Archive for June, 2009

RCPro 2009 – Round 2 – Intermediate Buggy


This was weekend we spent at the RCPro Series race in Red Deer, Alberta. This event was hosted by “The Clutch Nuts” at their outdoor track.

The Clutch Nuts track is large, very large. It contains areas for full throttle straight ways, as well as 180 and 90 degree turns. It also has a table top with a three foot drop into chicanes. Not to mention the off camber corners and railway tie bumps. However, the hardest section is probably the “whoops”, which is six jumps in a row, that if driven correctly can be made in three jumps. This is followed by the large jump right in front of the driver stand with a massive table top that you can easily clear.

For me, the whoops are the most difficult section, you must have your timing and power down precisely or you can only make one of the jumps and lose a tonne of time. During time trials, I could consistently do two of the three sections perfect, with the odd time I would pull all three. This is an area I would love to be able to do more practice on.

The race was a one day event that encompassed three rounds of qualifying and main events. With 150 entrants and multiple classes, it was a very competitive field.

As always I was running the Intermediate Buggy class. With a full heat it was essential that I drive calm and clean, getting speed on the straights and cutting the corners close. During the time trials I was able to execute my plan fairly well over and over. Going into the main event I was starting in third position nine tenths of a second out of second place. With that sort of time spread I knew it was going to be a hard fought main.

During the main I was trying to stick to my plan, however I had two consecutive laps that I botched with major crashes and inconsistent driving. This was enough to let the leader gain about 20 seconds on my place. Unfortunately I was unable to make up the difference, but still finished a respectable 2nd!

My Losi 8ight 2.0 held up well over the weekend. I had one minor issue, having a grub screw come loose on the front drive terrain and lost 4wd. However, this happened in practice so I was able to get the buggy back into tip top shape an on the track. From stock setup I changed the ride high to 28mm in the front and 30mm in the rear. As well as drove 5,7,2 for diffs. After trying a few tire selections the AKA I-Beams were the ones that gripped like glue!

Next time I might lower the ride high a mm each, however it’s such a ruff track you my really need that extra height.. Dunno.

Harley Road Rash – The 2009 Crash detail.


If you’ve been following our Blog, you know that so far in 2009 we’ve had a number of “Bad Luck” issues. This morning, I was struck by this omen again.

I crashed my Harley.

The indicent happened when I was going around a corner and hit some of those gravel bits that the city has yet to clean up. This made my front tire slip out from under me and then gravity took over to do it’s job. After a brief sliding period, my bike and I came to rest on a nice ripped up patch of grass.

After a quick check of myself, I found my leather was covered in grass and my hands stung and my chest was warm. However after removing gloves and all the gear, I found that there was not a scratch on my body.. Tomorrow, I will probably not even have a bruise. The rest of the body felt normal and limber, filled with adrenaline.

Unlike me, the bike did not fair as well. It’s left side is.. For lack of better terms, fucked. The front peg was pushed into the frame, and the frame busted. The rest of extruding parts of the bike are no longer in their pristine condition that I like to keep them in. Now, they have a ugly sand blasted look… Rear shock, front clutch, rear light, and probably some other pieces have this new coating texture. I’ve really not checked it out 100% as I was totally disgusted and simply pushed the bike home ( yes it’s not really ridable ) and left it in the garage.

On the positive note, I was not hurt. My wife is not using her motorcycle in her pregnant condition. So I’ll still have something to ride, until I figure out what to do.

June is not the month to be riding two wheel vehicles in our family. As last year on the 16th, my brother in law was in his crash..

I’m 33 weeks already??!!


I can’t believe I haven’t posted a belly shot since 26 weeks. I thought we did one for 29 weeks, but I guess not…oops.

It’s been an interesting last 4 weeks or so. Here’s the full story (pics are at the bottom if you don’t feel like reading):

I had been having frequent “tightenings” in my belly since about 27 weeks ( early May). These are called “Braxton Hicks” contractions, and are often felt a bit closer to your due date. It feels like my whole lower abdomen tightens, lifts up, and gets hard. Not painful, just kind of uncomfortable. They had been happening at work frequently, like 4-5 times an hour. I was getting kind of nervous about it, so I discussed it with my nurse colleques. They suggested I go over to the Labour and Delivery unit in the hospital to get checked out. I thought this was probably a good idea, it’ll only take a minute. However, this was a way bigger deal than I thought it was. They needed to check me out thoroughly to ensure I wasn’t in preterm labour. Since I was only 27 weeks, our little guy might have survived if born so early, but definitely far from ideal, and they would try to stop labour if that’s what it was. I was hooked up to fetal and contraction monitor, did a urine sample, and lastly they did a wonderful internal exam. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. But it’s way more uncomfortable when pregnant! I thought the doc was trying to remove my tonsils from below! Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point ;)

They all left, and finally a nurse came and asked if I wanted a magazine…I asked why, can’t I get dressed? Turns out I had to stay there another 2 hours to get rechecked to make sure my cervix wasn’t shortening. Hmmm, I was supposed to be at work, I was very busy, and now I was all freaked out so I started to cry. I think they couldn’t figure out why I was upset, but they gave me a phone to call my hubs and my manager.

They checked me again later and everything was the same, but they wouldn’t let me go back to work. I got my stuff and went home, quite freaked out, and still having the tightenings.
I saw my OB early the following week and he said I needed to take it easy. He asked if he should put me off work and I said no, that would stress me out more.

However, over the next week I had so many contractions all the time that I knew when I saw him the following week he would not be pleased. He put me off work then and there.
It was May 19 (29 weeks pregnant), and I had to return to work that morning and tell everyone I couldn’t work anymore during this pregnancy. This after having less than one week to train a girl to my position, and another liver position was still empty. I was so stressed about my job and training someone, and leaving everyone short staffed, but what could I do?

The next couple weeks I actually did a bit of work from home, writing up documents to help the girl covering my position, and being available by phone and email for questions. Thankfully she’s a star and doing great!

Now, I’m completely over the fact that I can’t work, as I’m having enough trouble controlling these contractions as it is. I am not on ‘bedrest’ but I have to limit the number of times I go up and down the stairs, can’t stand in the kitchen or anywhere for that matter for more than 10 or 20 minutes, and can’t go for walks or attend my aquafit classes.

But I can sit in the sun and read a book… :)

I had an urgent ultrasound during all this to check the cervical length and the health of the baby…everything is fine :) I’m now at 33 weeks, and feeling much better about the health of our little guy should he decide to come early. But I’m confident I can keep this guy comfy until at least 37 or 38 weeks. Yikes, that’s 4 weeks from now. My OB joked and said after all this, I’ll probably be the person going to 41 weeks and needing to be induced! You never know.

Anyway, I’m feeling fine, just a little stressed about the persistent tightenings, and the fact that I can’t do what I want to do. Blaine is awesome and doing everything for me. And my Mom is awesome too for coming over and baking the wedding cakes I need for next month…that’s for another post.

Here’s a couple pics:

Blaine wanted to get in on the cat sling action…Macgyver is really starting to like this thing!

Finally, a new belly picture. And I thought I looked huge at 26 weeks ;)

Hotsling Trial


Since the Dove has been off work she’s been able to spend some time preparing for the new addition. One of her favorite pastimes is to research items.

During baby item research, she came across a product called a HotSling. It’s basically a piece of fabric that gets folded over into to and is then hung over your body running from your shoulder to your waist. Once the HotSling is in place, there is a pocket for the baby to rest/sleep/cry in that makes it easy to transport and cuddle. The reviews on this product were very good so we ordered one.

Unfortunately for our cat he was walking by as she was trying the HotSling out. I knew immediately that there was going to be a kitty in the sling for a trial run by the size of her eyes when he sauntered past.

According to the photos we snapped off, he liked it… Sort of.