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I didn't get a picture of me racing, but I did get a picture for racing.
Leg 10 of the Cabot Trail Relay. MacKenzie Mountain
Of course, during the race the leg doesn't start until 9:30 PM so it's pitch black and doesn't look as good. It was pretty surreal running up the mountain and hearing the sounds of coyote and moose in the background. Their sounds were drowned out by the sound of my heavy breathing and lung butter snarls.
The time cutoff for each leg is 6:00/km. I came in at 1:26:00 for the 14.7km, or 5:50/km. I was pretty nervous after having a few KM over 7:00 on the steeper parts but managed to get my shit together and get a finishing time.
No fancy background here, just getting the job done. This is basically the motto for this bike. I posted last year when I got it and I've been meaning to take a proper pic with the customizations I made for the last few months. This bike, everything included, only cost me $1700 ($1000 for frame/wheels, $40 for new saddle, $200 for Pro Missile Alloy aero bars, $120 for missile evo stem, $250 for FSA Gossamer cranks/bottom bracket, $50 for HAWK racing jockey wheels, $40 for cables, $3 for white electrical tape)
I love this bike. I'd put it head to head with any entry or even mid-level TT bike that's currently on the market in terms of aerodynamics and ride ability. The 10-speed drivetrain is a little dated but to be honest since I'm still on mechanical I think I actually prefer it to 11-speed. If I decide to upgrade to 11 it'd be when I upgrade to di2 or e-tap
Gord was the best and so uniquely canadian that it's hard to put into words. For Americans try and picture a combination of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. He was a poet. His art transcended just music and he left a lasting impression on anyone that crossed paths with him.
A friend told me a story the other day about when the Tragically Hip were just starting out in the 80's. They were playing at a university and pulled up with a van full of equipment. They didn't have any sound guys or people to help unload. They just asked people walking by, "hey, can you help us set up". My friend's brother and a few others helped them set up for the show. Afterwards Gord Downie went into the back of the cube van and came out with a bunch of hockey sticks and a net. He asked them all if they wanted to have a quick game of road hockey before they did a sound check. After the game they asked a few guys to stay for sound check and then got them to do the sound tech for the concert.
After I heard that story I wondered just how many games of road hockey Gord Downie played with random people all around Canada. He's probably played road hockey in more cities and towns in Canada than anyone else.
Hard to believe this sock eating mongrel turned 7 a few days ago. We got her when she was a pup. Half beagle/cocker spaniel.
Bonus picture in her natural habitat. From this perch she has a view of the street. If she sees anything out of the ordinary like a rogue mailman or an unfamiliar dog she can leap into action and bark frantically out the window.