Monthly Archives: July 2010

Get Dirty.

By the same people that brought us “Performance”.
As I post this its Saturday morn and its once again raining during my ride time slot. My lack of riding a bike is getting almost hilarious. Beyond the point of unbelievable.
So I guess its to the store for me this morn. However I did once again over staff so if the weather breaks I am so outside. Lets hope for the best.

Lots of Money.

I forgot to mention yesterday that I’m in Chicago for my day job. Our new office is in Warrenville. Our last office was in Elmhurst. Both high end burbs. Its mind staggering the money that’s around here. Huge SUV’s driven while texting is the norm here. I noticed also the higher the property values, the less you see bikes. 

Last nite I had to stop into a Walgreen’s to pick up some over priced shaving cream that I forgot back in Wisconsin. At the checkout I was right behind a family that has a shopping cart full of stuff. I over heard the father saying how they just stopped for some small insignificant item and his two teenage daughters fill the cart with crap to the tune of $192 dollars. And was laughing about it. He had no idea what was even in the cart. He paid cash. And loaded everything into his full size Mercedes sedan. What a difference in life style compared to the way I was raised. 

I tried to put myself in that position and I honestly think I would not handle it. Its just too much. Too many people have way to much stuff. Some people handle it well but many don’t. Those are the people I cannot stand next to in a line at the checkout at the local Walgreen’s. Very irritating.

One thing I did notice about the new office is that the Prairie Trail is only a mile away. This trail screams cross bike and I will for sure hit it up during one of my visits here.

Its Friday so I must have a shit ton of riding plans for the weekend that most likely will get dashed. Road on Saturday, MTB on Sunday. I hope it happens but I wont get my hopes up only to get disappointed. And then document said disappointment on this blog.

Time to get upbeat. Hopefully I wont be able to post till Monday. That’s the sign that I had a busy weekend.

So…….. see ya Monday.


Time Management

 I was talking to a buddy at the velodrome last Tuesday. I asked him how his riding was going this summer and he mentioned he has not rode or raced in a long time due to a new job he has started. I can relate. 

Its a tough situation to be in. Sometimes we forget that all this emphasis we put on bikes and riding always takes a backseat to real life stuff. 

And its hard to give up the riding when needed. For me its to the point where I resent the reasons that cuts into my ride time. New job, family issue or whatever. If it cut into my saddle time its gatta be bad. The week of my Secret Training Camp I put in 15 hours in 5 riding days. The 14 days following I put in less than 5. That, my friend, is not acceptable and has a ripple effect. I ride less, lose my fitness, then have to cut, then completely eliminate my racing schedule. Now I’m not riding and racing. That’s about 70% of my summer down the tubes.

I’ve said in the not so distant past that I really need to reorganize my life’s schedule. Easier said than done. My life has changed so much in the last two or so years that I really cant keep up. I really need to look ahead and see what direction Im going. Instead I’m waiting until things happen and then try to react as fast as I can. But I’m always a few steps behind in that regard and that means I’m living my life very unorganized right now.

I need to be better at this. And I mean need to. Its not a option. I’m to the point that I will do whatever it takes to get me where I want to be. And I mean anything.
I have the store, day job and family life plus other issues to tend to and its a bit much. I need to reorganize my priority’s pertaining those issues and make a life style change.

 One of those issues will need to go or at minimum cut extremely back.  In the past, I would have said that all issues had potential for jettison, but things change and the family situation I now have I wont change, things are going well there. Looks like its the day job and the store that might need the most attention. 

Hence lies the decision. I’m leaning one way but its not the slam dunk you may think.


Weekend Update (Sunday)

Some days my ride to my Happy Place is almost routine. I’ll do it without thinking. Some days is very much needed. Like today.
A bunch of stuff has me stressed out. Hope it passes soon. Life’s too short to lose sleep over crap like this.

With Saturdays riding a bust I grabbed the MTB for a small ride called out in the Northern Kettles of Greenbush on Sunday. My first thought is that it was too wet but it was not as bad as one would think. However the small block tires I run were useless on the greasy trails and I couldn’t ride fast enough to keep up without putting my life in jeopardy so I pulled back for a solo ride. I love those small block treads, Ive been rocking them two years now and they sure are fast on the dry, but even a small amount of moisture will cause one to Tokyo drift the corners. I must have came close to washing out my front end 15 times before I slowed.

Thats the first time I rode the MTB hard. And I was hurting on the hard efforts. I just have not been riding hard enough I guess. Hours in the saddle does nothing for my top end and that is nonexistent right now. I feel like scraping most of my racing this summer. With the exception of Iceman.

I’ll just set another training and weight goal for fall. I’m good at failing at all my goals and just setting another in its place. Frustrating.

I’ll let the trails dry a few days and grab the Madone today.