Wednesday, January 13, 2010


This picture was taken at the 2009 Syllamo's Revenge 50 mile mountain bike race. Every time I look at this photo there are 3 things that come to my mind:

1.) Damn that's a badass photo.
2.) Why didn't the company take their name off the image..since I paid for it?
3.) I didn't finish that race.

I missed the time cut-off at the last checkpoint by 4 minutes because I lacked mental toughness. Of course I was exhausted, but the REAL reason I didn't finish is because I stopped in the woods next to a group of other quitters to complain about how muddy the course was and blahblahblahblagh...

Basically I was being a big pussy.

When I got to that checkpoint and found out my race was over... I was elated. I actually laughed in some guy's face because he had beaten the cutoff and had to ride the last 16 miles. I was so happy to be done that I didn't even care that I hadn't finished.

Looking back now, I realize that I quit that race. I never actually said "I quit", but deep down I know I wanted to miss that last time cut-off. If I hadn't been "taking a break" in the woods feeling sorry for myself I would have finished, at least then I would have been able to say that I crossed the finish line.

  • Every time I see that picture I'm reminded of a shamefully epic failure

  • That failure is my motivation

  • This year will be different

  • I will not quit
  • Fuck you Syllamo, fuck you big time


  1. I believe it was Alfred Lord Tennyson who once said, "'Tis better to have raced and DNF'd than never to have raced at all."

  2. Holy shit I can't wait for that shit! You will crush it homey. That is a sick photo, now go get you one on the finish line crushing some brews with my bitchass! I will see you there. Holy shit!