Friday, July 14, 2017

Another kind of long dry spell

Portland has had 37 days without rain.  Yes, unusual, but I'm talking about my lack of biking.
I got a whopping 10 miles in June, in part due to a banged up knee that kept me off the bike for the first 10 days or so, followed by crewing Race Across America for Red Pearl Racing's DNF. This month things finally turned around as I was crew chief for Mick Walsh's first place finish at Race Across Oregon.

I was up north helping Julie get settled into her new house, but did get on the fixed gear bike for a sunset spin around the island.  I didn't have my camera, and my phone had used up its battery.  Too bad, Mt Rainier was gorgeous as it was still in the glow of the sun as the lowlands were in shadow.

Next time.

.........Road Bike........Rollers.......MTB..........Lifecycle......Total
Today ........5.................0.................0...............0............5
Jan.........304................15................0...............31..........350
Feb..........0..................0..................0...............0..............0
March.......18.................0.................0...............0............18
April.......113................0.................0...............0...........113
May.........155................0.................0...............0...........155
June..........10.................0.................0................0.............10
July..........5..................0.................0................0..............5
Total.......637...............15.................0...............31...........683

A long dry spell

The weather in Oregon is just gorgeous.  We have had 24 consecutive days without rain, a big turn around from our WET Spring, but I'm not talking about our meteorological dry spell, I'm talking about bike racing!

After having 27 consecutive finishes for the racers I've helped, everything fell apart.  I had a racer DNF at last year's Hoodoo 500, and have not had a racer finish since then! Solo's, two person teams, no matter the configuration we just can't seem to get across that finish line.

Hopefully this all changes this weekend.  I'm crewing for Mick Walsh at Race Across Oregon. Mick is a strong rider and should do well.  Complications may come from the heat.  While the forecast has changed a bit, it will still be well over 90 degrees F.  That is pretty warm for climbing out of those big canyons!  If we can keep Mick hydrated, fed, and cool, he should finish at, or near the top of the field.

You can follow our progress beginning at 5 AM Saturday at   http://raceacrossoregon.com/live-tracking.html