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25 Random Things About This Video – Beginner Cross Practice

I’m a victim of popular culture. While watching some clips I shot of myself to see what I can keep working on for the 2009 cyclocross season, I started taking notes…next thing I know, I had 25 of them. Thanks to the beauty of the interweb, you get to endure them along with me. In no particular order, my random thoughts while watching my own video….


Keizer Rapids Park Cyclocross Practice from nwduffer on Vimeo.

1. Dang, that’s 220 lbs of rolling brown guy right there. I’ve got some work to do on the weight, it’s a good thing I’m still making progress.

2. What the heck was I thinking with my fashion choice for the day, I kind of look like a “Blue Man Group meets Oscar Meyer Weiner Mascot” mash up.

3. Yes, that IS a titanium hose clamp on that seatpost…. no, I can’t get you one.

4. Just shortly after putting my camera away, I was working on some tight corner practicing around a stump and fallen branch and found out what happens when a branch gets between the spokes and fork of your front wheel.

5. I’ve been told there’s a cougar out in Keizer Rapids Park, but no worries, I have yet to see Morgan Fairchild on any of my outings.

6. Dang, that really is 220 lbs of slow rolling brown guy right there….

7. When I see this video, I’m reminded of how every time I’m out on any of my bikes and I think to work on my form, the song comes up “Wanted, Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. Why you ask, because it sings “I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride,” and there I am on my steel horse….and when I see the shadows of my legs on the road or dirt, I see how I look like a big ol’ cowboy….BOWLEGGED as all get out. Hooters may be famous for wings, but if I were a restaurant I’d be famous for thighs….and you would always be full if you ordered them. I walk the same way if I’m not careful…more reasons to keep making progress.

8. KRP (I’m not typing out the full name anymore) is just one letter short of WKRP, which was the radio station in one of the great sitcoms of my younger days.

9. If you watch the whole video, you’ll notice I DON’T have any run-ins with bordering neighbors. That’s because I clearly understand where the boundaries are now, and stay out of private property. Just trying to bring peace and unity to the city of Keizer.

10. In a pinch, I default to iMovie for my video editing, even though I have tons of more powerful tools at hand.

11. In the same pinch, I tend to gravitate towards free GarageBand loops as well.

12. You won’t see it in the video, but I actually did my first moving dismount here on this day and the Russians gave me a 10!

13. Shortly after the dismount, I decided I would pick up my bike and practice running over fake barriers. You can thank me now that there is not video of that.

14. Shane Witham is the Grand Poobah of KRP and Keizer in general. I’ve known him since he was in middle school – back when he flicked my earlobes marvelling at the sheer mass of them, back when a few of us rode with him the day he got his license and drove through peoples lawns, and back when we logged some decent nighttime wiffle ball championships in the State Hospital parking lot.

15. Shane, I’m going to be calling on you for some favors with the park soon, count on it.

16. I had “I Am I Said,” by Neil Diamond in my head all day during this ride.

17. I’m not sure what the ettiquite is in a park like this…do you yell “On Your Left,” or just slow down and sneak past someone, or just go around them. Somehow I still feel like most walkers are looking at me like someone who doesn’t belong.

18. I’ve got a nice little 8-10 minute loop where I go uphill, downhill, across dirt, mud, sand, gravel, bark chips, etc. I even have a section where I run over fake barriers and do a run-up up a steep dirt path. I’m going to keep working on bettering my time on that loop. I’m pretty sure that Pat, James, Ellen, Tyler or Martha would all do it in about half the time.

19. Before my last ride, I took off my second water bottle cage, and even left my bottle at home since it’s just a 10 minute ride to the park from my house. I’m not going to wait until James makes me get tough enough to race for 50 minutes without water.

20. I also got one of those old people emergency bracelets, so when I pass out from dehydration, they can notify my next of kin.

21. There is never a time, rain or shine, that I don’t shake my head in disbelief that we live where we do, and get to see such a beautiful place everyday. I am thankful.

22. I’m a photographer, but I still can’t help but look at the camera when I’m coming up on it. I would never be good on a soap opera that way.

23. I have no idea what a Poprad is, and I don’t plan on Googling it. I will not Google the Poprad.

24. Dang, I gotta say, that’s 220 lbs of rolling big brown guy right there….

25. I know I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m really getting pretty pumped. Gonna be fun to watch the progress! Thanks for reading and watching!

13 replies on “25 Random Things About This Video – Beginner Cross Practice”

Wow Paul that cougar comment was unexpected 🙂 I’m impressed. Congrats on doing the rolling dismount 🙂 they’re so much fun. I’m looking forward to video of your first running mount. I still can’t do it without nut checking myself. I need to get over to those paths and check them out.

You are so blessed and the wdideng was beautiful, thanks for letting us get together and enjoy your blessed day. Anna and Claire dreamed of their special day all the way home. We are holding you near to heart in this new adventure of love and commitment. Song of Songs come true,Love The Johnson Clan

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