What It Is. What It Might Be. Do I Care?
As I eluded to last night, I've been kinda wondering about the Soiled Chamois.
After 2 years of doing the Soiled Chamois, I've come to a crossroads of what I want it to be. It's been a little bit of everything; personal journal, training journal, product info, food & nutrition, beer, race reports, and a bunch of other crap.
It doesn't have the emotion of Fat Marc's blog, the inspiration of Adam's, the technical insight of Dave's, the humor of Sager's, or the living the life good reads that is Kerkove's or Nick Martin's blog.
Does anyone really want to read about someone like myself who is an average racer at best, and has no qualified technical insight to the sport other than I love to ride, race, and "this is what I want to use, this is what works for me".
I live in sort of a dump. You won't see photos of grand vistas and singletrack. My rides are for the most part boring (to the reader, not me, I love 'em). I ride alone 99% of the time. Family, and work schedules have me riding and training pretty much at set times, on my schedule. It's the only way to make this work even a little bit.
I don't have a clique of riding buddies that you'll see picts of, or read stories of. I ride for a shop that's about 1,000 miles away. (thank you Bikeman.com). I had to go that far out of state to find folks who didn't think I was a talentless knob head. My rides are "solo" all the time, not just races ;)
I'm sure more than just a few folks who see my blog and think "what does this stuff have to do with endurance mountain bike racing?" I've been trying to make the blog more about the "culture" of being a amatuer endurance racer, rather than just about "me".
Most of my day/life is built around cycling in some way. Whether it's my training, racing, making a dinner to keep the engine going, creating a mix to train to, a new product I'm lusting for, using or eating. There's also some race or industry news etc., etc.,
Someday in the future when I'm too old to attempt these races anymore, I hope the Soiled Chamois will just be a site dedicated to the sport of XC racing, endurance racing and culture. Sort of Ride424.com meets Dirt Rag, meets cyclingnews.com meets BIKE meets VeloNews. Anybody want to back it $? I smell a 2nd, I mean 3rd blog. HA!
The blog is just me. This is my style. So for now It's just gonna keep being what it is. If you dig it, thanks. If you don't, you don't. Time to grab some lunch, put the Dos on the rack and head back to work. Then maybe some recovery on the rail trail.
Thanks for reading.