Friday, October 31, 2008

crabby pants....

when did he take over this blog?

anyway, i may ride my bike tomorrow, despite it being the First Day of November.

someone stole my iPod Nano, so I may get an iPhone. apples to oranges, i know.

i have a 10k race on Sunday, but I will likely destroy my legs on Saturday, if i ride. i know, such is life.

i have had 2009 RTR fever since September. Some folks are just joining that game.

i think i may hit a PR today with 21 mini snickers and counting.............

that is all.

Monday, October 27, 2008

35 and counting....

no birthday mile run or 35 mile ride today. just crap work. crap cold weather. crap snow flurries. crap crap crap crap crap crap.......until i got home.

my little girl all of 3 years old made me the most perfect card and the wife picked me up some reading material. just what i needed, a pick me up from the people who count the most, my family. thank you!

Friday, October 24, 2008

a run. a movie. a beers.
equals less funk.
skinny bing aint got nothing on me :)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

its cold. its rainy. its dark at 5pm. i am turning 35 very soon. work is effecting my running schedule. i am aham23 and i am in a crabby funk.

i guess it's better then being this guy.

that is all.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


not a bad number to end the season on. there could be one more (pretty please) ride, but if not i had a great year and that mileage represents a Personal Best by 500.

next up for me is some running. no, not running with my bike like this fool. i mean, look at his face, does it look like he is having fun?!@?! :)

anyway, i got one 5k race in the books and two 10ks coming up. the 10ks are back to back weekends. as i ramp up the running i find myself enjoying it. dont tell my cycling friends. it would be nice to get back to some 20 to 25 mile weeks by late November.

i dont want to get too crazy with the running though. if the IT Bands give me any issues i will shut it down. i got some serious training to get started with come the new year. you hear that Mr Lazy Goat???


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Falling Fast

the cycling season is coming to an end (for me at least). we have had a couple of super nice Fall days recently and many BF'ers have been out enjoying them. me not so much. my lack of late season great weather enjoyment resulted in some Fall Envy. this ride, report and pictures resulted.

everyone has been out enjoying the great Fall weather, taking pictures, and posting their ride stories to BF. it has been pissing me off. i have been sick and working like a dog for the man. yet, i keep seeing these great pictorials of scenic rolling landscapes and Fall foliage.

today i attempt to balance out the equation. i am feeling better, the weather is decent for the Midwest in October at 60 degrees, sunny & 5 mph winds. so, like any hard working middle class American i skip out on work. well, i go to lunch and never come back.

this was the result.


some trees

a horse

farm stuff

my riding partner

the fred shot

peace out yo.

Monday, October 13, 2008

i love it....

when a plan comes together.

not much going on with me lately. the work day is getting longer while the day light gets shorter. that means less riding for this roadie. the quantity is down, but the quality is up.

this past Saturday was the Local Bike Shop (LBS) group ride. now, this is the "B" group ride, but we normally finish with and average between 19 and 22 mph. not the entire group, but four or five of us will shoot off the front and have a little fun.

this past effort was interesting. it was a little brisk at the start and maybe that scared off some of the skinny fast dudes. around mile 8ish i was lounging in the back not really feeling it. i even had a couple riders ask me if i was lost and why was i at the back? then i get another cue when some takes off the front.

three of us road off the front for a couple miles before easing up and back into the group. in all honesty i was feeling a bit under the weather and even mentioned that to the other two. at mile 16 we go off again. this time four of us are chasing down a rider up ahead. you know, the rabbit. the pace is being pushed by mr tri guy and is every bit of 25 mph. apparently catching the rabbit was the goal. we did just that then everyone, but me and the rabbit, went snap, crackle, pop.

turns out the rabbit was a normal participant of the same LBS's "A" group ride, but got a late start to his morning and missed that group. we cruised for 8 miles together before parting ways. side by side at a decent pace for me. for him, he was chatting away like it was a stroll in the park. i think he just wanted some company so he tolerated my slowness.

i rolled into the parking lot first. i got some odd looks and questions when the rest of the lead pack finished up.

"so, you feeling better?"
"can i have your autograph?"
"hey a-hole i thought you were sick?"

yep, with this group, i am that guy.

the ride was 38 miles. that very 38 miles put me over the top. i am now a very pround member of the 3000 club (3018 and counting!! )

peace out yo.

Friday, October 10, 2008

run CHICAGO run...

good luck all my running friends participating in the 2008 Chicago Marathon. you have worked your arse off all summer. through the heat, the blood, the sweat, the tears, and the tears!!

remember it is about the journey not the destination. look around and enjoy things a bit no matter how hot it gets, or doesnt :)

peace out yo.

Monday, October 06, 2008


sometimes you need a little kanye & kelly to get you through it. sometimes you dont.

saturday, it was 37 degrees when i rolled out on the bike for the EndureIt Sports group ride. 55 miles later i rolled back in. no kanye or kelly was needed.

sunday, it was cold and overcast when i rolled out for a little 4 mile run. there was rain. there was pain. i may have cried just a bit. kelly got me rolling, but kanye brought it home.

this may be the greatest "running" song i have ever heard. try it. peace out.