Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Letter from Greg LeMond

Greg LeMond posted this to his Facebook timeline this evening. Please pass it around

Can anyone help me out? I know this sounds kind of lame but I am not well versed in social marketing. I would like to send a message to everyone that really loves cycling. I do not use twitter and do not have an organized way of getting some of my own “rage” out. I want to tell the world of cycling to please join me in telling Pat McQuaid to f##k off and resign. I have never seen such an abuse of power in cycling’s history- resign Pat if you love cycling. Resign even if you hate the sport.

Pat McQuaid, you know dam well what has been going on in cycling, and if you want to deny it, then even more reasons why those who love cycling need to demand that you resign.

I have a file with what I believe is well documented proof that will exonerate Paul.

Pat in my opinion you and Hein are the corrupt part of the sport. I do not want to include everyone at the UCI because I believe that there are many, maybe most that work at the UCI that are dedicated to cycling, they do it out of the love of the sport, but you and your buddy Hein have destroyed the sport.

Pat, I thought you loved cycling? At one time you did and if you did love cycling please dig deep inside and remember that part of your life- allow cycling to grow and flourish- please! It is time to walk away. Walk away if you love cycling.

As a reminder I just want to point out that you recently you accused me of being the cause of USADA’s investigation against Lance Armstrong. Why would you be inclined to go straight to me as the “cause”? Why shoot the messenger every time?

Every time you do this I get more and more entrenched. I was in your country over the last two weeks and I asked someone that knows you if you were someone that could be rehabilitated. His answer was very quick and it was not good for you. No was the answer, no, no , no!

The problem for sport is not drugs but corruption. You are the epitome of the word corruption.

You can read all about Webster’s definition of corruption. If you want I can re-post my attorney’s response to your letter where you threaten to sue me for calling the UCI corrupt. FYI I want to officially reiterate to you and Hein that in my opinion the two of your represent the essence of corruption.

I would encourage anyone that loves cycling to donate and support Paul in his fight against the Pat and Hein and the UCI. Skip lunch and donate the amount that you would have spent towards that Sunday buffet towards changing the sport of cycling.

I donated money for Paul’s defense, and I am willing to donate a lot more, but I would like to use it to lobby for dramatic change in cycling. The sport does not need Pat McQuaid or Hein Verbruggen- if this sport is going to change it is now. Not next year, not down the road, now! Now or never!

People that really care about cycling have the power to change cycling- change it now by voicing your thought and donating money towards Paul Kimmage’s defense, (Paul, I want to encourage you to not spend the money that has been donated to your defense fund on defending yourself in Switzerland. In my case, a USA citizen, I could care less if I lost the UCI’s bogus lawsuit. Use the money to lobby for real change).

If people really want to clean the sport of cycling up all you have to do is put your money where your mouth is.

Don’t buy a USA Cycling license. Give up racing for a year, just long enough to put the UCI and USA cycling out of business. We can then start from scratch and let the real lovers in cycling direct where and how the sport of cycling will go.

Please make a difference.

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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Back from Alaska, after spending 2 weeks up there helping our Anchorage Office and working with JL Aviation, first in Dillingham, then in Kotzebue. I had a Contour Roam helmet cam, and took a bunch of footage. I have only processed a little of the data, but you can see it here: I will try to work through the rest of it soon.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

This post is useless without pictures

But I will post it anyway, and I may even find a picture. Two weekends, two races, two very different results. Last weekend found me in Tacoma racing the BuDu #3 race in the WestSide MTB series. Mid to upper 30s rain/snow mix, or just straight drizzle. Awesome, I didn't think this was cross season. Course was fun, 3 laps for us sport class mid-life crisisers. It all worked out in the end 15th place out of a class of 35. This week, I got up at 4 and drove 3.5 hours for an hour + race. Not something I would usually do, but I had to come over to catch a flight to Boulder for a meeting. What I difference a week makes. Spring, good weather, stuff is blooming. Halfway through I was a snot faucet, I couldn't breathe. I bailed. DNF. Quit. Woo.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Running at altitude

By altitude, I mean in Boulder, CO. A full 3000' higher than where I live. I usually try to bring a bike out here when I visit the mother ship, but it's going to be busy with this conference, so I packed the running gear. I have run once this year... last week for 3 miles on a tread mill. Before that the only running that I have done was during cross season, and we are talking short distances, over barriers shouldering a bike... 20m sprints.

I ran 4.8 miles today. The pace wasn't fast, ~8min miles, but it felt good. I could run and hold a conversation, so I didn't think anything of it. So lets lay some things out and see if I should be worried. I am 40, my peak HR should be in the high 180's for my age and fitness level. So approaching the halfway point, I look at my Garmin Edge 500, scroll to the HR and see that I am holding 180. We are talking 95% of max. Now I know I am in good shape, and I know from my bike data that I can run high for long periods of time, and I have not been stress tested to find out exactly what my max is. I felt fine, I was holding a conversation. The guys that I was running with said a couple of things. One - elevation, I just got here, my body was working a little harder to process oxygen. Two - my actual max is higher, which is entirely possible, I can still pull into the mid to high 190s before I feel like I am redlining.

So should I be worried? Should I just roll with it? There was never any discomfort, or any pain, and I never felt winded. And I felt pretty damn good after the fact.
I am gonna run again tomorrow for sure. And Wednesday. Then I am going to tear the shit out of that race course on Sunday.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Back to racing...

So I did a full year of Cross with the MFG series, racing Cat4 Masters, as well as singlespeed. Threw a few other races in there. Went straight from there (pictures and more shit later as I find it) into winter training, lots of trainer and roller time, some swimming, some running, some other cross training. Maybe a 2 month break from racing, and MTB season is on us. Road season as well, but lets not get ahead. I am registered for the entire BUDU spring series, Sport Masters. First race was Feb 12 and finished a respectable 13th despite inhaling a part of the course, and having to stop to cough it up. Next one is March 4th.

I have some team mates road racing as well, and as soon as I grab my license I will be joining them in that as well. It should be a busy spring summer, but I hope to roll into cross season next September on a tear. My legs are already feeling good for a February

Really its been a year... maybe 3

Not a year since I last posted here, but getting close. Things change, and I seem to be a non stop freight train of bad decisions. So here goes, judge me if you want. It's life, it is what it is at this point. 2 months ago I was still married. 5 months ago divorce was filed for. 6 months ago, no one really knew what was up. 2 years ago things changed. 3 years ago, life looked good. So what happened? I happened. I happened to myself, to a lot of people. I happened to destroy a lot in that amount of time. Call it a mid life crisis, call it a melt down, call it what ever. I did it, I fundamentally altered everything, I changed, caused changes, wrecked havoc, destroyed people.

So here I am looking back on all of this. Here I am trying to purge to re center myself, to get this out of me. I used to like to sit and write. Here about random shit in my life, the occasional poem, technical papers and reports for work. So sitting here trying to figure out what happened. Well I know what happened, but why. I am a changed person, not who I was 3 years ago, have done things I never thought I was capable of. But anyway.

3 years ago I was some other person. Busy as hell, son playing baseball, traveling like a mad man for work. I took on a new project, hired more help to do it, started traveling more, planning, away from home. A lot. I met someone else. Oh it started innocent enough fun banter, etc. And it snowballed. And I hid it, or I thought I did. I hid the actual relationship, but the effects were there, the alienation the changes. Totally oblivious too it. New years a year ago, I walked out. And came home again. No one knew the truth. Last April, I was asked to move out for a month. At the end of that time, I ended it with the gf. I moved back home, all was good. Except we couldn’t stay away. End of July, we get back together. August I fully commited too it. September everyone found out, divorce was filed. Oct. I found out she cheated on me, go figure, it’s what I was doing, wasn’t it. December everything seemed better, divorce was final.

Everything was not better, even though I projected it even though I wanted to believe. It was not. It still isn’t. I am not the person I was. I take, I use, I destroy. I don’t know what happened, but it is where I am at. A mess. I destroyed lives, I destroyed my son’s life, I destroyed my former wife’s life, I may have destroyed my life. I did not think I was capable of doing what I have done. I have alienated friends and family, I have made everything strained, strange and uncomfortable. And I still do.

So we find ourselves in a toxic mess, with no clear way out. I have taken from and used loved ones and friends and people that I care about, all for my own selfish needs and desires. Where do I go from here? I try to find myself again. I try to find that trust in myself, try to find my soul. I have to try to regain the trust of people that I have betrayed, and hurt in the last few years. I try to move on with my life and learn, and build and find something positive and good in all of this. I try to love. I am sorry to everyone that has felt hurt and betrayed over any of my actions over the last two years.

So there I have that out. I will tell more if you ask me in person, otherwise, back to cycling, back to GPS, back to what this place was about.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Ok sorted that account info all out, maybe... but anyway, here we go, it's that time of year, CX racing is just around the corner, 3 days to be exact to the MFG Cyclocross Cycle U Kick-Off Cross.  Well there was some racing earlier... We did this little event at the Suncadia resort in Cle Elum with MFG and Raleigh cycles in July. Placed 2nd in the masters, and a DFL in the singlespeed, but hey it was fun.  
2 new bikes to roll on this year, thanks to the ReCycle Shop here in Ellensburg.  A not so stock Specialized Crux running 1x10 for the geared races, and an obnoxiously hot pink Crux frame-set built into a SingleSpeed for that little torture fest. 
Why both races?  Well the short of it is I want to win the Cat 4 masters... and the SS, well i just love single speeding, and I am a glutton for punishment.  I know the SS fields are stacked and have elite riders, and I am fully prepared to get lapped, though my goal is to stay on that lead lap, have fun and take as many beer hand-ups as I can.  So there it is, watch for updates and pictures, they will come.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

woo racing

Two whole mtb races so far this year, its been a busy schedule outside of biking. Lots of training rides, though, and a duathalon. What was i thinking there? I havent run in years. Seriously run since my junior year of high school, say 22 years. I have done a few runs here and there this year, 2,3,4 miles. So this duathalon comes up and a buddy of mine has a hip injury and can't run. I just take his number on a whim, figuring whats the worst that can happen. 3k run 25k bike 6k run. The first run was ok. The bike rocked, i was fast fast fast. But that last run, ouch. That hurt. My IT bands tightened up on the bike and I was tight and in pain for the whole run. 9+ min/mile pace, snail pace, everyone i passed on the bike passed me.

So have i learned my lesson? I was in Austin TX last week for a conference. We went for a run, 5 miles, felt really good, pretty fast pace. I went for a run on Monday, 6.1 miles, pretty decent pace. And what am i doing now? A duathalon next monday. Stupid is as stupid does. 5k run 16k bike 5k run. Should be a good send off before I spend two weeks in Alaska doing heli work.