Friday, July 29, 2011

morty moot mope...

and so it ends...my meteoric rise to mtb immortality.  Something came up for this Saturday so no BO racin' for me.  Last I heard Manawa was under water & I'll be at a wedding the Stanton weekend.  The race bike returns to full time commuter duty.  As seen below, it was fun while it lasted...
photo prop: Nathan Swanson

Later,

TK

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

anserine...

 Now that I'm a full-time mtb'r, not really but I've raced twice, maybe I better give my "race" bike a look-see.  The brown stain, wobble, & squeak coming from my rear hub needed some attention.  One bearing, well I'll let the picture tell the story, what's left of one bearing had some issues...

Hammer & fire needed.  This was actually the easy part, liberating the freewheel that had been on their for 10 years was the pisser.  I probably lost a couple pounds sweating in the 90+ degree garage last evening.  In the end I triumphed, got the freewheel off & put in a couple new bearings, victory.
that extra advantage...


the "biker billy" harvest has begun...
Later,

TK

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

stickin' it...

...to the man, or whatever you want to call it.  Tuesday & Wednesday I rolled out in the dark at 5:30 am for a couple pre-work jams.  First time ever, brought about by afternoon heat index's in the triple digits.  Upside, beating the heat (relatively), downside...get to work an hour later putting myself behind to start off the day.  Whatever, it was worth it.  I found there was something unexpectedly liberating about having my ride out of the way.  The day-long stress of what time I would get out of work & how beat down I would be after work was gone.  It's not like I had to get up any earlier, I'm an early riser as it is...

This morning we're getting a little bit of rain, just what we need to moisten the oven.  

That extra advantage...
The Tour...with the exception of there being bike racing on TV (in HD) every day it has been seriously boring.  France is a beautiful country & HD definitely does it justice.  The next couple days are our last chance for something exciting to happen, please let something exciting happen...

Later,

TK

Sunday, July 17, 2011

enhance your calm, always...

All week I had planned on doing one thing on Saturday only to change my mind Friday & decide to do something else on Saturday.  To quote k-dub, "I do what I want".  I try to keep things hassle free & low-key, my original plan for Saturday was neither one of those.  The new plan...me & the wood-nuts loaded up a six-er of Coke medio litro's & headed it for BO.  Now that I'm a mtb'r, not really, but I'm just "doing what I want" & having fun.  Keeping the mental stress to a minimum, there'll be plenty of that come Fall.
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Full on heat warning was in effect, but with a bit of overcast & a breeze blowing it wasn't that bad.  It was the humidity that was inescapable.  We didn't realize that there was a planned jam for 8:00ish as we rolled up at 10:00 ish.  Schmidt-dog & a newbie were the only sweaty remnants of the earlier sesh.


Track was in really good shape, freshly mowed, fast...
"do what you want"...
 Check it out lap, fast one, & then a somewhere in between lap.  3 & done.  Joel was just arriving as we loaded up...
Back to Lincoln, Oso, a nap, hammered through the tour recording (boring), dinner, & good night.  It was a good day.

Later,

TK

Friday, July 15, 2011

a piece...

...of my world.  Welcome.


TK

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

vimana...

4:35 am...just walked one of the dogs, 78 degrees/89% humidity.  That's what I'm talking about, already got my Tuesday glow started... 
Hey Bike Master's crew!  Thanks for the good time, job well done.  I'm beat down but I'll be back...
exploring the hood...
that extra advantage...
 my phone takes some pretty decent pix...
 35 for a local this Saturday, no comment...
Enjoy the sweat, no break in sight.  No shit...it's summer.

You're not seeing things...that's me racing off road Sunday.  That's my fully rigid SS commuter enlisted for a day at the races.  First mtb race, good times were had.  Thanks Michael Wong for the photo...

Later,

TK

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Soon-d...

Semi-retirment.  Haven't ridden dub-g since DK.  Mentally I went down in flames after that event.  The downward spiral started after TI & hit its zenith during DK.  None of what I was doing was making sense, why did I want to put myself through this anymore.  A little time has passed & the really strange thing is that the event I want to approach again is TI?  That was the event that hurt me the most.  I was actually angry afterwards that I did that to myself.  It was so big that everything after couldn't compare.  I haven't seen any sign(s) that there will be a TIv8, but I'm cautiously, quietly, secretly, hoping there will be.
hey now...
Yesterday I coaxed C-bread on to the skinnies.  A quick loop around BO, pit stop at the general, & then back to the Star City...
 I used to get the "2-pack", a combo of a Pick-5 QP & a Powerball QP.  That has been discontinued.  They now have a 3 -pack, although it's not called that, which adds in a Megamillions QP.  I guess their plan worked, they got an extra buck out of me.  You can't call me a habitual lottery player though, it's been months since I bought any tickets.  A byproduct of shorter rides which means fewer convenience store stops.
rorschach...
 hi...
 Good friend MT lit it up down in Lawrence, 4th in the Cat 3 CR yesterday afternoon!  Oh yeah!

Rainy Sunday morning at the moment...

Later,

TK

Saturday, July 2, 2011

freshee...

ahhh, fresh macaroni...