Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Who Needs Sons When you Have Daughters Like This?

Last Saturday, #1, #2 and I went and did our first BMX races. We all had a blast and learned a lot about the culture that is BMX. There were all kinds of racers there ranging from the 3 & 4 year old kids riding $1000 bikes with clipless pedals to 40 year old women racing against each other and having a blast. The little kids fields were huge but so were the middle aged men categories. Some of it was like in church basketball where you get guys that used to be athletic at one point in their lives but are now overweight and somewhere along the way lost all coordination, and then the opposite end of the spectrum was guys that are national champions in their age brackets and still ride super fast.
#2 told me it was "funner than Thunder Mountain at Disneyland". She wanted to know if i could dig some bumps in our back yard so she could practice. I told her it was ok with me but that she would need to ok it with her mother first.
Both #1 and #2 wanted to know when the next race was so they could go and do it again. They also wanted to know when they could get real BMX bikes. Apparently it is not cool to race bmx on a pink princess bike. Someone also told #2 that she kind of looked like the witch from The Wizard of Oz or Mary Poppins when she rode her bike.I have been told that a front loading washer and dryer are a higher priority than buying more bikes. Does anybody know where i can get a frontloading washer and dryer for super cheap? I don't even think they need to work.

In all of our first races, we started with 5 people per heat and if we placed in the top 2 we would advance to the final round. If we did not advance in the first round, we raced again against the other 2 that didn't qualify in the first round. Below is a video of #1 and #2's second heat and my final Heat. Listen close for Megan's commentary on the back stretch on #2's race that she needed to finish 2nd out of 3 people to advance to the semi finals.

I have gone from doing a 10 hour LOTOJA race to 45 minute cyclocross races to 30 second BMX races. Before long, i will just take my bike off the car and then put it back on.


Megan said...

Apparently I need to be more clear. The functionality of the frontloaders is of vital importance to the cleanliness (and dryness) of the cyclist's spandex.

Rick Sunderlage said...

Seth- my wife just bought a pair of frontloaders last week. And she used the same excuse as Megan. Claimed all my bike/ski gear was piling up too fast.

It's a good move. Painful but the right thing to do.