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  1. Minnesota

    The trails were great, it was practically summer conditions. For me though, it was extra great. No problems with the foot at all. ....other than subconsciously lifting it away from every possible stump and rock. I played around with some video at the end of the day and made a quick clip.
  2. Minnesota

    Stuffing my busted ass foot in a boot and going riding. 8 weeks is long enough!
  3. Wow. This thread hits home. Five weeks ago tomorrow I was out with a friend in some pine forest. No brush, spread trees and singletrack. High speed. Lots of stumps. I was feeling the trails and riding pretty well in the later half of the day, doing a good job of not letting my much faster friend get too far ahead of me. Well we decided to do one more loop... I came around a light sweeper. Offset stumps on my left, then right. Eyes caught the right stump and I subconsciously kept the bike left. I was sitting and have a bad habit of keeping my toes hanging low off the front of the pegs when I sit. Caught the left stump and smashed my left foot between that and the peg. That flung my leg back and I did a somersault off the bike, slamming down face first into some strategically placed moss. First thought: Holy shit I could have really hit my head/neck on something there. Second thought: Holy shit does my foot hurt. Third thought: Breathe. Fourth thought: Let's take my boot off and see. Fifth thought: I really wish I wouldn't have taken my boot off. My left big toe was 100% black. The toe next to it was pretty battered. It was incredibly painful. I decided to lay down and put my foot up on a stump, enjoying irony to the fullest. I knew my friend would turn around quickly and the truck wasn't too far away. He came back, got my bike squared away and helped me get on it, boot and sockless. I carefully rode a mile at most back to the truck. We packed up, stopped and got ice at the gas station and home we went. I made the questionable decision to wait until the next day to go to the ER, figuring they would want the swelling to go down anyways. So I was icing and elevating and taking ibuprofen. It would bleed anytime I moved. So my wife brought me in. No less than 8 ER docs marveled at the hamburger that is my foot (that is a walk in the park next to yours!). Open compound fracture on my big toe. The one next to it wasn't broken but was hit so hard that it burst on both sides, something I didn't even realize (and why it would constantly bleed). They cleaned me up, stitched and sent me off to the podiatrist. Been there three times and back for visit four on Monday, hoping for some progress. I was only on crutches for a few days and have been in a boot since then. This week I've been able to go without a boot at home and start to put some weight on the ball of my foot. I think it will be pretty good in another week or two. What's crazy is that our stories are pretty identical. I was probably going around 20mph. Hit a stump about the same size with my left foot. But I was wearing TCX boots. Can't wait to get back on the bike. You can bet I'll be changing my foot positioning habits. Cheers to you and your outlook on life. Best wishes to you!
  4. Minnesota

    Ha! Took me a second.
  5. Minnesota

    Anyone want a stand for a street bike? Free in S. Mpls. Come get it this week or it gets tossed. https://www.harborfreight.com/low-profile-rear-motorcycle-spool-stand-99701.html
  6. Minnesota

    So Robert & I went up to CC Andrews last wknd. It was my first time there, short but fun & fast trails. Lots of stumps. I found one with my left foot on the dreaded "hey let's take one more lap." Offset left/right stumps, focused a bit too much on not hitting the right side and caught the left stump between my foot and peg. Compound fracture of the big toe and the one next to it burst (doc's words, not mine) at the sides from the impact. It tickled. 4-6 weeks they say. Hoping for some late Nov & Dec riding yet.
  7. Minnesota

    That looks like a blast. Are you using an aux mic?
  8. I think I saw you on 35 headed back home. You looked like you were concentrating very hard on the drive home. I had another race cursed by a transfer section. After exiting the NE loop, I went around a few of the big mud ruts on the quad trail. Well I missed the little bypass on one of them and didn't really think much of it, picked a line and went. I picked wrong. Fender deep, hit something under water, lost balance and the bike & I were completely submerged immediately. Took me about 30 minutes to get the bike started again after a drain and tow. You could say that *puts on sunglasses*....dampened...my day.
  9. Placing 2nd in Vet B for your first Enduro is not "a long long way to go". haha. Well done! I think you may have next to me at the beginning of the last test, there was someone with a flat front (and two more with flat rears right there too). Yeah I think it was the second transfer section, that one killed me. I slowed down...hit some rocks on a mild uphill, lost balance, tipped and got my right leg pinned under the bike facing downhill. Felt really stupid. So then I was all "I need to up the pace a little bit so I don't make those stupid mistakes..." And then right after that, came around a corner and got javelined by a log that was kicked into the trail, throwing me over the bars. Stupid transfer section. Sucked all the life out of me. Fun, dusty race.
  10. Minnesota

    Jarvis' run at Romaniacs Prologue is batshit insanity. https://www.instagram.com/gforcejarvis/?hl=en
  11. Huh. Guess I won't see you then.
  12. I was pretty similar to you. Started riding off road in my mid 30s. Have been racing casually for the past few years now. Only you know your skill level and competitiveness. You might want to try the Sportsman class to start with (aka the "just for fun" class), otherwise likely Vet C. You'll get a million different pieces of advice on where to start. If you're there early enough to have a good choice, I usually judge it based on the weather (is it going to be muddy, dusty, etc) and the course (how easily can I pass/get passed). My first few races I usually started around the late 20-30something rows. The later you show up to register, the less choice you have on where you get to start. Sometimes taking the decision out of your hands makes for a good learning experience. You'll have 3, maybe four people on your row. Each row starts at every minute, so there will be people a minute ahead/behind you, two minutes, etc, etc. That said, there's usually not that much traffic in the woods for an enduro and you'll spend a fair amount of time on your own. There will be multiple stages (aka "tests"). Your goal is to be done with each test in the allotted time and get to the next one in order to start on time. You can be late up to a certain point of houring out, then your day is done. So long as you don't have any catastrophic crashes or gnarly weather conditions, that probably won't happen. I think Akeley was my second enduro I ever did and I didn't hour out. Don't worry too much about time and all that, just focus on riding consistently and don't go 10/10ths right off the start or you'll probably crash - literally and physically. Hydrate well in the days leading up to it. Have a hydropack on for the race. There will be a gas stop halfway to refill, have your gas can and a small cooler to throw on the gas trailer with gatorade, protein bar/food and a fresh pair of gloves. Above all...ask the organizers and other riders questions. They will be more than happy to help.
  13. It's like any of the other events. You read all the rules/info and you start second guessing but if you show up to race, it's very intuitive.
  14. 1 minute superclip. It goes in order of 3/1/2 tests but I did them in 2/1/3. Vid worked a little nicer that way.
  15. I had a blast. Sprint Enduro suits my riding style perfectly and I got to bother my wife between every run. Wasn't very pleased that my laps for Test 2 were mysteriously not counted. Would have finished in 2nd place according to my elapsed time on video. Not too shabby. Didn't stick around long enough to protest or whatever. My biggest complaint was the mileage was a bit light for C, though my shoulders may still be saying otherwise today. Gotta get back on those weights. I'll post some video later this week. photo c/o Paul Otto