Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Ho, Ho, Ho everyone. I hope all is well with you and yours.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hammer Nutrition Reups for Another Year

For 2009, I will once again be sponsored by one of the best companies that I have ever worked with, Hammer Nutrition. Go buy stuff from them and tell them that I sent ya.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

Trans Iowa v5

Hey, I'm in Trans Iowa v5. Here we go again. Hopefully this year I can make a few more miles than last year.

I will probably be selling my S-Works and Epic to get something else. I'm thinking about a Salsa Fargo and maybe a Gary Fisher 29er HardTail. The Fargo will be the first one to get since that will be my Trans Iowa ride. I have finally figured out that XTR is nice and light, but way to expensive for an everyday bike. XT works just fine in that situation.

The days are getting colder and it is getting to the point where the Buell will have to be garaged for warmer weather. I rode it to work a few days this week. Not too bad, just kinda cold today. Maybe I'll get out this weekend. I'll have to dress up like a polar bear, but being out there is half the fun.

It is that time of the year to get the basement in order so that I can get back on the trainer. Lots of work needs to be done on getting the garage cleaned out and the basement put into order. Hopefully I can get that done this weekend.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Buell Photo

208 pounds....

Yup, the scale doesn't lie. I need to get back on the pedal bike, but the motor bike is so much fun at this point.

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The other cool thing is that I'm signed up for the Bystander Assistance Program, "A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist" on Saturday. The purpose of the Bystander Assistance Programs are to enhance the survival rate and reduce severity of injuries for the injured riders of all motorized vehicles. We expect to decrease the chance of rescuer injury due to inappropriate actions at the accident scene. We also expect to educate motorists how to protect themselves legally and financially should an accident occur. Yeah, I know, sounds like the sales pitch, it is. I just cut and pasted it. Check these guys out here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have not weighed myself in so long, I couldn't even tell you how much I weigh. I'm guessing around 208.

The major system hardware upgrade at work is done. We are now finishing up on the secondary things related to this upgrade. Some software issues are being ironed out, but otherwise, it went really well.

Finally got my Buell Adventure Jacket. Not too bad. It is made by Joe Rocket for Buell, so it's middle of road in the price and performance range. The only downside, it is not waterproof. Hopefully the pants and gloves will show up soon.

My bicycle riding has been nonexistent. Not a good thing. I need to get back on the pedal bike and work this body some. It needs it.

Otherwise, I have been working and riding the Buell. I even had Barb out with me this past weekend. I forgot to mention, I was able to get into Hal's last Rider's Edge class of the year. Someone else cancelled, so I was given the call. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance. There were a mix of people in the class. Some with experience, some had not ever been on a motorcycle. 4 days of class and 2 days out on the range. 2 people did not pass the course because they dropped the Buell Blast during their riders test. Not a good thing. But I passed both the written exam and the riding portion, so I now have my full motorcycle license. Woohoo! Now we will see how far into fall I keep riding. If nothing else, the motor keeps you warm.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pondering Done

You are reading the blog of a new owner of a Racing Red 2009 Buell Ulysses XB12XT. More to come later. Photos and such. I'll even do an Utterz so that you can hear it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cheq 40 Bust and Something to Ponder

207 pounds....

You are what you eat and I have been eating heavy.

Due to many different things in my life, the Cheq 40 race this weekend didn't happen. Part of me is ok with that, part of me isn't.

I'm pondering on buying one of these. I've been wanting one for a while. In fact, getting into bicycles was because I wanted a motorcycle. I wasn't sure if my inner ear issues would allow me to ride a motorcycle, so I bought a bike instead. Needless to say, I've been waiting a few years to come back and revisit this. Hopefully this time I can. I'm in the shopping mode at the moment, which is pretty good for me, since I usually just go out and buy what I want when I know I can get it. But in this case, I'm making sure to know all the angles before pulling the trigger.

On the mountain bike front, I have been thinking about redoing my ride. 29 inch bikes are calling me. Something for gravel grinding and maybe a hardtail for the trails. When I get further into it, I'll explain more. Still hoping to get another race or two in yet before season's end. If not, some long rides in.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sorry, but I have plans that weekend

205 pounds....

Gawd I feel big. I need to get out of this rut.

Don't be asking me to do anything on the weekend of May 2nd, 2009. I have plans.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Hello from the I'm not sure where

201 pounds....

That's what happens when you pig out.

Been riding some, not much though. Check the photos here.

One of the large projects that I have been working on at work has been approved. Now the fun begins.

I'll catch up more with you guys later.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Updates on many things

I'm not sure what I weigh today....

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I'm home today from work because the townhouse that we rent is getting new windows and doors. So I have been sitting around reading and uploading while the workers tear things apart.

Schedule updates. As you can see, I have taken a few races off of the schedule for this summer. Levi Trow is off for sure due to lack of fitness and not enough funds to make a go of it. The 24 Hour Nationals is being taken down because I don't think I have the fitness for it. That might change over the next month or so, but I can't count on it because of my busy schedule at a work. I have also removed the Iceman race because I did not get in on the lottery and if the funds are not there, I won't be able to afford the ebay entry anyway. So, where does that leave me. Good question. I have sponsorship things that I will need to tend to so that my end of the deal is kept. I will probably be helping out at events to promote Hammer and their products. Not sure where yet, but you never can tell. Maybe Ironman Wisconsin or possibly the 24 Hour Nationals. Just because my fitness isn't where I think it should be, doesn't mean I don't enjoy going to the events. The financial and work sides of my life are going to be big factors on what happens where.

So, let's talk about what has been happening over the past few weeks.

Did you hear someone singing in the early morning hours? That probably was me while I was out riding in the dark with my iPod shuffle cranking.

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Needless to say, I have only been able to get my butt up super early once. Which is too bad, because there is no one out at that time of the day. Otherwise I have been doing some riding after work.

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Or in the StankMent like Jason would say.

I thought that I had trained pretty well for the Horribly Hilly Hundreds and had done a nice Graeme Street Race Week preparation. But only to find that when I hit the first hard climb that I had left my legs at home.

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Hey, it's 50% downhill, right? If you listened to all the Utterz stuff from last Saturday you'll understand. It was quite a challenge just getting to the event. Not enough sleep didn't help either. Even though my legs sucked, my fueling and supplementation was spot on. I didn't get any nasty cramps until the last mile. And I have a feeling that was partially because I walked way too much in my bike shoes. The cramp was on the inner thigh on my right leg and it was a good one. I could feel it coming and pounding a bunch more Endurolytes to fight it off, but it still showed up pretty strong for a bit. It didn't kick in again until after I got home, about 3 hours later. Took some more Endurolytes and it went away. Then it came back again another 3 hours later. More Endurolytes and it hasn't come back since. Surprisingly, I didn't feel to bad on Sunday.

So it was time to take the family out and fly some kites. We had bought kites for the girls to keep them busy during Trans Iowa. Needless to say, the girls didn't get to use them then. We attempted to use them a few weeks back, but the wind wasn't there so we had to abort. But this past Sunday, the wind was cranking, so out we went. One kite flies great. The other sucks. I have a feeling it might have a structural problem, so I'll be taking it back to be replaced. While they flew though, the girls loved them. Even Barb was flying one for bit while Mary and Sami took breaks.

Barb and I will be going to Augusta, Maine in the middle of July. So that should be interesting. I will be out there for 4 days of training and then a couple of days of vacation. Then Ed and Richard are coming up in August for the Harley 105th Anniversary Celebration. We have tickets for the Foo Fighters and Bruce Springsteen.

What else? The girls are on summer vacation. Junior finally wins a NASCAR race for his new owner. BMW wins the F1 race in Canada. That is so cool. Ford uses strategy to beat Citroen in the last World Rally Championship race. Ben Spies will be racing MotoGP this coming weekend. The Trucks and Nationwide guys are at Milwaukee this weekend. And it's lunchtime. So off I go.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Still here, but not posting much

196 pounds....

The weight is coming off nicely. I hopefully will be able to keep this up.

Didn't make it to Road America this weekend for the Superbikes. I and the wife were bailing and vacuuming water out of the basement. I told the landlord last fall that the sump pump wasn't working. He waited until water was pouring in the basement before deciding to replace it. Sort of a pain in the butt for us.

Been following Graeme Street's prerace week for training. It's kinda nice to get back to some formal training. I will need to keep this schedule up.

This weekend is the Horribly Hilly Hundreds. At this point I will be doing it on a road bike. I had thought about using the mountain bike, but I'm still mad at it after the last 12 hour race, so it will just sit in the garage for now. I've been thinking about piecing some of the old Epic onto the SWorks to see if I can get a better feeling bike in the end. I'm still tossing thoughts around on that one.

Otherwise, I'll try and finish getting pictures uploaded to Flickr and get another post or two here before the ride on Saturday. If nothing else, I'll do Utterz updates on Saturday for you. I will be getting up way early to drive over there the morning of.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Yes, I'm still here

198 pounds....

Still weighing in under 200. I like that.

Finally got the photos from the 12 Hours of GEAR up. Click here to view them.

I've been on the road bike the past 2 days. About 2 hours each day. I got my final Wobble Naught fit and configuration on the road bike and tandem this morning. I think it has helped out quite a bit.

I will upload the stats on my rides later. Sorry for being offline for so long. It was a busy week and things aren't looking much better for the coming week.

Did I mention that I get to go to Maine for Sunquest training in July? That should be pretty cool.

Up next is going to Road America to see the AMA Superbikes run. Been thinking about possibly riding my bike home from that. I need to check out possible routes.

After that is the Horribly Hilly Hundreds. I haven't decided if I'm doing that on a mountain bike or a road bike.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

12 Hours of GEARS

Didn't weigh myself this morning at o'dark thirty....

Overall, it was very stressful today at the races. I suffered a major mechanical that took the wind out of my sails.

I will write up an update in the next few days with some photos.

The following utterz are from through out today. Have fun listening to them.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

More Pink Eye in the Family

199 pounds....

Kinda nice to be under 200 pounds for a couple of days.

Mary is the next victim in our house.

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Her eye started acting up yesterday and she had to stay home today. The Doc gave her eye drops and she is somewhat better today. Barb stayed home with her this morning and I got to hang out with her this afternoon. This was great for me, because that meant I could work in the garage on getting the bike ready for this weekend's race while Mary was outside riding her bike, doing the sidewalk chalk thing and running around my car.

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The bike is pretty much nice and clean and ready to roll. What's the old saying, a happy bike is a clean bike, a clean bike is a fast bike, a fast bike is a happy bike. The Hammer kit is in the wash so that I start out smelling nice and clean. Hopefully I'll be as fast as the bike. Tomorrow night I will finish up the packing and off to the races on Saturday.

Overall my eye is getting better.

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Hopefully it will be 100% in the next few days.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Buzz Achieves the Unbelievable

198 pounds....

Not sure where that came from, but I'll take it.

I ordered one of these a while back. 10' by 10' is not to bad of a size. The first one I ordered, the canopy was crappy. Had holes in it and a corner tore right away while setting it up the first time. I took it back and REI replaced it with no problems. I have had it sitting in the garage for a couple of weeks now so I figured it was about time to set it up, since I want to use it this weekend at the race, and see if it was better than the first one. No problems this time. Everything stayed together like it should. Cool. It was a bitch setting it up by myself though. So I will have to ask a fellow racer to assist me on Saturday morning. Hopefully that won't be a problem.

Then the next issue was, damn, I drive a Neon.

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This thing folded all up is 5 feet tall and about 8 inches or more square. hhmmm... How the hell am I gonna fit that in there. I measured across the backseat, a little over 4 feet. Nope, that won't work. Ok, I'll lay the back seats down and bring it in through the trunk. Great idea, but a no go. The seats are up far enough where the angle is off and not to mention there is this small seat support in the way. So I tried bringing it in through the back door with the other end between the front seats. Cha, ching. We are in. Barb comes out at this time and was wondering what I was up to. So I showed her and she laughed when I told her how it got in there. She asked if I was just going to leave it in there the rest of the week. I said, nope. I need to make sure that I can get it out by myself before going to the races. I don't want to look like to much of a heel in the parking lot wrestling this thing out.

An I'm proud to say, no problem on getting it back out. Hopefully this will all work on Saturday morning. I'll need to stake it down also so that it doesn't take flight if the wind picks up.

Otherwise, only a few more days to go before the 12 Hours of GEAR. Woohoo. Should be fun.

I also heard back from Kevin Wilson about finishing up my Wobble Naught fit on my road bike and the tandem. He should be able to come up on June 1st. It will be nice to get all the bikes fitting nice.

Monday, May 19, 2008

New Fane Trail Photos

200 pounds....

Still there, nothing different.

This past weekend I got to get out and ride some. I was lucky enough to preride this week's race venue. I took a ton of photos on the last lap around the course for your viewing pleasure.

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Some of the photos don't really show all the rocks and hills, but I think you get the idea. The single track is pretty open, but it is still a fun quick course. Laps should be around 25 minutes for the average guy.

I even took the time to take a quick video with the camera.

My wife said that my voice sounded higher than normal on this. Must have been the wind and riding. After doing this, I'm thinking I need a helmet cam or something. I think one of those would be cool.

My eye is better. Today will be the last day for the ointment. Hopefully things will be better here on out. It has only been slightly itchy today.

I'm hoping to get on a bike some this week to keep things loose. Also, I'm hoping to get some Globus time.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Da Eye Update

199 pounds....

hhhmm... Not sure what I did to deserve being under 200 pounds. Maybe dieting and riding the bike help after all.

Here is what my eye looks like now. Please disregard the way the rest of me looks. =)

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I have been putting in my eye ointment for over 3 days now and it seems to be helping some. The redness varies, but seems to be better than it was. It doesn't seem to be so itchy as it was. This photo was taken this afternoon after coming back from riding up at New Fane, the site of next week's 12 hour race. The race course has single track on it that is not shown on the map.

I took a bunch of pictures that I will caption and upload tomorrow. The SWorks felt pretty nice out there. It is the first time that I rode it out on the trails. I'm not sure if I have better skills this year or the bike handles that much better, but I felt better in the tight switchbacks. That is usually where I suck big time. Especially to the right. I'm hoping to get back out somewhere tomorrow for some more seat time. I also need to clean the bike up a ton since it is filthy. The other thing is that the front break keeps squeaking. Just when I think I have it all lined up correctly, it seems to go out of whack. It is starting to try my patience.

I used the Globus tonight on resistance mode. This is going to be interesting. It might even put some muscle on me where I usually can never get it. I'll keep you guys posted.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Itchy Eye

200 pounds....

Nothing new there. Food is still food.

My eye looks like this. Sorry for the blurry photo.

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My right eye is pretty well messed up. It started acting up about 5 days ago. I have allergies, so I thought that was the issue. So I started doing my Optivar eye drops. Minor help, but still yucky. Since I work at a hospital, I took the liberty of seeing a Doctor about it today. Pink Eye has been quite busy at work, so all I had to do was walk in and the receptionist was noticing my condition. They stained my eye first to make sure that I didn't have anything floating around in there. Which I didn't. So I got a script for some eye ointment. Since my job is not a patient contact job, I was able to continue to work. If it doesn't clear up in the next 24 to 48 hours, I'm supposed to report back for more diagnosis.

Otherwise, I haven't touched a bike in 2 days. I need to work on the resistance training with the Globus and see how that works.

This weekend I'm going to go hit some single track and start getting ready for the 12 Hours of GEAR.

Monday, May 12, 2008

My first commute

202 pounds....

Nothing like a Mother's Day Brunch at Libby Montana's to make you put the weight back on.

Today was my first commuter bike ride. I threw the bike in the van this morning and then rode it home from work.

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I started out by seeing this guy. I waved and so did he. I'm not sure if he remembered who I am or not. He should since I'm so famous and all. Saw some wild animals along the way.

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Some traffic.

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And then my car at home.

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As usual, more photos here.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Catching up some on the photos

199 pounds....

Hey, my weight starts with a 1 today. Hopefully that is the start of many days again. It has been a bummer being over 200 since I was able to stay below it for so long.

I'm watching all the F1 action from this weekend and uploading a bunch of photos to Flickr to catch up for the ones that I have, but not uploaded from Trans Iowa. You can see the photos here. There are some funny ones in there of the family also.

Training has been pretty lax with starting a new job and such. I did get one of these this week on a month trial basis. After using it though, I don't think it will be going back. I have also ordered an EasyUp or a clone of them, from Hammer Nutrition. I will make sure to put a photo of that up as soon as I have one.

Happy Mother's Day to all those Mom's out there.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Hammer Riding in Verona

201 pounds....

I think that is how much I weigh, I'm not sure.

Went riding this past weekend on the road bike.

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It was the first time that the Roubaix had been outside since last fall. Brian Frank from Hammer Nutrition was spending the weekend in Verona doing seminars and rides out of Exclusive Cycles. I took photos and here are some of them. The rest are here. As you can see, it was raining on the way to the bike shop in Verona.

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I jammed to some cool tunes on the way.

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There were a few of us at the shop that were going to ride. As we got going, it started to pour, so we stopped for shelter and coffee.

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I even got to have my picture taken with Brian. Please note the glisten from being soaked. I still need to figure out why that helmet keeps turning and looking somewhat dorky.

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The ride was tough out there. Hilly as can be. We even rode some of the Ironman course. Which everyone that I know of that has ridden it, say it is tough. Brian was having problems with the hills. So I didn't feel so bad when I fell off the back, because Brian was usually with me. It was very cool to be riding with such a legend. And also to be riding with Jeff Mawhinney and Jim Bruskewitz was an honor.

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They did drop me a few times, but they were very encouraging all the way. After the ride, we got to check out the Globus Premium Sport. Those things are sweet. I will definitely be getting one of those for Barb and I. Here is a photo of Jim using one. He was in a strength training routine when this shot was taken. Check those quads flexing.

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Harvey was with us also. Sorry, I didn't catch his last name. Please note the Colnago cross bike in the background. I want that baby.

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There are a few other photos that were taken that I won't throw up here, but you can find them here if you so choose.

All in all, I had a great day riding and chatting with everyone. I learned a lot from Brian on Hammer things. The guy is such a wealth of knowledge. Same with Jim and Jeff. Jeff really knows how to put a shop together. If you get the chance, you need to check it out. Very impressive. He is a master bike fitter also. In chatting with him, I learned a ton.

Otherwise, I started my new job today. Orientation today and tomorrow. This is the job that I have been working at as a 1099 contractor for the past few months. So I now have a full time regular job like the rest of the world. Now it will be harder to find time to train. I guess I need to start riding my bike to work and that will help out a ton.

I will post more photos from Trans Iowa as the week progresses. Sorry for not having that all done by now.