Please consider a donation to conservationist organizations
Part of Tracy's goal with this race is to bring awareness and support for the following conservationist organizations. In support of Tracy and this cause please consider a donation to these organizations. You will find a "Moots miles" donation button on their web sites:
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Rain or shine the pancakes were fine... More to come.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Jon Cariveau at MOOTS in Colorado (MOOTS.com) works in conjunction with Mitch Graham at Biowheels (cincinnati.biowheels.com); a bike shop in Cincinnati, so I went down to Biowheels for the "fitting".
WOW! What a process!
Mitch at Biowheels set me up on the Retul System at his shop. Space age bike fitting! Eletronic leads all over my body (see pictures courtesy of Cindy... or see the retul.com website [that is not me on the bike] ). Information about my riding was fed through a computer and onto a screen in front of me.
When the electronic leads were placed in their respective spots, Mitch instructed me to pedal at different speeds and effort levels. While doing so, information about my style of riding showed up on the computer screen. I learned that my right leg "hitch hikes" along, pedaling at 70% efficiency while my left leg is at 83% efficiency. The leads also indicated that I ride with my left hip forward of my right as result of my left leg doing more of the work. Wow! No wonder my left leg bothers me when I ride... it's fatigued.
The Retul system also pointed out that my pedal stroke had a dead spot in the bottom of the stroke pattern. In response, Mitch lowered my saddle height until the dead spot dissapeared. Increased efficiency!
After adjusting the bike for my highest pedaling efficiency possible, Mitch used an electronic probe and " drew " the measurements of my MOOTS X YBB onto the computer screen. For example: he touched the headset at the handle bars with the probe and then the seat post under my saddle; wala!; the length of the new bike's top tube was established via the probe onto the computer screen. A bike specifically for me was drawn right before my eyes.
Then Mitch emailed the info to Jon Cariveau at MOOTS Bikes. MOOTS will build the new bike from that info.
By the way....
This process is available to everyone and can help anyone be more comfortable and efficient on a bike. Just go to Biowheels for a fitting.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
While I was riding I tried, in my mind, to close in the road sides; to make the road into a trail. And then I added wild animals along side of the trail; cougars, badgers and .... bears. Then, in my mind,I camped for the night. Then I thought.... what am I doing? Why am I doing this race? Chit!
I wonder sometimes what I am getting myself into. Most of my daydreams consist of crossing the line in Mexico but sometimes .... I think of other things.
I am not all bravado.
I do not mind saying I am scared.
"We handcraft high-performance titanium bicycle frames and components in our small factory in Steamboat Springs, CO. Our goal is to build each customer the best-fitting, finest-riding bike they will ever own. Our purposeful design philosophy, our knowledge of the unique characteristics of titanium, and our relentless focus on craftsmanship come together in the creation of true lifetime bikes—whether your preference is asphalt, dirt or both."
As part of their Womans Initiative MOOTS has decided to sponsor me in the race! They are building a bike for me to help ensure my success. A custom bike. Worth more than any car I have ever owned. More than my tractor! More than my toaster!
The people at MOOTS decided to build a Mooto X Ybb (29er softail) with a full SRAM XO kit, Fox Fork, Stans Wheels and all the trimmings; set to specifications. Look it up on their website.. MOOTS.com under "Our Bikes".
I will benefit immensely from this bike. It will be fast,responsive, lightweight and well...... beautiful.
Geeese. Close in numbers to dogs however they tend to stay put.
Cars. Many of which, in my community at least, do not move at all.
Newspapers. ( I don't think they saw the article.)
Flags. American flags; possibly made in China.
Beds. Flower beds. Sometimes a bed with flowers in it.
Toilets. With flowers in them, around them, flowing over them, out of them.
Cats, on occasion. Squishing themselves into the ground,pressing flat; hoping not to be seen.
Signs. Eggs for sale. Barn sale. Goats for sale. Horse 4 sale. Trailer for sale(or rent). Free Kittens.
People. I look at them, they look at me. Sometimes they wave. More often we exchange glances. Both wondering what the other is doing and why.