Monday Thought of the Week

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If girls with large breasts work at Hooters, then do why do all the girls at IHOP have both legs?

On a more serious note… So long Seattle PI.  Millions of trees just applauded.

Weekend Race Report Mason Lake #2 and Ravensdale

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Saturday – Mason Lake #2

Breakfast – Eggs, bagel and cream cheese, water
Ride Food – none
Bike – None

What? Yeah, I didn’t race Mason Lake. I worked on the planking and wiring in our bathroom instead. Rosanna was at the Bike Expo and I was remodeling. Looks like I missed a miserably cold and nasty day though so I’m not too upset. Cathy Varland won in the women’s 4, Darren Marino got another good sprint in and Alex was again in another break away. Speaking of Alex, I though he was joking when he said he was going to use his 1080 front wheel. Pictures prove that it was NOT a joke and I’m sure the fast looking front of his bike scared the bejeezus out of the rest of the pack.

Sunday – Joe Bar / Ravensdale

I woke up Sunday about 7 in the morning and didn’t hear rain on the roof. I was ecstatic! Finally a somewhat dry start to a race! Drew back the curtains and… Snow? Really? Checked the Budu racing website to see that the races had been delayed. I felt sorry for the cat 4/5 guys out there shivering in the weather waiting to get word from the Officials. Then it came… Canceled. The later races (mine) were still TBD. I had already made up my mind though and was feverishly typing away in my phone to teammates that I was bagging the race. Dustin seemed to be the only guy determined (crazy?) enough to still race. Word was handed down though an hour later that yes, the entire race had been called.

Then the sun came out.

What to do? Well I went for a ride of course!

Bike – Klein Performance Touring 53-42 x 12-27 Sun wheels
Ride – 45 miles
Ride food – 1 large bottle of HEED and a bottle of water

The sun was matched only by the force of the wind which I enjoyed thoroughly at my back for pretty much the whole first half of the ride. I-90 bridge was awful though and the cross wind almost blew me off the bike twice. I bounced into the side barrier avoiding an oncoming O.C.C (Out of Control Cyclist). It was headwind all the way back home with the rain starting fall as I headed up the hill into West Seattle.

The evening was capped off by dinner with the wife at a place down the hill. Fajita Burrito with extra guac and a couple of well earned beers.

Have a great week and Stay Beautiful-

“None of it Loved You Back”

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The above is from one of my friends and teammate Ryan Dean after he heard of my rig being broken into yesterday afternoon while I was out riding with the team.  Laptop, wallet, ipods,  money, clothes, a bunch of my kit, a set of wheels, my glasses and on and on.  It is just so frustrating.

Crowded parking lot, busy park and know one notices a back window being smashed out?

So last night was spent making a list of belongings, canceling cards and accounts and basically feeling miserable with the only light being that I back my laptop up to an extrnal drive.

None of it loved me back.  They didn’t steal my family, my friends or my stinky dogs and I’m still upright.

Monday Thought of the Week.

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Picture this-

Race day.  A guy who has 8 of his teammates in the pack launches off the front.  The rest of his team patrols the front and does a damn good job of it.  Great teamwork ensues and they eventually get the win.

During this example of great teamwork, another team in that same race is rolling 10  strong.  They sit in the back and pretend they are knitting.



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Congrats to my brother and his fiance.

Welcome to the family, Tara!

Mason Lake and Tour de Dungeness 1 Race Report.

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Fooled you.

Didn’t do either.  I worked on a bathroom remodel pretty much all day Saturday and decided that racing in the freezing cold for Sunday is not tops on my “Yay that’s fun!” list so bagged all thoughts of my first racing of 2009 and Rosanna and I are heading up to go skiing.

Rumor mill though says the men had a good day.  3rd in the cat 5,  1st and 3rd in the cat 4, 5th and 6th in cat 3.  I haven’t heard anything about the Masters or any of the women’s group yet.  

Good luck to my team as the chug on over to Sequim today.  

I’m headed to Steven’s.


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For those of you following me on Facebook, you have already heard of my brush with death thanks to what my wife thinks is an allergic reaction to an oyster (or two).

This is going to get graphic and I am only writing this more for myself so I can come back to it the next time I want to slurp down an oyster shooter and pop myself in the nut sack with a nail gun.  So, if you have the stomach for it, keep going. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are you all thinking so negatively?

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We have 91.9% employment and 94% of us are paying our mortgages on time!  Stop being so “glass half empty”.

By the way… I haven’t looked at my 401k in 2 months.  Not gonna do it either!

Monday Thought of the Week… On Wednesday.

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I’ve been so busy lately.  Training, house stuff, husband stuff, team stuff, work….

Not exactly in that order.

While glueing a tire last night down in my shop, my ipod clicked over to a Van Halen track.  I won’t tell you which one because I don’t want YOU to know my answer to the Monday thought of the week (on Wednesday)

So the thought is….

Van Halen.  David or Sammy?


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One more successful orbit around the sun for me.

Congrats to my wife, family and friends for being able to handle it.

Stay Beautiful!

Saturday – Training Ride

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Saturday was planned on being a long and slow team ride.  We accomplished half of that.

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It ended up being quite a bit faster than I planned.


Ride – 112 miles.  Home, Snohomish, Monroe and back home.

Bike – Flyte SRS2 50-34 x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels.

Breakfast – 2 eggs, pasta and cottage cheese

Ride Food – 1 large and 1 small bottle of HEED, 1 snickers bar and half a can of coke

Stats – 164 pounds, resting HR 46, max HR 199

I was only in serious trouble once as we road up High Bridge.  My body felt slow and weak and I couldn’t get it kicked over to keep up with Greg.  Thankfully Jeff D was in a similar state and we traded pulls.  Encouraging words go really far when your tongue is dragging on your front wheel.


We stopped off at a gas station and I ate the rest of my snickers and had some chugs of Greg’s coke and we headed home.  I started to get a little cross eyed in Fremont but I managed to survive.

Political Science for Dummies

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Political Science for Dummies

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.
You feel guilty for being successful.

You push for higher taxes so the government can provide cows for everyone.

You have two cows.
Your neighbor has none.

You have two cows.
The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.

You have two cows.
The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
You wait in line for hours to get it.
It is expensive and sour.

You have two cows.
You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

You have two cows.
Under the new farm program the government pays you to shoot one, milk the other, and then pours the milk down the drain.

You have two cows.
You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one.
You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses.
Your stock goes up.

You have two cows.
You go on strike because you want three cows.
You go to lunch and drink wine..

You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
They learn to travel.
Most are at the top of their class at cow school.

You have two cows.
You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour.
Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

You have two cows but you don’t know where they are.
You break for lunch.
Life is good.

You have two cows.
You have some vodka.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You have some more vodka.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have..

You have all the cows in Afghanistan , which are two.
You don’t milk them because you cannot touch any creature’s private parts.
You get a $40 million grant from the US government to find alternatives to milk production but use the money to buy weapons.

You have two cows.
They go into hiding.
They send radio tapes of their mooing.

You have two bulls.
Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

You have one cow.
The cow is schizophrenic.
Sometimes the cow thinks he’s French, other times he’s Flemish.
The Flemish cow won’t share with the French cow.
The French cow wants control of the Flemish cow’s milk.
The cow asks permission to be cut in half.
The cow dies happy.

You have a black cow and a brown cow.
Everyone votes for the best looking one.
Some of the people who actually like the brown one best accidentally vote for the black one.
Some people vote for both.
Some people vote for neither.
Some people can’t figure out how to vote at all.
Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which one you think is the best-looking cow.

You have millions of cows.
They make real California cheese.
Only five speak English.
Most are illegal.
Arnold likes the ones with the big udders.


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The year of the comeback.  Lance. Floyd.  Ivan.



A powerful rider in the 90’s and early 2000, Chad Gerlach was a cycling success as a junior, through the ranks and then as a pro eventually racing on the US Postal team.  Known as a partier and uncoachable, his talent was undeniable but ran a close second to his uncanny ability to piss people off.

When Chad’s attitude and party plans started getting in the way of his racing as well as an ongoing feud with teammate and golden child Lance Armstrong, Chad was released from his contract and bounced from pro and elite teams for the next year.  As his professional life started crashing around him, his personal life followed suit.  His best friend had been stabbed to death and pushed Chad to the brink.  He gave up on racing and his life plummeted into alcohol abuse and drug addiction.

 From Intervention Episode 64


Chad, 34, was once a pro-cyclist at the top of his game. After a difficult divorce by his parents and a troubled childhood that sent him to juvenile hall for nine months for felony arson, Chad needed direction.           

His father introduced him to cycling at age 15, and Chad had a natural gift. Chad went pro almost immediately and cycled on the same team as Lance Armstrong for the United Sates Postal Service. After getting kicked off the team for ”personality conflicts”, Chad was crushed. He started to dabble with drugs and alcohol while racing on smaller teams. As his drug use grew, his racing took a back seat until he quit altogether to do drugs full time.

Chad is now homeless on the streets of Sacramento, California, panhandling, smoking crack cocaine, and drinking alcohol all day. He does not shower and he sleeps in a deserted lot. The only thing of value he owns is a beat up dirt bike that gets him around, from corner to corner, crack house to crack house. Chad’s family can’t believe their once successful, athletic son has given it all up to crack. Their many efforts to get him off the streets have failed. Their last hope is an intervention.

 Intervene they did.

 Chad Gerlach has pushed through rehab, found the love for his family and the bike once again.  He signed with VeloVie Pro squad for the 2009 season.


Come back, indeed.


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“The answers to our problems don’t lie beyond our reach,” Obama said. “What is required now for this country is to pull together, confront boldly the challenges we face, and take responsibility for our future once more.”

Monday Thought of the Week

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Amgen Tour of California

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Want to quickly toss out some pictures of a few of my favorite riders from this years ATOC.



Svein Tuft



Tom Zirbel



Dave Zabriskie









Monday thought of the Week.

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If your submarine runs into another submarine

You have a retarded Sonar division.  Come on folks, they aren’t ALL biologics.

Five Years.

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Friday Musical Interlude – The Postal Service

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Ben Gibbard is one of my favorite singers and lyricists. His journey into the electronic scene in 2003 with Give Up has so far been the only officially released Postal Service album even though there were hints of studio work in 2007. Ben Gibbard is mostly known for his work in Death Cab for Cutie and guest appearances with other touring artists.

Some of my favorites-

Brand New Colony

Such Great Heights

Nothing Better

It’s Here…

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You know you have been waiting for it… Thumbprint Racing Team


Many thanks to my brother for all his coding skills.


Now.  Go leave your mark.

I’m gonna get rid of the BMC.

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Not really get rid of it… maybe make some serious modifications.  Move some tubes around, change a set of wheels.


you know… go “modern-retro”


Like this.


Monday Thought of the Week

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Tesla was robbed.


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Slept in again, avoided the hill hammerfest otherwise known as the Sunday Team ride and went to work on the tile in the bathroom.  It’s all prepped now just have to lay down the adhesive and toss down the new ceramic.

About noonish I headed out out the door to ride over to the memorial ride for Kevin Black.  There was a huge turnout of cyclists, racers and non.  A great deal of kids which I was really happy about.  I even heard one kid ask his mom if “all of us riding  would bring the bike racer back”.   


Ride – 45 miles 1500′ elev.

Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 qrings x 11-23 ksyrium SL wheels

Breakfast – bagel w/ creamcheese

Lunch – water

Ride food – water

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It was an odd day.  I’ve been in a blue funk all day long.

I might need it.


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Slept in and skipped the team ride as John N and I planned an afternoon cruise.  Spent most of the day working down in the shop and cleaning the house (aka… picking up after the dogs)

John popped by about 2 and hit the road.

Ride – 40 miles 1500′ elev. nice and easy couple of hard efforts.

Bike –  Flyte SRS2 50-34 x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels

Breakfast – Coffee

Lunch – umm…

Ride food – 2 small bottles of water.

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John dropped me like a bad habit on California Ave. My lack of fuel for the day started turn my legs into mush. We stopped by Ladro to sip on some coffee and shoot the breeze before climbing the last few hills back to the house.



Later, John Rosanna and I hit up Endolyne Joe’s  where we dined on fried pickle slices, skillet steak, twice baked taters, beer and a great glass of scotch.  Then it was home to play a 3 way death match of Uno.

We are “The Cyclists”

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Listen… you on the bike. Don’t be like this.


It is a little funny though.

Kevin Black’s Memorial.

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A memorial ride was blasted via the WSBA email list about noon for an evening Memorial Ride at the intersection where Kevin lost his life.  I arrived about 5:20 and already a large crowd had gathered.








A Tragic Day

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An awful day for the cycling community.  My thoughts to Kevins family, friends and team.

Local rider killed in Ballard



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How can I convince my wife to cook this up for me?


(taken from a post on BBQ Addicts)

The other day the guys from contacted me in search for some barbecue bacon recipes. Of course I have plenty of great uses for bacon in a barbecue pit, but the longer I thought about it, the more I wanted to step it up a notch and clog a few arteries for those guys. Behold, BACON EXPLOSION!!! Here’s what you’ll need…

2 pounds thick cut bacon
2 pounds Italian sausage
1 jar of your favorite barbeque sauce
1 jar of your favorite barbeque rub

To kick off the construction of this pork medley you’ll need to create a 5×5 bacon weave. If the strips you’re using aren’t as wide as the ones pictured, then you may need to use a few extra slices to fill out the pattern. Just make sure your weave is tight and that you end up with a nice square shape to work with.

The next step is to add some barbeque seasoning on top of your bacon weave. Being the barbeque addict that I am, I whipped up a batch of Burnt Finger BBQ’s competition pork rub for this special occasion. Seeing as not everyone has the time, or the expertise, to create a tasty rub of their own, I would recommend trying Bad Byron�s Butt Rub, Rendezvous Famous Seasoning, or Steven Raichlen�s All-Purpose Rub.

Now that you’re pork is well seasoned, it’s time to add more pork. Take two pounds of Italian sausage and layer it directly on top of your bacon weave. Be sure to press the sausage to the outer edges of the bacon creating a patty that is the same thickness all the way across. Most grocery stores carry loose sausage, so just pick out one you like. I chose to go with a mild sausage, but spicy would work just the same. If you really want to get crazy, take a stab at making your own homemade sausage.

Next up is bacon layer number two. Take the remaining bacon slices and fry them up the same way you would for breakfast (or lunch, or dinner, or a midnight snack). If you like soft bacon, make it soft. If you like crunchy bacon, make it crunchy. If you like your bacon burnt to hell so the smoke detectors go off, then burn it to hell so the smoke detectors go off. These pieces are going to be a major part of the inner flavor of our sausage fatty, so cook them your favorite way. Personally, I like my bacon right at the point when it starts to get crispy, but hasn’t quite lost all of the softness yet. Regardless of how well done you like yours, you’ll need to crumble or chop the cooked strips into bite size pieces and place on top of the sausage layer. (Note-It’s okay, and encouraged, to snack on these pieces while your chopping/crumbling. But keep in mind that once those bacon morsels touch the raw sausage, you’ll need to resist all temptations to nibble. This can and will be difficult, but hospital trips are no fun, so stay strong.)

Since this is a barbeque recipe, we need to add another layer of barbeque flavor. Take your favorite sauce and drizzle it all over the top of the bacon pieces. Personally, I prefer to use Burnt Finger BBQ’s homemade competition sauce, but if you’re torn on what brand to use I recommend Cowtown, Blues Hog, and Fiorella’s Jack Stack. Once you’ve sauced the bacon, sprinkle on some more of the barbeque seasoning you used on the bacon weave.

Now comes the fun part. Very carefully separate the front edge of the sausage layer from the bacon weave and begin rolling backwards. You want to include all layers EXCEPT the bacon weave in your roll. Try and keep the sausage as tight as possible and be sure to release any air pockets that may have formed. Once the sausage is fully rolled up, pinch together the seams and ends to seal all of the bacon goodness inside.

At this point we can start to see the final shape of our Bacon Explosion, but we’re missing one key item. To complte the constuction process, roll the sausage forward completely wrapping it in the bacon weave. Make sure it sits with the seam facing downward to help keep it all sealed up.

Sprinkle some barbeque seasoning on the outside of the bacon weave, and now this bad boy is ready for the smoker. Cook your Bacon Explosion at 225 degrees in a constant cloud of hickory smoke until your Thermapen gives an internal temperature reading of 165 degrees. Normally this will take about 1 hour for each inch of thickness, but that could vary depending on how well you maintain your fire and also how many times you open the smoker to take a peek. Mine took about 2.5 hours, which was right on target with its 2.5 inch diameter.

Now that our Bacon Explosion is fully cooked, we need to add some finishing flavors. Remember that barbecue sauce we used for inner flavor? We’ll be using that same sauce to glaze the cooked bacon weave. Using a basting brush, coat the entire surface with a thin layer of sauce. Sweet sauces are loaded with sugars, so they’ll give your fatty a nice glossy finish. Spicy and vinegar based sauces don’t contain as much, so they won’t set up as well. If you’re dead set on using those sauces, just cut them with a bit of honey and you’ll get the same effect.

Slice the Bacon Explosion into quarter to half inch rounds to serve. If your roll was good and tight, you should now see a nice bacon pinwheel pattern throughout the sausage. Obviously pork is best served by itself, but if you feel the need to make this meat monster into a sandwich, try placing a couple Bacon Explosion slices on a warm Pillsbury’s Grands Biscuit. You’ll reach pork Nirvana is no time flat!

Be sure to send us stories and photos of your Bacon Explosion experience. Who knows, you may see your ugly mug on BBQ Addicts!!!

For a Print version, see the NY Times article here

Saturday Ride

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Ride – 63 miles

Bike – Flyte SRS2 50-34 x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels

Breakfast – coffee

Ride food – some bar that Alex had made for him… it was pretty good!  Small bottle of water, small bottle of cytomax.


On Eastlake I was feeling REALLY sluggish and I thought it was from Snownboarding yesterday.  I just felt like I was dragging an extra 50lbs,  Tony and I split off and headed back Newport to Mercer and back to the beginning.  When I got home I tossed the bike on the stand to toss another spacer on my stem.  As I turned the crank to flip through the gears my pedal wouldn’t turn, it was frozen stiff.   Guess I figured out why I felt sluggish! :-)


Time to head to uBRDO and have my pedals greased!

Off to Jeff’s now for some good cookin and maybe… just maybe… HALO!

Friday Snow Play.

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I took the day off from work today, which is VERY odd for me to tell you the truth. It felt like I was skipping school even though I was using a vacation day. While Rosanna headed off to work I tossed the board on top of the Rover and headed on up to Stevens.


It was fantastic. No lines, no crowded runs, no idiot boarders sitting right at the top trying to adjust their bindings. I did run after run after run without stopping. The snow was even ok considering the weather we have been having. Loved it. I really needed to do it.




Friday Musical Interlude – Toad the Wet Sprocket

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Formed in 1986 in Santa Barbabra California, Toad the Wet Sprocket and I have had a long and tumultuous relationship.  If I hear the song “All I Want” one more time I will stab myself in the eyeball with a large blunt object.  The catch is that it was that very song that made me buy the album “Fear” and then got me hooked on them.  They broke up in 1998 but have reunited for a few short tours, one of which was with the Counting Crows and I would have given my left nut to see that, with out the use of a large blunt object.

Glen Phillips continues to create amazing music both solo and with other musicians.  He recorded an album with Nickel Creek that was released in 2004 and still records with them now.

Walk on the Ocean (live)

Crowing (Glen Phillips)

and one of my favorite versions of Windmills…

Windmills (with Chris Thile)

Wednesday Ride. Tempo

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Ride – 18 miles

Bike – BMC SL01

Lunch – Tuna sandwich, tomato’s and cottage cheese

Ride food – water

Stats – resting 45 bpm max 175


Tried to keep it under 170.  Nice and easy spin up Marine View a couple of times to stretch the legs.  


Taking Friday off to go Snowboarding…. Pretty damn excited. :-)

Dear Boeing Machinists…

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Take a good look at our auto industry the next time you decide to try to cripple your company with one of those selfish strikes! 

Your union brass used you to pad their pockets and send themselves on hilariously expensive trips to sunny destinations and next week you get a pink slip.


Guess the strike wasn’t such a good idea, huh?

Monday Ride – Hill Sprint Repeats

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I love living in West Seattle.

After a long day in the saddle  yesterday I wanted to get some hill sprints in before the sun went down.  Best place for steep short hills?  Yup.  West Seattle

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Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 qrings x 11-23 Ksyrium SL Wheels

Lunch – Pasta, ground Turkey with cottage cheese and baby carrots

Ride Food – Water

My favorite hills over here for sprints are Ferry Ave SW and Fairmount Ave SW.  Ferry is steep enough to keep you out of the saddle the entire way and long enough to rip your legs off halfway up and make you beg for mercy, it’s Like Holly Hill during TST.  Fairmount has a gradual grade until the last 100 yards and it kicks up pretty sharp, just like the end of Elma RR.  I hit 202 on the HR monitor on Ferry the second time up.  Vision got a little blurry so I backed off a bit.  Good quick ride, would have been better if I had a proper warm up.

To the 4 girls in the Jeep who were whistling and whooping at me on California.   You made me feel like a piece of meat just there for your visual entertainment.  


Double thanks for not calling me “Lance Armstrong” because, like, that’s SO 2004.


Off to the movies-

Sunday Ride

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Woke up to snow… yes snow.  God Damn Snow.

I still haven’t fixed the rear wheel on the Klein so my only rideable fendered bike is my fixie. So I pulled that out of the basement, tossed on as many clothes as I could and hit the road.  Alex, RC and Gabe showed up at Leschi and were full of piss and vinager when we hit the bridge to head east.  I could tell they wanted to hammer so I let them head off while I pressed on towards Renton.  It started to snow a little harder as got on the Cedar River trail and I must have missed the trail closed sign because I almost ran into the chain link fence blocking the trail underpass.  I had to back track a bit and then jump on 169 to fight the traffic.  Spun along Jones road pretty slowly, I forgot how much I love this part of the ride but also hate the fact I’m on the fixie.  My hands really started to get cold and the shivers set in so instead of heading towards Tiger Mountain I turned around on 169 and figured the ride would be long and cold enough.  The shivers and hunger really started hitting me hard on Mercer Island.  Stopped in for a cup of coffee and a chat with some of the Byrne group and then headed off.  All in all it was a great ride.  A little slow, a little cold and a little lonely but I needed it.

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Ride – 60 miles

Bike – Tempo fixed 42-16 Mavic Open Pro wheels

Breakfast – English muffin with turkey slices

Ride Food – Large bottle of water

Stats – Resting HR 40, Max HR 181, 164 pounds

Saturday – Snow Play!

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After a  breakfast of bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches made by the wife and a packing of our lunch supplies, Rosanna and I tossed the snow gear in the Rover and headed up to Steven’s Pass for a few hours of slope time.  It hasn’t had any fresh fall in a while so the conditions weren’t so great on a lot of the runs but after a few tries we found a run that fit both of us and we scooted on down a few times and really had a great time.  The fog cleared and the sun was out, warming the 26 degrees when you popped out of the shadows.  All in all it was a great time.  I plan on taking a day off this week and running up there myself to take advantage of the season pass before racing season hits.  Hopefully we get another foot of fresh soon :-)



Friday Musical Interlude – A Crazy Nanny.

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Mary Poppins to be exact…  No don’t worry, I haven’t completely lost it, I’m just a big fan of nonsensical hysterical dancing, singing and laughter.  You know that book, “Everything I learned, I learned in Kindergarten” ?  Well, everything I learned, I learned from Mary and Bert.

Chim Chim Cheree!

I love To Laugh


Step In Time

Bert’s One Band Band

And At Last….

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Now please, don’t think for one second that his replacement can heal the sick by touch or walk on water.  It takes more than one man to fix a nation.  Step up.  Be a Man.  Be Responsible.  Work Hard.  Take Care of One Another.  Be Philinthropic.  

Be… Beautiful.

Not Witty Enough For a Funny Title. How About… “Stuff”

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Rock Racing is to announce Schwinn as their bike for 09.  I guess it IS the year of the comeback, right Lancy pants?

Schwinn… really?  How far the great have fallen.  Why not Paramount/ Waterford?  Hell, right now even a Huffy would have a better name.  Now THAT would be a come back.  (I know… they weren’t REAL Huffy’s on the 7-11 squad)

anyway… what else has happened.

Sounds like Pru-Dizzle is back in the PacNorWest Stomping grounds.  We’ll see if he entered any pie eating contests while down in the motherland when The Mason Lake World Championships come-a-callin.  

You have probably noticed them out there.  The new Thumbprint racing kits have come in and are being sported around town.  See them personally at the top step of a podium near you.

The viaduct solution has finally been found.  Tunnel! Yes!  The next person I hear trying to compare it to “The Big Dig” needs to get kicked in the nuts and NO this is not the tunnel that was voted on.  This makes sense and you can’t change my mind.  Don’t even try.

I’m back to playing my guitar.  Haven’t really done it for a couple of years.  It was lonely.

out like trout-

Weekend wrap up

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Phew.  I’m back into training mode.


Saturday was a south end and Mercer cruise that ended up with a couple of broken spokes at the end.  I sent an email to Harris Cyclery who built them ( It’s a handbuilt set of Sun wheels dished for a 6 speed feewheel to fit my Klein Touring bike)  and let them know they snapped right at the head on oppisite sides of the wheel, which is kind of odd.  I’m sure I will end up repairing if not rebuilding them myself.  I havent strung a wheel in 15 years it might be nice to try it again.

Ride – 45 miles

Breakfast – nothing

Ride food – bottle of cytomax

Bike – Klein Performance Touring 53-44 x 12-27


Sunday was the longest ride of the new year.  75 miles on the fixed gear which, at the end, feels like 100.  From west Seattle I rode to Fremont to meet the team which turned out to be just RC and then headed around the southend of Lake WA.  RC had to turn around so I rode up to Kirkland to meet the second team ride at Cafe Ladro. As they rode away to do the 7 hills loop I continued around the North end of the lake on back and started to feel a bit cross eyed on Nickerson.  I love riding fixed by the way.  :-)


Ride – 75 miles

Breakfast – toast and cream cheese

Ride food – large bottle of cytomax and 2 shot blocks

Bike – Tempo Fixie 42 x 16


I have been focusing a lot of energy lately on remodeling our 1/4 bath in the media room.  I tore up all the tile, removed the sink and toilet and then floated the walls.  Ro needs to go pick out some colors, tile and wainscoting so I can finish it up!


On to the work week.  hopefully I can ride into work a couple of times.  Maybe get some running miles in after work up and down Thistle or Roxberry.