I'm sure he is off his bike - I hope he can still handle his directing baton.
Keith's account of what is behind this amazing sight -
Short story long about the elbow:
Had a pinched nerve
in the elbow that was making fingers go numb, elbow & wrist hurt a
lot (as in waking me up in the middle of the night) and it would bother
when playing almost any instrument and during and after long rides. I
was even dropping stuff in the kitchen, tools in the garage, just
because the hand wasn't working right. So, after many tests and what not
the best fix they could come up with was moving the ulnar nerve to the
other side of the bone in my elbow so that it would have a more straight
line - reminded me a lot of how a straighter cable housing pulls better
on a bicycle, too eh?
Not a real big deal, fairly
routine operation. 20-30 minutes. Well, the surgeon told me the nerve
is usually "laying in there kind of like a garden hose across the lawn"
but the problem was my nerve was all wrapped up in muscle. So, the cut
had to be way bigger and the procedure took almost an hour and a half. 2
weeks in a splint, now all is almost well and I can get back on the
and even the palm of my hand already feel better. In my follow up appointment yesterday the doc told me that it is a pretty fluke thing and there's no cause to
change anything that I've been doing. *whew*
I asked Jeff about his Cross Race and a question about training for Cross Nationals.
His most excellent reply
Hi John, Yesterday was the last Cross race I'm promoting. It was a good 8
year run but I ready to move on. I do have one event I will keep doing
in April, the Tour of Hermann Gravel Challenge. Regarding fitness,
my suggestion is to break away from the numbers and go by feel. I'm serious, I was tied to those numbers too and when I unhooked it was
liberating. Ride hard, train hard and get good rest, the body will take
care of the rest and you'll be as good as you can be.
Jeff was a good friend, training partner, team(Spokes) leader and an excellent race promoter.