Roddi’s Not So Excellent Adventure to MTB Nationals

Provided by Dr. Smooth Lega

Wondering how Roddi did at MTB Nationals this past weekend? Here is an excerpt from Roddi’s Blog with the low down:

Starting the blog up again. I’ll probably post again in a year or so. Keep checking back.
Here is how my Nationals 2009 went.
-flew to montreal
-watched, “I Love You Man” and it was funny as heck

-got rental car

-drove 5.5 hrs to St Felicien, QC, got in at 430 am

-slept in late

-pre rode the course with Bobbin’ C (Cody Canning) and Geoff Kabush rode with us a bit and he called me fat and I called myself a dump truck

-went for supper. Mike’s. It’s a QC chain. I had the BBQ chicken pizza. Don’t do it, read on.

-team meeting. It was decided that I am a the coolest.

-feeling a bit bloated now

-feeling pretty bloated now


-stomach is angry and feeling nauseous now

-uh oh, find a bucket

-puked and green apple splattered about 10 times throughout the night

-last puke and dry heave at 9am…it’s amazing how much puke can fit in a dump truck like me

-pre race meal-a corn flake and a headache

-drove to race course

-warmed up feeling awesome (sarcastic)

-start line, everyone was mellow and nice (funny how relaxed the elites always are)


-last place

-moved up to 5th last

-got to the first steep hill

-it looked like everest

-couldn’t push my legs hard enough to actually move up the hill

-moved off the trail and felt shame


-watched a bit, thought how I want to be fast nationally next year, it’s going to happen

-packed up

-drove 5.5 hrs back to Montreal airport

-hr 5 of driving, huge crazy mofo of a rain storm (it was on the weather channel news) and I was scared

-drove for 1 hr more in Montreal rain storm looking for a gas station that was open….none were open

-bagged the heck out of the rental car

-return of rental car

-stood in line at rental car office

-listened to 2 ladies trying to return a car that had a flat tire

-the desk guy said their car was from a private owner in Toronto and he couldn’t change cars

-the ladies were really angry and thought it was the worst day ever in life

-they complained a bunch more

-lady 1 dropped her change purse and it went all over the place

-she almost died because she thought it was her worst day ever in life

-lady 1 noticed I had already been waiting patiently and it had been for over 30 minutes

-lady 1 suggested to me that my day must not be as bad as hers

-I updated lady 1 with my trip up to that point

-lady 1 looked beaten

-lady 2, and desk guy also felt sorry for me

-after 30 more minutes lady 1 and 2 figured out their rental car problems

-back to my car problem

-desk guy said it will be 150 bucks to fill it if they do it

-I went back out and found a gas station and filled up

-returned car 1 hr late…he didn’t charge me a late fee and was nice to me

-went to the Tim Horton’s in the airport for a bagel

-ate the bagel as my first food of the day and it was gross

-found a nice place to sleep by a broken waterfall/staircase on the east end of the airport

-it was drafty

-got a few hours of sleep and some bug bites

-woke up, brushed teeth, and got on plane

-watched “the Sopranos”, 3 episodes, it was good

-flight landed smooth, my being on the plane probably had something to do with it

-Lovely Kathryn was waiting for me and it was all good

-Best trip ever! Hope next year is even better.


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