Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Well, the trip out to L.A. has officially been worth it. We were back at ADT this afternoon. There was a smaller group of riders, but there were roughly 100 college volleyball players in the infield. Their constant cheers of "Go Bikers! Nice Legs!" sure make a guy feel good about himself.
Anyways...I started out with a couple jumps, then threw down a 12.4, which wasn't so good. There was a guy there who had been racing for several years who had asked if he could sit on while I did another jump, and he pointed out that I wasn't going fast enough before my jump out of turn 4. I tried his technique, and damn! 12.15
I decided to try one more before I packed it up. 12.09, my best ever. On that one, my new buddy couldn't even keep up. Things are starting to look good for the upcoming season!
Ted has been incredibly consistent. All of his times were withing .03 seconds of each other - 12.43, 12.46, 12.44, 12.43. He'll be tearing it up at Masters Natz this year.
This has been an awesome trip. Everyone at the track has been really cool and helpful. Many even offered advice on technique and gearing. Tomorrow we box our bikes up and head back to MN for another 3 months of winter. Ugh.
We were about a mile from the car when the breakway group of 10 riders came by.
The team cars came next
The peleton was about 10 minutes back. The riders were so close I could almost smell the EPO.
We decided that, since we had already walked to far, we may as well check out the festivities at the finish. Every person we asked told us it was one mile to the finish. We'd walk a mile, and find out that it was still a mile away. Walk another mile...still a mile a way. It was like some sort of time warp.
We finally made it to the end in time to see some stragglers come in, as well as the awards presentation. There was a huge area full of tents from manufacturers. Lots of '07 eye-candy to see.
Hey...this is where my race starts!
Levi keeps the leaders jersey
This bear on wheels is the mascot for the ToC.
Look TT Bike
After we were finished, we had to walk over an hour on busy streets with no shoulder to get to the car, which is always fun. Overall, it was a cool experience. Sort of anti-climatic, since we only saw the riders for about 20 seconds, but cool nonetheless. Hopefully we'll get to see some of the final stage tomorrow.
Irony reared it's ugly head today when I got in a car accident. Suddenly, the mandatory rental insurance I purchased seemed like a blessing. It also allowed me to help a scared 16-year-old girl who couldn't afford to have an accident on her record. I turned it in as a hit-and-run, got a new Liberty, and called it a day. Her brother agreed to reimburse me for the insurance cost, so we both won.
The girl was pulling out of a parking lot, trying to cross about 7 lanes of traffic, and apparently didnt' see me. I slammed on the brakes, but it was too late. I smoked her Range Rover. What kind of kid gets a Range Rover???? Damn, lucky girl.
Luckily, no one was hurt, and the damage to the vehicles was minor. At first we couldn't even tell where I had hit her car, but it turned out that it was on the rear wheel. No biggie. Hopefully she learned her lesson.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Unfortunately, when we got there around 10, the session was just finishing. We explained to the guy running the training that we were here from MN, and had been told that the track would be open from 10-12. He was a nice guy, and told us that we could stick around and ride, even though he was leaving.
About 15 minutes later, we hear "get off the track, you are trespassing!!!" Aw, shit. Turns out it was Ken, the president of the velodrome association. It took some schmoozing, but he allowed us to stay. He was, however, very pissed as Henry, who had told us we could stay.
It was GREAT to be riding outside again, but the track was very bumpy and pretty crappy. Not bad for mass-start races, but terrible for sprinting. It is an outdoor, 250 meter, concrete track. We took it easy for the most part, saving ourselves for tomorrow when we're back at ADT. Encino is in a really cool location, surrounded by palm trees and mountains...a stark contrast to ADT which, while a world-class facility, lacks what I would call "atmosphere".
We also had time to go catch the Toc. More on that later. Here's the pics.
On the Road
Ted's ride (wanna trade wheels?)
Just kickin' it.
Ted throwing down
Location, location, location
I have never, in my life, received such horrible service. I took over 10 minutes for the waitress to take our drink order. No biggie, right? It took over 20 minutes to get our drinks. I would have asked her where they were, but she had completely disappeared. To top it off, my drink was wrong. I ordered a Soco-7, and I'm pretty sure they gave me straight whiskey. It had now been about 45 minutes, and we finally flagged down a manager to let her know that my drink was wrong, and we still hadn't seen our wings. Turns out our order was never put in.
Fast-forward 35 minutes, we can's find the waitress again to pick up our money. Screw it, she's not getting a tip anyway. We pooled our money, left the cash, lodged a complaint with the manager, and took off.
In case you're keeping tabs, it took roughly 90 minutes for two drinks and an appetizer. I tried to leave several times, but Ted was feeling to lazy to get off his ass and go to another restaurant.
We spent the last 3 hours at ADT for Open Training. Everyone there was really cool. They told us about a guy from MN who was here a couple weeks ago with a white BT. Obviously, they raved about how much faster we were :-)
Ted and I both knocked about .5 seconds off our previous best flying 200 times...my best today was a 12.3, so I'm on pace to be in the mid-11's by summer. My training is obviously paying off, since I set a PR on my first time on the track in over 5 months...with jet lag.
I got my 4th flat in under 300 miles on my track bike. I'm starting to get tired of replacing tubulars!
Anyway, enought talk...here's the pics:
Friday, February 23, 2007
We finally made it to our shit-hole hotel after getting raped by the rental car company. I reserved a "standard SUV", I got a Jeep Liberty. Sorry, but the Liberty is not standard sized...it's mini. I'm required to use their insurance? WTF?
Anyway...we didn't have enough time to check out the ToC today because we didn't get into Cali in time. There are still two stages left, so hopefully we can see some live action.
We ride tonight from 6-9...more later.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I hear the Twin Cities is supposed to get 2 feet of snow. Ha ha!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
That's right, folks, someone bought this shirt, wore it, and returned it. And now it's mine. I don't know how to feel right now, but I'm a little wierded out.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Max had one of his all-time best quotes this morning as he was eating a piece of chocolate: "Dad, I wish junk food was good for you, because junk food is YUMMMMYYYYYY!" Have truer words ever been spoken? Keep in mind, this is a kid who wants to have dessert after every meal, including breakfast.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I got my new iPod. I decided to go for the 30GB model after seeing how small the new ones are. It's really only marginally bigger than the Mini that it's replacing. Now I can take my collection of, um..."videos" to go.
No, there is no purpose behind the banana in the picture. I'd never photographed a banana before, and I found this one to be particularly good-looking.
Not only did they fire a coach that brought them to the best record in the NFL, they waited to fire him until all other decent coaching candidates had already been hired by other teams.
All that remains is leftovers. Unless they can pull Pete Carroll from USC, the Chargers are fucked.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Now, ever since I hit 200lbs, I'm on the scale like 3 times a day.
Yesterday, I went shopping for new pants, and I had trouble finding some that would fit my ass. I then went home and watched "Desparate Housewives". I also watch "Grey's Anatomy" on a regular basis.
I'm also starting to enjoy spandex to an unhealthy extent.
I'm pretty sure I had PMS last week.
I'm a man dammit! I grew up on a farm. I own a motorcycle. I used to wear Wranglers. I squat 405 lbs. I listen to heavy metal. WTF is happening to me?!?!?!?!?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Today is a sad day. My iPod Mini bit the dust last night. It still works in the docking station, but the headphone jack is shot, rendering it useless. This is a mixed blessing because, while I obviously didn't want my iPod to die, It's been completely full for quite a while and I've been looking for an excuse to get a new one. I'm tired of having to select songs to NOT add to the iPod because I don't have enough storage.
Now I've got to decide which iPod I should get. I've been wanting a Nano, because they're small and cool and uber-portable. The only problem is that the biggest Nano is 8GB, which is only 2GB bigger than I have now, so I would undoubtedly fill it up almost immediately. This puts me right back in the same situation I'm in now...albeit with a trendier product.
For the same price as the 8GB Nano, my other option is to get a 30GB iPod with full-color screen. The would give me 5 times the storage capacity that I currently have, and the new iPods are almost the same size as my Mini, so I wouldn't really be losing anything in that regard. I could also get the 80GB, but that seems like a bit of overkill. Plus, it's bigger.
I need suggestions!!!
Friday, February 09, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I did not feel awesome yesterday. I thought I was going to die after the 30-second test. I had to lie on the floor for about 20 minutes. I couldn't really hear anything, much less compose a complete thought. Good times!
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
a. Teach Max to fight so he can beat the kid's ass
b. Let the teachers deal with it and consider it a life lesson: people are assholes
c. Pull Max out of school until the situation is resolved
Monday, February 05, 2007
OK, let me preface with "I was just repeating a joke I had heard, at my wife's request."
So, we're at the bowling alley in Sartell on Saturday night with Big Brit and 'J to the O L'. The place is packed with people. We'd had a few drinks and were having fun when Kristin asks me, "What's that joke about fat girls and Sex on the Beach?" I, being buzzed up (and therefor feeling extrememely funny), quote loudly "Fat girls always drink Sex on the Beach because it's the closest thing you can get to a milk shake at a bar. Bwahahahahah." Suddenly, I feel the cold, hard stare of a group of girls in the lane next to us. Kristin is pretending she doesn't know me. Oh, shit, what did I do? That's right, the 5 girls in the next lane were all drinking Sex on the Beach. And they were all...how do I say this nicely..."heavy".
I felt bad, but what the hell do you do in that situation? Nothing. I just went on playing. I think they may have put a hex on me, because I couldn't bowl to save my life after that.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
I love oxymorons. Mainly because it contains the word "moron" (snicker snicker). Anyway, here's my favorite cycling-related oxymorons:
Tasty Energy Bar
Elite Cat 3
Cool Team Kits (it's still spandex, people)
Stiff Carbon Frame (I flex the hell out of these things)
Epic 'Cross Race. (A 45-minute race does not qualify as "epic")
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Yes, I live in Stearns County. I was not born here, but have lived here for several years. We're known for very few things, one of them being "Stearns County Syndrome". Amazingly, the majority of Stears County residents do not know about this, but almost everyone from elsewhere in MN does. This started because of a group of Minneapolis Social Workers who declared that "in that county 75% of the families are involved in incest, usually father-daughter, and usually with the consent of the mother." Obviously, this is not the case today, as times have changed. However, I would like to add a few of my own Stearns County-isms
- The Stearns County Intersection: There will be a stoplight. It will not be timed with other stoplights along the road and no matter which way you are coming from, it will be red.
- The Stearns County Party: There will be Bud Light and a giant bonfire, burning permits be damned! Also, fireworks are traditionally fired in the direction of houses where residents are believed to be sleeping.
- The Stearns County Trailer Park: This must have a high-class name, preferably something containing the word "Estate".
- The Stearns County Road: Roads are only permitted to travel in a single direction for a distance of 0.5 miles, then must make an abrupt turn. We can't have out-of-towners successfully navigating the streets of our fair city.
- The Stearns County Paper: I wish I was making this up. The St. Cloud Times, in an effort to be PC, refuses to divulge the race of anyone suspected of a crime. The descriptions will read something to the effect of "Police are searching for a suspected serial killer. He is 5'8", approximately 170 pounds, with short-cropped hair." Thanks. I saw 35 people fitting that description on my way to work today.
- The Stearns County Stop: If, by chance, you come across an intersection that is not controlled by a stoplight, you will find a 4-way stop. This apparently short-circuits the brains of many Stearns County natives, and they find themselves unable to take turns and get through this obstacle in a logical manner.
I'm sure there are others, but I'm feeling lazy today.