Sunday POC race…

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Race report to follow-

till then,

75 cat 3 folk

Dustin – 4th

Brian – mid pack

Jeff – right behind me

Elizabeth – Cheering us on! (thanks, that was awesome)

Couple of things, considering how I felt yesterday I kicked ass today with my result. Stayed up front, covered a couple of breaks while Dustin was off the front, countered when he got reeled in then finished safely. The race itself wasn’t spectacular and somtimes felt like we were playing roller derby.

My conclusion? Today was one step above “meh”.

I’ll add more after I eat :-)

Before I go, congrats to the Byrne Masters group for controlling the pack and especially for Martin for a win at the Tour de Dungeness yesterday! Nice!

Saturday, Tour de Dungeness 3-29-08

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60 miles, fairly flat, couple of rollers with a headwind on the back 5 miles

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 Q rings x 11-21 Easton EC90 wheels

Breakfast – Ensure, pasta w/ chicken 5 sport leg pills

Ride food, 1 gu shot, half a powerbar 1 bottle of water 1 bottle of Acclerade

Cramps.

Lots of cramps.

Wait, let me start from the beginning… Lights in my rearview mirror 1 mile from my destination. 58 in a 45. Even Rosanna didn’t even notice it went to 45. Damn Sequim speed traps. $144 ticket

Good warm up, threw my Easton Carbon wheels on and we hit the start from mile one someone throws down a HUGE excelaration and there are 3 guys off the front, Wines, Hagens and Carter. So starts the 48 mile chase. We were miving pretty well and Dustin, Tony and I sppent most of the race near the front each of us trying to bridge atleast twice. On my second bridge attempt on lap 3 I felt my quads tighten and I knew with 2 more to go the game was over. I tried to spin it out, even unclipped and stretched them during a lull but it was just too late. Lap 4 was amazingly fast and I was having a hard time staying on, not because I felt like I couldn’t recover but because my quads and my hamstrings were so cramped everytime I stood I immediately had to sit because they were locking up. I was dropped on the two rollers going into the final lap. My solo ride to the finish line hurt so bad.

Any way-

The way it stood when we left (we left when the 1,2 and Masters took off for their race):

Cat 3-

Tony 4th, Dustin 7th

Cat 4-

Brad 1st! Jeff L 2nd!

Nice!!!

Pictures, click to enlarge (I’ll have more posted at my Flickr site soon) Thanks to Ro for her awesome footage and cheerleading!

Brian, making Tom Wick hurt but what is Dustin smiling at?

Tony, picking on Dan Hazard

Cat 3 finish

Brad with the win in the Cat 4’s… Nice job!

So, tomorrow Jeff D, Dustin and I are heading down south for the POC Road Race and dabble in some Oregonian pain.

Bring it!!!

Friday Musical Interlude 3 -28-08

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I’m prepared to get a lot of crap for my post today because I’m about to make a statement. Please though, read what I type carefully.

John Mayer is ONE of the most talented guitarists and song writers. Not just now but of all time. Do not judge him by the Room for Squares Album. Most of those songs were written when he was a treenager and the label transformed it into poppy crap.

He is amazing to watch.

“Gravity” with a little intro from John

want to impress a chick with your guitar skills? learn to play this next song…

“Neon”

This is by far one of my favorite Mayer songs-

“Covered in Rain”

The ultimate “I want you back” song. If this doesn’t make your eyes well up… you have never had your heart broken.

“Comfortable”

If you listen to any of these it HAS to be the next one.

“Man on the Side”

I can hear it now… HAHA Brian likes John Mayer. You watch, Mayer has the talent, longevity and personality to be a staple in the world of music. His playing is magical, his ability to draw you in to his song is undeniable and to tell you the truth, he has an absolutely hilarious sensE of humor.

Tuesday Afternoon Spin – 3-25-08

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I was sick of being sick and needed some time on the bike so Dustin and I went for an easy short spin around Mercer Island.

18 miles way easy, tourist like.

Bike – Cannondale R2000 50-34 x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels

Food – Snickers bar

Easy and fun ride. Great company with conversation. It was nice to be able to get back out on the Cannondale but realized that I didn’t clone my new lower saddle position from the BMC and it felt a little tall. I haven’t ridden this bike in a while. I was still a snot factory though, my jersy and front of the shorts were drenched in it but thanks to mother nature moving some rain in at about mile 8 I was well cleaned off by the time we got back to Leschi. Dustin nailed me on all the sprints and I felt myself lacking a lot of power but I am sure it’s just me trying to get over illness. I think I need one long ride before this weekends races so I’ll try to fit that in Thursday or Friday.

Tonight will be spent putting the drivetrain back together on the BMC. New chain, pulleys and I think I’m going to take a spacer out from under the stem and lower it a bit. Then it’ll be an hour and a half on the rollers.

Weekend plan update (subject to spousal approval)

Saturday – Sequim Road Race (Tony, Me, Maybe Dustin and hopefully Jeff Dunn)
Prediction – Tony and Dustin top 5 me top 20

Sunday – POC Road Race (Dustin, Jeff and Me)
Prediction – Dustin top 5 Jeff and I pack finish (but I don’t know the Cat 3 competition in Oregon very well)

Now get to work!

That’s what she said… again.

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As I sat going over numbers on some power supply quotes, I told Nate and George how stiff my neck was. And it really is, it always get likes that when I fall asleep on the couch because I’m just a leeetle too tall for the couch.

“If it was just four inches longer it would be perfect”, says Brian.

Yep, you guessed it. Nate from the peanut gallery pipes up.

“That’s what she said!”

I walked right into that one.

Awareness Test

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I counted 13.

Yeah… I missed it too.

Quick… You Pick

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I have a problem with this Saturday and I hope you all can fix it.

Should I race Sequim Tour de Dungeness #2 or make the drive up north to Bellingham and race North Shore.

Tour de Dungeness.

North Shore.

Hmmmmmm.

I think I’m going to head down Sunday with Dustin and race the Piece of Cake RR Sunday but I just don’t know about Saturday.

Will I be healthy enough for the 4000′ of climbing up north?

Follow up….

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I just got off the phone with Greg K and the news from Independance Valley race is good…

Chalk up another win for ByrneInvent.

Greg K grabs a first place. F#@$’n rock on. We are on fire this year.

Congrats to Greg, Dustin and Tony. Sorry I couldn’t be there to help guys. Let’s rock it all next week in Bellingham.

Greg K, goofy grin, hairy legs and a beer. What else do you need?

Blech.

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I was supposed to help Jason and Ang move today but thanks to my head cold (which I thought was going away) expanding into something I would only describe as dissentary of the face, I wasn’t able to make it. I can’t breathe, my eyeballs hurt, I’m making wheezing sounds when I am able to take a full breath and I stubbed my toe this morning so I’m pretty upset about that.

So, no moving my cousin-in-laws today.

Today was also Independance Valley Road Race which is a very good course for me. Even if I WASN’T planning on helping someone move, I couldn’t race today, I’d pass out.

I was able to clean up my Cannondale, put on a new Ritchey Pro stem and bars, new cables, bottom bracket and clean up my Swiss Threat wheels. All I need is a new chain, new bar tape and I really think I need a new 11-23 cassette for the wheels, the one that’s on there is pretty trashed. Winter pretty much killed it. Since I built the Cannondale up with the Easton EC90SLX fork it actually comes in 400 grams lighter than my BMC when I roll on my Easton tubies. This will certainly be race worthy once I get everything back on it.

I haven’t been sitting like a lump on a log all day, mind you. I was able to throw on my kit, jump on the bike and roll out a 20 mile ride. Nothing spectacular, really as I pretty much just put it on cruise control and ENJOYED myself. Clear, 48 degrees, slight wind and a smile on my face even if I was sick.

Just for the hell of it, I’m going to toss up a random picture. Ready?

Booyah.

Don’t ask….. please.

Friday Musical Interlude 3/21/08

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John Lennon

As read on the spindle of the single, Play Loud.

“What in the world you thinking of, laughing in the face of love?”

Instant Karma from Shaved Fish.

How did my father feel about me? I hope it was this. I think he did.

Beautiful Boy

A wonderfully talented man, John Lennon. Taken too early.

Please Won’t You Be, My Neighbor

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Today would be Mr. (Fred) Rogers’ 80th Birthday.

“This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying, “you’ve made this day a special day by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service.”

Mr Rogers would walk in with a smile, singing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, hang his coat in a closet, put on a cardigan zipper sweater, and remove his dress shoes to put on sneakers. A framed picture that said “Hello”, feed the fish, make something from a TP roll, listen to my parents, be creative. Anna Platypus, Trolley, Henrietta Pussycat, King Friday XIII, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, Prince Tuesday, Purple Panda.

The last episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood aired Friday, August 31, 2001. Fred Rogers died shortly after being diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2003. He was buried in a private ceremony attended by sixty relatives, co-workers, and friends, but he told very few people he was sick.

At the 1998 Daytime Emmys when Mister Rogers was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. From Esquire magazine-

“…Mister Rogers went onstage to accept the award — and there, in front of all the soap opera stars and talk show sinceratrons, in front of all the jutting man-tanned jaws and jutting saltwater bosoms, he made his small bow and said into the microphone: All of us have special ones who have loved us into being. Would you just take, along with me, ten seconds to think of the people who have helped you become who you are. Ten seconds of silence.

And then he lifted his wrist, looked at the audience, looked at his watch, and said, I’ll watch the time. There was, at first, a small whoop from the crowd, a giddy, strangled hiccup of laughter, as people realized that he wasn’t kidding, that Mister Rogers was not some convenient eunuch, but rather a man, an authority figure who actually expected them to do what he asked. And so they did. One second, two seconds, three seconds — and now the jaws clenched, and the bosoms heaved, and the mascara ran, and the tears fell upon the beglittered gathering like rain leaking down a crystal chandelier. And Mister Rogers finally looked up from his watch and said softly, May God be with you to all his vanquished children.”

Happy Birthday, Mr. Rogers. These next ten seconds for you.

Wednesday Randomness

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I have a head cold… Not a nasty one mind you but it’s there enough to piss me off. I actually felt it coming on Sunday post race but thought I was just wiped out. Nope, I have a bug.

crap.

Maggie is going to the vet today for pre-op screening so I took her to work today. As I was getting her crate ready I said, “You get to go for a ride today” Annabelle’s ears shot up and she ran over to me. Yup, gotta take her too now. I’m going to be such a push over when we have kids. Friday, Maggie will go in to get fixed as per my contract with the breeder (white boxers usually carry a stipulation that you MUST get them fixed) that and I went through 3 cycles with Annabelle and I refuse to do that again. Actually, I went through 2 cycles with Annabelle and Evan was watching her for the 3rd while I was in New York. HAH! Doggie diapers…. Nice.

Speaking of my brother, if you get a chance check out HIS blog at evansnyder.com. There are always neat tid-bits going on over there that I pretend to understand. We are both Mac guys but he is so far ahead of me I might as well still be using an Apple ][e. He’s an IT geek for Pilchuck Glass School and I am proud to say I understand about 1/4 of the stuff he talks about when it comes to computers. SQL, XML, Gigahert, Terabitch, FTTP… I have a headache just thinking about it. It’s awesome though to see him so passionate about that and his photography. He sure did turn out well… must be his older brother. Well, maybe it was our parents. Maybe he’s just smart.

He just plain kicks ass and I’m super happy for him.

*Caution*

An example of what happens when you bring the family pooch to a bike race and don’t leash him.

Our trip to Ireland remembered

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For St Paddy’s day, some shots of our trip to Ireland-

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We’ll be back soon….

Ravensdale Road Race Report – 3/16/08

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Ravensdale Race – 45 miles (was supposed to be 54 but shortened it by a lap)

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 Q rings x 11-21 Ksyrium SL Wheels.

Breakfast, Ensure, PB&J, water, 5 sport leg pills and a banana

Ride Food – Small bottle of Accelerade, Small bottle of water, 3 gu shots

One word…. *WHEW*

That was a crazy race.

We started with 80 people and ended with about 40. We shelled a good amount on the first three laps MOSTLY because of crashes.

Well hi there Mr. Pot hole! meet Mr. Flimsy bottle cage. When those two get together it’s a dance of the bottles through the pack, usually putting people on the deck at 30 miles an hour. Yup… that’s the story of the day. Now you would think that after the first lap people would pick up on where Mr Pot hole was as too keep themselves up right and their bottles in the cages as to hydrate themselves throughout the race and save their fellow racers from having to dodge stray drink.

Nope.

Stupid bicycle racers.

Then, on lap 3, an Avanti Racing guy taps a wheel and starts to go down. What’s his first thought? grabbing ME as he goes down. Enough said. I’m still a bit out of my skin about it. Luckily I stayed up. I was pretty scared though.

Anyway, besides the falls it was a great race. Tony and I meandered through the pack with ease, making sure not to do too much work unless we had to. With 1k to go he and I were both in the top 5 but the 2 small rollers before the finish really took their toll. I was wiped out and he and I ended up somewhere between 20th-30th. I think we both accomplished what we wanted to do, ride close to the front, don’t crash, finish well and laugh afterwards.

Oh and a beer. gotta have my beer.

I nailed it all :-)

That’s what she said.

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Sitting here at work typing away and I get the urge to delve into the candy jar I keep on my desk for fellow employees to partake in while they our visiting our little purchasing kingdome. I don’t usually eat candy but I saw a small box of Dots and had a sudden yearning for them. I reached into the jar and pulled out that yellow box of goodness, opened it up and poured the 5 colored gum drop shaped candies onto my desk. I promptly discarded the orange one by tossing it at Nate then popped the red one into my mouth.

Hard as a rock. Stale, probobly left over from Halloween 1982.

“God Damn!”, I yelled, spitting the candy into my trash can. “That’s got to be the hardest thing I have ever put into my mouth!”

Nate turns to me and calmly says, “That’s what she said.”

Touche`

Friday Musical interlude – For the Irish in all of us.

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Heard in pubs across the world this weekend…

“Hey there baby, you got any Irish in you?”

“No, not really”

“Well, would you like some?”

Nice!

Hi there! I’m Scottish.

Well, Scottish/German, please don’t hold that against me.

If you came here thinking you will see a video of some half drunk college teen singing Danny Boy, prepare to be dissapointed. I am sure you can get your fix in Pioneer square this weekend. Please folks, Danny Boy is such a great song… don’t destroy it. Besides, it’s better for funerals, not a kegger!

Enjoy-

Gaelic Storm, “The One”

Gaelic Storm, “Bare in the Basin” – Live

The Merry Ploughboys in Dublin.

I’ll tell you what, the Uileann pipes just stop me in my tracks. Love them. This tune has more of a Scott influence.

John McSherry, “Doinna”

And finally, for OAD of course-

Paddy Reilly, The Fields of Athenry

Any place in the world.

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If you had the chance to go to any one place in the world that you have never been before… where would it be?

Please comment below…. maybe throw in a reason why you want to go there.

New old pain.

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In 1995 I took a bad spill while on board a submarine in the navy. We were in Refit at Delta pier and had the Logistic Trunks pulled with ladder shacks going down. Since we were loading material the top of the shack was open and it had been raining, I had finished my Duty QM tour topside and was heading down when I slipped and fell straight down the ladder, hitting my legs, head and landing on my back. I can’t recall the fall luckily but I remember the huge amount of pain I was in during transport.

the aftermath was not as bad as you would expect. I cracked some ribs, slight concusion, sprained ankle and a VERY stiff/ sore lower back which after an MRI the doctor said was nothing but swollen tissue that would settle down after time and meds.

My meds? 800mg tablets of IB and a muscle relaxer that I can’t remember the name of plus bed rest for 1 week followed by 1 month of light duty. I also had my TS clearance pulled for the remainder of the refit period which meant I couldn’t work on any of our patrol charts, just our restricted water charts. I am sure that pissed of the rest of our nav team but they never said anything.

I was in a lot of pain really, even though I never let on about it. I didn’t tell my family about all that I went through because of how sick my dad was and what they were going through. I knew my mom would worry about it and she was already doing so much for him and keeping my brother sane.

Anyway, what I’m trying to get to is this.

Since then I have a recurring lower and upper back pain that is SO hard to explain. it’s not like a sore back, it feels like someone is stabbing me with 100 tiny needles but it usually goes away after 15-20 minutes a few bottles of beer or whatever comes first. Recently it’s been getting more common (in my upper back) and I actually woke up in pain this morning which has never really happened. I wonder if it’s my cycling, which would scare me because I love it and am doing so well. Maybe it’s just getting older. Maybe I am just a baby.

Maybe I just need to nut up and deal with it.

I sure wish it would go away though.

Conversation of the night…

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Scene-

Rosanna on the couch, making gift boxes for our wedding guests

Brian on the chair in front of the TV typing away at his computer.

Conversation Follows-

Brian, “Jesus Christ I’m wiped out, I can’t keep my eyes open. How the hell are you doing all that intricate crap with out going insane? Is it soothing?”

Rosanna, “It’s a necessity, it has to get done.”

Brian, “I’d help you Babe but I would totally screw it up…”

Rosanna, interupting, “Yeah you would glue your fingers together and your toes to your head, stay the hell away.”

Brian, shocked, “Nice!”

I’m glad she knows me so well.

Weekend race wrap up.

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First off, this was a seriously busy weekend. Not just for me but I’ll tell ya, Rosanna busted her ass from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. I think she deserves some time off. Martini’s and hot bath salts for you babe ;-)

Saturday morning I met Greg, Dustin, Jeff W and we headed south for a South Lake WA and Mercer loop, zone 1/ zone 2 because we were planning on racing Sequim on Sunday. Tony was over at Mason representing the our BI cat 3 squad and did well as Brad did in the cat 4 race getting a 6th place in a pack sprint. We cruised Rainier until we got to the sprint, I tapped Dustin on the hip and told him to follow me and ramped the speed up to 31-32mph before I pulled off and Dustin sprinted to the crosswalk. Perfectly executed, obviously since there wasn’t anyone to get in the way but good practice none the less.

We toned it down for the rest of the way back to Leschi, enjoying the drizzly liquid sunshine and then high tailed it home to clean up and go help Ro at the Bike Expo.

I have never seen the Expo SO crowded. The parking sucked so some intelligent person parked on the side of the road in the bike lane and since ONE person did it, EVERYONE started doing it. Look people… BIKE expo means you have some intrest in cycling, right? Why the hell would you park in the bike lane?

That $35 dollar ticket on your window shouldn’t have surprised you. Rough guess I think the City of Seattle raked in a good $2000 in parking tickets. Think they made their quota for the month?

I slept like poo Saturday night and when Ro got home from her concert (she went to the Matchbox 20 show) she reminded me to set the clock ahead an hour. GREAT… I haven’t slept more than an hour in the last 3 that I tried to and now I lose an hour at wake up time, which was 4:30 so I could catch the 6:10 ferry. Crappy!

Sunday, Race Day. Cat 3 Sequim 12 mile mostly flat course, 5 laps 60 miles.

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 q-rings x 12-23 Spinergy Stealth wheels

Breakfast- Ensure, Noodles, chicken and cottage cheese, banana and water

Ride food couple pulls off of my Nuun water.

I felt GREAT!!! Right from the gun my legs felt perfect. Brian V from Carter is known to demolish people in this course, in fact a year ago while on a break he tore my legs off with 2 laps to go and laughed the entire time. The guys insane.
Tour de Dung, Byrne All together

He attacks 2 miles into the race. TWO MILES. I latched onto his wheel and we were flying and when he told me to pull through I sat up as us in a break was not the plan this early, I just didn’t want him to get away. So what does he do? Drop back to the pack? HELL NO! He attacks again, and this time Greg goes with him. It was that way the entire first lap. Brian V jumping off the front and everyone chasing.

Now, as we start the second lap there is a huge lag and we slow way down, I’m up with Greg and Dustin and they sit on the front while I jump off. I put my head down and give it everything I have until my legs feel like they are going to fall off, I look behind me and NO ONE is there. I’m all by myself. Greg and Dustin block perfectly. As I hit the 2 rollers I stand to sprint up them and then I feel it… front rim on pavement. I have a flat.

2 guesses as to what the only word was screaming in my head.

As the pack caught me I look behind for the wheel car. Not there, must be wheeling up another flat. My tire wasn’t completely gone so I waited on the back during the downhill and then a hard right turn and THAT’S when I realized my tire was completely flat. The wheel car pulled up and the dude jumped out I told him which wheel to pull out and it turned out they were buried in the back. I watch the field get further and further away when we get it changed and he says he’ll pace me up. The recycled cycles guy who flatted made it up to me and we sat on the wheel car a bit before he eventually drove off and we never saw the pack again.

Turns out that Dustin and a group of 6 other got away on the counter attack after I was caught and they stayed away for 1 and 1/2 laps… NICE! As they came in for their last lap they were all together and we all thought it would end up a bunch sprint. 28 minutes later who comes popping over the horizon at 500 to go? Greg K and Brian V ALL_BY_THEMSELVES. Brian beats Greg to the line by a bike length or two and then the field crests and it’s all Hagens at the front. As they get closer Tony and Dustin appear out of no where and snag 5th and 6th place. ROCK ON!

So results-

4 ByrneInvent guys out of a field of about 50 and we put 3 in the top 6.

How awesome is that?

Tour de Dung Greg 2nd place
Greg sprinting for second… You can’t see it but his Fu-Man-Chu is flapping in the wind.

Congrats to Greg, Tony and Dustin. You guys killed it. This season completely kicks butt.

Pictures to follow. I’m tired and have to go to bed.

G’night!

ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………..

Friday Musical Interlude, 3-7-08

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Radiohead.

For years, the moments I was cold, when things wouldn’t make sense no matter what I did, I retreated to Radiohead. They are my warm blanket, my comfort food. They brought me back to the beginning so I could start over.

“A Reminder.”

If I get old
I will not give in
But if I do
Remind me of this

Remind me that
Once I was free
Once I was cool
Once I was me

And if I sat down
And crossed my arms
Hold me into
This song

Knock me out
Smash out my brains
If I take a chair
Start to talk shit

If I get old
Remind me of this
That night we kissed
And I really meant it

Whatever happens
If we’re still speaking
Pick up the phone
Play me this song.

One of the greatest songs of all time, “Paranoid Android”… Please, please, PLEASE watch this whole video! WOW!

Live and acoustic, “Street Spirit (fade Out)”

And finally, because I’m a slave to live music. “Idioteque” Live in Paris. Absolutely unbelievable and brings tears to my eyes.

Office Gorillas (updated)

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(I finally got the video loaded!)

*edited Thursday 3/6/08 for vid add*

I had quite the surprise yesterday afternoon. I was sitting at my desk hammering away on a copper wire quote when 2 Gorillas walked into my office.

Yeah, no shit… GORILLAS.

One was holding some bananas and a small balloon, the other a sign and a card.

I had Birthday Gorillas.

Turns out Rosanna set the whole thing up weeks ago with my fellow purchasing members. I have a great video of it becasue you KNOW they had to record it. and when I upload it to Youtube I’ll post it, red blushing face and all. :-)

Gorillas. HAHAHAHAH. It was awesome!

Old Man Today.

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Today is my 33rd birthday.

The odd thing is I don’t feel 33… I don’t even feel 23 and some folks will tell you that I act 13.

Last night Ro and I went over to my Mom’s house and had dinner with her and Emery, my brother and his girlfriend.

We shot the sh*t for a bit, drank some beer and ate some great pork tenderloin and potato/ mushroom thingy. The dogs got to wrestle and eat chew toys and I got to open some birthday gifts. Evan got me an AWESOME “American Psycho” t-shirt (Murders and executions) it’s the BEST movie. EVER. (HEY, PAUL!) and Mom and Emery got me a TON of grilling tools, rubs, sauces and books which will be great since we have the plans for a lot of backyard parties this summer.

When we finally got home Rosanna gave me my birthday present… I opened the card and there was a barrel adjuster that she had taken off of my dad’s bike, had it plated and put it on a silver chain necklace for me. I almost lost it, just way too cool.

I’m still speachless. Just… wow.

Sunday… 3/2/08

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Ro and I woke up about 8. Brian’s normal rise and shine time is about 5 but since I was up until midnight at Greg’s house eating animal bits, chugging beer and playing Halo, I deserved to sleep in.

I was SORE.

I didn’t realize how sore my neck and lower back were after Saturdays race. I tossed back some Motrin, threw on my kit and headed to Leschi for a 30 mile spin. The weather was FANTASTIC. I ran into Rosanna and her new team halfway around Mercer so rode with them a bit. They seem like they are just having a blast!

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 (qrings) x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels

Ride food – water

chill, easy, fun ride. Soaked up the sun.

Race Day – Mason Lake 1 3/1/2008

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Bike BMC SL01 51-35 (qrings) x 11-21 Ksyrium SL Wheels

60 miles, 2400′ elevation gain, 23.8 avg speed

Breakfast – Ensure, PB&J, Banana, Snickers bar coffee and water
Pre Race – Bag of shot blocks, 1/2 powerbar and water
Race food – 1 gu shot 3 blocks large bottle of accelerade 1 small bottle of water

Mason Lake… the World Championship, rain soaked crash fest of years past smiled on us as we set up at the start line. I brought booties, rain coats, fleece clothing and foot warmers because the weatherman said that the clouds were going to poop on us and maybe even give a little lightning show.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It was beautiful!

I ended up going shorts, short sleave jersey, craft undershirt and arm/knee warmers and it turned out to be the perfect choice.

It was classic Mason Lake, guys shooting off the front from the very first lap (of 5) I covered the first garage attack on lap one then dropped into the middle of the pack until lap 3 where during a lull on the slight incline at the start/finish I attacked while Dustin sat on the front. I expected maybe 1 or 2 guys to jump on me but when I turned around on the downhill the entire pack was coming up so I bagged it and moved back again. Tony took his shots off the front as well as Dustin and Greg but none of the breaks were sticing.

That is, until halfway through lap 4…

A group of 7 got off and for the entire last lap it was Greg and Dustin pulling the pack back up to them. Tony and I were stuck at the back and he was able to pick his way up there, I made it about mid pack before it started getting twisty and got stuck behind what seemed like the entire Wines of Washington squad. Greg and Dustin finally caught the break at about 50 meters to go, Dustin thinks he got 7th, Tony maybe 10th or so and Greg and I finished mid pack.

It turned out to be a great race… no crashes, no rain and a top 10 for Byrne. We were completely out gunned by Garage and Hagens and hopefully we can get some more of our guys in the upcoming races to come help.

Mad props go out to Greg K, Dustin V and Tony B for an awesome job. This is going to be a kick arse season.

A couple of pictures from Amara at www.wheelsinfocus.com

Me on the attack, lap 3

Greg K

Tony… Loving it.

Dustin and Tony sprinting in-