26 September 2006

München 24 Hour race debacle...on my part

München 24 Hour race pics

Well, the 24 hour race didn't go anything like I'd planned. Quite honestly, for me, it sucked! My body & mind just weren't cooperating in any way, shape or form. At about 3 hours I started cramping badly. Then, I started having a constant urge to pee, no real idea what caused that. From there it actually went downhill.

I'd do a lap or two and then have to sit and recover for a 1/2 hour or so. Eventually, at about 9:00 p.m. I decided that I'd had enough, at least for awhile. Kera and I walked over to our friend Mathais' tent and had a beer with him. It was at that point that I realized that I was happier not continue any further.

Oh, not to mention that I was getting quite bored with the course as well. The course was right at 7 km long and to me, seemed to be unrelenting. It was either steep uphills or flat. Most of the flat parts of the course were on pavement or grass. Which on a single-speed means that you end up spinning your ass off.

I suppose, in my defense, I've had bad allergic-like sinus problems for a couple of weeks and then my brother came to town and I haven't had the time to train properly for most of the last month. Not the best reasons/excuses, but it's all that I've got.

Oh well, in the end, I did 115.1 + km's (71.5 miles) in about 5.5 hours with an average speed of 20.4 km (12.7 mph). That added up to 17 laps according to the folks who scored it. Given that 100 solo racers started and I ended up 71st after just 5.5 hours, I can't be too upset with myself, other than that I did quit a race. Another 24 in the future and I'll conquer the 24 hour beast.
Promoters first pics

The 'official' photos for the race aren't up on Sportograf yet. Seems that they took a whopping 30,000 pics of the 1500+ racers. Ouch! No wonder they're not all up yet.

22 September 2006

I'll spare you.. But.. here's an update.

Life's been keeping on in spite of my lack of updates. Obviously, it's been quite awhile since my last report. In fact, I've actually started to update a couple of times without ever completing anything.

Since I'm so far behind, I'll have to make it as short as I can otherwise, you guys will get worn out & BORED before I'm finished. Kera keeps telling me to put together a collage of pictures, but I have a hard time narrowing it down. Thus, you guys get stuck with gobs of pics to wade through instead.

As previously posted, we hit Stockholm a few weeks ago for the Single-Speed World Championships. On that same Sunday, we celebrated our first anniversary. Hurray! Things are great! Kera still speaks to me and occationally finds me fit listen to and worthy to hang out with. Ha! Actually, I kinda figure I'm about the luckiest guy around. My last post had the links to those pics. I'll spare you that.

Somewhere along the way, I went to Zürich with Kera for a couple of days. This time the weather was sunny and clear as well as warm. I walked the city for nearly 8 hours and founds some really cool areas. As you can tell, I took quite a few pics along the way as well.
Zürich second trip pics

Since then, we've had my brother (Bret) come in for a little over a week. While he was here we did the Mike's Bike Tour of München & the tour of Neuschwanstein that I do for work. Bret and I also did a trip to Venice, Italy as you can see here. We also hit Oktoberfest which proved to be "interesting" but very fun. Score one for the old folks. Here are those pics... Oktoberfest pics

....And the rest of Bret's vacation photos are below...
Venice Pics Set 1
Venice Pics Set 2
Bret on the Mike's Bike Tour München
Bret at Neuschwanstein

As you can see... we took most of Bret's vacation photos for him.

I don't know if I mentioned it anywhere before, but awhile back, Kera went Paragliding one day while on a day off. Here are her pictures.

Kera paragliding

Lastly, we'll be visiting the States in February. We're going to Seattle first, then Kansas City. The dates we'll be over there are Feb. 2-11. See you then!

O.K., see, I can make it short when I need to. Tellin' the story with photos folks.

Until next time.. Ciao!