Pee Town Cross

So, the first P-Town cross went off tonight. It was sweet. I actually rode the course in the snow a few years back one time. Hats off to everyone involved. Good to see some biking action in the P.

After a horrible, no good, very bad day, we (la familia turbo) made it out there with about 5 minutes to spare, which was fine. It was good and low-key.

I took a couple years off, but it looks like nothing has changed and I still suck at cyclocross. Yeah, I am pretty out-of-shape and stuff, but the thing is I can still hold my own in a crit when I am a proverbial “fat bag of snacks”, but in cross it hardly matters. Good, bad, ugly, I just can’t go fast enough. I should probably learn how to go faster on dirt, I guess.

Oh, and if you’re thinking, well you just sit in in a criterium…you probably haven’t won them very often.

Road shoes may not have been the best choice, but it wouldn’t have made much difference.

What was awesome was when I was hurting and decided to check how far in I was. 14 minutes in.

Anyway, it was a righteous party and I hope to be back. Trying to talk Kelly into racing next time!

Cross Bike Maiden Voyage

So, as mentioned I got a new cross bike. It’s the bees. Anyway, I got around to riding it yesterday, crazy I know. I rolled over to check out the new Provo Wed night course. I had actually ridden the park previously. Sadly, I had no idea what the course actually consists of. The park is pretty tiny though, so it will be interesting to see how the lap comes together. Hoping to find out tomorrow night!

Form is not up to spec however. Luckily, I suck at the cross whether I am fit or not, so no one will know the difference.

I got bored pretty quickly so headed up on the shoreline trail for a bit. I was railing it home as I had to pick up the girls from school when I flatted. It seems like I always flat on the cross bike. It makes my sad hurt. Anyway, I was pretty late with that, but I got the girls okay.

In short, new cross bike=boss.

In other news, we got our first valley rain/mountain snow overnight and I am a little giddy.

Where Was I?

Oh yeah, going into Interbike.

The show was okay for me. Kinda bouncing between a few booths. Only had a few appointments each day, but I think they went well. A couple no shows, which is disappointing, but what are you gonna do? Always nice to catch up with my industry brethren a bit.

The cross race Wednesday night was boss. Probably the highlight of the week, fun wise. Thursday night I went to the big industry party. I thought I should show my face, but it’s so far removed from my scene. The music is too loud to talk to anybody and I can only figure they paid all the stripper looking chicks to be there. So weird.

I rode Wed and Thurs mornings, mostly because I couldn’t sleep. Pretty weird being on the streets of Vegas at 6am. I think the road that parallels the strip is Industrial Blvd…pretty much all strip joints. Nice line of cabs out front. Probably time to go home for the night, fellas!

I made my appearances on Friday, but hit the road around 2:00. Ran into a bunch of other bike geeks at In-N-Out in St. George and was home to see the girls before bed. It was a pretty long trip for me, so the girls were over the moon when I came home. So nice.

All-in-all, a pretty good trip. Oh yeah, and I brought home a Litespeed ti cross bike. Pretty excited to get on it. Seems like the perfect material for a cross bike. Also interested to see how disc brakes compare.

Time to go indoors

Well, the fun and games are over. I am glad to be done with dirt demo, as standing around outside in 100 degree temps does wear on you a bit, but I was able to ride my bike everyday since I left, which was nice.

It gets tough now though. Late meeting tonight, early meeting tomorrow. We’ll see if I can keep up the riding. Would undboubtedly be the first time I’ve gone home with more fitness than I left with, but the starting level makes that easier as well!

I did the big group ride out to Lake Mead this morning. It was easy enough going out, but coming back was pretty much all uphill and, predictably, it turned into a race. I didn’t win. Or come close!

Apparently, Rory started crawling while I was away. No surprise there, but I am bummed to have missed it. I guess she still prefers dragging herself around (zombie baby, as I call it), so hopefully she isn’t too fast before I get home.

Will try to keep the updates, pumping, but that’s going to get hard too. Time will tell…

Just a quickie…

…as I finally slept in after 3 days of not so much sleepy-sleepy time.

Anyway, yesterday was solid. The meetings were over by about 2:00 and we took a ride out around Lake Mead and to the Hoover Dam. It was a touch over 40 miles, which is quite long by my current standards and just about 100 degrees. I’d never seen the dam before, so that was pretty cool. Nice to just roll with some guys without it getting too agro.

Got back hopped in the pool and then headed towards the strip. I had to drop a guy off at Treasure Island and then came the drive of shame down to Circus Circus. I joke about it, but seriously, I hope I’m not here again next year. And by that I mean, I hope I have the financial ability to say “it’s worth it to stay somewhere decent”, as this place is living up to it’s reputation. I shouldn’t complain, as I slept just fine. It is a ways from the expo though and I will be taking anything valuable with me when I leave the room for the day. The signs all over the hotel basically recommend it.

Maybe one day I can even take Kelly for some portion of the trip…

Anyway, I got kind of depressed about it last night… maybe just the extremes of leaving a super nice resort and heading here. So I kinda just wandered the strip for a couple hours. I typically do that when I’m here. It’s just such a weird place for me.

Anyway, new day, get it on!

Probably not going to happen…

So awhile back I posted that on the road, I typically tell people I am a recovering alcoholic rather than Mormon. It is a joke, but it’s not, right?

It’s kinda funny being in meetings like this. All good in the meetings, but as we get into the cocktail and dinner hours, people really can’t fathom that an adult would choose not to imbibe. And then it comes out that I’m from Utah and people draw the conclusion…

but the truth is I’ve only been Mormon for the past 6 years, and I’ve been having this conversation since high school.

For the record, I did try drinking twice. Both in my mid-20’s. I had a great time the first time and got a really bad hangover the 2nd. Pretty sure I can say never again.

So much…

…for blogging form. Am I right?

Or maybe it’s back up again as I’m back on the road. Yes, after a fairly hectic week at home, I am back in beautiful Las Vegas. Our hot water heater went out, but we got a new one just in time for me to leave. And I mean just in time. Now, the internet and landlines are out. I paid the phone bill- pinky swear!! I don’t like leaving the Kelly with the house awry though. Things go so much smoother that way, so hopefully we’re back up and running quickly.

So yeah, out here for sales meetings this weekend, then dirt demo Mon-Tues and Interbike Wed-Fri. In case, you noted that this posted in the wee hours of the morning. Yeah, my roomie must’ve had a bit of a rough night (as they say). I’ll leave it at that and that at 5:00 (6:00 Utah time), that’s close enough to when I get up that I wasn’t going back to bed.

The drive was easy enough. And I even got in with enough time to go for a cruise around Lake Las Vegas. I gotta say this is a whole different side of things from the strip. It was 101 when I pulled in, but with the sun going down, it was quite pleasant. We’re due to finish up meetings at 4:00 today and get out for a ride in the hot (yes, in the hot). It’s funny to hear all the east coasters complain about the dry heat. ¬†As for me, any time I can go for a bike ride as part of a meeting, you won’t hear me complaining.

Stayed tuned for the next post wherein I go back on my word and complain.