Since I’ve been on the ground a fair amount lately – Here’s a crash that was filmed a while back by Keith Walberg, He took this at the Rock Island Criterium, over Memorial Day Weekend. Hayden Godfrey is leading it out with Robbie Ventura (Postal Service) on his wheel. Robbie is horizontal and looses both wheels simultaneously. I’m on the outside a few guys back in the blue World’s jersey, way back over my seat, skidding towards the fence. I almost made it through the mayhem, but no, someone flips over and high sides me into the fence. Bill Stolte is in the light blue and white jersey and pops Robbie in the head before he flips over the bars. Steven Cate is the guy that spins into the crash backwards and then curls up into a ball. Check Robbie out running from the crash site.
I only brought my MTB bike up to Wisconsin. It is very infrequent when I don’t have a road bike or ride a road bike for such a long period. I’ve ridden the Chequamengon course two out of the last three days. Today I rode with Bill from Hayward to the finish in 2:25. 20 minutes faster than a couple days ago. It was a lot harder. The winning time this year is going to be under 2:10. I’d better get going a lot better in the next three weeks. My plan is to use 6 criteriums the next two weeks to get some speed back in my legs. If that doesn’t work, then it’s going to be a long day up here in a few weeks.
I think MTB riding is super cross training for road racing. It sure uses a ton of different muscles than riding on the road. And everyone of them is sore. On top of all my broken/separated body parts, somehow I decided to learn to water ski after these Chequamegon training days. Maybe not the best choice. 3-4 hours on a MTB in the morning and then out in the boat in the afternoon. On choppy water. It really works your legs, arms, neck and back. Especially on the rough stuff. But it’s a blast.
I’ve been off antibiotics for nearly a week now and don’t feel a bit better riding. Maybe worse. A lot of you have suggested probiotics. I’ve eaten a ton of yogurt the last few weeks, but that isn’t working that great. I’ll let you know how the probiotics work. Anyone know how long it takes?
Since I’m in such a hole, I decided to drive North to Bromont’s playground up in the Chequamegon National Forest. The highs are only in the upper 70’s and it’s only in the 40’s at night. I stopped on the way back from Downer’s Grove at the Iowa State Fair. I think it’s the biggest state fair in the country, but I may be wrong. There are over 100,000 people a day going through the gates. A gang from Kansas is up in Cable with me. We didn’t get up here until nearly 4 am last night, so it was a short night. We suited up and rode the whole Chequamegon 40 course this afternoon. Hayward to Telemark. It only took us 2:45, so we weren’t going too slow. I haven’t ridden my MTB bike in a while and am going to be pretty sore tomorrow. I’m staying up here until next weekend’s racing. A change of pace.
Slideshow of the fair. My favorite is of the “dirty” girl with her sheep.