09-04-2012, 08:12 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: Harrisville, Utah
10 Days and counting before departure. It feels like yesterday we were driving home from Idaho City as a family on a natural high in anticipation of the possibility of heading to Germany.
With so much of the logistical preparations behind us now, the focus has been on providing Josh an opportunity to train, but most importantly remain healthy. He’s been doing a combination of running, weight lifting, mountain biking, trials riding, trail riding, desert, and moto. We had one little scare after a low-speed over the bars experience on a trail ride where we thought he had broken his thumb, but it proved to just be sprained and he’s been fine since then.
The nice part about this has been that it’s not hard to justify a reason to take the boys riding.
Here we are a few weeks ago on some great singletrack near Heber Utah (youngest son Benji in front of me).
Josh doing some trials bike/endurocross cross training.
And moto for corner speed and sprints.
Weekend before last, we spent the Saturday in Wendover Nevada at one of our local desert series races. Josh held off on racing though….too sketchy, high-speed, and risk of injury, but he did ride the whole course later in the day. He also took some video and did some editing. Here’s the product.
This past Labor Day weekend, we headed to southeastern Idaho for some of our favorite trail riding with friends.
After the ride, Josh practiced countless tire changes. We were finally able to get a good replica built of the Finnish style tire changer that was loaned to us and shipped with his bike for use in Germany. According to Josh, this changer works “like a boss” (teenager speak). It truly is a great tire changer, and huge thanks to Ryan Allred at S&S Manufacturing in Layton Utah and Derek Nelson from CCS Racing. It is so great to be able to practice on essentially the same changer he’ll be using in Germany.
We also received a few pictures of the AMA container being packed a few weeks ago before heading for Germany. This thing is truly packed to the ceiling.
Go Team USA!!!!!
Thanks to all who helped support Josh in his effort to represent Team USA in Italy at the ISDE in 2013 and Germany in 2012.