There's been a lot of speedbumps on the way to @virginiacitygrandprix this year, from my stupid finger healing frustratingly slow and my tweaked back not letting me ride even once since March, to work being miserable, finding a crack in #KatieEm 's wheel, having it welded as a temp fix, and having to shell mucho dinero and energy to to have the wheel bearing replaced in my truck today, all quite minor in the grand scheme, and barely a flea bite on an elephants ass compared to what so many less fortunate than I must deal with every day, but still frustrating as hell none the less.
BUT..... there has been so much more positivity to outweigh the negative all along the way. From having a wonderful partner who I can always count on being there when things are rough, and having so many wonderful friends who are there to support me as well... to feeling good about myself, and appreciating my own resilience and determination, which yes, can make me quite stubborn at times.
Its life's little challenges that always bring out the strongest feelings of satisfaction when you not only ride them out, but commit to facing them head on. Can't wait to get out there and race again, not to try and be super competitive and push myself past the limits of what my body is capable of right now necessarily, but to push myself, and my body, to really FIND the limits of where I'm at in the moment, so I know what kind of goals I should have moving forward. Personal growth is fun, and oh so rewarding.
So grateful for all who love me, for all whom I get to love, for all the opportunities I've been presented in life, and for motorcycles of every kind. The church of two wheels is my zen, my prayer, and my meditation, and its also a crazy motivational fire under my ass!
Now... off to take a four hour nap, and get this show on the road!
I've got #KatieEm all dialed in, and cant wait to see how she rides with the new goodies I've installed!
See y'all in #VirginiaCity , or someplace maybe not quite as awesome, soon!!! 😉
#Gratitude#Blessed#MotoTherapy#ChurchOfMoto#LetsGoRacing#VCGP#GetBackOnTheHorse#RidgeRunnersMC#RRMC#HookIt#NapTime#114T is #393 this weekend #LetdDoThis !!!!
Great day at Hollister yesterday! Epic conditions, at least for all the upper stuff. Put in 60 miles on KatieEm, and the custom left grip helped to delay my inability to hold on to the bars. Left hand/finger still killed after 1/2 an hour though. The front MX32 is getting more sketchy as it continues to shed it's side knobs, so I was taking it easy in the turns again. Have a Bridgestone X30 and a Nitro Mousse on order from Stoke Motorsports Inc., and I'll be dropping off my forks at Santa Cruz Suspension & Accessories for a service today, so the front end should be ready for Virgina City right quick! (More ready than me 😉) All in all, felt great to be back out in the dirt for the second time!
Did another 6-7 miles on the Yamahas. Just rode the vintage MX track, and couldn't really open them up much, but the 450F, 450FX and 250F all felt like great machines, though they all need bar risers and tall seats if my lanky ass were to get comfortable on them. I really want a fuel injected bike after riding them!
#KatieEm turned 10 this year.... maybe double digits is too old for a race bike? 😉
Been busy and never posted my X-Rays. Here they are, 1 week after surgery, and swipe to see before surgery but after I set the finger myself. Dr. said it was good that I set it as straight as I did before it really swelled up and became more difficult to straighten.
Hopefully the surgery will save at least most of the range of motion in the joint.
Notice in the X-Rays how the wire frame puts the finger in traction and expands the collapsed joint, and allows the three pieces to get back in alignment. (There is a spiral fracture, and then the joint broke in two. The joint break that collapsed it is the really bad one that is the biggest reason for surgery)
The technical name of the surgery is "Percutaneous stabilization for a Closed displaced Left little finger middle phalanx fracture"
Should have the metal removed in about two weeks. So sick of having this crap in my finger!
Still nervous about how much flexibility I'll get back, and how fast.
My goal is to be back on motorcycles by the beginning of February, get some good training in, and to RACE the Virginia City Grand Prix in Nevada the last weekend of April.
Think I can do it? Fuggin' A Hell Yeah I Can!!!! #Broken#BrokenFinger#BrokenPinky#Surgery#Xray#Xrays#SoquelPlasticSurgery#SantaCruzSurgeryCenter#DrImahara#Metal#HeavyMetal#AtLeastImRightHanded#DirtBike#Crash#Fracture#Hardware#MotoLife#114T#iJustWantToRide ##iJustWantToRideAgain#Goals#VCGP#VCGP2018#IllBeBack#Hookit
Okay.... So it's a little distracting having the bike loaded up outside my office! Heading to #HollisterHills after a short day for some riding! Will be there about 4:15 with another friend. Parking on radio ridge. Let me know if anyone else will be hitting the trails too.
Sometime I don't like keeping both feet on the pegs 😂. (Thanks for the pic @kendall.deeg !!)
After 5 months without riding a dirtbike, it felt great to race the @ama_d36 #PrimetimeHareScramble Scrambles at #MetcalfMotorcyclePark last Sunday!
Felt good to be riding the bike with fresh plastics and custom graphics, including lots of love for Flynn Post, you were always such a competitor in everything you did brother, much more so than I, and it's an honor to take your off-road racing!
This was more of a fun/get back into it ride than a race for me. So I took it easy off the start (wasn't going to let myself get taken out in turn 1 like I did here in 2014). Then I got caught in some "blinded by the dust" mayhem and stalled.... Putting me in 12th of 12 racers in B-Vet to start the race.
Found a good steady groove though, had a few fun battles, and finished laps 1, 2 and 3 in 5th place.
Kinda smashed my hand on a manzanita 1/2 way through lap 4 though. And when I stopped to make sure it was okay, I noticed steam spewing out of my right radiator, and my engine temp was only reading 105, meaning almost all my coolant was gone. So I sat for a while to let the bike cool, then rode 5 min, sat 5 min until making it to the finish line.
Bummer about the mechanical failure, but it was still fun. Felt good to be out there, didn't have any crashes, and I got to break in the new graphics.
Hopefully the motor is okay from overheating. Replacing the radiator, installing the TUbliss system and a new Dunlop out back, doing an oil change and defeating the bike tonight in hopes of heading up to the Donner Hare Scramble This weekend!
Thanks to @stokemoto, #MooreAndSonsMotorcycles , #SantaCruzSuspension , @rockoilusa for being my go to's for moto related parts and service, and @SactownUnion Brewery for providing my favorite go to post race recuperation beerbrages!!!! And a special thanks to my beautiful Marisol @wudgiedub for not only being my cheerleader, but also helping with graphics installation and cleaning the air filter last week!
Post race face. That Picacho Creek was AWESOME!!! I had a great race.... except that someone blew a course marking, and a bunch of us went the wrong way and skipped a section of the course on the first lap by accident. That eliminated me from a good finish in the results, but I had a blast out there!#PicachoCreekchallenge#D36#HareScramble#Racing#CrossCountry#114T#RaceFace
Six Hours Of Hollister was a really fun challenge! Travis K. and I decided to do a two man team in the Senior (35+) Sportsman class and we ended up pulling off 2nd place out of 9 teams.
You could have called this race "Six Hours Of Roller Skating On Marbles" because the majority of the 6 mile course was super hard pack, with layers of fine dust or loose gravel. It was really slick, and very hard to push hard without laying it down. Add in that it was in the mid 90's, and it was an ass kicker of a race. But even after losing some time due to mistiming a couple of our rider/bike swaps, Travis cramping up real bad, and me developing some nasty blisters and almost having heat stroke, we were only 7 minutes behind 1st place after 18 laps and 6hrs 9min of racing. I'd call that a success for our first ever team race!
Thanks Travis, we'll get'em next year! And thanks Keith for being an awesome pit crew!
The fuse for my radiator fan was blown, and I found out why during race prep last night... It couldn't turn because I bent the whole radiator and fan housing to shit last time I raced at Virginia City! Had to bust out the ol' C-clamp from my Iron worker days and redneck engineer that baby back into functionality! #RedneckEngineering#ThatelDoPig#RadiatorFix#RacingInjury#114T
In my first Virginia City Gran Prix, I planned on running brand new front and rear tires, and the #TublissSystem in each. Mostly because if you get a flat with a Tubliss, you can still ride, plus you can run lower psi for better traction. Well.... after a failed attempt to test the Tubliss with a barely used front tire (leaked because a rim lock had been used on the tire before), I had the brand new tire installed with the Tubliss, and all was good! I ran 10 psi in the front, and it felt great for an hour of single track riding at Hollister Hills. Then.... FLAT FRONT! And it was the inner Tubliss bladder that failed, not the Tubliss liner to tire seal! Upon further inspection, and discussing with Jeff at Tubliss, it sounds like a totally random / bad luck failure. BTW, the customer support experience with Tubliss has been top notch thus far, and I should be receiving free replacement parts next week. In any case, I picked up and old, kinda beat rim from a local shop for $100 bucks, threw some fresh #MSR Bearings and seals, an #SRToffroad disc, and my used tire on it, and will be running this $200 setup up front and my used rear tire with a tube out back. Didn't want to use my new tires because I can't install the Tubliss in them after using tubes and rim locks. Hopefully I don't get any pinch flats in this race! #RacePrep#VCGP#114T#BadLuckIsOutOfTheWayIhope !!!
Who wants to go riding tomorrow? Been a busy couple of nights, but she'll be ready to go in the morning! New #DIDchain , new front and rear #ProTaper sprockets, new #RaceTech progressive rate shock spring, freshly cleaned air filter.... And a new #Dunlop front tire with the #TublissSystem installed. I tried to use my "used" tire with the Tubliss, since it only had 5hrs on it, but it wouldn't seal.... Tried resetting it over and over again without success, and finally ran out of time and just had @stokemoto throw on some fresh meat and put my used tire on an an old rim to use as a spare. #KTM#ProTaperUSA#RaceTechSuspension#114T#Offroad#SantaCruz#DoItYourself
Fun day back on the #KTM for the first time in 6+ weeks. Nice conditions and a lot of fun out at #HollisterHills Pretty out of shape, and the ankle wast happy if I dabbed at all in left hand corners, but it was fun to get some miles in! #114T