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Old 07-21-2012, 08:38 AM   #76
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Good luck tomorrow Andrew- see you there. I hydrated my ass off last night
But seriously- you think I could run my stock tank on my wr450 or leave the oversize one on?

90 min at 1/4 throttle for me
Stock tank will be just fine.

I've been quite hydrated this week as well. Been taking in over a gallon of water a day all week. I spoiled myself with one beer last night while starting to watch Game of Thrones.

Went for a leisurely bike ride with the wife this morning. Got my gear all ready to go, so I'm shooting for a positive finish tomorrow.

If you keep your bike at 1/4 throttle the entire race, you'll finish quite well. Average speed in your class is around 15mph, so 2nd gear + 1/4 throttle, and you'll be doing great!

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PS - I've actually got planned a warm-up strategy for the morning. An hour before my race I'm planning to do some running\jogging and some other stuffs to get the muscles loosened up and whatnot. Then do some loops on their little oval on the side of the pits. Just wish it weren't gonna be 95+ while doing this.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:13 AM   #77
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Good luck tomorrow. I have been enjoying keeping up on your season.

Remember to have fun. eff the rest.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:54 AM   #78
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Good luck tomorrow. I have been enjoying keeping up on your season.

Remember to have fun. eff the rest.
Thanks. Just ate some breakfast and am heading over to my buddies house to scoot on down to the races.

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Old 07-22-2012, 05:08 AM   #79
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Good luck at the race!

Regarding your Paleo diet, it will take your metabolism a while to become efficient at fat oxidation. If you are not there yet you can still stick with Paleo and do medium-high carbs, just get them from yams, sweet potatoes, fruits, squash etc.

For your next training session you could experiment by adding some easily metabolized fats like medium chain triglycerides (MCT) with your usual food. E.g. make a shake with some coconut water (which also contains electrolytes) and some protein in addition to your glycogen replenishing carbs.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:30 AM   #80
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I tried coconut water once. :puke
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #81
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Hey Andrew,

Hope you did well today! I bought some stuff from you back in '09 when we were in our BMW X-country phase

It was nice catching up via your post. I too am drawn to the outdoor racing scene like a moth to the flame, but I'm just getting started at 50. I took a bunch of lessons from Motovation MX school back in late '09 on a 2003 CR85RB and got my basics......Just enough to survive a novice practice session at your local MX park. Not long after I bought a RM-Z250 from one of my instructors and the fun begins.....I also bought a Husky 2 Stroke!

But my ride of choice is still the 4 stroke 250


After nearly dying (more than once) trying to start this beast in the heat after stalling and/or crashing, I too installed a Rekluse. It reduced my stalls and my lap times, but it's not perfect. Recently at Walden MX during my site lap, I managed to stall the bike on a HUGE downhill double and realized fro the first time that you CAN"T JUMP START A BIKE WITH AN AUTO CLUTCH.....Lol...But I'm keeping mine for now..

Here's a couple pics of me and my pit-girl 4th of July weekend.......


Here I make my pass through the rhythm Section! (Lying: About to be lapped)









This would have been my first race ever had I not tweaked both ankles after casing a huge (for me) double in practice. But...I plan on coming back and maybe even racing an entire series next year in the Over 40 C division...Because I totally wasn't the worst guy! LOL
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:17 PM   #82
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So woke up nice and early. Ate 4 strips of tasty bacon & 3 scrambled eggs. Took some coffee with me to go (then switched to water when I got to my buddies house). All loaded up, and headed on down to Fox Valley. Had to make a pit stop on the way as I had drank a lot of water that morning already, and well, you just don't fight the body. Signed in, and I got to watch my buddy John take off in the early AM race. He was 7th or 9th off the start in his group, and I could see the dust was going to be a PITA.

It was supposed to be 95+ today and sunny. Thankfully God smiled upon us with 85 & overcast. Unfortunately he didn't give us enough rain to settle the dust, so it was what it was....LOTS of lingering dust. About 45 minutes before my race, I geared up and did a whole bunch of jumping jacks, followed by some high knee running in place.....whatever you will call it. One of them things that they made the kids in High School track do that they all complained about. Anyways, I thought my race started at 12:30, and so at 12, I rolled over to the practice loop looking to do some circles, and saw the entire starting area packed. Mild panic, roosted back to the truck and got the rest of my gear.

By the time I got to the line, I had a theoretically piss poor starting position. I was 2 guys in from all the way inside of the first turn. In standard Harescramble form, the race started just about 15 minutes behind schedule. My 2nd gear starts were feeling positive, and from what I could gather, I was in the top 5 or 6 right off the start (keep in mind, my line was ALL of the B classes). I couldn't see jack squat. The AA & A lines ahead of us just left the place a dust bowl. And in the trees, there was 0 wind, so it just lingered.

I stayed on the tail of the guy ahead of me as best I could. I kept feeling as if my front tire was washing out. I'd put brand new tires on the bike, so I thought it was odd, but was thinking that they just sucked more than I remembered the last set I had. As I kept riding, I got myself into a groove as best I could, stayed up on the pegs and tried to let the bike float beneath me. I soon realized that the tires weren't the problem, it was just that the dirt was absolutely terrible. I explained it to a buddy of mine as "flour on top of absolute hardpack". You'd think that it was loamy\sandy dirt, but it was a trick. The dirt just POOFED away as you attempted to lock in, and then as you went to put weight on the front tire for the turn, it acted like a lubricant on the hardpack beneath it. Absolute crap, but wtf you gonna do? Everyone else is riding the same stuff. Deal with it, and truck on.

Like I said, I got myself into a groove and pushed on. I didn't want to push too hard out of the gate, as I knew since it was warmer and crappier conditions, that guys would eventually start making mistakes, and getting worn out. As I went through the scoring the first time, I saw that I was in 6th in my class. I knew I could do better than that, so I slowly began inching up my pace. I found that if I kept the bike in 3rd gear instead of 2nd that I held an overall faster average speed. So I began keeping it clicked in 3rd (bless this 6 speed gear box I swapped in), and only dropped into 2nd if I absolutely had to. It worked, and I found myself pulling up into 5th position.

I soon had a guy come up behind me, who I thought that this early, must be in my class. I picked up my pace a bit and pushed on. I overshot a turn or something, and he went past, only for me to realize that the guy was in a totally different class. Not a big deal, except that when I went to get back going, shortly thereafter, I washed out my front and dropped the bike on the left hand side. I looked back, saw no one close, so I took a little extra time in getting the bike restarted. I knew if I rushed, that I'd only hurt myself (use up energy), and end up further behind. This worked, as I got the bike running and was back on my way.

All was well until the 45-60 minute mark. My body felt like it was locking up. My rear suspension literally felt like it was locked solid, and it was jack hammering the ever living piss out of my body. My kidneys felt like they were being pounded on by a baseball bat on my back. It sucked, but I knew I had to truck on and somehow some way it'd go away. Just as I passed a guy in another class, I gas it through a creek, and as soon as I get on the other side, it's like someone clamped a vice on my sides. I screamed a few choice words and sat down, attempting to keep on the throttle, as I had just passed the guy. It was like torture. As I got out of that section, and into the next, I saw the guy wasn't too close behind me, so I calmed myself down and did my best to take long deep breaths. I took another quick sip of water, and again, deep breaths. This seemed to work, and made me realize that I was holding in my breath too much. It was the only thing that made sense.

As soon as I loosened up my breathing, my pace began to pickup. My movements were getting more fluid, and I felt I was picking up my pace. I noted that there were some guys I had passed who were in my group, so by this point I knew I was in 5th place. As I went to cross the second log by the start\finish line (tall log), the bike felt like the throttle rocketed on me. All was well as I landed. I saw as I passed through scoring that I was 10 seconds behind 4th place. The hunt was on........or so I thought.

I got on the gas coming out of scoring, and as soon as I let off, it was like the bike went WFO. I figured something jiggled loose (despite my safety wired throttle cable), and began checking the cable at the carb & throttle housing. Both areas looked fine. I figured maybe I could run with it revving to the moon, just ride in a high gear, and somehow make it work. I rode for a little bit, and soon realized this was a sure fire way to get hurt, and knew at that point....it was over. 75 minutes into the 105 minute race, and my Husky failed me again.

I made it back to our truck by modulating not the clutch, but the kill switch. I was fuming, as I was so close....so close. But that was it. That's racing. I left the bike on its side while I sat down and attempted to collect myself. Needless to say I was an unhappy camper. I regained my composure and joked about how this husky has been nothing but issues for me. But I suppose, that's racing.

I had fun, and despite my jokes with friends that if I had another DNF this weekend that I'd be done racing, I'll be back at the races in 2 weeks time. The next race is an enduro, where I had the first one (and my first DNF). I hope to be slightly more prepared for this one, but the Husky has a few minor issues that I need to address. Easy enough, but some small ones that just piss me off. (Weak radiators that seem to break upon looking at them wrong), and a few other things.

I'll be at that enduro, and then unfortunately, the following enduro is 6.5 hours away, so I'll be going to a Harescramble closer by on August 19th, and then another harescramble on the 26th just before my birthday.

I'll post more, but in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the rest of this....overly sized IPA I've got here & watch some Game of Thrones.

Andrew

PS - Thanks for words of encouragement from all. Despite the shitluck, I had quite the exciting ride today.

PPS - I forgot my GoPro today. At least it wasn't a forgotten helmet like the one race last year
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:59 PM   #83
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That sucks, doing so well and then let down by the bike. Well, good luck fixing it, and better luck next race.

Racing in the heat has to be rough. We're so soft out here; it's barely over 65*, it's just stopped raining and racing is on hold until fall.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:58 AM   #84
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That sucks Andrew! But at least you figured out your breathing issue. After a couple of DNF's a few years ago I finally gave in and bought a newer bike. Best money I ever spent.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:45 AM   #85
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LukasM,
I'll give that a whirl. We haven't used too much coconut water in smoothies, but have in some other cooking\baking recipes. As things progress, I'll figure out what works. Thanks for the tip!

Barnyard,
I'm not a fan of drinking straight coconut water\milk, but it does make some tasty ice cream.

5Chord,
Who doesn't love casing doubles? I didn't commit on a smaller double at a neighbors track. Resulted in the following:


Broken linkage & snapped the shock in half. And not sure if it was that, or catching my foot in a rut earlier that day, but I also had to get a giant syringe worth of blood pulled out of my knee. Oddly enough, the doc told me my knees looked in great shape.

Luke,
I've been getting used to the heat now. And just like always, I'll get used to the heat & 2 weeks later, Illinois will get all crazy weather and it'll start snowing or something. I could really go for some 65 & light drizzle riding right now though.

Tbone,
I'm a bit torn right now on getting a new bike. Mostly cause I hate to lose money on the Husky, and I surely would. And besides that, I really enjoy riding it. The thing has good power, feels good in the woods (though I need to do some work on the rear shock), and is overall a good bike...but apparently problematic. My wife has informed me she'd pick me up a new bike when she graduates from nursing school next August, so I've been tossing around the idea of a new GasGas. I know, I know....just get a KTM. I just can't do it. That and the new GasGas bikes just look wicked, and if they're anywhere near how my GasGas trials bike was....it'd have to handle like a champ.


Time to get some work done. I ordered up the wrong belt to fix one of our machines here at our shop. Let's hope I can find one locally. Happy Mondays.

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:40 AM   #86
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Problem found:

Carburetor end of the cable:


The throttle end looked the same as well. I guess lubing the cable is a bad idea as it masked that the cable was dying? Either way, new one on the way. I got a couple weeks to get back in fighting form. I've noticed some tightness in the muscles in my back, so I'll be focusing a bit on them. We'll see how all this goes.

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Old 07-24-2012, 07:12 AM   #87
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Glad you found it. I usually just buy new cables when mine starts to get tight for that reason.

Concerning the new bike, It just reduces the amount of things that can go wrong, but doesn't eliminate it from happening. I was racing a 2000 model ktm300 2 years ago when I got the chance to race a 2009 300. I decided 2 miles in that I'd never race my old bike again...the newer bike was so much better and I worked so much less to go fast.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:18 AM   #88
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Glad you found it. I usually just buy new cables when mine starts to get tight for that reason.

Concerning the new bike, It just reduces the amount of things that can go wrong, but doesn't eliminate it from happening. I was racing a 2000 model ktm300 2 years ago when I got the chance to race a 2009 300. I decided 2 miles in that I'd never race my old bike again...the newer bike was so much better and I worked so much less to go fast.
Yesterday I only had ordered a throttle cable & tube. I figured since Halls Cycles wasn't open monday, I'd tack on a clutch cable as well. Don't need to see how far\long I can ride with no clutch in a race. Rather spend the 30$ now on that, then be SOL in another race.

I'm also ordering up some fresh fork seals, oil, and rear shock oil as well. I'm going to revalve the rear shock in hopes to improve it's overall performance. I'll be stealing some of what Luke had posted up. His suggestions for the fork were spot on & I always felt confident & planted on the front end. I also didn't get the jarring feel I normally used to get in my upper body. Lower body now is another story, so I feel the rear needs some lovin'.

New boots will be on order as well. I've always loved Alpinestar, as their Trials Boots & Road Race boots were awesome. Unfortunately their Tech 8's I've had for the past year and a half.....well annoy the snot outa me. It's time to change. The inner booty is 1 full size too small for my feet (yeah, thats comfy putting on before a race), and the arch on the sole of the boot is completely worn out. I don't have oodles of dollars to toss at super big $$ boots, but I want something good, so I'm going Italian & picking up some Gaerne GX-1 boots. My buddy has some G10 or whatever and likes them, so I'll see how these are. If they last 2 years, I'll be a happy camper.

On the new bike thing....I'll be addressing that next year for a couple reason. 1. Money. I've got too much invested right now in the Husky to personalize it to myself, that I hate to lose my rear on another bike. 2. I vowed to never change bikes mid-season again. Yeah, I'll keep a backup bike (mighty XR), but won't make a straight up change. 3. I need to test ride a GasGas. I'm very drawn to them (maybe its the Black & Red colors?) Only real concern is that they are slightly more "oddball" than the Husky. Though I honestly don't need\want all sorts of aftermarket doodads that are more readily available for bikes like KTM & Yamaha & such. 4. I'm HOPING that with the newer\stricter EU emissions standards for 2014 MY Bikes, that we will begin seeing some Direct Injection or Fuel Injection 2-strokes. I know some like that, and some don't, and I won't bother getting into a this vs that thing, but yeah, I'd like to see if anything comes out in that form.

Time to finish putting together my order for parts & goodies. AKA - Empty the wallet.

Andrew
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:33 AM   #89
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You really know your bike inside and out! I just hand my suspension over to our local guy and ask how much?

There are a few GasGas guys racing in FTR. Beautiful bikes with quality components, just would be nice to have a local dealer.

I just bought some Gaerne Reacts. Very nice build quality especially for the price ($237.00)

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Old 07-25-2012, 11:32 AM   #90
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Well these look better:


I thankfully have Halls-Cycles a few hours away, so I order on Tuesday, it arrives on Wednesday. I'll have to take a trip down & sit on some bikes.

I will say I've got a habit for not really test riding a bike before I buy it. And honestly, I got a problem where I just love riding motorcycles, so basically any bike I hop on, puts a smile on my face (well other than the WR250R....that bike sucks). The real test is how the bike holds up to me and the apparent abuse I put on them.

Well I'm looking forward to riding this weekend. I'll probably be on the XR, as I want to get the WR all sorted out before the upcoming races. Cables are just the start.

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