Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cross Season 2015

ABRA 2014 Series 4th Place


Sand Pit Franklin Cross
2014 was to me a comeback season, after missing 2013 I felt it was important to make some kind of statement as to who I was and what I am capable of. Never to be confused with a good racer with skills and strength; I am just an average guy plugging away trying to be relevant. Metaphor intended, what happens out there can be translated into lessons in life learned. In ways I was stronger, maybe not faster and certainly not winning but I was surviving and each race was closer to my comeback goal.

I can relate to racing Cross, ITT's are to individual, Crit's and Road racing I get blown out leaving me exposed. MTB is the most fun however I feel I should be stopping and reveling in the nature and not busting a lung. Either way I never get to see the finish line from my perspective. Cross allows me to be part of the team, see and play in the action, watch fellow racers while cheering them on, take in the festival atmosphere and I feel I belong. This does take me back to my youth making me feeling younger than I am playing outdoors in the sand and mud while hammering my toys.

Cross this year started early at Ohio's NEOCX series. Getting into form raced at Euclid and Brooklyn with Mark and Kirk basking in the glory of Indian Summer (another reason to love Cross). Next off to Kickoff Cross at Marion Point (JR your drive instructions blow) summer conditions we soaked up the sun with Steve, Mike and Mark while racing in blistering fast conditions. I met three new competitors in my class that would in later weeks become friends. North Park MOM race brought me back together racing with Kirk and Rich, we have been going to Colorado the past few years together and always managed to find a MTB race at Valmont Park. Over the next few weeks I would race with all my teammates in great weather that soon would cascade downward into typical cold and wet conditions.

2014 is going to end up being one of my best years. I have come back from adversity with a smile on my face sticking it into the wind meeting all the challenges one at a time. With the support of Diane and Sarah life is worth fighting for and they showed me the way. Of course Di bought me the new boat so I had to say something nice here. (she doesn't read my blog). Last year Steve picked me up and brought me out to White Park showing me they will keep on racing without me and I better get back in the game soon. Rich never let me forget who I was and pushed me through the pain. Hannah makes me smile, simply put. HD thank you for assembling this cast of misfits, that fit just great.

Thursday, August 14, 2014


I must have been a good boy. Look what Diane bought me and look what I am doing with it.

Europe June 2014



Met up with fellow cruisers Debbie, Corinne, Dave and Stewart in Barcelona. Diane and I went on a two week swing through the following cities. Marseilles, Pisa, Naples, Rome, Istanbul, Venice and Athens. Other notable stops took us to Asia, I was able to swim in the Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic Seas. We consumed fresh seafood, local produce and plenty of beer and wine.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

You're so vain you probably thought this post was about you



Here I am doing a photo search on Google using my name.
What am I to think when this photo appears???

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

All washed up at 58

It is not over till the old skier says it's over. Best way to celebrate your 58th Birthday is to hang out with someone in your own boat so to speak. Diane and I headed up to Candlewood Lake, near Danbury Connecticut for the long weekend. There we met up with Mary, Nancy, Dave and Bruce. Bruce, Dave and I are roommate's in college share the same birthday. We also share the same passion for beer, wings and water skiing. Not always in that order but always in the same grouping. If you are from Buffalo you will know what I mean.
The best way to start the day is a slalom ski before breakfast, we still manage to do this despite Mary's breakfast waiting for us and the nasty hangovers from the home brew the night before.
Yes we can still get up on a slalom early in the am, even in a downpour.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Ray!!!             This says it all.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Boulder Camp


This years camp started off with a bang, got worse and then better. I'll explain.
First easy day started with a 4,000 ft climb up to Gold Mine Hill. Next day a run up Flagstaff, continuing onto Super Flag. Then proceed to Nederland by way of Gross reservoir and Coal Creek. 7,200 ft climbing and a brisk wind in our face headed into Ned. first two descents were on washboard gravel roads. Wednesday and Thursday more of the same punishment. Friday with Deidre as our guide Rich and I did Jamestown and Lee Hill. Friday was our most relaxed climbs and we turned in the best times, Thank you D you showed us the way. It pays to be patient and wait for the legs to show up.