According to the MRI my back is a mess. Something in the vicinity of T6 putting pressure on my spinal cord... I'm waiting for a neurosurgeon to give me the real prognosis when I eventually get to see him. In the meantime the bikes have been sitting idle in the garage as three and a half years of continuous mileage evaporates from my legs. I saddled the Enigma today for a 30-minute loop, took it absolutely easy and still felt lousy for an hour after I got back. There's no doubt something is seriously wrong.
I miss riding. The hundred miles I knocked out most weeks might not qualify as serious training but they grounded my opinions and gave voice to this blog. It's no big surprise that as the miles have declined so has the word count around here.
A while back someone asked what I thought about Rapha's new fall lineup. Many of you who found VeloDramatic because of my obsession with the iconic UK brand are probably wondering why the silence. Well there's no mystery. Things on my end have been quite different this year and several themes combined to reduce my cycling purchases. First off, the career switch has required a lot of new camera gear. Second, you can't "solicit" test gear if you're not actively riding. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, my closet is already stuffed with Rapha kit (at last count I have 9 Rapha jackets, 15 jerseys, 3 bibs etc., etc.). Have I bought my final product from Perren Street, not a chance, but for the time being I'm happy enjoying the pieces I've got. None of it shows any serious signs of wear and it looks as good now as the day it arrived (I only wish I could say the same for me)
I will admit to missing those Fedex boxes and the excitement of peeling back the Rapha packaging, but I'd look pretty silly wearing the Paul Smith rain jacket sitting on the couch watching The Road to Roubaix while cleaning my cameras. Those of you who've been sampling the new lineup should chime in with your comments.
I've completed the Specialized Vegas book (images above) and this week I'm off to Auburn CA for a two-day clothing shoot. There's also a big project in the works that picks up where the Tour for Kika left off. I'll have all the details in early December.