Monthly Archives: June 2012

815am
Another great morning visiting my HP. As I sat on my fav bench I watched a eagle fly past. Great way to start the day. Even this day as I am wiped out from the festivities yesterday. Im sure the heat had something to do with that also. But race day in the streets of Sheboygan means a long day for me. But I think a good day was had by all.

I thought there was a pretty good turnout as spectators were lined up pretty much all the way around the course. The air conditioning in the store was a popular item as temps hit the mid 90’s.

Store on a corner this year. This was early in the day.
The store was right on a corner this year and that was a nice change. While other parts of the course had issues, this corner was relatively safe all day. 

But that was yesterday. This morn I get to a store full of tents, chairs, leftover food and bikes strew everywhere. It will take two people an hour to straighten up.

Now my sights turn to the impending ride up to my Secret Training Camp up in northern Wisco. I have already pushed departure one day later to Wednesday the 4th. Not sure if that day will make it tougher to ride with increased traffic but whatever.
Not only do I have to prep me, and the bike. But the store also. I will be gone a full 10 days so I have to try and plan ahead and put the guesstimated order in today. The get it all on the floor Mon\Tues. Also, besides me and the bike I have to get my stuff together for the Fam to drive up and meet me on Saturday the 7th. That means prep the road, MTB and my wife’s bike too. Pre pack all my other stuff that I will need during that week that I dont take with me on the bike.
Next four days will be nuts for me.
Will see how that go’s.

DLD

CALM BEFORE

945am

Another wonderful training ride in prep for my ride next week. The sun was out and temp were (still) cool. A pending heat wave will soon be here. About 2.5 hours on the Trucker. Its working great. Love it.
When touring I ride a bit different than when Im on the Domane or in a group. When touring its about time on the bike, not speed. A rule of thumb I do is if Im going over 15mph I stop peddling or soft peddle. Under 12mph start again. When your loaded down with 70 pounds of stuff you would not believe how much you can coast. And you need to take full advantage of that if your in the saddle 6+ hours a day for multiple days. Then gear down on the climbs and take your time going up. Like I have a choice in that respect. I do that anyway.

In spite of whats all going on at the store the next few days Im trying to stay focused on all my tasks, although I think I will miss a few things along the way.
Today, I will focus on the Dairyland race hitting the streets around the store tomorrow. Besides all the store stuff like tents, chair and whatever, I will help in early morn setup of the course also. Tomorrow will start at 7am for me and wont end till 9pm. For the most part, the store does not make any money. With the streets closed nobody stops in to buy a MTB for their kids. So its more of a party day. All my family and friends stop in to sit under my tents, eat my food and watch some races. Its a fun day.

So no post tomorrow. I wont get in another ride in until Saturday morn. As soon as the race is over I will switch focus to the tour\training camp. But not before.

DLD

Lone Kayak. 840am

Busy times. The store is rockin’, the Dairyland Tour is full swing and Im prepping for my week of touring up to my yearly secret training camp. The bike races will be running past the store on Thursday and it will be food tents and chairs. Besides all of that Im looking for some time to ride.

Throw in my knee and Im a bit stressed and am aggressively looking for some time away from the store. Getting a bit burned out. Its been 10 hours a day working for too long. My week long secret training camp in northern wisco cannot come soon enough.

Just need brain to slow down a bit and plan my shit.

I need a personal assistant.

DLD

KNEE REPLACEMENT

840am

Another day where I will try to use as little amount of words as I can. Another stellar morning in the HP. Sun was shining off the water. Awesome.
That was short and sweet.

So all the speculation of my knee problems came to light Friday with a visit to the doc. Multiple pics of my knee reveled that I no longer have any cartilage in my right knee. Its bone on bone. It cant be repaired. I need a complete knee replacement. Bummer.
This knee was repaired once before as a teenager. I was racing motorcycles and wrecked it pretty bad. Had cartilage removed in 1978. This is because of that and I guess its remarkable that it lasted 34 more years before wearing out. My other knee is fine.

So as I stared at the ground while getting this news the doc introduced me to the drug cortisone. While the replacement is inevitable, this drug might be able to let me hold off to when its best. If there is a best time for such a thing. He stuck a big needle in my knee and unloaded a boatload of the stuff. That was Friday noon. By Saturday morn it felt much better. Only about 20% of the pain remained and I rode a little over 2 hours and a little over 30 miles. I would say I finished with less than 10% of the pain from the day before.

Sunday

Sunday I grabbed the Trucker and laid down some 40 miles with 3 plus hours in the saddle.

Pretty much pain free.
I can feel a “pressure” but really no pain. So steady as she go’s. Doc says I cant hurt it any more so I can do as much riding as I want as long as I can take the pain.
So…. next weeks tour up north is on. I leave next Tuesday the 3rd and will ride north to Eagle River, then west to Sayner where I will meet up with the Fam on Saturday the 7th. 
Doc says I can have up to three of these cortisone shots total. I already used one so I hope two more can get me thru the summer. As long as these shots help with the pain I wont slow down much. Thats the plan anyway.
I will lay down a few more rides with the Trucker as I always “train” for what Im doing next and since its the tour then that means ride the Trucker full time till I leave.
So thats what I will do.
By the way, the Brooks saddle feels great.
Its Monday and I have a shit ton of bike stuff to order.
Work is calling.

DLD