Monday, August 30, 2010

I will be representing the Street king crew at the first ever indoor world championships this year during interbike. I feel good, i feel like i could get off a good time. i dont have the ace in hole...youth. But i can still get off. Im hoping Bucket will get on the bikes and have a go. He won the first Rollerwars and has proven hes got the technique and legs to get it done. Inerbike 2010. Oh yeah!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

It's on!

A new alleycat flyer hit AZFixed earlier this week, Sept 18th, Tempe. The thread alluded to knowledge of prior races and events as primers for the stops. Needless to say it made me stop and think about some of the races I have either thrown or attended. Good times. One race that sticks out predominantly when discussing; the “good ol’ days”, is the race for the cure. I loved that race. It had all the elements of your run of the mill alleycat but was kicked up a notch with the involvement of the police and security at the hospital. Looking back it’s easy to laugh at, a literal gang of 40 bikers blowing past a security check point into the parking lot of what is essentially a jail. The security team overreacted and chaos ensued. The adrenaline was all that kept me going for the remainder of the night. I got lost on ASU campus, nearly puked after doing the shot of Tabasco sauce, shotgunned not one, but two beers in Hipster Compton, and got hit square in the eyes with a handful of flour at stop five after the person manning the stop yelled; “Anthrax!”. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. AZfixed was in its infancy, the Street Kings were still recruiting members and finding our place in the community, and although there was an alleycat every five or six weeks, no one forgot that race. If people are still talking about your race three years later you must have gotten something right. I cant wait till the 18th. Game on.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Everything old is new again...

Im back. At least that’s what my legs feel like. Some days I don’t even need the i-pod and I can put up PR’s on desert classic in both distance and time. Im training although for nothing in specific. I figure my sweet spot is somewhere around a 45 minute effort. Or your typical local crit period. Since the time period that I like to refer to as; “the corner” or the moment I stopped racing to impress anyone else and committed to riding only if it felt good and I felt like it, I haven’t suited up to race except indoors. My legs have never felt better, and my bike collection feels just right as well instead of bloated and unmanageable full of bikes I felt guilty not riding. I lost weight and a good amount of my bike excess during, and leading up to the summer bike swap. While I don’t think anyone will accuse me of being lean, I don’t think fat fits me today either. I still have racing goals this year; The DC crit, the world indoor sprints at Interbike, Tour De Scottsdale. It’s just a matter of how I get there this year that has made the difference. It hurt standing on the sidelines last year during, arguably, the most successful Thunder season to date. I don’t profess to be able to see the future, but the Street kings are going to be getting lean this year too. I want to apply the lessons I learned at “the corner” to that crew as well. It is not middle school, there is no requirements on attendance except a desire to be there. Love it or leave it. Well be at the bar.