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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A Little Look Back....and a Giant of a Tale

So another racing season is over...which means I have spent the last few weeks being lazy and getting fat.



Yeah just like that.  So time for that to end....and back to training  for next year if I want to compete...perhaps I need a coach.  I was a little disappointed in my performance this year...it was OK but not much better than the year before...and I want to get better...not maintain...perhaps I need a coach...

For example, would have liked to have done better than I did at the Crank The Shield.  Especially considering that the rumour is that this was the last year for the Crank...hopefully it will be back.  It's a great, tough race; an awesome experience; and although not cheap, it is value for the money.

Besides, I want one of these...




Trouble was, this year this guy took all the medals.




Anyways, one thing I did do different this year.  At the urging of Unglued, I solo'd the Fall 8 hour race on a rigid single speed (that I borrowed from misconceptionz).  I have wanted to try single speed anyways so it was a great opportunity.  And although I got my arse handed to me by these guys...


This guy is serious on his bike!!



And this guy (dskunk as he prefers to be called).  I'm not so ashamed he kicked my arse....he kicked arse in the Tour Divide this year...then came back for a little ride like the 8 hour for more podium time...




Anyways I liked the single speed so much I told Lois I should get one.  She said no.
I told her it would make me a better rider.  She said no.
I told her it would help keep the mileage down on the Epic.  She said no.
I told her it would make me almost as sneaky powerful as this little guy...







She said, "Awwwww....but no...."
So I compromised and got this...





Guess I'm not so good at compromise...

Of course I reminded Lois of this time....




We have two cats.  No worries....we are still as happy as all these cuties...












Someone once asked me why I don't post more pics of myself.  If you know me, that is easy...I ain't that picturesque.  Besides...you don't need a ton of pics to be noticeable.  This guy isn't in any pics, but everybody knows who he is!!  

ApexTed



Besides most pics people enjoy of me involve something like this...






Anyways...time to switch gears a bit (notice the single speed reference?).

Recently Giant calls me and says 'Let's go ride'.  I say, OK....but I have this shiny new single speed so let's go ride Christie cuz it is single speed friendly for an inaugural ride.  However, we don't know the Christie trail system that well so we invite NewfieSteve because he has this easy guide...




OK, not really, it's just an old joke I never get tired of using (thank you Benny Hill).  Anyways the three of us went out for a ride (without the guide).

Although the temps are dropping, the fall scenery makes it a great time to ride!!  Giant got this great pic...



And the leaves can make the trails a bit disguised...





And a couple of other large fall animals...







Meanwhile back in Saskatchewan...



Anyways...I'm getting a bit off track...

So we get back from our ride...Giant is putting his bike back on his rack, when he mentions, "I think we have a problem here..."  (Insert his cool Serbian accent here...why cool?  It kind of makes him sound like a hitman from a B action movie...)

So...NewfieSteve and I think he means he broke his bike, or his rack...or something like that.  But no...while putting his bike on the rack he dropped his car key.  Down the storm drain....on the street.

Oh great. We suggest he call Mrs. Giant to bring the spare key.  "We don't have a spare...that was the only key."  (Really??  Who only has one car key??  Giant does...).

So, we reef back the lid on the drain (you know those things weigh like 300lbs!!)...so see a very deep hole...with water and 'sludge' at the bottom...but through the water mixture we could just make the outline of the key.

We tried to fish it out with a large stick...no go.  So I ran to my garage...grabbed my ladder...and Giant pulled off his shoes and socks, rolled up his pant legs, and climbed down to retrieve the key...






While he is down there he says, "Wow...this mud is deep...".

Hmmmm...I reply, "Ummm....yeah...I'm pretty sure that's not mud".

NewfieSteve says, "No shit."



I'm not sure Giant caught the reference (I think he is still working on fully grasping the English language....especially Newfie English).  Anyways, he came out of the hole smiling, with key in hand...and a new cologne...sort of...




In the end???....all was right in the world.

Anyways...this post has gone on long enough...more questions to answer for next post.
What will I do to get in better shape, and/or faster for next year?
Will JeffS and his family leave some medals for the rest of us next year?
Will there be more fall riding?  (of course)
Is Fig still out there somewhere or has impending fatherhood caused him to hermitize?
Will Giant get another car key?

Stay posted!





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