Hello blog. Had a crazy week at work last week, and it will continue to be this way for a couple weeks rolling into a software release for work and a wedding on the East coast in a few weekends. Sorry for neglecting you, but realize training has suffered a bit as well. Life pops up, ya know? It's probably good that it happened as we really needed to get the house cleaned up. (What are these boxes from? Christmas?!? How much laundry do we have to do?)
So, our house is cleaned up now. (The downstairs mess migrated upstairs.. I guess that's clean?) Clean enough for company! We had an awesome time with our closest friends yesterday, including an appearance by the Crazy Prospector Dance Team.
The "Monster Cookie Beatdown part Tres", took place last Sunday (4/2) and was crazy hard ride. 11 PV race team folks along with about 40 club members descended on the state capital grounds for this annual ride put on by the Salem Bike Club. The team left at 9am and rolled back into the finish around 12:40 with a quick stop in Champeog State Park at the half way point. The Black and Blue Pain Train rolled through the 63miles at roughly at 23mph average and called out "on your left" roughly 2145 times. Next year we think we might bring out the Cookie Wagon to run lead on the train. I will also not start the ride hung over.
April PIR wrapped up this past week, with B-Rat taking a very hard fought April series that unfortunately went sour in the final moments. A wreck in the final sprint took out Jeff Harwood from Ironclad along with Jeff B from PV and a couple other folks. Jeff Harwood was the leader on the road at the time of the crash and was riding really strong. Hope you are healing quick! I think I took 3rd overall for April. Not too shabby for only racing 3 races. This will probably be the last 3/4 race I do on Tuesdays for a bit, and just in time it seems. Apparently there was a second wreck in my race when someone's pannier rack hooked another riders handlebars and dragged them down. I mean seriously? I'm all for folks commuting out to PIR via bike and the fenders don't cause issues, but a pannier rack sticks out well beyond the arc of your wheel and just shouldn't be out there in the peloton.
In another "heal up quick" note, PV's own "Kromonster" suffered a compound clavicle, AC separation, and a pair of broken ribs along with a busted bike after saying hello to the side of a SUV. Alex unfortunately overcooking a corner on Newberry earlier this week. Anyone who's been down Newberry probably knows the corner being referred to. Fortunately Alex was able to make it to the First Friday party the next day. He's a machine.
My own bionic knee is feeling much better after a regimen of stretching and deep tissue massage on the hip flexor and peraformis muscle group. Rides on my road bike don't hurt that much anymore, and the diagnosis was further cemented by the amazing amount of discomfort when I was on the TT bike on Saturday. (The more aggressive position on the TT leads to more stress on the regions causing the knee issues.) I plan on
hanging on for dear life racing the TTT this year with a few of the PV guys, so I'll be spending a lot of time stretching and adapting to the bike over the next couple weeks (hopefully!).