a midsummer night's dream, er, i mean midsummer hiatus. and an 8 hour race.

i know some inquiring minds have been wondering if i fell off the face of the two wheeled earth.  no, just a bit of midsummer downtime out this way.  had a fun and somewhat rewarding first half of the season on the bike, then came the end of june and the arrival of Dave Nicolay (who some may remember is a team hoff member, though i haven't seen him on a bike since a NYE very intoxicated ride into downtown raleigh).  we lived it up a couple of days in tahoe and then hit the road for Moab.

what followed was a 4 day raft trip down the colorado for Joel's dirty thirty.  lots of beer.  lots of whiskey.  no riding in sight.

it started with a bit of this:

then onto this:

with a fair amount of this:

a few of these:

more of this:

plenty of this:

a few rocks:

some of this:

followed by this:

definitely a fair amount of this (Dave, making the team proud):

even some of this (very late, very 'hydrated'):

then this:

wrapped up with this:
yes, dave is sleeping in a crate.

then came a week with dave and joel both back in Tahoe.  good times.  then some climbing and such for the month of July.

like this in yosemite:

and a washed out shot with the B:

what, its August?  yeah a month off the bike - eating, floating, swimming, climbing, drinking and other general merriment.  August 1st - the Kirkwood 9 to 5.  i found out about it 4 days before the event and decided to race because i needed to get back on the bike.

technical course.  descent climbing.  finished second to a former pro in the single speed class (he also set the fastest lap of the day!).  we had a 'fun' battle during the race in which he better me in the final two hours.  just happy for the podium after a month of nothing two wheel related.

the only flat section of trail:

sweaty armpit man is trying to hold my hand . . .

'recovery' ride sunday was a brisk 100 miler with the boys around the lake and up to Truckee.

happy august.


KB said...

damn boo, you are a machine - excellent job at the race! when are you getting more arm tattoos?

Kona Lingus said...

good job on the drinking, racing and hand holding. what is that like your 20th podium of the year?

wv: ablecal

Spankye said...

i like your mid rift jersey

Miss Jumper said...

the sex