Month: October 2014

Oct. 19, 2014

Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers)NCCX race #2 – MOB Donkey Cross in Winston-Salem. I raced twice today (because I am an idiot)

Race #1 – Masters Cat 4 (old guys) – I decided to be more aggressive at the start, and despite the call ups, was still deep in the field at the start. I did push hard and passed several guys through the first lap to be in about 20th. Coming over the barriers the second time, my chain fell off and I tried to shift and pull it back on, instead, it sucked into the spider arms under the crank arm, I couldn’t pull it out, so I started running with my bike to the pits. Grabbed the pit bike (my old cracked mountain bike) and killed myself to catch and pass a half dozen in the last lap and a half. Finished 30th of 45 finishers.

Race #2 – Open Cat 4 (young guys) – This is a much bigger field and some may have never ridden a bike off a trainer judging by the bike handling I saw. I knew my legs were tired, and I had not recovered much, fixing the cross bike, finding a part, registering, etc. So I started in the back and wanted to use it as a training event. I had worked myself up to 30th-ish when my legs gave up the ghost, I just had no power on the hills or the straights. I could pull up to a group on the technical parts, but watch them pull away… I lost 10? spots on the third lap, the last lap, I didn’t catch anyone and no one passed me, guessing most were lapped. I still had a blast and can’t wait for Boone in two weeks. 49th of 59 finishers

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Oct. 18, 2014

Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers)“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” was what I was singing before the sun came up – yep – the start of the real cyclocross season in NC was in Clemmons. Today’s course was technical, lots of steep, punchy up and downs and off camber fun.

My race: I didn’t have an aggressive start against the near 60 riders at the start line. But settled into a good spot and started picking off riders on technical spots, till I was alone with 4 or 5 guys and we started the battle amongst ourselves in the middle of the field.  I was happy with the way I rode and didn’t feel like I could have gone harder… finished 27th. Tomorrow I race again in Winston-Salem.

Oct. 16, 2014

Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers)I spent a wonderful evening in the basement working on this. A 1998 Trek OCLV road bike. I bought the frame and fork for the fork to replace the fork on my same version of this bike that I bought new in 1998, but I think this one fits me better, so I built it from scratch. After a long week at work, it was so nice to just “dink” in the basement.

Oct. 12, 2014

George Washington birthplace memorial.

George Washington birthplace memorial.

Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers)We had a leisurely morning, packed camp and decided to visit the George Washington birthplace memorial. The monument is 1/10th the size of the one in Washington DC. The foundation of the original home (George moved when he was three) is outlined above and the site includes a memorial house built in the 1930s, a visitor center and period working farm examples. It was a nice to walk the empty grounds in the morning.

Oct. 11, 2014

Fossil hunting on the Potomac River in the northern neck of Virginia.

Fossil hunting on the Potomac River in the northern neck of Virginia.

Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers) Photo A Day Project 2014 (photo by Jay Capers)We headed north to meet friends and search for fossils along the shores of the Potomac River. We camped at Westmoreland State Park and battled wind, white caps, the current to search along the shores of Stratford Hall (of Gen. Robert E Lee fame, BUT YOU NEED SPECIAL PERMISSION TO SEARCH HERE) The group had a lot of success (despite the rain) and found lots of shark teeth, whale bones and skate rails. We also found lots of bog iron which is cool too. The fossils are 25 million years old, during the Miocene Epoch.