Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Quick post

Not much time to post, once again it's back to dealing with doctors so our days are all messed up. Another inconclusive test result from last weeks MRI which I guess is a good thing. Now it's time to test out a different drug as the last one I tried really messed up my training. Then that's it for the ENT doc's and the next step is the neurologist. If that wasn't bad enough Jobro ended up going in for a root canal on a tooth he broke last fall. The dentist built it back up and it looked pretty good but it started hurting him the past few days and today it was time to take action. He got through the procedure just fine so he's good to go. Wonder what's going to happen next?
Rode up to Leavenworth last weekend and caught this view of the Missouri river flooding. Still makes me wonder what it looked like a month ago at the floods crest. I saw something on the news about the stench and junk that will be left over after the water recedes . I rode up the newly reopened Hwy 5 and found out that they were right, it did stink.
Game #1 for Jobro this season was a night game at the OP soccer palace. The boys played great for their first time on a full sized field and managed a tie. Pretty good way to start the season!

I've been following a bunch of people I know that went out to the Leadville 100 MTB race just to see how the did. Tons of great post race stories and I don't think anybody ever goes away disappointed no matter how their race went. After that was over I started following the Breck Epic race. The main reason I was interested was that Kansas transplant Cameron Chambers was in the race. Cam is a super talented mountain biker and a former National 24 hr champ. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO now but it's still fun to keep track of what he's up to. You should check out his blog on the Stumpjumper Trail Crew site. Here's the link to the site. Check it out, he writes a great post race report.

For me it's another week rolling around KC. Tomorrow I'll make another attempt at the Hill ride. The last few weeks I've went on this ride and have managed to get dropped by the 14 yr olds and most the old guys with hairy legs. Oh well, have to keep at it, the last thing to come back is all ways the climbing legs!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Last week of Freedom

The end is near for the boys, two more days of summer vacation and then it's back to school. The past week is a off week for all of us as there are no summer camps the final week of the summer. With that in mind we've just been kicking back and relaxing at home.
If you know of anybody looking for a light fork for their cross bike I've got 2 Alpha Q forks for sale. They retailed for over $500.00 each when they were new but I'll let then go for way less than that. Let me know if you are interested.
Got my care package from Bob's Red Mill today. All you have to do is go here and sign up for the Train with Grain program. Tons of great products but the Steel Cut Oats are still my favorite.
Old school shoe drying methods are still the best! At least it was a warm rain.

I knew that it was going to rain when I left the house but it started looking pretty nasty so I turned around and headed for home. I was close, it started raining about a mile from the house. Good thing I was close, water I can deal with, lightning, not so much.
I can't remember where I got this picture, I think it was off Facebook, but check out Brad Cole sporting his Mercy kit on the MTB. Pretty sweet!

There's a ton of racing going on this weekend, MTB, road. Of course I'm not ready for anything  this weekend but maybe next week.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I saw that there was a pretty cool article written on our boy Joe Schmalz in Road Magazine . It's great to see him get some press after getting some great results this year. Road Magazine is a pretty cool but it's pretty pricy to buy. I never thought about the online version until Brian Hardy put the link to Joe's article on Facebook. It's pretty easy to page through the article and it starts on pg 40.

Not too much new for me, still battliing the injury bug and it's driving me crazy. The stitches came out and have healed nicely. I thought I could start riding hard again but was reminded yesterday that I don't heal as quickly as I used to when we hit a double set of train tracks and the bouncing made me feel like someone hit me in the shin with a 2x4. Oh well, I'll just have to be mellow a little longer.

I've really been wanting to ride North and check out the flooding in Parkville. Since the water has started receding the flood has fallen of peoples radar but there is still a lot of water out there.
In fact, it looks like the water has really only dropped a foot or so from it's high water mark. The line through the middle of the picture is actually the edge if the Missouri river. There were cyclocross races here last year but it looks like they may have to find a new venue this year.

Last fall Curly, Jobro, and I went out to watch the cross races the the river was down here. The bank of the river is to the left of the picture and about 20ft up. Pretty amazing how much water there is now and how long it's been here. I'm pretty sure that I-29 is still closed in Iowa due to the flood so it's still bad up there as well.

Here's a new addition to my sock collection. Choch gave me these and they will go nicely with my new Source Endurance kit.
Getting close to cross time! I may have to bring the waffle iron to the races this year so Bill and I can have something to eat on our early morning race day setups.
A few people asked about Carly lately so here she is. I think she is going to be on the small side as far as Labs go but that's ok.
This is where we were with Curly's front teeth, as in there were none! Seems that the gums had become like leather and the teeth couldn't push through. A little work with a scapel in the periodontists office and he now has all 4 teeth poking through. It's been a week and I think the teeth are now dropping down as they should. Yea!!! Kind of had me spooked that he would never have front teeth!

Tomorrow is going to be interesting. I have a appointment to get a MRI of my head to look for causes for my migraines/ear issues. I got a call today from KU Med and answered some pre test questions and the first thing he mentioned was do I suffer from claustrofobia? Ummm yep, I do. So tomorrow it's going to be a mind over matter test to see if I can handle being in the tube. I think drugs may be in order for this one since I  had a reaction when he even mentioned the tube. It's weird that I never had clausturofobia until I started having issues with my ear but as the ear/balance issues have progressed so has the claustrofobia. I'll let you know how that one goes tomorrrow.