Thursday, December 24, 2009
This is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I feel I can handle most issues with my house, and a curse, because I feel I should always do something myself as opposed to having it done for me (saving mucho time).
I’ve been working for a few weeks on the “Man Cave.” Progress is slow, due to Holiday commitments, but steady. With any luck, I’ll be ready for paint by 2010, and some new toys will arrive soon after that.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Everyone likes pictures, so here you go:
I’ve been working in the basement a bit. I’m in the process of finishing off my shop area for some super secret equipment to arrive shortly. I’ll get some pics of that soon enough. But THIS will hopefully arrive before X-Mass.
After a month + of off season, social rides, and too many calories consumed as a ratio to calories burned, I decided to show up for the State CX race totaly unprepaired. Stoked to see the local CX heros ride off into the muck, and busting out some two wheel drifts into the tape, I almost forgot how hard I was pushing. The decision to race was all I needed, as a little competition has got me fired up to resume some dedicated training for next season. Weight room here I come. Pics HERE.
Props, to THIS guy for breakfast, coffee, hot coco, homemade relish, brats, etc, etc… Sometimes I wonder if he prefers cooking for friends over riding. He does both very well.
Finally, my little boy turned 3 yesterday. Pictures of his birthday cake to follow. (yes he had his own peanut butter cake)
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Rainy Sun days are great for whipping up some homebrew, so that's what I did. Fowler Creek Hardcore Honey Wheat will be on tap in 4 weeks.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Pumpkin Beer at Flat Branch is the nectar of the Gods. No other fluid on earth is closer to heaven than the reddish gold bubbly goodness F.B. serves in early November. It sells out in 2 weeks, and I've missed it the last two years. My feeble attempt to replicate it at Flower Creek Brewing was a disgrace to its holiness.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Last year between the Burning and the Epic, I pretty much did nothing cycling related. I had good legs for he Epic. So I'm following my lead from '08, sort of. Lots o'eating out, long walks in the park with the wife and dog, and multiple trips to the kegerator. Add in a 3 dayer to Tulsa this week, a night out watching the Leadville Documentary, and I should be flying come Sunday.
Training is overrate, as are openers.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
On the plus side, tomorrow, I get to celebrate 12 years with someone who puts up with way more than she should, lets me be a kid 24/7, and keeps me in line when its needed. She even rides with me on occasion:
Monday, October 5, 2009
Our team has an average resting heart rate of 23 bpm. Our VO2 max is off the charts. Combined we take in more air per minute than a Bugatti Veyron going full tilt.
We have been on a strict diet of PBR and bacon since 1-1-09. We are so lean and chiseled, we look like Maria Shriver after a ten day fast.
Our bikes are stupid light. Made from a proprietary blend of carbon nano-tubes and hemp fiber. They are so light, DoubleD’s asthmatic wiener dog can carry one to the trailhead. The hand sewn tubulars are made from the fur of unborn panda pelts, and are crazy sticky. We are running hydrogen in the tires for added lightness.
But what really puts us over the edge is our prototype cycling computer, which is a joint venture between the Tandy Corporation, and Fischer Price. It systematically monitors our vital signs during training rides and relays them back to our Cray supercomputer for analysis by Dr Fuentes. The Statistical Analysis Computer (or S.A.C as its know) is somewhat heavy though and attached with massive zipties, so we’ll cut off our SAC’s before the race.
We will dominate this year. Stay home if you don’t like losing.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Mine are day to day. Since Leadville, I've been on again, off again, with no rime or reason. I've had days were I rip the cranks clean of the bike, and others were I cant couldnt keep up with a 4 year old on a big wheel. I think some serious rest is in order. Something about starting your season with big races in April and putting it all together for one biggy in Aug, has me reeling. Hopefully I can pull one out of my arse for four laps around Council Bluffs...
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I’ve been resting like crazy this week trying to get the last bit of fatigue to leave the legs before the last little tune-up this weekend and next week. Seems my recovery is taking a while though as I still feel some lingering effects of all the hard rides of the past month. I’ll be ready though, as this is one of (if not the) biggest race of my lowly career.
We head out Monday after work to KC for the night, and on to Copper Mt Tuesday for some short course recon, and altitude acclamation. I don’t know how I could have prepared any better, so whatever I get is what it is. Although I’ll be turning myself completely inside out for a sub 9 finish, and the Gold Buckle.
Check back for Copper Mt and maybe some pics of the competition.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
I finally got Garmin Connect to upload my data. Totals for the trip are impressive, I think. (I’ve left off two rides, one where my Garmin ran out of juice because I forgot to charge for a few days, and the ride up the Ventoux on race day.) Only one day off the whole trip.
Rides -- 11
Miles – 650
Ride Time – 40 hours
Calories – 37,000
Vertical feet climbed – 65,000
Total mileage was low, but when you figure each day had 6,000 feet of climbing, it starts to make sense how hard those rides were.
Things learned while covering the back roads of the French Alps:
--Always take TP to the toilette
--There is a total absence of soap or towels in any bathroom
--Ice is a foreign concept, be prepared to drink warm beer
--Wine is cheaper than water
--Turkish toilettes and dead cycling legs don’t mix
--When a climb is rated HC, its really, really hard…really
--The French are friendly if you try to speak their language
--We over complicate our food, simple IS better
--The Alps are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
get any better and I top out this climb to see this!!! Got passed by
2 million dollars worth of cars in 30 seconds, was almost blown off a
switchback earlier, and rode at 40+ mph for 15 miles today, awesome .
I've ridden 8 days straight now. Each day has been over 3 hours of
ride time and 4000 feet of climbing. Most are s lot more. My dogs
are tired!!! Tommorow two cols await. Better have another beer...
right . Delish. Today was another visual shocker over the Col de
I'seran. The climb up through the biggest ski resourt I've ever seen
and down through a breathtaking valley. The run in was hard with high
winds slowing us down. Totals for the week, a lot. 19,000 calories
burned means I can drink as much French wine that I want. By the way
wine is cheaper than water here, seriously!!!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
rode up the Piti St Bernard through Thulie. On the top of my list of
all time most senic rides. To say the views are indescrible would be
an understatement. Friday was a rest day, so 4 of us rode up the
Rosoline, start of a tour stage next week. Another perfect beauty
with 3000 feet of climbing.
Today, rain. :( we are taking the day off and will catch up on Sun.
I don't want to come home, ever!!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
crap, this is gona' hurt . A trip up the col de St Bernard (stage 19
of the Tour) was the main course today. Followed by a 6000 foot ( yes
6000 feet) decent toAstoa, FZ.
Here is Cathy and Windy half way down.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Today was great! We toured the town of Chamonix in the AM. Picture perfect French ski town. Then did a "warm up" ride into Switezerland. Headedup to Emmoson dam, 3000 feet in 6.5 miles and back. Had this ginger beer on the way here. More tomorrow.
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