Just wanted to say hello to everyone. I hail from Ohio currently, but looking to make a move to San Jose next spring. I was planning to move sooner, but life happened, and a whole lot of stuff got messed up this summer. Stuff happens though and some good has come of it. I reaffirmed my love of cycling over the summer, and competed in my first road race ever.
Basically I was planning to move, and quit my current job to make time to get things done before moving. I ended up being popped on a possession charge of marijuana. That made my license in Ohio become suspended for 6 months. I should have hired a lawyer, but the DA reduced my charge to a city ordinance and suggested to the judge I not loose my license. The judge didn't care, and took my license for the 6 months. Six days later I was t-boned by an SUV turning right on red, into me on the crosswalk. Man some luck, eh? I learned crosswalks and sidewalks are not for bikes, even if it is legal in Ohio, it is not safe. I tore my MCL, and put me in bed for 2 weeks. Ironically it was on a break day of Le Tour de France. So I ended up laying at home watching stages 8-21. It sparked a new interest in cycling I never had before. Road racing. Up until that point I street ride BMX, and downhill freeride, and a few years back I xced and I started to ride the roadie around for transportation, and training. I always scoffed at the lycra wearing weenies. Now I am one. I was never serious in any of the ridding I did. I just did it for fun.
As soon as I could ride again, I started ridding as much as possible on my hit old '87 Schwinn Traveler. I replaced the seat after the wreck, it was destroyed on impact. The wheels were bent, and 2 weeks into ridding again, my Look 4x4 pedals I put on the day I was hit, well one of the spindals broke in half. The partial MCL tear finally completely healed about 2 months later. By that time the insurance from the guy who hit me cut me a check for the repairs to my bike, still waiting on the personal injury part. Ironically everything that broke was expensive stuff I put on it. Go figure. So I ended up with a decent check, fixed it all myself, got a spindal for the pedal from the LBS they had sitting around, and spent the check on a used '01 Trek 5200. As fate would have it, the bike came about the same time the knees quit hurting. During the recovery from the MCL tear on the left knee the right knee started to develop some serious pain stopping me from ridding for a few weeks. Mind you ridding was my only transportation at this point, and if I wasn't ridding I was stuck at home.
Now I was fully recovered, and I had a worthy race bike. Now where do I go. Well I found a race to race in. It was in 2 weeks from the date I decided I was healthy enough, determined to race. So I started to train. Ridding as much as possible usually 3-5hrs a day. I logged hundreds of miles those 2 weeks. Then when race day came I thought I was ready. The race I look back, and laugh at myself. I did what all told me not to. I charged right from the start, and led the first 5 miles. I was holding 28mph, a speed I never thought I could hold longer than just a sprint. I didn't even realize it either. It felt easy. Well it was a 32mile race. The field passed me on the first climb, and I was left alone trying to catch up. I realized at that point I was not as invincible as I thought. I held that position which still was not last. Apparently my pace was too much for some of the other competitors. I was caught by 3 of them. The first one helped me by being my drafting partner so we could save energy together. We picked off a few others that dropped off the pack too. The other 2 well I dusted them, as well as my new drafting partner on the big hill climb of the race. All in all I ended up 25/40 not bad for the first race, but I learned allot.
Since then I have been training even harder. There are no more races around here, but I want to be in my best shape for the next season. I was already in the best shape of my life. Now I just keep getting better. Cycling really has changed my life. I want no less than top 5 in the next event, and I will settle for nothing less. I am stuck here for another winter, and I get my license back in January, but I am almost glad it all happened. Drugs can really mess your life up, learn from me. Not that I think pot is a bad drug. I actually think it is perfectly acceptable, and there is nothing wrong with it, but it did screw up my life because of the legal problems with it. I now do it in much greater moderation to preserve lung capacity for racing. When I was bed written however I smoked allot, it definitly helped the pain, for I am against pain killer medication. I was never into drinking, or cigarettes so this is my escape. I personally think it should be legal, but that is a whole different thread, and not what this is about. Once in California I can get a script for it.
Anyway this is me in Laguna Beach with some friends, I'm in the blue:
This is my new roadie:
This is my DH rig, it's got the Go-Ride upper crown now too:
The rest of the bikes I still need to snap pics of. This seems like a cool forum, and I will probably be spending allot of time here on the rainy days like today, until I get a cycling trainer for inside.