Thursday, December 31, 2020

One down


One strut install completed. Three to go. Finished changing out the front left to a new Bilstein B6 strut, new top mount and new bump stop. This weekend I’m planning to change out another strut, possibly the left rear. Looking forward to a fun spring drive in the 986 with all new shocks. 

Spa-Francorchamps to Summit Point

Last night's 90-minute PCA Sim TeamRacing event at Spa-Francorchamps was a blast. In a quality field, my teammate and I qualified P27 and finished P23. I had so much fun I'm now practicing for next week's sprint race at Summit Point Raceway, my home track.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps practice

I'm racing in the PCA Sim Racing Zone 2/4 team race at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Wednesday night. Here's an onboard practice lap in the RSR.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

986 shock work begins

Started work installing upgraded struts on the 2001 Boxster yesterday. Good progress until I found the strut bump stop had disintegrated. Ordered one for each shock assembly. Now it's time to wait until those arrive. This is my winter project, so no hurry.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

New struts for the 2001 Boxster

Planning to install new Bilstein B6 struts and top mounts on the 2001 986 Boxster over the next few weeks. All four struts arrived, but waiting for the mounts. Since the Boxster isn’t drivable over the winter with the summer-only tires, I’m hoping to take my time and enjoy the work. The B6 struts should not only correct the poor performance of my original old and worn out B4 struts, but should improve over stock performance. Looking forward to the first spring drive. 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Sim racing at Summit Point

I'm planning to jump into the PCA Sim Racing Zone 2/4 race this week at Summit Point. Thought a little practice would be in order. Fun little track in the Porsche RSR.

Side note: with the absolutely fabulous weather today, I put the top down and took the 2001 Boxster for a spin. While driving I spotted a black Porsche Speedster. With both cars' tops down, we raised our arms high waving at each other. Seeing both black Porsche roadsters, with chrome rims, from different generations made my day.

Another interval training session

Feeling better today, I thought I better get in another quality run before tomorrow's incoming rain. Again temps into the 60s, I did four tempo interval repeats around my neighborhood park with the PD EC Running shoes. Today felt better and was a little faster than two days ago. I'm starting to feel my form coming back and speed increasing. I was into the 8 minute mile range. Felt so good to be out in the sun running again. Distance was another 5K.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Slow hangover two-miler

After an evening of too much wine watching Star Wars shows yesterday, I wasn't feeling like a run today. But with temps in the mid 60s, I thought I should get outside for a ride or run. Didn't feel I could balance on a bike, so I managed a very slow two mile jog. A little run is a good hangover cure.

Interval repeats

With good weather and feeling about ready, I ran some interval repeats yesterday. Not too long or too fast, but felt good to get some speed work in again. It's been too long. I jogged a loop around my neighborhood park, then followed with a tempo run lap. Did four of these. I forgot to take a pic so here's a Porsche Design EC Running promo image I haven't posted before.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

50° 5k

After days of cold, rain and wind, today was 50°, sun and little wind. Perfect day for an outside jog with shorts and a light windbreaker. Nothing fast, but felt good to get outside again and off the stationary bike in the living room. My Adidas running app now shows 145.79 miles with the Porsche Design EC Running shoes.

Recovery week

Last week was a week to forget. Got a flat tire on the Bike X and crashed the Bike S. And in two consecutive days. This week I’m back on the...