Sunday, January 30, 2011

Noquemenon 51 km

I felt better than I did last year (even though my time was a tad slower). For some yet to be determined reason, I got really fu**ing cold somewhere around the 15 km to go mark. I ended up stopping for a little over ten minutes at the aid station with 10 km to go. I put on the shell I always carry in my hip pack and cinched up the hood. I also downed two large cups of warm water and four lemon cream cookies that I would not normally eat. I still felt like crap when I left, but I warmed up a little by the end and finished pretty strong. In the end, it was a great race for all of us. Kerri and Hugh who were staying with us had a wonderful time, and Sarah was the perfect support crew as always. We topped it all off with dinner for ten at the cabin on Lake Superior with some other folks from home. Homemade cavatelli and an abundance of beer and wine rounded out the day perfectly. Next stop on the race schedule is the Birkie in just about a month.

Untitled by wpeterg at Garmin Connect - Details

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What Happened to Video Wednseday?

Video Wednesday seems to have fallen to the wayside...  so here's a couple that I've enjoyed recently:

Portal from Linus Platt/SolarSlash Digital V on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Back in Action

I took it easy that first week after the crash. I was using the laser therapy and popping the ibuprofen in an effort to speed up the recovery process. It must have worked because I've been back on the snow for about a week now. I'm still probably only at 80% give or take, so I've been going extra slow on the downhills to avoid another crash. I was a little worried in the first few days following the crash that it would f**k up my first big race of the season, but the last few days have restored my confidence. Sunday I got out for a good solid 21 km classic ski at race pace, and yesterday I got a hard 10 km skate ski in. I'm going to keep trying to ski hard through the end of the week, and then I'll start resting up and getting ready for the race. Hope everyone is having a good winter and getting out to enjoy the snow. Over and out.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gearing Up in the New Year

It's been a bit quiet around here lately, on the Team Terpening blog that is.  I suppose the weather and time of year is mostly at fault as people switch from moving on wheels to moving on sticks strapped to their feet.  I suppose I'm at fault, too; I haven't posted since Christmas - been a bit busy lately.  With the new year upon us, I've been concentrating on the new season of cycling and getting things together for a great year on the bike (had my first ride of 2011 on 1/4).

Sick's New Bike Route:  May Be 10 Miles Out Of The Way, But He's Committed To It

Although I plan to continue making blog posts here, I have started writing on my own blog once again, The Resurgence of Sarge.  I deleted all of the old material and started out with a clean slate as part of the 2011 program.  Please feel free to check out the new layout and content.  This time I'm trying my best to keep it completely cycling related with an emphasis on my 2011 program for riding, fitness, diet, and health.  I'm also making a conscious effort to post on a regular basis.  Check it out.  Speaking of blogs, I've added some links on my site to other blogs that I enjoy reading.  Since he's a member of Team Terpening, I added Action Chuck's blog to my list...  and I'm still waiting to read the first post, Chuck (hint, hint).

As most of you may know, we welcomed our first child into the world shortly after Christmas.  We're so excited to introduce the newest member of our family, Chas Anthony...

We'll Put Him On A Bike As Soon As Possible, Can't Wait To Teach Him To Ride
In other cycling related news, I've decided it's time to treat myself to a new ride.  After thinking about it for a while, I realized that I've only purchased two new bikes in the past 8-10 years (?).  Notice the key word there - purchased.  I have had several different bikes based off of one purchase thanks to Gary Fisher's stellar warranty policy.  It all started with a Gary Fisher Kaitai.  A stripped out bottom bracket shell led to a warranty Big Sur which was eventually replaced after I broke the frame.  After a second broken frame, I upgraded to a Sugar 2+.  I broke one or two front triangles, then a rear triangle; and, at that point, after warranty parts arrived, I retired the Sugar in lieu of a Surly 1x1 which has been my trusty steed for the past three or four years.  As much as I love singlespeeding, I feel like I might enjoy some gears and suspension from time to time.  So, I'm in the market for a geared bike with at least a suspension fork.  Not sure what it might be, but I'm currently looking at Specialized StumpJumpers and a Redline D660.  I'm really stoked to have gears and suspension, but I'm trying to be patient in order to find a good deal on a new bike.  I kind of hope something comes along soon.
I'm not sure if anyone has really noticed, but the 500th post on the Team Terpening blog is approaching quickly.  It'll be interesting to see what our team leader has in mind for this monumental event.  I'm already looking forward to it.

Well, I wish you all a happy new year. Ride on.

Friday, January 07, 2011

I Hurts

Finally got back on the snow Tuesday for a wonderful 1.5 hour skate ski session with Hugh. At the very end, coming down the last hill, I crashed and my ribs made extra firm contact with the frozen ground. The wind was knocked out of me, but I got up quick enough and we made it back down to the car without incident. Now my ribs are very sore. The pain seems to be radiating from the bottom of my sternum outward and down. I've been treating them with a combination of heat, ibuprofen, laser/electrode therapy, and beer. Today they feel a little better, so I think I'll fire up the snowblower and maybe tool around behind the house on my fat skis. For those who have not experienced a blunt force trauma to the thoracic region, I don't recommend it at all. First marathon of the season is only three weeks form tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get back on the snow serious style come Sunday. Hope everyone has a good weekend.