Wednesday, May 31, 2006
I stopped by Vince at Ben's and got my new toy delivered today. Vince has a bunch of these that are used and they are priced to sell. I had it delivered and Maddie rode it for her workout tonight. I sat on it and did a easy spin for half hour just to spin the legs as it has been a week since I have been on a bike. I held the arm up and it didn't throb so maybe a half hour to a hour easy will work without any damage to the healing paw. Going to try to ride easy for a couple of weeks and then after talking to the doctor then I will amp it up.
E-mailed Alexis today and I'm going to volunteer at the WORS race this weekend. That leaves me only 3 more at the end of the year to do to get a overall. I will work at a couple of other races that I will be at until I can start racing again. Boy what a way to go into the summer, well at least I don't have to work either. Just not being able to ride is what really sucks. Time to get the kids ready for bed and finish cleaning up the dinner. Later..
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Cece's mother drove me to the Doctors office in Kenosha as they both thought that a Vicadin and covered hand should not allow me to drive. Well the drive with a 78 year old Mother in law was a adventure. Arrived in one piece with about 5 minutes to spare. The Doctor took the bandages off and the fingers look a lot better then I thought they would have. I'm hoping to get the stiches out next week and then have to wait about 2 to 3 more weeks then the therapy will start. The good about the visit was that the Doc refilled the Vicadin. Now happy land for a couple more weeks. The pain is still there but not as bad as last week but still no exercise or anything until after next weeks visit.
Looks like with the rain that track may be off tonight. If no racing we will have to have the kids do a work out in the basement. Looking forward to the race this weekend and I'm going to volunteer and try to get the last couple of races to get a overall. The kids are looking forward to the next couple of races and then we are doing BMX Nationals and NORBA Nationals. Time to get a few things done. Later..
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Went to Rockford yesterday with the Boy and Russell. Russell came over after riding in the Kettles in the Morning with Danny, Lenny and also seeing about 15 other WORS racers there. We headed to the Rock and got there with time to spare and get the boys bikes ready for racing. Russell built a new cruiser wheel and I put a sweet White Industries free wheel on the back for him. Way to nice for a kid but what the hell he just gets on the bike and races with no questions asked. The bmx track is a really nice and I wish I could have raced. Thanks to Russell as he got the bikes all ready and got Nate ready for the races.
We got to the track and 5 minutes after getting there it started to rain, great we thought. Jake and the guys got the tarps out and covered the dirt straight aways in no time. It was really cool and then the rain stopped traps came off and the gates started to drop. With the rain delay it was every one to the main and a one run shoot for the finish. In cruiser Nate took 5th out of 7 and in age he took 3rd as he sat up at the end and got passed. What a Randy move I tell ya. In all it was a good trip and hope to get back there 2 or 3 times before the Nationals in 3 weeks.
While at the track I also bought a sweet Answer carbon pro fork for the Felt 20 inch bike I'm building up for the Boy. We are going hook the bike up with some sweet carbon bars, Sun Wheels of course and a few other geek items to make it a nice and light machine. We will post pic's when it is ready, hope to get it done by the the end of this week.
The paw is feeling better but I still take a Vicadin every 4 to 6 hours so that is why it probably feels as good as does. On Tuesday I get to have this wrap taken off and see how the Doc was able to put me back together. Going to go down by Jerry for a cookout and see maybe go to Randy's if I feel up to it and get home at a decent time. Well time to try to help Cece alittle in cleaning the crib. Later..
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Today Nate, Russell and myself are going to Rockford so Nate can get some time on the track before the Nationals there in 3 weeks. He is going to race age and cruiser tonight. He hasn't been on the bmx bike in like 2 months but after a couple of gate drops he should be fine.
The hand felt like shit last night and had to take a extra Vicadin to help. I was trying to hopefully take less drugs but the fewer I do take the worse it feels. So I will have to stay on the plan of 1 or 2 every 4 to 6 hours for now. Going to talk to Vince and get a spin bike delivered to the crib so I will have a easier way to train with one paw beat up. I'm thinking that a nice Lemond should do the job. Cece is fine with it so time to jump on it right away. Have to get some things ready for the bmx tonight. Later..
Friday, May 26, 2006
Here are a few pic's on how the paw is wrapped and protected it from me. The Doc has extra padding and length on the end to prevent me from hurting myself any more. It still hurts and throbs but learning to deal with it better. Hoping that it will feel good over the weekend and that I'll be able to get Nate to Rockford for a bmx race. Everyone have fun riding and racing and thanks for all the support and prayers. I will be back and hope to riding and racing with all of you guys soon. Later..
Thursday, May 25, 2006
For now I will watch movies that I have and didn't get a chance to view yet. So if anyone has nothing to do call and come watch some movies if you want. So call and anyone is welcome to stop by anytime you want. I will be taking the Punks to the races and I will volunteer for Don and give something back until I'm all healed up. I will also take them to the Wed races and work there so the others can race for once also. My hand is killing me so I'm going to go sit down and take a Vicadin. Later..
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thanks to Russell for all your help with the kids and all. Also thanks to Rick Miller for sitting at the hospital all night with me. Also thanks to everyone else who helped with the kids and all also. Time to rest as my hand is hurting like hell right now. Later..
Monday, May 22, 2006
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Now it was time to get Nate ready at the same time. A lot easier as he just is calm as hell and does a warm up and gets to the line by himself. He got a call up and took care of business right away also. He was like 4th out of the 18 and under group coming down to the first turn also. He looks so smooth when he is riding and I could see him go across the top just by his pedaling and I was at the bottom of the hill. He came across after the first lap and was sitting in a good position and held it to the end. He came across the finish line in 2nd place again and was only 40 seconds behind the winner of his age group. I don't think it will long and he will win a cit 10 to 14 age class, Nate is only 11. Way to go Nate.
Now it was my turn to put my front wheel on the start line. I got my call up and waited for Don to yell Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo and off we were. I didn't get that great of a start and was in like 6th place SS for a good part of first lap. I was holding good and passed a few of the other SS and got passed back after a climb or 2 and having to run up the hills after some one walking in front of me. But hey what the hell it's a race and I will get the chance to pass in the next lap or 2. On lap 1 a few of the other SS popped and that made the passes easier. Adam from Darcy was the first to pop and then the guy from Point pursuit was next and then it was 4 of us running wheel to wheel for the next 2 laps. It was a fun race and I was sitting in 2nd for a good part of the next lap and a half. Then after a crash I was in 4th in no time. Then with a last little single track Montie took time to hug a tree and that opened it up and I was able to catch up to the 2nd place guy and we came out of the single track and we sprinted for the finish and one racer got in the way and I got another 3rd place. Good for me as hills are what take me out of a lot of the races and I have been able to hold on this year. Next is the Wausau race and then BMX nationals in Rockford.
Tonight got home and cleaned up and headed to a Sports award banquet for Nate. He plays softball for his school. They are in first place right now and have out scored the other teams 135 plus to 4. They have 2 more games to play and I hope that they hold it together and win them. He got 2 medals and a trophy tonight and also won a $25.00 gift card for Target. So it was a good night for Nate.
Sorry I couldn't stick around to get to see the finishes of everyone. But hey Bubba great race today, Lenny also had a good race. Russell also pulled another 1st way to go. Jerry pulled some Bling also this weekend. Anyhow way to go to everyone else as I need to sight and read the paper and have some ice cream. Later..
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Did the Bone Ride today and I was toast about 111 miles into the ride. The ride from Tosa to Madison was a nice pace and the groups stayed together real well. The rain on the way there was kind of shitty but all were able to make it to Madison no problem. We got there and went to Noddles and Co like we do every year ate and gathered for the ride home. I got in the front group and we were riding along at a brisk pace of 30 mph plus on the flats at times and up the hills at 25 mph plus. Doing all this as it was pouring rain. I made it for about 40 miles but with the heart rate pegged at max plus for 40 miles I pulled off that group to ride with the group behind me. That group didn't show up for about 20 miles so I was in no where land by myself and riding along just hoping that it would ride up. Well it did just as I was going up a hill and I said later as another group was still coming. Just as that group was coming it started to pour and hail so I said enough and got in the van for the ride to the cycle shop in Hartland and got a ride to Joes with John. At the end I had 130 miles on the legs and with the rain hail and cold that was enough as I was toasted by then. This is the first time I didn't make the entire ride but hey it still beats a day at work. Congrats to Russell, Jeff Senn, Jack, Joe, Jim G., Mike G, John T., B-dog, Spring Bob, John B. and the others I forgot. As they all made the entire ride. Can't wait until next year as I always enjoy the ride and will get in a more appropriate group for the ride home.
Doing the KR ride in Waterford on Sat morning with Hayes Youth team and Russell. Then we are going to Alpine for the pre ride for the race on Sun. Cece is going to Minnesota for our niece's baptism and taking Jessie along so I have only 2 punks for the weekend. That should be a fun time. Well time to go and clean the bike from the ride today and get some rest. Later..
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Put a single speed bike together for The Boy out of spare parts and a frame that was lying around. Not a perfect one as I need to fine tune a few things but he can ride it for now. He is going to race it at the time trails and maybe a few WORS races later in the year. Running a 32x18 for now and seems to be good for him. Now The Boy can drop Randy on a geared bike and a single speed.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Today was another trip to Madison to get the weights and measuring cans. It was a real shitty drive as the rain and wind were a real bitch. Got back and then got home and the Punks and I did a roller workout. My parents are in town as they had to take my Grandma to her sisters funeral. Time to go and sit and talk to them. Later..
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Yesterday I took the day off from work and went to the zoo with Maddie's class. It was a fun time as the kids where really enjoying themselves. Then we got home and Nate and I did a roller workout as Maddie still had work to catch up on from missing the week of school last week. Nate really is working out hard and I think he want's to win a few of the Cit races this year. He is alot more focused this year and I think after half the year he may try a few of the sport races also.
He played softball on Monday and they won agaiain and the team is 3-0. They have now won by the scores of 24-0, 16-1 and 26-0. The team is really good and I think that they may have a chance to win every game if they keep playing as well as they have. Nate has made it safely to first base at every at bat that he has had so he is doing good and hasn't let a ball get past him at first. He has had a good year so far and I hope he doesn't have a melt down over the last couple of games.
Today I had to get up at Goat time and get to work and drive the weight's, weight kits and gas measuring unit's to Madison. The lab there then certifies them so we are accurate when we do our jobs. So I took the day off the bike and took the kids to get a Mothers Day gift for Cece. Tomorrow I have to go back to Madison and get the rest of the equipment that was not finished when we can home today. Oh what fun this new job is. I really don't miss the restaurant inspections at all. Well time to get the kids to take their showers and get in bed. Later..
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Race day was cool and then the Punk Boy was ready for his race in Cit 10-14. After the pre ride I was thinking that he may be off a little but he had a good start and took it from there to take a solid 2nd place. Nate is really got the mind and the power to do well and never give up. We thought about moving him to sport but being only 11 he doesn't need the pressure to try to race that hard right now. So the crying parents will just have to kiss my ass as he races and beats their kids for a while.
My race went well as I didn't know what to expect as I was moving to single speed. I remember getting passed by a few single speeders last year in races and thinking that they were faster and that I would be happy to finish in the top 7 or 8 would be fine. I got a good start and hung on a few of the guys that were ahead of me and got a gap and worked with a guy from the point team. On the 2nd lap I told him that I needed to get around him in the single track area as he was moving to slow and I was getting kind of worried that others may have been catching us. I put the hammer down then and dropped him and never seen him again. But then I never seem the guys in front of me either. In the end I finished 3rd and that was way better then I expected so a good start to the race season. Now I have to wait and see at the next race as Alpine has a lot climbing and the leg just doesn't do well at some of those courses.
Kudo's to everyone else that raced as I don't have the memory or the energy to type all the results right now. Sorry. But to everyone thanks for yelling words of encouragement to me during my race. Later..
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Looking forward to the race this weekend and seeing where the fitness is. I hope that I don't pop in the first lap, just have to wait and see. Cece still hasn't ridden her bike and Maddie has been sick so it should be a fun first race for them 2. Nate should be ready as usual. Later..
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tonight we have a softball game for Nate and a spring concert for the girls. No riding tonight unless it's not raining maybe a cruise with the lights on. Time to get to work. Later..