Thursday, March 31, 2011

4130 the only Way

Work has been slow and @ times the days are short.
So instead of sitting around and licking my wounds I have
been get out and working on the bike.
Got the Lemond to stop dropping it's chain by changing the gearing.
So far so good put in a solid 50 miles on it and even with 
the stiffer gear I was able to get up the hills. 
My Spot should be done by the end of the
weekend with the new King here. And Look has some road and
mountain pedals on the way. 
Just paid for my first race ,,,,the Dakota 50,, not till September 
but I am in and can't wait.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Will work for Food

I have got the time and miles in 
but have not had the chance to go and ride in a group
setting. Got in to the TNWC's 
last night and got a bit of a taste of work off the front.
Found some areas that I need to work on but overall happy
with what is their so far. Yes more is needed and that will come.
The view from up here is good..

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


It is official now>>> Got my Pro License in the mail yesterday.
It is official that my ass will be handed to me.
And pretty damn sure I'll be heckled and mocked 
by the cooler local's.
But I will continue to do what I always do and ride
with my good old training partner. 
Now if I could only get my SPOT together
so I could start riding it and getting used to it.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Again and again

Sun was out and the temps were ok.
I was able to get out and make a good effort on the hills by the house.
I even got to ride with the Young One for a bit too.
It can get warm at any time, but until that happens

I'll just keep plugging away.


The sun has been shining and the water levels are on the rise.
Bike path is going to go missing if things stay the same. 
North south may get hard to travel.
Made lots of smiles at the shop yesterday as people are ready for warm
weather and being out on two wheels.
Rest week is almost over hope for a good day spinning today
as soon as the family unit is all back together.
Dropped the chain on the Lemond 8 times on friday and 
almost launched the bike in to the creek.
Ended up with a snapped QR, now think that I have the issues remedy.
French press coffee and watching the big pros racing in Europe.
Sundays are never long enough but going to make the most of what 
I have.
Ride hard and Party ON!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunny side

 Winter decided to make a come back and that came after two inches of rain. The rivers are ready to burst their banks. Some of the smaller ones are at their limit. 
Only plus was that the roads metaled out pretty quick. I was able to get out for an hour at or about Threshold and felt pretty,,,numbers were a bit off my sender may not be working right.
 Five weeks out from the first test, working on getting the final parts need to make my Spot a geared ride. Hoping that the work that I have been putting in has been enough hard to dig through the cob webs in my head.. Work has me all flustered do to lack of work, not sure what to make of it. 
Going to make my Dark Heart shine. If Zappa had Captain Beef Heart I am Captain Dark Heart.. Don't fool your self Girl it is winking at you. 
More miles more work more time in the saddle and all should mesh together. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Wet and Windy

After a week of spring weather
now comes more of the cold and wet. 
 Still made it work on two wheels
just got pushed around by the wind. This week will be a bit of an 
easy week then I am going to have to pile on the work load. 
Going to be in Arizona in less than a month and then the race season starts.
Still working on getting a bike lined up for my time down there, Yuri may be able to 
help while in the Valley of the Sun then going to lean on the 
Mutants up in Flag town for some help.
Hard to believe that racing will be here soon, just a few more things 
and my bike will be ready to.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Toe Jam

It is now Spring,,,,not that the weather for the week is going to agree. But today even though it rain all night and most of the morning I was able to make it out. After Chunking down the $$ for my USA racing License I was out dodging rain drops.
Rock looks like a nose
Have had to tweak the Lemond a few times and dropped the chain once but was able to 
pull the chain as tight as possible and crank on the QR and life was good. 
Went and climbed some hills and enjoyed another day on the bike. Felt good ,,,real Good.. Even going up M into the wind..
Bring on what ever comes next like to think that i am ready we'll see...

a nail biting climb

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Light in to Ahses

Sunshine on my shoulder felt so good today.
And with the roads being as clean as they have been I opted for 
the Gunnar. The past two and a half months 
I have been out on my two Aluminum bikes and the feel of sweet steel was 
just what the body ordered. I did have to fight through some Achilles pain but the 
smooth ride of my Driven components OX Platinum melted the pain away. 
At the bottom of the Tschumper a mind altering Dark Star came on the player
and moved me up the hill, finished it off with Mudhoney loosing their mind digging a hole.
Love that hill. 
Got on to some Dirt roads and made me feel like these guys   
as I splatted mud all over my clean bike.. I was all smiles. 
Good work and good riding,, rain on the way for tomorrow, if I make it 
out it is going to be sloppy.. I hate having to clean more than one bike at a time 
but wheels need to roll..

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Getting Warmer

Two solid back to back days of some hard riding. As Tim would say I think that i knock over the china hutch. The warmer weather is making my Dark Heart smile. Spoke with CD today and a new King is on the way to keep my front end tight. Only issue is going to be once this bike is together I am going to want to ride it and ride it a whole bunch.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stop,,,,,,,, Turnover

The days are getting warmer even with the bitchass cold mornings.
Today was going to be the first TNWC ride for me in a long time. 
Sun was out and temps were on the rise. 
Got off work a bit earlier than I expected and was going to have to sit and 
wait which is some thing that i am not good at ,,,,I am not Ian Mackaye.
So I opted for one of my favorite loops from the house. Felt good today 
the Achilles was not hurting and was able to muster the LT ride that 
I needed.  Feel as if things are coming along would like to test 
my legs out in a group setting soon,, but until then I'll just 
keep it same as it ever was.
Got home to find a care package from

Monday, March 14, 2011

Java Java

Might be the reason that I didn't sleep too well last night but it sure tasted good..
After 1/2 pot of coffee maybe espresso wasn't a good idea..

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Two full days off the bike and I am going crazy.
Spent yesterday getting some loose ends taken care of 
and tending to a sick boy. 
At the shop today starting to see the sparkle in peoples eyes
about being out on bicycles.  The James got him self a new set of 
wheels 24" getting to be a big boy.  Garage is clean and bikes are ready to be ridden.
Worried about the pain that I have now acquired in my left Achilles.
Goal for tomorrow is 2-3 hours of tempo nice easy riding not pushing to hard
don't want to over do it and need more time off the bike.

Coming to a Head

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What is in you

30 days in to using Endurox Excel.
I have been very happy to be once again this year be partnered up with 
Pacific Health Labs, whether it is Accelerade or R4 as the miles
start to add up and the body gets more and more worn down they have 
the products to help the body recover and stay at peak performance.

Anna's Loop

The weather has been a roller coaster lately. Just yesterday winter storm 
and today 40 and windy. Work needs to get done when you can 
and after a roller session in the garage I was more than happy to be outside today.
Been trying to do the same loop once a week and go 75-85%.
Today the wind was blowing from the north and then every direction that 
I turned. But the roads were bone dry and the weather man says that 
the temps are going to be going up and may even see 60 in a week. 
I am so ready to peal off the layers of winter.

Sunday, March 06, 2011


 More hills and some had snow and most had sand.. So much sand that if you got out of the saddle to climb your back wheels spun out. 
But the climbing has been good.
 Sounds as if more snow and or frozen rain/rain is on the way and that may force things inside much to my dislike.
But I will be thankful for the Sunday to Sunday stretch that I had.  I think that 
I even saw Kevin Kern out today, hoping that he 
can show his face more often than not. 
Days are getting longer and that means that the nights are getting shorter. WOW.

Nailing It

It is said that some day your the hammer and other days you are
the nails. Well yesterday I am pretty sure that I was the 
nails. A good gray and windy day here in the land of Gov Walker, yes I do think that he controlls
the weather too.
Goal was simple take the newly brought back to like Lemond out for a good 
hill work out ride. Well the the first part failed as the chain was not tight enough
and kept wanting to fall off. No big deal swung back home and got the Titus 
and another layer and headed out. So far no big deal up S nice sustained climb
up to to the ridge and the fierce North East wind that only wanted to push you backwards.
It was this way for a long while until I finally got the wind at my back. 
Needless to say almost home one hill left and I thought that the wind would 
be blocked by the bluff.. Wrong...Not Winning.....
Got home cold and shelled from the wind and cold still good work

and there was motivation laying on the door step.

Friday, March 04, 2011


Once again we have dodged some pesky snow and
the roads are passable. I did spend the morning 
putting the final wax on the skis and get them ready for storage. 
IT is CyClinG time and the skis must go away,,,,,,at least for now.
Happy for the Race Blade fenders with wet pavement it is nice
to stay dry. Nice loop from the house that lets you get two smaller climbs and 
one good one. Felt good with the work that was done,,, the bike and are don't
feel like we are fighting one another. I do wounder about my higher end 
but work will be done on that. For now at least this weekend I just 
want to get out and log some miles and climb some hills.
Think that I may get over to Minnesota.. Nice for a change and I can 
remind people over there that the Packers Won The Superbowl.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011


Almost 40 out this afternoon and I wanted to make up for getting so dam cold yesterday. This time armed with the Titus I was out and smiling. 
Being the first of the month I wanted to see how the legs have been responding to the work that has been done. I went after a nice loop near the house that has a good climb towards the end and if you drop down the other side you can climb back up and get a two for one.
Returned home to find some goodies waiting for me. The new Northwave shoes are stiffer and lighter, with the same great fit. 
From San Marco the Regal E love the profile I got to check this one out at Frostbike and
I think that it is going to be a great addition to my new ride. Bike is
 coming together,,,new fork from Maverick on the way and Bars from 3T.
I am ready for spring so any day if it wants to show up that would be ok.


Sometimes when you catch a bug it takes days
or even weeks to shake it. I am not looking
to shake the bug that I have caught. Since I have gotten the chance
to be outdoors logging miles I have embraced the cold temps. Yes I so badly want
to be warm but does not look like that is in the cards.  
By the end of my ride yesterday the sun was almost set and 
my toes were Popsicle.
Getting the work done and shivering while it happens. 
March now and I look for things to get more structure.
I also look for some warmer days.