Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A brief soccer interlude

USA 2 - Spain 0

Wow, that's an upset. I'm not exactly the most patriotic guy, but this was a pretty amazing win for the US men's national team.

- ec

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

safe riding cc + healing up

55 days on the road. damn thats long. good luck to cc and the rest of the crew. go easy on the post-ride cocktails.

Plantaris is healing up. Trying to not take too many ibuprofens, but they do help. Temporary relief in the form of bs menthol/camphor rubs, but they are just topical. Helps at night before I go to bed and when I wake up.

Pretty bored and going a bit stir crazy. Cant wait to get back on the bike and playing soccer. Who knows how long it will take, I just hope its sooner rather than later.

Alright, thats it for now. Rock on.

- ec

Monday, June 22, 2009

beast coast to best coast

See you suckers at the line in September. Mail me embrocation.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

1213 Group Ride Tomorrow

1213 Group ride tomorrow at 10am starting from 1213 Delafield... Plan for lots of climbing and extremely fast descents followed by disorientating technical sections...

Click here to link to the Ride's one sheet...


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Introducing the plantaris....

Got to figure out what to do with all this energy.

- ec

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Out of commission

Tore up my plantaris tendon.

Off the bike for two weeks. No soccer, no running. Basically, I can walk and sit and go to physical therapy.


- ec

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

cause elliot's got away

Cheap Cross Bike

Says its a 56... looks smaller... Joey? Brad? Evil Steve's Pit Bike?


another day at home

Calf is all knotted up. Still. Waiting for a call from my orthopedic guy.


- ec

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

at home on a tuesday afternoon

Second day off the bike this week, which means I cant work, which means I dont make money. This is a problem.

See, I played my regular soccer game Sunday but only 8 people showed up for the game at 2:15. 8 v 11 means that I ran a lot and strained my left calf. One of our guys hurt his already f'ed up left shoulder and had to stop. Our league only allows you to field a team with 8 or more people. We only played about 70 minutes.

My old team needed some reinforcements (so I thought) at a 5 pm game at the soccerplex. Nicer fields plus a chance to see some guys I hadnt seen in a while plus maybe I could help for 10/15 minutes giving the other guys a break. Well, only 11 showed, so it was a full 90 minutes for me with a bad left calf.

Sunday night was brutal and I took monday off. Tuesday morning felt better, and I can ride. But walking and all the mounting and dismounting as a messenger felt awful on the calf. So, after morning pouch work, it was back home. Where I am now. Just me and William Rocket, our house cat.

I like days off but days off where I cant walk around or ride are pretty useless. Time for bills and job searching.

- ec

Sunday, June 14, 2009

east coast, fuck you

1213 up and down the east coast this weekend. Danny took 8th in the Murad Cat 5 winning a pair of socks. I took 12th at the North Carolina State Championship Road Race down south, the exact same result I had in that race last year.

While I was down here I got to pick up the third issue of Embrocation Magazine, full of poetic license gone mad about cycling and amazing pictures, as well as a cx fork install by the previously mentioned Dave Wilcox. This journal is nothing short of classy and I recommend everyone to pick it up.

I leave for my cross country trip in about 9 days. can't wait.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Do yourself a favor - non-cross related....

...and check out the almighty Ink and Dagger.


- ec

Saturday, June 6, 2009

sketch. 1213 did not get crashed out today.

Friday, June 5, 2009

fuji cross?

Above - Dave Wilcox from Boston, former Cap Hill Bikes wrench and all around kick ass person at DCCX last year. He rides a sweet Vanilla custom cross bike. I'm cheering in the background.

Anyone know anything about Fuji Cross bikes?

I am going to look at one tomorrow off craigslist. Its affordable - $500. But its old and worn. 105/ultegra mix with not so great wheels.

Think I would replace the fork and wheels and go from there.

I think its this bike:

This was the last year they made just one cross bike - by 06 they started doing the comp and pro, but this is just the Fuji Cross.

So, I could buy this and my special lady friends mom's Ti Litespeed and then save up for a nicer cross bike for 2010...

- ec

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

TONIGHT: The Official 1213 Racing Dance Training Session

At the Wonderland Ballroom.  Be there or be officially unprepared for this dance cycling season.

Monday, June 1, 2009


1213 racing in action...preparing for the new season.



MABRA cyclocross needs to watch out. On Friday I learned I'll be able to log over 3,800 base miles when I ride from New York to Los Angeles on a fully supported tour. The best part of it is that not only will I not be paying a single cent, I will be getting PAID to do it. I hope to be unstoppable come late September, or at least have tan line that just will not quit.

Now I just have to figure out what bike to ride. The heavy, trust Bianchi I've had? My Cannondale SystemSix? My cross bike? DK just needs to find me a cheap good steel frame, or maybe a litespeed.


left turns only

My first love is track racing. I love the track. Alot. You get to go really fast. You get to ride on a steep embankment. You get to have a cool track bike. And you get to turn left....alot. I went out to the Alpenrose track to play around and to attend the Velocity Tour. I also got a chance to catch up with some friends I hadn't seen in awhile.

Portland's track is at a dairy of all places, called Alpenrose. The corners are a whopping 43 degrees, which means you have to be going at least 12 mph or you will just slide off. Despite the 90-ish degrees and the heat emanating off the track, I still had a blast.