Friday, December 11, 2009
The cross country trail at Sprague Brook County Park. Virgin snow waiting for me to break through for the years first excursion.
It was hard work but it was awesome. I look forward to many more trips and once they groom the trail I go off trail on the bike/hike trail at the park and have even more fun.
I also have been riding pretty frequently but nothing like the first big snow!
Monday, December 7, 2009
and got this reply (http://www.johanbruyneel.com/blog.html) to accept him into the Team Radioshack training camp this weekend.
They have raised an extraordinary amount of money and I doubt it is all about the prizes that could be won http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/superfly or this autographed bike by the team.
These guys really hate cancer and that is a great thing. You can donate off of Fatty's blog page if you want to hate cancer as well!
Training for TransIowa is going on and on - just about 30 miles a day on the bike. This weekend if the weather cooperates might call for a longer ride!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
There have been some memorable rides in very cold weather and a ride when I stopped by church on the way home and had all over my jacket. My riding buddies wife tells my wife that is what they call a rostertail. I correct her - nope this is just plain old mud from a wreck on the trail.
I remember endoing on the mountain bike one time because I went to adjust my helmet after bumping a tree branch with it at the same time my tire hits a root and throws me forward. A very important lesson was learned - never hold the front brake only. My body weight shoved my hand onto the brake and all I remember is thinking - Oh Sh*t - and over the bars I went. It was funny when no body damage occurred!
This all brings me to last night. I was at the gym working out and decided (actually just confirmed an earlier thought about riding later) that I was riding no matter what the weather was doing. I showered at the gym, headed home in the rain, and my wife asked me what my plans were. I told her I put gas in the car so she could go see her sister's new house and I was going for a ride. The normal puzzling look came at me - you are riding in this weather? Yes.
The way I see it is that TransIowa is happening sun or shine. I had my good weather window opportunity last year and blew it so I am figuring on being wet this year so I might as well figure on getting some wet riding in to test my gear.
So I put on my gear: Long sleeve wicking shirt, hoodie (which I will skip next time), pull over 3/4 zip North Face Apex jacket (which I love!!!!), Team Discovery bike shorts, REI wind pants (time to see how they fare against the rain not just wind), old shoes, Pearl Shoe Covers, and my Trek Rain Jacket, Mountain Hardware beanie, and my lighter winter gloves because it was not that cold out!
I had no idea where I was going so I just peddled and turned when I felt like it. Ended up by the ski area on the top side and did my killer hill ride on Wolheiter. Cruised down to church for a restroom break (and to show off that I was tough enough to ride in all type of weather!) and headed home.
It was a short ride but provided me with some good ideas about TransIowa. I need to look into a bike computer that has a light for night time mileage checks and I need to contemplate a better light set.
No pictures because it was dark :)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
A poem I wrote on BT - Called The Chief
Your cracks have been filled by the fears of the fearless.
High above the valley floor the mighty hang.
Some quietly contemplate, some loudly cry out for strength;
some shed tears, but through it all they push onward and upward.
You feel their needs through the placement of fingertips.
Strength exudes through the placement of feet.
Sweat pours on your face.
Hearts race, you feel the pounding on your steadfast granite.
They are a selfish lot; they look to be shaped, they turn to you for clarity.
How do you share your story? When do you get to be heard?
The day begins to close, Your voice prepares to boom.
Your counsel is strong, You long to be honored.
You speak through awesome splendor; you speak through a ring of gold.
Your peace has been spoken, Your tranquility has returned.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Well after last weeks trip to Ontario County Park I put the Felt 29'er back into action by adding pedals and grips to it and took her for a spin yesterday at Chestnut Ridge Park and the surrounding area - it was a glorious day!
On a glorious bike :)
See the waterfall below?The Boston Valley in fall - beautiful
The City of Buffalo and it's southern suburbs.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Some trails that I got to ride on - great fun and the weather was absolutely gorgeous out!
A picture of the valley from Lookout. I am so glad I finally got to ride here. Will definitely be returning in the future for more!
Friday, October 16, 2009
I have been slack posting lately but not much is going on.
There are some plans in the making for next month - heading to Arizona and taking a bike ride from Phoenix up to The Grand Canyon for some sightseeing. It will be 500 miles round trip approximately and I have 5 days including sightseeing. I arrive late Thursday so I plan on doing 150 Friday and 100 Saturday - hope to see sunset at the Canyon.
Going to hang around Sunday morning and head out Sunday afternoon for 60 or so. Contemplating a 200 miler Monday for TransIowa training. I think that will be a good test. I fly out Tuesday afternoon so I need to get bike back to shop for shipment and then it will be winter training time back in Buffalo!
That is going to include some skiing at this area here:
This is Kissing Bridge ski area 2 weeks ago. The leaves of change or a changing.
Get out there and ride/run/swim :)
Thursday, July 2, 2009
http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com/ - Guitar Ted - Race Director of Trans Iowa and the GTDRI. Both rides will have linkage from his main blog. Very bike knowledgeable and all around good guy.
http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/ - Jill Homer - This girl is an amazing athlete although she would never admit to being one. Currently she is on pace for the fastest Female Tour Divide Race finish (http://tourdivide.org/) and she has awesome writings and photographs during her training rides throughout North America.
http://www.cpfarrow.blogspot.com/ - Charlie Farrow - Trans Iowa and numerous other races veteran. Has an awesome writing style which shows his literary knowledge and intelligence. Plus he just swore off gears and is running solely single speed bikes for the foreseeable future :)
http://www.gnatlikes.com/ - GNAT (God first (how awesome is that) and the first letters of his twins names. Does some great writing and cool photos. Just recently came across this blog but it is definitely worth looking into if you love riding your bicycle like I do :)
http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/ - This person is great. Bike reviews, tears down people in a nice type of way, and great writer from NYC. Great spin on the bicycle community (but I don't think he likes Portland much :) )
There are some for you to check into. One day I would like to be that creative. Just don't know if I have it in me.
HAPPY 4th OF JULY HOLIDAY EVERYONE (And HAPPY CANADA DAY (Sorry it is late) to our friends up north!)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I realize I never told my bike story from Sunday:
Went to church and like usual figured I would take a bike ride while the wife went to see her family. In the back of my mind I felt like I should just go swimming at the Y because something didn't feel right. So I went home, changed, got SS Felt Cross Bike ready and headed out. I decided to take a new route. Well on that route I was in a dirt tire track (in deep grass also) and I wrecked as I went to close to the edge - that caused a good laugh.
Then I came to a dirt screen that I usually just ride over on my mountain bike. Front wheel clears then all of a sudden I am going over the handlebars. It grabbed the back chain ring or something and just threw me to the ground. Ok another laugh.
I get to my close single track, hit my helmet on a low branch that I have never even come close to touching, throws me off a little, and I hit a tree - WTF creeps in about now!
Do my short loop and figure I am just heading for pavement and doing an easy ride or I might end up dead. I want to check something so I start breaking and my wheel is skipping. I tighten the headset and take off. Get ready to turn and I nearly go down in the middle of the road - I flatted somewhere along the way and I didn't even know it. Change the flat - say that is what the pool is for and I ride home (uneventfully thankfully!!!) and hit the pool.
That is what makes the worst bike ride ever!
Fast forward to Wednesday evening:
Riding home about 4 miles from the final destination I get a flat. Call SAG wagon in to pick me up since I was so close and I didn't want to waste a CO2 cartridge. Went home and proceeded to changed gearing around, new handlebar tape, handlebar adjustment, flat replacement, and play some catch with my boy.
Fast forward to 4:45am this morning. Something went off in my mind sort of like this:
Well you had to put air in the tube last night again.
Yes, but maybe I forgot to fill it up.
Nah, I wouldn't do that and still ride.
True, then why was the tube low again when you went to take it out again.
I don't know, better check.
Guess what - Flat again!!!!
So that is 3 flats in 3 days. Hope that streak ends soon :)
BTW: GDR and Tour Divide start up this week and next week. Keep an eye out!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Not much exciting going on around here.
Mount Washington Road Race is June 20th in New Hampshire. As the heading says - Only 1 Hill but it is from start to end and over 6K feet of elevation gain. Should be fun :)
Will post a report after the race but for now I am just doing some running, swimming, and a lot of riding (which is my first love!)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
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Well this is how the week turned out to be. I have been on the bike every day since last Friday May 15th. I took today off because it is Jake's birthday, but will be back on it tomorrow and the whole weekend, if the forecast holds out.
Speaking of the birthday boy:
Last Summer Fishing - They just went last night again so this must be 1 year old exactly (or pretty close).
He is growing up into quite the young man with a beautiful heart that loves the Lord and a good sense of humor also!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Many said that to me, but it is like telling a blind man the sky is blue. Until he sees it for himself does he truly believe you? Well I would tell myself you all were right, but inside I had the opposite feeling - until today.
having a quality of great beauty or sadness so as to be memorableNow the question is what is TransIowa: a quality of beauty or a quality of sadness or a combination of both? Today I think it is the combination. In my future years without successful completion of this beast I might see it as sadness until I can see the beauty in being able to participate in such an undertaking. Succesful completion might bring both back into the equation - a goal successfully reach (beauty) yet the destination has been reached (sadness).A history of TransIowa is available here: http://guitarted1961.wordpress.com/about/And yes I am listed on the roster :)
thank you for all the inspires, messages, comments about TransIowa. Soul searching is a good thing and putting my thoughts into words just makes it easier for me to comprehend in the end. thanks to all
Well the RD just put his words down: http://www.transiowa.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Well where do I start. First of all this type of race does not work well in this race format because some of the questions are just non-existent so I will adapt because I understand that this is a Triathlon race forum. The start - It was awesome. 51 riders - $100K worth of bikes minimum - Red blinking rear lights - head lights - darkness (4:00am) - stars (Middle of nowhere Iowa) - A Cemetery :) (appropriate).
Eric and his bike (Al's is the Orange Salsa)
My bike, pack, and snack at stop
Monday, April 27, 2009
7 days from now we will be driving home and I will be prepping my race report.
My only prayer is for safe travel to and from, for safety for my family while I am riding, and for my safety on the road. If I finish - I finish. If not, I have prepared as well as I could have and will not feel bad at all. It has been a great journey!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Brooks Inspire Daily Program - I love Brooks running shoes and gear and was very happy with them bringing me onboard this program. I tried to attend a weekend clinic they have in Washington, but there was too many interested people and I missed out in the lottery selection - Unlike my Mt. Washington Road Race :)
Twin Six: Some cool bike gear - Jerseys, T-Shirts, Hats, Socks, etc... This stuff is old school looking but very good quality. I would highly recommend if you love the 2 wheels then go check out their site. In the near future I will be listed on their site and you can read my bio that I put up there. I am psyched about that!
Always working for more sponsors so keep your eye out. If you have any suggestions besides the loony bin drop me a line :)
Have a great day!
Monday, April 13, 2009
I have my new ride for it also. Picked it up Saturday and it is a Masi Speciale Randonneur. It was substantially less expensive than the Salsa Fargo that I wanted and for what I am going to use it for will be perfect. Pictures to come in the near future.
Well as training goes that is about all right now. Will post some pictures this week from my rides and the overnighter this coming weekend. Should be interesting :)
Monday, March 30, 2009
I put some 700x35 cross tires on for TransIowa and ordered a new set of wheels so I can have them on a set and my mountain bike tires on another set for easy transition. My next move is to get some good lighting and am thinking about switching out either the middle or large chain ring for a larger middle or smaller large ring. Contemplate it for the next couple of days while I ride my current setup.
I am heading down to Ohio for 2 days this week and hopefully can get some good mileage in without interfering with family time. Should be nice if the roads are dry. If not - I get wet I guess!
I feel very confident about Iowa right now and am really looking forward to the race!
See you on the roads!
Lake Erie and the wine country of Southern Erie County
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I just wish snowshoe running was as easy as cross country skiing is. I do not realistically seeing myself competing this year in that snowshoe marathon. I am having trouble hitting 6 miles on the snowshoes, much less 26 miles. There is a 10K race this weekend in Rochester that I am hopefully doing and that will give me a good gauge on my snowshoe running fitness level.
I really need to bring my camera with me though so I can provide some nice pictures to this blog of mine. Would make it look a lot neater than just my stories!
Monday, January 5, 2009
One thing for sure is that I will have to increase my caloric intake. I dropped 2 pounds last week being sick and I need to regain that. I do not want to be any lighter right now.
I need to remember to take my camera with me because there were some beautiful pictures I could have snapped yesterday. Next time :)