Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Here's the plan!!

If you've been following along, you'll remember I almost sabotaged #oramm2018 at the first chance I got with a heavy crash in January. 6 weeks later I've recovered enough from a "minor" fracture of a vertebrae and an enlarged spleen from the the Markham crash to get back on the bike and focused.

With no time to waste, we've reached out to our good friend Freddy Viera at F2 Performance Lab to help us focus and prepared for Oramm. Our experience together a few years ago was all that we needed to know that if anyone could whip Alex and I into shape it's Freddy.

That's what I wrote a few weeks ago prior to Hammerhead, and that's when things got weird....About three weeks ago I wound up in the ER, TWICE, for heart attack symptoms!! Turns out I apparently had the WORST heartburn I've ever had. Never felt anything like it. Some people tell me that they have these sensations all the time. Well, it was a first to me and FREAKED me out. Luckily the ticker has been given a clean bill of health and I'm back on the bike. Dealing with gastric issues still but I'm able to train at least. 

Bad news is schedule is all but wrecked. Missed all the early season races with the crash, and missed Hammerhead. All that's left is Fakawi and a VK40 for events, so Oramm prep continues, albeit in grind it out long ride format mostly. 

Won't let this recent bad luck keep me from #Oramm2018 though! Been training too hard and getting back into shape to miss out. Keep following along to see if we (or even me) make it though!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Good start until....

Ositoking always gets the candid shots!
First off, Happy New Year!! We kicked of the 2018 comeback season this Sunday at the Markham 360, an annual 6 hour event at South Florida's famous Markham Park.  The course was a challenge as always with various reroutes that made you feel like you were in a completely different trail system, but still a blast. Having been in racing hiatus since the latter half of 2016, this was the start of our ORAMM preparation campaign. While Boyco was out for a leisurely 200k+ road ride, Alex and I lined up with the goal was simply get out, test the legs, have fun, work on pacing, and staying safe. It ALMOST worked out that way...

Great to race again, even if for a bit!
The main strategy was not to blow up like I tend to do during endurance events, and not to let Alex beat me, as he always does when I blow up.  For the first two hours, it was going great and I was looking forward to continuing as long as I could. Pace was consistent, all laps were within one minute, and I hadn't seen Alex since lap 1 :) On lap five though, I proceeded to clip a small stump/root on quite possibly the flattest section of the course, lose my grip of the bars, slid off the saddle, and surf the top tube with my chest on the handlebars until i finally was catapulted from the bike, ONTO a downed tree, square on my lower back. Good thing is I completely cleared my head and previously injured shoulder (wasn't bike related!), but I knew I wouldn't be mounting the bike again that day.

Landed on this bad boy!
This was probably the biggest hit of my life. I was down for a bit, able to breath and move fine but afraid to get up alone. A few riders passed and asked if I was ok and I don't really recall what I answered. I do recall finally asking someone to stop and help me up and thankfully he did as I was still somehow attached to the bike. I didn't catch his name but I appreciate him stopping to assist me. I had overall pain in back and ribs like I'd been punched several times, but one particular sharp pain told me something was worse than a simple bruise. Finally started walking a bit with my bike trying to get out of the trail and after several minutes, Alex FINALLY caught up to me ( ;D ). Much like my ankle break in 2010, I ruined his race and made him stop to help me. Luckily we found one of the always helpful Markham Bike Patrol members who knew the quickest and safest way out of the trail and got us back to the car. Thanks to him as well! I settled in at the car, iced my back and decided I was ok go head home, but wanted to head to ER to get checked out.

I'll spare the details and fast forward to the end result. CT Scan showed I have a small fracture of the Transverse Process in my lower back. Essentially, I dodged a real bullet to what could have been a much worse impact. Recovery is just letting it heal. I'm able to get around and really only dealing with pain in the process of sitting or standing up. It's a tough way to start the season, but at least I know the return to action was heading down the right path. Had some races planned in February at Amelia and Santos 6 Hour so we'll see how the healing goes. Either way, it's just a bump in the road, and having formally registered for ORAMM, there's no turning back! Down but not out, We'll see everyone soon!!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Turkey Miles!

Getting back into the habit of posting more often, so here's a little vid of some Thanksgiving Ride shenanigans!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

So what happened?

So last I posted we were all set for a fun filled 2017 with tons of gravel and a return to XC. So what happened? Well a few weeks after that, a simple slip and fall pretty much derailed this year. What should have been a simple trip and fall getting out of my car, instead I found myself writhing in pain on the floor with a dislocated shoulder. I was fortunate enough to have it pop in to place on it's own in less than a minute, but the damage was done. Fast forward to a Dr's visit and it was confirmed, I had a 180 degree tear of the labrum (top to bottom) and would be going in for surgery.

Surgery was successful and then came the hard part. First four weeks were no active mobility and absolutely ridiculous pain. I pretty much had to let my arm dangle or leave it in the sling no matter what I was doing. Only movement I had was at the hands of my Physical Therapist. After that was more active PT, again with more pain. You know, the kind that's so bad you actually start to laugh at how absurd you feel from the pain. A few months of that and there was progress, but scar tissue was limiting me. Jump to July for a follow up simple procedure where they knocked me under and essentially moved my arm in all directions to break though he scar tissue. Sounds painful but it really wasn't and totally had me down the home stretch in my recovery. 

Finally jump to today, for about 6 weeks I've been back on the bike trying to get some form of fitness and skill back. Alex has found his passion for the dirt again and the Boyco is ready for our latest big goal. So what's in store for 2018? Final details and schedule still in the works, but it all is preparation for one word, ORAMM! We'll be posting long rides, long races and lots of photos as we get ready for our most challenging event to date. It's been a rough year but looking forward to getting back in action! Stay tuned!

Friday, December 9, 2016


Well it happened, we finally have something to post about! While 2016 was pretty much a down year, 2017 has lots of fun in store and it starts with Gravel!

That's right, the Gravel Bike bug has officially hit us. New bikes have been assembled (Stay tuned on details from our Twinsix Standard Rando & Niner RLT9 builds) and the fun and adventure aspect of cycling has been rekindled for us. Something about the simplicity of these heavy, fat tire, go anywhere road bikes, has brought back the joy of just hopping on a bike and seeing where you can go.

There's quite possibly hundreds of newly discovered, to us, miles of dirt roads and bike trails throughout South Florida that don't stand out unless you look for them. Half the fun is mapping, the other half is venturing into the uncharted and hoping for the best!

XC is still in our sights too, with Endurance events being the likely focus for 2017, but for the upcoming winter months, expect to see more, Gravel Grinders, dirt and randomness. Here's just some of what we've dubbed, the #UnnecessaryRide. Happy riding!

Homestead Air Force Base
"CX" practice
Trippy Tunnels
Trail Blazing
Fun with Friends