tough break(s)!

My life has been jam packed lately and my blogging has suffered!  Fortunately the new season is fast approaching and there will definitely be much more to write about soon!  I promise.

Dave had an accident last week (NOT cycling related!) and broke his heel and tibia.  If you ever jump down from something, do not land on your heels!  He’s been in a lot of pain and it has been stressful to deal with not having insurance (hopefully a temporary thing).

Fortunately the breaks didn’t have to be set and he doesn’t need a permanent cast or surgery.  Just a lot of painkillers and patience…

flowers from good friends at home, ibuprofen, supplements and homeopathic remedies help too:

It’s a huge bummer as PMBAR is out of the question, the weather has been mostly awesome lately and spring seems to be in full force.  Though I miss my best training partner, I’ve been getting some great riding in and thanks to Gordy, I’ve improved a lot already; my power in early March is already near my peak from last season!  Moreover my technical and descending skills are always improving.  I’ve been able to confidently ride features that scared me even months ago…

Yes, I’ve been feeling very good on the bike and have high hopes for the season.  I’ve had some personal things going on that have affected my mental focus a bit, but I am trying hard to stay on track.  That is just life.  It will be a long season and it’s hard to stay patient sometimes.  As I’ve mentioned before, there are so many factors that go into racing and training that go way beyond the bike itself.  However, when I am on these trails, I feel lighter; my worries disappear and I quickly remember why I am doing all of this in the first place!

The details of my new mountain bike team are still being finalized, but I am happy to announce that I will be racing for a new Southeast team in 2011: Momentum Racing.  We will be sponsored by Rocky Mountain bicycles, Maxxis tires, Adidas eyewear, Troy Lee Designs gloves and Craft baselayers!

Tim Koerber and I comprise the Asheville pro contingent, and we join Dave Hall (pro), Aaron Goldman (cat 1), Brad Phillips (cat 1), Nathan Smith (cat 1), Jeremy Edge (cat 1), Chris Beebe (cat 2), Joel Watson (cat 1), Robert Watkins (cat 1), Jed Schneider (cat 1) and Mark Drogalis (master).

Thanks to Nora Lohrenz, Aaron Goldman and Dave Hall for creating, organizing and managing the team!  I can’t wait to see everyone at the races!

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