Monday, March 26, 2007

OK. That hurt!!!

Feeling wasted tonight. Legs are beat and are in for another tough day tomorrow. I rode for about 1.75 hours yesterday with 1 hr and 10 minutes of that being tempo. That doesn't sound to bad, but then my stupid butt went to work and did a 9 hour shift on my feet. Got home at 12:30 and promptly showered and went to bed. Woke up at 7, had breakfast and coffee, dropped Amanda off at work and hit the trails and roads at Bent Creek for 5 hours of Zones 1 and 2 endurance work. I'm off tomorrow also so I'm going to head out to Old Fort and ride up old 50 and hit Kitsuma. If there's anything left in my legs after that I' m planning on going over to Curtis Creek Rd.(aka..soul sucking climb from hell) and heading up it til they cry uncle. Sounds like a fun day doesn't it?

Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Easy boring days.

Took an easy day yesterday. No bike ride after work or anything. It felt a little weird. Usually at this time of year I'm riding everyday just to make up for all the trainer "rides" during the winter. Instead I took Anya out for a walk on the mountains to sea trail for an hour. Came home and made dinner and watched V for Vendetta again. I love that movie. By then it was 10 and after looking around and finding nothing to do. I went to bed. Like I said an easy, boring day. Except for work, but no talking about that here. i try to keep things positive on this blog.

Later yall.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Went out to Bent Creek again yesterday for another long ride. It wasn awesome day. It was a little cloudy but that seemed to help actually. it was my first ride of the year without at least arm and knee warmers. It felt great. The first day of spring definitely delivered. The kind of day that reminds me that any cuts in pay and stuff like that were definitely worth it to be living here. I love this place. I still have to pinch myself to be reminded that I actually live here.

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 such a lovely day. Bright,sunny, warm..a beautiful day. Went out to Bent Creek and got about 6 hours of riding in. Now I'm feeling like a slacker because it's daylight and I'm seriously considering falling asleep.

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

rain,rain go away......

Rained most of the day yesterday and is still coming down this morning. Looks like it'll be road miles this weekend. Hopefully all the trails will dry out enough for me to get on them Monday and Teusday. Those are my days off. My weekend so to speak. Hope everybody has a great weekend. later folks.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Stuff I like

I've nothing else to talk about so I'm going to write about the stuff I like to use during rides and the few races i've done. Fell free to doze off when the inevitable urge strikes.

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

Fools Gold

Looks like Namrita and Eddie O have gone all out with the new hundie. Sounds like it's going to be a blast. I'm planning on being there for the whole shebang. I can't wait.

Monday, March 12, 2007


OK. Maybe I should've heeded the warning signs a little better. My sore throat and stuffy head have become full on sickness. Fever,can't keep food down,.....the works. This blows. 70 degree days and I'm laid up and can't even imagine riding.

Sunday, March 11, 2007


An extra hour of daylight!!! I still believe this should be a holiday!

Friday, March 09, 2007


I go pretty much all winter w/o getting sick and then once we start getting warmer temps and longer days...I wake up with a sore throat,stuffy head and a slight fever. Luckily, I don't feel so bad that I can't ride. I just keep myself from pushing it or going to long. I'm hoping I feel better tomorrow though. I don't work until 6 tomorrow night so I'd like to get 5 or 6 hours in at Bent Creek. Keeping my fingers crossed. Hope everybody has a great weekend.

Good luck to everybody doing the Georgia SS Championships. GO TD!!!! GO THE BOY(Drew)!!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I love bikes!!!!

First of all....Happy Birthday Amanda!! Careful, your catching upto me. Especially since I've decided I'm not having anymore.

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

Up next: Burn

Well. I'm thinking my race schedule is pretty much set in stone for the year. (Maybe)I'll put it in a sidebar here soon. Right now it's looking sorta like this:

Burn 24 Hour Challenge
Cowbell Challenge
Rumored new hundie in Ga.(hopefully)
Shenandoah 100
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)
Swank 65

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.