As a kid my favorite matchboxes were super cars and 4x4s. Not much has really changed.
There’s just something intriguing about a super car- the raw speed combined with impracticality and an unattainable price tag. I always thought Corvettes were kinda cool but not Lamborghini cool.
Recently I discovered the BMW M1. It’s not something you see very often but it’s classic early 80′s. The short story is the BMW commissioned Lamborghini to build them a mid-engine supercar but when the deal fell through BMW made it themselves. Lamborghini collaborated on the design but the end product is all German.
BMW to me is a slick sedan and coupe company. Sure they make other cars in other categories, but if you want the best big mobster car you get a Mercedes and if you want a Euro pimp wagon you get an Audi.
And all of that makes the M1 that much more unique. This one popped up for sale and I jacked the pictures from classicdriver.com.
And the back.
Talk about a Lambo-Bimmer lovechild.
December is when the inevitable truly settles in.
The days are at their shortest, and although modest snowfall may melt away the snow begins to stick with increasingly greater frequency. Work also tends to get intense for a variety of reasons, but losing the ability to get outside regularly to ride definitely makes coping more difficult.
I got in a ton of outdoor miles in November, and if I can get organized in the next couple weeks I can still cherry pick some days in the coming weeks. It’s never easy, but as Spinney reminds me now is when I need to work on improving because now is when the foundation is laid for next season.
As I’ve said many times I don’t change gears well, and the bike to ski swap can be difficult. Sure, I ski plenty, and I even enjoy it some of the time, but more than that is the feeling like something I love is going away and I just want to hold onto it a little longer. Or a lot longer.
With my increasingly aerobic focus I have not yet figured out how I’m going to approach my ski season. Because I can pin it for short durations I can skate on steep & punchy terrain, but that does little for my overall fitness and although it keeps me from getting fatter it doesn’t help me lean up for cycling. Instead of skiing at Trapp’s with abandon I’m likely to travel further to someplace flatter and really try to keep the intensity down.
This weekend I’m thinking about getting some road miles in tomorrow afternoon then heading to Pine Hill Park Sunday morning before things thaw out too much and get soft. That’s if there isn’t any snow to ruin things for me, though if it’s firm enough and the snow isn’t too deep I could probably still ride.
Winter riding stoke is hard to come by so I’ve watched this video several times to try to get fired up. It’s made the rounds on the interwebs a few times but it’s still worth a look.
I’m also going to try to do some winter events, and next weekend’s winter triathlon at Craftsbury is first on the list. Maybe I should start doing some more running…
Let me start by saying I’m not very photogenic.
A few months ago David Laskey mentioned he wanted to setup a photo shoot of me riding. Cool. I needed some promotional images, and Dave wanted to get some more practice shooting action shots.
Dave and I are on parallel tracks. While he’s honing his photography game in hopes of making the jump to being a professional I’m out riding trying to do the same on the mountain bike, so this was one of those rare case where we’re each doing a favor for each other at the same time.
Over the summer we tried a couple times to align our schedules but couldn’t, so after Dave reminded me of his intention to make this happen I suggested meeting up last weekend. Carrie was headed to race in Lowell’s Shedd Park (I know, I know, why would anyone ever go to Lowell for anything, but the course was cool and the race was well run) so I suggested she could have a directeur sportif if she would be willing to hang out for a couple hours while Dave got some photos of me riding in circles.
Carrie’s race went well and in spite of a couple of minor crashes she finished 15th in a field of 70+ Cat 3/4 women, as a Cat 4. Once she had cooled down I stuffed her bike back into the car and headed to the Lynn Woods Reservation for the shoot.
Dave had a metric ton of gear to set up including a super high powered flash and battery pack. I’m not sure how much of that he used to get the photos you see below, but I can tell you it was heavy.
Fortunately Dave has some photographic chops, and the results are downright awesome.
This one he got on the first attempt.
So now I have some pretty sweet shots that I can use for shameless self-promotion.
Check out more of Dave’s work here.