Monday, January 29, 2007

Skiing with Dad

Spent the weekend skiing with my Father, it was nice to ski high on the mountain to avoid the masses.
Looking toward the base.

Dad at the top of the t-bar

Thursday, January 25, 2007


It has been one of those weeks that seems to good to be true. My wife and I got to ski the all day Sunday together while the kids were off skiing with there respective classes. All four of us on the mountain at once - something to look forward to. Rene has been quasi-working from home which has given us sometime to workout together, today we ventured to the GMRC for a spin class then a quick weight session and even squeezed in a game of horse. Tomorrow we planned a 10 mile run but I may opt for a ride as the weather is going to be great. It is wonderful having her around this much and sharing the things that brought us together in the first place. Only a few weeks of this before she starts the new job - I am going to take advantage of it though.

TIv3 Information:
Decorah is a city located in Winneshiek County, Iowa. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 8,172. It is the county seat of Winneshiek County. Decorah is located at 43°18'06"N, 91°47'25"W (43.301795, -91.790218). Check out the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Pic from morning ride

This is how I spent the morning as the kids attended school.

Southward bound

The Mas-o-Menos planning session at the Irish Rover went well, after a few pints of Guinness the critical decisions were made and we left to the Pogues ringing in our ears. There is a vacancy if you are brave enough to make the trip.

I was able to venture out to tackle the roads for short ride this morning. Some ice and a bit of snow but for the most part clear roads.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

New Team for 2007

I am racing for JDS Sportcoaching Factory Team for the upcoming season. The focus of the team will be in the 35+ races (open and 4s) and in raising money for the MS Society.

Got out for a short ride today with some warmer weather and dry roads.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Warmth Cometh

Bookended the weekend with two nice long runs, felt good to get out this morning with the brisk air clearing the mind. The cold air has headed off to Texas, it is going to be in the 30s in Houston (Rene's trip for the week) while both Denver and Calgary will be about the same.

I've been sizing up my winter bike project - converting the IRD to a singlespeed. Should be a cool project and may even have it ready of TIv3. Maybe an Eno hub laced with Velocity deepdish rims.

The folks at TwinSix are teaming up with Waltworks to put out some shirts and 29er frames.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Frigid Frontrange Weekend

Spent most of the weekend indoors.

Went over to the GMRC to do back to back indoor cycling classes. Absolutely kicked my butt!

Sunday was off - watched Da Bears!!!!!

A warming trend for the week and more riding outside.

Mas-0-Menos approaching.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Moving Forward

The plan as it stands now is to remain firmly planted in the urban sprawl that is Denver.

It is good to have that behind us - 2006 was one of highs and lows but we made it and are much stronger for it!

More snow/cold tomorrow and an odd weekend home during ski season, so the weekend might include a couple long runs.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Wickedly Windy

A weekend of winter sports. I skiied with Fallon on Saturday morning on the old alpine fixed heel setup, then snowshoed with the family in the afternoon when the wind started whipping. Sunday was Fallon's first day of Bombers, so that means I have the whole day to ski by myself. The wind was brutal, two instructors told me that the wind chill at the top of the Colorado chair was -54 degrees! If you could stay warm on the chair up some of the slopes you had all to yourself (or at least you couldn't see anybody else). I should have gone XC skiing with Rene and Keagan, but I thought if my daughter was out skiing in the cold so should I.

The kids are headed back to school this week which means I can get some miles in before the next blizzard. Decisions been made but not finalized. My ACA appication is ready to be sent in, I better start training.

Friday, January 05, 2007

More Snow

More snow today, roughly 8+ inches at the house. I got my upper body workout today shoveling snow twice - once this morning and then again this afternoon. The mountains are getting some good snow so the weekend of skiing should be good. Might even take the snow shoes out, we'll see.

Brave enough?

Here are the primitive facilities from a fine eating establishment in the Big Bend region, are you in? Mas-o-Menos on Februry 16th.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Valley of the Sun

We made it back from our visit to the retirement mecca of the southwest, Mesa. The trip home made the whole trip worth it - one night on the rim of the Grand Canyon (supporting nationalize capitalism), drove by the Black Mesa and the Peabody coal mine (I thought some monkeys blew it up), spent the night in Moab (sans bike), drove Arches National park (those paved roads are sure nice), and followed the Colorado River into the heart of the Rockies. Missed all the snow in northern NM and someone even cleaned out our drive so I didn't have to shovel more snow.

As the plan currently stands, I will be purchasing a new coat from the fine folks at Melanzana so I don't make it on his list of gapers for wearing my father's 70s vintage ski parka while skiing at Breck. My wife did get asked if she wanted to move to Atlanta and Anchorage, passed on both. With all the snow on the ground and the lack of being able to get outside to ride, a warmer climate does seem appealing.