Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Coffee in my tea

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Circles in the sun, with the son. can't beat it with a stick, or peanut butter on a bun!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Zappa Crapa

Trying to fill the voids and put it all together, yet another night of world champions and I am on my own program. Tonight was another climb up the quarry road and then down tnt and back up. Good climbs almost got the up clean on tnt. Stiff gear for such a climb. More shit weather so it was nice to see the sun. Mind melt on hockey !!!


Cool and sunny was the call for the
tractor pull to daycare.
The boy was warm and happy ready to tell
his friends of the new school that he'll go to.
Smooth and steady cruising on the the crushed
lots of colors and birds in the marsh.
Should be nice all day long because I have
to be in the work cave.
Sounds like it could be sloppy for the weekend,
the weather would not have it any other way.
Allman mountain jam on the way in, great bit of music
those boys were on it.
Check out the Gnome of the whiskey off road report sounds like it was a good one.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Soggy Marshy

Snow on the way in
just what you want to start a
week. Good layers so
I was warm and dry.
Sleep is never enough
get when I can.
I'll take a wet cold ride in over
driving in the car talking on the cell phone
about all the unimportant things in life.
Glad to have the wheels I feel like someone/thing
understands me.
Why does 13 have to suck?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Sailing on

With the trails still closed and every one from the shop off racing I was on my own.(same as it ever was) I was up in the quarry do some repeats but more than that I was riding my mountain bike and loving it. Much better than yesterday with no wind and good legs. Yesterday I had to deliver the mail going up the 22%+ road grade today straight up. Did some laps and ran into a customer who was out on his new EX8 and loving it. Even with the trails closed we have moved some high end bikes sold the last Superfly on friday and we can't get any more. Registered for next weekend and I hope that I can bring the noise. More quality this week not to worried about quantity would love to do the tuesday night worlds but can't make the times work.

old man new ride

Spoke to the old boss man today he sent me a picture of his new Rig. Nice looking stuff, also riding Spot is Tall Travis so the 80424 is well stacked for single speed racing. Nice to see that they got their bikes, that would be a nice felling. Go fast guys .

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Winter feels like it is back the word wind chill was used today as I got ready to head out. More than anything I just need time on the MTB, to see if things felt right and to see if I could turn the legs over. I fell old and slow but that might be all in my head, hard to fell fast with 30mhp+ winds. The gear selection was fast on the flats and took a bit of power for going up. If the rain ever stops we should be able to ride single track, until then state trails and old quarry roads. 7 more days and it starts, Need more quality saddle time.

Friday, April 25, 2008

help wanted

Need help to build an Arc. Need strong and dependable builders who have some Nautical knowledge. Or the ability to control the rain, to much of of good thing. At least things are green. The boy has his first pair of Vans and is the most excited he has ever been about shoes, think it is genetic.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Rounded Well

A shit crap day of water falling from the sky, so I headed in to work to get the race bike dialed. After a bit of tweaking and cutting of steer tube it was set. No bike lust but that will come I had to get out while the getting was good. More shit weather coming ,,,,hoping that i can get out and ride just have to wait and see.

Balancing Act

One week lots and the next nots... Dam weather is always out to get me the balance is hard to get. And now rice is being rationed. Maybe we should become cannibal's this could solve some issues. One more week and the gloves are dropped. The guys from the shop are going to Iowa this weekend for a race but not me, snow/rain and low 40's for temps, think I'll wait for Iola.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Blown up Sir

Well So much
for the hill repeats today!
Got out the house on time food in the belly and legs ready to push the
66 inches of chain up granddads as many times
as I could. Getting to the top the first time
felt a few drops, as I looked over my shoulder all i could think
is I am going to get wet. Holy shit it was coming down so hard it was
almost impossible to see, skies were pitch black and large
drops of hail were falling, thought that my lip would swell from one of the shots
to the face I took.
Made it to the shop and changed in to dry warm clothes, now
if only every thing can dry for the ride home.

Monday, April 21, 2008


I have a hard time not doing. But sometimes that is just the way it goes. With the warmer temps and longer days playing with the kids has been fun. The boy is starting to figure the bike out and having more fun. I'll get out this week, need to get the MTB dialed. Spring is good.

Sunday, April 20, 2008


Got out with some of the Grumpy Ogers today for 100K of sweet riding. Rode on a bunch of roads that I had not ridden on yet and I was impressed. Started with a climb in to a big cloud to our first set of intervals along some rolling hills along the ridge top. Great climbing felt great there and good on the rollers the place where I hurt was the high speed pace line into the wind. Did not feel like I could take long pulls. That is ok I know where I need to work and now that the Base is done it is time to eat my Brussels Sprouts. Got to see Chad's new BH in motion and Bob's Ritchey was classic. Good day better day than the barn that no longer stands. Nothing like riding a bike to make a good sunday.

Sun Day?

Espresso and waffles, what will the ride bring?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Ro Ad S

Made it out before the rain that has over taken the state, sunny and nice and only a bit of wind. I have a nice loop that I can do from the house and climb 3-6 hill with out having to be gone all day. Just a hair under 2000 feet of climbing and lots of cows. I swear that they are looking at me funny. I don't know what it is like where you live but the dam gas prices have now gone up to 3.45. They have gone up 20 cents in a few weeks. I need to get better at commuting in the rain because I don't want to pay those prices. This could make getting to races expensive. I have to say we have some nice roads around here, clean and for the most part quite. Got to listen to hockey on the internet radio. Who to cheer for?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lusty dirt

The gutter ball effect has been in full force and I have been paying the price. Yesterday was so bad that coming home with the boy in the trailer i felt as if I was going to come to a stop. Good legs and time in the saddle now just need to get more on the mountain bike. Went for a quick spin up to quarry tonight and bike rode well now it just needs some TLC at the shop. Two weeks and we race, can't wait I would like some speed time but that may come in race day, it is hard for me to make it tuesday night worlds. Oh well I'll just keep riding into the head wind.

Monday, April 14, 2008


Good start to the week a few times up the old granddads, to start the morning still need more time, still chili in the morning so hard to motivate before 6:30 but one must try. Coach said that he has not seen any photos lately and the only reason it has been so windy don't want to take the hands of the bars, so much so that I forget to drink and eat, which is probably why the food store was so hard yesterday. Still no word on the new frames and I fell awful for that I hope soon because the sponsors and guys have been so good with the support so Matt and Travis, hang in. Big debate is to go out again after Anna gets home or rest and have a beer and get up and do it all over again tomorrow.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Good Foot

After a week of shit weather and recovery from the bug from the kids I was happy to get outside. First I must say that if you have any foot issues or need to take up some room in your cycling shoes you need to check out soles insoles. I put some in my road shoes and man what a difference. My feet we so happy on my ride today. The rest of me well still not sure their, the dam wind was blowing and made it another day of wind resistance. 2 hours of tempo and some good hills was all i had time for but it was nice to be in the sun. I also got to try out the new arm warmers sent by sock guy and they did a great job of keeping me warm and dry. The weather is going to be spring in full force so I am going to try to pile on the miles. First race will be here before I know it, I have not been on my Wily yet which is the latest every for the spring, I am ready or at least i hope so.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Off da

Glad that I made it out yesterday before the rain. Just north of here they received almost a foot of snow with more on the way, we are on the rain/snow line. So day of the bike first one in three weeks, I may get twitchy later and end up on the rollers for a bit but I am going to try to stand by my convictions and not do it. The wind last night was a lot like what would happen at 9600 feet. It was so strong that it move my grill across the deck and pick up my outside table and smashed it against the house. Sunday should be the next outside day we'll see what the weather has in store. Got to love spring.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Missed the rain, when I woke this morning the sky's were dry but their friend the wind was in full affect. I did not want to ride indoors so out I went. With gust of 25+ out of the east that is the way I headed. Good hills and lots of resistance I pushed on. I can still fell the crud but it is on the way out, don't like the weezing sound but I am on the up swing. Lots of rain and snow on the way, looking like a prefect storm for the midwest. I hope for no flooding.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Later than I thought

between home and work can be a proses
of making sure you have everything.
I usually do and I also make sure I have enough food for the day.
Today I thought I was spot on, minus the
layer that goes between myself and my shorts.
Oh well free to the wind.
The kicker is one of the fine folks that are
here in the bike shop decided to F#$^ with my
coffee mug so now I have a thermos of hot coffee and nothing to drink it out of.
It is going to be one of these days.
On a lighter note the home is coming a lot better than
Ship Of fools!


The head and chest have been thick with the evil virus that the kidlets brought home. The clouds have been thick also with all kind of weather, it has felt like spring at 9600 feet. The next few day are going to be interesting. Rest is good it takes an act of nature to stop me some times. Because of my ADD i would keep riding my self into the ground. No H8ter for me have to work, sounds like it could be a sloppy day in madtown.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Titties and beer

Heard this at work and this one of the best performances of the song the band was on it. Great memories of hang out playing saga and listing to Zappa. I could go for what he is singing about. I like the comment he makes about not belonging.

Monday, April 07, 2008


From 60's
back to snow flurries
this morning, I moved at a slower pace
than normal the evil virus that
the kids gave me in full effect but also on the move
finding it hard to hold on.
Slow spins and snot a good
start of the work week
shit weather only makes the
practice more fun?
Time for the green machine.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Your EGO weighs a ToN

I have managed to make it this far all the way through winter with out a sniffle or sneeze. Leave it to my kids to bring something home. But I have been able to work through with some good riding. This week was all about climbing,so that is what i did. I spend most if not all of my time on the bike riding solo not having anyone to ride with, today would have been a good day for drafting. I made it to the spot where the group was going to meet and waited for a few and their was no one there. So I pressed on. Rode some new roads and some old climbed some hills and got blasted by the wind. Happy with the performance epically because of the crap in my chest. If I was back home I would have had a handful of people to ride with and now this is home and just need to get used to the wind because no one is going to sit up front for me. One of these weekends I''ll have to go to the twin cities and ride with J Roy or the Hollywood crew. Tomorrow is monday and it starts all over again. In less then a month the racing begins.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Fish with wings

I decided to start riding the new wheels, for the road bike. I was going to wait until the Gunnar was ready to go but the Reynolds wheels that I have been running scare me. So far so good on the new ones smooth and fast, my boss said they aren't as nice as carbon but oh well not the biggest fan of carbon. It has almost been a year since we have moved and a lot has happened with us and their is a lot that I miss, from the old hood and having people to ride with and..... I miss my old house but that may change as we have put in an offer on a house tonight. We'll see what happens nice size and a new build. Weather is only getting warmer and i hope for more seat time and with the race season coming i hope that i am going to be ready. More and more miles to come.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

GeTTing up on tHe dOwn stroKe

Found my hat!!
I had miss placed my Craft winter
hat and it showed up last night as
i was getting dressed to go out after dinner.
The plan was to see how the railroad
grade was in prep for the H8ervill 100.
They were in good condition just wrong bike,
the Wily would have been much better.
All in all good time on the bike. The commuter miles
are piling up. As I look at the work list it looks as if
EpU has me working the day of the H8ter?
I hope to make it should be a good suffer fest.
With all the rain that we got the other day
I think that i will tire up my new road wheels and
ride them for a bit on the Lemond. The new road bike is still a ways
out see that I am not sure when the Drive train will make it?
Oh well only warmer days ahead just me and my bike
practice partner, and a bunch of miles.
The new socks are the shit!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

And the joint was jumping

New layers have shown from the HQ, good looking stuff. The weather has sure blown though a dusting of snow on the ground trying to decide how to make it to work. The car moved well yesterday and the tank of gas was the one that i put in at the beginning of march. Start of a new month with new focus. Temps on the rise, time to shed like a snake, and see how every things add up.