Thursday, June 30, 2005

Out on the Trail....

Man do I look like crap......

Working the kinks out

Rode today for only an hour. Man the legs are feeling tweaked!! Little pains abound but they at least felt strong and was able to spin some life into them. Four days to my next race, the Firecracker 50 in Breckenridge. A fifty mile mountain bike adventure through some great country in and around Breck. I am hoping to hit the five hour mark but I will have to see how the legs feel Monday.

My dad and his wife are out for the Forth and we are planning a traditional picnic right down to the potato salad and hotdogs. Should be a great weekend.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Pain, Pain go away

Painful! That is all I can say. It was both mentally and physically draining to be running for 13 hours throught night with someone who pushed his body to far earlier in the day. Lots of prep talks, cussing, shin splint, and pity parties but he finished 100 miles in 27 hours 37 minutes. Thats a 30 minutes faster than last year. Pictures in a day or two.

My legs ache but in a good way and should be back on the bike in a day or two. It was good to get home and eat all the cookies in the house! To sleep in this morning was the best feeling in the world as I have risen at 4 am the last two evenings I got to sleep. I learned more about myself this trip and hopefully it will make me a better person.

The ups and downs of life bring many joys and disappointments but one has to remember that we are here for only a short period of time and we must push on.

Thanks for reading........

Thursday, June 23, 2005

The big weekend

So my foray into running is upon me. My bags are packed, my legs feel good, and my spirits are high. I do have some butterflies, but that is to be expected. Check it the Western States 100 and follow the progress of the runners. I hope to meet my brother at around 7 pm and run with him until 5 am - it should be fun. I bought some battery powered Christmas lights that I am wearing on my pack.

38 miles of dust, sweat, and brotherly companionship = Life changing experience.

Will update will all the details next week.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Lake Kansas

With 15 inches of rain in the area of Kansas we visited I should have been swimming instead of running. You had to run to stay ahead of the mosiquitos which made me feel like I was back in Houston. Did some solid runs and even a short ride through downtown Wichita.

An uneventful trip and glad to be back in CO.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Single speeding to fitness

I have been riding my single speed mtn bike for almost 3 years and am amazed at the amount of fitness that I have maintained. I am not fast, but I have been able to stay steady for all my rides. Had a good ride last night with two other guys and really pushed it, I should be ready for pacing bro at WS100.

Off on another adventure to Kansas.....

Monday, June 13, 2005


I woke this morning to the sound of the wind hollowing. So what did I do, not roll over like a sane person and continue to sleep, I got up and headed out for a ride. I cut the ride short because the wind was so strong I had to pedal downhill into the wind and only was able to eek out 7 mph. As I rode the cross wind section of the ride, I got hammered and blown into the ditch three times. To compound the unpleasant ride, I got a flat a mile from the house.

Will spend the rest of the day out of the wind.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

A running kind of weekend

Decided to stay out of the mountains this weekend in order to have good weather to train. Was able to get in two solid hour plus runs in with a 17 mile ride on the tandem.

Saturday am I heading out into the brisk air for a 6 mile run, I wished the trails were dry but pounding concrete is better than nothing. My bro won the Mens 100k Open division at the Kettle Moraine run last weekend, so I have my work cut out for WS. Got home and loaded up the family and rode to Golden for the Farmers Mkt.

Sunday brought rain and shorter run but a little hillier. The trails are still wet and will probably be that way for a day or two. I'll have to hit the bike for morning rides over the next couple days.

I am working on the groove of a blog, while out running I had all these topics flowing freely but I sit typing without a streaming though process. Maybe just lack of sugar.

Back to the OLN...

Friday, June 10, 2005

A Rest Day

"Recovery is overrated"

My first day of rest in 7 days. Rode yesterday morning and the legs felt great, I even climbed to the top of Grn Mtn to watch the sun rise over Denver. Today, I have been drinking to much coffee and cleaning house. Would have taken the tandem out with the kids but the weather did not allow it.

Hope to get two solid runs in this weekend, as I have only 2 weeks before I pace my brother at Western States.

Thursday, June 09, 2005


Why have a blog?
I am still not sure, but as I approach middle age the urge to share seems somewhat appealing.
I hope to post some of my past writings and continue to create new. Most will be focused around my myopic world of cycling.

Having visited the place that made who I am today helps me reflect better on what the future holds.

Enjoy the ramblings.......

First Velo Soiree Posting

Okay, here we go.

It is a bike party everyday.