My Goal:

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Is to update this website once a year. So far, Success.

Joey’s okay… man.

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One thing I learned this weekend… Read the directions.

I jumped in the car to head out to Starcrossed, fighting massive traffic due to the 520 bridge closure and road work on 90 just to arrive to an empty venue.

And then it dawned on me.  Starcrossed had moved to Lake Samammish this year.  Crap! thrusters on full-

Finally make it down there and hook up with my new team at the Blue tent where John tosses me a much needed beer.  Unfortunately I missed his and Nick’s race (which should have been my race too) but we have some good races coming up to kill it together.

Highlight of the day had to be this move:

That’s what happens when fatigue sets in… or you want your Ragdoll to go viral on Twitter.

Port Orchard Friends:

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URGENT! Port Orchard area friends. Dale Macomber has gone missing and is in danger. If you have seen him in the last 24 hours please let Amy Kalcso Craig know. Call her at 360.731.8288 or call 911. Any information may be helpful. He is on foot and last seen in Port Orchard wearing a grey sweatshirt, sweats and bright blue and yellow Adidas running shoes. He has no money or ID with him.

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This is ridiculous-

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Hey, I know… I’ve been a bad status updater. It’s not that I’m lazy, I just don’t have the time to actually sit down and type something remotely interesting. I have been trying to get our Giro trip picture album out soon, so look for that.

In other news, my BMC hates me. The extra 20 pounds I have wrapped around the middle stresses it out something fierce so I need to hit the cross scene hard to burn some of that off.

Have a fantastic Monday-

Donations to Weylandts Family-

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From Team Leopard-Trek follow the death of Wouter Weylandt:  Keep in mind, Weylandt leaves behind not just his parents, friends and a girlfriend but an unborn child.

Yesterday we lost a great person and true friend – In these hard times we especially want to think of those who were closest to Wouter: his family.

We have created a donation account (see below) to support them financially as much as we can. Everyone of you can donate to this account. All donations will go directly to Wouter’s family.

Bank: Dexia Banque International a Luxembourg

Address: 69, route d’Esch, L-2953 Luxembourg

Account Name: LEOPARD SA ‘WOUTER WEYLANDT’

IBAN: LU93 0020 6100 0904 0500

BIC: BILLLULL

Thanks a lot for your help.

LEOPARD TREK

Friday Musical Interlude – Remy Zero

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Not many good things come out of Alabama. Really. Name a few.

Remy Zero? Well that’s one.

Life in the Rain (Live)

Perfect Memory (Live)

Perfect Memory… Written for Cinjun Taylor’s father.

Remember how they always seemed to know
We had the forest in our eyes
But the earth was in our clothes
And they thought we’d fall
Not at all

So look back on the treasured days
When we were young in a world that was so tired
Though it’s not what we wanted before
Even the saints had to crawl from the floor
Summers when the money was gone, you’d sing
All your little songs that meant everything to me

And I’ll remember you
And the things that we used to do
And the things that we used to say
I’ll remember you that way

Remember how they tried to hold you down
And we climbed those towers
And looked down upon our town
And everything you hoped would last
Just always becomes your past (it hurts)
Summers when the money was gone you’d sing
All your little songs that meant everything to me

And I’ll remember you
And the things that we used to do
And the things that we used to say
I’ll remember you always

But then this world slipped through my fingers
And even the sun seemed tired
I still cared
As I lowered you down my heart just jaded
In that moment the earth made no sound
But you were there
You helped me lift my pain into the air

I still miss you
God I still miss you
I know that you are waiting there
I always thought that you’d come home

And I’ll remember you
And the things that we used to do
And the things that we used to say

If it don’t hurt you
It won’t hurt me
If it don’t hurt me
Then it won’t hurt you
If it don’t hurt you
It won’t hurt me that way

Random thought.

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I wish on a daily basis that my dad could have seen me become “dad”

Wheel Check-

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Just noticed I havent taken my winter wheels off the BMC yet. It’s April. Looks like a slow start to my season!

Good news is the DT Swiss are all built up for 2011 Cross racing. I just have to get off my ass and get some speed in the legs because as I sit now…. I have none.

I told myself I wanted to be back in form by the end of May… I need to put up or shut up.

Friday Musical Interlude- Muse

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Looking through the last 5 (FIVE???) years of my blog entries I have noticed one thing… the last year is almost non existent.

So lets kick off my “Official” return with a live version of Muse’s “Hysteria”, which just happens to be playing on my massive system in my office, shaking the walls.

Hell yes. I want to see a Live Muse show so bad.

Oh… and some of you have emailed me asking to toss up a picture of the newborn on my site… Sorry, no can do. We’re going to keep her off the interwebs for a few months.

Test test testies

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Testing my WordPress iPhone app. If it works properly you all will find out that my daughter has finally blessed us with her presence.

2 week status- That’s a lot of poop!

Not that there was any question…

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My family is pretty awesome.  Unique… but awesome..

Strength Finder Results

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It’s a requirement at my new employer to complete StrengthFinder 2.0 personal assesment.  I’ve always had a mixed view of these as the Personalysis I did a few years ago  just seemd way too easy to steer the results.  This one however was different and I had no idea what the out come would be.

Let’s see what it found.  My results:

Positivity

 People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

 Strategic

 People who are especially talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

 Maximizer

 People who are especially talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

 Input

 People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.

  WOO

 People who are especially talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with another person.

Unfortunately, it didn’t have a “Totally Awesome” category…. trust me, I checked.

Stay Beautiful-

Changes.

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I killed my FB page.  I’ve neglected my own site for far too long and it’s time to jump back in.  There’s a redesign coming shortly that will liven things up and maybe I’ll even put some lasers on here because everything is cooler with lasers.

The big news (besides Ro moving into her third trimester) is that I have left Lighthouse Electrical group and “came back home” as some of my new (old?) co-workers call it.  Yup, I’m back at North Coast Electric Co. like I always new I would.

I have a lot to say about my 10 months at Lighthouse Electrical Group but will save that for a later post.  It was truly exciting, eye opening and educational for sure and I wish them luck in the future. The need lasers though, everyhting needs lasers.

not only have I been bad about updating this site but my Flickr site is WAY behind.  I was able to pull all my pictures off Facebook and when I get some time, like maybe the upcoming holiday weekend, I’ll load them up there.

I know.  Talk is cheap.   So here’s a taste of Friday on Wednesday…

An update… with an awaited answer.

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Rosanna is doing well.  Very well actually, considering all that I have read about where she is in her pregnancy.  No real nausea and her only craving seems to be organic chocolate milk (and shopping… go figure).  She is beautiful. I love to hold her close and feel the bump against me.  Something, sorry… someONE that we have created sitting in THERE just waiting to explode on to this earth.  It’s amazing, fantastic and scary all at the same time.  I can’t wait!

I think and talk on here a lot about my  father.  How much I miss him and how much I wish he was here to hold my child, bust my chops and give me advice.  There is someone who I know I don’t talk enough of and that’s my mother’s husband, Emery.

We all lost someone amazing.. my father, my dad.  The one who governed and raised my family.  As it happens though my mother, against all odds, found someone equally amazing (although extremely different than my father) who ,although sees the world and acts quite differently, treats my mother and loves her more than you can possibly comprehend.

I consider myself extremely lucky that he is a member of our family and hope that he is excited to be “Grandpa”.  Thank you for everything you do and can’t wait for you to change a diaper.

My mom and brother… what can I say?  I love you both so very much.  My mother is the most selfless and giving person I know.  Putting up with my antics and supporting e even when I was so very much in the wrong.  My Brother, Evan, who has traveled so far in his life and (thankfully) settled here locally with a beautiful wife and is in the process of building a family.  You are both amazing.

So now all of you have read through this, noted the date and are pretty sure that Ro and I made it to the U/S appointment the other day.

The answer is…

Girl     :-)

A Poll for all of my readers

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If you haven’t figured it out, yes, we’re pregnant.  Actually, ROSANNA is pregnant and I just get to watch the process.  We’re having a hard time though… What is it going to be?  I mean, it’s a 50/50 chance, right?  Well, we find out shortly but would love to know what you think-

Pop Quiz... What will Brian and Rosanna have on February 19th?

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Message to my father.

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I know you’ll be there to help, Grandpa….

I’ll make you proud.

…and now for something completely different.

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I’m going to be a dad.

Booyah!

Whoooops!

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I was actually scolded last night about not updating the blog and for giving up on the Friday Musical Interlude.

I’m all over it!

and… We’re Back!

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Didn’t even know we left, did you?  You just thought it was Brian ignoring his site just like the last four months.

Not this time.

Let me break it down…

Seattle.  New York.  Amsterdam.  Paris.  Milan.  Venice.  Napoli.  Avelino.  Capri.  Rome and back to Seattle.

Pictures and write up to follow….

Rosanna and Tyler.  Giro prologue 2010

Been a while. Thanks, Facebook.

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It’s become too easy to throw up a quick shot on Facebook and think that there has been an uncorking on some sort of creativity.  Ive actually grown weary of Facebook and have considered unplugging myself and going back to writing on here more often.  The only thing keeping me from doing that really is the nine million pictures that I have loaded on there.  Man that’s going to be a bitch to pull all of those off.

I truly have been really busy lately.  My cycling has taken not just a backseat but really the “back-back” (for those of you who grew up with a family station wagon) to which I am a little frustrated with.  Rosanna and I have been trying to build our garden in the backyard and plan a few upcoming things as well as my work keeps me VERY busy.  I’m starting to realize that I have put so much into “cycling on a team” over the past 5 years that everything else has suffered.  The back to back games of Uno with the wife are way more fun than a 6pm crit at Seward.  I sometimes win the uno games too.  Bonus!

Anyway.  Brain purge done.  Scotch and blog posting go hand in hand.

Stay beautiful-

Pacific Raceways 3/23/10 Flats

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Back on Track.

 First Pacific Raceways of 2010 and when I rolled up I picked up a 1/2 number and a Masters number not knowing which I felt like jumping into.  When Martin drove up with Dave H in the IJM bus it was off with black number 8 and on with blue number 11.

 Right from the gun, 3 Starbucks launched off and I jumped on them thinking even though it was early, if something went and I was so close to the front if I didn’t go Martin might box my ears a bit.  Not gonna lie but 2 of 3 were super strong but were taking LONG pulls.  They weren’t even letting me pull through so I just sat back and watched.  By the time we got past the drag strip they pooped out and the pack caught us.  Still trying to figure out what the plan was on that.

 Brought the pack around the wall for the first prime and Dave yells at me to watch right and a few guys scream past, one being Martin.  I got swallowed up and pretty much just hung front to mid pack until the second sprint.  Martin and Dave tried to get away after the second prime but it looked a bit jumbled so they were caught easily.  3 laps to go Martin tells me to find him on the last lap for game on.  Last lap comes and while I was positioned well I was pinched on the west turn on to the strip and fell back quickly.  By the time I made it up to Martin and Dave I was on the far left and they were on the far right.

 Crap.

 Martin puts a HUGE push around the turn and the wall and Dave launches for the win.  I came in a few bike lengths after Martin so it wasn’t totally a complete loss for me… more of a confidence booster and a learning experience.  I should have been more aggressive keeping my spot in the pack on the last lap.  We got the result but I should have been there.

 Side note- that was the bumpiest sprint I have ever been in (not that I’m in the final sprint that often)  but it was crazy.  STRAIGHT LINE PEOPLE!  Look where the hell you are going too!

 Bike – BMC SL01 50-34 x 11-21 Neuvation wheels

Ride Food – water

Anyone?

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Anyone seen Brian around?  Anyone?

Long Recovery Ride 1/17/2010

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I left this morning knowing I wasn’t going to do the “Sketti, oh my god I can’t feel my legs anymore” ride.  He put out a plan that after yesterdays jaunt, would have done me in… especially if I rode from West Seattle!  The TEAM ride was headed Snohomish and Monroe with some 20 second sprint work switched in and out with tempo and intervals.  Jesus… Coach Lang Reynolds is putting the screws into Sketti!

I, however, decided to head to Ladro, say hi with whoever was there and than ride the northend of the lake and home.  Sile and a few of the TPR women showed up, then Dustin and Lyle.  We jetted out and headed north.  At logboom I turned south towards Juanita and thankfully Lyle joined me.  We haven’t had a chance to chat in depth since he joined the team so it was nice just to shoot the shit and get a bit deeper than just riding the bike.  We even got a chance to stop in Bellevue for a coffee and a pastry which I won’t lie, I needed.  Lyle headed home at Montlake and I  shot through fremont ant the waterfront back to West Seattle

It was a good tempo ride, averaged 200 watts and felt very comfortable.

Ride – 61 miles, route below

Bike – Windsor Rain 46-34 x 11-25

Breakfast – Bagel w/ turkey and cream cheese, hard boiled egg and water

Ride Food – 2 bottles of water, cookie and coffee

avg watts – 200

weight 169

Team Ride, Saturday 1/16/10

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Wow, what a big group!  Finally!

We meandered down south Lake Washington and hit the pit stop at Coulon Park where we broke into three intensity groups.  I hopped on to the first group just to see how long I would last and it wasn’t very long at all.  WTF was I thinking?  Halfway up McDonald hill I popped something fierce and knowing I still had to make it home in one piece I sat up and watched the group go. I snapped it into my 46-25 and just spun my way up to the top.  Jeff D had turned around to pick up the stragglers and we met up with half of group one on May Valley when we put it on cruise control.  I had just gotten to the front and locked in a good tempo when I heard “FLAT!”  Poor Jeff flatted his front, probably due to the insane amount of glass on Coal Creek… it was pretty bad.  I looked at my watch and did a little calculation in my head and I knew I needed to turn around now as Annabelle had a vet follow up for her leg.  So when I knew JD had the flat under control, I waved adios to them and reversed course.

I kept it on Coal Creek all the way back to Factoria and mostly held above 300 watts.  Felt like I had found a good zone and something I could keep for a good chunk of distance.  There’s a pretty good descent on Coal Creek that I lost my wattage but ended up passing a couple cars to keep up the spirit. I shot around Mercer Island and then did another half of it before cruising back into Leschi.

Good ride.  A lot of teammates out.  49 miles map below.

Bike -Windsor Rain 46-34 x 11-25

Breakfast – 2 hard boiled eggs, PB toast, cheese and water

Ride Food – 2 bottles of water

Average watts 230

weight – 169

Another team ride tomorrow is heading up to Monroe… I think I’ll start with the team but split off in Kenmore to ride around the lake.

STOP! THIEF!!!

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Yeah, YOU! You little bastard. Meth-head motherf#cker. You the putz that broke into my friends house and stole his bike. Not just any bike, mind you. But my boys P3SL TT bike with quarq power meter.

Now I agree… TT’s are stupid. But he rocks ‘em like no one’s business. You better have eyes in the back of your head because you have a good hundred folks hunting your ass down. You better hope the cops find you first.

ANYWAY.

Dear readers, if you haven’t figured it out yet, my friend and teammate had his house broken into a few weeks ago and, among other things, they stole his TT rig. if you see it on ebay or craigslist please hit the “contact me” link at the top of this page and hit me up with the info. See below for the info-

My house in NE Seattle was burglarized last night and my TT bike was stolen. Please keep an eye out for someone trying to unload a 55cm black Cervelo P3SL model year 2005. The most distinguishing feature is brand new a quarq power meter on brand new rotor cranks. Luckily I had training wheels on it, velomax I think, and not zipps.

Thanks,

Jeff

206.335.3551

Friday Musical Interlude is Back!

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It’s been a long time, I know.

Ulrich Schnauss

Look at the Sky

In All the Wrong Places

Just a thought…

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I miss my dad.  Going on 12 years now.  Sure could use some of his advice…  Maybe just a ride around the canal.

Recovery ride 1/4/10

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Woke up this morning to a torrential down pour.  Well… Not really,  it was just kind of raining and a little windy.  Some peanut butter toast and a few cups of coffee later I was shoving off to do a loop of Mercer Island.

There is nothing more uncomfortable than riding across the I-90 bridge in the rain.  With traffic flying past at 60+ mph, the spray stings your face and permeates the best wet weather clothing.  By the time I got to East Mercer I was soaked to the bone but luckily not frozen.  I have found a new way to keep the hands and feet warm and somewhat dry in this weather and it involves wool socks/ plastic baggies/ shoes and neoprene booties and glove liners, latex gloves and neoprene over gloves.  I did look like that little kid from a Christmas Story though when I left the house.

Worst part of the ride was getting stuck at the lower drawbridge coming home.  I started shivering as it closed and damned the port for opening it even though there was NO shipping traffic!  WTF?  I guess they were just screwing with me.

I took a right on beach and rode up California and followed it all the way home.

I was a bit stiff and sore from yesterday.  I took it super easy except up California (I was trying to warm up) and even though you would think otherwise, I had a great solo 40 miles in the rain.  Sometimes it just happens.

Ride – 40 miles, route below

Bike – Windsor rain – 46-34 x 11-25

Breakfast – PB toast, string cheese coffee and water

Ride food – two small bottles nuun/ Cliff, bag of shot blocks

weight 172

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Team Ride 1/3/10 Super bonk 98 miler

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It was good day/ bad day for me.   Started out feeling great but by the time we got out to Snohomish I was skipping turns.  Always a bad sign when you are only halfway through the ride.

We had a d-bag of a driver run up on us and slam on his brakes that just absolutely scared the crap out of me so I backed off and sat behind the pack.  I was shaking pretty bad and all I could think of was what happened the LAST time I got drilled by a car (and now I’m riding without health insurance)  It took me a few minutes to get myself under control to join the pack but it was game over.  My mind was elsewhere.  when we hit the rise at the end of Lowell, I exploded and knew it was going to be a long ride home.  My riding partners though just picked up the pace and we were drilling River Road (who doesnt?)  I sat at the back and wheel hopped but jumped in 3 times until I knew I was just hurting the cause so I just sat on and road the pack in.

The return trip was hell.  the second we hit Broadway I was off the back.  Luckily Neil was there too so we just traded pulls into Maltby where I started to feel better.  We ran into Jeff where the trail connects and Neil went east and Jeff and I road the trail until he pulled off at 40th then Cross-eyed Brian bonked HARD at Fremont.  I stopped at a 7-11 and got a snickers bar and a coke, my face was numb and I had a hard time pedaling.  By the time I got home I was shaking, full on body shivers and devoured the first food I saw.  French bread dipped in PB, a glass of water and a glass of whole milk.  Shower, warm clothes and a HUGE plate of sketti and meatballs followed as well as a can of Keystone Light (hell yeah!)  then it was legs up on the couch for 2 hours.

All I can say is “Holy crap”

Ride Route below

Bike – Windsor Rain 46-34 x 11-25

Breakfast – water, PB&J, string cheese and coffee

Ride Food – Large bottle of nuun, small bottle of Clff, 2 bags of shot blocks, snickers and a coke

weight – 173

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Team Ride – 1/2/10

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As much as I wanted to catch the ride Friday the 1st, my liver was still in quiver mode when I woke up and the weather was absolute crap.  So, today was my first day out on the wheels and boy did I feel it.

Considering I have been off for so long, I really wanted to concentrate on form and breathing.  being dropped was ok if it came down to it but thankfully those who met up at Leschi all had the same pace in mind.  A few wishes of a new year, a cup of coffee and off we went across the bridge heading east.  We stayed on Coal Creek instead of the normal Newport route and hit Cougar from the other side which is a route I prefer.   Cougar went better than I expected.  I concentrated on staying glued to Brad’s wheel who just had a perfect pace.  Loved getting to the top and have the tail wind push you to that right hand turn.  I bagged the extra portion as I didn’t want to overdo the first day.  The descent was fine and the road surface was better than I expected and at the bottom I let the rest of the group head off to Eastlake while Neil joined me for the ride back.  He split off after the bridge and I dropped it down to super easy for the cruise back to West Seattle.

Verdict is in, I felt good.  A lot better on the climbs then I thought I was going to.  Still, though, I have a LONG way to go both in fitness and weight.  This month I will concentrate on distance, tempo and form with 2 x 20 efforts once a week moving to Ladder intervals in February.

Route below-

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And so it begins!

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Congrats to me!

I did something that I never thought I would have done.  I basically took an entire month off of training.  Yes, it’s true.  One ENTIRE month.

Sure, I went for a cruise once or twice and even sat on my trainer to spin my legs for 20 minutes while I watched Entourage.  We know this doesn’t do much of anything for you though.

It’s been a bit hard, though.  Checking out Ryan D or Martin C’s training blogs and they are balls to the wall now.  Martin’s spent more time running earlier but he’s been hitting the weekends pretty well now.  Don’t even think about looking at Alex’s site.  He never rests.  I just had other crap I had to take care of, really.  That and I was doing 2 a day workouts in November and I think it was killing me.  One extreme to the next, that’s how I roll.

So here comes January.  My training plan is ready to go with some “A” races marked up.  I’m putting a bit more focus on my performance in Crits and Cross for 2010 although I want to be rubbing elbows with the front group in Walla Walla.  My performance last year was crap and have thought about it all year.

Time to hit the road.

2010.  Welcome to it.

Victory cures pain.

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to all of you…

Break Time.

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Not so much training lately.  I’m giving the system time to digest the miles from weeks past.  The cold weather  (and now soggy) has settled in and it’s time to start thinking of Rosanna’s and my Snowshoe race coming up.  need to focus on running stairs and sprints as well as making sure all of our equipment is in top form.  I’m excited for it as Rosanna and I have never done competitive events together on a team.  I think we’ll knock it right off the mountain.

Spent a few hours volunteering at the National MS society today.  Put 125 binders together for Advocacy Day and didnt get a single paper cut.  It’s been a good day.

Off to spin on the trainer for an hour and watch some episodes of Entourage.

Stay Beautiful!

Training Ride 12-2-09

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I jumped on the bike and rode over to Fremont to drop off a cup of coffee to the wife.  It basically turned into 30 miles of endurance with a 10 mile effort at full power on my Marine View Drive loop.  If I had any food in my stomach I would have lost it on the final incline.  I started to get a bit of tunnel vision which I am accounting for lack of food.

Ride – 45 miles 30/ endurance 10/ power 5/ recovery

Bike – Windsor Rain Bike 46-34 x 12-25

Breakfast – hard boiled egg and a bagel

Ride Food – 2 bottles of water, 2 cliff gells

Weight – 165

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It’s a bitch to sustain power on the steep downhill on Marine view drive while at the same time a little dangerous to tuck and increase speed because a few of the hidden driveways.  I’m comfortable at 30-35 but will start to squeeze the brakes after that.  It’s run and gun for the next two miles from false flat to super steep so it’s a huge power shift from zero to 350 to 600/700.

Training Ride 12-1-09

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I have a 10 mile loop here in West Seattle that give me a quick variety of terrain that I shoot around if I don’t have the time to head out towards the Lake or Cougar.  It’s close to home, coffee, a bike shop and food just in case I get into any trouble.  A big plus is most of the community is pretty bike friendly so I dont really have too many problems with the haters.

The challenge doing this ride on my fixie is going down Marine View Drive.  It’s pretty damn steep.  I’ve gone up it once fixed (my normal direction) but learned real quick that it was just too much

Ride – 35 miles 1650 feet of gain 3 loops

Bike – Schwinn Tempo Fixed gear 42 x 16

Breakfast – coffee and a hard boiled egg

Ride food – 2 small bottles of water and a bag of shot blocks

Weight – 165

Really felt the last loop going up California.  It’s a tough hill, pretty close to incline and length of Longbranch. I usually try to sprint this hill on my road bike but it’s a fight to stay upright on the 42 x 16

Would have loved to see a powerfile for this one.

Ride 12-1-09

Stunningly Beautiful Pain.

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I don’t have any words for this picture other than… “Wow”.

Head down and forging on

Sunday Team Ride 11-29-09

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It was a heck of a lot colder when I left compared to when I met the team in Fremont.  I was peeling off sweaty layer after layer when I got there, stress testing the pockets on my jersey.  We ended up with a good size group, especially when we met up with a bunch waiting at Logboom.  Turns out a bunch of folks were riding out to Monroe to catch the Cyclocross race.  It should have been pretty good hardpack for the earlier races but due to the recent rain and then soaking mist the MAsters and 1/2 group I’m sure had to make some tread changes.

It was a good ride, great pace.  I split off and rode solo choosing not to ride all the way into Snohomish.  I was feeling a little bonky and didn’t want to hold the rest of the crew back.  On Broadway heading south I passed an older gentleman on a trike.  no lights, barely a flag and traveling SO slow.  I’m sure he was having fun but that road is WAY to dangerous to be that inconspicuous.

Ride – 90 miles / 2600′ climbing

Bike – Windsor Rain Bike 46-34 x 12-25 (I ran out of gears way too much) Ksyrium front and Neuvation PT rear

Breakfast – Cliffbar, Hardboiled egg and coffee

Ride Food – 1 bottle of water, 1 bottle of nuun, Cliff Shot, Cliff Bar

I forgot my computer so no Power Data/ HR info.  It was calm though.  Nothing too tough.

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Ride 11-29-2009

Trainer Days or “Whoops forgot to wash my gear”

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Exactly how it sounds.

I forgot to wash my cold weather riding gear after a ride the other day so all I had were my standard bib shorts.  This restricted me to a 1-1/2 hour ride inside my warm house, watching a movie.  ”War Games” to be exact.  Yes Joshua, I would like to play again.

Ride – 1-1/2 hours on the fluid trainer. One 15 minute z3 effort.

Bike – Windsor Rain Bike, 46-34x 11-25 Neuvation Wheels.

Breakfast – Coffee

Lunch – PB&J sandwich, water and a Cliff Bar.

Now it’s off to do yardwork.

Tuesday Ride – Wind!

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We had a small storm here last night and the plan was for a few of us to meet at UW and do some tempo hills in the morning… well that was shot down.  It was an absolute mess when I woke up so I changed the plan a bit.

Tossed the rig on to the car and drove Ro to work so I started my ride in Fremont.  This of course is a fantastic place to start a ride because of the folks at Caffe Ladro and the fine coffee they serve.  After the tanks were full I tossed on the helmet and headed north.  I wanted to 3+ hours in and some hills and I was thankful the weather cleared up a bit for me.

Ride – 62 miles, north end with a small trip east 3200′ climbing

Bike –  Windsor Cross Neuvation Wheels 46-34 x 11-25

Breakfast – Coffee

Ride Food – 2 bottles of water 1 bottle of nuun, cliff bar and a bag of shot blocks

Weight – 165

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11-17-09 ride

I was concerned that Juanita hill would be pretty trashed after the storm but really it was in ok shape.  There was on SDOT truck and work crew halfway up cleaning up a downed tree but it was clear other then that.  Holmes Point Road on the other hand was ugly.  This is one of my favorite descents in the area and I was restricted to riding the brakes all the way down while I was dodging tree branches, a trunk, Alan Alda and a VW Beetle.  Crazy times.  The plan was to Hit Montreux for the last climb but I was running short on time so I kept it to Lakemont and then headed back to West Seattle

I need to get rid of my cross chainring combination.  I’ll need to get a new chain and a 50 tooth.

I might spin on the trainer tonight with Ro for about an hour.  Tomorrow is a rest day and Thursday I’ll try a 3 hour at 250.

Stay Beautiful!