Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
I have a few resolutions for next year. I won't go into them until the 1st. I'm hoping to start using this blog and the 3.5 people who read it to hold myself more accountable for them next year.
I hope everybody had a great year and will have an even better 09.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I'm also sure they are laughing at me and calling me a puss for whining about this. Eh..what can I say..they're tougher than me.
Hope everybody had a great weekend and got all their X-Mas shopping done.
Monday, December 15, 2008
It's another lovely Monday morning. Raining. Bleh!!!!
I think I need to try out St. Johns wort. My mood seems to be heading more and more southward.
Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later yall.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Not a whole lot else has been going on. Here's a short run thru....
Work-Slower than usual for this time of the year. With the economy circling the toilet people are not out spending moola.
Riding-Not as much as I'd like. I'm also going through my annual winter blahs. This is pretty normal and I'm used to losing enthusiasm for pretty much anything at this time of year. Anybody who has advice on how to beat this feel free to let me know.
Assorted other notes-I admit it. I'm a huge GnR fan and I bought the new GnR(Axl solo project) album the day it came out. Now...I'll admit. I didn't hold out high hopes but I had to hear. The verdict? Actually..pretty decent. I've read some reviews comparing it to Appetite for Destruction but those people are obviously insane and should be locked up before they hurt themselves or others. It's not bad but is nowhere near as good as that.
Hope everybody is having fun and such. Later folks.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Hopefully politics will never have to be mentioned here again.
To celebrate this historic milestone I think I'll go on a ride. Later folks.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Everything else is going pretty well. My second job(Bonefish) helped cater a charity wine tasting last night. We were told to prepare for 350 people. So of course that means that only 150 people showed. The downside..was kind of slow and boring. The upside.....lots of leftover food. All the caterers went around trading food and such. I ended up with a good bit of salmon and several canolis. :-D The 2 girls that went with us to help serve food ended up with a box of wine each. It was definitely a good night. The only downside. I missed the GWAR show. ;-)
Hope everybody had a good weekend. Later folks.
Friday, September 26, 2008
They were on sale and I'd read some pretty good things about them so I figured I'd give them a shot. They took about a month to break in but I have to say..I'm really liking them. Stiff enough and pretty damn comfortable.
The next toy was much more recent. My old helmet was about 4.5 years old. While it hadn't suffered any real nasty impacts the pads and such were shot and I figured it was time for a replacment. I was going to get another Giro Havoc but I found myself being more and more drawn toward the Giro Hex. It's a bit heavier but it seems to ventilate even better and fits my large,round head much better.
Gotta love the Army green color and semi-macho(as macho as any piece of bike clothing can be) styling. I'm loving it.
Hope everybody has a great day and weekend. Later folks.
Sorry for the stupid pic placement but I haven't taken the time to figure out how to move this stuff around on here.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
For all you Metallica fans...the new album is really good. It's easily the best thing they've done since the Black Album in 91. It sounds more like Master of Puppets or ..And Justice for All though. As far as I'm concerned this is a good thing.
Hope everybody has a good weekend. Later folks.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Late addition: I won't get to far into it. Let me just say, if you haven't seen The Dark Knight yet....go..now. Freaking incredible. It lives up to every bit of the hype. Even if your not into "comic book" movies. The world lost an amazing talent when Heath Ledger passed.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Hope everybody had a great weekend.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Don't get me wrong, Fools Gold is still the beast that haunts my dreams but I was nuts when I told myself that ORAMM was just another fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Bring it on.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Have a good weekend folks.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Got in 4 hours (OK 3 hrs 58 minutes) yesterday at Bent Creek. It was my first time there since they did the new work on Greens Lick thats causing such a ruckus in the NC/SC forum on MTBR. I have to say,I don't get it. I liked it. I'm by far not the worlds greatest technical rider and I handled it ok. I think some folks just enjoy raising hell.
Well, I hope everybody is having a great week.Later folks.
Monday, June 30, 2008
In other news I hit up the used bookstore again and got stocked up for summer. I picked up Tom Clancy's "Red Rabbit" for cheap. Now I only need "The Hunt for Red October" to complete the collection. I don't really agree with the mans politics but I do like a good political/military thriller and he is pretty much the best (in my humble opinion) at that. Plus, Amandas mom has somehow found every Hiasen book but one in hardcover and I'm planning on raiding those and rereading them.
Hope everybody had a good weekend. Later folks.
Monday, June 23, 2008
I went into this race with 2 goals.
1. Go out at a pretty hard pace push it for as long as I could
2.DON'T QUIT!!!!!!! I was determined to beat the demons back and shut them up.
3.Ok. This one got added during the race. Clean that freakin uphill logpile.
I can sort of happily report that I accomplished all 3.
I pushed it(for me) the whole race, when my nagging, wussy voice started telling me I was never going to win one of these and that I should just drop out and take up model airplane building I tied it to my seatpost and drug it into submission. I cleared the uphill logpile twice. Of course neither time was when Bruce was there with his bullhorn.
I finished with 5 laps. Would've been more but I flatted the last lap and made it back after the 3 p.m. cutoff. I'm still slow but I'm faster than I was last year.
Hope everybody had a good weekend. Yall come back now.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Climbing-Does very well. I got rid of the spacers and got the front end a bit lower and it does much better now. The front end stays down on the shorter steeper stuff. On longer climbs it seems to do better with seated climbing. That might just be my impression though.
Descending-Excellent. Basically just point and shoot. Really stable and fast as hell.
Handling-Great. Handles the tight, twisty stuff like a champ.
Overall I can't say enough about it.I think it's an awesome bike. The frames is plenty stiff but doesn't beat the hell out of you the way an aluminum frame might. I also use a Reba fork which from what I've read is the worst fork geometry wise for the frame. Can't wait to see how it does with a Fox.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
In other news. Things are going better on the home front. My head seems to be clearing up and I'm not sliding into the deep funks that I'm capable of. Work still blows, but hell..that's why they call it work I guess. In other words....things are going pretty damn well these days. For the first time in a while I don't feel like I'm taking aim at my foot and pulling the trigger.
*WARNING* Age alert here. Seems as though Motley Crue has put together a "hair metal" version of Lollapalooza for the summer. Crue Fest. I realize the Crue doesn't have the alternative cool aura of some bands but I don't care. They provided the soundtrack for my high school years(GnR didn't come out til after I graduated..yes I'm that old..and they promptly teamed up with Motley to get me through my military years) and I still enjoy the discs. Anyway, the big festival is coming to Charlotte and has me jonesing to go. I doubt I do..it's hard for me to justify $95 for a ticket to sit all day in the Charlotte sun in July, but I can dream. HA!!!! ah well....rant over.
Hope everybody has a good day. Later folks.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Ok. A quick ride report on the new bike. It rocks!!!! When I first got the frame I would stick it up next to my old frame just to compare how it looks. I was always wondering about the geometry. Vassago uses what they call "Wet Cat" geometry and it's a tad different than most of what you see out there. To make a short story shorter..they seem to have nailed it. It climbs as well as can be expected with me doing the pedaling....it's stable as hell when descending and corners awesome. It handles switchbacks with ease. The only thing I still need to tinker with is the height of the front end. It get's sorta light and comes up a bit on the short really steep climbs. Flipping my stem and tossing all the spacers should handle that.
June is here and the next race is a little less than 3 weeks away. The Cowbell Challenge. I'll be doing the 6 hour this year. After that it's 5 short weeks til ORAMM. This has always been the race I thought of every year when the words "bike race" were mentioned. Not anymore. This year it's a way to help prepare for the new monster that haunts my dreams....Fools Gold..aka the race that handed my ass to me on a platter last year..aka the most fun time ever. After that I'm hoping to do my initail attempt at the SM 100 and then the schedule is pretty open. We'll just have to see what happens.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
2. When doing the lemans start, make sure your lined up with the RUNNERS not the first lap riders..this will save you the shame of watching the start go off 50 yards in front of you and then having to run all alone like an idiot. Trust me...not fun.
3.Make sure your cleat screws are set right. That way you don't end up with feet that feel like they had nails stuck in them.
4. Nam and Eddie do an excellent job.Even with all my screw ups I still had a great time. There races are easily the most fun out of any I've done.
Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Bonus points to anybody who can name this song and artist..."If mornings a bitch with open arms then nights a girl whose gone to far"
Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later folks.
Friday, May 09, 2008
Hope everybody has a great weekend folks.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Hope everybody had a great weekend and is getting a lot of saddle time in. Later yall.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Saddle-Selle Itaila Flite
Stem-FSA OS 140 110mm
Handlebar-FSA Flat Aluminum 31.8mm
Brakes-Hayes Hydro stolen from old bike
Wheels-Slasa Delgado 29er Race with WTB Laserdisc Lite hubs
Crankset-Truvativ Stylo 3.3(BB intergrated)
Tires-Maxxis Ignitor(Front), Maxxis Crosmark(rear)
Some parts(brakes and saddle for sure, possibly the stem) will be swapped out as $ allow.
Goodluck to Eddie and Nam O in Cali.
You all have a good weekend. Later folks.
Friday, April 18, 2008
As far as the new bike goes. One Shimano part made it. The front deraileur will be an XT model.The shop was out of x-9's. There will be pics someday. Hopefully. If anybody wants to imagine it..think lots of silver and black.
Anyways...good luck to everybody racing this weekend.Later folks.Yall be good now.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
On other subjects.Spring is finally here!!!! It's sunny and 70 here today andwhile it's been raining a good bit the weather is a LOT warmer.
Hope everybody had a great weekend and that things are going good. Later folks.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
On the new bike front..I've decided to see if I can go Shimano free with it. The only thing I'm waffling on is the crankset. Anybody have any experience with FSA,Truvativ, or Race Face cranks? Shimano makes great stuff and I have no problem with it.I'm just doing this for shits and grins basically. Hell.....I don't know why..just seemed like a good idea at the time.:-)
Hope everybody had a good weekend.Later folks.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Hope everybody is getting a lot of saddle time in. Yall have a good one.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Oh..got some new pics to post but can't do it here.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
In other news....well..there really isn't any..train(rehearse,practice?..thanksto Dicky I now have new things to call it),work,eat,sleep..repeat. Less than 2 months to Cohutta. :-D
Monday, February 11, 2008
I'm seriously considering putting out a want ad for a PMBAR partner. I've only heard really great things about this race and it is practically in my backyard. If anybody knows somone let me know.
Hope everybody had a great weekend. Later folks.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Let the guy race. If he wins a few, I seriously doubt he was doping to win the payout for these things.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
April-Cohutta 100 0rEpic 35....not totally sure which yet. Part of me says.."Fuck it.Dive in the deep end and go." The other part syas todo something I know I can finish and build a little confidence.
June-Lumberjack-I get 1 big bike trip this year and thisone worksout the best schedulewise.
July-ORAMM-Every year til either the race or I pass away or get to old to do it.
August-Back to Georgia for Fools Gold paradise.
September.Shenandoah-if I'm still alive
October-DSG 12 hour in Conyers-I've never ridden this course and i really,really want to.
November-Clear Springs 24-this one depends on if my pops got tocome to any races. If he did..it'sonly a 50-50 shot. If he didn't..I'm there.
How the hell did I go from not "racing" to this? I'm an idiot?Yeah..maybe so....but I'm an idiot that loves this kinda stuff.
Monday, January 07, 2008
In other news.....well....nothing much is going on. Work,ride or lift, sleep,eat,repeat. Not that I'm complaining..I actually kind of prefer a simple routine. It helps keep the voices quite. ;-)
Hope everybody had a great weekend and has a great week. Time for me to head out and enjoy the freakishly warm weather. Later yall.