Thursday, December 31, 2009

Short but not bad

I added up my milage for 09 already. I am a little short of the 10k goal but 8554 is still the most milage I have ever put in in a year 1300 more than last year. I could blame the back injury in september or the weather or mountain biking or racing or my job or .... I could just man-up and do better next year :) So on the radar for next year, well as usual with me EVERYTHING.

This year I competed in 2 crits, 2 Mountain races, 1 cross race, 1 "allycat",13 Centuries (11 road(3 on fixies), 2 gravel(both on a Fixie), 3 days of ragbrai, countless rides. And its all worth it to hear 3 little voices yelling "go daddy go" every lap as I fly by 'turning myself inside out'.
So last thought for the year (or longer maybe). Win, lose, or walk always finish the race because, someone is looking up to you.

Last ride 09

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New parts for retro bike.

From the junk bin.

Fixie for Anna

well "fixie" with the coasting function.

Dirty cup?

With all the things to do and goals and other bs why not add this to the list? I can also piggy back this with some camping/touring since the best places are always found on a gravel road. I'm not going for all 3 but January will determine if I go for one a month. I also want to get a single track century in since my attempt this year got cut short by my physical limitations (fat,old,out of shape). Plus I'm running short on coffee mugs and those things can cost up to and including 10 dollars.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Snow ridin'


Calm in the storm

After this crazy christmas season last night was my friday night. I got stuck at work till almost 8pm I was really hoping that the clive trail would be plowed and I could have a nice peaceful ride home. It would be to much to ask though for a city worker to work on a weekend. I bogged through and hiked to the first turn off at 63rd street next to the budget storage place. I had purchased some Bud since it was friday so I decided to stop here and sit on the top tube and have a couple beers. I think the best part of winter riding isn't getting off the trainer or even the ride because at least half the ride is pretty bad most of the time it's the adventure it's not the destination or the journey but a few good stops along the way.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A little Snow storm

After a week I'm finally not working round the clock. So last week we had a little snow. I was at work for the most of it I left work on Tuesday night in the snow it was about 7-8 inches on the roads. I decided to take a good workout and ride the White Label home. If you have ever road through several inches of snow it's like climbing a non stop hill. So at 4-5 mph I can feel my heart pounding and the bottom of my lungs so I'm maxed out and there isn't even a slow down and rest other than stopping. Stopping involves putting my shoes in the snow (not good with cold feet) so I continue on. The streets are not plowed and with the chewed up snow from car tires at 6 inches to 2 feet tall the 2 mph snow drift jumping took almost 20 minutes from the bridge to my house (half mile). It was however fun to stop on my bike and help push out a car.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

First Snow

not the first set of tracks though

someone beat me to the trail today

nof said

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Round 3

Take 2 of each of these and call from another state.

All I need is 2 of each (black of course) and to be rich so I can ride south for the winter. I
also need tailwind fully loaded bikes pulling kids in burley trailers are heavy. But a bad day riding is better than a good day working.

Arkel XM-28
Front Bags

Arkel XM-45
Extreme touring bags for offroad

Thursday, December 3, 2009


Saturday morning was my first cross race. I choose Jingle cross because I've been down with my back for most of cross season this year and I felt good enough for jingle cross. Plus why not the hardest course first every thing else seams easier then. I started in the middle of the pack they have squares painted on the ground for were you are to line up they give you like 3 feet wide and 5 feet long. The size of the starting square is a little scary your less than a arms length from 4 riders, I fell back right at the start of the race my goal being to complete the race without hurting myself not to win it. As we got to MT Krumpit the first time I was 2 people from the back. After the run (2 mph) up the hill I was 4 from the back. All the mountain biking I've done helps on the muddy nasty decent as I watched other riders fall I passed 2 people on the downhill. Not sure after that I did feel great every lap when I got to the straight spots and picked up the pace. I did lap one rider I felt good about that (bad for him but good for me) I got lapped by the leaders (first 5 places) on the 3rd lap and started to have mechanical problems in the last half of the 3rd lap. I did have a good time and learned a lot about crossracing. I hope to actually compete in a lot of races next year.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Running Season

Started running last night for the winter. I ran my 45 minute loop however it only took 31 minutes so I'll be reworking my loops. I hope to do all my "exercise" running this winter and just ride for fun/zone 2 stuff. Looking good for the taco ride tonight however for the first time ever....skipping the beer after. The even hurts to type. I'm hoping to cut back the sauce a little the next 12 weeks or so and be 10-15 pounds lighter in the spring for road season. We'll see how that goes. Everyone insert comments about water and tea totaling.