Eleven Years Ago Today

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We lost my father 11 years ago today.

Dad was a strong quiet man, a provider and protector. He was very careful about how he did things, always reading, observing, studying and then addicted to whatever it was he was pursuing. Very determined and to the point, when dad set out to do something he would never waver and 98% of the time came out on top.

Way before we became a bunch of health crazed bike riding nut jobs, My dad was a pack a day smoker. That is until he realized he was killing himself and his family so he threw the cartons away, woke up the next morning and never smoked again. It was all about succeeding to him.

I remember the day my father went on his first bike ride. He left the house on a brand new Schwinn High Sierra and set out for an “Around the Golf Course” loop that I think was maybe a 5 mile ride. He came back 45 minutes later, red faced- half way to a stroke and staggering to the shower. The next week he bought his first pair of “real” cycling shorts and never looked back. He was a member of Cascade, Tacoma Wheelmen and his own club at work Team N.E.D (Nuclear Engineering Dept.) He racked up the rides, STP 1 day, RAMROD, Daffodil, PMC and many others and went on to buy a tandem that we all (Mom, Evan and myself) stoked on but it was with mom that he found the most fun riding with at multiple tandem rallies across the area.

In late 1994, My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a shock to say the least. I mean, prostate cancer is an “Old Mans Disease”, right? Dad was only 46! With the same determination he charged headlong into the fight. Pouring over articles and online support groups he was very involved with his own treatment. The occasional cry over an AT&T commercial or a trip to a Sears White Sale (due to hormonal therapy) brought a bit of levity to the situation and dad did keep a sense of humor through it all.

Though he fought hard the next few years, he lost his battle in our home on May 24th 1998.

Dad is in our thoughts everyday. He is and always will be part of our lives. Every time I ride he is right next to me reminding me to keep my elbows bent and to always try the hardest I can at everything I do. Evan has some great memories too that we always gravitate to whenever we hang out.

We love you dad… keep on riding.


You’re Searching For What?

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If you are a site owner like myself you probably have some sort of analytics chugging along, gathering data from the traffic to your site.  For the thumbprintracing.org site it’s more of a tool for me than what I look at on my blog but it’s always fun to look back and see what search words an individual used to find themselves staring at my life.

Some normal search words are of course

  • Brian Snyder
  • Brian Snyder Race Photo
  • Thumbprint Team
  • IJM.org Racing

Then there are searches for my friends or family

  • Rosanna Snyder MS
  • Evan Snyder Blog
  • Brad Kilcline Crash
  • Cathy Varland Mason Lake Video
  • Guy Tucker Track Racer

Finally are the ones that I seriously get a chuckle out of:

  • Damiano Cunego urinating
  • Chad Gerlac cats hill
  • Buy Midwife Bicycle
  • What are cows? Cows for Dummies
  • Family Bonking
  • Ben Gibbard on drugs and alcohol

Love it!

That’s enough for now… Just know that there are folks looking at what you type in the Google search bar!

Ravensdale Road Race 5-9-09

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IJM.org / Thumbprint representation in the Cat 3 field

Brad K, Aaron S, Tony B, Darren M and myself.

Beautiful day for racing.  I still went with arm warmers but took them off on the first lap.  The sun seemed to bring everyone out as all categories looked packed which on a wider road course would have been much more enjoyable but with these out in Ravensdale made for a lot of bumping and pushing.

As we pulled out of the parking lot, Alex R from Garage and I are at the front with an easy neutral roll out pace.  We were confident that we were neutral to the “y” where the circuit starts and were floored when a Lenovo kid flies past us on the right, locks on to the back of the lead car and is gone.  GONE.  All of us are convinced that he will be DQ’d for either jumping the neutral or drafting the lead car so no one really chases.

Lap two (of six) I hit a pothole and lose my bottle.  My FULL bottle.  I have flashbacks of last year when bottles were flying right and left and we lost half the pack due to crashes.  Luckily I’m at the BACK and don’t create the carnage that should have ensued.  I feel bad… really bad and the loss of the bottle makes it even worse.  I think about pulling out on the 3rd lap… Water almost gone, sketchy riders doing stupid stuff.  Taking HUGE risks that get the no where.  Just stupid.  Lap 4 I’m feeling better.  The legs aren’t feeling as heavy but I’m out of water and my mouth is starting to go dry.  Some guy lets me take a pull off his bottle and that helps but I know I’ll be hurting soon. I can’t see what’s going on up front but I notice a couple IJM jerseys pop off the sharp end of the group every now and then… Nothing is getting away as Hagens is chasing everything down (even their own?). Lap 5 I move to the front and hear the time gap to the Lenovo kid.


2:30???  Holy !@$%

He’s still racing.  He’s not DQ’d

I fight the 5th lap just to stay up since I know moving up on lap 6 will be almost impossible because of the narrow roads.  I’m parched… completely dry.  I can feel the coagulation around my mouth and I feel really hot.  Tony lets me take a long drink and it’s instant rejuvenation. About 5k to go the speed dies.  we start to get swarmed and I know we’ll need to keep our position so I nail the front to string it out a bit more before the downhill and turn.  Who chases me?  Hagens.  Does he come through?  Nope.  Recycled does though and we are hammering again.  As I fall back in the little kid from Hagens runs right into me.  Just blatant idiocy and not paying attention.  Some of the guys yell at him, I’m trying to get back under control and go from 10-30th wheel in 2 seconds.  We hit the turn and all of IJM makes it through.  Sitting good and all 5 of us next to each other… gonna be a great lead out!  We hit the base of the first roller and it happens. HUGE pile up.  Tony goes down (on his new bike!) Aaron puts it in the ditch, Brad endo’s into the pile… and I do something retarded.  I look back to make sure the guys are ok and then turn my head back around to see guys on the deck in front of me.  I plow into them and there goes the pack.  Or what’s left of it.  I see Darren is still up there and I was able to jump back on my bike  I pass a few people on the second roller but it’s over, D gets 9th and I get 29th.  Aaron, Brad and Tony limp in.  No damage done to the machinery and Tony only lost a set of shorts.

Turns out they DID DQ the Lenovo kid for Neutral roll out infraction.  That moves us all up one spot and makes for one pissed off (and almost in tears) kids.  Roll out infraction or not… that was an amazing performance.  I say give him the points and let him enjoy the cat 2’s.  Really, who’s fault is it?  The lead car gunned it from the start.  Doesn’t the car control lead out?

BAck at the car I chugged a bottle of water and a Corona that Tony gave me.  I was well on track for recovery and all I needed was a cheeseburger and I’d be set.

Good times.  Next race for me (not counting PR or Seward) is Enumclaw Omnium.  Haven’t decided if I’m doing the whole thing or not, guess I need to make up my mind soon.

Great job by my teammates in all categories, especially RC in Masters AB getting 3rd.  

Rock on!

Race – 56 miles, rolling narrow roads light breeze and sunny

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 q rings Easton EC90 Aero wheels

Breakfast – Pasta, cottage cheese,  coffee, HEED

Race food – 1/2 a powerbar, bag of shot blocks and 1 small bottle of water

Max HR 201

Avg HR 157



The Sky is Falling

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I’m still here (I think).  I have survived the 2009 Swine Flu outbreak as well as the massive storm that pushed through our region last night and tragically blew the lid open on the recycle container (it’s attached with a hinge… I’ll survive). 

Have we become a society of Chicken Littles?


Saturday, Rosanna and I spent the morning with Dustin and Elizabeth on the Montlake Cut, watching the Windermere Cup.  UW schooled them all, sweeping every race.  Although it drizzled for most of the day and we had to leave a tad early to beat the opening of the bridge, it was a ton of fun and we love hanging out with those two.  Her parents are pretty rockin’ as well.

Sunday I was able to hit up a decent solo ride in the sun.  started with arm/knee warmers but by midway I needed to take them off.  It was such a beautiful day.  Lots of families out riding their bikes together, headed out for picnics on Lake Washington.  A very pleasant day.  I put a few hard efforts in but made sure I kept it easy,  just keeping it a fun day.  Rosanna and I had a stay at home date night with blue cheese burgers on the grill,  french fries, wedge salad, margaritas and lazily watching the dogs play down in the grass as we relaxed in our courtyard.  Ro fell asleep next to my crackling fire pit while I finished building the BMC back into a fully functional Death Star… I mean Bicycle.  We made it in before the clouds completely covered the sky and the drizzle fell.

Monday was a day I should have looked at the weather forcast before I road rode my bike into work.  While it was dry and pretty warm on the way in, 4:30 brought a monsoon that didn’t play well with a fenderless bike.  Oh well…  It’s just water.  

It’s just water unless you are a Chicken Little.  Run for the hills everyone, we’re all gonna die.

Friday Musical Interlude – John Butler Trio

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John Butler Trio

The John Butler Trio is an eclectic roots/jam band from Australia led by guitarist and vocalist John Butler. Two of the band’s albums,Three (2001) and Living 2001-2002 (2003), have gone platinum in Australia and reached the top ten of the Australian album charts in those years. The 2004 album Sunrise Over Sea debuted at number one on the Australian charts on 15 March 2004 reaching gold record status in its first week on sale. Their next and latest release, entitled Grand National, was released on 27 March 2007. The band’s releases are marketed independently by Jarrah Records which John Butler co-owns with West Australian folk band the Waifs.

The band won an ARIA award for “Best Independent Release” for Three in 2001 and again for Grand National in 2007 and has been nominated for three others. Three was released in the U.S. in 2002 and the John Butler Trio toured the U.S. in that year supporting theDave Matthews Band and John Mayer


Peaches and Cream

What You Want

Have a fantastic weekend!