Star trails from Rich Patch, VA

This is my first star trails experience with an intervalometer and my sweet new Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens. I took 5 minute exposures all night and then stitched them all together to this one that ended at about 5AM. The night time ones have more stars, but my personal favorite is this one with the sky becoming a beautiful purple hue and silhouetting the tree.

Greenville Spring Training Series Feb 22-23, 2014

I traveled down to Greenville, SC to enjoy the warmth of the south with John Delong and Marcos.  We headed down on Friday evening and stayed with a very interesting guy from AirBNB.  This was a once in a lifetime chance to meet a curler.  I didn’t know anybody actually played that outside of the olympics.

The race on Saturday was at my favorite location in Greenville, Fork Shoals.  The Pro/1/2 race started out like normal with attacks going early.  Since this was my first race of the year, I just wanted to see where my fitness was and finish through to the end.  Luckily, Marcos had an awesome PTS Racing kit that I could wear for the day.  Attacks were launching left and right early on.  Around half way through the first lap a break went up the road and at some points during the race that break had 3.5 minutes.   I was sitting mid-pack all day and was just enjoying the race and trying to move up.  I had forgotten how easy it is to fall way back in the field when you are not fighting for position.  On the last lap, I made it near the front for a minute before I was promptly swallowed by the field and back to mid-pack.  John helped string it out at the beginning of the last lap and then Marcos made it up the road with a few others.  They eventually caught the break.  I was stuck in the middle of everyone and finished satisfied with 45th place.  It showed me that my fitness was there and I look forward to a long and fun season with my new team, PTS Racing (Integrated Sports Medicine p/b Brown’s Subaru).

Fork Shoals Pro/1/2 RR

By the end of the race, my knee was getting tight again.  I have battled with tendinitis since last September and I think a combo of the cool 60F weather on bare knees and super hard race efforts brought back some of the issues.  Because of this recurrence of knee issues, I decided to not race Donaldson Center on Sunday, which killed me because that is always such a fun race.  I hope to have a fun and healthy year on the bike and look forward to many more miles and smiles.   Continue reading