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Discussion in 'Racing' started by BC61, Aug 1, 2011.
Congrats...I'm signed up for the ride. Go go go
Keep us posted on the support packages, theres a bunch of us out here just dying to buy more shwaag!!!
I'm subscribing to this thread. I'm a long lover of the dakar race (as a spectator, mind you, to ride it i need a ton more cash, 10 tons more talent and 100 years more riding experience...).
Please post back with pictures, technical reports, the whole shabang!
Awesome news Bill. You know how to keep us on the edge of our seats!
Bill - I didn't know your name was in the mix. Man, is this ever exciting seeing you and Ned make a run for Dakar!
Outstanding stuff. I'm really looking forward to following along!
A little update.
It looks like the bike situation is getting closer to done. I'll still wait till bike is in hand before disclosing.
I've been training for sometime now but just last month started the hard push. Over the winter I was primarily hitting the trails riding the bike as much as possible. Since the time change in March I have tried to ride twice a week in the evenings for about 1.5 hours and a longer 4 hour ride over the weekend. I had also been running some but last month I decided it was time to get serious and up my fitness level. I've been running 3-6 miles in the morning about four days a week, then racking up mileage on the pedal bike in the evening when I'm not trail riding. Today was to be a day of rest before a long trail ride tomorrow... now I'm wondering if there is a curse on US competitors.
I practically ripped my pinky toe off today! A few spiral breaks and a toe nearly 90 degrees to the foot is not a pretty sight. I straightened it out the best I could but it was still a good 30 degrees out of alignment and it was beginning to hurt bad. Not wanting a permanent injury I decided it was best to go to the doc to make sure it is set straight and will be functional. Doc confirmed it was broke and I straitened it the best it will be. Then taped it, said stay off it for three weeks, expect it two take six to eight weeks to heal. Crap... my training momentum was building. Looks like the running shoes will be put away for now and time to break out the swim suit. I was saving the swimming for the fall when daylight is short but I may jump in the pool sooner than later. I think the pedal bike should be ok too.
In case you're wondering how this happened... unfortunately no glamorous tale behind this mishap. I got up off the couch running to get the phone and caught the toe on the leg of a chair.
This pic is after a few tries at straightening it out. Closer but still not right.
I know... I have stubby toes, heard it enough from my girlfriend and even the nurse today.
The breaks go long ways from join to joint
Should have news on the bike and more soon.
You know what....Julie and the nurse are wrong! Your toes aren't stubby...you just have little toenails! Heal quick.....
Team Hobbit Feet.
Get Well Soon!
Sorry to hear the news BC.
Heal up fast and let me know if you need anything...and oh yep you got some ugly little piggies there Bro.
Heal that toe up quick, Bill.
Sorry to be a trendsetter... I'm looking at time in the pool, too.
And people say that riding bikes is dangerous but it appears that answering the phone is worse Heal up quick Bill!
It's where all the cool kids hang out anyway.
I think we should help him make up a more glamorous story.
"Yeah, but you should see the other guy!"
Why do things like this always happen to people trying to get to the Dakar?? I think it must be the curse of the Dakar or something.
Anyway I second the name "Team Hobbit Feet"
Bill: I just saw the thread, thats excellent news, getting accepted that is, not the toe stuff.
Dakar has been a dream of mine since I found out about it in '82.
I think half the battle is getting ready and being at the start.
Yeah....that's one 9 year old girl that had it coming.
The thought of not being able to train had me really bummed. So I decided to try a little bike ride today. I got a few funny looks as people noticed the big post op shoe I was sporting but it seemed to really work. If the foot doesn't flex everything seems to be ok and the sole of that shoe is stiff as a board. Got into the groove and the "little" ride turned into 24 miles. The toe and foot didn't seems to complain to much, we'll see how it feels in the morning.
Good new, bikes have shipped. I should have them by next week then it's time to get busy with the build!
Dislocated my little toe some time ago (and broke the 3 next to them as well), still had to ride 40miles out of the section and another 40 back to base. Once the toe was back in place, I could ride a bike again with ease The cast they gave after me was no use to ride with though
So, Aprilia's on the way I hope