My First Race

"Making Diamonds" Years ago, when I was about to perform for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry, an older musician sauntered over to me and said: "You're making diamonds, aren't 'ya?" "Making diamonds?" "Yeah. You're so nervous, if I put a piece of charcoal between your butt cheeks, you'd squeeze so hard you'd … Continue reading My First Race

“Give up, Grampy!”

This morning was my last ride before TOSRV. Since it needed to be a moderate workout, I didn't ride with my Rogue Racing cronies. Instead, I went with Rick on a 21 mile route. Once we got over the big climb, we settled into the gentle rollers of Wilson Pike and I spy the blinking red light of a cyclist. "Rabbit," I think to myself. "I like chasing rabbits." … Continue reading “Give up, Grampy!”

Wonders Never Cease

As a cyclist, most of my interactions with drivers are not pleasant. Sometimes I'm to blame. Most of the time I'm not. And typically, gestures are exchanged, expletives are shouted, tempers flare, and I thank God (literally) that I survived another idiot not paying attention, or worse, trying to prove a point. This morning, I had another … Continue reading Wonders Never Cease

TOSRV: “Are You Ready?”

I received this TOSRV 56 magnet in the mail the other day. Talk about reality check! It's not like the event snuck up on me; I've been clocking the countdown on my blog as well as in my training regimen. But getting this makes TOSRV real and begs the question: Are you ready to ride 210 … Continue reading TOSRV: “Are You Ready?”

Lessons Learned from Coke Bottle Man

Many years ago, when I was a young cyclist, I thought I was fast. Maybe not "Tour de France fast" but darn close. Now remember, this was long before Strava & social media could set the record straight. The only test were races and training rides, both of which I had little experience with. Nonetheless, I was fast. As fate would … Continue reading Lessons Learned from Coke Bottle Man

Lessons Learned from 70 Miles

Last Friday, I did a solo 70 mile route in preparation for May's TOSRV 2017. If you're interested in the route, here is the link: Eagleville 70. Temperature was around 70 and wind was from the south-southeast at 13-15 mph. Since this would be my longest ride to date, I knew it would be a good evaluation of my training. … Continue reading Lessons Learned from 70 Miles