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.

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     :-)

…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!

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-

Anyone?

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Anyone seen Brian around?  Anyone?

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

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.

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!

Stunningly Beautiful Pain.

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

Head down and forging on

The Source.

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Swine

The Choices we make

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From the Optygen web site:

“The last month and a half of racing has been GREAT!! In between all the hard work, and with the help of OPTYGEN to get me though the workouts and racing, I had three of my best races at Elite Nationals. I set a PR in the pursuit and my best results in the points race. I was also on the winning team pursuit team.

As far as Worlds goes (William’s won three Gold Medals and set a World Record). It was my best competition as far as feeling like I could do anything I set my mind to. That is after I got the first race done and looked up at the timing board and it said WORLD BEST TIME!! I knew I was on a good ride but had no idea of what time it would be. I felt like I was recovering well after every race and could go 100% each time on got on the track. I set PR’s in every race for the whole week. So I guess that after having my best year of racing and I’m now 35 year old. I can say that OPTYGEN really WORKS!! No doubts.”

Kenny Williams-Seattle, WA.
3 Time Gold Medal Winner 2002 Master’s World Championships (Kilo, Pursuit and Points races)
1 KM World Record Holder (world best time of 1:06:699 the old record was 1:07:469)
Cat 1 Racer (Road & Track)

And now two years suspension (maybe) because the Optygen just wasn’t enough.  The fact that Hamilton was busted for DHEA didn’t make you think twice is just unbelievable, almost as unbelievable as a top USA cycling official coming out and throwing support.

Good Racer

Bad Choices

Cuz I’m saved by the bell.

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Kelly.

Lisa.

Screech.

AC.

Jessie.

You know what I’m talking about. If not you are either too old or too young to be reading this blog and you slept through the early 90’s.

Wait…  What you say?  I forgot someone?  Oh yeah, I did.

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Zack.

Yup… Good ol’ Zack (or Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is a Category 2 racer down in SoCal and puts the whoopin down when he’s not working on the off Broadway play, “The Understudy”.

Now you tell me.  How funny would it be, halfway through a 70 minute crit, Mr Belding hops out and exclaimed “What IS going ON here?”

Check the NY Times article for the story-

Boeing… Boeing… GONE!

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The statue outside of the Machinists Union shows exactly what they are all about…

strike statue

Yes… that’s a statue of workers and their families holding picket signs around a burn barrel.  Not a statue of skilled workers with their lunch pails walking to a factory…. a statue of a strike!!! WTF?  Such a slap in the face to the company writing paychecks.

Farewell, VDB

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Frank Vandenbroucke, dead at 34.

An exciting rider…  His LBL victory in 99 was incredible.  Like Pantani, his life was not without it’s controversy, pain and depression.  And like Pantani, I choose to celebrate his victories, not his demons.

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1999 Frank Vandenbroucke / Liège-Bastogne-Liège

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2004 Frank Vandenbroucke / Paris-Nice


A Punch to the Gut.

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That is a photograph of seven year old Kylie Bruehler. She is at a funeral service to bury her parents, both of whom were killed last week when a driver veered onto the shoulder and drove his pickup truck into them.

They were riding together on a tandem.

The local news reports that “investigators say there are no charges on the driver. They believe this was an accident and that somehow the driver lost control of his truck.”

Texas’s governor recently vetoed a law that would mandate a safe passing distance for cyclists, saying it was unnecessary.

A local news outlet has more from the police and the community outrage this incident has triggered.

On how it happened:

“”He looked off, he was looking at something else and realized the curve in the road came a lot faster than what he anticipated,” explained Deputy Chief Dale Bennett”

And the outrage:

“…the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is also dealing with a lot of angry e-mails and phone calls.”

Add:

Thanks to my Sister-in-law:  If you would like to send your thoughts to the TX Gov- http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/

Walnuts.

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Hate em.  Always have.

Mom would put them in cookies, salads,  she probably would have put them in Mac & Cheese if I didn’t pitch such a fit about how much I hate walnuts.

I’ve always hated them… especially that disgusting Waldorf salad at Thanksgiving.

I can’t explain to you how much I hate walnuts.  Hate, hate, hate.

Then last night,  Rosanna put them in the stuffed red peppers we had for dinner.  At first I picked them out and tossed them on her plate in disgust.  I hate Walnuts.

Wait.  What’s this?  Hmmm.

Walnuts aren’t so bad.

Who knew?

WTF?

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Dude… Brian… You still alive?

Yup.

Seriously?

Yes. Gimmie a second!

A Reminder

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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.

A Goodbye-

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A goodbye to another fellow local cyclist and competitor.  Keep on riding, Jose`

 

http://www.supersquadra.com/News.aspx

 

Be careful out there.

Mystery Date Revealed-

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Last week Rosanna told me to keep Thursday the 16th open.  No racing, no training, no yard work (like I do that anyway) because she had a date planned out for us. 

“Where are we going?”

“Not tellin’ ”

Now, I must admit, I wasn’t worried at all.  She is quite the planner and I knew whatever it was she had planned for us, it would kick ass. 

I hopped in the passenger side of her car and we headed east on 520.  Side note: I don’t miss this commute at all.  I am SO glad we moved out of Kirkland.  Traffic was absolutely brutal.  I started tossing out thoughts of where were going…  Fishing?  Cow Tipping?  Shooting range?  Red Hook outdoor movie?  I was wrong on all counts.

COUNTING CROWS.  Hells yes!  Ro got us tickets to the Marymoor outdoor venue with Adam Duritz just killing it.

God I love this band.

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After a dinner of beer, cheesesteak sandwiches, fries and more beer we settled down on the grass for the show.

From Adam Duritz’ blog-

I know you’re all used to showing up at 8:30 or 9PM for concerts that started at 7. It’s understandable. You’re there  to see YOUR band and you’re showing up when you think they’re  gonna play, right? Well, starting on Thursday July 16th at  Marymoor Amphitheatre in Redmond, Washington, that’s all going to change.

Ladies and Gentlemen, at 7:15PM, when the curtain goes up on *The Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Traveling Circus & Medicine  Show*, *Augustana* AND *Counting Crows* are all going to be  walking out onstage together and that show is going to start with EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US onstage singing and playing our brains out. We’ll do a few songs together and then it may be *Counting Crows* that plays the first set alone. I don’t know  exactly how the shows going to run every night. It’ll  definitely be different a few days later in Friant, CA when  *Michael Franti & Spearhead* join up. It’ll probably be  different every night. The only thing I know for sure is that  EVERY show on this tour is going to start with EVERYONE onstage together and we’re going to all be running on & off stage all night playing on each others songs and playing songs all together and basically just playing whenever we feel like playing. So you get my point, right?

GET HERE ON TIME!

Cuz when the curtain rises…THE CIRCUS BEGINS

Holy Heck that was awesome.  I should have the video or audio of the show soon if anyone wants a copy.  A great version of both Miami and Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby last night that I really want to listen to again.

Thanks for the great night, Ro.  Ice fishing next weekend? :-)

Food for Thought…

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From Pez Cycling-

Into the Big Ring
Here are four tools you can use to climb up and over the next frontiers in your riding:

1. Take the sting out of your negative thoughts. Be wary of any “certainties” – “I’m going to get dropped,” “I’ll finish DFL,” “My teammates will be angry with me” – and challenge them. Notice any feared (but realistic) possibilities – “I’m not sure I can do it,” “I might get dropped,” “I might not finish at all,” – and plan for how you’ll handle those feared outcomes; you may then not fear them as much. Check out the articles on Effective Self-Talk and Handling Pressure for more ideas here.

Negative thoughts feel powerful, especially the “certainties,” but it’s a superficial power, not a deep power. Superficial power can look like an effective way to combat your anxiety. It’s not.

2. Find additional ways to manage and reduce your anxiety. The less fear and anxiety you feel, the more likely you are to go for it in your riding. Effective self-talk will help a great deal, and may be all you need. However, you may benefit from understanding your anxiety – on and off the bike – more clearly, using breathing techniques, and better integrating your body and mind.

3. See and be seen. Reflect on everything in this article. If there’s a part of you that’s been hidden and yet running the show at times, seeing it will help you. Check out the article on self-awareness for more ideas here.

Having others you trust see these parts of you may help as well. Physician Rachel Naomi Remen, in her wonderful book, “Kitchen Table Wisdom,” tells the story of attending a day-long master class with the great psychologist Carl Rogers. He said to the group, about his counseling practice,

“Before every session I take a moment to remember my humanity. There is no experience that this man has that I cannot share with him, no fear that I cannot understand, no suffering that I cannot care about, because I too am human. No matter how deep his wound, he does not need to be ashamed in front of me. I too am vulnerable. And because of this, I am enough. Whatever his story, he no longer needs to be alone with it.”

After watching Rogers conduct a session, Remen was stunned. She remembers:

“I had always worked hard at being good enough; it was the golden standard by which I decided what to read, what to wear, how to spend time, where to live, and even what to say. Even ‘good enough’ was not really good enough for me. I had spent a lifetime trying to make myself perfect. But if what Rogers was saying was true, perfection was the booby prize. What was needed was simply to be human. I was human. All my life I had feared being found out.”

4. Trust the power of experience. As I noted in The Power of Cyclotherapy, experiences on the bike offer you opportunities not only for fun and success but also growth and transformation. Yes, you could be right at times: Feared outcomes will make you feel every bit as bad as you fear you will feel. But not only will you survive those experiences, you may need them for your freedom: you may need them in order to reduce and eliminate the hold your anxiety and injuries have on you. There very well may be no way out but through.

 

The full article can be read over at Pez.  It’s very good… Something I know I need to pay more attention to.

The Real Reason.

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Damiano Cunego will NOT be leading the Lampre team in the 2009 Tour de France.

 

The real reason?

 

Well…

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Friday Musical Interlude – Colin Hay

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I drink good coffee every morning
Comes from a place that’s far away
And when I’m done I feel like talking
Without you here there is less to say
I don’t want you thinking I’m unhappy
What is closer to the truth
That if I lived till I was 102
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you
I’m no longer moved to drink strong whisky
‘Cause I shook the hand of time and I knew
That if I lived till I could no longer climb my stairs
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you
Your face it dances and it haunts me
Your laughter’s still ringing in my ears
I still find pieces of your presence here
Even after all these years
But I don’t want you thinking I don’t get asked to dinner
‘Cause I’m here to say that I sometimes do
Even though I may soon feel the touch of love
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you
If I lived till I was 102
I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you

PETA… Seriously?

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Found this over on www.mynorthwest.com

WASHINGTON (AP) – The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he’s bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

“We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals,” PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. “We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals.”

During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on Obama’s conversation with correspondent John Harwood.

“Get out of here,” the president told the pesky insect. When it didn’t, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.

“Now, where were we?” Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: “That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker.”

Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama’s voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.

Still, “swatting a fly on TV indicates he’s not perfect,” Friedrich said, “and we’re happy to say that we wish he hadn’t.”

Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the White House has no comment on the matter.

Sad news on the cycling related news wire

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If you grew up in the cycling world around the mid 80’s as Greg LeMond was starting to shake thinks up in Europe,  You were groomed to hate the French star, Laurent Fignon.  He was the enemy…  His uber cool pony tail.  His round little glasses…

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Damn he made every race exciting, though.  In my opinion,even more exciting than Hinault.  That final TT  in the Tour de France will forever be burned into my memory as he fell to the ground after losing the Tour by only 8 seconds.

Well Fignon has another battle brewing, this time with cancer.

Story over at VeloNews

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!

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?

Anyway-

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.

Blast from the Past.

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Snarf!

I’m still alive… I promise

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Sheesh it’s been busy.

I’ll do a longer recap of the Tour of Walla Walla stage race.  I’ll just say that it was hard… REALLY hard.  In fact, the new Friday stage was the hardest race I have EVER done, next to TST a few years ago.  The team had a great showing in all categories for men and women.  Rosanna got to ride her cruiser bike all over Walla Walla with Elizabeth and wine tasted while all of us were killing each other in the hills.

Oh my god hills.  I need more climbing.  Lot’s more climbing.

Quick tip to those who put on night crits.  It’s supposed to be dark, I know, and it’s really cool but make sure their is adequate lighting to see a couple feet in front of you, at least on the corners.  That was $@%^ ridiculous.

Brad had a nasty fall on Sunday but because he has 20 pound stones hanging off him he got back up and finished the race, then drove himself to the ER.  Holy crap.

Rosanna and I ended the life of a deer on I-90 heading home.  Deer meat and blood all over the car and bikes.  Not a pretty sight.

More to come, I just wanted you all to know I was still alive and kicking.  More recap and photo’s to follow-

We are all French Now

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OK, we Americans need to face it. The French were right. We were wrong. Yes, this is a provocation but there’s a lot of truth to it. Let’s go down the list:

The Iraq War: Yep, the French said there was no real reason, no weapons of mass destruction, no Al Queda—and they were right.

Neoliberal free market capitalism. Yep, the French wanted more regulation and less globalization and the US wanted no regulation and total globalization. The resulting financial/economic disaster shows—the French were right. National Champions? The US government is now picking corporations and banks it wants to survive. The French always did.

Global Warming/ Cap and Trade. Yes, the French were for it. US against. Now, the US is racing to catch up. So…the French were right.

Health Care.
The US insurance-dominated system costs twice as much as France’s with poorer health outcomes. The French public/private health care system is a better model. Hey, doctors actually come to your house in France. Yep, the French were right.

Wine. The French always said wine was good for you. The US had to spend billions in scientific research to prove that wine is good for your heart. So…the French were right. I’m waiting for the results on cheese.

Food. The French have always been into local, seasonal food. Americans are just beginning to “get it.” France has always had artisanal cheeses, breads, pates, etc. Yep, Americans are just getting into it. So…the French were right.

Sure, the French still need lessons in making entrepreneurs who take risk (all the young French hotshots leave for New York and London). And the very idea of electing a black man to lead France is still shocking. France has a way to go in race relations.

But, all in all, Americans would do well to remember that we really do love French Fries (even though they are Belgian). And we are all French now

Weekend Wrap Up. Bonking and Dog Poop

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Saturday morning met the team at Leschi at 8am for an absolutely beautiful ride out to Snoqualmie Falls, the upper loop and then back home.  For some reason I just never got the legs and the lungs going.  I’ve been fighting this chest crud for what seems like a month now and the pollen count is off the charts so the entire morning was Brian coughing wheezing and basically trying to hold on for the entire 70 mile ride.  The guys turned around and waited for me a few times (even though I told them not to)  and Jeff rode with me for a bit too as he wasn’t in the mood to hammer.  I actually started to feel  good about mile 55 but promptly bonked when we hit mercer Island, creeping back to the car at a blazing 8mph.  There are always days like this, days that the body just doesn’t want to go.  Today was my day.  I just wished it wouldn’t have happened on such a beautiful day and on this ride.  I love this route but it’s brutal if the body doesn’t respond.

Bike BMC SL01 51-35 x 11-21 Ksyrium SSC wheels
Ride – 72 miles Snoqualmie Falls
Breakfast – Pasta, cheese, French bread
Ride Food – 1 large bottle of Endurance, 1 small bottle of HEED, 3 shot blocks

I was out of my mind really after that ride and recovered with a few (read FIVE) Dick’s Cheeseburgers.  I know… not healthy but I had the urge.  Then Hit up pizza with Aaron, Jeff and Dustin.

Sunday was all yard work.  Raked up brush, trimmed the hedge, pulled weeds and scrubbed the brick porch.  Then I went out in the backyard to mow the dog poop. Good times.

Rosanna spent all weekend at the Walk MS event.  Fantastic weather for it too!  I haven’t heard what the official tally is for fundraising but when I do I’ll post it.
Stay Beautiful!

Thursday Training Ride – Motor Pacing

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Motor pacing around Mercer Island at 28 mph is a blast. Especially when the motor happens to be Dustin “Holy Finger” Van Wyck. I had a pretty hard day yesterday and the legs weren’t doing so well until about halfway around the island so I just rode Dustin’s or Aaron’s wheel (who had a backpack on the size of a small trailer) until he backed off and then I shot out to chase down some dude in a blue jacket. I hate them blue jackets!

Good Times.

Oh Snizzle Snap!

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Heck yes.

Guess who’s coming back!!

Actually, everytime I hear that song I get flashbacks of Steve Buscemi singing “True” at the end of Wedding Singer in that awful awful (but oh so beautiful) suit.

Lance Armstrong is twitterific.

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Lancie-pants might have just twittered a bit too much…

 

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