6.13.2019

Dean... approaching 18... about to graduate high school... headed off to college... WaPo All Met Athlete and the stroke on the National Champion Wilson HS Varsity 8



ah... my older son Dean
so happy... so proud
I love this kid
and yes... I love his brother Grant too


such a great kid...
so proud of his achievements and the person he has become and the adult he is headed to be



so many great experience shared with this boy over the past (almost) 18 years
lots of bike rides... lots of dog walks...
lots of adventures
lots and lots of fun



various stages
different interests


a strong cyclist
a solid soccer player
grew into being an amazing rower

rowing all four years at Wilson High School
(and novice at Alice Deal)
developing in strength and skill such that during his senior year Dean took on the Stroke seat and went on to hold the fastest PR for both the 2k and the 20 minute erg events

AMAZING! FANTASTIC!
so proud...
Dean put a good deal of energy into making all that happen
extra work outs... proper diet... rest... etc.




I Love Dean So Much!

high school is ending... college is right around the corner

Dean landed a rowing scholarship to nationally ranked Syracuse University
Dean will need a new winter coat... 




that kid...
can crack me up... can make me proud


wow... these photos bring back so many memories from Deans various stages of growth and development 



WaPo All Met Athletes 2019
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rants on the gwadzilla blog containing Dean







Didg January 2012... dog born late 2011...


My Main Man Didg!

Didg and his four legged family


6.10.2019

RACE REPORT: DCMTB hosts DCXC at Schaeffer Farms in June 2019

RACE REPORT: DCXC Schaeffer Farms 2019
DCXC SCHAEFFER FARMS 2019 WAS SUCCESS!
Hell Yes!

What a collaboration between DCMTB and MORE to bring a XC mountain bike race to the DMV

Several key DCMTB team members worked very very hard to make this event happen
this all started months and months in advance... ideas... meetings... emails... etc.

Who was it?
Will Sanders\Todd Keller\Kelly Gray\Mark Drajem... who else? Did Matt Conte do anything?



DCMTB\MORE hosted several trail work days that did everything that needed to be done to make this roller coaster of a trail be race worthy... there were fallen trees and lots of green over growth that had to be trimmed back

Mauricio\Dave McGill\Todd Bauer\Bob Caverly and others brought the muscle (WHo else? Who am I leaving out)
the city boys from DCMTB followed the instructions of the seasoned trail builders on making things happen

then on race day...
DCMTB volunteers showed up early and ran an efficient machine
AMAZING!
did you see those Awards? Thanks Jed Dinger

there was some last minute juggling of the order of the releasing of the categories
that worked out well
flexibility is important in sports... not just yoga

it seemed that everything went off smoothly

lots of smiles on people's faces after they finished their racing

the course was well recieved
it was fast and flowy... lots of change in elevation...
the temp was favorable... hot in the open area... not too bad in the woods... no so humid...
course was dry but not dusty

A GREAT DAY FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE MID-ATLANTIC!

this day gave rise to a notion

There should be more mountain bike racing in this area!

BRING BACK XC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACING!

If local cycling teams could partner with local shops and create a local race... we could build a local race series

Mountain Biking could host races similar to how Cyclocross happens through no for profit teams versus promoters

Any thoughts on this?
Suggestions?



it would be great to see more mountain bike racing in the DMV...

Rosaryville?
Fountainhead?


of course Greenbrier! What about Gambril or Green Ridge State Park?


Cabin John may not work...
What about Fairland?

I am certain that people have finished a ride at their favorite set of trails and thought... "This would be a great place for a race!"

well... consider it
start the process

make it happen!

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How was my day? How was my race?

in short... it was not my best effort
had fun riding\racing the course
it was no my best day

but I had a good time getting out on the bike!



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Dean is graduating from Wilson High School... he just went to prom this Saturday past... the Saturday before that his Varsity 8 won the SRAA Rowing National Championship

PROM!
WOW!

I have a child who just went to their high school prom...
I AM OFFICIALLY OLD!

Congratulations Dean and Mabel!
Soon to be WILSON GRADUATES!

Go Tigers




and yes...
Dean rowed stroke on the Wilson Varsity 8 that won the SRAA National Championship
What a journey for that boat of young rowers!?!?!
So thick with talent...
to get the strength, speed, and synergy to peak at the end of their High School rowing career

WOW!
Dean is a National Champion
Off to Syracuse University in the fall...
Congrats again to the Men's V8 -- 2019 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!

Friday's Heat:

Saturday's Grand Final (from Grandstands)

Saturday's Grand Final (Official Livestream Feed, qued up!):

Post-Win Docking Celebration

Post-Win Celebration (continued)

Awards Celebration Start

6.04.2019

Raystown Lake Vacation CANCELED... STAYCATION INSTEAD!

Oh man...

What a BUMMER!
What a Fing BUMMER!

Rain Rain Go Away...

So... as my summer vacation approached I watched the weather
the weather this summer has been odd to say the least
not exactly the summers I would expect in this region
rather than sporadic afternoon summer rains... we have had monsoons for full weeks

so... watching the weather I hesitated on my approach to our family vacation to Raystown Lake
while watching the weather I contacted Rothrock Outfitters in the Raystown Lake Area... Caleb on the other side of the phone was very helpful with the updates on the trail conditions
it appeared that the trails would be "okay"
but camping?



well...
I am not looking to camp in the rain

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this had us in a holding patern
watching the weather and waiting to make our appropriate plans

there was a chance of rain everyday... higher chance of thunderstorms on other days
rather than set up in the rain... we decided to delay our approach

rather than picking the boys up from their mother's with the car packed... I grabbed the boys and updated them on our lack of itinerary
then posed up a classic option... Beaver Dam Swim Club!

Summer Highlight every Summer... Beaver Dam Swim Club!

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