Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I took some time tonight and set it up for this Thursday's 1st ride of the new year. White Bros carbon fork, Nanoraptors and 36x20.
This will be the rigid, lightweight arrow in my quill for non-technical races, the Niner One 9 will serve as the weapon of choice for courses with a bit more in the way of rocks and roots.
I can also swap the Bontrager Mustang/Surly wheels out for CX wheels, change the gear to 36x17, and viola! - a commuter bike is born.
That rocks like Betty Crocker.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I'm once again pondering how I want my bikes set up for racing and riding, which are usually two different animals.
The road bike side of the equation is easy...the Trek Madone 5.5 remains unchanged from 2008. Mountain biking is another story...I want light and fast, but still fairly comfortable. I know, I can't have everything!
- My Niner One 9 will be my primary off-road bike.
- In 2008 I rode it 75% of the time fully rigid and 25% with a Rock Shox REBA up front.
- The bike definitely climbs faster with the niner steel fork, but descends better with the REBA (well duh.)
- BUT...my best race results were with the rigid fork.
- HOWEVER...none of those races were technical.
I can see myself climbing well at Dragon's Back or Douthat with the bike fully rigid, but can I survive the rocks and downhills? I'm leaning toward yes...
The big question is: IS LIGHTER BETTER?
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
When my folks got me one, I put it on and didn't take it off until spring. Ah, that thing was awesome. I may have buy a new one just for nostalgia sake.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
BTW...What's Santa bringin' ya?
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Repeat. Repeat again. I thought the power poses would never end. My legs twinged, my muscles begged for mercy. I was sweating profusely and breathing hard.
Finally, relief came in a series of balance moves demanding more concentration, but less brawn. I was on the verge of cooling down when a series of 7 abdominal-torching poses buried me. Finally, almost one hour and 15 minutes later, we were finished.
I feel more elastic. I feel more relaxed. I feel more alive. This is very new to me. The off-season without pounding out endless, mindless reps in the gym is rather nice.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sure, I love It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, but I didn't really get into those until I was getting a bit older. For me the big 3 have always been Charlie Brown, Rudolf and A Year Without a Santa Claus.
As a kid I remember sitting three feet in front of our 400 pound console TV so I wouldn't miss a thing. I can remember everything - the smell of my Mom's Christmas cookies, the coal furnace making it too hot to breathe (until about 3 am when the coal burned out and it dropped to 25 degrees in the house)...Ah, the glorious days of youth.
In one of the first Charlie Brown scenes is something I miss terribly: Ice skating! In PA we could actually skate outside on our farm pond, just like Snoopy! It was incredible! I miss those days alot...especially this time of year. But with each passing Christmas, Pookie and I make new memories that we'll cherish through many more Christmas seasons. Wow, I'm getting a bit sentimental here...
Oh, the glass of brandy part....just a little something to snap me back to reality after regressing into childhood.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
...Nope. I'd go for a ride. A long ride. And on that ride I'd think about where I was going to ride tomorrow, and the next day, and the next...