Monthly Archives: May 2012


Another cold morning. Another cold HP visit. One of the issues with living next to the lake is the lack of temp. The cool body of water keep us in a fridge for well into June. At some point in the day the wind shifts to the west, off the lake and the temps plummet over 10 degrees. The wind usually shifts when the sun is at the highest around noon. It could be 60 here at noon, and I’ll take my nooner ride only to return with temps in the high 40’s. Happens everyday here and I’ll never get used to it. You either dress in layers that you will need to take off in 30 minutes or just freeze for the first and last 30 minutes of a ride. I usually take the later.

I got the Accent lettered up yesterday. Im really happy with the car.  The loss of size just makes me pack stuff better and the stores checkbook is loving the fuel mileage. I get almost 40 on the hiway, 35 in the city. I’ll get in the high 30’s with two bikes on the roof. Nice for travelling to the races.

I never got out yesterday, the blast of cold air just turned me off and I stayed and got some work done. Today I plan on the first ride on the Surly Moonlander. I rode it around the block last nite and it sure is different than the Pug. Tires and wheels make the Pug now look small. Its going to be a long 6 mile road ride to the beach with this one. I could hold 15mph on the road with the Pug. No way on this beast.
Looking forward to a little beach time.
I know I said that yesterday but today Im doing it for real.


Coffee and a strawberry muffin.

While I will always defend my HP visits everyday, I would have to admit that some days I get kinda bored of the same routine. But only on colder, cloudier mornings like today. 
When I talk to some about losing weight, its been brought up that I should start a food log. Just write down all my intake. Thats a good idea for sure cuz if you dont pay attention you eat way more than you think.
I do that.
My blog here is kinda the equivalent of that. I never realize how so very routine my life is until I read my one blog and it seems to read the same everyday. First HP, the store, then bike ride or complain about lack of, then maybe some other crap.

I almost never read my blog. And really, dont read a lot of others. Some, maybe if Im bored at the store at the time. I really dont write this for others but more for me. Its more like a diary that I cant say too much in. I learned early on that their are many thoughts you just dont publicly post. Of course.

So just this morn I was scrolling back on my blog and realized that I need to add something. Change something up. Ive been working too much. I need to throw a curve ball now and then. While I do consider myself lucky to be able to do what I do, I wish that I could sometimes do it differently.
Do the same things but do them another way.
Im kinda bummed that Im not racing MTB yet but the reasons for not being able to are valid. And there’s plenty of summer left. And it seems most of my racing might happen in the fall anyway with this and this.
So by no means am I panicking or complaining. Its more like biding my time. Lose a few more pounds, get some more rides in. Then, later, its game on.
As far as mixing it up…. Im ditching the Domane for the Pug today and will throw down a nooner beach ride. I’ll throw a pic on Facebook when I get there.  Hows that for different.
Thats what Im talking about.



1230pm Saturday

Always a busy day at the biker store a day after a holiday so I cut the HP visit pretty short. Just a lot to do today.
This weekends riding was pretty good with about 6 hours in the seat. Saturday morn was a washout then worked the rest of the day. However got out for two 3 hour rides both Sunday and Monday. Both rides on the Domane as pretty good sized storms were rolling thru on and off both days. So I did not hit the woods. Its windy today so maybe will hit some single track for lunch. Its been too long since I did so.
As I put in more saddle time again this weekend I am starting to feel better once more. All I need is to drop some weight, and not a ton of weight, just some, and I will be back in the ballgame. I hope to do that soon.

On Monday, the parade marched past the store. I watched for a little while. Then rode my bike. The weather was a bit windy on Monday. But we had 7 of us to work the pace line. Was not that bad.
Better get to work if a wanna ride in a couple hours…..


How fast thing turn.
Yesterdays ride did not happen. No real reason, just got busy. So I threw the Superfly on the roof of the car and planned on a quick ride in the woods this morn. Last nites rain made me cancel that. Today Im the store alone most of the day so no ride today either. So as fast as I get in some great rides a gap shows its ugly head. No biggie
 I will get in a ride tomorrow morn but I have to work all day so its going to be a shorter one. But as far as ride time go’s I think Im in good shape this weekend. Bring it.

Another blow was finding out that my daughters high school grad ceremony is a week from Sunday, the day I planed to hit up my first race this summer. So that’s out. In fact, looking at my schedule, seems I have a few weddings and such to go to and they all fall on MTB race weekends. My first race then, if I choose to do it, will be late July. Thats nuts.

So Im kinda screwed for bike racing for a while. 
I pull out the track bike. Its been two years since I did so. I have kinda another new one that I have yet to even ride. But will consider it after some practice of course.

Track racing isn’t something you just show up and do. You really need to know whats going on or you could hurt somebody. This might be my only option until August. Need to lose a few more pounds tho, unlike MTB racing, then you getting your ass kicked on a velodrome there’s no where to hide. But its a option as its Tuesday nites and not on the weekend.

Another Friday tidbit is the arrival of my Moonlander. My second fat tire bike. Now I have fat and fatter.
Im considering putting the Pugsly in the rental fleet. Soon I will be attaching all kinds of carbon stuff on the ML.

Among all my rides this holiday weekend I hope to put in a pretty good MTB ride. At some far away exotic land.
Would like that.

Have a great weekend.