Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
The bikes with toe straps took a bit of getting used to. My initial 20-second TT was crap, and seeded me 8th. Of course, prior to ever turning over the pedals, I broke the freakin' bike. No joke. Ya can't make shit like this up! I broke the bike.
Anyways...I followed that up with a couple Gin & Tonics, then realized that they made a horse-shit recovery drink, and switched to Beam & Cokes. Much better.
I won the first round against some guy whose name I don't remember. My technique was simple: hold a relatively hight speed and don't fade at the end. It worked perfectly.
Round 2: my technique immediately went to shit. I was holding steady at around 48mph, and the guy I was racing against was right around 49. I kept waiting for him to start slowing down, but he never did. I put in a big surge at the end, but ended up losing by .3 seconds.
Oh well, I was ready to start drinking again.
Franz barely squeaked out a win over the guy who beat me, due to some technical difficulty. I'm still not entirely sure what happened.
He went on to face Homme in the finals, who had been ripping up the rollers all night. Homme faded big-time at the end, and got beat by a no-endurance sprinter!
By the way, some chick still owes me a buck for taking off my sweet Speedfix jersey! I hope she gave it to the charity.
I don't hang out at bars much, now that I'm old and boring. Now I remember why: I went through $50 and I don't even have a hangover to show for it!
Overall, more than $450 was raised for charity, and I got to hang out with a bunch of bad-ass motha's that I usually only see during the race season. I'll be back next month, and I'm bringing my A game!
Kudos to SR and the crew for a well-run event. Everyone I talked to had a great time.
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
- We bought 2 new(er) vehicles. They were despararately needed. More on that later.
- My Grandpa had a stroke and is in the hospital.
- Our babysitter had some personal issues and skipped town with no notice. Now we're scrambling to find someone to watch our kids over break.
- I rode my bike exactly 1 (one) time.
- I'm still nursing a lower-back tweak.
- The kids got more presents than they know what to do with.
- Despite all these presents, the kids still insist on having me entertain them.
- I'm on a mission to figure out how to elimate the hanger marks in the shoulders of my shirts.
- I am not refreshed and ready to go back to work. I am a lazy piece of shit, and I never want to work again.
- My nephew (who's 22) drank too many Vodka/Red Bulls and went insane one night. I got to babysit him.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
To correct this injustice, I've come up with a plan. I'm going to bombard this person's blog with comments - which will give me infinitely more exposure than a little link on the sidebar - until I am re-linked or given a satisfactory explanation for this slight.
The comments will be ever-so-pleasant in nature, but will likely net me at least 10 times the number of referrals from this site than a sidebar link.
You have until January 1st to respond accordingly, or the bombardment begins.
EDIT: This situation has been dissolved. It's a Christmas miracle. I love you all.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Used to be funny
Now angry and loving it
Bring the hate, prez
Holy freakin' crap
I fell asleep while reading
About Rubik's cube
I can never tell
What the fuck he talks about
But Lalla likes it
Still the top blog on most lists
Lots of cell phone pics
Had a good start there
With the Coach Puffy topic
Needs to step it up
Doesn't use shift key
Untitled series was good
Mocking my team, bad
Gives us a good glimpse
Of what racing's all about
And pissed off T-Town
Yeah, I don't know you
But I gather you like cross
Frequent posts are good
He used to post more
And try to stir up drama
Now fixing a car
At MS paint to tell tales
You are new here, dude.
So here's a tip for more hits
Make fun of people
Although header says
Few opinions are given
Called out the cheaters
Most consistent and
In the blogosphere
Blog has been reduce
To random mobile posting
And cutesy girl stuff
Dig the POV
Although tri's are for crazies
Only run when chased.
Credit where credit is due:
Power Rankings rocked
Nascar for Dummies
Made me squirt soda out nose
And onto keyboard
Raced Against Cipo
Thinks I should be a cat 5
Sent me sweet saddle
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
My co-workers clearly have no class. They don't understand that a Blue Moon with a wedge of orange in it is the pinnacle of chic. While they were drinking their domestic bock-wanna-be beers, I was experiencing awesomeness. The only think that could have made it more awesome is if I had a mohawk.
I suck at bowling, but I got to wear uncomfortable shoes and shame myself, so I had that goin' for me. A couple guys brought their own balls and shoes, and whooped up on the rest of us. What's worse...sucking at blowing, or having everyone know that you have your own shoes and ball?
Next year, maybe the t-shirts the company gives out as prizes should come in more than one size. Peter ain't no medium.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
- Most comments on a single post: 15
- Number of weeks since my blog was born: 67
- Number of times I quit blogging: 1
- Total hits: 18,126
- Most viewed post: Record-breaking team sprint ride
- Close second: Ted's bloody-ass face
- Number of blogs I subscribe to in Google Reader: 107
- Top Commenter: Franz
Thanks to everyone out there who reads this.
Here's what you have to look forward to in the next 500 posts:
- More bitching about shit no one cares about
- A new level of transparency in my training methods
- "The Tenacious-T Travelling Fun Show", as I attempt to attend several sprint tournaments around the country
- Photos and stories about the two cutest kids in the world
- Pictures of me on the podium at Elite Nationals
- Tales of the shit I break
- And most of all...randomness
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
"I think you should really watch your language and not swear. Remember you have sponsors of SpeedFix checking in on you along with parents and children following your track racing."
You make a valid point. I used to be able to say basically whatever I wanted, because no one used to read this blog except people who knew me. That's not the case anymore.
I generally don't mind offending people...I've been doing it all my life. However, I do want kids, especially those who are interested in cycling, to be able to come to this blog and hopefully be inspired (or at least entertained).
I won't censor my thoughts or feelings, but I will work on toning down the language. Deal?
Who says I can't take criticism?
Most of the time, as witnessed here, they don't even get the first spot, and look like a complete fucktard because they've actually left the 64th comment. Or 83rd. Seriously. Click the link...83rd.
It's like my grandpa always said, "Ya can't fix stupid."
The biggest thing the track needs to survive is public support. 60-lap scratch races are not fun to watch. Neither are 80-lap madisons (or 80-lap anything for that matter). They just aren't. The crowd doesn't get into it at all. We enjoy them because we are bike racers. Most of the people in the stands are not. Do a head count on the number of people in the stands at the beginning of the night, and do a re-count before the long races start. I bet 50% leave.
The fans generally don't understand the circus races, even with Bob spelling it out for them.
I understand the need for these races, but spice 'em up! Make them fun to watch! Throw in some cash primes, have sprints every 5 laps instead of every 10. I dunno.
What else is there? I want to be clear that I'm NOT saying we shouldn't run these races, but is there any way to make them more exciting?
Out at nationals, the only time the (small) crowd get even remotely excited was during the sprints and points races. The fact that only 30-40 people were there watching the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS is a huge indicator that maybe something needs to change.
We need spectators. They need incentive to come out and watch. What do we do?
Are they going to make Al Gore give back his Nobel Prize when it turns out global warming is a bunch of hoo-ha?
I do think we need to change the way we live. Absolutely. We're ruining the environment, I will agree with that.
Are we causing global warming? Me thinks not. Scientists* are basing these claims on data from the last 20 years. That's like a microsecond in the life cycle of the earth. Alarmists are using these claims to try to enduce panic and action from the masses. Climatologists need us to believe global warming is real in order to keep getting funding for research. Global cooling and the threat of a new ice age was the all the rage in the '70s. Narcissism has led us to believe that we are the cause of and solution to all the world's problems.
We live in an ECOSYSTEM...variables will change, and the system will adapt.
I guess as long as you don't actually think about it, global warming makes perfect sense.
*I don't believe science can exist for it's own sake anymore. Everything is funded by big industry and government to give results that they want. Peer reviewed? Spare me.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I am often baffled by the actions of corporate America. For instance, my employer gives us a hugely generous allotment of time off each year, but we can't carry any over into 2008.
This has resulted in the vast majority of my co-workers being out of the office for the entire month of December, which has in turn resulted in a massive drop in productivity. I've heard it's like this every year. I'm working on a project where I'm dependent on others to get their work done so I can do my job. 8 out of 10 people that I depend on are gone until next year, and I'm sitting here writing fucking limericks about random shit I find around my house.
A+ work, corporate America. A+
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Is there anything you cannot make?
You spin with high torque
So let's pop a cork
And toast to you with red wine and cake.
There's a shitty camera built in my phone
So I can take pics all alone
Your quality sucks
And that is the crux
But I still wish that you had a clone.
This is my Father's Day lamp
It'll kill me if I get it damp
It's unstable and falls
On my kids and the walls
But still it gets my approval stamp
It may not look quite so great
But this oven here has speed bake
I can make a pizza
In half the time! Neatza!
It's beauty is too much to take
This is my snowblower, Joe
He blows and he blows all my snow
Because shovels are stupid
And I'm thanking cupid
And hoping I don't lose a toe
This little Ninja's the shit
It's small, so I cannot fit
But my kids are so bitty
That they can whip shitties
And my shins, they always do hit
There once was a big old chest freezer
Whose capacity was a bit of a teaser
I bought an upright
Now I'm not uptight
I'm sitting here listening to Weezer
I got this contraptions for free
So I can make awesome coffee
I get out the cream
When it starts to steam
And know that the first cup's for me
This iPod station's way hot
It allows me to listen to Snot
My wife likes Norah Jones
But not when I'm home
Because I'd rather have a blood clot
I can clean carpet or floor
It'll run 50 minutes or more!
It sucks up dog hair
While my neighbors just stare
So I kick their asses out the door
This is my beautiful iBook
You can't touch, you can just look
Sometimes it shows porn
But don't get forlorn
It also taught me how to cook
These have a great capacity
And clean clothes with tenacity
They fit double loads
Of all of my clothes
Their windows do not have opacity
This here is my '83 Cycle
It used to belong to Michael
I'm lying, ho hum
I bought it from my mum
Of this moto I'm a disciple
The Exploder's been with me forever
I'll get rid of it, probably never
It's got lots of miles
But still plenty of style
When driving it I feel so clever
But this is all I remember.
I didn't win any awards. Cuz, ya know, it's not like I made it to nationals or anything :-) In all seriousness, everyone who won the awards was more than deserving. Kudos, fellas.
Apparently, having an ironically-named blog does not garner any votes for "most tenacious".
Donimator compiled a video of the season, and every time I looked at the TV I saw this picture.
Friday, December 07, 2007
The first gig we ever played was at the local high school. We tore that place up with covers of Green Day, Pantera, and Coal Chamber songs. Then a girl broke her arm in the mosh pit, and the school said we couldn't play there anymore.
When you're in a small farm town and you can't play at the school, your options are pretty limited. We tried to set up some outdoor shows, but the city noise ordinance wouldn't allow it. We played a couple graduation parties, and that was it.
Blog-land sucks. Come on...y'all have to have done SOMETHING in your life worth posting about.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Google is taking over the world. You know it, I know it, Bill Gates knows it. They've got some great products, but seem to have issues with quality control at times. Here's a rundown, in haiku form, of their services.
The best search out there
Sometimes returns random shit
Rarely lets me down
Quirky as all hell
On-again, off-again blogs
Why can't you just work?
On a web-based app
Keyboard shortcuts are stupid
Why must you confuse?
I type in my name
And see a karate kid
And ugly lawyer
Why is the picture
Of my house so freakin' old?
Love the hybrid view
Why do you exist?
All you do is replicate
You do me no good
Since you are only web-based
You'll never be used
Are you just YouTube?
You do list their videos
I don't understand