Sunday, January 28, 2007
Maybe this is a sign of things to come. Americans have been very powerful in the TDF and other races, now we are getting in the game with Cross and maybe Jeremiah and others will be more of a powerhouse in the World cup mtn bike series. JB got 8th in the world championships last year (I think) maybe 2007 will be even better.
Went for a nice mtn bike ride with James from BDB today. Did the old standard, Narrowback. Not too cold and the rain that they predicted never materialized. phew. Looking forward to another mtn bike trip on Sat.
Hope everyone got outside on Sat to enjoy the warm temps.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
We are back from the ski trip and i have started working on the house to make it look a little better so maybe someday someone will want to buy it....maybe. I've been painting everything that will sit still, but don't worry, i haven't painted anything yellow yet.
This week started out with a really fun visit to the Dr. I went in for one of those exams that i normally wouldn't need for 10-15 more years, apparently Sara found out there was the slightest bit of history and recommended (forced me to) that i have it done. Apparently she wants me to live a long time...crazy huh? Everything was fine, like they said the worst part is the prep. What kind of sick bastard makes you go a whole day without solid food. I normally eat every two to three hours. (I have to say, if i ever go to prison i hope they knock you out before they attack ya, I woke up and it was over, that's the way it should be)
I did sneak out this afternoon for a little bike ride. 40 miles in 37 degree temps. A week and a half off the bike i was hurting by the end. Not sure if it is just out of shape or if i bonked, i think it was a little of both.
Maybe it will warm up again...or maybe i will just get out on the mtn bike.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
I keep reading these reports about Landis and operation puerto and i just want it to be over.
I think/hope Landis is innocent, I know some people say that they all push the limits of what is legal with testosterone and other chemicals, but after reading through his powerpoint, it seems possible that he is innocent.
The puerto case either needs to poop or get off the pot. If they have more than nicknames on the blood bags, they need to pull that stuff out now. I think that unless they actually convict someone with the puerto thing, the should allow them to race. This not letting people race because of suspicion is just CRAP! Landis failed a test, so he should not be allowed to race, but if you haven't failed a test or been caught breaking a rule, you should be allowed to race.
And don't get me started with the people getting suspended for missing a tests that aren't clearly marked or notified. The sanctioning bodies know where these people are all the time, it would be easy to chase them down and test them. Before taking away someone's livelyhood, they should at least see if they have been using first.
I guess i will never have to take drug test, so it is not a big deal to me, but i like to watch the racing, and i wish they could just stick to that.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Woke up this morning and we could see the sun, but with the clear skies come colder temps. The temp at the bottom of the mountain was 4 F at the top of the mountain -7 F!!!! And to top it off, the wind picked up in the afternoon. It actually wasn't that bad, Sara had to go in every few hours to thaw out. So i went with her. (only for support of course, i can handle the cold, i'm macho) We hit a bunch of the runs today, they were much clearer and groomed. We will give it a shot tomorrow, but it is going to be cold, the high is supposed to be 0. The quads are a burning, but by the end of the week maybe they will be in shape.
Dad heads home tomorrow, he's stopping in Montreal to visit a customer. He said two days of skiing is enough for him.
Monday, January 15, 2007
The high today was 12 F. Yes, you heard me...12!!!! Thank goodness for the clouds and the snow storm to hold the heat in, the high tomorrow is supposed to be 5. Balmy. Dad rolled in last night about 8, thank goodness he had that knee surgery, it's nice to have him skiing with us again. (you know that Sara and I are his favorites, who else invites him to ski every year)
We headed out the door this morning at about 8:30 when the lifts opened, it was cold and snowy. When we got to the top of the mountain you couldn't see anything. They were making snow and the mist/fog drifting across the top of the mountain was so dense you could barely see right in front of you. It was just a big wall of white. The legs are getting used to skiing again, they will probably be just getting into form when the week is over. :-( just in time to go home.
Here are som pic's from today. (fortunately our ski jackets help color code the pics: Sara= Blue, Dad= orange, Me= yellow (like you didn't know)) There are no pics of me today, maybe tomorrow, you'll just have to check back.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
We went shopping for groceries in NY before we crossed the border this morning, but we were sweating having them throw stuff away, so we waited until Montreal to by fresh meat and veggies. (The darn border guard didn't even ask us about any veggies or meat...d'oh) But you know if we had bought it, Sara and i would both be spreading our cheeks for some RCMP making sure we didn't have anything else to hide.
Here are some pics of the pedestrian village. We are staying at the bottom of the hill, but there is a little gondola that runs from the bottom of the village to where the ski lifts start. I guess they got some money from VW for this thing cause they call it the Cabriolet (that means fast car in German dude!) plus there are VW badges all over.
Saw this cute girl hanging around. I poured on the old Sambo charm and talked her into coming back to my place. Who knows....I may get lucky!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Maybe i can find a weekend to fly out to Denver this winter. One of the weekends i'm not driving home.
Everybody out there, keep your fingers crossed for more snow in the east.
Monday, January 8, 2007
Here are some pic's Kev was nice enough to send to me...
This is as good as it would get for Kevin (2nd) and Me (3rd), it was down hill from here.
Rollin to the finish, you don't post up for fourth, but i had to show off the ECBA jersey. Represent!
Wednesday, January 3, 2007
My in-laws were still using dial-up...WHAT THE! They actually made the jump to high speed two days after we left. Thanks Dave! :-)
This was my first Christmas that i did not see my family, which isn't bad considering i am 35. I guess there may be more in my future. Sara and I had a very nice time in Michigan, but it would have been nicer if there had been snow. We are now getting ready for our anual ski trip. We picked a place in Quebec this year, which is not looking so good. We should have gone to Colorado again. D'oh. Well at least there is snow there, and hopefully more will fall before we go. Plus, i can't remember the last time i was in Canada. Keep your fingers crossed for snow in the east.
This weekend there is another cross race, Cobblestone Cross @ pole green park in Richmond. It will be fun to go out and get my race on again. It's been a few weeks. I've taken a little time off the bike, but i'm always training. I'm trying to pick which class to race. Do i stick with the Masters 35+ or just do A...maybe A since i didn't get to race heads up against Mr Horvath all season. (Although from the looks of his blog, he never misses a day of riding, LUCKY!)
I'll try to keep up with my posting, my new computer comes in a few weeks. Hopefully you won't hear the cricket sounds when you check on my site.