Saturday, December 20, 2008
It also looks as though the sea otter is a go this year. I've been really wanting to get out west and do this race since I bought my first mountain bike...a mongoose sycamore complete with RST front fork and chromoly frame....technology has come a long way hasn't it? Anyway I made the attempt to get out and ride the trails across redbud at nine mile that i've tried to create but still too soft I may just scrap the idea and focus on skiing as I am going to have plenty of time on the bike with all the racing I've got lined up during the 2009 season on the EVOMO team.
On a saddening note a fellow racer had passed away recently and while I did not know him personally, Kyle was a great competitor and just by chatting in passing from point a to b I can honestly say he was a stand up guy and represented the sport well. We were in the same age group so I got know him a little bit, but never the less, Thoughts and prayers go out to him and his closest friends and family.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Slimfast is good for endurance racing? I learned that this weekend, but kind of curious as I am still looking for something I can take down quickly and not choke...Ideas?
Secret Secret training session tonight has my confidence back to normal....no I wasn't at nine mile and we'll leave it at that.
As Scott listed, 33 days till nationals....YIPPEEE! It's going to be FAST this year and Chris...don't worry about the second log pile in the flower trail as it's already gone. The right hander in Ho Chi Minh got me I think I've been jinxed.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I was suprised at the road start, but not dissapointed because I was the first rider trailing behind the lead group knowing that I didn't want to blow up trying to keep up with those guys before the clock even started. I started catching people right off the bat at the long, sandy, almost endless first climb and was moving quite well for the majority of the lap and then along came the river created by local flooding easily hub deep and got worse with every rider going through it and was quite long as well. The next suprise was the climbing on the later portion of the lap. I was thinking that with the course being 100% singletrack maybe the first series of climbs was all there would be.....WRONG. Granted I love climbing and I expect it in most cases but I was suprised when I saw the final product of the Garmin registering 31000+ feet of elevation over the course of the roughly 100 miles. I felt pretty good and stopped to pop another gel, payday, cliffbar, swig of coke and off I go again.
2:08 was my lap time.
Again climbed like a mad man feeling no build up of lactic acid and still making passes, but decided to shut er down after the river again to make sure I had enough left in the tank so I did latch onto Scott's wheel for the remainder of lap 2. When I arrived to the pit area I felt like I had to take a deuce so bad so off to the portajohn I went that took way too much time and bad timing at that, but I did feel a little better and continued on to lap 3. 4:27 through 2 laps this included my time on the john.
I felt okay on the climbs and carried the bike through the river once again to save it from serious harm as I can't afford to replace anymore wheels, hubs, forks, etc...At this point going into the climbs I felt like puking hell I almost did like three time including in the pits going into my final 25 miles and I was already in a terrible place on the third lap already eating my "Cracked Cereal with Bonkberries" and ready to call it quits in the pit area as my lunch was on its way up to say hello I told Scott that I didn't feel so hot all of a sudden and he knew what was up and said I should get back out there quick then and finish it up (Thanks Scott) 2:37 for lap time.....ouch!
I felt like crap wrists were numb, stomach was screwed up, legs were gone and if you ride you know the feeling. I kept wanting it to end be done with and so on with every corner that I went around I was looking for the cars in the parking lot. I was glad it was over, happy I finished, dissapointed with the final half of the ride, but proud that I held it together despite the events towards the end. I mustered a 2:54 final lap and I wasn't at all thrilled with it knowing full well that I can ride much better than that. But hey you don't learn anything by going half-assed only wondering what if I went balls deep and gave it my all. With that being said lesson learned and even with bonking finishing mid-pack overall is a small victory in days and weeks of ups and downs. The important thing is to keep my eyes on the prize for 24 hour nats.
No more racing due to family functions until Levis 100 in which I am extremly excited about as I love this course I'll be interested in seeing what parts they use for the course and granted there is a map but it doesn't say nothing unless you've been more than the one time I was luck enough to visit
I have to thank the guys at EVOMO for all of their support this season and great threads, Rudy project for keeping my vision and melon in check, Nuun for electrolyte replenishment, Monster for giving me that little extra boost when I am feeling sluggish, SixSixOne for keeping the blister demons at bay and thanks to manitou for keeping the Turner glued to the track. Also, I would like to welcome aboard Fluid specializing in recovery drinks that get me back up and riding again right where I left off.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The countdown is also on to getting my new stans wheel built dt spokes/nipples and american classic disc hub. This is what's left of the old one.
After this is taken care of it's off to Michigan for 100 miles of fun. No worries about work, housework, or any other work for that matter just me and the bike. Does the top 20 sound like a lofty goal in this race?
After the lumberjack it's right back at it with the Levis 100 and no WORS until the firecracker! Normal ride tonight looming thunderstorms were not going deter me from riding the trails at nine mile into the dark. Happy Riding!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
1. You can effectively pronounce the last name Eatough (as in eat off a plate)
2. You have become a full fledged meteorologist overnight.
3. Minivans and import station wagons become more appealing based solely on the amount of gear and bikes they can hold.
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See you all at nine mile and yes I am still a little sore from the 12 hour.
Monday, May 26, 2008
We didn't arrive with too much time to spare as I had barely enough time to say hi to fellow EVOMO Teammate Tim Ek. I ran my bike to the start, grabbed my camelback and gloves and by the time I turned around they started the race and I was instantly dfl and stawicki comes screaming by as well just before the trail narrowed I couldn't latch on to him as he was long gone before it opened up and there I was fighting an up hill battle. At this point on my 4th or 5th lap knowing that our times were all within a minute of each other and no letting up it would be extremely hard to catch up before the 6 hour started. I was feeling okay on the first pit to switch camelbacks and bottles and it wasn't until about 7 1/2 hours into it that I started to lose some substantial power and not riding the big ring in places on the course that I normally would and the climbs were starting to not feel effortless anymore. I think this was a case of lack of calories coming in and relying on hammer gel and pay day bars to get by not as planned...I really needed more time to get setup correctly...lesson learned.
So here's the deal
I did 25 laps 117 miles and a 5th place finish (this is only 60 or so less than at 24/9 last year what a difference a year makes)
Tim Ek 4th place 27 laps @11:46
Justin 5th Place 25 laps @11:24
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I wasn't sure what the weather was going to bring to the Lake Geneva area, but as luck would have it, the rain held off on race day.
I didn't know what to make of the race as I was still sore from the weeks workouts and felt lazy rolling up to the start, but on the plus side I was claritin clear as I continued to fight off the allergies and lung issues stemming from it.
Anyway, I actually got off to a decent start but fell back on the climb as the lactic acid built up fast. I had time to recover on the first drop as there was a logjam and by that time the lead group was gone and by the time I got to the colorado heartbreaker I was already 3 minutes or so back and not riding in the big ring to make a long story short the first lap was the worst of the five. I finished in about the same placing once again but I know my better rides are ahead of me and this weekend in kewaskum and rhinelander will tell a different story.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
This week has been kinda up and down, cold and warm, rain and sunshine, I am sure you get the deal. A nice hard effort on Tuesday taking the singlespeed up Rib Mountain 5 times and nice tempo ride on Wednesday with some sign sprints had me feeling a little bit on the low side today so just a good stretch and light spin was all that she wrote today. Iola is the race of choice this weekend and am quite excited to be riding on hopefully some stable trails.
Friday, April 25, 2008
To start with, I made a stop into Point to pick up Nate, hung out for the night, and headed off to the Rockford area for 30+ miles of racing. All intel gained to this point was that the course was 99% perfect and only a "few" muddy sections. We arrived in what I thought was plenty of time and I don't even think the RC Trailcrew were ready for the amount of people looking for a race to do and consequently enough we stood in line for what seemed like hours and had just enough time to get on the bike and head to the start.
The start was more or less annoying with no real wheel to latch onto since I was the very last person to line up but before I got to the entrance to the singletrack, I had caught Russell and began to reel in another small group of chase riders and then all hell broke loose with me forgeting how to ride in axle-deep mud and going down within the first 10 minutes. So when I thought I got that out of the way I began to have cleat problems and realized I needed an earlier release angle only after I smashed into a tree and even after falling I still wasn't unclipped. I was quite pleased with my Rudy helmet and glasses not getting destroyed during impact so I'll get to use them again at Iola for the WORS opener. Regardless of the conditions and pulling the plug after the first lap, I was able to gather information on what I did well and not so well. I felt rock solid on climbing, great on the logpiles and singletrack speed and did well on speed on flats and false flats. I do need to work on my descending speed and skills. Nate had a smokin race and so did the Lalonde bros...again.
A month from today I will be embarking on my first laps into first 12 hour solo event of the year and I haven't even put more than an hour on the MTB and this fact is just sickening. Sorry there are not any pictures as I am sure the mud kept the photographers from noticing my stellar kit and boyish good looks.
Secondly, Wisconsin strikes again with it's lovely forecast of rain everyday and if that's not forecasted it's snow. Now I am sure everybody is sick of hearing about snow, cold, and people like me whinning about snow, but it just doesn't want to let up....at all. I am dangerously close to asking the EVOMO guys when I can move in since I may just go over for the Sea Otter next year and chill at their killer race lounge as it sounds like they had a hell of a good time last week. makes me proud to be affiliated with such an awesome group. Speaking of which, I need to go and pick up their latest hoody.
Finally, Good luck to everyone braving the conditions at Trans Iowa. Judging from the pictures it looks like a mess out there and I hope to see you all at Iola.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Anyway, I've got racing on the brain although I didn't get into the chequamegon, I'll figure out a way to get in....something huge....
I wonder what the 24/9 course is going to be like this year and who is coming? Worlds Conflict?
Who is all jumping to expert?
Lalondes vs Kabush Who wins?
I need more Nuun
I need to finish lyrics and tracks
All Nirvana CD's are mine
Well off to dream land visions of 4 hours of riding dancing in my head
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Right now, many, including myself, have motivation and spring on the brain. I did like Scott's list of motivation as it got me to think of what has been keeping me going all winter with the skiing and biking on the snowshoe trails in single digit temperatures with Nirvana's "In Bloom" rockin out on the IPod. There is just this satisfaction of knowing that at 10pm on a Saturday night most people my age are either playing Warcraft on the computer or at the bar doing the 12 oz bicep curl and looking for their baby mamma. Nope not me I am just one guy out on a bike and in this case with only one fricken speed. Only car in the parking lot is mine but you would never know it's me even if you parked next to me, however, it's safe to assume. I am really looking forward to the 2008 season to begin as I know at least one thing will happen for sure and that's simply the fact that the snow will be history....finally! Happy Trails and I look forward to seeing you all at either Rock Cut or Iola.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Then partying with Orange Avenue these guys can cut some good tracks
The Walrus is a huge animal but very cool. Speaking of Walrus it's time to freeze and ski.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
And shirt #1 comes off the press…
These shirts are going to be up for sale early next week… msrp: $20 USD. Do us all a favor and buy one hell buy two cause EVOMO is simply explosive.
Friday, February 15, 2008
A: A nasty flu and a migrane in addition to no training for this week
Okay, now that my whinning is done I hit the trails again tomorrow and I've done some registering and buying goods from many and awaiting the new stuff from others. Lets see I've got the EVOMO kit straight outta the hands of those completing the firearms training and GTA (grand theft auto) training sessions...the hardwork paid off guys. Rudy glasses and helmets are on their way as is my sixsixone gear.
Registration for the Lumberjack 100 is in same goes for cheqfat and iceman (keeping fingers crossed on the triple crown). Registration is half full so if you want in better do it soon.
One week left in cube hell before going to Orlando, FL for some much needed fun and relaxation. I may sneak away for a jog or some weight training.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I had a chance to test out a lot of the Nuun hydration products and what i've found was the Kona Cola is almost identical to flat coke this being my favorite. I also like the lemon lime and the fruit punch.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
On another note, I will soon have my snowshoes and Garmin. I love the fact that I have yet another method of cross training during the winter plus I got my own equipment to use at bsg quadrathon...5k run to 5k bike to 5k snowshoe and wrapping it up with the 5k xc ski. my drawbacks in this race will be the fact that the xc ski portion i've decided to go classic and rockin the single speed in addition to never being on a pair of snowshoes.....this will be interesting. Wait I'll be doing the classical xc ski race on saturday as well. I'll keep you posted on the results.
keep on keepin on
Friday, January 18, 2008
Speed and effort were the products of powertripping managers that like to step on your toes and take your ideas as if they are their own and interupts you while speaking...I need to move on and do something else. Remember it's not who you know it's who you blo...I think you get it. The joint draws so many parallels to the movie officespace. What's so hard about treating co-workers with respect?
Snekkevik for me is cancelled as I am not skiing with -23 windchills and risk getting sick for the Quadrathon. Can't wait to get out on the bike again.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I didn't really didn't ride much this week an hour here an there but nothing really exciting. I did attempt my weekly ride at nine mile but the light wasn't as charged as I would have liked so I had to cut my workout short at 2 1/2 hours. Today I plan on taking the wife out on her first xc ski expedition on the classic skis while I go along side on the skate skis and later tongiht it's another double except probably an hour on skis and 2 hours on the bike so total workout today is roughly 4 hours.
I ordered my first 6 tubes of Nuun hydration tablets. This is going to be the greatest thing during the long races or rides. Just drop one in your bottle and it dissolves on it's own. Definitely cool stuff. You can get some at http://www.nuun.com/
Also i've once again joined forces with sixsixone protection. They have great gloves, shoes, and other protective items to keep you comfortable and safe on the trails. http://www.sixsixone.com/.