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Few pics from my 1st cx race - Thread City CX, Mansfield, CT(23 posts)

Few pics from my 1st cx race - Thread City CX, Mansfield, CTjtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:22 PM
Jamie, whom I met that morning...
Not a great pic, but it shows the steepness of the run-up (see rider below).jtferraro
Dec 11, 2003 10:59 PM
Jamie again...
Me - in the red...jtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:31 PM
Over the log, now time to remount...jtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:33 PM
On the descent...jtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:35 PM
Up the run-up, but still have the concrete wall to hop!jtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:37 PM
awesome obstacleJS Haiku Shop
Dec 18, 2003 6:26 AM
I almost threw a concrete wall into the course, but figured somebody might get badly hurt, particularly after several laps and a lack of oxygen reaching the briain. this looks fun. love the use of "traditional" obstacles.

2 wordsSpecialTater
Dec 18, 2003 7:35 AM
thank you
Another good view of one of the run-ups...jtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:43 PM
Ray, whom introduced me to Jamie. Actually, I met Ray a few weeks before, at the Verge New England CX Championship Series, The Chainbiter 5.0, in Farmington, CT.
probably one of the faster parts of the course...jtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:47 PM
Ray again (sorry his head is behind the tape!).
After that run-up and after that concrete wall hop...jtferraro
Dec 17, 2003 9:50 PM
JT, are you the one who had knee surgery this year? (nm)eyebob
Dec 18, 2003 2:00 PM
Yes - good memory! I had knee surgery in March. (nm)jtferraro
Dec 18, 2003 5:03 PM
How is the knee? (nm)eyebob
Dec 22, 2003 5:56 AM
It's doing well...jtferraro
Dec 22, 2003 7:58 AM
Thanks for asking. For 6 months post surgery I was advised not to do any "side-to-side" motion sports (i.e. tennis, racquetball, soccer, basketball, football, skiing, etc.). This includes sports that require quick accellerations or decelerations, cutting turns, etc. I can now participate in these types of sports, but am supposed to wear a knee brace. With winter here, I just picked up a custom fitted carbon/composite brace that I'll wear, for the first time, snowboarding this winter. Fortunately, I was able to start cycling while going for physical therapy. I finished PT in early May and have had a decent summer on the bike, including doing a century ride in September. I held off on mtb'ing until the 6 month date, though. The cross race I did last Saturday was probably the most demanding thing I've done on my knee so far...and I'm happy to say it wasn't a problem!

Any clicking or popping?eyebob
Dec 22, 2003 1:00 PM
6 years after mine the only time that I even notice it is when a) I knick the scar shaving or b) after a long ride in the cold (then it aches a little, but not much). I'm guessing that your cross racing will improve next year when you've all but forgotten the damn thing ever bothered you.

No popping...jtferraro
Dec 23, 2003 10:05 AM
maybe an OCASSIONAL click. I wouldn't even call it that. Refresh my memory - what originally happened to your knee, 6 years ago?

I blew out my ACL playing hoop.eyebob
Dec 23, 2003 2:44 PM
I didn't have any meniscus and/or MCL damage (which I recall that you did). My surgery was an allograft with some ti screws (lighter than the steel, but more flexy than Alum).

Ah, I remember now...jtferraro
Dec 23, 2003 10:29 PM
Yup, I had a completely severed MCL, partially torn ACL, damage to both medial & lateral meniscus, and a 12mm impaction fracture to my tibial plateau. Upon arthroscopic surgery my OS realized the ACL was only 30% torn and he decided to leave it alone, although he tried a procedure called microfracture to provide some tightening of the joint.

Does the allograft utilize the graft from the hamstring tendon or patella tendon?

re: Few pics from my 1st cx race - Thread City CX, Mansfield, CTDJR
Dec 22, 2003 2:03 PM
At 17 degrees Thread City was a race I will not soon forget. Way too many dismounts for me, I was spent the next day at Falmouth. Nice shot of me in your last pic. Thanks for taking the time to post the pics.
Thread City CX...jtferraro
Dec 23, 2003 9:58 AM
Cool that you were there. Not only was it cold but windy, too! So true about the number of dismounts! I heard some talk at the registration desk, before the race re: the number of dismounts. Somebody was commenting that recent cx races, in the area, didn't have enough dismounting. The race organizers probably felt obliged to set up this race on the opposite end of the spectrum! Anyway, glad I have a pic of you. Is that you in the orange? The pics aren't the best. It's a lousy camera and my girlfriend took them (she doesn't have much experience). Actually, I've bought her ("us") ;) a nice new digicam for Christmas so I'm sure any future cycling pics will be quite nice.

Thread City CX...DJR
Dec 23, 2003 12:15 PM
Yes, that's me in the orange. That sand bank was particularly tough. Shame there was not a better turnout. Hope they run it again next year. Taking pics of a race in progress can be frustrating, I think yours came out just fine.
Sand bank...jtferraro
Dec 23, 2003 12:41 PM
the one down by the lake, right? Yup, I was tough! There was another little bit of sand we had to ride or run through, too (remember after the wooded/drop-off section)?

Are you from CT?