It feels like winter out there and it's only going to get colder. I flew home from Louisville where it was almost 80 to Durango where when I arrived at 9am it was still 27 degrees. Burrrrr. The flight back was pretty bumpy around Indianapolis and come to find out they had a tornado touch down later that day. No wonder it was bumpy.
Louisville went pretty well for me. I wasn't expecting much and was just hoping to boost my start position a bit and get some intensity in before the Ice Man MTB race next weekend. I managed to snag 4th place each day. Saturday it took me a while to get going but I eventually caught Powers and was hoping to beat him for 3rd but he dropped me at the finish. I still finished 1:36 down to the winner which is a big gap.
Sunday I had a great start and thought I might make the lead group but it didn't happen. About halfway though the race I started to loose steam and only managed to get 4th again b/c Frattini and Schouten crashed in a corner after the pit trying to keep the speed too high. I was suffering at that point and thought for sure I would be 6th. I was happy to get 4th but I was even further down on Sunday, 2 mins. That is a huge gap in a fast, hard packed CX race. I did manage to get some points to move up the grid though and I suffered like a dog so hopefully the form will be coming around for the Iceman.
Speaking of the Iceman, I just got my new 2011 Stumpjumper 29er for the race. The bike is incredible and with some new prototype Renegador 1.8 tires it's incredibly light. I can't wait to race it next weekend.
It seems like it's been photo shoot season lately. Usually the Spring is when all the pictures get taken but this fall has been pretty busy.
Myron and I went to Zipp World HQ after the GPs this weekend. It was a big get together for their CX athletes, Powers, Timmy J, Kaitlin, Meredith, Jesse, Weighall, etc.... Stu, Anthony, Troy and rest of the staff were there as well. It was awesome to catch up with everyone including the Zipp and SRAM crew. What a great team. Got to see how the 303s were developed and how Zipp came to be, what a cool company.
I don't know what it is but the CX races are closer racing with much more bar banging, bumping and in general more hostilities then most domestic MTB races but everyone gets along great. I love hanging out with everyone and it's an amazing vibe on the circuit. We all get along so well and I really enjoy having the opportunity to chill out with everyone. Here's another shaky picture, this time of the CXWorld crew at the Zipp photo shoot. The Unicorn and Mr Nose/Mustache/Glasses.
Finally, I've become a big proponent of the gym over the past few years. I try to hit it twice a week when I have the chance to do a building block. I'm not throwing much weight around and the gyms in Durango don't have all the equipment I like to use so I finally broke down and bought 2 pieces that were missing, weighted slam ball and giant rubber band. I use them for ab stuff and explosive leg work. I'm building up an inventory for my own personal gym.
It's almost warm enough outside that I can't see my breath anymore so that must mean it's time to ride. I've been doing most of my work on the mtb this week since it's slower and there for warmer but today I'm going to venture out on the road bike.
I wonder how Benno is enjoying Germany after a month in Hawaii.....