It’s been quite a while. Last post was after the Almanzo, way back in June. Can’t help but thinking some times “really, do people actually read this blog?” But you visitors do keep coming (and my devoted regulars). And so, if your curiosity and your search engine brought you here, I will try to bring you something worthwhile your visit.
Who am I? I’m a guy who spent a lot of time building things. Homes, garages, townhouses, commercial buildings. Then I renovated and remodeled buildings. Then came the time that my body, back, and mind had its fill, and it was time to move on. But move on to what? That is a question that is still being answered.
But for the last 5 years, my life has been filled with bikes, and cycling. Cycling has been a part of my life, since I was a kid, but has become a renewed passion, more than it has ever been. I’ve been busy tuning, repairing, building, rebuilding all kinds of bikes for a lot of different kinds of people. And for myself! I’ve got a nice little collection of bikes, all of which get ridden in different venues and different times. Some more than others.
Although I did a fair amount of riding on my road bike, and another bike for commuting, it is my gravel bike that has gotten a lot of miles lately. (What is a gravel bike, you ask? That is a good question. Stay tuned for more on that subject.) This is my gravel bike.
In 2012, I learned about gravel racing. I rode 2 events. The first one I didn’t even finish. I missed the registration of a couple more. I made it into a second race late in the year, and finished. Last year, 2013, guess what? More gravel. And my bike changed, pretty radically, like three times. And above is the result of the changes and experimentation last year. I’m really happy with this bike, it has served me well. But I will curtail talking more about it for now. And try to talk about what has transpired this year, which is, basically lots of riding, and racing.
Yes, racing. It became apparent that certain folks would show up at these events, and amongst themselves things were quite competitive. Last year, I found my times and results getting better as the year went on. My appetite was whetted for more. I began to pick the events I would attend in 2014. I tried to maintain or improve my conditioning through the winter. I lost some weight. And I entered a bunch of races, the last of which will be tomorrow. And sometimes I find myself riding with guys like the above. And other times, I’m chasing. Make no mistake, this is a work in progress! But there is progress.
But I don’t want this to develop into something too painfully long, and so I will cut it short. Let’s just for now consider this a preview to a few more posts going into more detail about this cycling season, now drawing to a close. One more race on my calendar, the Dirt Bag. October 25, 2014. Tomorrow! So stay tuned for more, now that the summer’s silence has been broken.