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Jeff's Best Days of Sports

January 02, 2005


I thought I'd brag up my sporting days, so I don't forget them.

Over 20 wins, 50 top finishes, 50 top-expert performances and quality achievements
in: XC skiing (classic and skate), road cycling, mt-biking, velodrome, telemarking,
snowboarding, triathlon, quadrathalon, adventure races, canoe, kayak, speed
skating, inline skating, hiking, archery, marksmanship, running, crew, road-tripping,
sailing, hitch-hiking, and all-round epic workouts.

My claim to fame in sports is that I did good at a wide range of
them. Also, I could've been called the underdog of every event I did. I
was self-taught at all of them. Even so I helped others improve in
every sport I did and was known as a savvy, stylish competitor. Also, I
only did sports as an adult. You could say that a big thing is that all
my sports were underpowered, underequiped, undertrained and undercoached.

A funny thing is that I forget lots of wins, top finishes and whole
events. Whenever I look thru old boxes I keep finding clips for events that
I did good at that I had forgotten.

Sadly, now that I've quit racing, I've gotten some worldclass XC coaching
and I ski a lot better. I do most sports a lot better now, and often use
proper equipment. (Ha, and I still often use rusty, crusty stuff, too.)

My advice is, as they say, to teach your children well--or they'll have
to learn it all on their own and screw up for a long time. And if sport
means anything to you, try not to use crappy equipment.

Here's my "mugsheet"
of sports photos of yours truly.



And, now, here's a list of event details:

Starting with Bike Racing...



75 crits and races of various types, placing top 10 in 40 of them


1st, Boulder Roubaix bike race in 1987, solo break, which I predicted
to the pack during race, asking if anyone wanted to go with me


1st, Grattan 5-event points day


1st, Cat 4 crit (at least once), lots of Citizen wins


9th, Cat 2 crit, field sprint (last race)


40 km TT in 56 min---ave. 27 mph, no aero gear


5th, Madison track race, first one with Tim Feldkamp


3 national-class mtb races as NORBA Expert (incl Natls) without any mtb
training, top 20 finishes


Last year, stayed with lead group in Cat 5 33-mi very hilly Kensington
bike race with no training


Recently lapped an all-cats field in a crit with a lowracer recumbent,
first time riding it, no training


Recently rode fullfaired HPV for 31 miles in an Hour race on hilly/twisty
course at Waterford (3rd place in each of 3 Waterford HPV faired Hour roadraces)


Climbed Grossglockner mountain pass, ranked world's hardest (Austria)
in 2 hrs, pro's take 1:45


Rode Hardscrabble 100 century in Colo with straightblock gearing (42x18),
with fastest group, with a 25 mile steep climb against strong wind which
had many walking, coming straight from Michigan


Did a 5-day stage race, contending every day, 13th overall


Big road race over two 11k-ft mt passes straight from Mich.--Iron Horse
Classic


1st race set course record at age 18, Mackinaw Island


Many 2nds and some 1sts in Boulder points races, with big last-lap comebacks
as feature


Did good without training in 40degF heavy-rain race in Ann Arbor in last
year of racing


Colo training race breakaway and win over big steep hill, using big ring


Dropping entire snotty club except for natl team rider in first big canyon
climb of year


Many 50-mi Thurs training race rides in AA, in 90degF, 90% humidity,
average 24mph, finish top 5 most times


Club rides in last year of sport cycling---several sprint wins and good
riding despite no training (28 mph pulls with rack and fenders)


6 rides in one day, 9 hrs on the bike with different groups


Rode grocery bike in 40-mile club training race with Cat2's


Mack Isl to East Lansing in 1.5 days (250 miles) to come home after first
summer of riding


80 miles in 3 hrs from Okemos to Grand Rapids, in heavy rain and wind


120 mi day, EL to AA and back


85 mile mt day at Uncle Tim's thru rain and snow, until snow forced a
hitchhike


Ride MTB across LA in 2 hrs (Long Beach to Hollywood, with lots of whitelining)



 



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XC Ski racing, triathlons, ultrathons, paddling...



9th overall last Mich Cup season of XC racing (mostly 1st in age group
and top 10 overall in all races)


3 successful XC marathons in one season--2nd place in Birkie Wave 2,
all under 2:20


2nd place in two XC races


Age group wins in 20+ XC races, top 5 in 20 races, top 20 in 50 races


3 wins in biathlon, once in a skate race while classicking


2nd place classic White Pine despite many stops for rewaxing


3 wins in 3 wks in canoe tri's, then a 2nd


Top ten in Mt Man (7th) and PPP (4th) ski-tri events 4-6 hrs long without
much training


1:42 half famous marathon trail run---20th or so


Recently, a superfun 4-Day Up North Blast---with all day 25-mi Hike,
all day River Paddle, all day Bike and open water Kayak plus Grand Hotel
Dinner and camping out most nights solo


hardcore canoe and kayak flatwater race training for up to 3 hours at
a time with worldclass paddlers, for a few years


40 pushups, 50 situps, 15 chinups, 23 dips, nearly destroy Nordic Trak
on steepest/hardest settings---calesthenics personal record


9 hrs training in 3 sports in one day (my one outing for distance training
for the Mt Man Tri)


Worked as busboy all night, drove up and skied a fast 50k marathon, drove
back in crazy snowstorm then worked all night again. "Helper"
friends slept all the way.


Surviving 1st Super Giant Slalom at Jackson Hole, 3 miles long, 208cm
SG race skis


Fastest wax one day at Sylvan Sprints


Some great bumps telemarking in the big mts, made chairlifts cheer


Some extreme spring XC trail rock ice skiing with pals in Breck on Frickenridge
Trail


Skinny dipping for tri swim training


Learning how to swim fast---then crossing the Danube river daily and
a couple times across Lake Lansing (one mile open water swims)


Speedskating down the frozen Red Cedar for 5 miles



 



*****



Shooting sports...shotguns, rifles, pistols, archery...



24 out of 25 for skeet


a dozen wins in junior archery matches


shooting archery for 3 hours without putting more than 2 arrows outside
a 10" ring at 25 yards


shooting many dozen-arrow groups at 25 yards where all the arrows touched
each other in the bull


shooting 14 .22 rifle shots in under one minute at 100 yards, standing,
into a 8" bullseye, ironsights


86/100 .22 standing pistol score at 25 yards


90/100 10 shots rapidfire M1 Garand 200 yards sitting, 30 seconds, 10"
bull, peeps


 



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Roadtrips...



Riding motorcycle all day, plus 2 hours in snowstorm with deep slush,
in Colorado


Riding Honda 175 motorcycle 18 hours to NY


Driving over 30 hrs straight, twice---many nonstop 19 hour drives


In 1983, From Mich, take train to NYC, then fly to Europe, bicycle for
a month, then plane and train home again, for $600 total....last day: a
banana, pint of milk and $1 left


3 weeks hitch-hiking around the NW, mostly Montana, sleeping in open
air, meeting amazing people, almost hopped wrong train, including 1 week
hike into Gallatin Mts, seeing bears, bagging summits, living on PBJ, hiked
down 15 fast miles one morning then hitched until 3 a.m.--that was a big
day, slept on picnic table in snow, hitched with great luck all during college


3 weeks, 10,000 miles driving around most of US visiting people with
Martha, 1991, in Jetta, no motels



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More recently...



Got pretty good at hardcore tennis


Heavy bag thai kickbox training for five 3-min rounds


Survived no-holds-barred martial arts class with younger toughs

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