81 Days: I Know What I Did Last Summer

In 2010 I started riding Salsa bikes.  Not FOR Salsa, but just riding their bikes and enjoying their “Adventure By Bike” ethos along the way.  My first was a 2009 Chili Con Crosso frame, which I built up with SRAM Rival and some Ultegra wheels, a Van Dessel carbon fork, and some other parts which make it into a complete bike.  It has served me well, and it was my go-to bike for all of my long distance gravel riding since it was first built up (except for CIRREM last year which I had to borrow a bike for after roaching my BB on a B-road before the race)  Then I got a brand new Vaya.  I wanted one of these since they came out.  I hated it almost immediately.  Evidently going from the Chili to the Vaya was too big of a jump for me.

I switched to riding the Vaya almost exclusively, determined to make myself like this bike or die trying.  I rode a lot of gravel…and broke some spokes.  I rode an overnight from Cumming to Breda, fully bagged and using my amazing dyno light system.  It beat my ass.  Heavy and meant for a little more relaxed riding, the Vaya just wasn’t what I was looking for.  Then I officially forsake all other bikes and only have been riding the Vaya exclusively, almost out of spite.

Today I decided to dust off the Chili.  I know they are completely different bikes, for totally different purposes, but the Vaya was my first choice for the Trans Iowa.  I am rethinking this decision.  The Vaya does have the bitchin light system and the usb charger that runs off the dyno to charge my electronics.  BUT the Chili is just fast.  Like I can’t believe how hard I have been working to keep a pace when the Chili just rolls that fast.  I may need the extra help in the speed.  I suppose it is time to order some more battery packs for the DiNotte light.  Or maybe another light.  It’s just time to start re-planning this whole thing.


I Am Really Doing This? I Am Really Doing This.

I got in.  I am officially on the roster for the Trans Iowa V8, a 300+ mile gravel race which starts in Grinell, Iowa on April 28, 2012.  This is an exciting development as I have been talking about this monster for a few years, but never put my postcard where my mouth is and stepped up to the plate.  That has all changed.

Back a few months ago when I was still in the beloved Pink House and had just become its sole occupant I decided to make some changes, start a new blog (as if I need another), and begin training for TIV8 with hopes of losing some weight and gaining some more legs.  Yeah, that didn’t happen.  It seems that my goals were about as lost as Doug in The Hangover.  I just looked at the “other blog” and noticed that it had been almost two months since its waters were last piddled in, weighed myself and saw that I am still at my record-breaking weight, and tried to recall if I had done any “training” since my move into town…other than drunkenly pedal my ass up MacRae park hill for pass-out time.  Nope.  Life has not been conducive to taking care of myself, but that’s all right.  There is always a time for beggining, and a beggining is a delicate thing.

Random skipping around point:  here is a trailer for an upcoming documentary about the Trans Iowa race filmed during V7 in April of 2011.  This will give you an idea of what the race is all about (hint:hills, mud, gravel, hills, hills).

So I killed off the “other blog” today and will be tracking my progress here (at this point “tracking my progress”=whining about how I am failing at my goal)

Here is the last post from the dead blog for you enjoyment:

Well, the two people out there who may pass through here for whatever reason, I am officially on the Trans Iowa V8 roster, #50 out of 100.  Smack dab in the creamy center.  I had some great intentions with starting this blog, but I think that I will move this to my original/actual cycling blog location, CyclistNotBiker.  I will talk less about diet and specifics of my fatness reduction and more about riding, but who really gives a fuck anyway?  The important part is that this training-ish thing gets documented and that I am making good on my promise to myself to take this event seriously.  I am also trying to make up for a piss poor year of blogging, and starting a new blog when I already am responsible for so many, a few of which really never get any attention.  That’s right, 2012…you are hearing what the beginning of every year human kind has occupied the planet.  You are currently “next year” and “next year” is always the year everyone is going to make things happen.  At least it’s good for a laugh when looking back.

It’s been a very strange year, this 2011.  Looking to the future for peace, answers, and stability (and back to some serious saddle time) is definitely a symptom of the human condition.  I, for one, will work hard at bettering mine: Mentally, Physically, Emotionally, to live a more peaceful, fulfilling live surrounded by family, friends, a shit ton of gravel, and a few less snacks.

Here’s to the future, only 136 days left until the “Meat Up” in Grinell, Iowa.

Yes, here’s to the future…only 136 days left until TIV8 kicks off.