Today was my first race of the season at the Grant’s Tomb Criterium. My teammate Ryan won, and my other teammate Dave won the first prime! Stoked for both of them.
My legs are still destroyed from skateboarding earlier this week. I actually didn’t think I was gonna be able to race, but decided to last minute. After the race we put in another 60 miles up to Piermont. No more skating for me on race weeks!
This morning I woke up and contemplated between going on a long ride, or skateboarding.
I’ve skated most of my life, but taken some long hiatus over time. I haven’t skated since I first moved to this city about 6 years ago. All I know is that I miss it a lot.
I went to a skatepark in the LES this morning and tried to get myself acclimated again. The first 30 minutes were rough but then I started to loosen up. I actually did much better than I thought I would have.
I don’t have my consistency and balance back, but I was able to land mostly everything I used to. I feel if I stick with it for a bit I’ll have no problem skating as I used to.
I’m hoping to get out a couple times a week and work it into my already-full training schedule. I just need a break from riding so much. Today was a blast. I’m glad I did this instead of my ride.
All I know is that I’m gonna be sore as shit tomorrow. I’m already feeling it!
That must have taken hours to paint.
This is so effin good!
For awhile now I’ve been looking to build a geared commuter/light touring bike. Originally I was dead set on a Surly Cross check, and then this turned up. The frame is columbus minimax and came with the matching Salsa stem. I don’t have any real history on it, but it seems to be a rare bird. A few of us are planning a tour this summer, and I’ll likely be riding this. For now its just my go-to commuter. Really happy how it turned out!
I made some changes to my commuter, then I ended up selling it days later. If anyone has an itch to buy one of these frames, I suggest biting the bullet. They are versatile and awesome no matter how you have it set up!
The GWB has been closed due to ice, and has had us locked in the city. Today it opened so I took a chance to get in a long ride.
The first half was great, but the second half was nothing but wind and freezing rain. This winter has given us zero breaks. I’m glad I got a ride in either way. It was still better than riding a trainer.
First photo is the view from the GWB on the way out, the last is from the way home.
I’m old enough to remember Lemond racing when I was a kid. He’s always been an inspiration. Thanks to Rapha NYC I was able to meet him tonight.
When I first got to the event, there weren’t many people there. Greg talked to my friend and myself and told us a short story about each of the bikes pictured and what race he rode them in.
After his presentation I had him sign my LOOK/Toshiba cap.
It’s amazing to be in the presence of a legend. Someone that’s done so much and proven themselves so much in the sport. I’m grateful for this chance, and I’m still in awe. Just wish I had a better camera then my iphone!
Brooklyn and Manhattan this morning. This winter doesn’t quit!
Cross bikes as road bikes.