Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
While the Teach was rubbin elbows with other passionate mathies I got out for a long ride on Saturday. Started off through the rarefied neighborhoods of 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach and Carmel. I've flogged a few golf balls in my day and while I can think of a better way to spend five hours, riding between a hand manicured fairway and the crashing surf has to be pretty close to the perfect ride. After that little slice of paradise I turned inland and rode a few clicks into the Carmel Valley. When the shoulder started to shrink and the traffic began to surge I turned up and hopped over to the Salinas Valley. An hour or so through the lettuce fields and back along the beach path and I'd put in a sweet 70.
Sunday we met with two other bike bloggers and did a 55 mile spin around Gilroy. Despite some threatening weather and a couple of crazy drivers we had a wonderful ride.
After 125 miles I was dreaming of chips and beer. While we made our plan to head to some 'Fresh Mex' I managed to find a gargantuan piece of glass that sliced my rear tired to the bone (no easy feat considering I was riding tough winter tires). We managed to reinforce the tire with my empty Clif Bar wrapper and make it back for some much needed Suds and Salsa.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
We brought the bikes with hopes of getting some saddle time. Unfortunately, the saddle time was just sad...daylight hours were spent mostly indoors relegating ride time to the early dawn and at dusk. Oh well, live and learn.
The highlight was getting to stay at the Olympic Training Center. We received temporary credentials and got the run of the place. We used the athlete entrance, ate with the Olympic hopefuls and even got out for a few laps on the OTC Crit Course. We learned there are many rattlesnakes on the grounds and the local rabbit population loves the grass soccer fields (maybe that has something to do with the snake population). We also learned that some humans can do box jumps onto a 4 foot tall box...that's some Olympic size plyo.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Another steed in the stable means it's time to cull the heard. Watch for some local horse trading coming soon.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The map to the left shows how close some were to all the action and how lucky we were.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I'll be keepin my ear to the phone and eye on the interwebs, hoping the 60 mph winds decide to give the fire fighters and family a break.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
- Reinforcing mesh is a polypropelene material
- Surgical staples are titanium corkscrews, about 1/8" long. I have 8.
- I had hernias on both sides and both were repaired
- Bellybuttons get glued by accident, "it's not a cult thing"
You can ride your bike but I wouldn't do anything CRAZY and climb Mt. Tam for your first ride.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Saw this add on CNBC yesterday...check it out if you haven't seen it yet. Made me pause.
Just finished reading Floyd's book. It was an entertaining quick read. If you've followed the case you won't learn much. There are some funny stories about Floyd's early career and some glimpses of the behind the scenes culture of pro cycling (not all flattering). The book probably won't change any minds but I found it entertaining.
This gem just came in the mail yesterday (Finally used that gift certificate...thanks Mom). It's a perfect addition to our growing bike nerd library. Chock full of great photos, stories and bios that put the the race and its history in perspective. It'll be fun to pick up and thumb through over and over.
Finally, I found this little snippet on Pez yesterday. Maybe old news for many of you but interesting anyway.
Modest American Pro team, Rock & Republic have really upped their game for 2008 by announcing a couple of big name signings in Unibet’s Victor Hugo Peña and fast Freddie Rodriguez (Predictor-Lotto). By signing the ex Lance Armsatrong domestique in Pena, the team now have someone capable of doing well in stage races, whereas Rodriguez is capable of winning anything from one day races, to short stage races and even bunch sprints and
Friday, October 05, 2007
Within 2 hours of his surgery we were sitting outdoors at Cole Coffee, sipping lattes and having scones.
In the meantime, we're home, eating ice cream, watching movies, making popcorn, and thinking about what kind of pizza to order for dinner. Surgery is fun! We're thinking what 'we' could do next. Bunions? Ingrown toenails? Moles? Sign 'us' up cause we like the recovery.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
At least I won't be doing this!
I'm a little nervous (I had one Braveheart execution nightmare), first surgery and all but I'll be glad when it's done and I've recovered. I've been told my hernia is 'very small' but it still finds a way to make me uncomfortable on occassion. So, Doc's going in to put things back where they belong and do a little seismic retrofit. Looking forward to having the GI back on track.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
We had a great time in Colorado and (believe it or not) there weren't any bikes involved. Ali's mom found this great B&B that had spectacular views of the Devil's Thumb area. The food was yummy, the house was peaceful and the beds were comfy. What more could you ask for?
The boys got in a little fishing and actually landed a few. Our guide Jeff was fantastic. I don't fish as much as I used to but I've done a enough float trips to know a great guide when one's paddling. Jeff was awesome.
While the boys were fishing the girls did a little riding...horseback riding that is. Sounds like the ranch hands needed a few lessons in customer service BUT they all enjoyed the scenery.
After the fishing and riding there was a little dual birthday celebration. The small gathering of friends and family was a great way to finish off a phenomenal day.
The next day we met my bro and sis-in-law for a little hike around Monarch Lake. Rumor has it there are Moose in them thar willows. They must have been napping when walked by but the lake was beautiful.
This was my first trip to Winter Park. It reminded me a little of Truckee but the town was much smaller. I would love to go back in the winter and check out the skating at Devil's Thumb. It looked like great terrain.
While we didn't bike there was a lot of bike talk. Turns out one of our hosts, John, worked in professional cycling for many years. One evening our conversation turned to Italy and we mentioned our great trip earlier this summer. Turns out John used to coach our Italy host Pat. Small world!
Now we're back home and happily staying put for the rest of the year.
Did someone say there's still one more points race at Hellyer?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The crew shows up right on time, I give them the low down on the 'green' parts of our kitchen and then get out of the way. The scene is a realtor walking a client (realtor's girlfriend) through a 'Green Home' discussing the benefits of green building.
I thought they would be interested in the tankless water heater, denim insulation or low-e windows. Who knew low flow toilets and Energy Star appliances were the real draw. (Although they did spend a lot of time in the front yard talking about the Solar Panels.)
We'll let you know if we make it to broad band.