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Latest on Cogs’s Condition as of 7/6/09

July 06. 2009 • Category: Cretin Racers, Seattle Race Reports, Support The Racers

So we’re 6 weeks removed from the big wreck and it’s time for a progress report:

We just went to the spine clinic for a check up.  New x-rays were taken to compare with the originals and the Physician’s Assistant reports that everything appears to be healing up well.  Cogs has started doing some physical therapy with his legs; the right one is particularly weak which is also the result of some nerve damage.  It is anticipated that this will be corrected with physical therapy. 

Weeks of convalescence and poor appetite dropped him from his normal 135 lbs to a measly 120, but with the help of many friends and fellow racers who contributed via “the Casserole Brigade” he has gained 10 lbs back.  The last couple of weeks has brought about further improvement in the digestive tract as well. 

There is still a fair amount of abdominal pain although it has improved somewhat.  The pain is best described as “visceral”: a general, undefined  amalgam of nerve pain, internal swelling and  general discomfort.  It is normal and consistent with the amount of trauma in this area (broken sternum, ribs, bruised lungs, lacerated liver, slow bowel) to experience this pain and it will probably continue for some time

The surgical incision has completely healed and looks good despite having developed some infection the week after surgery.  The infection was quickly knocked out with a prescription of Keflex, a very strong antibiotic.  The back itself is doing pretty well; since the thoracic portion of the spine is the least mobile, there is not much need to worry about overextending it, particularly in light of the other broken bones that are very sensitive to being worked.

The ribs and sternum are still painful and cannot bear much weight, it will be a few more weeks until he can start building strength in the back and upper body.

Cogs is still wearing a “Miami-J” collar for the broken C7 neck vertabra and the avulsion fracture at the base of the skull .  This will continue for another 6 weeks.  It is uncomfortable but necessary for the continuing process of healing up these sensitive areas. 

The avulsion fracture was one of the more frightening injuries.  These fractures usually result in fatality as the skull essentially becomes dislocated from the spine.  This occurs when the ligments that connect the skull to the spine actually break off a piece of the skull due to the hyperflexion of the spine.  The hyperflexion of Cogs’s spine is what burst his T9 vertabra and tore other small ligaments that stabilize the spine.

Cogs has gotten out and about several times the last 2-3 weeks and is good for about 2-3 hours a day.  Stretches of over 3 hours are particularly taxing and he gets crabby, but his stamina should improve in the coming weeks as he is able to do more therapy. 

There is a long way to go but we are all thankful to everyone who has pitched in, donated, come to the benefit parties or just called to wish him well–it has made a huge difference and means a lot!

Spokane 5/24/09: Massive Crash Lands Cogs in Hospital!

June 05. 2009 • Category: Seattle Race Reports

The WMRRA Round 3 Race weeked ended in frightening fashion on lap 2 of the 2nd heat.  While riding in 2nd place, Cogs crashed out trying to avoid an orange safety cone that had been clipped by another rider and subsequently flipped into his path.  The crash occurred on the exit of Turn 11, a high-speed left-hand sweeper that funnels the rider back on to the the main straight.  Speeds at this part of the track are about 70-75 mph.  

Cogs suffered multiple rib fractures, broken sternum, an avulsion fracture at the base of the skull, bruised lungs, laceration of the liver, a broken neck (Cervical vertbrae #7), compression fractures of the Thoracic spine vertabrae #7-8, 10.   Vertabrae #9 is completely “exploded” and a titanium rod has been inserted to fuse the spine together.  Various other contusions and lacerations were suffered.  

Cogs was held for observation and stabilization at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane for a couple days while orders to airlift him to Harborview in Seattle through.  Eventually, those orders came through and surgery was completed in Seattle. Cogs was released from Harborview on 6/1/09 and has bveen recouperating at home ever since, making good progress.  It is difficult to estimate how long the recovery time will be, but 6-8 months seems to be accurate so far.  Cogs can get out of bed and move around with aid of a walker.

Prior to the wreck, Tamra and Cogs had been enjoying a typical hot Spokane weekend.  Tamra had begun to figure out the track after the Saturday practice session and had even survived her first crash–a small 10 mph spill into the dirt after overshooting Turn 6.  She finished last in the first heat allowing Ian Johnston by when the shift linkage broke and she had to finish the last lap in 3rd gear.  She ended up 9th of 11 overall on the weekend. 

Cogs had overcome some practice session mechanical woes by changing jet sizes and scored an excellent 2nd place finish in the first heat.

 Cogs and Tamra would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped out in this time of crisis!

Points Hound: Cogs sits in 1st, Tamra 11th of 17 Riders

May 16. 2009 • Category: Seattle Race Reports

After the first two WMRRA rounds, Cogs’s 3rd and 2nd overall finishes puts him in the point lead with a total of 58.  He has benefitted from some of the top racers’ hard luck, but it’s not all from charity by any means; he’s also raced very cleanly and consistently.  That’s what it takes to finish top 3 at the end of the season. 

“It doesn’t mean much; there are some faster guys that are going to knock me off the top–probably next round–so I’ll enjoy it for now!” 

Tamra is in a 3-way tie for 11th with Simon-Pierre Smith and Shelly Matthews.  We’re hoping for her to maintain a healthy mid-pack position.  As the grid sizes increase, we don’t think it’s going to change her finishes too much, especially at the rate she has improved–it just gives her more racers to beat!

Here are the current (unofficial) standings:

1st  A. Michael Collins     58

2nd  Joel Crabtree            46

3rd  Tim O’Mahony          40

(tie) Mick Hart                  40        

5th  Tom Deem                38

6th  Arash Nadershani     34

7th  Mark Etheridge         30

8th  Tim Fowler               24

(tie)  Don Marr                 24

10th Troy Knapp              22

11th Tamra Ancona         18

(tie) Simon-Pierre Smith  18

(tie)  Shelley Matthews     18

14th  Todd Kalamar         16

15th  Brian Skehean         12

16th  Jesse Dosher          10

17th  Ian Johnston            8

WMRRA Round 2 Results: Cogs scores 2nd; Tamra 8th!

May 13. 2009 • Category: Seattle Race Reports

Saturday night was spent trying to iron out some significant (albeit not make-or-break) issues with Tamra’s bike.  The hideous “sound of doom” emanating from her motor turned out only to be a noisy clutch basket.  Her front brakes have always been a little suspect despite numerous attempts to improve them. The “nick-of-time” arrival and install of some new brake shoes fixed the problem right up.  Tamra reported some balky shifting after Round 1, so a new linkage was fabbed to smooth the shifting action out.

 The weather was excellent and Cogs rode solidly, benefitting from (#500) Tom Deem’s  mechanical issues and a big Turn 3 bobble from (#99) Joel Crabtree.  Goes to show that all it takes is one mistake to cost you a position on the podium in this competitive class!  Cogs also sliced through the pack and managed to keep several 500’s behind him which is a hoot!

 Vintage racing elder statesman #771 Mick Hart took the wire-to-wire wins and was living in the 1:58’s all day.  Mick had a huge wreck in Canada a couple of years ago that resulted in a broken back, among other injuries; it was great to see him return in such a fashion. 

 Tamra was the real star of the show finishing as high as 6th in the first heat, edging out verterans Don Marr and grandaddy-of-’em-all Tim Fowler.  She photo-finished 9th just behind Don and Tim in the second heat for an overall place of 8th out of a field of 12.  For Tamra, keeping up with such wily vets as Marr and Fowler is invaluable experience and quite an achievement.  She has definitely earned a new level of respect! Tamra reported great improvement in the mechanical aspects of the bike that Cogs addressed the night before: tighter, smoother shifting with a better feel, improved braking power, no scary engine noise and no leaky forks.  4-for-4 in the repair department!

 Cogs’s best lap of the day was 2:00.189 while Tamra notched a personal best of 2:10.681, down a whole 4 seconds from last round–way to go! She has gotten to the 2:10 mark in half as many races as Mr. Collins, so Cogs look out–she’s gunning for ya!

 Next round marks the triumphant return of the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association to Spokane County Motorsports Park–tune in Memorial Day Weekend for more exciting results!

Tamra Lookin’ Good Captured by JayTPhotos.com

April 11. 2009 • Category: Cretin Racers, Seattle Race Reports

Headed into T4 it’s #440 Tamra Ancona, the Wheelie-n’ Sicilian.

Dang, she’s hot!

Headed for the straightaway

…and fresh out of the Bus Stop

Courtesy of http://www.jaytphotos.com

Here’s a shot from John Porter (a.k.a. “Chops”) in which Tamra strikes a retro pose in front of a few of her street bikes:

WMRRA Season Schedule

April 07. 2009 • Category: Cretin Racers, Seattle Race Reports, Support The Racers

Some fine folks have requested the WMRRA schedule, so here it is:

Round 1 April 4 and 5 Pacific
Round 2 May 9 and 10 Pacific
Round 3 May 23 and 24 Spokane***
Round 4 June 13 and 14 Pacific
Round 5 July 11 and 12 Spokane***
Round 6 Aug 8 and 9 Pacific
Round 7 Aug 29 and 30 Pacific
Round 8 Oct 3 and 4 Pacific

***Tentative dates!

I’m still not sure which weekend will be the Sounds of the Past (SOTP).  I suspect it will be either the June of the Early August date.  That weekend is a must see for vintage bike fans!

4/5/09: WMRRA 2009 Race Season Is Underway!

April 07. 2009 • Category: Seattle Race Reports

So begins another year of exciting thrills (and hopefully no spills) at the track!

April 5th gave us fantastic weather at Pacific Raceways; perfect for shaking out the cobwebs and dusting off the skills.

I, Cogs #40, hit practice feeling pretty slow and rusty.  Tamra #440 took it easy and concentrated on smoothness.  Tamra’s engine has an ominous knock-yowling sound and I was sweating bullets hoping it would stay together.  The bike runs perfectly, however and didn’t stop her from just concentrating on her riding.

I had a blown shift which necessitated use of the Turn 3 escape road, a couple of close-calls with other riders (neither was my fault) and general unease about the session.

The first race was like a personal track day for me, caught in a dead zone between the two fastest guys and the rest of the pack. Tim O’Mahony (#220) and Tom Deem (#500) have incredibly fast bikes this year and will be virtually uncatchable for me seeing as how they motored away from me.   I rattled off some 2:02’s and a 2:01–very quick times that at one time seemed stratospheric–and it put me way out front of any other takers, but I couldn’t even keep the top two in my sight.  I was really pressing and it seemed like I should have been hitting 2:00 flats, but it just wasn’t there.  My best time ever was a high 1:58 and I have run several 1:59’s.  I guess I’ll get back there as the season goes on and the rust wears off.

The second race I was able to hang with Tim and Tom a little better.  Some real hard charging on my part led to a couple of bobbles which allowed Troy Knapp (#341)–a veteran racer but newcomer to the class–to pass me by.  I stuck behind him and gauged where I could make my move.  I really can’t even remember where it took place, but I did get him back and got another solid 3rd.  Overall, I was very pleased with the results, although there’s some juice still out there on the table.

Tamra slipped right back into form with 2:14’s and 2:15’s.  Very respectable especially considering her limited experience.  I have spent a lot of time watching her progress and monitoring her lines.  She looks great; just needs to brake later and gas earlier–the lines are definitely there.  Fortunately the motor held together just fine.  I’m thinking it might be a clutch basket issue, especially since it’s worst when feathering it from a stop.  I also think I am cheating her out of a couple of seconds on the straightaway with gearing that is too low.  Due to low rider turnout Tamra came in last, but judging from past results with larger grids of around 18-20 bikes, her 13th place finish would be very admirable!

The ‘08 WMRRA Results

November 24. 2008 • Category: Seattle Race Reports

“Motorjones”  Mark Brown #135 placed 2nd overall in 500v (out of a field of 8) 

“F-2″ Doug Riedner #200 placed 7th overall in 500v (Doug blew up early in the season and never got back out–wait ’til next year!) 

“Cogs”  A. Michael Collins #40 placed 4th overall in F-160 (out of a field of 30)

Tamra “the Wheelie’n’ Sicilian” Ancona #950 placed 2nd in 250v –technically not a class as there were only 3 bikes in 250v this year.  If she’d run in F-160, she would have wound up around 20th or so.