Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Marco... POLO!!

.: I had a really really long day.. Things breaking.. Things not working.. Things annoyed me.. All-in-all a realllllly long day.. So I pulled out the hammock and had a beer. That was great! Rested up a bit and then the best end of a day.. Went out to play some bike polo!!

.: I got to the school where it was going to happen and waited around till some peeps showed up.. Luke, the organizer and Emerit, the serious player and Jacob showed up and after introductions and briefly explaining the local rules we picked teams off we went...

.: A few things to know.. Bike polo is:
  1. a physical sport with a lot of purposefully putting yourself in the way of a speeding bike
  2. a crazy mental chess game of when to put yourself in harms way and when to go play goalie
  3. a demanding game of endurance as I just got home and can't feel my arms
  4. a game best played on a free wheel bike with your brake on the non-dominate hand (left in my case..) (I showed up with a fixie with a rightie brake.. suck)
.: It was a lot of fun! Total goals scored by me... zero... Total goals blocked by me... a couple.. Number of times I had to go and tag back in... I don't know the name of the number that high... Dang is it hard to switch directions that quickly and avoid getting smashed into or smashing into other peeps..

.: I'm so showing up next week for another beating!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oh Come On!

.: I was feeling pretty motivated today so I decided to go on a little bike ride. Went up the main trail toward Medford. After 5 miles on the road, *thunk*, *thunk*, *thunk*..... flat tire.. Oh well. Pulled out my extra tube and my co2.. Filled and got back on the road.. Pulled off and went to the bike shop that is just off the trail and picked up another tube and co2... Started off again and had to stop after running over some bumps that messed up my alignment on my back tire... Started YET AGAIN.. and flew up the trail stopping short of Medford by a little.

.: Coming home was nice. It was pretty much up hill the whole way but nothing horrible. And then, like a mile from my other flats, *thunk* *thunk*.... You have got to be kidding! Ok, I just went over some bad bumps and my tire was completely flat, maybe I just knocked air out. So I flagged another biker down and borrowed his pump so I didn't kill my co2 on a dead tire.. Didn't work. So I thanked the guy and pulled out my spare and fixed it up.. AGAIN... and got back on the road.

.: Made it home without any more issues.. 25 miles, 2 flats and a great ride later.. Screw the flats.. It was nice..