Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Making Bad Decisions.

Sure we made a couple BAD decisions, but I know that I for one, had a boatload of fun. So we decided to ride this new "Blue Sky" trail that loops together the Devil's Backbone and Coyote Ridge, but we didn't take into account how long it would take our group to ride it.

The ride started out great. Some of us had to walk some climbs, myself included because I rode my single speed cross bike. This here is Colin, you'll see him later.

Austion and Ray walked a little too.

All the climbing made Evan hot.

I think it's safe to say Colin didn't like the climbs.

Of course Feighny flew up it all.

We all hung out at the first summit, but Colin didn't talk, he was PISSED.

Ray rode like a champ.

Evan blew some people away with his new fitness too.

The sunset was beautiful, but it should have been a warning sign. Feighny is barely visible in the bottom of this shot.

Here is Mike on one of the new sections of trail, cool view.

Colin's mood lightened once we started going downhill.

Then it started to get dark, real quick.

We stood here waiting for the group and all we could hear was coyotes, howling from every direction.

Soon it was real dark.

By the time we made it to the car, we had ridden at least an hour in the pitch black. Evan was beat.

I was happy to be alive, Jenn met us at the trailhead so we wouldn't all have to ride on the highway in the dark.

Austin showed off his battle wounds. I guess he found the fastest way down a 15 meter steep drop. He even beat his bike down, but not by much.

Mike thanked Jenn in advance for following us back to their house in the van with caution lights and headlights.

I definitely need to ride this trail again. I liked it a lot, and we had a ton of fun. At one point I was riding next to Colin on a gravel road stretch when he just skyrocketed into the air. I guess he hit something, but it's still hard to say what it was. Mike was sure to mention how nice his pair of Light and Motion's would have been, but they were on his workbench. Evan is an Eagle Scout, but sure didn't come prepared, I'm a little disappointed in him. I think he made up for it when he snapped at Ray on the highway riding in to Mike's house. Whew, what a ride. Thanks for checking in.

Monday, June 19, 2006

I'm back.

Most of you probably didn't even realize I was gone, but I headed home to YKT for the weekend and had a very nice, relaxing couple of days. My parents were the socialites of the century and had 3 different groups of company through my house in 4 days, but I still managed to spend some good time with them, and see some old friends. I had grand ideas of riding everyday, but only managed one ride in the 3 days I was there. Oh well. It was a very nice ride in the rain, which I don't have the chance to do often. My iPod died about 30 minutes into it, but it was fun to just ride and listen to the rain. I was surprised at how much fun I had exploring new roads through Nebraska and even getting downright lost for a while. I wish I would have had a camera because even though it was Nebraska, it felt like a foreign country with green rolling hills. I'm back now, ready to switch jobs and get back into a little more disciplined training groove. We'll see what the week brings. The picture is Simon (my brother from another mother) and I on Saturday night. We had a good time BBQing and sitting on a boat for a while. That's all for now. Stop by the IBizzle tomorrow and say hey if you're bored. Thanks for checking in.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Morning Update.

Check out Brian at the CSU Oval. Click on the picture to make it bigger.

I had a good ride in the mountains yesterday, ended up being around 4.5 hours. I didn't go too hard, just a lot of fun. I ended up running into Matt Koch up by the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, and rode with him for an hour or so. I didn't get home until late, but still managed to swing by Evan and Jason's for an officers meeting. I work today at noon which reminds me, I turned in my two weeks yesterday. Soon I'll be a Roubaix employee again. That's about all that's going on in my world.

I thought of a million things to write about on my ride yesterday, but I think I've forgotten them all. Oh yeah, the people up in the mountains are so nice. I filled my bottles up at 3 different places, and each time the people asked if they could put ice in my bottles. I stood around and drank a coke and talked to the owner of the Glen Haven General Store for a while. He was a super nice guy and was all fired up that I asked if he cared if I wore my speedplay cleats in his store. He said no one had ever asked before, in fact, some guy pulled his bike in the store that morning and when he told the guy he didn't need his bike in the store, the cyclist got all kinds of pissed and told the guy he didn't need anything from his store. It's people like him that make all of us cyclists look like jerks, so I apologized on behalf of the cycling community for the "bad apple."

Speaking of the Glen Haven General Store, many of you know about my little gas station cream cheese muffin fetish, well I stepped it up yesterday and now I'll have trouble going back. They had fresh, homemade, peaches and cream cheese muffins by the register, and it just might have been the best muffin I've tasted in my life. It tasted like a gas station muffin, only better, (same moisture content though) but in the middle was some peach pie filling and cream cheese. You could actually taste the creamy deliciousness of the cream cheese mixed into the pie filling. Ok, I need to stop. I kinda want to ride up and get one tomorrow. Maybe I will.

I also had a cup of coffee at the Estes Perk which is located just a half mile from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The coffee was great, and the view from their deck was even better. Actually, it was while I was sitting there that I saw Matt ride by.

Moral of the story, I enjoyed my ride a lot yesterday and I look forward to getting into the mountains a lot more in the near future. The best part is that you can actually ride in the afternoon up there because it isn't 1,000 degrees. I need to shower and get my MTB prepped for a ride tonight. Thanks for checking in.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

New Belgium Crit.

Today was another bust. I felt pretty good until I flatted 35 minutes into the 90 minute race. Unfortunately I broke a spoke on my pit wheel yesterday, and since there were no neutral wheels at the race, I was just out of luck. I liked the course a lot though, and was riding alright. Who knows what would have happened in the last hour of the race.

Makin' the big money.

So yesterday after my miserable showing in the State TT, I decided to head to Roma's and have a beer with Evan and Dana. I was riding by my mail box, and happened to look inside, only to find a check from the Iron Horse for 125 bucks. We figured out that between Rocky Mounts and UNC paying for entry fees, I've started 24 races this year, and I'm up 95 bucks from prize money! After today it'll only be 65, and next weekend should wipe it out, but it feels kinda cool to know that technically, I've raced for free all year. Anyway, I'm done floating my own boat. Time to go get worked over again in FTC. Rumor has it, 90 minutes on a 1km lap! Fun fun!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

State Time Trial.

State TT is over. I sucked. I mean I really sucked.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

RM - I Crit Pictures

If a picture could sum up a day, I'm pretty sure the look on my face in any of these shots could show you how I felt that entire race.

Thanks to the guys at Peloton Photo for letting me steal these. They can be purchased at I'm sure their sales will triple after this update.

Thanks for checking in.

Can't Sleep.


There will be no point to this update, I promise. You should probably save yourself the time and stop reading right now. Today pretty much sucked. I got woken up at 8:30 to the guy at Greeley Auto Tech calling and telling me it'll be 375 bucks to get my car running. That's right, it crapped out again. I think it's gonna be a yearly thing now. So, after that I sat around waiting to go into work, only to get to work and have an awful day. It was 93? degrees outside today, and we decided we didn't need A/C at the shop until late afternoon. Colin (a co-worker of mine) got a new Surly today, so I helped him build it up, but in the meantime all hell broke loose, and the rest of the day was miserable. I've just been in a crappy mood all day, and now I'm ready to go to bed, but I can't sleep.

Tomorrow looks to be a better day. I have a massage in the morning, then some TT efforts in preparation for the state TT's this weekend. I'm not a fan of time trials, so I guess it's a good thing I'm doing this race. I need to do more of them so I can get a better feel for them. The problem is, the only feeling I ever get from TT's is intense pain, everywhere. Oh well, that's good prep for cross racing I guess, which hopefully will go well this year. I already can't wait for it to start. I'm starting to look at new cross frames. Right now it's a toss up between a Kona or Cannondale. I think the Kona is a way cooler frame, but the Cannondale comes with a carbon fork? Decisions decisions. Oh well, I have time.

Let's see, that's all I guess. I hope no one read this far. Ha ha. if you did. Thanks for checking in.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Rocky Mounts - Izze Crit.

I just got home from Louisville where I received the beating of my life. I guess it wasn't that bad, I just rode like an idiot. Hopefully I'll be a little smarter next time I pin on a number which may or may not be tomorrow. The break went today off the line and just kept getting fed by riders bridging across. I rode like a dork, and managed to work just hard enough that everytime I would look over my shoulder to see who was going to pull through, someone would attack, and I couldn't hold their wheel. I finished in the group, but the lead break lapped us with 15 or 20 minutes to go. There was one more group up the road I guess, however, I had no idea of the race situation until it was all over. It was a bit of a mess for a while. I attacked on the climb with 2.5 laps to go, and got swarmed with 200m to go. If I could have held it I guess I would have been top 20 or so, but I don't even know my placing right now.

On a brighter note, I was treated to a little shout out on Dave Towle's website. Check it out if you'd like. It's awesome that he gets to do so many big races this summer, but it's a little bittersweet since that means we don't get to see him around the front range so much. Oh well, hopefully he'll be back in town by cross season?

That's it for now, thanks for checking in. There might be some pictures from today's race on Peloton, check it out.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

IHBC Crit Photos.

Here are a few choice photos from the Iron Horse Crit thanks to my mom.

The finish.

Yeah, I got a little carried away. If you look closely you can see I'm freaking out, screaming and stuff.

The podium.

Me and my mom. She looks good in the RM kit yeah?

Dave Towle and I.

Rick Crawford and myself.

Thanks a lot to everyone for their words of congratulations and support. I appreciate it a lot.

Here is what the rest of the month looks like so far.

6.3.06 Rocky Mounts Crit - Boulder
6.4.06 City Park Crit - Denver
6.10.06 State TT - DIA
6.11.06 New Belgium Crit - Fort Collins
6.17.06 Hugo Road Race - Hugo
6.24-25.06 Dead Dog Classic - Laramie, WY

Hopefully I'll see some of you at one or all of these. Thanks for checking in.