Saturday…. HOT!!!

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Ro and I woke up to the cat hacking up a hairball.

What a start!

We met Dustin and Elizabeth over at Marymoor park veledrome for a spin up and down Samammish River trail. It was Eliz’s first time trying clipless pedals so Dustin taught her in the grass fields. After a few missteps she figured it out and she was clipping and unclipping like a true veteren, nice job! We headed north on the trail and hit Redhook Brewery for a little bit of lunch. Nothing beats a pitcher of brew and some food from the local watering hole and nothing helps your riding like the same. So glad Rosanna made me put on sunblock because it was Crazy sunny today. 88 degrees!!! for those reading this down in Tex-ass (Ken!) that’s about as hot as I can take before I start melting. :-)

Here I sit, broiling in my non AC media room. Watching Ghostbusters and typing away on my laptop.

It’s been a great day.

Tonight we plan on grilling up some steaks, hand mashing some potatos and munching some corn off the cob. Then it’s preparing for tomorrowa crit.

We are going to rock this race tomorrow.

Friday Musical Interlude

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Quick, grab your iPod (or your Zune if you are a fruitcake) and bring up your first Playlist.

First 3 songs are what?

Glen Hasard – Say it to Me Now

Lifehouse – From Where You Are

The Pixies – Where is My Mind

Seward Park Thursday Night Crit 6-26-08

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Home – Seward race – home  48 miles

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 qrings x 11-21 ksyrium SL wheels

Ride Food – 1 bottle of water, 1 bottle of exceed, 1 bag of shot blocks

Today was a lot of fun and I felt pretty good, good enough even to go for the last prime but got dusted within the last 10 meters. My lungs are coming back and so are the legs so I think I’m ready for Sunday at the Des Moines Crit.  I was cramping up a bit on the way home but I think it was lack of food/ water.  I should have brought a large bottle with me.

 

Diagnose Me.

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I know I just got over a chest cold, heavy chest fluid and sinus pain but I started feeling better last friday and with the exception of coughing up a lot of material plus having a hard time breathing if I’m sustained Zone 4 I feel like I have recovered.

There are a few things that are worrying me though and I’ll list them here.

dizzyness
sore skin.. achey (hard to explain this)
lethargic
hacking cough

these come in spells, not constant throughout the day. Am I still sick? Recovering, so maybe still take it easy? Something a little more serious?

$20 says my mom will tell me to go see Dr Wagner. :-)

Training Ride, West Seattle Loop. 6-24-08

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2 loops around West Seattle. 28 miles 1300ft of climbing.

Bike BMC SL01 51-35 qrings x 11-23 Ksyrium SL wheels.

Ride food – water

1st lap was an easy spin. I feel off, which I will describe later. I don’t know if I’m still sick or something else is wrong. I wanted to spin a high cadence to get the legs going and stay in the saddle the entire time which is a little hard going up Barton to 35th but I did it. I’m a “stander” and Greg yells at me EVERY time I get out of the saddle. I think it has a lot to do with my running background or maybe it’s just a bad habit that I need to break.

2nd lap went a little harder, completeing it 15 minutes faster than the first. Spent most of it in Zone 4 and had a tag along bunch, 1 guy was from Cucina and 3 others non kit around Alki which I dropped quite succesfully. I never came off the front but I wasn’t looking for a pace line, I’m sure they appreciated the draft in the good headwind we had. They guy who was right behind mewas in his aero bars, and I told him that if he wanted a pull he had to get off them. I’ve seen WAY too many accidents that way if you haven’t been practicing on them. I’m sure he thought I was an ass even though I was pretty polite about it. Hope he somehow reads this and understands I wasn’t trying to be a dick. Heading up Barton the second time kicked my ass. I did not recover from Lincoln Park Way and had a hard time breathing so I backed it off halfway up. I was feeling a bit dizzy and I knew it was time to bring it down a little.

Goodbye George…

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Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. ~ George Carlin

Although he skewered American culture on stage and on record, Carlin was a fierce defender of free speech and a friend of freedom; we were blessed to expereince his profound talent and will not know of his kind again soon.

On Government and Education

Airport announcements

 

Goodby George. Sh#t, p#ss, f#ck, c#nt, c#cksucker, m#therf#cker, t#ts, f#rt, t#rd, tw#t. I hope you get to hook up with Gilda Radner now.

:-)

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Weekend Wrap Up.

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Friday Night – Rosanna and I headed over to watch Friday night racing at the velodrome. Where else better to watch than the beer garden? We brought a little dinner and the lawn chairs and enjoyed a few hours of racing. I loaded pictures into the Jet City Velo Flickr linked on the side.

Saturday – Ro and I went out for a nice and easy spin on what turned out to be a pretty nice day. it was overcast but warm as we headed out east to Kirkland, stopping there for a few drinks downtown and then turned around. I felt good being back on the bike after being sick. Everytime I pushed myself though my coughing fits came on but I’m sure that was good though because I really need to get this crap out of my lungs. Nice 30 miles, did a few sprints and opened up the legs for my upcoming race on Sunday. When we got home we headed out for Lunch and ice cream at Husky Deli down the road from our house in West Seattle. I had an amazing Grilled chicken Ceaser Pita. On our way back we stopped off at the nursery and looked at the plants as we plan on changing the blah landscaping of our front and back yard. Dinner was at Chandlers Crab House on Lake Union with Evan and Tara. Fantastic time and great food capped off with a surprise visit by Two Buck Chuck (who played at our wedding) and they sang our first dance song for us “Crimson and Clover” It was awesome.

Sunday – Race day. 6 of us drove down to Boston Harbor in Olympia for the State Championship Circuit Race, Greg, Dustin, Tony, Brad, Jeff and myself. I had a great race here last year, Tony Brad and I pretty much owned it so I was looking forward to having a lot more teammates. Unfortunately my lungs just couldn’t take it. after two laps of us shooting off the front and attacking every chance we could get I was overwhelmed by my chest build up and couldnt breathe well. I started feeling dizzy and went from 3 wheel to mid pack to the back at the hill leading to the 1k sign. We had a guy in every break, and it worked netting us a 3rd place from Jeff Dunn in the three man break away with Dustin sprinting in for fourth, Brad 9th and Tony 10th. Fantastic day of racing even though I had to pull out. I knew I wouldn’t feel 100% but I am so happy we did so well as a team.

Friday Musical Interlude 6-20-08

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This man knows how to rock.

 He knows how to sweep the listener off their feet.

 

and he makes you stand up.

 

 Neil Young.  Talented musical genius and about as crazy as they come.

Training Ride – Hill repeats

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Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 Qrings x 11-23 Ksyrium SL wheels

Ride Food – 1 bottle of Exceed, 2 shot blocks

Haven’t really been on the bike much as I’ve been VERY sick since Monday. What I thought were allergies turned out to be a full blown head/chest cold so I have been living in mucus land for a while. My body doesn’t respond well to meds, I can’t take a whole lot as it really messe with my body so I suffer through it with a spray of Afrin a day.

but I digress

I warmed up with a ride down the hill to Fauntleroy ferry, and around the park then started my repeats. I was surprised at how good I felt on the first one but wanted to keep a steady effort, never really coming out of zone 3. Each time I did it faster except the last which was 5 seconds slower then the previous and was in zone 5 the entire time. My chest was REALLY hurting and I thought I might have over done it a bit considering how sick I was.

Here is the map data, only 15 miles and 1600 feet of climbing but, hey… I just took a month off the bike AND I have been sick. Cut me some slack!

Off to go fix the bathroom sink!

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Join the Movement and go Bananas.

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Last night I had the pleasure of joining my wife (woohoo!) and some of her co-workers on the sidewalk outside of Safeco Field. In a Banana suit.

Here is the result.

 

 

If you have not yet signed up for the Group Health Bike MS Tour yet, don’t worry… you still have time.

But come on, why wait?

Visit bikeMS.org for more information.

 

Re-cycle. Cardboard + Bicycle = soggy mess?

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Apparently not…

Interesting story that my friend John N just sent to me.  Read it here

Ever look at something SO simple and smack yourself in the head and ask why YOU didn’t think of that?  Kind of like the wheel, refrigeration or the epilady hair remover, this will revolutionize the business.  Mark my words.

;-)

Pretty neat idea.  Good for him.

 

See the video

A Few Wedding Pictures…

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We were able to snag a few pictures from Ro’s uncle. We are still waiting for others to come out of the woodwork ;-)

Meet Mrs. Rosanna Snyder. She prefers to party in a wedding dress. Rowr!
Rosanna

She likes my moves and I like her style.
First Dance!

I clean up well.
Down the aisle

I’ll have more up on the My Flickr tonight.

Woohoo!

Friday Musical Interlude

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One of my all time favorite musicians, when nothing seems like it’s the right fit for the time, I can tune into David Gray and be perfectly happy.

A few years ago, Evan and I went to see him at the Key and it was phenominal. Absolutely beautiful

January Rain

Please Forgive Me (live)

Yes the drummer is ALWAYS that on. He is in-fugging-sane.

Babylon

Seward Park 6-12-08 and a Little Softball!

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Tonight was my first race since Longbranch and my first crit in a month and a half. Boy I felt it.

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 q-rings x 11-21 Ksyrium SSC SL wheels

Ride food – bottle of Exceed and 2 shot blocks

Seward Park – 25 laps

The first 10 laps were perfect, I was comfortable, up front and right on Dan H who I wanted to shadow as long as I could because I knew I wasn’t in shape I just wanted to see how long I could stay at the front of the pack. The first Prime hurt and then Dave did back to back to back primes. I was starting to hurt and not in the good way. My hamstrings started balling up and I felt my lower back start giving out and I knew I didn’t have much left. With 6 to go I pulled out and stretched my back and leg and jumped back in with 3 to go. I really wish I could have gone the whole race but it wasn’t good pain, I couldn’t have ridden through it. It was super to see all of the Byrne kits in the field!

After I got home Rosanna and I went to the batting cage and hit a few rounds and then played catch until the sun went down. It was nice to actually go outside! The weather lately has really sucked and I was getting a little stir crazy, this was what we both needed. I also found out that Rosanna and I still have our swings. I actually had a few flashbacks from when I was a kid. Dad and I out in the backyard tossing the ball, Me hitting grounders to Rosanna… it felt just awesome.

Thanks babe, I had a great time. :-)

Pain, Revisited – Capitol Crit.

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In two weeks we will all make the drive down to our State Capitol, Olympia for one of (in my mind) THE toughest crit courses we do all year.  Lots of corners, varying grade, narrow back streets and usually a lot of bodies.  It’s fast, excitinf, brutal and pretty dangerous if it rains.

Last years weather was fantastic and I was feeeling super strong.  Tony B and I started well, stayed at the front and on the first Prime lap I was hoping to tow T-man to the line but took the VERY inside line on the last turn and nailed not just my pedal but the entire crank on the ground, lifting me up and flipping the bike 180 degrees.  I took out a guy from wines and Recycled and just missed getting run over.

So starts the pain fest.

I spent the ENTIRE race trying to get back on.I caught a group that fell off the back, worked with them for a lap or so and they would dissapear behind me.  I think the closest I got was about 50 meters until they were primed again and then I just couldnt make it up to them.

I know EXACTLY when this picture was taken and the feeling in my stomach that I wasn’t goin to make was growing.  up until this point I really thought I could do it.

Two things I took home with me on that day.

  • Always, always, always take a lap.  you go down, you get a lap.
  • When the body says no and the mind says yes, listen to the mind.

 

The Aurora Adventures.

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My office is conviniently located on the corner of 125th and Aurora Ave N in sparkelingly beautiful north Seattle.  Unfortunately, Aurora Ave is the “armpit” of this area.  More nasty crap happens on the 3 mile stretch from Fremont to 145th than you can possibly imagine and today was no exception. 

I’m a huge fan of a Teryaki joint on 125th that’s not more than 1/4 mile up the road from us.  The family who runs the place is friendly, they make great food and you get free soup if you eat there. Good times!  Well, on the way back from picking up today’s lunch I was stopped at the Aurora/125th light and my passenger door opens.  I jump through the roof!  One of Aurora’s finest is trying to get into my car! I scream at her, “What the F*ck are you doing!” and she says that I have an appointment. 

“Appointment my ass!  Get the f*ck out of my car!”  I reach for the Buck I have in the back seat but she jumps out before I get to it.  She slammed the door and flipped me off.

I hit the door lock button.

I look in my rear view mirror and she is pounding on the passenger door of the car behind me.

God damn crazy hookers.

Back on the Bike – Crit Clinic

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My teammates put on a crit clinic at Magnuson Park last night, great way to get some new comers to the sport some info before their first criterium.  It was also a chance for those seasoned veterans of the 4 corner painfest to hear a different perspective on warm-up, race readiness and tactics.  It was well attended considering the weather and for those of you who would like participate in future clinics put on by our team, stay tuned!  this is open to ALL cyclists, not just ByrneInvent/ JCV members. and I will post dates on my bloggy blog.

Anyway,

I took the BMC out for a spin, something that I haven’t had the chance to do lately (uuuhh… MARRIAGE!) and hit the road.  I can really feel my loss in fitness.  After a 15 minute warm up I did a short ladder interval set  before riding over to the park.  My legs feel stong but the lungs aren’t working so well.  I felt like I was out puke stage on the last 30 second sprint so I think I did the job.  I jumped on the trail and braved the commuter traffic past UW and was really pleased with just how many people are riding their bikes now even when the weather is poop.

Best part of the ride was passing a guy on a BMX bike carrying an old style boombox on his shoulder.  That brought back some memories :-)

I’m very happy to be back on the bike.  I might try to hang on at Seward this Thursday since the weather looks fairly good.

 

Wedding… 06-07-08 What a day

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Wow.

What an amazing and life changing day. To see (almost) all of my family and friends and share such a day as that was beyond anything I can possibly describe. To John, Greg, Jeff, Dustin, Jeff W, Kevin and Jason… to have you standing next to me that night was awesome. You are all true friends and I couldn’t have asked for a better evening. To My Mom, Emery, Anna and Steven your support through this past year was much needed. I promise we will give you all some grandchildren soon (ahem…2 years?) My Brother, Evan… I love you so much. Thank you for everything you are. Dad, as Evan said I know you were there. Thank you for molding me into the man I am today, I love and miss you every day. Allison, you did a fantastic job coordinating the night for us, it was wonderful.

And to Rosanna, you were heart stoppingly beautiful as always. I was speachless from the moment I laid eyes on you, the way you floated down the aisle made my knees week and I don’t think my smile could have gotten any bigger. I am so lucky you chose me to spend the rest of your life with. I love you with all of my heart.

Pictures and video are soon to come, as well as some crazy stories from the evening (greg).

Now from myself and Mrs. Snyder…. G’night! ;-)

Friday Musical Interlude. The Wedding Edition.

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You are… Everything.

How can I stand here and not be moved by you?

Happy 06-07-08 eve.

Happy Thursday

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Thursday’s are always great, it’s the Tuesdays that I could never really get the hang of.  Thursday traffic is for some reason always lighter than others, it’s one day away from a weekend and on normal weeks it would be a race down at Seward Park.

But not this week.

See, today is my Friday, and a half Friday at that.  Tonight is our Rehearsal Dinner for the wedding and with so much to do I decided to take the rest of the week off.  I teased Rosanna about wanting to race tonight if the weather turned a little better and she gave me the silent treatment.  Road rash 2 days before the wedding?  C’mon it’s not that bad.

So last night Ro and I headed down the street in Endolyne and ordered a giant mess of a Mexican meal.  Rosanna went for a margarita that ended up being the size of my head that I just HAD to take a sip of.  The second the tequila hit my lips my stomach did a back flip, convulsed and sputtered as flash backs of my Bachelor Party came rushing back.  Looks like I’m not fully recovered (still)

Stupid Tequila. 

 

Dear Senator Clinton.

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Well, not your daughter shaking her rump, or flashing that brand new chin, or your new cheek bones or even your husbands last ditch effort to drag your opponent through the gutter brought you your win that you and other crazy fools across the country were begging for.  

Really, your husband is a nut.

Granted, your speach tonight was 50 times better than McCain’s (dude… energy?  there were 5 people in your venue!  You sounded like my High School calculus teacher.)

Well Obama, you have my vote.  Unless I decide to write Nader in for the second election in a row.

It could happen.

For a much better review of the evenings happenings, check out Evan’s weblog

 Your speach tonight was moving sir, so much that yes, I will admit, I found myself clapping while I was driving down I-5. Please stand behind what you say. Our country needs that oh so very much.

* His sons leaning a little left? My father is rolling over now… twice. *

Hey Kids… What time is it?

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 I have an odd sense of humor. 

Let’s contemplate the clock I have mounted on the wall next to my desk, shall we?

People just don’t understand me.

 aaaaand… discuss.

One Dead as Drunk Driver Plows Into Bike Race

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From this morning’s MSN front page-

 

MONTERREY, Mexico – A car plowed into a bike race along a highway near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one and injuring 10 others.

The 28-year-old driver was apparently drunk and fell asleep when he crashed into the race Sunday, police investigator Jose Alfredo Rodriguez said Monday.

A photograph taken by a city official showed bicyclists and equipment being hurled high into the air by the collision.

Rodriguez said Juan Campos was charged with killing 37-year-old Alejandro Alvarez of Monterrey.

Authorities said the wreck happened 15 minutes into the 34-kilometer race Sunday along a highway between Playa Bagdad and Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.

Campos said he is an American citizen living in Brownsville. The U.S. Consulate could not immediately confirm that.

“We are looking into the incident in terms of whether American citizens were involved,” consulate spokesman Todd Huizinga said.

 

*  No witty comments from Brian.  In fact, I have nothing to say. I’m in shock.

Back in the Saddle!

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Well… poop.

This isn’t going to be as long as I want it to be but first I need to say BIG thanks to my brother Evan who really pulled me out of this Google quagmire (giggity giggity).

As most of you know I have had my Two Wheels And Other Things over at Google’s Blogger, who’s Spam Bot decided that I was, in fact, Spam.

I’m a big fan of spam. Spam and Eggs, Spam and Toast, Spam and Hash and even spam straight out of the can. I am pretty sure they mean another type of spam though.

So down went my blog. All email requests of mercy and questions to the black hole known as “Google Support” (yeah right) went unheard, unnoticed or, what I think, uncared for. I finally did something that I should have done long ago. Media Temple and Word Press.

Now I have the power. Bite it Skeletor. (bwa ha ha ha haaa)

So let it continue. Fridays will still most likely be a musical interlude, yes you will still hear all about my bonk sessions on the bike and the victories of my racing team, the memories of my childhood that shaped me and damn straight you will always read about my kickass friends and family (getting married to Ro in a few days!).

“Give the Governor a Hurumph!” (sidenote… that guy just passed a few days ago)

“Froggy love daddy? Daddy Love Froggy.”

It’s good to be back with you. Don’t ever go away again.

Stay Beautiful.