Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Last Hoorah

Or was it? 

Last week Miker and Jason invited me on a trip to Minnesota's North Shore.  We loaded up Jason's Element with four Mukluk's, Snowshoes, and loads of camera gear.  For three days we road and shot photos and video.  With my little point & shoot I captured a few images that I like.  This one sums up my experience on day two.

North Shore Trail Mukluk Ride

We climbed miles of snow machine trails until we could climb no more, then hiked to the top of Carlton Peak.  We then looped our way around the back side of Carlton to the North Shore trail where this shot was taken.  This ride got me thinking about riding these trails on a little tour next winter...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Coming Together.

Something silver-ish showed up yesterday for me.  I've been waiting for this one for a few months. 

Ti Proto

There are a couple of details I'm looking forward to riding and testing on whatever terrain I may find.

Ti Proto

It's tough work sometimes...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Somedays it is bluebird, somedays not so much.

Somedays it is bluebird, somedays not so much.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

An Excerpt

This evening I sent a quick note to Mark Stevenson (Guitar Ted).  It felt as if I was telling coach that I wouldn't be playing ball again this season...

"I am heading to AZ to race in the AZT 300 the weekend before TI this year.  By the somber tone, this of course means I am withdrawing my name from the roster for TI this year. 

Believe me when I say that this was a tough choice to make.  I hold you responsible in a large way for my endurance addiction!  I mean that in the best of ways.  TI was the first endurance event that I ever participated in.  When I finished it my mind was blown.  I discovered things about my ability that I never knew and it sent me in a completely new direction.  So I toiled, raced 100 mile MTB events, gravel, Divide, and TI three more times.  These experiences are why I started Cheq 100 and TW.  I will continue to come back to them and I will be back to TI.  For this year though, I'm heading west.

When it comes down to it there are a dozen other riders out there who can set a TI course record and win the event.  Gorilla, Ek, Godfrey, Krause, Andre, Doom, and several others are all working hard for it.  It will be exciting to sit on the sidelines and listen in.  I'll want to be there physically on race day I'm sure.

Thank you too you and D.P. for continuing to develop the cycling scene here in the upper Midwest.  I will be forever indebted to you for it."


A lot of time, physical and emotional energy over the last four years have gone into my spring preparation for the TransIowa over the last four years.

TransIowa V4 Broken Derailleur
Photo Credit: Captain Bob

I'll miss riding with competitors and comrades that I enjoy spending time with.  Have fun out there on the roads of Iowa!