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O.K. Guy's Here's me and my stoker, finally!(53 posts)

O.K. Guy's Here's me and my stoker, finally!MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 10:47 AM
The divine Ms. Kathy during our sweatfest during the Knoxville Double ride-along that SRCC did. WE only did a wimpy 95 miles and 7,000 ft. at an avg. 14.1.
Is she a babe or what?
Do I look scary? We're all wound up for the Grizzly next weekend. Between the bikes weight loss over our prvious Burley, and our own loss training lately, we're about 30 lbs. lighter this time. Maybe we'll float up the grades. NOT!
Nice lookin', stoker!Jon
Oct 1, 2001 11:03 AM
Oct 1, 2001 11:45 AM
I'm envious again. You guys are killin' me.

The Grizzly. Be prepared for hills, lots of hills. Fun ride, though. Be very careful on the descents, especially on the tandem. There are some wicked ones there.

Have fun.

Oct 1, 2001 12:03 PM
C'mon Dog, we did it last year. And we're 30 lbs. lighter this yeer! WE're gonna PARTY! Loading up our CamelBaks at the bottom of the 'Griz this time. Can't wait for those chorklit eclairs at the finish!
Oh, alrightDog
Oct 1, 2001 12:08 PM
Ok, then you know what you are in for. I love the first 30 miles or so where you can overlook the San Joaquin river from a mile up. Great scenery. Another something special about the ride is that you really couldn't do that ride without support - it's just too remote and has no access to even water whatsoever, at least from what I have seen. We'll expect a report. (I'm not doing it - getting ready for my big race on the 13th.)

And what would that be Doug?MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 12:14 PM
Tell me, tell me!!!
you serious?Dog
Oct 1, 2001 12:51 PM
I thought I'd beat that one to death here. The Furnace Creek 508 -

It's freakin' me out a little. Read some of the tall tales there.

Sorry, I forgot!MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 12:57 PM
Aww you'll do fine...Or not.
Whatever, you'll get good story out of it one way or another!!! ; )
I've got a good story about a training ride one year with Bill Oetinger (the TT chair). We went out King ridge to do Skaggs Springs from the back end on a cold February day. It started raining in Cazadero and never let up the rest of the way. Oh man was that a death march! One guy (there were only three of us) got a flat on Skaggs all alone and he told us that he stood there frozen, trying to decide what to do first; take the wheel off, get the pump or get his tools. Finally he decided he'd better get out of the road first, then think about the repair.
Oct 1, 2001 1:13 PM
I won't have to do very much thinking. Thankfully, I'll have 4 people following me to do it for me. All I gotta do is pedal.

I want to get up there and do some riding not so radical as the TT. Great country.

Well be sure to look me up...MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 1:19 PM
and bring a MTb too if you have one. There are some way cool trails I'd love to turn you on to.
What you frekin' out about?(nm)Len J
Oct 1, 2001 1:16 PM
Oct 1, 2001 1:59 PM
Let's see, 508 miles; Death Valley heat; 35,000 feet climbing; puking; bonking; dehydrating; staying on course; 25 mph sustained headwinds; sore neck; sore feet; flat tires; do I have everything?; not sleeping the night before; hallucinations... I'll stop, this is not helping.

Oh big deal. Suck it up!Spinchick
Oct 1, 2001 2:05 PM
That was a joke! I'm in awe. You will prevail. You will feel like a million bucks at the finish line. And we'll be pulling for you.
what are you saying, "be a man?"Dog
Oct 1, 2001 2:09 PM

That's right, baby. BE A MAN!!!Spinchick
Oct 1, 2001 2:29 PM
It is just too easy to get out of control around here.
this is a one day ride?MiniMe
Oct 1, 2001 2:32 PM
Even at 20MPH average (unlikely) it will take you 25 hours! You da man if you can do that.
Sounds Human.........Len J
Oct 1, 2001 5:28 PM
to be thinking of all the things that can go wrong.

How about the things that can (& already have) gone right?

What about having a perfect excuse to quit (foot injury) & yet you didn't?
What about looking the limit in the eye and not blinking?
What about testing your limits and learning about yourself?
What about preparing the best you can & saying f*** the outcome?
What about all the knowledge you've gained about your own capabilities?
What about having four people care about you enough to crew for you during this ordeal?

There comes a time in the life of every project when it's time to shoot the engineer & get on with it. In other words, stop worrying, nothing you can do now but ruin your own enjoyment. (& that would suck after all you have gone through to get here).

Besides, how can the rest of us mere mortals live vicariously through you if you persist in not being perfect!


P.S. You know we are all rooting for you.
I'm psyched, thanksDog
Oct 1, 2001 7:29 PM
I know; part of the concern is not to let the people down who have helped me or rooted for me, you know?

This one thought will get me through it: "Stay on the bike." It's a little thing, but pretty much all there is.

I suppose there is something to be said for biting off much more than you think you can chew, whether it be your first century or RAAM. Explore the limits. Beat the pain. I think it's part of what makes life worth living.


Absolutly.....Len J
Oct 2, 2001 2:20 AM
Hit it right on the head.

I do know what you mean by not wanting to let people down. When I was getting ready for Alaska, (certainly not the 508) I had one Saturday ride where everything sucked. It was about a month before the event, weather was iffy, windy & wet, my legs felt like toast, I had absolutly no mental energy, and I was about 40 miles into a 90 mile training ride. I started thinking "Why the hell am I doing this?" and started down a spiral of self pity & rationalization that was aimed at quitting. A funny thing happened though, I started remembering all the people who had supported me in this "crazy" goal, all the people who donated, all the people who were excited for me, all the people that would go out of thier way to ask how my training was going, my kids who looked at what I was doing with a mixture of pride & head-shaking. I drew so much energy from them along the way, but none more than on that Saturday ride. I finished the ride more psyched than ever & owed it all to those supportive people.

"Stay on the Bike" is a good one. One day in Alaska, I think it was day 4 I was shot with about 18 miles to go. My Mantra that day was "No bus for me". Just kept repeating it as I turned the pedals over. It got me thru.

Limit busting is what, for me, lets me know I'm still alive, (as opposed to waiting to die).

What you are attempting has helped me, for one, see additional limits that are out there to bust.


dude, awesome advice. applies to us all. thanks. nmSpiritual Haiku
Oct 2, 2001 5:40 AM
Looks like she was beaten with an ugly stick (NM)Austin Danger Powers
Oct 1, 2001 12:29 PM
And you can Kiss my A- - ! (NM)MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 12:35 PM
It's a troll, not worth the effort of responding............Len J
Oct 1, 2001 12:36 PM
you know what you've got.

Well she is rather mannish! (NM)MiniMe
Oct 1, 2001 1:15 PM
So did you ride up those steep reddish hills behind you? (nm)bikedodger
Oct 1, 2001 11:53 AM
So did you ride up those steep reddish hills behind you? (nm)MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 12:07 PM
Couldn't get enough traction...
What, no umbrella? nmMB1
Oct 1, 2001 12:13 PM
What, no umbrella? nmMrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 12:16 PM
I can't tell you what other special treats she was packing...
Do you see her hands?
We wore magical sunscreen substance. It's a modern miracle. You also can't see the scroat coat I was using...
Nice!Len J
Oct 1, 2001 12:17 PM
Explain the unusual seatposts please. I've never seen the like. Is it an optical illusion?

The rear one...MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 12:37 PM
is a RockShox road shockpost with 1" elastomer travel.
The front is a normal Thompson straight post, but the stem of the stoker bars probably makes it look a bit strange.
WE're repaceing the TT style bars with drops for these hilly rides.
The rear one...Len J
Oct 1, 2001 12:41 PM
I guessed the rock shox but I missed the stem of the stoker bar. Thanks. It's funny how something can look strange from a certain angle.

BTW I like the lines of the bike.

Good Luck

The rear one...MrCelloBoy
Oct 1, 2001 12:50 PM
Notice how the top tube changes angle at the captains seatpost. Trick, huh? It's to allow my stoker enough standover when she's captaining. The Look Ergostem adjusts to compensate for our size differences.
Joy of custom, huh!! (nm)Len J
Oct 1, 2001 1:12 PM
Oct 1, 2001 1:21 PM
No more tandem shopping for us.
All that's left on the lifetime bike shopping list are:
1.) Fixed gear town bike (a used ibis scorcher'd be perfect.
2.) A carbon or very nice steel roadbike upgrade for me. Under 21 lbs.)
Oct 1, 2001 12:19 PM
beautiful stoker..beautiful bike..lucky guyharlett
Oct 1, 2001 2:26 PM
re: O.K. Guy's Here's me and my stoker, finally!STEELYeyed
Oct 1, 2001 6:32 PM
Nice,Nice,Nice,count your blessings CelloBoy!
1,034,553 and counting! (NM)MrCelloBoy
Oct 2, 2001 7:04 AM
are you the guy that been doing all the braggin???biII
Oct 2, 2001 5:02 AM
That's quite possible...MrCelloBoy
Oct 2, 2001 7:06 AM
If you're referring to my excitement about getting the Calfee recently.
I look at it more as sharing my excitement.
Brag on, MrCelloBoy...Spinchick
Oct 2, 2001 7:45 AM
the rest of us are happy to share in your enthusiasm. Time to start ignoring some of the mindless, gutless drivel happening here lately. I think your bike and your stoker are gorgeous!
Ditto!(nm)Len J
Oct 2, 2001 9:30 AM
Nice one toadyMiniMe
Oct 2, 2001 10:22 AM
I bet if you posted this to the "Am I hot or not" website you'd get a lot ruder comments than made here. Just being honest. Neither of them are model material.
I can't believe I'm going to respond to this troll, butSpinchick
Oct 2, 2001 10:34 AM
WHO CARES IF THEY'RE NOT MODEL MATERIAL??????? Obviously the rest of us don't!!! We're all just normal, everyday joes who enjoy the community this forum provides. I like to see what people look like. They're a good-looking couple on a good-looking bike.

I can't believe I'm wasting my time on your assanine post. That pisses me off even more!!!!!!!!
not really the pointMiniMe
Oct 2, 2001 12:09 PM
He built up all this suspense and then the big letdown was seeing the picture. Kinda like thinking the DJ is a babe and then seeing her in person when she's 300 lbs and chain smoking Kools.
not really the pointMrCelloBoy
Oct 2, 2001 12:42 PM
Sounds more like your own problem with expectations.
go crawl...
Didn't anyone teach you the difference between...Kristin
Oct 2, 2001 11:09 AM
...being honest and being mean. You made fun of was cruel. I learned the difference between the two back in middle school.
no one respond to any "Mini Me" postsDog
Oct 2, 2001 11:31 AM
There is only one way to deal with obnoxious people here, and that's don't engage. Obviously, any 14 year old can get on a computer and annoy people.

"Mini Me", "Austin Powers", or whoever you are, your rude, obnoxious, immature comments are not welcomed here. Go get your jollies somewhere else until you can contribute meaningfully.

Yes DOG...Master (bater) of this BBS!!!!!!! (NM)MiniMe
Oct 2, 2001 12:10 PM
Do us ALL a favor...MrCelloBoy
Oct 2, 2001 12:40 PM
and Go crawl back under your rock...
Or talk to yourself for a few generations.
Gee Bill, I hope that...Kristin
Oct 2, 2001 7:51 AM
...this post was either a failed attempt at dry humor or the result of sleep deprivation. I haven't known you to be rude here before. I'm disappointed.
Thank you all (except one)...MrCelloBoy
Oct 2, 2001 12:46 PM
for your supportive responses. I realize it's silly to even care what our tactless fellow had to say, but the show of support is appreciated.
Maybe he'll ask one of us for a pump or tube during a long, hot ride someday and we can return the favor.
You folks, on the other hand, are invited for a free tow anytime you see us. ; )
You did better with it than I would have. (nm)Len J
Oct 2, 2001 1:26 PM