Thursday, July 31, 2008

New and Fast

So the time is here for the new Driven Road and Mountian products. These showed up on my door step today and now I just need to get them on the bike. This is going to be fun. In just a few days the new bike will be rolling. More to come.
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Wake up ride Mountian bike
for 2+ hours and go to work.
Then after long day in a building with out A/C
back home, for rest and realx?
Now only if everyday could
have a good ride on dirt!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Harder they Come

Harder and harder to get the power back up, not sure if it is just a morning thing or what.
My goal this morning was just some quick starts and a bit of a cruz interval.
Things were moving slow,,not bad slow just not where I wanted them.
As i left the house this AM I noticed that the Garage had not been shut the night before.
With a quick inventory of bike I was happy to find that all was accounted for.
Now I love all that live in the house just shut the GOD DAM DOOR!
I hear more and more every day from people here at the shop that their bike was taken out of the garage. I don't want to be a statistic.
I did get the joy of riding behind a bike path warier this morning,
he was moving at a good pace so i sat in behind and let him do the early morning work, after about a mile he pealed off all red in the face looking like he was going to burst. He also was on his way to work, and got a good work out on the way there.
Going to be hot with lots of humidity so stay cool and drink lots of H2O.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Pea Soup

Trying to start the week off with a good bit of tempo but it was hard to get the fires going in the engine room. Good fuel for breakfast and out the door only to ride in pea soup thick scare Scooby Du fog. Ended up off the bike yesterday with family stuff to take care of, most important was getting Sophia up to camp. Gone for 6 day then she comes home and then off to Colorado to help babysit her little cousin.
This is the most excitment around my house as of late the boy has taken a shine to the diving board. Now the work starts time to get the sHoP cleaned and ready for another week <><><><><><><><><<><><>YEA<><><><><>><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

Friday, July 25, 2008

Monkey on the train

5:30 train was missed by me, body said ride and brain said sleep. Been tired and rest was needed, Hard to wake for the train. In flagstaff there was late for the train , which was one of the best coffee shops in the world. Now it is friday morning and I need more coffee.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Flock of Turkeys

I like dirt, although yesterday I was riding as smooth as chunky peanut butter. May have been from a full pack. The trails here are tight at times and getting through stuff with a full pack can be hard. Lots of wild life out and about, the craziset was a 30+ turkey that took off from the high side of the BOB trail right in front of me. Bit of a freaky sight it would have hurt to run in to. Sleep has been hard to get caught up on and at times I wish I could just nap in the middle of the day. More coffee? Then it can be hard to sleep at night esp.... with the phone ringing after you are a sleep... The wheels keep spinning . The race photo is from Red Wing thanks to Smug Mug. She does a good job some real good photos can be found at her site. I got to see some photos from the start of the race so I got to see the crash that happened. Crazy I am glad that I was in front of all that crap. Can't say enough good stuff about the single track there in Red Wing. Ok off to work...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Flying lawn chair

Days of recovery should now be behind me. I am going to wake up watch a bit of the tour then take dirt to work. It is always a nice way to start the day. And I will be able to clean and detail the Spot machine. On the way home today just soft pedaling I was passed by a dude on a recombinant. Well I can't let that happen right? So I sped up neglecting my recovery duties to sit on this guys wheel. These kind of bikes blow my mind, they have to be hard to learn how to ride. We are always being asked if we sell them at the shop and people are shocked when we say no. I sat in and this guy was moving some where around 25 miles an hour on the flats through the industrial park. Reminded me of the old days on the bike path back in Breckenridge. Summer is moving along and new things are in the works. What is next?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Over the river

The temps yesterday
were a bit warm for my taste but I managed to stay some what
hydrated. Good race the body and bike rode well.
Big thanks to Jeff at Ergon, and the good folks at
Maverick. My only true complaint is that
I would like the time back that I lost on the third and fourth lap.
I was shooting for 2:00 flat and came in five minutes behind that.
Can't complain a great race for me and much better than the last one.
Question now is what is next?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

RoUnd & RoUnd

Movement went well this week not a lot but enough to remind me what I need to do. 5:30 am is early for a group ride but do what you have to do. Lining up in Red Wing tomorrow should be nice, good single track there. The boy and I doing a overnight at Anna's folks because of Sophia's b day sleep over tonight. Maybe some more fire fly watching. Go fast today all that are racing and have fun. Should be a Spot on weekend.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bites the dust

Another one???? What the Fuck!! So much for take it back, I knew it was to good to be true. I say kick the whole team out. Why could Astana not come this year? Who is going to be next? Dumb Asses.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Pulling my weight

Pulling the boy in my slipstream was the recovery ride that I needed today. He worked the whole time as I pulled him along the crushed lime stone. We were on the look out for turtles but saw none. James has been getting a kick out of the Tour. I had the morning off so we watched it and had a lot to talk about. Nice to see Christian doing well hope he can keep it up. Also it will be fun to see who gets popped on the rest day. Always seems like someone gets busted, maybe another one of Lances old team mates?

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Back on the bike after a much needed bit of time off. Could not have asked for more..... a good breakfast and coffee, and the Tour. The sun was out and the wind was blowing. Bike and body worked well together and now it is time to get ready for what is to come. Next is going to be a race in Red Wing MN, and long range is the Dakota 50. Prep is needed and also need to stay on track. Until then more bikes to ride and more single track to ride.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Day three off the bike, I say off because I can't get away from them. Bikes are still leaving the shop in two's and threes, and with all the rain we have had lately it has almost been like Noah getting them on the Arc. Monday we had such strong storms that they knocked down 100 + trees up at HPT. Thanks to all the people that help keep the trails clear and open. I think that the body is happy for the break but I am ready to get back on the Spot and stir up the trails. Now the rain can stop and life can get back to normal, bring on the weekend.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Behind the Sun

In with good out with the bad..............wax on wax off ,, and all the rest of the mantras. Back on the road to get to work. Minus the tree debris it was a nice ride in. Peace comes in good coffee.

Monday, July 07, 2008


The Spot is as clean as i can get it at home, I need the lust to get it back to its shine. The bike rode well yesterday it was I who did not have the gas in the tank. I have been told that I am slumping. I don't think so just need to get things back on track. Nothing on the radar until the 27th of the month. The family and I are starting the plan of going to the Dakota 50. Looks like a fun one, and it is not at elevation like the one back home. I got finally meet Brent from the Twin 6 HQ, He was racing yesterday and thanks to him for all the super cool threads. Good rain this afternoon glad that I drove, and stayed off the bike, that is so hard for me because of my OCD. Back on tomorrow and getting things back on track.


Drove the 5 speed to
That makes me a slacker.
Many bike
along the way.
Oh well
Rain it comes
my ass stays dry,
and I put
a bigger
hole in the


July did not start off the way that I wanted. I think that the tired bug has caught up to me. I had a rough day in the saddle yesterday, could not keep the speed up. Worked well on single track pulling guys on the first 2 laps but every time we hit the flat roads the groups behind be would take off and I could not match. By the end all I wanted to do was finish, just could not make it click. Need to rest and ride and get my duck in a row. Still a long season ahead and lot of time to get my shit together. James had his first race of the season and he loved every minute of it. As he sat on the start line making friends he stated that " I think that I am going to win". The way these races work is that they all win. He had a blast riding singletrack and making new memories. It was a good weekend now the week starts it is going to be a long one rest is key lets see if I can make it.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Humbug Hill

New header............. I like the photo, you can see the dirt on my shoulder and the missing barend. The gloves were off because I was to lazy to put them back on after the flat. I have been asked if I brake that way on propose and I have to say that is just the way I have been doing it for years not trying to flip off the camera. Need to get the bike cleaned and geared up for the Firecracker tomorrow. Not the same one that folks tackled in Breckenridge yesterday. Gearing always throws me for a loop can't decide between a 61.?? or a 58.?? gear inches, one harder one faster spin. Now to drink some beer and feel the breeze through the screen door. Good things to come.. Photo OGMG

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Nap time

The candle has been burning at
both ends lately and rest has
been tough. It is hard to even wake the boy in the morning

Looks as if the weather should hold this week and the riding should be nice. Getting up to the Proving Grounds in the AM tomorrowfirst real good ride since this weekend. It has been hard to shake the legs out,

that was a real hard effort on Saturday. I need to get the bike back dialed in so I am ready to go on sunday, could be worse I could be back home in Breckenridge for the 50 that has to be one of the hardest one day races out there. Good luck to all of you all.