Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
I’m not one to get hung up on miles, despite the fact that I do log each and every one!
Last year going into Pelotonia I remember deciding I would check my year to date miles, and was surprised and pleased to have rode just over 5,000 miles.
This year I’ve had better hours at work,meaning less time to ride. Again, I was surprised. Especially consider how close I am to match last years totals.
Am I ready for this?! Yes!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
PLATEAU DE BEILLE - Rabobank-renner Laurens ten Dam komt zaterdag gehavend binnen na de veertiende etappe van de Tour de France van Saint Gaudens naar Plateau de Beille. Direct na binnenkomst werd hij naar het ziekenhuis gebracht. Ten Dam kwam in de afdal, a photo by wijnanders on Flickr.
Laurens ten Dam
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
A French TV car swerved into the five man break up front sending Vacansoleil's Johnny Hoogerland somersaulting off the road and into a barbed wire fence.
Hoogerland finished the stage, claimed his KOM Jersey on the podium and even did some interviews before getting 33 stitches to repair the damage.
“We can be happy that we’re alive. It’s horrible,” said Hoogerland. “I can blame everyone but I don’t think anyone does this sort of thing on purpose. I think the people in the car will have a very big guilty feeling and they will surely apologize to me and Flecha…I have three cuts that are about seven centimetres long and quite deep too. I’ll go to the hospital now and I think I’ll need about 30 stitches at least.
“I did what felt like a few somersaults. I don’t know where the car came from. Before I knew it, Flecha was on the ground and there was nothing I could do. I landed on the fence and I looked at my legs and thought, ‘Is this what cycling is about?’ I have the polka-dot jersey but I’m going to spend the rest day in a lot of pain.”
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
1. You tell a family of 5 in a crowded mall to "hold their line."
2. Your spouse says "If you buy another bike I'm going to leave you" and you think "I guess I'm going to miss him/her."
3. You have more water bottles than you have drinking glasses.
4. You have more cycling jerseys than work shirts.
5. Your cycling jersey IS your work shirt.
6. Your legs are smoother than your wife's.
7. The nicest pair of shoes you own have cleats in the soles.
8. You have defined the 8 stages of roadkill decomposition through daily observation.
9. You are walking along a street and you signal left.
10.You go to your local store on a bike.
11.You sulk when in cars, on hot days.
12.You sulk when in cars, on cold, windy, snowy days.
13.You get withdrawal symptoms if off the bike for more than a day.
14.When anybody mentions distance you immediately think of how long it would take to cycle it.
15.You point at pot holes, but you are driving in your car alone.
16.While driving your car you yell at your passenger "Car back" as a vehicle approaches from behind.
17.Your bike is worth more than your car.
18.You put more miles on your bike than your car.
19.Your hands have a strange tan that looks remarkably similar to the pattern on your cycling gloves.
20.Weather forecasts can be broken down into 2 categories: good biking weather, bad biking weather.
21.You put your bicycle in your car, and the value of the total package increases by a factor of 4 (or better).
22.You find out you are going to have a child and the first thing you think about is how you will schedule your rides to avoid divorce and still be a parent.
23.You spend 2X the money on cycling wear that you do work clothes.
24. You can tell your wife with a straight face that it's too hot to mow the lawn, then bike off for a century.
25.You dream of winning the lottery and the first thing you think of is how many/which bikes can I buy?
26.You buy a car based on whether or not a bike will fit in the trunk/back, with the rear seat folded down.
27.You open your car window and yell out "On your left" when passing cars on the freeway.
28.You have not one, not two, but three permanent chain ring scars on your right calf.
29.Your bike sleeps with you in the living or bedroom.
30.You wear a heart rate monitor during sex.
31.You check out all other guys/girls legs to see if they are better than yours.
32.Your spouse can't take it anymore and takes up cycling.
33.You wonder why a $500 bike has 24 gear ratios, while a $20,000car or truck only has 4.
34.You crash...and insist on getting to the bike shop to have your bike checked out BEFORE going to the hospital.
35.You can't seem to get to work before 8:30am, but you don't have a problem meeting your buddies at 5:30am for a ride.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
So far we have survived the Ice Storm of 2010.
Really hard to believe that as icy as it was when I left work last night, that it has cleared off the power lines and trees overnight. As windy as it is right now, that’s a huge plus. Don’t need power lines and tree snapping with the gust of 50MPH forecasted.
However, according to AEP, the numbers in the dark keeps going up. Right now there are 53, 240 in the dark in Franklin County. They are saying it will take 4 to 6 days to get power restored.
Hopefully, luck will be on our side and we’ll dodge this one.
Now, off to the pain cave.
Six weeks until first race of the season!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Yesterday I registered for Pelotonia 2011.
Pelotonia 2010 was my first Pelotonia, and I am looking forward to 2011!
Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. It is a cycling experience that will take place August 20-21. The ride will span two days and I will be riding 180 miles.
The decision to participate in Pelotonia was easy. Cycling has always been a huge part of my life, and this will allow me to combine an activity that I love with a cause that is close to my heart.
This ride is my small effort to assist in the battle against cancer. I'm dedicating this effort to family, friends, children of friends, and colleagues who have faced the challenge or who are now facing the challenge that a cancer diagnosis brings. Their courage is my inspiration
We have all been touched by cancer. We have all lost family, friends, and colleagues. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer.
Large or small, every donation makes a difference. 100% of every donation will fund essential research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Last year, there were over 4000 riders, and $7.8 million was raised. The two year total was over 12.3 millions. Proceeds will go directly to cancer research at the James. Think of this as a donation directly to The James.
As the Midwest's first and Ohio's only freestanding cancer hospital and research institute, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of only 40 centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. The James is a national leader in creating and testing new therapies based on scientific research, many of which are offered nowhere else in the world.
My first Pelotonia was truly was an amazing weekend.
The crowds along the road served as a reminder of our mission. The true reality and the reason hits hard when someone offers to shake your hand and say ? Thank you for riding. I am a survivor? or Thank you for riding, I lost my mother to cancer?.
With your support, you will help improve lives through innovations in research with the ultimate goal of winning the war against cancer. This truly is a unique opportunity to be a part of something special.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The vicious circle continues, the vultures are swarming. When can we put this behind us and move forward to a drug free sport.
Cycling has two camps: those that believe Lance doped and those who don't want to believe. The longer you've followed cycling, the greater the chance you think there's something rotten.
I do believe that Lance will go down. I think the whole US Postal / Discovery team, led by Bruyneel, was rotten to the core. There have been too many people associated with that team who have later been proven to be dopers. Someone has a smoking gun. Who has it? I thought it may have been Landis, but with his zero credibility, it wasn't. Someone knows, and it's going to have to be someone who is not afraid to bring Lance, and anyone associtated with Brunell, down
Saturday, January 15, 2011
A Trek internal email…
It’s been an exciting week for Trek as we announced our co-title sponsorship of LEOPARD TREK. The anticipation behind this launch is understandable, considering the fire power in the roster. There will undoubtedly be a significant portion of media coverage surrounding the team as the season kicks off next week at the Tour Down Under.
Please follow these naming standards when referring to the team in the media:
- The team name is LEOPARD TREK. Please do not insert the word “Team” before LEOPARD TREK, in writing or conversation, as that is not part of the official name.
- Please do not hyphenate LEOPARD TREK.
- In written communication, LEOPARD TREK must be set in all caps.
- In spoken communication, please use the appropriate pronunciation: LAY-oh-pard Trek.
CORRECT: The new LEOPARD TREK team includes…
INCORRECT: Leopard-Trek was presented to the media…
CORRECT: LEOPARD TREK was presented to the media…
INCORRECT: Trek announces sponsorship of Team LEOPARD TREK…
CORRECT: Trek announces co-title sponsorship of LEOPARD TREK…
Thanks for your help in establishing the proper team name standards. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.”
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Looking forward to another great year.
I will be riding for Wonderful Pistachio’s Cat 4/5 development team who will be wearing the same kit as the professional team. Gotta say..this is the sharpest kit I’ve ever worn. And it is a great pleasure to wear the kit as Wonderful Pistachios happens to be my favorite snack. I am a pistachio junkie, and I really do believe in all the hype you hear about pistachios. I really do believe they have help me maintain my weight and the antioxidants have kept me healthy.
Didn’t realize it had been so long.
Ended 2010 with 8200 miles!
Overall, it was a great year. I had a cooperative work schedule, and I’m going into 2011 with that same schedule. But I’m certainly open to changing that schedule. It was great for training, but it would be great to spend more time with my biggest supporter.
I also ended the year 25 pounds lighter than last year!