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Singlespeed P-12, #1

Well, after a long hiatus I'm back on the short-course rando circuit and attempting a P-12 series on my singlespeed. Yesterday I completed the Snoqualmie River Run for my first ride back to the series, and my longest ride of the year.

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Drive safe, or else...

I've been neglecting my blog for too long. I could go into reasons and make excuses, but what does that solve? It's not like posts from the past 8 months will magically appear. There's my apology. Take it or leave it. Now here's my post:


I ride a bicycle to work. Often, it is an old, rusted bicycle with a homemade bucket pannier hanging off the back.

I ride a bicycle because I enjoy being outside, and I work too far from home to walk.
I ride a bicycle because I am in training to race on one.
I ride a bicycle because it affords me a vent for my over-abundant agression.
I ride a bicycle because during "rush" hour it is faster than a car.
I ride a bicycle becuase it is fun.

Too many will never understand this.

I do not ride a bicycle because I can not afford a car.
I do not ride a bicycle because I am not allowed to drive a car.
I do not ride a bicycle because I am particularly concerned with my carbon footprint.
I do not ride a bicycle to "stick it to Big Oil".
I do not ride a bicycle to flout the traffic laws.

Do not assume these things about me.
Do not assume anything about me because I am on a bicycle.
Do not assume that I am a pacifist.
Do not assume that I am afraid of you, hiding in your vehicle.
Do not assume that I will yield my right of way.

I have been right-hooked twice in the last week.
Passed me on the left, then he turned when the passenger door was even with my front wheel.
I dented his roof, door and quarterpanel, then forced him out of his vehicle and made him tell everyone in the parking lot how sorry he was that he hit me. He is only seventeen.
At the highway intersection on 148th, peds/cyclists (there were 3 of us) had the crossing light and this guy considered the "break" in cross traffic his opportunity to make a right on red, clipping my front wheel and taking me 90-degrees with him.
I broke one of his windows and a taillight as he gunned the engine and hit-skipped the scene.

Drivers, if you want to step up the idiocy, I will continue to escalate the "emphasis" on my right of way.
The police may not care about your traffic violations.
The courts may go lenient on drivers who hit cyclists.
Other cyclists may back down.
I am far less forgiving.
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What it Takes to be Super, pt. 3; the 400k

This is the third in a series of four articles I am writing for Ryan Warkentin's blog, Bicycle Smile, out of Vancouver, B.C. The articles will chronicle my run at the Super-Randonneur Award during the summer series.



A precursory warning. Much of the following account is the dismal tale of a randonneur in the throes of sleep deprivation, mental fatigue, mild depression, and a dark urge to cause himself physical pain as a means of purging his personal demons. It is not a gentle story. It does not paint randonneuring in a pretty light; but it is an honest account of what can happen on a mid-distance brevet. If you are disinclined to read about descriptions of physical trauma and mental breakdown, then stop right here.
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What It Takes To Be Super, pt. 2; the 300k

This is the second in a series of four articles I am writing for Ryan Warkentin's blog, Bicycle Smile, out of Vancouver, B.C. The articles will chronicle my run at the Super-Randonneur Award during the summer series.

You did the 100k Permanent and got your club recognition pin. You rode the 200k and had fun with it. The 300k is the next logical progression after the 200k, and it is a big step up in the long-distance game; while the 200k is a wee spot over a century, the 300k is just shy of a double (imperial). Depending on your speed and the time of year, this may be the first brevet where you encounter significant amounts of riding at night. You might need to carry some warm clothes for a pre-dawn start and nighttime finish. Nighttime navigation itself requires some new strategies; a helmet lamp to read cue sheets and street signs in the dark… Also helpful for nighttime flat repairs, should that misfortune strike.
The summer series 300k the Seattle Randonneurs chose to host was the infamous 3 Volcanoes route. Nestled in the valley circumscribed by Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens is the Giford-Pinchot National Forest, and it is in and around that forest where the 3 Volcanoes course would take us.

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R-12 ride #2: The Mountain Loop

Home to Snohomish
Things started out well enough. Amy arrived at my place with plenty of time and I loaded my bike into the back of her car. I had all my stuff ready to go the night before, and there was no last minute scrambling and forgetting of essential items like water bottles, shoes or helmet as I've had problems with in the past. I folded myself into the front seat, and off we went.
Aside from missing the turn onto Crescent Lake/Tualco because we were busy yapping, and a minor issue with my pre-coffee navigational skills from Monroe to Snohomish, we arrived at the 7-11 on 2nd and D with a few minutes to spare.

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Trail riding

I'm not a mountain biker. I own an old mountain bike that I turned into a grocery commuter, with a big Wald basket on the front... but I still enjoy riding on gravel and hardpack dirt trails.
My 32mm Pasela TG tires give enough cushion to hold up against some light-to-moderate trail riding as long as I'm careful about it. The going rumour is that the Pasela has a slightly fragile sidewall, prone to damage from rocks and sticks. I've picked my way across some tennis ball sized ballast rock on the Redmond Ridge trail network and rolled away unscathed.
I've started adding some trail and gravel riding into my routine because I'll be riding the 3 Volcanoes 300k in the fall, and I've read some archive reports about the loose gravel road surface and washboard road base for 10 or so glorious miles. I'd like to be prepared for whatever road surface the route will throw at us, so I'm ramping up with the Redmond Ridge trail network, the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail, and the Mountain Loop 200k this weekend (for a real taste of gravel roads on a rando route).


Now it's matter of building myself back up from my current state of dilapidation and depression, and getting my sorry arse back into the shape I was in just a few short months ago when I managed to hang with the pack for a 15h finish at the spring 300k. It seems so far away sometimes; and knowing that I shot my schedule to hell by missing a second 300k and the spring 400k isn't bolstering my confidence for the 600k I've pledged myself to riding in the fall.








Time to get moving.
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Overdue updates

Between the seemingly never-ending rain and grey skies, a disheartening DNF and some personal crap I'm dealing with, I slipped into another bout of depression and I haven't been updating... although I've meant to. There's so much that has happened:

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A Spectacular DNF

I could make all sorts of excuses for why I DNF'd my ride yesterday, but it won't change anything. Those three letters still stare at me, putting a halt to my R-12 series until I start back up next month from square one.
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