I just wanted to take a moment and thank Tommy(Super Human) Thompson and everyone else at MUC for a great weekend. Keith, Reid and I traveled to Memphis for the Wolfman Duathalon. I rode more this weekend than any other 10 days since I started unicycling. I had a great time. I would like to thank Tommy and his gracious wife Rody for being such wonderful hosts.
Saturday, Keith and I got to ride with Tommy, Tom and Charles to get a feel for the trail. I held up the group, but Tommy doubled back, took side trails, rode off across the meadows to make sure I wasn’t left behind. I think Tommy may be an allien! I have never seen so much energy in one person!
After the ride we went back to Tommy’s and rode our trials uni’s for another 4 hours. Probably not the best idea since we had a race the next morning. What can I say, we were having fun.
Tommy came out and hopped up and down stairs like he was walking up and down them, basically took Keith and I to school. Now I understand MemphisMud saying he is a student of Grandmaster 2T.
Around 6:30-7:00 others from the club showed up at Tommy and Rody’s for some BBQ. Great food, great company. I really enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing so many kids excited about riding. They were like bees buzzing around. We watched the new MUC promotional video, that was very nicely done. When the club sets up their tent it will be a great tool. I hope that someday we can have a club as “together” as Tommy’s here in Atlanta.
This morning we awoke on time in-spite of the time moving forward an hour. Keith, Reid and I headed to the race. Keith and I were determined not to run the 3.2 and 1 mile run that surrounded the the 6 1/2 mile ride. Keith hit the jackpot and got a local named Jeff Skinner to run for him. I had a little more trouble finding a runner. Undaunted, I asked the race promoter if I could use the same runner. He said sure. So Jeff ran the first 3 miles for both of us at the same time, than tagged us as he came in. This actually gave us a head start on Tommy before he could change at the transition. That didn’t last long though. Keith was on a SH 29" and I was on a KH24. We left the gates together but after we hit the flats and a long downhill I never saw him again. Keith finished the ride in 1 hour 11 minutes. I finished about 10 minutes later, after laying in the middle of the last hill with extreme leg cramps. When I got in my “Keiths” runner had already gotten back from the last mile for Keith, tagged me and set off for another mile for me! For his trouble he got 2 very cool race shirts N/C and medaled with 2 relay groups.
Reid on the other hand was an all out trooper and ran the whole thing, and did the uni on his 24" Schwinn with brand spanking new hookworm tire. (Interesting story behind origin of said Uni)
Now here is the best part, Tommy finished the entire race in an hour and 11 minutes. He even finished before 5 bikers.(keep in mind we were held back 10 minutes from the bikers).
I had a great time, and can’t wait until I recover so I can get back out there an train for the next event. I am going to ride a lot more miles before I do this again.
Another good part is they had awards for the 2 groups of unicyclists. Relay teams and Solo. We were so good, all of us medaled! Officialy I came in third in the relay teams. Way I figure it I came in first in my category since I was the only one in my group that had a 24" Keith finished first in his realy group with the 29" and I believe it was Greg and his son who finished first overall(Relay), and first in the 26" group. Actually the medal was cool, but the experience was the best part.
Again Thanks to Tommy and all the great people at MUC that showed us such a good time. Made the 6+ hour drive each way worth while.
***Reid next time we have to carpool. That is not a drive to make alone.