Monday, December 31, 2007
Anyway,enough downer crap. Hope everybody has a rocking New Year!!!! There's my 80's hair metal upbringing coming out. ;-). Happy New Year Folks!!!!!!!!!
Oh yeah.....in other good news. Picked up my tickets for 2 of my fave performers that are coming to Asheville soon. Henry Rollins is doing his spoken word thing on February 22nd and the mighty Drive By Truckers will be rocking the Orange Peel on March 29th. I can't wait.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Fork-rockshox reba(hopefuly to be changed to a new fox at a later date)
Handlebar-FSA Carbon flat bar
Brakes-Avid Juicy 5
Pedals-Crank Bros. Candy's
Saddle-WTB(forgot the model...sorry)
Wheels-Stan's Arches with WTB laser disc hubs
Tires-Maxxis Ignitor front and Crossmark rear
Looking more and more like this will be the build but like i said..definitely can be changed.
Monday, December 17, 2007
As far as the new hhjj....while nowhere near as hhjj causing as the frame...it's still big to me...I have finally found a store that carries Burn. No more having to stock up when in other cities. Also this way..I won't buy a ton at a time. This leads to a fridge full and I end up drinking them way to much. I really don't need 2 a day. Hell..i don't need 2 a week. They are awesome to have at the halfway point of a long ride though.
Other than all that..it's been a slow time around here. Working a lot, picking up heavy stuff and moving it nowhere, trying to avoid the constant cookies and candies that magically appear this time of year and playing with the dog. X-mas shopping is done(Thank God) so I'm avoiding the 7th circle of hell(the mall)
Ok..now I'm rambling. Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later folks.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I went for the Phantom Silver color. Of course that means that I'll be using as many black parts as I can get my hands on. Soon. Soon. I keep telling myself this.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Hope everybody has a great day and weekend. Later yall.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Hope everybody had a good T-giving. We went out to the Winston-Salem area to Amanda's mothers house. Ate to much and, since I can't get it here, bought a months supply of Burn energy drink(liquid crack).
I believe I've got the build up of the new frame figured out. it's a little budget oriented at the moment but hopefully I'll be able to upgrade most of the parts over time.
Hope everybody is having a great week.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Anyway. Happy Thanksgiving folks!!!!!! Hope everybody as a great holiday. ime to mentally prepare for the X-mas season.
Oh. Anybody who has any experience with the SRAM drivetrain components feel free to speak up about the pros and cons. Specifically the x-9 shifters and xo rd. I've never used anything but shimano stuff. The LBS has a sweet deal going on the previously mentioned stuff and I'm thinking of buying them for the new frame. Thanks for any help.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Oh. As for the final decision. I'm once again drinking the Odea Kool-Ade and going with the Vassago Bandersnatch.
WOOHOO!!!!!! Can't wait.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
I'm about 98% sure about the new bike. I'm not saying anything because as soon as I do I'll change my mind. I am graduating up to big wheels though. I know me. If I stuck with the FS XC 26er bikes I'll always be wondering what I'm missing so I have to give them a try.
I also dusted off the dumbells and bench,hung the pull up bar up, and(gasp) purchased a Yoga for Cyclists DVD. Sometimes I wish I didn't hate the gym so much. I might be more motivated to actually do that crap if I paid for it. Hopefully I'll be more committed this year. Lord knows...it can only help me do better than I did this past summer.
Ah well....hope everybody had a fun weekend. Later yall.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Red Hot Chili Peppers-Parallel Universe( bass line and tempo are perfect for climbing. plus, i love the way they jam and go off at the end of the song)
Slipknot-Wait and Bleed(pure primal rage and anger. Slipknot is on heavy rotation on my ipod for just about every ride or race)
Anthrax-Fueled(really simple and heavy song. works great)
Metallica-Battery(no explanation needed. if you've never heard it go get a copy of Master of Puppets now)
GnR-Welcome to the Jungle(in my humble opinion...greatest song ever..i know,i know..opinions are like assholes..it works for me though)
The Rollins Band-Starve(just for the line.."i make myself burn")
Fishbone-Sunless Saturday(Heavy and angry Fishbone style..which means they somehow make it sound happy)
Slipknot-Everything Ends(more Slipknot..like I said..they get played a lot)
Metallica-Master of Puppets(Metallica gets played a lot also)
Iron Maiden-The Trooper(no real reason....I really like Maiden)
Korn-Got the Life(Just really,really dig this song)
And there we go..it's still a work in progress so it will be added to and subtracted from.
Hope everybody is having a good week. We're finally getting some much needed rain here.
Oh..I titled this post Blog Theft cuz I've read other blogs like this and I was to lazy to figure out anything else to write about.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Not a whole lot going on here. Getting some riding in and working a lot. Started the diet this past monday. I shouldn't say diet. Started the reduced portion eating plan. That's better. You can tell it's slower than usual when I even mention this. Sigh.
Oh yeah. Some people(OK, only Brian) asked where the music went. It was a free service and I read somewhere about all the nasty viruses you can get from places such as that. Since I had to do a major computer overhaul last winter because of that I decided to play it safe. If I can figure out a way to stick my itunes playlist on there I will.
Hope everybody is having a good week. Later folks.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Ya'll come back now. Ya hear?
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Speaking of the CX bike. SWEET!!!!!! I'm loving it. I've been using it as a road/commuter bike. It does great at both. I've taken it down a few forest roads and it does well there also. All in all it's a really,really fun bike. I don't know if I'll have time to to shame myself at any CX races this year but I want to try. We'll see. Ah well. That's about all thats going on here Hope everybody is having a great time. Later folks.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Trek Fuel EX8 ( the 08 model with that fancy new pivot)
Salsa Dos Niner
Trek Top Fuel 8 (not real likely..it's pretty much been voted off the island but who knows..it could make a stunning comeback)
Of course if I win the lottery then all bets are off and I'm getting a custom Titus Racer X Exogrid. :-)
Also got a cross frame for cheap so I'm looking to build that up into a commuter/road bike. We'll see how that goes.
Hope everybody is having a great weekend. Later folks.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Hope everybody has a great day. Later folks.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Been having a blast with riding the past few weeks. I took my hrm off the bike and haven't been worried about a "purpose" for my rides and have just been riding. Such fun. My legs have felt like overcooked spaghetti but it has so been worth it.
Hope everybody is having a great week and will have a great weekend. Good luck to Chris at his Thursday crit and this weekend in Michigan.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Good luck to everybody racing this weekend. Dicky and Danielle at the SM100, Namrita and Eddie at Santos, and Jason doin the big solo 24 in PA.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I got to Dahlonega late friday afternoon. Got signed in and went out to the truck to get stuff together. I had planned on sending out pre-mixed Gator-ade/Carbo plus jugs to the sag stops for refills during the race. Only problem was..I forgot my gator-ade and carbo plus....oops. I quickly scoured my truck for every energy bar and gel that I could find. I came up with 17 gels and 8 bars. It'd have to do. The sag stops were going to have gator ade and power bar products out there so I figured I'd be ok. I finished getting my bike ready,dropped off my drop bags, ate, and then started tryin to kill time before bed. I ended up down by the kegs with Tomato, Dicky, and Chris J. After awhile everybody shuffled off to bed.
Race day started dark and early. Got up, ate breakfast, drank some cold coffee, got suited up, went to the pre-race meeting, discovered one of the lenses had fallen out of my glasses, and 30 seconds later..we were off. The first 1,000 miles were steep forest road climbing. It usually takes me around an hour to warm up so I wasn't to worried about my super slow pace at first. I got worried when the 50 mile racers who started 25 minutes after us started passing me 40 minutes into my race. That's right..they covered the same amount of ground in 15 minutes that it took me 40 to cover. Houston we have a problem. I saw Jonathan go bye and since he seemed to have a good pace going I decided to grit my teeth nd hop on his wheel. I managed to stick with him for maybe 1/4-1/2 a mile before I started getting dizzy. This would be a re-occuring problem all day. Whenever I got my HR up I'd get dizzy and have to either slow way down or pull over til it passed. Not good times. Kept hoping I'd start going better but it wasn't to be. I finally accepted my fate when it took me over 4 hrs to hit the second checkpoint..which was only 20 freakin miles. I decided I was going to at least do 1 lap and set about making my slow progress around it. The course rocked. Not super technical but really hard all the same. Overall I had a blast. Met a lot of really cool people, rode(verrrrrryyyyyy slowly) some very nice trail and in general had a good time. It was the last race of the year for me and was easily the best time I had at a race all year. I don't know how much racing I'll do next year but I'll definitely be back for at least the festival portion of Fool's Gold next year. At least my light's helped Rebecca finish. She came into the last aid station after the cut off time for lights. She was super upset and Jonathan quickly threw my light's on her helmet, got her spirits up and sent her on her way. She ended finishing 3rd in the open womens group. That's the biggest thing I love about mountainbiking. Everybody is willing to help everybody else. It's always awesome to watch and hear about.
As far as the rest of the summer and fall(and let's face it..winter..we really can ride all year around here..aint it great) I'm gonna get one of those nifty map holders for my handlebars and start doing some all day rides in the woods around here. Those are my favorite kind of rides and I'm gonna take advantage of the weather and get a bunch in. Plus lots of long walks with the dog.
Hope everybody has an awesome day. Later.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
4 more days to Fools Gold. I'm nervous and jittery as hell about it. At the same time, I can't wait.
Later folks. Ya'll have a good one.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I see that BALCO Bonds passed Aaron's HR record last night. I'm sure he never used performance enhancing drugs in his pursuit of the record though...right? I mean, after all, only cyclists cheat..right?
Bud Selig didn't even show up for the big night. He made his bed with this steroids mess, now it's time for him to lay in it. I'm almost willing to bet that a big steroid scandal is coming down the pike for the NFL also. Unless you really want to believe that 300 pd men are running sub 5 second 40 yard dashes naturally.
At least cycling is making an honest effort to clean up.
Yall come back now. Ya hear? ;-)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
As far as ORAMM. Here's the condensed version. It was hard. Real hard. Luckily, unlike every other year I've done it...the trails were dry. WOO..freaking..HOO!!!!!!!! I was happy as hell to see that. The roots and rocks on Kitsuma and Heartbreak are hard enough dry. Wet they're a f'n meanace. Anyway..I suffered..I climbed for what felt like forever on Curtis Creek. Here's the funny part though..unlike past years..I never hated it or wondered what the hell I was doing out there. In fact..I had a damn good time for the whole race. I'm looking at this as a sign of progress.
Oh. I know I've said it a 100 times but Carbo Plus rocks!!!! Never felt hungry the whole race. Used mostly the Carbo Plus/Gator-ade combo along with powerbar gels and 3 snickers marathon bars and that was pretty much it. Well..except for the Dr. Thunder at aid station 3..after the 9 Miles of Curtis Creek. At the time..I thought it was the best soda ever. Anyway hope everybody has a great weekend. Later Yall.
Oh.....good luck to everybody at 24 Nationals.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Gonna be off the radar here for about a week getting ready for ORAMM. Work is still a bit hectic and by the end of the day I'm usually worn out. I'm gonna try to get an extra hour or so of sleep in the mornings. Hopefully that'll keep me from feeling so damn tired on my rides after work. Hope everybody has a great week and weekend. later folks.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Ah well. Hope everybody has a great weekend. Good luck to everyone racing and hill climbing.
WOW. I have VH-1 classic on. Apparently Poison is still together and covering The Romantics "What I Like About You". Huh????? Don't get me wrong...I was as big a hair metal fan as anybody back in the 80's and I still pull those songs out from time to time....BUT...ah...nevermind..if those guys can still put out albums and like to play music together and get paid for it..more power to them. Later folks.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I tried. I really did. I honestly thought that I'd be able to resist the TdF this year. I've been nothing but disgusted with the constant doping reports. The high and mighty attitudes of the governing bodies. All of it had pretty much turned me off on pro road cycling. I thought.
I managed to not watch the prologue. That's not really much of a feat though. Next thing you know, I'm reading about Robbie McEwen's awesome sprint to win stage 1 and the next thing you know I'm flipping channels to VS. like my life depended on it. Damn, that guy is f----ng fast!!!!!!!!!! Then Cancelleras win in the stage on teusday. WOW!!!!! I'm hooked. I can't help it. I just keep my fingers crossed that no major scandals come from this. Sports and "sports entertainment" have just been way to depressing lately. I'm hoping this years race can stand out as what bike racing can and should be. Plus I want it to shove it in the face of the "journalists" who call for a boycott of bike racing because of the doping scandals then fall all over themselves over Barry Bonds and baseball.
Hope everybody is having a great week and getting a lot of hours in bikewise. later folks.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I got a ride in yesterday after 5 days (5!!!!!) off the bike because of an insane time at work. I've been working 14-15 hour days due to a sudden shortage of manpower. Yesterday I shut my cell phone off and left the house before anybody could call. I got in 3.5 hours at Bent Creek and could definitely feel the layoff. The long days didn't help either I'm sure. I'm going out again today so hopefully the legs feel a little better.
That's all for today. Hope everybody is having a good one.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The race got started at 10 and everything was going well. I was holding back a little. I didn't wanna blow up in the heat. About halfway through the lap I heard a banging noise. I looked down and noticed that my bottle cage was flopping around and that there was a nice big hole where part of it used to be connected to my frame. Uh-Oh. I pulled the bottle out and stuck it in my jersey then tried to reposistion the cage. Thats when the other bolt ripped out. Now I had 2 rather large holes in my frame. Both water bottle mounts had come completely out. I stuck the cage in my camel back and rode the rest of the lap. I'm not any kind of expert on frame integrity whatsoever. All I could think of was all the stories I'd heard of people's frames breaking after they'd drilled holes in them to save weight. I kept thinking I could feel the frame flex while I rode. I got back to my pit madder than hell. I was convinced that my racing and riding where done for a few months at least. I packed up and headed home. Went to the bike shop and asked the mechanic about it. He then informed me that I could just put some electrical tape over the wholes to keep the water out and it would be fine. WHAT????? I then spent the next few days kicking myself in the ass. I'm an idiot. later.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
6 bottles of carbo plus/gator ade mix-check
Helmet,shoes and sweet glasses-check
Tools and other needed items-check
ipod fully charged-check
assorted clif bars and clif shots-check
Off the charts level of giddyness about spending the next 6-8 hours riding my bike in the woods-CHECK!!!!!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
1. It's for a really good cause. It benefits The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Anything that helps raise money to cure cancer needs to be supported big time.
2. Lets me put some hard race miles in my legs before ORAMM.
3. I've never ridden the trails at the National Whitewater Center before. Any chance to ride new trails is a good thing to me
4. A chance to put the "lessons" learned from Burn to use.
Good luck to Bonnie and Danielle at Lumberjack this weekend. Also good luck to everybody else who is racing this weekend. Later yall.
P.S. Anybody who feels the urge to give me some hints about what the trails are like for Cowbell feel free.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Anyway. Only 12 more days to Cowbell and only 41 more days to ORAMM. ORAMM is my "big race" every year. It's the race that got me on this endurance biking kick and well..it's just a blast. Todd(the promoter) makes it super fun and really,really hard. It's about 65 miles long with around 11,000 feet of vertical gain. If any of you guys and gals happen to be in the WNC area on July 22nd I highly reccomend you sign up and go for it.
Well, time to get to the grind. Hope everybody has a great day.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Other than that it's been work,work,work. Thank God for long summer days.
Hope everybody is having a great week and doing well. Later folks.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
1. Hauling a couple hundred pounds of dumbell plates I was given from my truck to the upstairs spare bedroom and pulling whatever that muscle/tendon is under my right calf.
2.Forgetting to put chamois butter on my shorts and deciding to go ahead and ride the first few hours like that cuz I didn't feel like pulling them off and doing it.
3. Forgetting electrolyte tablets.
4. Not eating during the first few laps.
The first one wasn't to bad. It only bothered me during the run and whenever I had to get off the bike which was only a few times. The second one is another story. I rode 4 hours like that and by the end of that time it felt like my chamois was made of sandpaper. I'm still paying for that one. The 3rd and fourth are the biggies. I'm pretty sure they're why I ended up curled up in my tent with massive cramps and throwing up into a bucket. What's driving me nuts is that they're all stupid mistakes. I knew it was gonna be hot so how the hell did I forget to buy Endurolytes? I know I need to be shoving calories into my mouth pretty much constantly during a race like this so why didn't I? I don't know. Maybe I'm just not cut out for this stuff. We'll see.
Anyway, Mark Hendershot(34 laps) and Namrita (22 laps..I think) won the solo categories. They both looked super strong doing it to.
Hope everybody had/is havinga good weekend. Later.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I got to meet Danielle this past weekend at the 12 Hours of Tsali. Her and her crew are super nice people and I learned a lot just watching them. She also brought me a super cool pair of Optic Nerve glasses. Now I have 2 which means I can set up a pair with clear lenses and I don't have to fumble around with swapping out lenses when I'm tired as hell. Thanks Danielle!!! Also, thanks to Ted,Scott, and Jason for patiently answering my zillion questions about stuff.
Hope everybody has a great day. Later yall.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
A train tunnel that is visible off of Old 70.(Part of the ORAMM route)
Old faithful. Trying to make it through her last season.
Self portrait. Yes my head and face really are shaped like a Moon Pie.
The hands down best grips I've ever used.
Yup. I'm lucky to live here.
Sorry for the very low quality of the pics. I suck at photography.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Anyway, working and riding has pretty much been all I'm doing lately so not much to talk about.
Hope everybody has a good day. Later.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Monday, April 30, 2007
Really can't say enough about the Carbo Pro/Gatorade powder mix. That stuff is rocket fuel. Also the Ergon Enduro grips. I'm still not used to my hands not being numb during the ride and then hurting for hours after. They rock.
I hope everyone had a great weekend. Later.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Anyway, today is going to be some nice riding in Bent Creek. (I hope) They're calling for a chance of thunderstorms. That should make things intresting. Ah well. It'll still be better than being stuck inside all day. Though I won't lie. If I start seeing bad lightning I will delay the ride. I kind of enjoy riding in the rain but I have no desire to be broiled and fused to my bike.
So...hope everybody has a wonderful day and get's some riding in. Later.
P.S.-Oh, I saw yesterday that Lynda W. is now selling a pre-built 12 week training plan for ORAMM.(Off Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell) That's pretty sweet. Who woulda thought it'd be getting enough attention to get it's own plan. I used one of her plans last year(the basic hundie one) and they work well. I was doing really well at ORAMM last year til I wrecked and broke my frame. Anybody whose never done this race should think seriously about giving it a shot. It's a blast.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The glasses work really well. They don't fog up and stay on my oddly shaped nose really well. In fact, I forget they're there which is the best praise I can give them.
The Carbo Pro/Gatorade mixture works really well also. I actually like the taste of it thanks to the gatorade. The carbo pro powder manages to pack 55 grams of carbs and 220 calories into a bottle and since none of it is sugar calories it provides a nice,even, long lasting energy level. Combine that with the gatorades carbs and calories and each bottle is like rocket fuel. Combine that with the fact that the huge tub of gatorade costs $9 at Sams and that I got about 9 pds of carbo pro for $32 including shipping from this place(http://http://www.a1nutritionproducts.com/buy/universal_nutrition/carbo_plus/2lb) and I consider it a bargain. That's about 3 times as much stuff as the large canister of Accelerade for the same price.
This coming Satuday starts the 4 week countdown to Burn. WOOHOO!!!! Can't wait. After that, it's a race a month until at least August.
Hope everybody has a great day. Later folks.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Now, I'm just waiting for my package of Universal Carbo Pro to come in. I read some stuff on MTBR by Namrita and Eddie O about how they mix it with gatorade and it works for them and doesn't cause them any stomach problems. I've been using Accelerade with no stomach issues but I can get this stuff for about 1/4 of the price so if it works for me as well that's more savings for race fees cuz let's face it..these things aint cheap.
Hope everybody has a great weekend. Later yall.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Other than riding and work not much has been going on. Talked Amanda into going to see 300 over the weekend. Excellent flick. If your into that type of movie then definitely go see it. Will be putting new cables and such on the bike next week. Starting the long,slow process of getting it "race ready". Odds are it'll be more ready to go for Burn than me. Ah well.
Hope everybody has a great day. Good luck to everyone doing Cohutta and TT's in Michigan. Also to people doing any other races elsewhere.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Hope everybody has a great day. later.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Not a whole lot going on here. Work,ride,eat,sleep. Repeat. Hope everybody is having a great weekend. Later folks.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
In happier news...Amanda's mom is coming over to do a belated Easter dinner today since we both had to work on Easter. Thisis mostly a good thing. I say mostly because last night Amanda made some caramel apple cheesecake that she saw on Paula Deen's Home Cooking show on Food Network. I swear I gained 5 pds just looking at it.
Ah well..hope everybody has a great day. Later folks.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The next feature, done by Quentin Tarantino, is called Death Proof. It's plot revolves around a former stuntman(Kurt Russel) who uses his car to kill women. The first half of the film shows him stalking and killing a group of women in Austin, Tx. The film is ok. Tarantino is known for his dialog and he packs plenty into his portion of the movie. Too much in fact. At some point you will be thinking,Enough already. Do something. When the action gets going later in the movie it's really good. It's one of the better car chase scenes I've seen. I will also never be playing "Ships Mast" either. In the second half of the movie he goes after the wrong group of ladies and gets whats coming to him.
So, there you have it. My worthless 2 cents on Grindhouse. Oh...it's about 3 hours long. If your anything like me that means your going a little stir crazy being stuck in a theatre for that long. 3 hour long movies are why they made dvd's and pause buttons. Hopefully next week i can convince Amanda to go see 300. People fighting for a doomed cause. Sounds sorta like my racing.
Hope everybody has a great day. Later yall.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Very late edit: It was 20 degrees at 4 a.m. You can call me a wimp if you like but I chickened out and got back into bed. It'll be my normal commute today. It's supposed to be getting back into the high 60's later this week. WOOHOO!!!!! Watch, it'll be 100 degrees at Burn and I'll be dying, but I'll be loving every minute of it.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
I went out for a ride yesterday morning when there was still snow on the ground. I had my tires pumped up to about 65 psi. I was maybe a mile into the ride when I came around a corner and hit an icy patch in the road. Next thing I know I was sliding off the road into a ditch. It was a good thing I didn't go sliding out into the middle of the road. There wasn't any traffic but still, I'd prefer not to slide across pavement period. Ended up with just a few scratches and some holes in my leg warmers.
Ah well, not a lot going on today. Wasting time before work. Hope everybody has a good one. Later.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Looks like we're going to be having temps in the high 40's during the day and getting into the low 30's and high 20's at night. I had been expecting one more little cold snap this spring but I was lulled to sleep by warm, sunny days for the past few weeks. Ah well..what are you gonna do. Guess I'll break out the cold weather crap again.
Hope everybody has a great day. later.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Put this guy on a mountainbike and it's pretty close to what I looked like Saturday afternoon.
It's been a little bit since I posted here. Oops. The weather has been awesome the past few days and I've been riding. A lot. I've also been working a lot, so there hasn't been much time. Anyway, enough excuses. This past Friday I packed up and headed out to Cove Creek Campground in the PNF for The Pisgah Gathering. A weekend of riding,camping,fire and debauchery. I had read about other gatherings in the MTBR NC forum and they always sounded like a blast. I figured that it'd be a good chance to meet up with some like minded folks,hang out and do some riding. Got there early friday afternoon and set up camp. I met Jody, who was also setting up and we went out on a short ride. Got back to the campsite and ate a PB&J and started mingling. I met Brado,M-U-M,Dave, Darren,The Tomato(who makes a fine fire) and several other people whose names escape me. Woke up the next morning and got ready and headed out for a ride with Peter. He wanted to check out some of the stuff that he was thinking might be on this years PMBAR route. After 3.5 hours of what felt like 95% uphill , I was cooked. My right leg was cramping really bad and I couldn't hold down any food or drink. I told Peter that I was headed back to camp and reallllyyyyy slowly headed back. It ended up being about a 5 hour day. Except for the throwing up and cramping it was a blast. I do need to work on some stuff before Burn though. I DO NOT need to be cramping up there and it'll be way warmer for that.
After I was back in camp for about an hour I managed to get some food and water down and felt a lot better. I had to work the next morning so I decided to go ahead and head home. The weekend was most definitely a blast. The riding out there is awesome and I need to stop being so lazy and do the extra driving to ride out there instead of going to Bent Creek all the time.
So, thanks to Brado and everybody that put this thing on. I will definitely do my best to be at the fall Gathering.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Anyway,enough about my love affair with the Asheville area. Woke up this morning with pretty much every muscle and tendon in my body feeling sore. It's weird thing about pain. Most people I know think that all pain is the same. But I really believe that there's a difference between causing real damage to yourself and the pain you feel during and after pushing your body past it's limits. Maybe I'm wrong but all I know is I wouldn't trade the way I feel this morning for anything.
Hope everybody has a great day. Yall come back now. Ya hear.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Oh, in my earlier post about stuff I love, I forgot a few things.
My crock-pot: put food in it in the morning,set it on low. Go work or bike ride and come back home to food. It's great.
My i-pod: Have only used it once in a race and I'm not sure about that yet but it definitely rocks for long training rides. Intervals seem to hurt less when you have a little GnR or Metallica in the background.
Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Hutchison UST Spyders-Love these tires. They shed mud well. Roll pretty quickly on hardpack. They're not real light but I don't think "real light" exists in the world of UST.
Cateye Doubleshot-Plenty of light. Low,low weight. Long run time. Short charge time.
Accelerade-Lemon/Lime and Lemonade flavors. Can't really tell any difference in performance with this than other stuff. Just know that it doesn't make me wanna gag when I drink it. I figure that's a good thing.
Clif Shot Bloks-Gummi bears for active people!!!!!!! Yum.
Hammer Gel- I know they say not to mix it with other products that contain simple sugars but I've never had any issues with it. I also seem to be the only person I know who likes the tropical fruit flavor. That works out well for me since it means the LBS always has it.
Smart Balance PB and honey sandwhiches-I used to be a Jif guy but this stuff is natural and is really good. Plus honey is just awesome. Strawberry preserves are also a suitable sub for the honey.
Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies-I know..I know..loaded with sugar and all kinds of other bad stuff. Yet, for some reason I crave them during and after long rides.
Barleys Pizza-The usual stop after long rides. The Jerk Chicken Pizza is awesome. Plus, for all those who enjoy an after ride brew, they have about 50 beers on tap. Pretty much all good ones. Not the usual bar stuff.
Oh Yeah......Starbucks Yukon Blend coffee. The breakfast of champions and bottom five finishers like myself.
Oh and a big shout out to Nyquil for helping me lay the smackdown on this roody-poo candy ass virus that's been keeping me inside for the past few days. I feel tons better this morning and it's supposed to be in the 70's today. WOOHOO!!!
Hope everybody has a great day. later yall.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Good luck to everybody doing the Georgia SS Championships. GO TD!!!! GO THE BOY(Drew)!!!!
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
It hit me last night how much of a bike geek I've become. I was installing a new chain and cassette on my bike. After I was done I must've sat there for 10-15 minutes just staring at how shiny they were. It got me to thinking about how much cycling has changed me. It's helped me stop drinking. I wouldn't say I was an alcoholic but I would say that I had a problem and was well on my way to alcoholism. Cycling gave me something to do whenever I wanted a drink.
It gives me goals to work towards in the form of races. I'm more than certain that I'm not going to win any of these races but that's o.k. It's not why I race. I do it because it gives me a chance to push myself and to hang out with like minded people. It's also help me get over a pretty high level of shyness. Around my friends and family I won't shut up. Put me around people I don't know and I clam up like the sphinx. Unless that is I'm around other cyclists. I'll sit there and talk bikes and ask a million questions without any problems.
That's just a few of the benefits. When people ask me how much something costs as far as bikes are concerned they usually look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them, but as far as I'm concerned I've gotten way more back from riding than I've put into it financially.
Sorry for the cheesy post. Yall have a great day and have fun.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Burn 24 Hour Challenge
Rumored new hundie in Ga.(hopefully)
24 Hours of Conyers(Adrenalin-not the most popular guy I know-but I wanna do this course and May is already set aside for Burn)
Hmmmmmmmmmm....that seemed like a lot more when it was all in my head.
Ah well. Hope everybody has a great day and weekend. later yall.
Very late edit: TD pointed out to me that I forgot to put ORAMM in the schedule. My bad. That race is a definite every year.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Now it looks like I've got a HUGE whole in my schedule for September. Looks like Shenandoah!!!!Maybe, if I've got the money, I'll give the 24Hours of Conyers a shot in October. We'll have to see.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Anyway,I got there Friday afternoon. Got my camp set up and went out on a pre-ride. Quckly figured out that the race was going to be harder than I thought. Which was cool because like I said the course was also really fun. After I got back in I made a few pb&j's,lubed up my bike and walked around the area for a bit. That's when I noticed "Camp Solo" set up right off the course. Damn. I was set up a little bit off the course. Not a huge amount but I was going to have to come off the course to get new bottles and stuff. I made a mental note to check for that kind of stuff at future races. While I'm talking about mistakes, another one was not having any support crew for the race. I tried to set one up but everybody had other commitments. My friends in Orlando all had to work and the gf was back in Asheville. It wasnt huge deal because lets face it, I'm slow and not going to be winning any of these but it does make life much easier. Oh yeah. Sunny Florida my ass!!!! Yes it was warmer than Asheville. No, it was nowhere near as cold as the Northern states. That said..cold is cold!!! It got down into the 30's that night. I was wrapped up in 3 sleeping bags in my tent. I woke up to frost on my car. It did warm up a good bit though and I ended up doing the whole race with nothing more weather gear wise than arm and knee warmers and a vest.
Race day started bright and early. I woke up set up my bottles and stuff. Got my gel flasks ready. Went over to the start/finish area where they had coffee,instant oatmeal,bagels,fruit and donuts. I think it's telling that the fruit lasted longer than the donuts. Went back to my tent area and did some warm up excercises and sretched. There was a ton of people signing up for the race still so it got started a few minutes late. Went and racked my bike and attended the riders meeting. fter that it was time to head to the field for the torture..oops I meant run. The start of the run was about 10 miles from the gbikes. OK..maybe a 1/4 of a mile but it felt like 10. Whoever decided the racers should run before racing for 6/12/24 hours is an evil individual. The race gt started and away we went. I was back towards the back of the pack because well....I don't run...I hate it..it kills my knees. What I do cn barely be called jogging. Got on the course and started riding. Had a blast. I got passed. A lot. But overall the race was fun as hell. I was shooting for 5 laps and got 4. I know that isn't a lot but like i said..I'm slow. Plus, I'm still figuring out the pacing and nutrition of these things. I could've pushed myself harder than i did. I went out without a hrm and was always worried about burning myself out. I think I worried to much and didn't go hard enough. I think in the future i'll go ahead and wear the hrm so I know.
I will go back next year. It was to mch fun to miss. Goneriding puts on good events and the course is way fun. All the steep drop offs and walls plus a good bit of tight,twisty singletrack. Anyway, I really reccomend the race to people looking for a fun early season event. It definitely helped me in my quest to get the hang of these things. Next up: Burn. I sent them my money yesterday. Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later yall.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
What did people do before coffee? I cannot even imagine life without it. Yeah, I know. I have a problem.
In the good news that intrests only me....I'm down to 159 pds. I know that's still heavy but I haven't seen a weight south of 160 since my 20's. I'm excited..Hell..I'm giddy even.
While, I'm doing a pointless ramble today, let me shout out the virtues of emer-gen-c. I felt a cold coming on and used this stuff for a few days and it nipped it right in the bud. The stuff really works.
Ah well..as you can see..I've got nothing to talk about today. Here's a random picture of my nieces.I'm hoping to get them into mtn. biking soon. Although the oldest hates getting dirty. I'm hoping she'll grow out of that.
Everybody have a great weekend. Have fun.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=263657Been reading this thread this morning and I've decided that I should stop. I see everybody elses week and think I should try and follow that. I need to stick with my training and believe it'll work. I'm way to easily led astray by fancy workouts. Well. except maybe for Dicky's. Sounds fun. Except I quit drinking and the beer part seems to be the big selling point. Sigh.Ah well. off to pay the bills. Yall have fun
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
OK. After reading Danielle's latest post I've decided I won't be whinig about Asheville's "cold" weather anymore. Actually, I'm just happy that we didn't get all the ice and snow that some nearby areas got. I'm slowly starting to get the hang of this blog thing. I've figured out how to post pics. I think I've finally figured out how to put up links. We'll see. I seriously need to take some kind of computer class.
Only 4 more weeks to 12 Hours of Razorback. I'm starting to get really anxious for it. How I do there is going to be the main factor in whether or not I do Cohutta. Keeping my fingers crossed.
Here is a random picture of my sometime training partner and full time doggy. Her name is Anya and she is a parking lot rescue puppy. We found her in the parking lot of my old apartment. Some asshole had abandoned her when she was only 6 weeks old. She's 2 now. The glowing eyes are because she's the devil. Just kidding.
Well, hope everybody has a great weekend.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
I finally saw the trailer for 24-solo. I can't wait to see this movie. I was ready to go out and do night laps around my neighborhood after that.
Was wondering if it's worth it to try and do a 6 hour race at tsali the weekend before Burn. Anybody have any experience with this? Feel free to chime in if you do.
Hope everybody has a great weekend. I'm off to Durham for Amandas sisters wedding reception. Later.