Bubba #9

Posted on 7:30 PM by Schottler

I had a pretty big week of riding last week to lead up to this last Bubba race and the state championship. The course this week was pretty awesome, including a sweet sweeping section through the tree's with rutted turns you could lay into at full speed, and some higher speed paved sections.

I tried getting on the front row this week but being handle bar to handle bar I dropped back a couple feet to prevent an inevitable bar tie up crash with Davey B or Jay. This put me in about 10thish place into the first turn, which really wasn't what I was going for. The course however was pretty consistent so coming into the 2nd lap there was still a line of about 10 dudes, with Dr. Mark setting a super fast pace, with me being towards the back scoping things out. The infamous scary root, which I crashed on during a practice lap, jumbled up the group a bit and gaps began to open. Coming out of the steep mud climb a pretty big gap opened up on the front 3 riders, I managed to get by a few riders and put down a full sprint on the paved section against the headwind and caught the lead group. I followed the group for a while and eventually ended up riding on Nate Rice's wheel for a lap, with me leading for another lap. After that, Nate went by and I was having trouble matching his speed and began to bog down, with my lower back completely gone (my usual excuse every race this year.)

The rest of the race I was pushing myself as hard as I could to keep my distance from the chase group, who looked very strong. I finished the race in 2nd about 20 seconds behind Nate, I managed to bring back about 10 seconds in the last 2 laps, but there is no way I would have survived another lap. Nate was freaking flying through everything.

My goal this winter is to fix this whole weak back thing that is sapping power after 25 minutes of super effort.

Thanks again Team Seagal and everyone else for screaming at the top of their lungs to push us the whole race, it really makes this type of racing the most epic.

BoCoMo 1-2-3

Posted on 6:56 AM by Schottler

I guess I have the last 2 Bubba races to talk about here. Last week (Bubba #7) was my favorite course of the year, very mountain bikey... and I thought I was going to get shot driving there. It had some super fast sections, some good climbs, double sand pit, and a good mud section. I attacked on lap 2 or 3 and managed to build up a lead close to a minute... mainly because Breslin and Alex Grman had some bike trouble out of the mud. I held the lead for about 45 minutes and saw some angry guy in a Ultra kit pushing poor little kids into tree's with cross hairs pointed at the back of my head. He managed to catch me with 1 lap to go, but I have to say it was an impressive ride on his part, I can live with 2nd. Here is a vid thanks to the PBR drinking Segal dudes: That's me right at the start, with a 30 second lead.

I have to thank Ethan for ripping up on me and Josh the Saturday before each of these cross races, it helped getting our legs ready for some thrashing. My initial thoughts when I looked at the course were pretty simple... fuck me. I think everyone had this idea when they looked at the course and pre-rode it. I put in a couple practice laps and the course was very slow, the ground was very soft and zapped your energy everywhere you rode. There wasn't a big enough area to make a long fast lap, so there was a lot of zig zagging on the side of a hill, with lots of sketchy off camber descents. Not to mention there was a ginormously steep climb straight up one of the hills. However having this course right below the winery on a small plot of land meant there were fans everywhere screaming at you, which kept the encouragement to the max.

At the start, as usual, everyone punched each other in the face to get on the starting line. I started in the 3rd row, out of 28 people or so. Josh decided to start about 15 feet behind the 2nd to last person. I took the first lap pretty easy, slowly rode by a few people and took off on the 2nd lap. I caught up to Dan Miller, who was absolutely killing it the whole race. Going into the 3rd lap I passed Dan and started my mission. I built up my lead to about 30 seconds or so and turned on the cruise control for the rest of the race, keeping an eye on Butthead and Dan. I was able to ride the steep climb/run up every lap, which was HUGE time builder. At the end of the day it was a bocomo 1-2-3, which is awesome.

Thanks to Mike D and GoPate for awesome pictures as usual! Also thanks to everyone screaming during the whole race, that's what makes these races so awesome!

Time Out

Posted on 6:41 PM by Schottler

After I thought I was in the clear from that creek water, I was struck down by 3 days of cuddling up next to the crapper. A doctor visit and some antibiotics later, I can actually do stuff. I took a few days off last week to rest... then did a 5 hour gravel ride, then Giardia hit, then more days off the bike and eating hardly anything for 3 days. I did my first ride today and flatted a half hour out with a broken co2 dispenser and had to get a ride back... not the best start back. It will take a little time to get my fitness back, but I will be returning with a super sweet matching set of cross bikes. I have next years racing plans 99% figured out now... more to come about that later.

All good

Posted on 9:08 PM by Schottler

My swollen knee felt a little sore this morning on my ride, but it is all good now, it even stopped bleeding tonight. The fury is building once again, I will rip legs this weekend.

Also enjoy this video... you thought your day at work was bad?

2 bikes and a DNF

Posted on 6:27 PM by Schottler

Well I had a race a week ago with very little problems, so it was about time for something to go wrong. Raced Bubba #5 today in St. Louis against all the local fast dudes. I opted out of the 10:30PM race the night before so I could go socialize (heavy drinking) and enjoy the scenery that Halloween offers.

But anyway, I started near the back and watched everyone hurt each other as I mozied towards the front. After about 4 laps or so and $1 later, I was feeling good and ready to pick up the pace. Butthead was back in the lead group and I knew he didn't feel like sitting on, we attacked on either side of the group and lead into the first turn of the lap with BH about to rip his leg off as he nearly slid off the course. We managed to pull a gap on the rest, riding the railroad tie section ($1), and riding pretty clean, making up some time in the corners.

After about 3 laps of riding with BH we rode the railroad tie section again and my front tire slid out coming off the first and I rode straight into the next and smashed my knee into my handlebar. I tried to get back on and start going but noticed I couldn't feel anything from my knee down. I sat up for a second and made sure I had movement and tried to keep going. Some feeling came back in my knee and the pain felt deep, not superficial. I thought I may have messed something up so I walked down the course as everyone passed by and decided it wasn't worth risking it. I pulled the plug to prevent further injury. It is pretty swollen tonight, I will try riding on it tomorrow morning.

On the bright side, I found $40 in the parking lot and won $2 from being awesome. The new cross bike felt comfortable and fast... no back pain either.