I knew it had been a while since I last updated the ol' blogeroo, but it wasn't until the guys at the fire department offered their condolenses in the death of my computer guru that I realized just how long it had been. Sorry folks, when things get crazy busy, the blog is the first to suffer.
Anyhoo, lots has transpired since we last sat down to chat.
My poor laptop suffered a McAfee security snafu that took a week to resolve, and the desktop server needed some attention to maintain my PCI compliance. I'm amazed that devices that are suppose to make our lives easier can suck so much love out of life. Thanks to Super James for the consult and house call to make everything cheery again.
I finished up Chad's Ti frame in fabrication and it is being annodized before heading back to me and into the paint booth. If all works as planned, it will be a mix of polished Ti, anno'd Ti, and liquid paint to create a truly unique tribute to Chad's favorite Texas institute of education.
I prepped a set of Hot Rods for a little aqua fade paint to match Jared's frame and fork; I'll be spraying it up next week with Don's Yo frame...
Here is the early morning update pic of the shop...
On the race promotion front, we had the biggest event of the summer last weekend; the Big Valley Race at Camp Manatoc in Peninsula. The 331 crew really went above and beyond getting ready for this event; prepping trail we only get access to once a year, setting up for the Saturday festival with demos from Specialized, Jamis, and Mountain Road Cycles, working with Xterra and Lake Effect to put on a half marathon trail run and cross races, multiple kid's races, milk crate stacking competitions, and cross country races for over 200 participants from 5 states...whew!
The Groovy guys did very well over the weekend, starting with Steve on Saturday. Lining up for the pro/expert cross race on his Bigwheel 29er next to Jamis Pro Blake, who flew in to compete for the weekend, I worried that the hardcore crossers would eat up the course. It was not to be, as Steve rode away from everyone with a smile and nary a whisp of pain on his face. Erin and the kids had a front row seat in cheering on Dad and he was fueled by their enthusiasm, ending the day with a big "W".
Sunday morning Kalten, Jeff, Cary, and Steve rolled up to the start line for the cross country race. The course is a killer...it is not very technical, but rolls smoothly and drives you to push at your upper limit. With nearly 28 miles of racing, the course is merciless for those that start too hard. Steve and Jeff pummeled each other at the front of the pro/expert under 35 field, with each suffering from cramps and tightness by the end of the second lap. Ultimately, Jeff's fresh legs prevailed, with Steve taking second. I'm proud of both of them; Jeff for finishing a race with all of his blood still in his body, and Steve for hunkering down and performing so well over two days of hard effort. Cary, in the slightly older than 35 but still not in need of Depends category, engaged in a battle royal with John Lorson from Soupcan racing, with John taking him on the final climb to the finish. Cary cruised through in style with a second for his effort, a marked improvement from his placing last year, witness to the work he's put in this year.
Race day morning...sunrise on the road to Manatoc
Labor day, I took a day off from the Fire Department and the shop. It wasn't all my idea...5 months have elasped since we moved into the new digs, and Christi is done waiting for me to build out the closets, hang towel bars, vanities, etc... Honestly, I have not had much of a problem just working my way through the pile of clothes on the floor, but Christi desired something a bit more organized. I could either give her a day to get this stuff done or I could choose to sleep in the shop for the rest of the year. Hmmmm, gotta admit, my bed at home is a lot more comfortable. So I took Monday and attended to half of the "honey do's"...
Christi's new closet I built up...
Whew...that's enough for now. Working with Tony on the final details for his 650b single speed build and for Sue's road bike.