our shiny new website:
Kits... what are those bike parts? No Mike, that's what we call the jerseys and bibs. (Jeez, that was a huge miss on my part).
Bibs, the suspender thingies? I'm not wearing those. You will, once start riding and want maximum comfort. (Another miss, not explaining how nice bibs are... and also not having shorts without braces as an option to get guys like Mike started.)
RaceDay Bags... I won't need that. You will, if you to be organized and make your life really simple. (Another miss?... should we re-name the bag, or just the category?)
Canopies... what are those? He clicked and said, Oh EZUPs.
Should I ditch the code words?... I don't think so. I think it's cool when people like Mike figure out the code words. They feel in the know, part of something special...
The coolest code word is the one we'll work on first,
because Lo-To-Ja is code for I'm a badass,
and to be a badass on a bike,
You need to start with,
Let's go for a spin.