Thursday, October 29, 2009

WOD Thursday, Oct 29

5 pullups
10 lunges per leg
15 wall ball – I used the 20lb ball and hit the 10 ft mark on 2 sets
20 squats

5 times

11:13

Becky Hammon was there in the morning and posted the best time of the day at 8 min something. Pretty cool.

My legs are trashed for the day. My spring biking is going to be soooo good.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WOD at Black Hills Crossfit

Went to CrossFit for the first time since last Thursday. I gave blood on Friday and wasn't feeling up to par for the workouts.

Strength session
5-5-5-5 Deadlifts I pulled 225 on my last set. I could probably go up but need to work on some lower back strength and form first.

WOD
5 overhead squats - bar only (45lbs)
30 pushups

repeat 5 times

My time was 5:40+ something. I need to start remembering it but I was kind of tired after it.

I can't believe how much pushups can hurt. Then again, I just did 150 of them. Well, 30 with correct form and the others turned into girl, kicking screaming, can't get off the mat type of pushups. The overhead squats are absolutely amazing. I think they would be easier if I had more shoulder flexibility. I have a hard time keeping the weight centered over my body. My shoulders want to roll forward which brings the weight forward which then makes me lean forward. So, I'll have to work on flexibility.

I'm curious to see how my body will change in the next 6 weeks while doing crossfit and the paleo diet. A group at work has a challenge that started as a weight loss challenge but has turned into a fitness challenge for me. I'm more enterested to gain strength, speed and stamina over just loosing body fat. Then, I also figure with the right diet and the CrossFit exercises I should be doing both at a fairly high rate.

We tracked our numbers 2 weeks ago to start then last week was week 1 and so on. Here are my numbers.

Baseline
Weight: 194 lbs
Neck (in): 16
Waist: 35
Body Fat % 16.03
Lbs of Fat: 31.10
Lean Body Weight: 162.9

Week 1
Weight: 189.5 (-4.5)
Neck (in): 16
Waist: 33.5 (-1.5)
Body Fat % 12.96 (-3.07)
Lbs of Fat: 24.55 (-6.55)
Lean Body Weight: 164.95 (+2.05)

Week 2
Weight: 187 (-2.5)
Neck (in): 15.5
Waist: 33.5 (0)
Body Fat % 14.01 (+1.05)
Lbs of Fat: 26.2 (+1.65)
Lean Body Weight: 160.8 (-4.15)

I'm blaming on my changes that I didn't eat nearly enough this last week. We'll see what happens next week.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Football

Last night we played our last flag football game for the year. Team 340 did not win the championship. We did get second place.

The team we played was good, really good and I think in the 5 or 6 years I've played, we've only beat them once. It was a fun game and I think we learned something. RPM (other team) is really good. I'll leave it at that.

My knee is a little sore but nothing I can't deal with. I was impressed with how good I felt. My sprints felt strong and I never was overly tired from the continuous running (we were running a hurry up offense). So, I'm thinking my workout program i.e. CrossFit must be working.

Today's WOD
2 Laps Around Building
15-10-5
Thrusters
Pull Ups
2 Laps Around Building

Thrusters - 85lbs
Total Time - 8:15

If you're going to be in town November 14th, the BHMBA will be hosting a duathlon on M-hill. It will be a 1.5 mile run, 8 mile bike and a 1.5 mile run. It's free for everyone so bring a friend. Check out the forums for more details.



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Workouts

Well, I joined a gym. Not just any ole gym though. The one I joined will bring you in, tear you up and spit you out in an hour or less. So far in the 4 sessions I've gone to my workouts have ranged from 8 minutes to 20 some minutes and I'm dead tired when all done.

I joined Black Hills CrossFit. I love it. It has to be the next best thing to bikes in the world. It's hard, fast, functional everyday movements that work every part of your body. It reminds me a bit of my college basketball or high school football days. I'm really excited to get to the olympic lifts where I hear you can see huge gains in strength, speed and stamina. Those are all the things I'm striving for, and of course overall wellness.

I think I might keep a running journal of my workouts and post the times here. I know my loyal 3 readers do not care, but I think it will be beneficial to me so I can keep track of my progress.

If I keep up these workouts through next year, I will be very interested to see how and if my mountain biking improves. I'm sure I'll have more physical endurance and strength. Can't wait!!!

Today's W.O.D.

10 pullups
20 pushups
30 sit-ups
40 squats
4x

15:22 (I think, I can't remember for certain)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tools and stuff.

I'd like to get myself one of these tools. http://parktool.com/products/detail.asp?cat=4&item=FR-1



I have a double chainring on the front of my old schwinn that I converted to a single. I'd like to change it up a bit so I can use the bigger ring when I ride to work, then go back to the small ring when I want to do the mtb. I wonder if I should just put a front derailleur on and I can shift it whenever. I'm not sure how well that would work though. I wonder if it would bind too much. Any thoughts?

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Addition

We had our baby. Went to the hospital at 8pm Friday night and Jonah William was born Saturday, Sept 26 at 1:49 a.m. So, I have the week off to be with my family. I might take Oli for some daily bike rides if the weather cooperates.

Here's a pic.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Impressive

I know some of you will be impressed, some awed and others... well, let's just say they already know about it and will not seem as excited as some.



Lets haul some stuff!!!

Xtracycle

Kona Ute

Get out and ride/haul.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Black Hills Log Home/Acreage for Sale

I'm going to list my in-laws house here for a while. They are trying to sell their beautiful home. The information is all below:



Very private, three-level, 3200 square foot, custom log home built in 2001. Awesome views from a wrap-around deck, 3 bedrooms, whirlpool tub in master bath, loft with it’s own deck, central AC, 30x54 three-car garage/shop, with 20x22 insulated and heated shop, and an 8x12 tack shed. Wood stove in the greatroom, cove heating in the lower level, heat pump, central air throughout. Hickory cabinets in the kitchen. An unbeatable location just three miles off I 90, southeast of Sturgis, SD, perfectly situated between Rapid City, Spearfish, and Deadwood. This can be a private retreat or development property. Mature landscaping surrounds the home with unique hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities.

This beautiful home can be purchased on a 20 to 80 acre parcel. $697,500 for the home and 20 acres. An additional 60 acres is negotiable.

Please leave a comment if you are interested and I will get back to you.
Thank you!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Dakota five-o

Once again I competed. I went out strong and continued fairly strong through the first aid station. Somewhere between 1 and 2 I faded and faded hard. I lost all power and wasn't feeling up to the challenge of beating my previous time of 8 hours and 46 minutes. My plan was changing.

Once I arrived at aid station 2 I was feeling better. I loaded up on some fruit and water, refilled my bottles and within 5-10 minutes I was off again. A friend of mine was also racing who thought he would be chasing me. In reality, I was chasing him until the 4th aid station.

Between 2 and 3 I felt strong on most climbs and downhills felt better. I was cramping slightly in my quads as the heat was tipping the high 80s. I kept reaching in my jersey pocket to grab some sport beans and take a sip of water. I was back on track for beating my time.

I arrived at aid station 3 over and hour earlier than I had the previous year. We once again loaded up on some fruit and water, rested for a minute and decided to take off. So I hopped on the saddle and clipped my right foot and then tried to clip the left foot in. I thought "where in the hell is my peddle?" I looked down to find the crankarm gone. So, I looked back and saw it laying neatly in the grass behind me.

Well, sh*t... now what? With some help from a friend and local bike wrench, we put the crankarm on the best we could with the tools that were available. The arm stayed on through about half the distance from 3 to 4 when it fell off again. So, I stopped and put it back on again. This time I made it the last 4 or 5 miles of downhill riding to aid station 4.

While there I was tightening the arm when another local bike wrench from Spearfish asked if I needed anything. I said "yeah, I could use a crank bolt." He then asked what size and walked over and saw I was running SLX cranks. He didn't have anything for me but he did use a better tool to tighten the crankarm onto the spindle. It stayed the rest of the ride.

Right after aid 4 is a horrendous climb that goes straight up on an old forest service road. For me, its a 30-40 minute hike-a-bike up to the bacon station. My friend the wrench and the other friend who I was chasing were all hiking together when to my luck, they started to cramp. I asked if I could do anything while they stretched out and just kept walking. This was clearly my chance to move forward and regain my lead.

Once at the top at the bacon station it's a short climb then a very sketchy downhill where I broke my collarbone 5 or 6 years ago then at the bottom begins a slow, steady climb up a fire road for a few miles. I cranked away and kept going until I hit more single track. We're almost home... After the road, there is some small climbs up to the top of Tinton. I got there and felt really good about myself and the time. I was going to be in right around 2 p.m. which was alot earlier than last year.

I pushed as hard as I could the last 10 miles not getting out of the middle ring for any of the short bursts of steep climbs on the downhill run back to Spearfish.

I arrived at Spearfish park in 6 hours 51 minutes after starting the 50 mile race. I crushed last years time of 8 hours 46 minutes and set a new personal record for myself. I was extremely happy with my time and my race. Fun times... Can't wait for next year now. Can I go under 6?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Car/Bicycle Collisions

The University of Toronto recently published an interview with Professor Chris Cavacuiti of the department of family and community medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in which he quotes a study that found bicyclists are the cause of less than 10% of bike-car accidents. From the interview:
While there is a public perception that cyclists are usually the cause of accidents between cars and bikes, an analysis of Toronto police collision reports shows otherwise: The most common type of crash in this study involved a motorist entering an intersection and either failing to stop properly or proceeding before it was safe to do so. The second most common crash type involved a motorist overtaking unsafely. The third involved a motorist opening a door onto an oncoming cyclist. The study concluded that cyclists are the cause of less than 10 per cent of bike-car accidents in this study.
The available evidence suggests that collisions have far more to do with aggressive driving than aggressive cycling.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rants and Raves

Alright, yesterday on my commute to work I learned something. The CITY closes the damn bike path for the Central States Fair. There isn't really any safe alternate route around either. I have to ride on highly traveled no shoulder roads where cages don't pay any attention. I will be writing a letter to the city about this. I believe if you are to have a bike path, it remains a bike path for the entire year. The current bike path has been turned into carnieville and parking. That's complete B.S. and I'm pissed about it.

If that wasn't bad enough, yesterday some punk a$$ kid yelled at my while I was riding home. He yells, "get on the sidewalk". I didn't retaliate although I thought many things in my tiny little hollow head. Apparently he has not learned the laws. I think he should be educated and then shocked with a hot shot just for being a stupid punk kid who apparently doesn't know sh*t.

On a much better note. I went for a little jaunt over my lunch break. First to Two Wheeler Dealer to see if they had some drink stuff I'm trying to find, then on to the grocery store. I wanted some fruit which I got. My issue came apparent when I realized I don't have any convenient way to carry grocery bags on my bike. I tied it down as good as possible to my rear rack without damaging the fruit. I do believe some nice grocery panniers are in order.

Any suggestions?

If anyone has any good insight on the bike path thing, please, let me know.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ugh

I have this crappy little head cold that won't go away. It's not horrible, just enough to make things uncomfortable. I can ride my bike and after about 20 seconds, I'm huffing and puffing like I haven't ridden ever. I'm ready for this to go away.

I need to get out on a long ride tomorrow morning. Find a nice long section of single track to go ride for a couple hours. A friend and I rode Victoria Lake last Friday. We logged about 13 miles of pristine single track. I'd like to ride 20 tomorrow. We'll see what the weather holds.

Primal Quest teams are making their way into Rapid. Team South Dakota is still a ways back but are doing wonderfully. I'm excited about their team. I wish SD would have shown some more support for them.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Workout for the day.

Bike commute - round trip - 13 miles

Ride to track - round trip 4.4 miles

4x800 meter sprints for time.
1. 3:06
2. 3:08
3. 3:14
4. 3:18

Total bike miles = 17.4 miles
Total miles = 19.4 miles

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Kona Kula Supreme set up for commuting

Here is the bike I use for my commutes, my mountain bike rides and my road rides. I think it's a sweet setup and I love this bike. I would like to get some Old Man Mountain racks to compliment the bike and to provide more storage options. Post your commuter bikes if you've got one.







2008 Kona Kula Supreme frame
Fox Fork
SLX cranks
LX shifters and deralliures
SLX disc brakes
Easton carbon handlebar
Thompson Stem
WTB seat

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Evening Ride Home

I took some pictures of my ride home tonight. It mostly consists of riding on the bike path with a small bit of highway. It's not a bad ride.







They're backwards and I have more... I'll post tomorrow.

Any of you Desk Jockeys

Have any of you tried one of these at your desk?

http://www0.epinions.com/search/?submitted_form=searchbar&search_string=pedaler&tax_name=Exercise+Equipment&dyn_nav=0&dyn_nav_id=&search_vertical=t10785&searchbar_submit=Search

After doing sprints and riding both days this week I have a serious case of restless leg syndrom. I feel like I need to get up and move. The legs are tight and sore and rather tired, but they just need to move. It's driving me nuts.

I'm going to start taking pictures of my ride or things on my ride every day. I need to liven up this blog a little. You just wait. Tomorrow, I'll post some pictures... maybe.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lesson Learned

Alright, I knew this ahead of time, but I guess I felt I had to test the waters. This morning, I wore my pants and shirt for the entire day on my commute. The temperature was a little lower this morning and I thought if I go slow enough, I won't have to change my clothes. Dead wrong. i still sweat. I know that. I sweat when it's 10 below if I have to ride any sort of distance. What's wrong with me.

Now, my pants are sticking to my legs and my shirt feels slightly damp. I'm so stupid.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Nothing Short of Inspiring

Check out this site... probably one of the coolest dedications I have ever seen.

http://www.twinsix.com/

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Day

The 5-0 is approaching quickly. I need to get on some more rides. Tonight was possibly going to be a ride, but with the rain we've been having it's not looking promising. If I don't run up to Sturgis tonight, I might take a jaunt on the road.

One note, the Fat Cyclist's wife passed away yesterday from a long battle with cancer. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gut Check

I just realized something this last weekend. The Gut Check is coming up soon. The 7-9th of August. Since I haven't been planning on doing it, the race slipped my mind. Next year I'll be all over it. That is if I have my bicycle (Masi). I'll then try to ride it self supported the whole way. It should be fun.

Are any of you two loyal readers riding the GC212?

If you are, good luck!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Love

I think I found a couple new loves last night. I've always been a big fan of Masi bikes, but something came over me.

Masi 1

and the other

Masi 2

I really like the CX. It's versatile, has options to throw racks and fenders on it and just plain looks sharp.

I'm trying to decide if getting a commuter bike would be worth it. I've sold 3 of my bikes as I am trying to downsize. Really, I can't ride all six at once anyway.

In my perfect world, I would have my mt bike (Kona Kula Supreme) which is the perfect mt bike for me. It's fast, fun, has good components and will work exactly what I want it for. The other would be a touring/commuter bike. Something I could go and ride long and far and also throw some racks and fenders on for a nice ride to work. 2 bikes. That's it.

I'm in desperate need to clean out my garage and sell some junk. Once all that is accomplished, maybe I can take the money from my sold bikes and the junk I sell and purchase the Masi.

On some Interweb site I found a place where I can determine how much money I will save by riding to work instead of driving. It came up to 700 something per year. I actually thought it would be more than that since I drive a truck. Although, my ride is considerably shorter than my drive. The ride is about 7 miles each way and the drive is closer to 12-15... So, I bet if I punched in those numbers, it would give me a completely different outcome. This of course leads to the bike purchase as being an investment or more of a necessity. Well, not quite a necessity but basically in one year, the bike will have paid for itself and bikes can last for a long time!

hmmm

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mileage

Rode about 22 miles yesterday. Maybe half of those were on the bike trail and the other half was on single track. Tell you what, I need to do some more climbing for leg strength. After that many miles, hills were starting to become quite difficult and I have the Dakota 5-0 coming up in about 5 weeks.

So, I guess I'll be spending alot of the next 5 weeks trying to get some mileage and doing as much climbing as humanly possible.

Sounds like fun, eh?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kula Supreme Souped up

I got my bike back from the bike shop yesterday. Oh man is it nice. I went from some old Truvativ cranks and bottom bracket to a nice new Shimano SLX crankset and bottom bracket. It is smooth as butter. I really wanted to go XT but didn't want to shell out the extra cash for it. 

They also did a little tune-up. They said my front derailliur was all messed up (I didn't realize cuz I never shift out of the middle ring) and the rear deralliur was falling off the small sprocket. Again, I had no idea since I never shift there. Apparently I should be riding a single speed since I never shift. I suppose that's a good thing.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cranks

I'm having some serious issues with my cranks on my Kula Supreme. The cranks are off my old Dawg and have seen better days. 

The last few days on my commute they would really start to creak and squeek about 5 minutes into the ride. On Friday, it was horrible. 

Once I got home I assesed the situation. The left crankarm was apparently loose (read: almost ready to fall off). I located my trusty allen wrench to tighten the said crankarm when to no avail, it would not tighten. Well, it would, but not to actually tighten the crankarm itself. The screw would tighten, then I couldn't turn the cranks. As soon as I would loosen the screw, the crank would whoble freely once again.

So, I guess the Kula has to go in for some service. I don't know if I can get away with a spacer or something or if it is more serious. I really don't want it to be serious but if it is, I really have no choice. I can't say I have extra cranks laying around for a spare. 

Also, now that I'm trying to downsize my amount of crap. I don't have a plethora of bicycles to choose and ride each and every day. I still have my Coilair which is also getting sold. I have an interested party so I should probably clean it up and have it ready to head out the door. Which will leave me with my Kula, a Dawg frame and a Schwinn that is torn apart and might as well be just a frame. And that's all my bikes.

I'm thinking I might have to look into buying a good commuter bike. I feel slightly guilty riding my best mt bike to work every day. Seems like it's going to wear out faster than I care for it to. 

Kona Ute... Is it in the future? Maybe that's what the Coilair will turn into. 

I'll then have 2 bikes, my good mt bike and my commuter.

Seems logical.

Words of Advice

From the Tao Te Ching:
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekly Rides

So far this week I've been able to accomplish 55.5 miles of riding. Nothing special, to work and home and a little over lunch. I rode Monday, Tuesday and Friday. I also plan on riding about 20 miles or so tomorrow. I did plan on a long mtb ride but now have decided to get some long endurance on the road in.

I'm hoping to bump up the milage little by little each week until a week or so before the Dakota 5-0. I'm pretty determined to do much better this year. I'm sick of sucking it up in that race. In the 5 or so years I've done it, I have yet to break 7 hours. Yes folks... 7 hours. That sucks by anyone's standards. I'm horrible and this year I will not be.

I have no idea what kind of training I'm going to do. Just ride lots I guess.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Construction

Why is it that road construction puts giant construction signs right at the intersections of highly traveled foot traffic? There is a place I cross every day and they have a giant sign blocking the intersection so pedestrian traffic can't be seen by drivers.&nbsp;

I've almost been hit a few times due to drivers, a. not looking, or b. can't see me. I'm 6'2" and the sign is about twice the size as I am. It just doesn't makes sense to put those in the line of sight of pedestrian traffic.&nbsp;

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Test Post

This is a test post from a Blogger widget on my Mac.

Day 2

Today was day 2 of my new commute. It was good but I'm feeling a little tired after my 21 mile ride yesterday. I can tell I haven't ridden for quite a while. It was much more windy today as well. The wind made it feel like I was on a much longer ride than normal. I was definitely pushing it.

The one problem I do notice is that I try to see how fast I can go. I need to learn just to relax and spin my way to work. I can push it going home. I just always feel like I have to get wherever I'm going as fast as I can. That's not good.

My new commute will be a great way to get in shape and ready for the Dakota 5-0.

Have a great day. I'll try and remember my camera to take some pictures of my new route.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Finally

I finally did it. I rode my bike to work from our new location. I was going to make a test run prior to the actual trip but decided that was never going to happen. It's a decent ride. 7.2 miles if I go on the bike path for most of the distance. I have to ride a little on Hwy 44 and on St. Patrick street. Neither was nearly as horrifying as I was expecting.

The ride was relatively easy. There are no real climbs or decents or... mostly rolling. The ride home will be a little more difficult as more is uphill but it still shouldn't be too challenging. Plus, I need to get in shape for the Dakota 5-0 so a little climbing will suite me good.

It took me almost exactly 30 minutes. I can deal with that. When I worked at NAU and only had a 3 mile ride, it took me 27 minutes because of a giant hill. I like this new ride better.

I feel great!!!

Now, get out and ride!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday

It's Friday today. It's Angie's birthday today and I have a nice evening planned out. I've already told her the details so I'm sure I can share. We're heading up to Latchstring to spend the night. For those that don't know, it's up Spearfish canyon. It is definitely a beautiful place. Oli is spending the night at his aunt and uncle's house and I'm sure he'll have fun.

It's obvious that the tour is going on. I'm loving every minute of it. However, it's making me want a road bike again. I'll have one someday. Now is not the time.

I'm thinking of de-cluttering my life. There are numerous boxes full of stuff that we've decided that we really don't need. So, my objective is to sell as much stuff as possible and the place will probably be either e-bay or craig's list. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Whoa!

I haven't posted in a few days. It's crazy how fast the time flies this time of year. Any time of year really...

There was a mountain bike race this past Sunday on some sweet new trail called Buzzard's Roost. I didn't make it. I'm glad too as I haven't been on my bike in a couple weeks. I know, it's nearly a sin to not have ridden my bike in that amount of time. However, with the move and all the crap that's going on and the added commute distance, which I might note, I don't know what that is yet.... I just don't feel I have things in order nearly enough to ride to work yet. Yes, I realize excuses are like a-holes...

Enough about that.

I'm pretty excited about the tour this year. Astana has too many GC contenders and everyone else is just has strong. Great year.

That's all.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What the!!!

If you received an email from me last night with the subject RE: !!! do not open it. It came from my gmail.com account. Delete it right away. I haven't checked that email in weeks. I have the address forwarded to my work account so I can see what's coming in but I don't send anything from there. Don't do it!!!

This sucks. It can't be my infected computer, someone has copied my address and sent that message to everyone in my address book.

Damn it!

Friday, June 12, 2009

BHMBA in the spotlight

Hey, check out this post about the BHMBA on the Kona site. It's great news and a super good article about our little mountain bike mecca in the hills.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rain and move update

It seems since we've put our house up for sale, we've done nothing but wait. Then something comes up and we get excited and emotional... then we find out the close date has been postponed. It has happened over and over again. There might be a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a possibility we could close as early as Friday.

We are ready. There are a few large items left to load and some cleaning to do, for the most part... let's move.

This experience has hurt my cycling time. I haven't been able to compete in a couple races and if we close Friday, it's one more race out of the books. I'm alright with that. This lifetime isn't all about me, it's about my family and providing for them and being the best dad I can. If that means missing out on a couple bike races, then so be it.

On another note, I should have a raffle for some of my things. Tickets will be $1 and this will go towards my Kona Ute. I don't know what I'm going to raffle off but it's going to be ok. Not good, just ok. I've seen other bloggers do this with amazing success. However, they're raffling off things like brand new bicycles, trips and great goods. I only have crap.

Hope you Tour de Kota'rs are doing well and staying dry.

And... it's still raining.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rain

It is raining. It has been raining for days. Wonder how the Tour de Kota is doing with all the rain. Sometimes it's nice to ride in the rain.

Well, not too many people voted on what to get, Kona Ute or the Surly Big Dummy. 2 people voted for the Big Dummy and no votes for the Ute.

Unfortunately, if I ever get the opportunity to have an Xtracycle, I'll probably end up with the Ute. It costs considerably less. The big dummy is $1,000 for just the frame and fork whereas the Ute sells for just under $900 for the complete package. I realize it probably won't have the greatest components, but it is affordable.

And, it's still raining.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Waiting

We're still playing the waiting game with our house situation. We packed up a majority of our things over the weekend and they are in the trailer ready to be moved. Other than that, I have no news to report.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Tracking

I think I'm going to start tracking my monthly bike vs car items. I know a couple friendly bloggers who do it.

1. Biking Brady
2. Minus Car

It seems like a great idea and will be even more impressive to me when my commute is greatly increased if we ever get to move. However, I think it's still valid and will prove that I am out to do my part.

This new big commute that I will have to do seems to warrant a new bicycle. I know our friend Snakebite rides a Surly Big Dummy which I do find quite appealing. However, I could be persuaded to ride a Kona Ute which is very similar to the Big Dummy. I would have to order one either way through my favorite bike shop, Acme Bicycles.

The question remains, which bike shall I get and how will I justify the expense. So, comment back on how you think the expense can be justified. These are the things I have considered.

1. Gas savings from driving a 16 mpg truck every day.
2. I can pick up groceries on the way home.
3. It will serve as a hauling vehicle when things need to be hauled.
4. It comes pre-installed with over-sized panniers.
5. It looks cool.

So, post your comments, I'll compile them and post all the reasons why I should have either a Big Dummy or Ute.

Get out and ride.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Appraisal

The new appraisal on our house was done yesterday. The appraiser said the house was one of the nicest old houses he's seen. So, that being said, our house should have a good appraisal and everything should go though, hopefully. That means we might get to move next Friday. It's a week later, but at least it's still moving forward.

I haven't been on the bike in almost 2 weeks with all this madness going on. Fortunately the weather hasn't cooperated for a good ride. It's been very rainy here lately.

I went to a physical therapist for my knees on Monday. I received some good information from him and will continue to go back a couple more times. He's basically stretching some muscles in my hip flexors and quads which he thinks are to blame for my knee pain. Since my job consists of sitting all day, it has shortened my quads and flexors enough to wreck havok on other areas. I did go for a 3 mile run today with no pain.

Things are looking up.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Move Update...

Well, it looks as if we will not be moving this week. We were supposed to close on our house on Thursday. This past Friday we got word the buyers have been denied of their loan. Our mortgage lady stated that she could give them a loan. However, this process will now take an extra 2-2 1/2 weeks to complete. They have to change their loan type which means more inspections and more appraisals.

I will never sell another house again. This has got to be the worst experience ever. On top of that, I made a delicious cup of coffee that I would pour into a travel mug and enjoy on my walk to work this morning. The thing I didn't account for is all our cups have been packed. So, I instantly said screw it and walked without my morning joe.

I don't even care so much about the cup. What I do care about is the fact that half of our house is packed up and we are in a very uncomfortable state and there is absolutely nothing we can do about it other than wait. Waiting we are doing.

We've been told the worst case scenario is closing on the 19th and best case would be the 12th. It's only an extra 2 weeks, it shouldn't be that bad unless you've been told 3 separate times when the closing will be just to have the contract broken and changed once again.

I'm getting very close to saying screw it and we'll keep our damn house. But, we need to move. We need more space. Well, need probably isn't the right word, it would be very beneficial for us to have a slightly larger and differently organized house.

So, we're back on the waiting game.

Ugh!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lame Duck Flu

Well, I did the hill climb on Friday night. Then I missed out on the XC race. It rained the night before and Angie had to go to a graduation which ment I was to be a dad that day. So, I stayed home and played and packed with my boy.

After that, I have this totally terrible head cold that is kicking my butt. I haven't been able to walk up the stairs without getting winded. It started on Sunday and has gradually been getting worse. I think I'm finally on the downhill slide though. I'm ready for it to be done so I can go ride again.

We're a week away from moving into our new house. Lots of packing and hauling to be done this weekend.

If you're not busy, stop by.. .lend a hand. I'll have beer.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pre-ride

I was going to pre-ride the course yesterday but ended up going for a 10 mile spin. Not real far. I'm up in the air if I will be able to do the race tomorrow. Angie has to be at NAUs graduation at 10 and that's when the race starts. That's not going to work very well having a small dude in our house. So... my race is up in the air.

I do plan on riding the hill climb tonight. I can't be sure how prepared I am. I'm probably not in super good climbing form, but I'll try it anyway. How will I know unless I try.

On the home front, we really really need to start packing. It's terrible. We move in 13 days and we have so little done. It's hard to pack when you might need the stuff. We won't, but that's our mentality.

If you're in Rapid, shoot me an email and I'll see if we can meet up.

Now, get out and ride.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Upset

I'm so mad. This morning I was supposed to go for an hour long spin. I didn't get up in time. I slept right through. Now I'm trying to figure out when I'm going to get my ride in. I could go for a quick 3 mile run instead. I might have to do that immediately after work.

I have the hill climb tomorrow at 6. I'm not sure how difficult it will be. If I remember right, last years winning time was around 8 minutes. Average was about 15. I wish I knew how long it was and where exactly it goes.

Since I run and ride, I was reading Runner's World yesterday and it was saying how if you were to run a 5k race once a week, it would improve your performance. On top of my riding and running, I might give it a shot. Go out and pound out a fast 5k and see how I do. I think my best time ever was about 18 minutes. Can't say I could do that now.

I'll also need to be ready for the xc race on Saturday. It runs 15-20 miles on alot of new trail on M-hill. It's going to be a good one. I usually stay fairly conservative in my race strategy. I treat it more of a leisurely ride than anything. This time, I plan on racing and putting myself into the red. I'd like to see how hard I can push it. I don't want to burn out too early, but I want to keep a high pace. I'll use my heart rate monitor to judge my efforts. I think my legs should be strong enough to withstand a good deal of stress. We'll see.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Day off

I'm taking the day off today as far as workouts go. I need the rest before the hill climb and xc race on saturday. My legs are pretty tired.

Not much else in the way of news. We're making very little progress packing for our big move. I did get the majority of bikes moved from the garage to a storage shed so I know they're safe. I did keep the two I ride frequently at home so I can keep an eye on them.

One quick tip. If you have quick release wheels on your bike, make sure before every ride they are secure. I didn't have one fall off, but after my ride yesterday, I was pushing my bike to the garage and heard a rattly noise. I checked the wheel and sure enough, the quick release was very very loose. I'm sure if I would have had to pop a wheelie, the wheel would have fallen right off.

So, check those wheels.

Get out and ride. And if you're not doing that... help us pack!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tuesday AM

Rode St. Martins this morning. It was an easy 5 mile spin with no real rips or roars. I went with a buddy of mine who rode in the Gut Check 212 with me. We also took our doggies with us. Chassis (my dog) was super tired today and really didn't want to go. That surprised me alot. She's always bitting at the bit to go for a run or bike ride. Not this morning.

I stumbled across this Web site yesterday. It's very green and cool.

Get out and ride!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ride Report

Ugh.

I rode the Bulldog trail yesterday up by Sturgis. The trail is super fun and is part of the centennial trail. I believe it was a 4 mile climb followed by a 4 mile decent back to the truck. Since I broke my shifter on my Bone Collector ride, I had to ride this one all in the middle ring. I did pretty good holding a fairly high cadence even with pushing a higher gear.

I forgot my camera so I don't have any pictures.

If that wasn't enough for my poor legs, I got up and ran 3 miles on Skyline this morning. I'm definately feeling quite fatigued now. I might have to do an easy spin tomorrow and not work myself too hard.

This weekend is the fat tire festival. I'm hoping to do the hill climb on Friday and the xc race on Saturday. I know I'll suck at the hill climb but it will be a good test of fitness and endurance for me.

It's a great day to ride.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Did you bike?

Did you ride your bike today? It's bike to work day so I sure hope you did.

I had a good ride last night. My shifter broke though which irritates me slightly. Kelly and I rode Bone Collector and South of Heaven, then rode up a 3-4 mile climb on a logging road. Then down the switchbacks we went up. It was a super fun ride. I did my first drop in a while. Not real big, maybe looking at a 1.5 foot drop. The entrance is pretty sketchy which made it nerve racking for me.

There were a couple sections on South of Heaven I'm not quite prepared to tackle yet. For the most part, I was able to keep up. My legs are rather pissed at me since I had to ride in the middle ring the entire ride. It was definitely a good work out.

I have one picture of Kelly doing a good sized drop. I would have posted it, but I can't find my camera case with the cable in it. So, you'll have to wait.

get out and ride.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Race Report

I signed up for a couple races for the fat tire festival today. The hill climb and the cross country race. I know I won't do very well in them, but I want the challenge.

I will also be putting a couple bikes in the bike swap. 1 will be a 2006 Kona Dawg frame. The other might possibly be a 2006 Kona Coilair complete bike. No guarantees the Coilair will be in it, but a good possibility.

If anyone wants to shoot me an offer for either of those bikes, that'd be great.

Big Ride

To start off with, I went for a 2 mile trail run this morning. It went super good. I think yesterday's day off was a good idea to get my body rested. I haven't taken a day off of working out in about 3 weeks.

I'm going on a semi-long mt bike ride tonight. We're going up by Bone Collector and riding some switchbacks up, then cruising on Bone Collector, down South of Heaven then back up the switchbacks to the truck. I'm uber excited... I haven't ridden anything but M-Hill since November.

The Fat Tire festival is coming up quick. I don't know how much I'll be able to take part as my wife is leaving for Texas on that Sunday morning. I'll try to do something Saturday and maybe volunteer if they need help.

I need some new tires on the Coilair. Anyone have any good opinions on some good freeride tires? Looking at like a 2.4in tire.

The weather is beautiful. Get out and ride!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Morning

I didn't ride this morning. I planned on riding skyline with the dog. However, I was rudely interrupted with a sore throat this morning. Maybe I'll ride it later this evening. Who knows...

Yesterday I rode a total of 18 miles.

M-hill: 8 miles
Back and forth to work: 2 miles
To Acme and back: 8 miles

Not a bad day. My mileage will increase greatly when I move to the valley. It will be a much longer commute.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Quick Update

I'll do a quick update today. Rode M-hill this morning again. 7ish miles on all the new stuff that has been built. It's still super fun. I rode the hardtail today which made the trek up, much much easier, however, the down wasn't quite as fun. My wheels kept slipping out from under me. I'm not sure if I need to transfer my weight differently or what. It might be the tires or possibly the dry, loose ground.

Anyway, it was a great ride. I might do it again over lunch. Even though I need to possibly run to Acme and pick up a new quick link for my chain on my Coilair.

I need to start tracking my mileage. I don't know why, I just want to.

Go outside and do something!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Rides

I rode M-Hill with a couple guys on Saturday morning. There is a new section of trail that is just awesome. It climbs up to the top, then goes down, then you can turn around and go back up, circle around the top of M-hill then cruise back down. It was about 8 miles and every minute of it was stellar.

The main thing I noticed is how incredibly slow I am on a bicycle. The 3 dudes I rode with are great riders and completely fit. I thought I was going to be in pretty good shape since I've been running alot lately. However, I now realize that running does not equal fast on the bike. Fast on the bike equals riding the bike. So, I'm going to mix things up a bit and start riding in the mornings and running less.

I mean, I was spanked on the climbs and my handling was quite sketchy on the downhills. I kept up for the first climb, but after that, I was toast.

So, this morning, instead of doing my 2+ mile run, I decided to go for an hour mt bike ride on the road. 12.6 miles is what I accomplished. I think I still was able to average a little over 14 miles per hour. No, I didn't quite ride a full hour if you were doing the math.

I'll do another ride tomorrow... only on M-hill again. Come join if you're in town. 5:40am at the fish.

Get out and ride!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Weight and Training

Well, my weight has been slowly dwindling away. I'm down to 181 by my scale. I can't say for sure how accurate that is, however, it's good enough for me. My goal eventually is 170. 180 for the end of May. It shouldn't be a problem if I stick to my workouts and diet.

I've become obsessed with my 2 miles a day for 100 days. I think I'm on day 13 right now. I'm doing really well with it. I'm starting to feel stronger and I know my legs and lungs are getting in better shape. I rode M-hill on Tuesday morning with some friends and felt really good. I'm trying to get used to my lighter steed though. When I climb steep sections the front wheel comes off the ground and I loose control. I just need to ride more so I get used to the lighter weight.

There is a mountain bike race on Sunday at Storm Mountain. I'd really like to ride it but it's Mother's Day. I can't do that to my wife and mother of my children. She deserves a day of rest and packing.

Monday, May 4, 2009

House

Well, I'm pretty sure our house has already sold. It wasn't on the market for very long. And, we found a house that we like which we put an offer on and got. So, I guess we're moving. The 27th is the close date, however, Angie will be out of town that day so I don't know how that changes things. I guess we'll find out.

We have alot of things to do between now and then. It's only 3 weeks. 2 weekends since Angie leaves on the 24th. If you don't have anything to do and could spare some boxes, feel free to offer them our way. The bummer part is the Fat Tire festival is that weekend here in Rapid. I have a feeling I'll be packing instead of racing like I had hoped.

I guess there is always next year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

House Listed

Well, our house is listed. I'll post a link to it tomorrow. If you or anyone you know is moving to the Rapid City area, our house is great. Good location, good price, and super cute house that everyone will enjoy. It's just not big enough for our growing family. Yes, I said growing. We are expecting and will have another child on or around October 8th. We're pretty excited and we need a new house with more bedrooms.

Pass on the word.

Get outside.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Morning Workouts.

Met a couple guys to run M-hill today. It's far too muddy to ride, but perfect for running. After we finished the good ole run up and down, we did a little bouldering to pump up the upper body.

I'm going to get into climbing this summer. My goal, to ride to a bouldering location, then do some of that to work the upper body. I need to enjoy more of the out of doors this summer.

I have a 16 month old kid who loves being outside. What better example could I be than by taking him on out door adventures. The only thing I'd have to be cautious of is him eating rocks. Yes, he eats rocks.

I'm completely pooped after my run today. My 2 miles tomorrow will be easy ones. I wish my dog was tired but I'm sure she's all rested up and ready to roll.

One other thing I need to do, I need to start posting more pictures. I'm gonna do it. I also need to post pictures of my newest steed in the shed. Kona Kula Supreme. It's pretty and awesome.

'til tomorrow... Get outside and do something.

OH, the Fat Tire Festival is coming up shortly.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Time to start posting again.

I haven't posted in forever. I've been riding my bike nearly everyday to work. The only days I haven't are the days I have to pick up my boy from daycare. My new job is awesome but extremely busy.

I made a new goal for myself that isn't bike related but it is fitness related. I want to run 2 miles everyday for the next 100 days. If I can't run, I need to ride 10 miles. It really shouldn't be a problem unless my knees start bothering me, which they could and then I'd just ride.

On that note, I have an appointment with an orthopedic surgen (I think) to check out my knees toward the end of May. I'm excited to find out if anything is actually wrong with them.

I didn't get into the Laramie Enduro. I wish they didn't have limits on the amount of people they let in. Oh well...

My new Kona is all put together. I've ridden it once on the trail and it was alright. I have some tweaking to do before it's all settled. So far it feels like it could be fast if I can get my ass in shape.

I recently decided that I do miss having a road bike. Someday I'll have one again. For now I'll keep riding the mountain bikes I have on the road or not. They don't cruise as fast on the road but still a bike is a bike.

Good to see you all again. I'll try and post more often.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Doodling Read

This blog pretty much sums me up perfectly. Go read it...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Rides

I need to go on a long ride. My Kona is getting tired sitting in my garage not getting any use. The other one, the schwinn single speed gets ridden every day to work. I thought about riding the Kona today, but I fear its safety sitting outside of work with only a small cable lock holding it. I don't worry too much about anyone steeling it. I can't say it's worth too much.

I rode today and it was great.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Balmy!

This morning was much warmer. I'm a bit conflicted though. The warmer weather makes the sidewalks and roads a bit more slick. I was fish-tailing and sliding all over the place. Once the snow is gone, no big deal... but for now, I think I'd prefer below freezing temps.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Day 3 Weather Report

Rode today. Colder yet. No wind but very crisp to say the least. I braved the sidewalks because the streets haven't been plowed so they are far to slippery for my taste. I tried to ride on them yesterday and I almost died 3 or 4 times.



How many work days are there in a year? Approx. 261. So, if I ride my bike every day. I've been going about 2 blocks out of the way to work so that makes the distance right at 1 mile. That would mean I ride a total of 522 miles just to work. That's not too bad. I wish I had a longer commute now.

Except on days like today. It's cold...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Another Cold One

I didn't ride today, instead, I walked. It took about 15 minutes and it's cold. There is definitely a nip in the air. The weather states this will be the last of the cold stint for a while. The rest of the week looks like it's going to be in the 20s and 30s.

I didn't get a chance to ride all weekend. The cold weather and snow and slippery conditions hindered my wants. Good weather will come soon enough but definitely not soon enough if you know what I mean.

Friday, January 23, 2009

10 Degrees

That was the temp this morning on my ride. 22 mile per hour winds with gusts over 30. -10 is the temp with the wind chill. I rode. Yes I did, I rode my bike. It was swell. I need better gloves and a better cover for my ears. Other than that, if I would have had to go any distance, I would have been over dressed.



Ride your bike!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Been A While

I'm a bad blogger. I guess I won't be getting any bloggeriffic awards. Not that I was shooting for that anyway. My content sucks.

It's been hard to keep up with this now. My new job is taking alot of time to settle in and there is tons of work to be done. Apparently when you have 3 designers and about 2000 employees and 750,000 customers, there's plenty to do. It's really good so far and I feel I made the right move. My days are full and I ride my bike to work each and every day. The communications department has even considered writing a story on my biking adventures.

I do work for an energy company and I'm very impressed with the amount of environmental work they do. They definately try to offset their foot print the best they can. The promote many environmental issues as well as alternate transportation, weatherizing your house, etc. It's really a great company from the inside out.

So far out of the 8 days I've worked there, I've biked every day but one. That day I had something going on where I needed a vehicle. However, I found out today they have company vehicles I can use if I need to drive somewhere and I ride my bike. I have the best parking spot. Right by the front door.

Oli's hungry so I'll conclude with...

Ride your bike!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Kona Dawg

Does anyone want to buy a 2006 Kona Dawg frame and rear shock? 20" frame, grey in color with a fox vanilla R coil rear shock. In good shape, normal wear and tear, few scratches... I'm wanting $300 for it. Make offer. It will be going on ebay soon.



Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Day 1

My new year set off on a good note. Angie, myself and Oli made a trip up to Sturgis to see the in-laws. We spend a little time sledding down a nicely groomed, slick trail we constructed out of a couple weeks snow. It was extremely fast and never-the-less fun path. A couple of berms were constructed to make a once straight trail curvy. I took Oli for a couple of runs. He never cracked a smile and although he ended up with a face full of snow on the second run he never cried. I'm proud of my little dude.

After everyone went in, Chassis (the dog) and I went out on a short but exhilarating snow biking adventure. We only traveled a few hard earned miles in the snow and ice packed ground. I realize that I have a very over geared single speed bike that isn't well suited for the harshness of the snow pack. It was not easy, but the ride was fun. I snapped a couple of pictures that I will post tomorrow.

I feel excited about the upcoming year. The year I will train and the year I will ride more and also the year I plan to succeed in my endurance races. Leadville is my primary goal although I'm starting to second guess my challenge. I haven't yet sent in my application. The $250 price tag really holds me back. The race is very challenging and will take months of preparation. I have the motivation but again, the high price of the race and cost of travel expenses is not something we really need to worry about. If I had more disposable income the race wouldn't be out of reach, however I should make sacrifices and Leadville might wait another year.

The Laramie enduro is not out of reach. It's a shorter race, still 70 miles, but the entry fee is much less and travel would be half as far as Leadville. Training will still be required which I am prepared for. I also want to do much much better at the Dakota 5-0 which will fit right in with my training. I feel sad that I may not participate at Leadville but also relieved I won't be adding the extra expense on a frivolous adventure.

To a year full of adventures, biking and pursuits. Bring 2009 on, I'm ready!