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Monday, November 28, 2011


We are in Monticello this morning, headed home to Logan via Moab.  Yeah, we are going to squeeze in a ride if we can.

The picture below says it all.  Monticello has nice mountains, deer, elk, the Peace Tree Cafe, and a temple topped with a gold dude blowing a trumpet.

Friday, November 25, 2011

New Mexico Thanksgiving With Heather and Greg

This Thanksgiving was one to remember.  We rode some of the best singletrack ever for fixed gear cyclocross.  Then, a turkey dinner New Mexico style at Antonio's:  mole on turkey, mole on stuffing (yes, stuffing with green chilies), and mole on sweet potatoes.  The best part was the cream of squash-green chilie soup, and the pumpkin empanada for dessert.  I ate so much I fell down.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

UTCX # 10 Wheeler Farm

I am not going to give a race report.  I'm not going to put up a picture of the standings.  If you really need to know you can look it up on the UTCX website.  Sorry no hyperlink.  I just can't keep worrying about the points standings and the final outcome.  I just have to win the next two races and it will be all good.  When it's all said and done, I will blog about it.  Here is a great video.  I'm at :58, 1:26, 1:57, 2:17, 2:35, and 4:20.  Yeah, that's me at 2:17 making the crazy high side pass around Mr. Cottle "The Throttle" and at 4:20 drifting through a turn.  Slick.

Monday, November 14, 2011

UTCX #9 Mt. Ogden Golf Course

Another fantastic video from Adam.  I'm the guy with the strange looking unwrapped silver flared drop bars.

It's Mathematically Possible, Right Jimbo?

Saturday, November 12, 2011


I spent all last week working on motivation.  I trained consistently, doing steps and hill repeats.  I made positive predictions.  I told myself over and over and over that I would ride well.  I showed up this morning at the race in Ogden and rode the course and got in a decent warm up even though it was cold and raining.  I stayed near the front for three laps.  On the fourth lap I made it to the top of a really long hard climb off the front by a few seconds.  I had a bobble after that, but held a gap for my third first place finish of the year.  This one was special.  I rode well and Darren Cottle was in the race.  It was the first time finishing in front of him since December of last year.  I even got a trophy.  I now own a cow bell that says I'm the 45+ King of Mount Ogden!  It's good to be King...of your own little world.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mind Set

I plan on having a good one in the morning.  All positive.  Snow, rain, wind, mud, frozen mud (frud), and cold?  Good.  I'm going to pre-ride the course, warm up, and stay at the front.  I'm going to ride hard, fast, and dig deep.  Look out Dr. Cross and Mr. Cottle.  I'm going to be motivated.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Just Another Utah Cyclocross Race

Here is another video from Grizzly Adam showing the conditions from last Saturday's race.  It was pretty miserable in the morning then blue sky in the afternoon.

UTCX 8 - Wasatch County Fairgrounds from Grizzly Adam on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The End Is Near

Here are the top 20 overall in the UTCX Men's 45+.  I'm sitting in third, and virtually tied for second with Doctor Cross (Darrell Davis).  All I have to do is ride better next week than I did this week, and finish in front of #1823 wearing the Contender kit.  I have a plan.  I going to ride the geared bike.  Really.  I'm going to have the right mental perspective.  Really.  I'm going to finish second overall.  Really.  I've put way too much effort into this thing to be third.  Or fourth.


There is one thing I know for sure about cyclocross.  Sure, you have to be fit to win, but the mental component is so much more important than anything else.  When I got out of the car yesterday morning at Heber, I said to my race buddies, "I just don't have the motivation to do this."  It was snowing and windy, well below freezing.  My teeth chattered.  It was all I could do to get into the skin suit and layers.  It was too cold to warm up, so I didn't.  On the way to the starting line I fell.  Twice.  Really, I am not kidding.  I heard my name when they did the 45+ call up, and as I moved forward I fell in a rut.  They all laughed, but it was a sign of things to come.  At the start of the second lap, I went down again.  As I fell I stepped on my chain and it came off.  I put it back on as seven or eight people went around me.  I fell off the virtual podium.  So, I just went as hard as I could.  On the last two laps I started passing folks.  I ended up in fifth.  Not bad considering my lack of mental preparation, but it was just not my day.  If I finish third overall in the series instead of second, I have only me and my brain to blame.

Tired, cold, muddy, and completely spent, I did the singlspeed race right after the 45+ race.  I started dfl (that's dead f_ _ _ing last, in bicycle racer lingo), but picked up the pace as I went and started passing some folks.  I was "training."  When I went around my buddy, Arthur Morris, the battle was on.  For nearly two laps we went at it.  The announcers were going wild.  Through the technical twisty infield, we were over the top aggressive, riding side by side, bumping shoulders, cutting each other off on the inside turns, with both our bars touching the flagging tape on each side of the course.  This went on for nearly a whole lap.  Then, in my head, it was one to go.  I put in the big attack.  Really big.  I was 10 seconds in front of Arthur as I crossed the line and the announcers said "one to go!!"  Did I already say cyclocross was mental?  So, I kept going and Arthur slowly pulled me back.  He made a good move on the final turn and sprinted for the line.  I went outside and slid a little.  It was no use.  He beat me, but I could not get rid of the smile on my face as we crossed the line.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hard Headed

I'm headed for Heber early in the morning.  There should be some snow on the ground and some snow falling at race time, according to the forecast.  It's going to be cold, below freezing with a stiff northwest wind.  So, the fixed cog is back on the bike.  The lock ring is tight.  I hope the forecast holds.  On snow and frozen ground, the fixed gear is not a real disadvantage.  For the first four races, I must confess, the freewheel was an advantage over the fixed cog.  It gave me a chance to coast and rest a little.  Dismounts were a little easier too.  Last Sunday I rode the geared bike for the first time.  Yes, I'll confess again.  It was faster.  I didn't say better, I just said faster.  Back to being hard headed.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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