Monday, April 27, 2015
Things have changed a bit since the fall of 1991, the date of my last BMX race. One is obvious: my age. Also, the tracks have become much, much more technical, requiring a level of skill that I just didn't need from 1979 until 1991. In those days, I could just muscle my way out of the gate and around most tracks around the country and things were peachy. Even if I was still as strong as I was in those days, I would not be very successful using that old tried and true method.
There are jumps EVERYWHERE. One must time one's efforts precisely, not merely pedal hard.
By 6:35pm, I was on the gate. It was the most natural thing to balance on the gate. It was like I never stopped. When the gate fell, it was a different story. The jumps came out of nowhere. I hardly had time to pedal before running into another jump that wanted to smash my bones and crush my skull. But, no...I didn't let it happen. I was cautious and I lived to ride another day. I became happier with my gate starts, but then my sore arms and muscles told me to stop.
By 7:05pm, that was it. Twelve or thirteen runs around the track is all I have in me.
I will be sore tomorrow.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
I have seen the future, and it's not internal combustion engines. It's battery-powered electric motors, and they are bad ass.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Super fun couple of days at Universal. The rides were very fun, and most were fun for all ages. Although, like most theme parks, the food was ultra expensive, the park itself was top notch. Cleanliness seemed to be top priority, which was a welcome change.