Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years

Thanks to my friends at Clif Bar!

Loving It: Snow Again

Saving the Best for Last

In the past week I have seen some not so smart moves by people. Saving the best for the last couple of days of 2010 I suppose.

First up a woman was driving with a child standing in her lap. She looked at me, smiled, and drove off like it was nothing.

Second, it was 39 degree and raining when I saw a little girl barefoot in her pajamas out in front of her house crying. I stopped and asked if she was okay but she didn't really speak much since she was about 2-1/2 years old. I rang the doorbell and knocked to see if she was accidentally locked out of the house. Finally someone came to the door. A man (guessing it was her grandfather) the barely spoke English answered and asked if she was locked out, etc. He said "No not locked out" and just stared at me like I was crazy for asking. He took her inside and stared at me until I was gone. Guess some people don't care about kids.

Third....not sure if it is some macho thing or what but I saw a girl running the same 39 degree rainy day and she was wearing shorts. Her legs looked painfully red and she was moving at an agonizing one mile an hour. Are tights really that much of a hassle? Suppose that warmth and comfort come after looking good and showing some skin.

Have a Happy and Safe New Years!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Quick Christmas Check In

It's been a couple of crazy weeks and I haven't had much time to post. Here is a summary: Logged over 2000 driving miles in a week, finished up my design projects, attended a USAC Clinic, headed to Bend for the US National Cyclocross Championships, spent time with family, got some skiing in, and am now sick.

During the madness I had the chance to catch up with some good friends along the way. Wish I saw them more often but that's how life is.

As Christmas approaches I hope that you get to spend time with family and friends

Monday, December 13, 2010


Quick check in here....been on the road for a bit so I will update soon. In the meantime here are a few shots from the Cyclocross National Championships in Bend over the weekend.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Danny MacAskill: "Way Back Home"

Connecting with Seven Owners

I had the chance to catch up with Barbara, the owner of a Seven Elium. She has been riding her Seven for several years now. Her riding was set back with a broken hip from a crash. After working hard during rehab she has been back on the bike now for a few years. Here are some photos of her beautiful bike (it probably has more miles on it than most people drive in a year).


Pic of one top notch welder at Seven

Roller Skating

Been almost two weeks since I've been on the bike. Got out on T-day for some skating. Looking forward to joining forces with Bear and Welby for the RT roller festivities.

Up and Coming

Here are some photos of one of the athletes I coach. He's a top notch junior and loves riding his mountain and cyclocross bikes. Right now he's racing cross and been placing in the top 5 in the Men's A category.

Friday, November 26, 2010


Ready for more storms. Got some new Blizzaks that need to be broken in so I hope it snows more.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving to all! Ready for some wild Tryptophan dreams

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bear Gets it On

Bear and I hit up some roller skiing the other day. Bear is quite the trooper. It was his second time roller skiing (the first time he just tried them out so it doesn't really count). He opted to go full bore and we skated just a hair over 9 miles. He augered twice but got back up and kept going. Needless to say the guy is hooked. Can't wait to get on snow. The quiver is set to go.

Post ride I ate up some cheese the Welbys are now making. It's good stuff so if you see it give it a try. The current label is under Green Acres.

Bear wears short shorts


Is your quiver ready?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Change of Pace

Finally fell victim to the junk that's going around. Sore throat and the whole bit. I've been putting in some quality time in front of the computers and hopefully one of my design projects will be done soon. In the meantime the levels of desire to ride a bike have been at zero. Storms have been moving in and hopefully there will be some snow coming to the hills. Snow level was down to 2200 feet last night. Good signs. Hope Royal opens soon. For now the roller skis will be put to use if I can kick this funkiness that has me down right now.

The mind has been wandering to different sports lately and I was thinking of a surf trip I took to Mexico and long time ago. It was a blast and it was probably the last time a farmer tan did not grace my skin. Best part of the trip: Surfing and hanging out on the beach all day. Worst part of the trip: Tie between getting stung by a jellyfish and going home. Going home probably wins that prize because honestly there was quite a bit of excitement with the jellyfish thing.

Not sure why that trip came up. Perhaps something in me just needs a change of pace. 

Whatever it is, the next few weeks will be quite busy and then.....well, you'll just have to stay tuned.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wheels for Wheels

I've been hoping that the weather turns south and begins dumping some snow in the hills. Pedaling is just not really on my mind right now. Bear and I went out for a spin the other day and we turned around because we just weren't into it (at least I wasn't).

Bear giving me the "Look"

All the girls at home are sick and the oldest had a temperature of 103. It made it tough to get work done but pushing on is the only option. Today improved and they all seem to be feeling better. I was really hoping it would snow but a sunny forecast is showing for the next 10 days. Skiing is on the brain. As luck would have it a box from RR came and had the new wheels.

Maiden voyage was a bit sketchy. Getting used to tiny wheels and my not yet broken in skate boots from last season made for some interesting slipping on ice type antics. It took a while before getting comfortable but slowly it appeared I was getting accustomed to skating on wheels.

Not as boring when you are occupied doing this case it was: Not die

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Cookie Told Me So

Coming down off the Halloween sugar high is always welcome. Fall is finally in full swing and the leaves changing color are quite spectacular. It's what makes this time of year my favorite season. I've been designing a lot lately. Just trying to get ahead to prepare for a conference and perhaps a visit to Bend to watch one of my athletes race CX Nats.

Hear that? That's the sound of cracking

Bear and I hit up some trails. The youngest got sick this week and sleep continues to be precious and insufficient in the household. A little worried because the MD instructed us to bring the youngster in when sick because of health issues of being preemie. Hope there will be no ER visits. Had plenty of those this year.

We chased some singletrack and rode the new bike path on Middle Creek. It's a great path and even better that we can stay off main roads coming back from Dub-Town.

The legs were shutting down today. Tends to be a common theme these days and hope there will be some changes soon. Like snow. Maybe I need to rest a little more this weekend before I head into final design projects. For dinner the girls ordered up some take out. Finished up with my fortune cookie and it told me this:

I will do so....because the cookie told me so!