More playing in the snow!

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Today, Rosanna and I strapped on the snowshoes and trekked up to Hyak Lake at Snoqualmie. We couldn’t have had better weather! We were both pooped at the end but it was just so worth it…

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And as usual, you can always check out www.flickr.com/photos/bpsnyder/sets for the rest ;-)

By the way… have a safe and wonderful New Year’s celebration!

B-

Sunday at Stevens Pass

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What a fantastic day to be on the slopes!

Rosanna, Sarah, Cam and I hit Stevens Pass. It was DUMPING snow all day long and even though it was a bit more windy than I was thinking it would be but it didn’t matter because the snow was awesome.

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Tomorrow we are going to snowshoe off the Silver Fir chair at Summit.

I need a beer and a nap!

Santa, Crystal Mountain and Team Ride

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Team Ride – South Lake Washington with added hills.

Bike – Cannondale R2000 50-34×12-25 Swiss Threat Wheels

Breakfast

Ensure
PB&J sandwich
granola

Ride food

HEED

Tried out my new bike cam (see below) and besides the sound being off and I had it mounted a bit off it kicks ass! Martin, RC, Greg, Kevin, Jim, Jeff W (Jeff D showed up too and had already been out for an 1-1/2 so he had to turn around, it was good to see him out on the bike) and I originally planned on Cougar Mountain and Squak but changed mid ride. Jeff was fixie, I was tired from 2 days on the mountain, Greg was wiped out from Skiing as well so we took a right instead of heading up Newport and did a couple extra hills before dropping into Coulon. Poor Greg had a couple flats but we fought through those well and had a few laughs. I put two good efforts in and it felt good but my body is SO tired from Crystal on Wednesday and Friday.

So jumping back… Christmas was fantastic. We spent Christams eve over at my mom’s house with Mom, Evan and Emery. Chowed down on Dill Meatbals and a great wine and then headed home late. Rosanna and I woke up to gifts from Santa Claus. I know it was him because SOMEONE ate the cookies and milk that Rosanna left out for him (What can I say… I got hungry at about 1 in the morning) Ro got me this AWESOME helmet cam for Cycling and Snowboarding and spoiled me with so many other gifts. She knows me so well :-) We went over to her folks place for brunch and dinner and I experienced Habanero Tobasco Sauce. My thought? Ouch. enough said.

Ro and I hit Crystal mountain the day after Christmas and had a great time. Perfect snow, not a lot of people and a pretty good lunch at the Summit House. Ro hadn’t been on skiiis for 2 years I think so it took her a few turns to get her legs back but by our 2nd run down she was all over it. I don’t know how she does it, it looks way too damn hard. we had a great time and left after a perfect run. Exhausted, happy and ready to get home to relax.

Friday I met up with Greg, Suzie and Todd to play on Crystal again. I must say, Greg scares the hell out of me but makes me feel so protected at the same time. We hiked up to bomb down the Exterminator and I was pissing myself looking down the cliff side Todd went, Greg watched me to make sure I was OK and I blasted through perfect powder as I screamed my ass off. It was billowing over my head and it felt like I was floating. God I love powder days. I haven’t had a day like this since Seventh Heaven on Blackcomb 2 years ago. Epic day.

Basically it comes down to this. This holiday season has been my best ever and I think I have finally figured it out. It wasn’t the stuff I got or the stuff I gave. It wasn’t money in any christmas cards. It was my friends and family, my fiance and great times shared with all of them.

I love you all so much and Rosanna, you are perfect. ;-)

here is a sample video from my new bike cam. The sound sucks because I haven’t figured it out yet but this is gonna make for a killer race season!

Team Ride 12-22-2007 and a night at the Improv

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Around the North End of Lake Washington, up Juanita Hill – 35 miles

Bike – Cannondale R2000 50-34 x 12-25 Swiss Threat Wheels.

Breakfast-
Ensure
Water
PB Toast

Ride Food-
2 shot blocks
Bottle of HEED

Cold and Wet.

VERY cold and wet

REALLY cold and wet.

Greg, John, Steve, Brad, Kevin and I left Leschi about 9. I was in the mood to do Snoqualmie Falls, then we planned on doing the whole lake but due to weather conditions that was shot down in 2 seconds. About 5 miles into the ride I wanted to turn around. My feet were frozen and wet, my hands hurt and it was pissing down rain.

Greg called me a wussy, (not the EXACT word but you get the idea) so I kept going.

I lost feeling in both feet coming down Juanita hill into Kenmore and I hadn’t felt my fingers since Bellevue (I hate you Greg) but kept on chugging along as really there was nothing else I could do.everyone peeled off about Lake Forest Park and Greg and I rode the rest of the way back to Leschi. We had a small confrontation with a soccer mom though Lake City. She gave two honks and a finger (nice parenting!) and I gave a wave (with all fingers) the best part was when they got caught at the light and we rolled up next to them… Down comes the window and a demand that we ride on the sidewalk where we belong. The sidewalk? How do you figure. Soccer mom explains that her son, must be the kid in the passenger seat, is a “biker” and she knows we aren’t allowed on the road, according to her, Greg and I were blocking traffic for a mile and a half. I apologize, smile and wish her a Merry Christmas only to see her at the next two lights. I didn’t know you could squeal the tires on a dodge mini van, how can people be THAT angry?

When I got to the car I was in full body shiver mode. My hands were blue and I couldn’t feel the gas pedal. I sat on the shower floor trying to rub the feeling back into my feet and realized that was a bad idea. You know how your body hurts if it goes from cold to hot too fast? Uhhh… yeah. I was almost in tears. My feet swelled up, my skin turned dark purple and I vowed to NEVER ride my bike again.

So what did I do when I got dressed and laid down on the couch?

I bought a bicycle. :-)

A 1987 Schwinn Tempo, which just happens to be my very first race bike. I have a NOS 7 spd Dura Ace group that I’ll be throwing on it. Downtube shifters (remember those?), side pull brakes and a 7 speed freewheel. I feel so nostalgic! Having that bike, Dad’s old Klein and the Tandem bring back a lot of memories. Plus they are loads of fun.

Later in the evening, Rosanna, Jodie, John and myself hit El Bistro in Post alley for fabulous food and drinks and then went to the Unexpected Productions “Improv Christmas Carol” Hilarious! Great times with great company.

My hands and feet feel better already.

Ahem.

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“Every politician on earth claims to support freedom. The problem is so few of them understand the simple meaning of the word.”

Ron Paul 2008 - Hope for America

Harden the F#ck up.

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Take off your skirt and harden the f@ck up!

Sunday Team Ride – 12-16-2007

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Bike – Cannondale 50/34 x 11/21 Ksyrium wheels

Breakfast

Ensure
peanut butter toast
water

Ride food

Gu Shot
bottle of HEED

30 miles 1hr 35 minutes 42 degrees bit of wind

I had an absolutely beautiful ride today. I thought that after yesterdays ride my legs would be mush (my hips and quads were pretty sore) but after the first 5 miles I loosened up and felt REALLY good. We were moving at a pretty good clip on Rainier Ave even into the wind, big thanks to Martin for the monster pull, and I timed my jump PERFECT. I blew off the front at 30 mph and pegged my HR at 198. I looked behind me to check the gap and only had one Dewar’s guy coming up on me fast but I had a good chunk of pavement and slipped to the light untouched. I hung back on the back of the pack recovering and chatted with Jeff W( he rode is fixed gear.. good on ya!) Jeff’s one of the nicest people I have ever met and am SO glad to be able to ride with him and now that I’ve gone up to cat 3 it will be awesome to race WITH him again. Dustin finally joined us at the park, he just missed us at the start and he TT’d the whole way trying to catch us. He was toast coming in. So much for no intensity :-) On the way up to Bellevue I chatted with Dustin until the first hill after the trail and sprinted it pushing as HARD as I could and beat Woody C to the top. It was so nice to be able to stop and COAST down the other side of the hill :-) normally I’ll sprint the hill and have to keep on going because of the fixed gear and I just can’t recover for the next hill. This time I recovered a bit and Dustin and I laid it DOWN. We spun to Mercer Island and I knew I was running a bit late so I gave up on MI and just headed across to Leschi. Woody C, Tony Cory and I flew to the bridge and Woody peeled off and Tony pulled us the rest of the way.

I feel 10 times better than I did on Wednesdays TT. Mick was spot on. There is just something about the TT series that completely levels me. I need the midweek intensity though so I’ll keep on going and I know the back to back TT’s are good for me but maybe I shouldn’t be doing EVERY week. I don’t know, I’ll chat with Lang and see what he thinks.

It was a Chicken Bacon Ranch footlong sub when I got home. a glass of water and a beer later and I think I’ll take a nap. Rosanna Ran the 12k’s of Kirkland this morning… I can’t wait to hear how she did.

Saturday Ride 12/15/2007

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Bike – Klein Fixed Gear 42 x 16 Mavic Open Pros

Breakfast,

Ensure
PB&J sandwich
Water

Ride food,

Organic Honey Bar (I’m in love with these now!)
Gu Shot
1 large botle of HEED
Water

Drizzly, 42 degrees and WINDY

65 miles out to Snohomish and back, this is the longest Fixie ride so far of the year for me and I felt GREAT! We started off a little faster than normal for our Saturday ride but thats the way its going to be from now on I guess. There are a few of us trying to peak for TST (like me, Rosanna won’t let me race 1 month before our wedding so I have a split season!) it’s time to start gearing up for the long hard rides. A little more than half our group turned around before we took the hill down to Snohomish leaving myself, Greg, Tony, Brad and Lane. At the bottom of the hill we took a left to wrap around the valley and take River Road into town. I was the lame duck in the wind, it was pretty much blowing us backwards! I got dropped on a REALLY windy section and my RPM’s went down to about 25… I couldn’t move! The guys waited up for me at a stop sign and we had a tailwind to River Road, rolling at a comfortable clip and checking out the damage caused by last weeks storm… Just amazingly devestating.

Mother nature’s a bitch, eh? It was crazy down there, I wish I had brought my camera.

River Road was brutal. We dropped into a rolling paceline into the wind moving at about 10mph and halfway down the road I noticed my rear tire was getting low, pretty slow leak. I backed off a bit and rode it slowly into town and was ALMOST on the rim when we got to the public bathrooms. A quick change (it was glass) and we were on our way back. Hills hills hills!!! I held it great, even pulling the guys up a bit. I had to return the favor for their help in the wind.

All in all it was a good ride. My tongue was dragging on the front tire when I was done but that’s what I needed. I really wanted to push myself today and I did just that. Coming home to a finely cooked breakfast really topped it off. :-) Rosanna is so good to me!

So now it’s off to brave the crowds for some holiday shopping.

Tomorrows the team ride, I want to put about 3 hours in. No fixie, maybe the Cannondale.

Friday Musical Interlude Sigur Ros

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Just a little piece from one of my favorite bands, Sigur Ros.

and if you liked that, this is what got me hooked on them. Intense. Climactic. Amazing. When he sings through his guitar pickup it’s haunting…

Have a fantastic weekend!


Maggie says “Wuff!”

Indoor TT 12-12-2007

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Bike BMC SL01 51-35 (Q-rings) x 11-23 Ksyrium SL Wheels

It was a bad night.

I’m having crank arm issues, the left crank arm keeps coming loose and it’s driving me nuts! Last week I put some Loc-tite on the crank arm bolt and it held for about 62 miles (last weeks ride) but the first few miles of warm up tonight and then I got the wobble. I’m going to toss a new Octalink BB in the frame and new bolts, if that doesn’t work these cranks are history, I’ll go back to my Aluminum WCS.

Oh… the bad night isn’t over!

I felt like a slug on BOTH TT’s. I just could NOT get my wattage up and I felt so tired. I think I’m still in recovery mode from the run on Sunday. My legs and back were still sore and I had a little cramping issue in my right quad.

Nothing felt right and no matter how long I spun I couldn’t get the legs going. I am now 1 minute and 30 seconds off of my best time from last year. I feel awful.

The thing is I can pound it on the road! I feel so great out on the road with the guys and I know I am stronger than the numbers I’m putting out right now in TT. I just don’t know how to transfer that into a time I can be (somewhat) proud of on Wednesday nights.

I don’t know… I need to work this out.

Tonight Ro and I are Ice Skating in Bellevue. I haven’t skated in about 10 years and I’m scared out of my mind that I’m going to break my ankle. It’ll be a fun date though :-)

Saturday Team Ride 12-8-2007

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Lake Washington Counter-clockwise with some random backroads added – 62 miles

Bike BMC SCLO1 51-35 (Q-rings) x 11-23 Ksyrium SL Wheels

5 sport leg pills
2 bottles of HEED
1 bag of Shot blocks
2 GU shots

One Word…. COLD

I left the house this morning at 8:30 and it was 31 degrees and by the time I got down to Leschi it was a balmy 36. I ended up wearing my OR beanie, Craft base, two long sleeve fleece jerseys, Adidas winter gloves, fleece team tights, wool socks, toe warmers and neo booties.

Why did I ride today?

Because it was BEAUTIFUL.

Another steller Saturday ride, cold but sunny, crisp air and clear roads. We had a fairly large group today compared to last weekend. We kept the pace nice and easy down to Seward and then jumped on Rainier Ave South when we got passed by 3 guys from Axely. I jumped in all the way down to the turn dropping one of their guys and taking the sprint before the light. Now really, did I win it or did they let me have it? I’m pretty sure they let me take it… It’s too early to be THAT strong :-) I did feel pretty damn good though.

I let them roll off and waited for the rest of the group to catch up. I pulled a really stupid move too, turning circles on the Renton airport access road waiting for them with out looking. I almost got taken out by an Oldsmobile and it would have SO been my fault. I should know better. when we all got together we headed up north towards Kirkland where we stopped for coffee. This has become one of my favorite parts of the ride… The laughs, comraderie, the friendly jabs at each other. I know I need to enjoy these now because in a few months it’s going to be balls to the wall training time and stopping will not be an option. It’s days like today that really appreciate the guys (and gals!) I ride with. The many personalities and strengths of each of us make us stronger and I can’t wait to race with them in 08.
John Dustin and I were the only ones left at Leschi as everyone peeled off at their respective exits and as the 3 of us said or goodbyes I headed offto get a cup of coffee. As I got off the bike I noticed the empty space under my saddle and then smacked myself in the face, I had just ridden the lake without ANY tools, tubes or pump. I left everything on the Cannondale.

IDIOT.

I was so lucky. You think I would have learned after my 3 flat ride last month (shared by Martha, she and I set the flat record for the season I believe on that day)

I got home and Rosanna cooked breakfast for lunch. Eggs, hashbrowns, bacon, sausage and a big glass of OJ… So much for the calories burned on THAT ride! I finished up and went out to rake and sweep up the rest of the leaves in the front yard and have been sitting on the couch for the remainder of the day watching Animal House, Forest Gump and Blazing Saddles. I am relaxed :-)

Tomorrow is the Jingle Bell 5k run, so no ride for me!

You are not your job.

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Preface.

I love my job. I see others though constantly putting their lives on hold just to “make that extra buck”

You people are killing yourselves.

Note to Myself:

You are not your job.

You have hobbies, and interests and family and friends who exists outside of this place.

You are not your job.

If at any point you begin to neglect those things for work, if at any point you find that you are lacking in those relationships, you must take a step back and think about the things you dreamt of doing when you were a kid.

You must call out sick to work and visit someone. You must reevaluate your life.

You are not your job.

Now breathe.

Indoor TT 12-5-2007

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Indoor TT – 10k rolling hill standard course at CycleU

Bike – BMC SLO1 51-35 (q-rings) x 11-23

I got to CycleU earlier to toss a bike on a trainer and warm up a little more than last week, as I thought that was the reason for my poor performance. I spun through the 5pm groups entire TT and watched Ian break another record and nail a 13:42. Jesus man, slow down! At this rate he’ll break 13:30 in 3 more weeks!

My 6 pm session started out very well. I felt very strong the first 2 miles pouring out an EASY 360 watts. It felt VERY odd to be pulling that number and not feel spent so I jacked up the power on the first hill pushing 370-380 and I think that might have pushed me over the edge. As I crested the hillI knew I needed a little recovery time and I let it slack down to 230 and I really suffered for the next 2 miles I dropped from 2nd, to 3rd quickly and had to fight for 4th place the remaining 2 when my power started to come back. At the end of it all I averaged 266 watts and laid down a 16:40 TT which at this point of the season is pretty good and only puts me a full minute off my best time from last year.

I was a little hesitant to do the 7pm session but Greg kind of talked me into it and I Knew I needed to do a back to back for build. I really had to spin out my legs in between as I was wiped from the 6pm and by the start I again was feeling really good but that lasted only about 1 mile and I was dumped into a hell of lactic acid. I struggled to keep my average watts over 255 for the last few miles and by the time I got to mile 5 I was feeling a little better and pushed the final hill. With 400 yards to go the system shut down so my final results are a bit off but here is they were when it cut out. Average watts 257 and 16:32 for my time.

I was miffed about paying another $12 for the second session to have it cut out at the end but Lang said he would comp us our next race. I was pretty amped when I got home, my heart rate was through the roof and I was absolutely starving so I had a beer (the great heart rate neutralizer!) and made some grilled chicken with spinich leaves, peppers and some cottage cheese. I hit the bed at 10 but tossed and turned until about 1… I just could not get my HR down, I was completely jacked up! I’m still a little shakey this morning but I think a nice spin after work before Dustins party will make me feel a bit better.

Rainy Rainy!

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It rained a bit Yesterday.

What a ride.

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Saturday Ride – Counter-clockwise around Lake Washington.

Bike – Cannondale R2000 50-34 X 11-23 w/ Ksyrium SL wheels

Cold but the sun was out, good company with Greg, Dustin, Jeff, Kurt and Suzie. I didn’t bonk like last weekend, the pace was WAY more relaxed and we even took a mid ride break in Kirkland for a cup of coffee. As Greg, Dustin and I rolled into Leschi at the end of the ride the snow started falling… Perfect timing for us!!! Threw the bike on the roof and headed home through the snow.

When I got home I cleaned up and let the dogs out back. Maggie was completely in shock with the snow because she had never seen it before! She was hopping around the deck and the patio chasing flakes, and slipped all the way down the steps to the grass. She looked pretty funny. Made a mental note to myself to get her a neon orange collar as it seems white dogs blend in really well with the snow.

In the evening Ro and I pulled out what seemed like 15 boxes of Christmas “stuff” out of the attic and put up the tree. Ro did another outstanding job decorating the tree this year and it made me realize that this is actually our first Christmas in a “real” house together. No Apartment, no Condo, no “temporary housing unit”, just our house. I’m so happy about that :-)

No ride today, as I woke up to snow (and a bit of a hangover). I plan on getting on to the rollers leter tonight before dinner.