Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Anyone still reading this?

Hello everyone!
After 3 weeks of recouperation, this is my current situation:

Left hand still in cast, due off in 4 weeks or so.
Right hand cast and stitch free, getting some mobility back in it, doing physio, stretches, small weights now too.

Left arm is looking gollum like already, it will probably be a wire by the time the cast comes off....

I have a nintendo DS to stave off the boredom, and have ordered some hand exercise balls for my recovery, they will get plenty use.
This is me on the big drop, on the day of the crash.....
Ride hard :)

Monday, August 04, 2008

Time to reflect

A couple of Lance Armstrong quotes that seem particularly relevant at the present:

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

“If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.”


quick update - was bitten by the 12 footer yesterday - result: 2 broken wrists\forearms. Caught it all on video too!
hoping to fly back to the uk this week, for some tlc at my mums.

I knew the risks.

ride hard....

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Lights, Camera, Action.....

A massive storm last night, then after a misty start - today turned out lovely. Marcus came upto the bike park for some initial actions shots: Heres the 2nd biggest drop, in sequence:

Look ma, I'm flying!

Road Gap

Smokeys for tea tonight, then more photos tomorrow morning, weather willing :)

Friday, August 01, 2008

Road Gap + Bad Wheels

Attempted the road gap on the 4x track today. First time came up a little short - SHATTACK! Then jumped it OK. 3rd attempt saw me dabbing the brakes (NO NO NO!) just before takeoff leading to another short one. Heres one of my later attempts, with a comedy ending.....:

Also now there are 2 missing spokes in my rear wheel (mavic EX823), its standing up pretty well considering....however, I have ordered a new one from Stif, which hopefully Tom will be able to bring next week. Until then, I intend to use the horrible DTSwiss rear until its completely destroyed. The front is going on eBay, and I'll probably get the rear hub built up with an XM819.
DERT mountain bike shop in Morzine have the tools to fix my current wheel, so only a few days on the DTSwiss, then I am going to jump up and down on it. I tried to fit a 2.5 High Roller to it last night, and there is no way the bead is going on there. So back to the 2.35 High Roller that came off and an inner tube....