Thursday, October 8, 2015

Seasons on the Moon(lander)

There is an inner struggle that I have lived with through most of my life. The fight between riding and photographing. The fat bike seems to be the instrument that allows them to find common ground. It slows me up, and gives me permission to stop and smell the light.

This has turned into one of my favorite places to photograph, and the Moonlander fat bike seems to fit right in. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Funny how much difference a year makes...

About this time last year I was considering selling my fat bike (don't stone me, fat bike cyclists!). Partly because I was getting back into xc skiing, and partly because I was having problems with the wide Q-factor and my fake hip, especially when it comes to the Moonlander, which sports an EXTRA wide Q-factor.

Funny how much difference a year makes. Not sure why, but I'm not experiencing the same problems on the bike as I did a year ago. It might be partly due to the muscular changes that XC-skiing brought me through, bringing my hip-area muscles back to a better condition. It might also be due to the changes I've made in my positioning on the fat bike. I'm guessing that both have been a factor.

Whatever the case, I'm been more comfortable on the (fat)bike this fall than I have ever been. Experimenting with my positioning has even caused me to reconsider how I'm positioned on the road bike, to the point where I'm starting to believe that there is a chance that next year will be my best season on the road bike than I've had in decades.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Keeping the wheels rolling...

It was nearly 3 years ago, at age 54, that I broke the west to east cycling record across Wisconsin, a record that had been originally set by Fred Boethling​. Fred's record stood for nearly 10 years, until I was able to peel off just a humbling 12 minutes from Fred's record. For me, someone who was never even athletic as a child (or a young adult, for that matter), it was a dream come true. Who would have thought that this lazy, former party-guy would someday find his place in sport and make his mark?

Last year, nearly 2 years later, David Meridith, at age 60, stepped up and slammed my record. David holds other cross-state records, in addition to be an official finisher of Race Across America, so I feel quite fortunate to have even held that record at all with the limited experience I have had in ultra-cycling.

But now there seems to be a new kid on the block, literally. Jessop Keene, an up and coming cyclist of only 27 years old, is planning an attack on the Wisconsin record, to take place on Saturday, August 1st. If youth carries any weight, we might see a new record in the books. If not, he still has a few more decades of training before anyone can say he's too old to be a record holder. And it's just plain neat to see a continuing interest in people making their dreams come true.