Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Gentlemen... Start your Engines, Snowboards, Coffins and/or Bikes!

The past week and a half has been pretty hectic! Last weekend I hit the group ride which went well. Then off to Jesse and Brittainy's to celebrate her passing of another test on the way to being a Certified Public Bean Counter. Jessica and I hit the zoo for a day - which was cold, but the animals were actually out, and the people were actually home so it was a nice mellow visit to the zoo. Then Jessica and I spent another day of 50 degree weather on slopes of Eldora, trying out the new snowboards. That was pretty fun, and Jessica did awesome. I like skiing a lot more when the weather is spring-like, and the slopes are mostly empty. Then the rest of the week was centered around completing our coffin for the Frozen Dead Guy Days coffin races!

We were racing under sponsorship of Seth's Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen, and I was tasked with giving us a professional quality coffin to race in. At just 23.6lbs., I think I was able to incorporate a large amount of strength, while keeping the weight low, and even providing comfort and security for our "corpse". Even better that all parts of the coffin were from spare scrapes and bits that I had lying around the garage. Saturday morning I got the team ready for our position in the parade;

The rules stipulate that your corpse must weight a minimum of 75lbs., and Ali was kind enough to join our team, weighing in at 76.8lbs. the morning of the race. I should have made her skip breakfast... Here she is though, practicing getting into her aerodynamic tuck;

Our opponent for the first heat, saw our team, and was terrified. Too terrified to show up. So we turned in a great time without them, and qualified for the final 8, out of 40 starting teams. Here is a good vid of the second round, and you can the Rise & Shine team right at about 1.45 in the video.

For our semifinal heat, we ran into some issues battling the team that would eventually win the overall. But we were right there with them, finishing up in a very respectible third place. Ali was a superstar corpse, and celebrated our finish with Craig, after the official results;


While Frozen Dead Guy Days was going on, the first bike races of the season were starting up as well! And it was an awesome weekend for the Subaru - Groove Auto team! On Saturday we took 1st, 3rd and 4th in the City Park crit, while also taking 2nd in the Frostbite Time Trial. Then on Sunday we we took 1st, 8th and 9th in the Niwot crit. Not a bad start to the season at all!

The WRC Season started a couple weeks back, and Kimi Raikkonen has been having a bit of trouble adjusting from F1 to WRC, especially with his latest Mexico WRC, rolling his Citroen down a cliff side. Though I think the best part might be his interview afterwards. I hated his nearly-comotose interveiws during F1, but after rolling his car down a cliff, this one is just classic!

"I roll over, then went down the hill." Beautiful understatement!
But even better than the start of WRC season... the Formula1 season starts this weekend in Bahrain, and I can't wait as usual! It's going to be awesome for so many reasons, but also because the lack of refueling means teams are predicting pit stops in the sub-3 SECOND range.

Sure... USF1 failed miserably and completely at getting their car to the grid, but McLaren is back this year, with a car that is performing world's different from the mess that was the MP4-24.