Weekend

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Two weeks ago I road a 100 miles plus gravel road ride. Last Sunday was a 56 mile epic MTB race. Now for the last 5 days I’ve been roofing a building. And the roofing is by far the hardest of the 3. It’s not like I’m not trained for manual labor. The MTB race should have been pretty good training. Plus, all that cutting and splitting wood should have helped. But, if that was training, it wasn’t nearly hard enough or for a long enough duration.

It’s been 14 hours, plus, a day for 5 days. Mainly stripping tar and gravel with a snow shovel and a pitch fork. We’ve filled a 40 cubic yard dumpster. The dumpster is going to cost a small fortune to dump. I get charged after 5 tons. 5 tons isn’t the tip of the iceberg.

This building is 130 years and the wood is harder than hard. I don’t have too much decking to repair, but when I do have to cut the wood, it is amazing. It almost smokes a saw blade with every cut. A Paslode nail gun will barely shoot a nail through the 1 X 8 decking. That’s crazy.

So, I have 5 more days before rain is forecast. That might not be enough.

On bike racing news, I saw that my MTB race buddy from years ago, Cadel Evans has just signed with Trudi’s team, BMC. Maybe John LeLange can help Cadel HTFU. That also means that the BMC program for riding the Tour has just been accelerated. Trudi has done the Tour a few times with 7-11 and Motorola, but not recently. That should be fun.

Trudi flying her BMC colors for the roofing project.

Trudi flying her BMC colors for the roofing project.

Portrait of the instigator, Michael Fatka, with Trudi and I.

Portrait of the instigator, Michael Fatka, with Trudi and I.

Full project from above.  Notice Catherine, far left, having trouble keeping her pants up.

Full project from above. Notice Catherine, far left, having trouble keeping her pants up.