Monthly Archives: October 2011

My Happy Place is not just lakefront. Its full of very cool things like huge sand dunes. They have board walks set up in here and I use them a lot. Really, my walks out here are divided up between the dunes and the beach. Again, cant think of a better way to start my day. 
The next two days will be a whirl wind for me with the cross race on Sunday.
So much to do so little time.
Almost full on attention. 
I cant even type straight right now. 
I’ll need a couple bike rides in the next two days to calm me.
Cross bike at noon today.
I have yet to start to assemble my Madone. Its still in the box.
Thats how busy and focused I am.
Cross bike at noon today.
Tomorrows post (if any) will have me just babbling and drooling.
Not waiting till noon. Cross bike in 45 minutes.
The woods is calling me.


Today started out as any other normal day. Rainy and cold. Small HP visit and then to the store for work. These days the store is a little boring as this is the slowest time of the year. Biking has slowed and its too early for skiing. So days are long right now here and I was gearing up for a dull day.
Then…. BAM!
My 2012 Madone 6.5 shows up over a month early. Holy crap!
All of a sudden today is a good day.
Its the exact same frame as last years. Same color combo but different design. Things not the same is the driveline. Ultegra Di is now affordable to most of us and I cant wait to ride it.
Also wheels. Signing a deal with Easton to provide quality wheels and will have a set on both this Madone and my Superfly. Carbon of course.
So I will stop with the advertising here cuz I always try to not sound that way on my blog but I cant help it when I get a pleasant surprise such as this.

Moving on would be talking about my cross race Sunday which I am up to my armpits in today. Four days and counting. I think Im a little nervous but should not be….



This weekend I got Pinky out of the basement. This bike has been with me thru thick and thin and is one of the few bikes I own. As Fall comes to a close I start selling off all my demo bikes one by one. And when their all gone Pinky is waiting in the wings to carry me thru the winter. She gets abused. Our winter beach rides chew up the driveline so every year its something different. Last year it was one by nine. This year its one by 10. Upgrade to 105 shifters. And Dura ace cassette. Just happened to be stuff laying around.
Running Kenda small block for tires since our winter group rides are mostly road right now anyway.
Had a good weekend. Saturday had me out to the cross race in Milwaukee taking in the festivities but mostly watching and learning for my race this Sunday. Crazy how its only one week away. This upcoming week will have me putting time in for prep. This will consume me this week.
Sunday I blasted about an hour and a half in the woods on the Superfly. Nothing too fast as I was mostly scanning and planning the cross course with Steve D. Afterwards I hit the store for some paperwork but ended up grabbing the Cronus for a 30 mile road ride. That bike is close to sold so one more ride and Im now off it for good.
Today the HP visit was nice. Cool but sunny makes a great time out there. With me starting to work out of the store soon will limit my HP visits. So I savor everyone that I can get.
I still visit all winter of course. Below zero days no problem.
Today tho is sunny and almost 60 so its gonna be a nooner bike ride for me. On Pinky.
Little woods, little road, little (more)HP.

Just a bit of a gloomy day. This morn I headed into my basement and went thru all my cold weather clothing. Some I could not find. A few articles I forgot I had. Im gonna ride today.
Yesterday I put in over 12 hours of work so I could take it easy in that respect today.
I am getting ready for winter. My trusty winter steed, Pinky, has been pulled from the basement once again to be resurrected for crappy weather riding. This years version is a 1×10 complete with new 105 levers and Dura ace rear derailer (I know thats not how thats spelled) and cassette.
And then I will stop riding my Superfly and Cronus, and its all pinky till spring. Gatta sell those bikes anyway. Next week I will set up a post about Pinky. This is one of the only bikes I own and has been in many configurations. Winter bike, cross race bike, touring bike. Its the bike I used to tour back in 2008.
Its been with me thru good times and bad and I would never sell it. really, its not worth much money anyway. But is like gold in memories. 
Waiting about an hour to see if it will get past 45 degrees, than will pick thru my clothing and go for a ride. 2 hour solo for today. Then…..
Will be working on my cross race that’s just about a week away. Goona make some barriers today. How fun is that….!  Also planning on attending a few cross races this weekend…..
As long as it does not interfere with my riding…… that comes first this time of year. This is the time of year I try to fight off weight gain. As mammals we go into a pre winter weight gain program. I do my best to fight it and a step up in riding helps. But its hard to do when that first blast of fall temps hit. Less sunlite has me easily depressed and that does not fair well with my eating habits either.
My only defense is ride more. So I try to do just that. In fact Im going to do just that right now.