Friday, July 27, 2007

From above

descending monument

A little bit scary going thru this thing especially going down hill. I was trying to out run a truck, and this tunnel was lot bumpier than the rest of the road. after coming in out of the sun, the tunnel almost seemed completely dark. i couldn't see the wheels or the ground... only the light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm not sure if i already posted this or not... So I'll do it again. This was from my ride up monument. In grand junction

Friday, July 13, 2007

dumb ass

so this week has been kind of a busy week for me at work. the ceo was in town and i had to give a little presentation to show what i had been working on for the past 3 months. the ceo is actually only a few months younger than me, and he's in pretty good shape. he rides his bike a lot from what i hear and does a bunch of other things. so, since i don't really have anyone to ride with these days i thought it would be a good idea to invite him on a mountain bike ride. since i've been working here i have invited about three people so far, and no one has accepted. a couple of them were vendors that stopped by and one coworker.

the ceo was only in town for a few days and had to fly back to va this morning. he accepted my invitation but he was going to need a bike. i found a place near by that was open pretty late so we could rent one after work. i was pretty excited about the whole thing. i was even getting ready the night before. i always like riding with someone for the first time, but this time it was my boss. since i don't golf, i missed a lot of opportunities to schmooze in the past.

after work we drove down to the bike shop and picked up the bike. it was an ok bike with low end components, but it looked brand new. when things are new they tend to work better... at least low end bike components do. i put the bike on rack, and my boss put the wheel in my trunk, and headed out to the trail. i was a little embarrassed that he had to see all the crap i had in stored in there. i have just about everything i need in there; my unicycle, unicycle shoes, spare workout clothes, swim trunks, flippers, snorkel, running shoes, rain jackets, bike tools, helmets, misc bike tubes. [i think that's about it..hmm]

anyway, the trail was about 12-15 mile away, and it was now a little after 7pm. a little earlier in the day it had sprinkled some and trail was nice and tacky. when we got there the sun was behind the mountains and it was getting a little cool. we changed into our cycling clothes, put our shoes on, and packed our camel baks. i got his bike down from the rack and went back to the trunk to get his front wheel. as i grabbed his wheel from the back of my car, i noticed something very very bad... my wheel was missing!!! mother fuck! i organized this whole fucken event drove all this way out here, had my boss rent a bike so he can ride with me... and now we were going to have to call it off, or i would just sit there in the parking lot while he rode an unfamiliar trail.

this is the first time i've ever packed my bike without a wheel. i've come close a few times, but i've always had the where-with-all to run down my check list of things before i leave the house. i have a mental list of things i need for myself starting from toe to head. i have a similar list for my bike, and it goes from front wheel to back wheel. if i could have only remembered to run down the list i would have gotten it right off.

this is so embarrassing, how am i going to save face? just for the record, there is no graceful way out of this situation. i've already done a pretty stupid thing, now it's important for me to not do anything else stupid. so i stayed calm, and browsed through my trunk. i thought about unicycling while he rode, but that won't be good for him. he would get about 3miles in for the ride... and it would take about an hour and a half. then i noticed in my back seat that i had some running clothes... shoes and all. i suggested to him that i was going to run while he rode his bike, and i could tell that he wasn't too keen on the idea, but it was better than nothing.

it's a pretty technical trail with lots of hills at the beginning. i was able to keep up with him on the up hills and i actually had to wait a little bit. on the way back however, i could not keep up with him, but he was nice enough to wait for me pretty regularly. i felt badly that he had to wait, but i wasn't about to tell him that he didn't have to, because it was getting pretty dark, and i was getting pretty tired.

i didn't really save face, but he was pretty impressed with my running skills. also, i think it actually worked out better, because i think my bike skills were a lot better than his, and i might have frustrated him on some of the technical sections. this way, we were just an apple and an orange, no competition, no judgment, just having fun.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Well, here it is the 21st century and we still don't have flying cars. We don't have automated houses. Where did we go wrong? Well, at least we have high speed internet... at least we usually do. how about on-demand cable?.. nope, not today. ok then, nice clean water right from the tap? WTF is going on? this morning i woke 2 no water, no internet, or no cable. at least i have electricity and phone....hold on....ok, i still have phone. i have to figure out how to shower before work.

p.s. this message was originally sent from my phone.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Part 2

The back bone

Yellow on black friend of jack... Or was it black on red you are dead

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Friday, July 6, 2007

a summer's morning

before riding in this morning, i was exceptionally late getting ready. one of those days where i had plenty of time when i started, but then i kept adding thing and forgetting things and the next thing i knew i was going to be late again. no one at work really cares if i'm late or not, but if you are late too many times in a row you tend to get labeled as a slacker. so i finally got everything in order and i rolled down the drive way.

boy it was hot for 7:45 in the morning. i got about a block away and decided that i needed some sun block. i turned back home and got some from my car. as i was home i realized that i probably should use the bathroom one more time before i leave for good.

ok, i got on my bike and rolled off once again. for real this time. i got about a half mile from home and decided that i needed to listen to some tunes. my ipod was with me but it was buried in my panniers somewhere. so i stopped and got it out and flipped through some artist. seems that i have been listening to quite a few artist lately. there was still a bunch i haven't gone through yet, but i don't like experimenting with music while i am in a hurry. i opted for some prince.

i have been a prince fan for years, and there are a ton of dance tunes that can get the blood pumping. that's just what i needed. so i started off with house quake and then as if my ipod knew that i was heading for a small climb, it automatically chose the next song to be let's go crazy. perfect i hammered up that hill like it was nothing. next is was flat land and i don't remember the song. next hill up ahead. i remember it was a fast song before the hill and i was really sweating at this point. i got to the hill and the song was over, next song was a ballad.... in fact it was one of the slowest song you'll ever hear. i had no motivation to climb. i tried to block it out of my head and think about the previous song. i tried to not think of any song as well. it was no use, the ipod was cranked up so loudly, i could not avoid the song. i also had the ipod locked so i couldn't reach back in my jersey and flip the song. when i got to the top of the hill i was so burnt. i felt like i could not turn the cranks any faster. i was probably only going about 11-12 mph. finally that ballad ended it was a 7 minute song [wtf]. i guess when you're romancing your woman 7 minutes is nothing, i'll bet the time just flies buy. that just goes to show you.... there is a time and place for every song! and climbing a hill is not romantic. i actually thing there could not be two things more opposite in life.

so with all the life sapped out of me, i rolled on for a bit until the next song came on..... crap another ballad. alright enough is enough, i stopped pulled out my ipod and put on some primus. they have no ballads and all you ever hear is a heavy bass guitar that can get you through any thing..... however, you don't want to play any primus when you are romancing your lady :) ... in fact you don't want to play primus if there are any females within listening distance. i don't know any female that likes primus.

so the moral of the story..... don't underestimate the importance of play lists. i'll probably make a few this weekend :)


Thursday, July 5, 2007

the evening

last night we went to some friend's house to watch the fireworks around the lake. these were some store bought works, just until the professional one start.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

early bird...

gets the flat. at least that is what happened to me this morning.... my dislike of birds has extended to expressions with the word "bird". this was kind of a weird flat. in fact, i am not really sure it was a flat to start with, my front tire just looked a little low. so i stopped and pulled out my pump and started filling it with air.... one 6" stroke at a time. when i disconnected the pump, i must have broken the valve and psssssttt all the air came streaming out.

in retrospect what probably happened is that i unscrewed my presta valve too much before i started pumping it. the lame 6" pump is so small it moves a lot while being pumped. that may have caused the valve to weaken and eventually break when i pulled it off.

i was lucky that i had an extra tube with me. i got to finish off my day which was about a 2 hour ride.

right after i got going again i found this awesome looking weed/flower all by itself amongst the dried grass.

when i got back to the car i put my bike up on the roof rack [no, i didn't ride out to the trail today. i had to take my son to swim practice this morning, so on the way back i stopped at the trail]. anyway, after i strapped it to the rack, i walked to the back of my car and all of a sudden.... pssssssttt! what the hell? my other tire just went spontaneously flat!?!?! i haven't had time to look at it yet, but my guess is that the other valve went out.

happy 4th :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Here is the sky... As i wait

well... i try to ride when i can these days. there are so many days that i have to drive to work, today seemed like a good day to ride in. however, no one said anything about no lightning! so this picture is of me hiding out at the longmont walmart....waiting for my wife.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

unicycling is not cycling!

i've been unicycling every weekend [two so far] with a new buddy of mine. it's pretty fun to have someone to ride with and challenge. each time so far i feel myself getting better and better.

here is a picture of me doing a log crossing:

and here is a link to all the pictures from that day.

if you like videos, here are some videos from our trip to hall ranch this weekend.

swim forest swim!

i have been so busy with everything i haven't had time to post. actually i think i just got lazy again. it's easy to get lazy when you are me :) i'm not sure what that means but it's true.... really!!

i actually have been really active lately. i added another sport to my ex-cyclism: swimming. i know what everyone is thinking, "i thought he was allergic to water?" or "isn't that dangerous?... for you?" swimming has been a life long dream of mine, i can remember being a young kid wading in the lake watching my tube float away to the water that was just deeper than i was tall.
i have to get up early every morning to take my oldest kid to swim practice by 5:20am!!! it's very difficult to do this 4 days a week, so i thought that i would make the most out of it, by stopping at the rec center and experiment with swimming. the most amazing part is that i was able to talk my 12 year old into going with me and being my coach. the first day out i just got a kick board and kicked across the pool. i could not believe how slow i was. it took almost 2 minutes to go 25 yards. i'm not used to doing anything that's just not worth it. alex suggested that i use fins to help out a bit.... at least it helped my moral. so for the next couple weeks i would alternate between fins and feet... and only using the board. now my kicking has improved quite a bit and i can get across the pool in a respectable time.

my next step was the arms. i have to figure out how to get the arms going. breathing is too much to ask for someone with my skill level. let me explain something for a second... i can not swim. i have taken lessons as a kid and spent some time in a lake, or on rivers, but i still can not swim. i think it is because i am not comfortable in the water and i am too uncoordinated. i am coordinated enough to unicycle and juggle, but i can't swim....or dance [that's another post :)]. so my strategy for learning this time is to do one part at a time. first learn to kick very well. not just able to move my feet, but be able to propel myself at a very good pace without thinking. it has to be automatic. next: learn the most efficient stroke i can. again, i want to be able to propel myself at a very good rate, without thinking. finally i need to breath. i am not sure how i am going to figure this part out but currently i am using a snorkel. the snorkel is great, i wish that i could use it all the time. however, i don't want to get too dependent on it. so what i have been doing is timing my breaths to match my strokes. maybe this week i'll try to go with out the snorkel.

so where was i?

i don't remember... so i'll just finish up here. it's been very challenging to learn to swim. my arms are not used to doing anything, so they have been stressed as well. i think by the end of this month i will be able to swim. my goal is to swim 500 yards by the end of august.

wish me luck.