Team Alchemist takes multiple podium spots at the Desert R.A.T.S.

18 05 2012

Alchemist podium

Alchemist podium

Team Alchemist had a great weekend in Fruita at the Desert R.A.T.S. race.  A bunch of top podium spots.  Ken defended his Men’s 30-39 title from last year.  Ryn won the 30-39 women’s group.  Jenn won the 40-49 women’s group.  Becky took third in her first mountain bike race ever.  Congrats Team Alchemist!

Ken’s race report:

Desert R.A.T.S. Report: Alchemist Train Chugs to Multiple Age Group Wins

The Team Alchemist effort at the Desert R.A.T.S. (Race Across The Sand) on May 12th started with a flat, but ended with multiple podium finishes.  The out and back race is contested on the Kokopelli trail starting in Rabbit Valley, CO and turning around near the “Cisco Disco” in Cisco, UT.  The course consists of mostly smooth double track with several rocky technical sections.

We got to the pre-race safety meeting 15 minutes before start and I realized my sidewall had a slice in it, and was bubbling out Stan’s.  Since it was the only tire I had, I decided I needed to boot / duct tape the slice, and put in a tube.  That was when the Alchemist Pit Crew (actually the other Alchemist racers) flung into action.  How many people does it take to fix a flat?  6 – Chris Castilian, Stuart Walsworth, Jon Pulley, Becky Anderson, and Ryn Kreidl all took over and put everything back together, and rumor has it, Jenn Dice got a video of the teamwork.  Luckily the race starter, delayed the start a few seconds, but once we got it inflated he said, “OK, we’ll start in 8 seconds” and we were off.  

Chris Castilian led the Alchemist Train out of the blocks and put us comfortably in the 2nd group of 7 riders, with 5 other riders going off the front, and not seen again until the turnaround.  After about 10 minutes, Chris told us his work as the locomotive engineer was done, and he settled in to a more comfortable pace.  On the way out to Cisco, Disco Stu, JP, and I took turns pulling the train, but couldn’t drop the 2 stowaways.  We made a quick turnaround in Cisco and had about a 10 second gap on the 2 other riders.  We got into our 3-person paceline, pressed on the pedals a little extra, and were able to increase the gap to 1 minute quite quickly.  We held the gap the rest of the race, and got that extra boost of energy from Deb Pulley (volunteering since she is recovering from surgery) and Tom Dice (out of the race after braking his chain multiple times) at the last aid station.  Stuart was feeling frisky and kept the pace high through the last 2 climbs and Jon kept up nicely, while I struggled to keep up.  They took a minute to enjoy the nice scenery, and allowed me to gather myself.  We crossed the line together, and finished 6th, 7th, and 8th overall.  Luckily for me, the 30s category was a little thin, so I won the 30s, while they came in 4th and 5th in the 40s.  Chris kept the pedals moving after pulling us along at the start, and finished 22nd overall.  They didn’t come home empty handed though, as they all won water bottles in the post-race raffle.

After the race Stuart said, “Jon Pulley has been closet training all year.  He was super smooth in the sand.  Way to crush JP!!!”  Jon drew the stink-eye from Jenn last year after his famous Mountain Flyer quote about the course being well marked http://www.mountainflyermagazine.com/view.php/desert-rats-classic.html .  He noted it was “perhaps not as well signed as last year!” as we all made several small wrong turns this year, including a nasty 2 MPH crash by Disco.  

The ladies did not disappoint in their race as well.  Jenn pushed the pace early, and Ryn pushed hard to keep up.  They worked together and “girled” rider after rider.   They quickly found themselves in the top half of the pack, and in 3rd place in the women’s race.  Becky was competing in her first mountain bike race, so started at the back, but quickly found her rhythm and left many a slowpoke behind.  On the last few climbs, Ryn started acting like a Walsworth and hammered up the hills.  They finished together, placing 3rd and 4th in the women’s race, and each won their age category.  Becky stayed steady the whole race and finished 3rd in her age group, and was already pointing out areas where she could have gone faster. 

Ryn was proud of her effort after the race and mentioned, “the key to winning is picking your races well.  Now I am no longer the only one in the Kreidl family without a 1st place finish!”  Her sons, Max & Luke, have already engraved a few wins on their race resumes, including the Bolder Boulder, Longmont Kids Triathlon, CU Short Track, and the Pearl Street Mile.

The after party at the Stonehaven Inn was as good as the race with Castilian manning the grill.  If you ever have any questions about Peanuts trivia, ask Stuart.  

Team Alchemist

Ken, Tom, and Jon on the pre-ride

1st Place!

1st Place!

1st Place!

1st Place!

Ryn and Becky

Ryn and Becky

The whole Alchemist gang

The whole Alchemist gang at the RATS





Fruita Fat Tire Festival

30 04 2012

Claire, Nicole, and Patton went down to the Fruita Fat Tire Festival this past weekend.   They demoed some Salsa 29ers and set up shop in downtown Fruita. Here are some pics from the weekend.

Toothless Walt Works Jersey

Mr. Fish found the perfect jersey

Borat loves Alchemist!

Borat loves Alchemist! This fan hung an Alchemist cowbell around his neck and strutted his stuff all over downtown Fruita. We couldn't be more proud.

Ryan with the newest hot-off-the-press Alchemist recycled T-shirt

Claire and Nicole with the Green Guru boys demoing Salsa Bikes

Claire and Nicole with the Green Guru boys demoing Salsa Bikes

Alchemist Wool making the rounds

Alchemist Wool making the rounds

Alchemist After Dark

The Alchemist Ladies cut loose in downtown Fruita.




Bike Lanes

12 02 2012

Bike Lane Sign

nuff said

Thanks to Paul for this one. We are lucky. Boulder is a bike friendly place.  Not all places are . . .

 





The Pannus, The CREEPER, and Cycling Kit Sale

20 02 2011

The CREEPER

Another night shift, another blog post.  I spend most of my time and energy trying to avoid looking at the clock. As the old adage goes, a watched pot never boils.

The average age in the ER tonight is 18.  Not our usual geriatric clinic, but our usual vague symptoms with no diagnosis to be had.   What’s with the youth these days?   It’s Saturday night, the feelin’s right, and half the population between 15 and 30 chose to visit the ER tonight instead of raving or drinking or huffing or whatever young people do on Saturday nights.

Buuuut, I do have a straight forward case.  Sort of.  First, I need to preface this with a glossary of terms:

Pannus: The apron of loose skin, tissue and fat that occurs in the lower portion of the abdominal wall
Suprapubic Catheter: A suprapubic catheter (tube) drains urine from your bladder. Rather than being inserted through the urethra, it is inserted into your bladder through a small hole in your belly.

Young lady had her suprapubic catheter cut while her boyfriend was changing her dressing (Why she has a catheter is beyond the scope of this blog).   She came in leaking urine from the lacerated catheter. Simple enough. Pull the old one, put in a new one, right? But I was forewarned that I had to measure the depth of insertion beforehand because it needed to go through about 12 inches of pannus. Turned out to be easy enough by comparing the spot from the old catheter and marking it on the new one. There was a little resistance, but a little lube fixed that. She was actually my easiest and most pleasant patient of the night.
Praise Allah for easy fixes!

In between saving the future of America from the ills of minor discomfort, The Creeper was brought to my attention. As one the nurses aptly stated, “So they do have a name for that thing you do.”  Yes, folks.  I’ve put this on my list of dances to master, along with the dances from Napolean Dynamite, Can’t Buy Me Love, and Thriller.  I’m breaking it out at the next wedding.  If that animated GIF at the top bothers you, you should stop looking at it.

Before you watch the video, you should know that Alchemist is offering a screamin’ deal on custom cycling kits and merino wool.  Good til the end of February.





Tis the Season for Winning and More Cowbell in the Denver Post

30 11 2010

Tis the Season

Last year we got beat out by Med/Surg.  The year before by Pharmacy.  We’ve been the bridesmaid two years in a row.   After winning the top podium spot 3 years ago, we haven’t been able to recapture the magic that brought home the gold since then.

The hospital food drive is a cutthroat exercise in gamesmanship and cunning strategy.  We won’t be beat this year.  The docs all pooled our collective stingy-ass cash contributions.  Plans for a last minute shopping spree by Melissa and Kandy at Save-A-Lot should seal the deal for the ER this year.  We hope.  It’s no longer the season of caring, or of giving.  Tis the season of winning.  Told Rachel in Pharmacy it’s on like Donkey Kong, so bring it on!

Check out the Denver PostMore Cowbell made the gift guide in the fitness section.  Big thanks to Kristen at the Post for including us.





Limited edition Dan Maes “Bike Share” available for pre-order

14 08 2010

Alchemist would once again like to thank Dan Maes for inspiring the two year old in all of us.  It’s something we’ve all been brainwashed to accept.  Sharing.  But no longer, right Danno?  We cyclists are all behind you on this one (laughing).  Sharing SUCKS!

“Bike Share” is now available for pre-order on the Alchemist site.   100% organic, ring-spun cotton.  Itch-Free, tagless label.  Phthalate-Free ink.   Plantable, seeded hang-tag.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.  Available in men’s and women’s.   Expected arrival date of Sept 21, 2010. For the folks who can’t squint hard enough to read the type, it goes like this: Bike Share is the Gateway to Sinister World Domination. “This is bigger than it looks on the surface . . .” -Dan “McCarthy” Maes.

This is a limited edition design.  When they’re gone, they’re gone.





Thank You Card and Dan Maes Wins Primary!

11 08 2010

One more follow-up from the previous post “Cheating Death“.  I received a very nice card from his wife today.  On the front is a picture of him in a lake with his dog.  His wife tells me that he is nearly 100% back to normal, and he is back to enjoying regular life again.  Incredible.  When I first met him, he was ghost white, his pupils were fixed, and he didn’t have a pulse.  He was dead.  That is one tough hombre.  His wife is pretty darned tough too.

Check out the Alchemist Review in Boulder.me.  Written by Jennifer Roberts, who has a pretty sweet blog herself, www.rideboulderco.com.  It’s filled with effervescent prose about biking in Boulder.  She has nice style.

So I’m sure you all stayed up late last night, holding your breath, waiting for the outcome of the republican gubernatorial primary election results.  I’m please to announce that our good friend and bike advocate, Dan “McCarthy” Maes, won!  We’ll be rolling out the commemorative “Bike Share” T in a few weeks.  It will be a limited edition run, so tell all your friends to hop on the bandwagon cus it’s about to be all hitched up and gone.  Here is the final edit.








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