Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Got in my strength training this morning. That felt so good that I decided to go on a ride after work. Since Razorback is coming up in 80 short days I decided to do some sorta specific training for it. Since any climbing there is of the short and steep variety I decided to ride around my neighborhood which is full of short,steep climbs. I warmed up for about half an hour then started hitting the worst of the climbs around here. It's only about a half mile long but it's steeper than hell. I would stand up and push the whole way up and then recover by riding around the block back to the bottom. I did this 10 times before my legs finally said enough. I'm thinking that tomorrow is going to be a pretty easy ride. That hurt. A lot. Anyway, hope everybody is having a great week. Take care.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Got a good ride in today. Got about 3.5 hours in up at Bent Creek. Legs felt heavy as hell from the strength training yesterday. Hopefully that means it's all working. Had a close call on Greens Lick when I lost my grip on the handlebars. I think my HR doubled when I did that. All in all a good day. Loving this weather. To bad it's going away soon.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving. Let the X-mas madness begin.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Still here

I'm a really bad blogger person. Sorry I haven't updated. It's that time of year. I wake up, crawl to the coffee maker,walk the dog, and then do my strngth training. Then it's off to work. After that I come home, play with the dog a bit, strap on the lights and a few extra layers and go out for 2-4 hours. After I get home from that, I can barely eat and shower before bed.
Plus, I've been upset since the evil commie s.o.b,'s from Auburn beat my beloved Crimson Tide...again!!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!
Ah well. I hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving. Also, please wish me luck in my eforts to only have 1 piece of pie on thursday.
Oh yeah. There's a pic of what my ugly mug looks like. Yall have a great holiday. Later.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Be kind to your LBS

Thank God for Liberty Bikes. I put my new stem on my bike and noticed that it had a shorter stack height than the old one. I went and bought a new spacer. While I was removing the stem cap to put it on Amanda asked me a question and I (not being all that bright at times) turned the hex wrench the wrong way while answering. Uh-oh. Well, now I had a bolt that was way over tight. I was tryin to loosen it I felt the hex wrench twist freely. Knowing there was no way this could be a good thing I looked at the bolt. Yup, what used to be a hexagon shape was now round. Crap. Anyway, after I made a few comments regarding my intelligence and such I took the bike over to Liberty. They had to drill and hammer to finally get the EZ out around the bolt but they finally got it out and got everything right. They didn't even laugh straight at my face. Yeah, I'm rambling this morning. Sorry. Ah well. off to work. Later folks.

Thursday, November 09, 2006


Well, registration for razorback is complete. I know I'm a real newbie at this endurance thing but I still felt a wave of actual happiness and giddyness sweep over me when I hit the send key on I really can't express how much I'm looking forward to next year. It's giving me a serious goal to work towards and helping me keep my mind off the total suckiness of my beloved Raiders and Crimson Tide football teams. Now, if I can avoid my usual "holiday expansion" I'll be doin alright.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Making my NRS faster,lighter,better than before has started.My new stem arrived yesterday and I'm now just waiting for the matching handlebar to get here to install it. Normally it would already be on but it's set up for those big, fat, 31.8 diameter handlebars. The handlebars are the FSA low rise K-Force carbon bars. I've never used a riser bar before but my back has been letting me know that it might be a good idea to give it a try. The next step is a visit to the I9 factory. I know that's a serious chunk of change but everything I've heard says they are well worth it.Unfortunately, new parts alone don't make you faster. I've also been doing a lot more riding. This has also helped with my annual emotional funk which occurs when the daylight starts going away. I do love the fall colors but I can never get past the fact that soon everything looks barren and dead. That always messes with my head a little. Just me though. I know a lot of people who love the winter months. Ah well. Only several short month til spring and I do have the 12 Hours of razorback to look forward to. Good luck to everybody at The Swank. I have to work that day or I'd be there yelling and screaming.