Criterium Success!

Yee ha! I decided to go ahead and enter the tuesday night women’s crit this week and guess what…I survived! not only did I survive, but I got 3rd place AND won $5!

It was awesome. We did paceline practice first, then the women & juniors raced and the men were super supportive. It was basically the 2 collegitae women in the front, then myself and another women who practiced pacelining, and 2 juniors. When we got lapped the 2nd time by the collegiate women, there were only 2 laps to go, so with 1 lap to go I “poured it on” in a relative sense…as much as you can pour it on when your legs are burning and you feel like puking. I put enough distance between me and the other woman that she couldn’t catch up, so I got 3rd. She ended up duking it out with an 11 year old boy, then she “let” him take 4th place (but he’d been lapped by us so he was 5th).

Lots of fun & I’m super stoked!!

(pic to come)

The Message. By Flea.

Flea’s Message

Our culture is suffused with messages telling parents that their children are sick, or potentially sick: one sniffle away from certain doom. Flea’s message is that American children are the healthiest children that ever lived on planet Earth. We should celebrate our good fortune.

The culture tells us the children are defined by series of capital letters: ADD, ADHD, ASD, PDD-NOS, OCD. Flea wants children to be called by the names their parents gave them.

Ask Me…

A great article by Edwin Leap who writes for Emergency Medicine News. I get this mag monthly in my mailbox, but currently have about six of them stacked up to read. I got the link to this article from Grunt Doc.

I was thinking. Maybe, as we do our time-outs and scrub our hands red, as we smile and get cups of ice and endure abuse with a smile, we could create our own Ask Me buttons. But let’s ask some questions with a twist. How about some buttons that ask the things clinicians want to ask everyone else? How about these:

Ask Me…


Whether or not he actually pulled the trigger was irrelevant to his presenting injuries. So I didn’t ask.



Ah, yes. The perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. This is a project that’s been on my mind for over 15 years, since seeing my college roommate, build his own wheel, then crash & burn on it. He never did get that tooth fixed.

This is a key step in my singlespeed project (yes, it’s been a year, don’t tell me…)!


The Bible of WheelBuilding!


A handful of spokes (33 to be exact)


A flip flop Surley hub. Note how there are equal threads on each side of the hub. This is for a rear wheel. I’ll thread a different sized cog on each side of this wheel. To change gears, I simply flip the wheel around.


End of Step R2. It’s looking like a wheel!


Looking even better. Hey, are the spokes supposed to bend like that???


Closeup of hub, inside of the lacing.


Same stage, from the outside.


Painfully close to the end of “spoking”. This step was the hardest part, the 3rd of 4 sets of 8 spokes.


Finished wheel being “trued”.

Time from starting to read the book until posting these photos is less than 4 hours. Wow. I waited 15 years and it only took me 4 hours start to finish for my first wheel build. How cool is that? OK, technically, I’m not done. I don’t have a truing stand, dishing tool, spoke setting tool. I’m going to take it to the shop, have them (or use their tools) check the dishing first, then the tension to see if I’m even in the right ballpark, then I’ll finish up the truing on their stand.

But it feels pretty darn good right now, laterally stiff, no hops, and pretty true. In a pinch I’d ride it now if I had to! But I want to keep all of my teeth as they are, so I’ll just wait until the pros look at it.

I learned 2 lessons from this. The first has to do with having had a number of “bike shop boys” tell me I couldn’t do this for a variety of reasons, basically boiling down to being a girl in a bike shop and building a wheel would be 2 hard. Fortunately I have a few COOL friends in the bike world (if you are reading this you know who you are!) who helped push me in the right direction. The second lesson refers to the fact that it took me 15 years to do this…

Lesson One: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something
Lesson Two: Never get in your own way of doing what you want to do!

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