Monthly Archives: October 2014

Riding in North County

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I’m in a little bit of a rush. I’m headed out to ride up to Bonsall, which 45 miles Northeast, and meet up with Wayne and Dale Stetina, Pete Penseyres and a few other guys. Their ride is leaving at 9 am, but I couldn’t get up there by then and am sort of adverse to driving to ride, so I’m going to head up there and ride backwards and hopefully meet up with them. Wayne and Dale are riding a tandem, which could be a nightmare for the guys they are riding with. That is some serious horsepower if all the stars were aligned. I haven’t seen Dale since his head injury, but it seems he is doing pretty good to be able to ride a bicycle. Dale is out here to do a Ride for Recovery event from Palo Alto to Santa Monica next week. Wayne says they are riding a 23 pound Landshark tandem. Pretty cool.

I got a notification that I “lost” a Kom on Strava to Christian Vande Velde from 2011. So I go and click on Strava and there it is. I was at the front through Rosie’s that year, but didn’t have a Garmin on. I guess Christian wasn’t supposed to be using Strava when he rode for Garmin, so he just downloaded all his files recently. Another weird thing is that when I just went to look now, Brian Matter is listed too. That means he just downloaded 2011 to Strava. Kind of strange.

I only rode a little over 60 miles yesterday and sort of melted in the heat. It was close to 90 degrees inland and that seemed pretty incredible hot compared to what I’ve been riding in recently. I still don’t quite understand it. Hopefully, it is a little cooler inland today. Okay, got to go.

rosie's copy

Iglinskiy Brothers Popped for EPO

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I’ve only had the “pleasure” to write the name Maxim Iglinskiy down on one occasion.  And it wasn’t when he won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2012.  It was in a post I wrote back in May of 2012 about Bradley Wiggins training in Tenerife and how the Astana team director, Alexander Vinokourov  gushed praise upon Iglinskiy for finally getting his shit together, at age 31, and having his breakthrough moment.    I implied that having two high altitude training camps in Tenerife, before the classics, seemed more than just a little screwy.

Now the Iglinskiy brothers, Maxim and Valentin, both who have been riding for the MPCC clean team, Astana, have both provisionally tested positive for EPO usage.  Man, what a surprise?

This whole things stinks.  Maxim helped his team mate, Vincenzo Nibali secure his win in the 2014 Tour de France.  Neal Rogers wrote a great piece at Velonews.com, explaining a lot of the past history of Maxim and Astana and the implications for the Astana Team, since they are members of MPCC.

These guys have been riding for Astana for pretty much their whole careers.  Winning races and getting paid a ton.  They can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of their “labors”.  Those labors, that once again, robbed honest sportsmen of their true victories.

Isn’t it just about time that the sanctions step up to the crimes.  I never want to see either of these guys racing bikes again.   For that matter, I don’t want to see anyone in an Astana jersey racing bikes again.

In my humble opinion, Vinokourov’s win at the London OIympic Games made a huge joke of the sport of cycling.  It might be the low point of the sport, in the current age of anti-doping efforts.  Worse than Lance winning 7 Tours?  Probably.  Yes,   The Olympic Games are special and the gold medals need to be worn by the pure, worn by true sportsman.  Nothing these guys do fall into that category.

The beat just keeps going on.

 

vinomaximHere’s a nice photo to be charished, from Robb Nixon’s fickr account, of Robb, Maxim and Vino hanging together at a start $$$ race in Chihuahua, Mexico.

 

Hot to Cool

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I am flying back to Cable from San Diego today.  I’m sitting in the Phoenix airport right now, waiting for the flight to Minneapolis.  Yesterday, I was riding around Rancho Santa Fe at temperatures approaching 100 and tonight the low in Cable might dip into the 20’s.  That is a big change.

I posted that I was pretty hot riding at 90 degrees and someone left a comment about me not being acclimated to the Midwest heat this year.   That is for sure.  I’ve missed most of the hot weather this year, either being up in Wisconsin or out in the Colorado mountains.  Now it is October, which means I pretty much missed summer heat all summer.

Tomorrow, my friends Pat Lemieux and Gwen Jorgensen are getting married at the Rivers Eatery in Cable.  My friend Dennis is marrying them.   Tonight there is an early reception at the Sawmill Saloon in Seeley.   I’m getting back to Minneapolis at 2 something and am going to rent a car to do the 3 hour drive up to Seeley.   Pat’s sister is flying in for the wedding and is going to return the car for me on Sunday.

It should be a pretty great weekend.  Lots of friends are coming up to Cable for the wedding and it is going to be a pretty low-key event.  Just a gathering of friends and family, really not formal.

The guy next to me on the flight from San Diego to Phoenix told me he always pays $40 at the gate to board early. I find it strange how people will pay for choice and comfort, I guess. I’m flying Southwest, so it isn’t like there is an extra leg room or anything.

Anyway, modern travel still amazes me.  Being able to travel so far, so fast, sometimes seems nearly impossible.  I never fail to appreciate it.

 

The Sawmill Saloon in Seeley.

The Sawmill Saloon in Seeley.

 

I saw this lockbox in La Jolla yesterday.

I saw this lockbox in La Jolla yesterday.

 

I don't think it has been used in a while.

I don’t think it has been used in a while.

 

Horses tied up in Del Mar on the coast.

Horses tied up in Del Mar on the coast.

 

Having a coffee and donut here in Phoenix.  The donut is actually pretty good.

Having a coffee and donut here in Phoenix. The donut is actually pretty good.

 

 

 

Burrrrr……..

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Did the trip to Cable.  I got through Minneapolis before the Friday traffic.  It was just starting to spit down rain, which eventually turned to sleet and then snow.

I sat on a plane next to a woman that was wearing way, way too much perfume.  My nose is still stuffed up.  Then when I got to the Minneapolis airport, I went to the bathroom and there was someone smoking in one of the stalls.  I haven’t seen that in a really long time, maybe years.  But, it was in the Minneapolis airport, where they busted a Larry Craig,  a US Senator, for lewd conduct, so……..

I made it back in time to make it to the pre-wedding festivities at the Sawmill.  It was good seeing all the old guys from the Minneapolis bike racing scene.

Pat has organized a MTB ride at 9 am at OO.  It is nice that he’s gonna get to go out on a ride on his wedding day.  Actually, I assume it is really important to him, nearly engrained.  It is something that binds us all.

It is cold, and wet.  Riding at over 100 degrees two days ago and now below 30, in the snow.  Big change.  Bill is bailing on the ride it seems.  At least he’s not awake.  I’d better start putting on all the clothes I have.  It’s going to be a lot of layers, I didn’t really come ready for this.

 

Dennis' house this morning.

Dennis’ house this morning.

 

I need to borrow some gloves from Dennis.  He has quite a collection of them.

I need to borrow some gloves from Dennis. He has quite a collection of them.

 

One side of the Sawmill.

One side of the Sawmill.

 

Pat and Gwen.

Pat and Gwen.

 

Gwen brought her TT bike to her wedding.  Nice.

Gwen brought her TT bike to her wedding. Nice.

 

Pat and Gwen are Married

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I flew back to Minneapolis and hightailed it up to Cable on Friday.   The wedding of Pat Lemeiux and Gwen Jorgensen pretty much took up the whole weekend, as it should have.  Those guys really had a toned down wedding plan, but even with that intention, it took a lot of energy and time.

Lots of people pitched in to make the celebration successful.  It was truly a Northwoods wedding.  They got married in the Rivers Eatery, the local gathering spot in Cable, which happens to make excellent wood-fired pizza and other goodies.  Mick and Beth worked crazy hard and it was perfection.

It was amazing how many people came to Cable to participate in the festivities.  Pat’s dad Craig, made an eclectic, but heartfelt speech, and in it he addressed the Cable connection.   It was probably pretty strange for friends and family of Pat and Gwen’s to be coming to Cable Wisconsin, even though neither of them are from here.

The ceremony itself took a total of about 3 minutes.  Simple, sweet and prompt.  Gwen called the starting time and stuck to it.  Dennis Kruse, where we’re all staying, married them.  It was Dennis’ 2nd time to marry a couple, the first was Jeff Bradley and Deb Wood.   Dennis was dressed in lederhosen,  due to his German heritage.  It was fitting.

I had the pleasure to ride with Pat, the morning of the wedding and then with Pat and Gwen, yesterday, the morning after.  We rode singletrack both times.  The weather has changed up here, most of the leaves have fallen, it was a little damp and beautiful.  It is so cool that these two already appreciate the small things in life and aren’t caught up in, what could be a time and mind consuming,  squirrel cage.  There are a lot of demands on these two right now, and they are dealing with their situation amazingly great.

Yesterday, like I said, Pat, Gwen, Bill and I went out and rode some singletrack.  Gwen has improved so much on her MTB bike, even in the last couple weeks.  After the ride, Gwen put on her wetsuit and did a 30 minute swim in the lake.  She said it is officially closed for the season.  I have to take her word for it, since she was pretty much head to toe in neoprene.

I split wood for an hour and then watched the Royals game.  I hardly ever watch any TV nowadays and it was hard sitting there for more than an hour.  I finally just gave up, the Royals leading by a few runs, and went to bed.  It is good for the Kansas City area that the Royals are having such a good run at the end of the season.

I think Pat and Gwen are heading up to Duluth for a couple days.  It is a fun town and Gwen has never been there.  Outside Magazine picked Duluth as the best town to live in its October issue.  I don’t know about that, but it is definitely worth a visit.

I’m not sure what BIll, Trudi, Bromont, and I are going to do.  I assume we’re heading back to Kansas pretty soon.  BIll has been up here for nearly a month now.  He worked a few days, doing construction, with our friend Pete Caron.   Bromont could just live here forever.  It is his favorite place on the planet.  All he does is eat, sleep and run in the woods.  A perfect dog’s life.

I need to get serious about physical therapy.  I know I can ride my bike now, sort of mediocre, but the rest of the day leaves much to be desired.  Walking, sleeping, etc. is a chore sometimes.  I have no idea about cyclocross, I think I need to isolate the muscles that aren’t working and see if I can get them back on board.  Then I’ll try to start being a bike racer again.

Pat's bachelor party photo.  This was on a fork on the pre-wedding ride.

Pat’s bachelor party photo. This was on a fork on the pre-wedding ride.

 

The after ceremony kiss.

The after ceremony kiss.

 

Trudi and Dennis decorating before the wedding.

Trudi and Dennis decorating before the wedding.

 

Pat, Gwen and me.

Pat, Gwen and me.

 

This is Paul Ellis on a fatbike.  They were heading out while we were heading back in.

This is Paul Ellis on a fatbike. They were heading out while we were heading back in.

 

Specialized, Gwen's sponsor, made some custom wedding water bottles.

Specialized, Gwen’s sponsor, made some custom wedding water bottles.

 

Not a good photo, but probably one that portrays Pat's dad, Craig's speech the best.  It was a highlight of the festivities.

Not a good photo, but probably one that portrays Pat’s dad, Craig’s speech the best. It was a highlight of the festivities.

 

The wedding cake.

The wedding cake.

 

This is Dennis, lederhosen and all, and Sara Balbin, Gary Crandall's better half.

This is Dennis, lederhosen and all, and Sara Balbin, Gary Crandall’s better half. She is an artist and has DragonFly Studio up here.

 

We've stacked a bunch of wood the last while.

We’ve stacked a bunch of wood the last while.

 

Hip fractures in Cyclists

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After seeing me break my hip and watching my recovery, my friend Stacie has become interested in how cyclists recover from hip injures. There seems to be little research on the topic. Primarily a lack of data. I had told her that after breaking my hip, a ton of other cyclists contacted me about their experience breaking their hips and femurs.  Stacie saw an opportunity to collect this data.   So, if you’ve had this problem or know of someone that has(please forward),  take some time to fill out the survey below.  It only takes a couple minutes.  Thanks.

Research Objective: To identify the type of hip fractures cyclists sustain, mechanism of injury, recovery and when they return to cycling.

Principle investigator:
Stacie L. Grossfeld, M.D.
Board certified in Sports Medicine Board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Specialists
Louisvillebones.com
502-212-BONE

Take this survey if you broke your hip while riding a bicycle. No other qualifications.
Hip Survey