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i worship Mr T
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(x-post from passion)

'cause right now it sure as h3ll isn't about the rider!

but first some porn...

AN the evil glowing-eyed feline stalks the porn box...


mmm....carbon


t?


the king...


the ideal spot for the throne...


wellllllldddssssssssssssss.........


flip the switch


through the tunnel?


what's in a name?


reflections in glass


my dream bike (if i was a guy she'd be my dream girl but i'm not and girls aren't really my thing....not that there's anything wrong with that. ;))


specs:
Titus Racer-x ti frame, custom geometry
Fox rp3 rear shock
gruppo: full XTR w/ sti dual control shifting & hydraulic disc
Thomson elite seatpost
wtb laser saddle
Chris King headset
Ritchey os stem (90 mm, +5)
Easton EC90 bar
Schwinn silver glitter grips
RS SID fork (soon to be replaced with a manitou scareb)
DT Swiss 240 disc wheels w/ center lock hub
hutchinson python tires (pictured, currently running mosquitos)

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so, being the great planner-aheader that i am i started building up my baby on thursday......just in time to race her on sunday! :eek:

of course, things did not go as planned and i ended up at the shop until 10 pm on friday night and then back in at 10 am on saturday morning to deal with the finishing touches. what is it about me and disc brakes?! yikes, it took us forever to get those babies bled. :mad:

many many many many thanks to Nate at Outback Bike Shop for everything. i owe you huge and if your wife has divorced you as a result of your late return home on friday night i promise to marry you once the divorce is final! :D

with my new baby finished and in hand i rushed out of town to make it up to preride the course......on time. well, sorta. ok, probably not at all on time but hey, it was p!ssing rain all morning, who wants to preride in a downpour?

ready to preride...


yeah, the course was a little muddy. what gave it away?


race day dawned with clear blue skies and enough sunshine to reduce the mud bogs to puddles. still, i didn't regret my decision to go with a better mud tire than the pythons i prerode on.

women's ex lines up


dispelling rumors


waiting to start


my last 2 races (sorry, been slacking on the reports, but i promise to get them up soon) have been really tough and i've been spending far more time at the back of the pack than i'd like. once is good for humility. twice begins to take a toll on the ego. and i did not have high hopes for this race. my heart just wasn't in it.

the horn sounds and we are off. i am about midpack as we hit the single track. overall i really like this course. it is the same trail system that i raced 2 weeks ago but a different course - slightly longer with a nasty waterbar climb in the middle. although the trail has dried out some since yesterday the roots (of which there are many) are still slick and the spots where there is exposed carolina red clay can be like riding on ice (how come those spots always seem to be on climbs?!)

we get to the first technical rooty climb and tire and line choice become key. apparently i have chosen both well as i find myself passing ursula, amylynn, and then krista (all of whom i am sure will eventually catch me). i grind up the hill and find myself in the unfamiliar territory of sitting in 3rd place behind erin (pro) and carolyn. huh! i think to myself, maybe this race won't be that bad.

but alas, my time in 3rd is short lived and ursula soon catches and passes me (along with another girl)...then krista...*sigh* i continue on trying to ride within myself and hope that i neither cramp nor come in last.

down the fireroad descent, there's a nice line that's formed through the tight turn...no brakes needed. the sun has dried up the orange clay-mud field that packed up my tires duing my preride. into my least favorite section of the course. it's tight & twisty, with ill placed whoop-de-dos and no flow at all. then, just to break your spirit it finishes with a vile climb up to a baking field. can you tell how much i like this section? i come through the first tight twisting section, through 2 switchbacks and am down near the lake when i suddenly bury my front wheel into a muddy spot, weight too far forward, torque the front end completely around and endo hard landing mostly on my left elbow. OW! as i'm collecting myself amylynn comes past and is gone.

back on my bike i finish up my first lap

coming up...


and passing through the feedzone...


into my 2nd lap my legs decide to join my heart in not being into this whole racing thing. my pace drops some but i continue on without getting passed by anyone except sport men. as i climb up the hill toward the feedzone someone tells me i'm in 6th. i'm unenthused but figure i might as well finish since i'm certain what doesn't kill me must make me stronger. and it could go either way on this one. :rolleyes:

looking & feeling miserable


i crawl through my 3rd lap and eventually roll through the finish. thrilled to be done i spin for a bit before joining everyone to be social. i ended up 7th, losing 6 minutes between my 1st and 3rd lap. not exactly a stellar performance but marginally better than my race 2 weeks ago.

the good news is that i love my new bike!! it does everything i wanted it to do and more. the only thing that it doesn't do is get rid of the pain in my lower back but i'm beginning to think this a problem inherent in the rider and not the ride. :rolleyes:

at dinner i notice i've got a bruise on my knee from my crash on lap 1. chad looks at it and says 'what is that?!' then everyone else has to look at it as well...

what is that imprint?


bets were that it was the imprint of the topcap on my fork but when i looked closely later the patterns didn't match. so what was it?

hmmm...check out the endcap...


the only thing missing is the word "schwinn"! ouch!! :cool: :eek: what a souvenir!

rt
 

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Bling! Bling! Bling! Bling!

NICE bike!

Sorry to hear your legs aren't doing what you want them to. Hope you bounce back quickly.

Kathy :^)
 

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RT,

You might try moving your seat up a tad. It will help you get more extension in your leg and lets you utilize your hip flexors more instead of just your quads. Tight quads are generally the culprit in sore low backs (if it's your QLs), though tight glutes are a factor as well. Also, increasing your hamstring strength can help, too. All these muscles attach to the pelvis and as opposers (hams/quads) have an effect on the pelvic "tilt". Increased rearward tilt, caused by tight quads, squeezes the QLs and makes them sore. Obviously, stretching the quads is essential, but don't make the mistake of overstretching your hams, with most people do.

However, if you have issues in the mid-back, erectors, I've read that slight rise in the stem or riser bar is effective.

Love the ride! All of my friends ride Titus and they love them.
 

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I've missed your race reports. They're that nice mixture of inspiration and humor. You're generally one of the great voices of inspiration and support on this forum, so just know that we're all behind you and hoping that your new bike helps you past the little hurdle you're trying to clear right now with your racing.

Mallie
 

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chad1433 said:
RT,

You might try moving your seat up a tad. It will help you get more extension in your leg and lets you utilize your hip flexors more instead of just your quads. Tight quads are generally the culprit in sore low backs (if it's your QLs), though tight glutes are a factor as well. Also, increasing your hamstring strength can help, too. All these muscles attach to the pelvis and as opposers (hams/quads) have an effect on the pelvic "tilt". Increased rearward tilt, caused by tight quads, squeezes the QLs and makes them sore. Obviously, stretching the quads is essential, but don't make the mistake of overstretching your hams, with most people do.

However, if you have issues in the mid-back, erectors, I've read that slight rise in the stem or riser bar is effective.

Love the ride! All of my friends ride Titus and they love them.
thanks for the suggestion. not sure i can actually move my saddle up any without stretching my leg out too much, but tight hams may be part of my problem. mid back is fine but i tried flipping my stem for my ride this weekend so i had a +5* rise rather than a -5* drop. unfortunately, it didn't help one iota. :( i've gotten some recs from locals on places to go for a fit so i might do that this week and see if a "professional" has any suggestions.

thanks again!

rt
 

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MallieD said:
I've missed your race reports. They're that nice mixture of inspiration and humor. You're generally one of the great voices of inspiration and support on this forum, so just know that we're all behind you and hoping that your new bike helps you past the little hurdle you're trying to clear right now with your racing.

Mallie
thanks girl!

yeah, i've been slacking on getting the reports up this season. i've got 2 more just waiting to go up.....too bad they actually expect me to work while i'm at work!! :p

rt
 
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