Monday, December 21, 2009

It's a boy.

With two boys already, I am disappointed and relieved all at the same time.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Four years. Can't believe it has been four years since Eric was killed. Came home from work early (really, just on time, been working late a lot) and went for a run. I don't know how Eric trained for a marathon. Though I did feel like I could have run forever last night. Got 3 miles in before it got dark. Shelly and I are heading to Nashville this weekend to gather a few last things of Eric's from his house. Hope to make an uncomfortable trip into a getaway weekend, Lord know we could use it.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Well, after discovering that we are about to add one to the family, I picked up a kids trailer from Mac in A-town. Will come in handy in a year and a bit.

Got my new tire this week for the front of the MTB bike (to replace the one I melted). Spooned a WTB Exiwolf on. Hope it is a good combo with the Nano in the rear. Also installed my ebay scored Magura Julie brakes. Lighter than the mechanicals, plus the front is a 180-mm.

Ran out to Lake Hope this morning for the break in. Lots of leaves on the trail, but otherwise a great 15 mile ride.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Birthday Fun

So, I am about to turn 35. On a rare day for October, I headed to Lake Hope for a couple of hours of singletrack to celebrate (have not been on a trail since the Farmhand XC). About 20 minutes into my 30 minute drive, after going through swarms of lady bugs, I hear a loud bang followed by a burnt smell. I thought I had run over something and was expecting to have a flat tire.... on the car. Hmmm, car still drives fine, oh well. Get to the lake and drop the bike off the rear rack. Wait, the front tire was fine when I left home, how did it go flat on the car? Downfall of a 29er I guess, the tire was a little too close to the exit of the muffler. It literally melted through the sidewall of the tire, even melted the rim strip. No riding today. Killed a few more lady bugs on my way back home.

Thought I would salvage the afternoon and take the Jamis out for a dash down the back roads. Nope, flat tire on the rear. Found a small piece of wire through the tire tread and a hole in the tube.

Played guitar instead.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Ohio Pawpaw

The Ohio Pawpaw festival was held on Sat. at Lake Snowden in Albany. It is a rather organic festival with local food, music, and organizations. With a focus on the pawpaw, there is a wide variety of dishes, from pawpaw pancakes, pawpaw chili, pawpaw popsicles, and even pawpaw soda and beer. Started the day with the Double Nickel, a 55 miles road ride around SE Ohio. Had to opt for the 22 mile option as Ethan had two soccer games. Still, a great fall day for a ride and some pawpaw pop.

Monday, September 14, 2009

I disappoint myself once again...

The Bob Evans Farmhand XC race was held yesterday (Sun. 13th). I went down to the farm on Friday evening and the trail was already marked. I rode the full lap. Some very tight and technical areas. Some steep climbs (even a couple uphill switchbacks). Felt decent.

Sunday: arrived to register about 10:30a. Decided to race in the expert class. Two laps, about 20 miles. I knew I would be last, but heck, get my money's worth and stay out of the sport class mayhem. Followed the back of the expert field from the start into the woods. Wasn't a 1/2 mile before I was mobbed by the front of the sport class. Not much stagger in the start.

A couple climbs and I was feeling it. Half way through I had to pull over. Energy level seemed fine. I drank fluids all morning so I wasn't dehydrated. I even used a Camelback for drinking. My stomach hurt like I had been running the 400m in high school. My head was pounding. Made it through the first lap after letting a beginner rider pass me. An extra 9 miles sounded like a bad idea and I pulled out.

Big DNF.

Not sure how I always manage to blow it on race day. 23 miles at Lake Hope and I felt good. 55 miles at the Quilt barn and I felt good. 10 miles on Friday at BEF and I felt good. Race day = feeling bad. Stomach still hurts a bit today.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Singletrack Vacation

After a couple of long weeks at work, I was able to take my one day summer vacation. Loaded the Redline up and headed out to Lake Hope. After having a "classy" HD rider drive over the rumble strips at me on the road a week ago, and then having a dog try to bite Ethan on the bike path last Sunday, I was pretty well sick of people. Spent 23 miles, by myself, on Lake Hope's single track. Saw a couple deer and a bunch of squirrels. Great day, I needed it.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Race to the Hills - Lake Hope

Ethan and I Raced our first MTB race, Race to the Hills at Lake Hope State Park. Ethan entered the kids race, 3.5 miles of some road and trail. He did great, placed 3rd overall and 1st in his age group, 31 minutes. He was really excited, especially when they gave out the awards... a set of orange Oury grips for his red/black G-F.

I entered Sport - Vet class. Little did I know this would be the largest class and they would start the full sport men's division at one time. The start area was packed. 15 meters into it, a crash in front of me put me to the back of the pack. Once into the woods, it seemed I could not get my rhythm as somebody was always stopping to climb. Must be due to being in a big pack. I was not able to get out of the pack, could not get a drink of water (note to self: get a Camelback). I finally just pulled off the course to drink and get out of the group. I was much faster after this as I could ride at my normal pace. Official time - 1:46:46.9 for 16 miles. I have done better on the same loop riding by myself, but I did finish and did not finish last. I am a little disappointed in my time and the race, but at least I got my first race under my belt.

The LUV Handles were great, perfect sweep. Thanks again Rody!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Groovy Day

Work has been overwhelming at times. But I did manage to talk to Rody at Groovy Cycles today. Ordered a set of Groovy Luv Handles and they will be here Friday! Rody is the real deal. I really hope that I can stop by his shop or visit one of the races he sponsors.

Thanks Rody!

Speaking of races, OMBC at Lake Hope this Sunday.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Quilt Barn Ride

Did the Athens Co. Quilt Barn Ride. Beautiful day, cool temps, lots of riders. The optional 26 mile loop was a little lonely though. Finished at Boogie on the Bricks with some BBQ. Congrats to Bob West for winning the Peletonia entry. Thanks to Athens Rotary and Athens Bicycle for a great day.

Monday, July 13, 2009


Commuted to work again last Thursday (the 9th). That steel framed Jamis is a great bike for this stuff. Not as fast as my carbon Specialized road with 23/25c tires, but it is comfy. 43 miles round trip. Trying to get ready for the Athens Quilt Barn ride on the 18th.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Long Weekend

To all those serving and who have served: Thanks.

I got the dirt road bike out for a quick 10 mile dirt road blast on Sunday. Monday morning I went to Lake Hope on the MTB for 13 miles of damp singletrack.

Felt good to ride two days in a row.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Commuter/Back Road Bike

The back road bike is all together. I even commuted to work with it on Bike to Work Day (May 15). Details: Jamis Coda Comp frame (mmmm, steel), left over Redline stem and seat, used Kalloy post, left over Tektro V-brakes, FSA 42cm bars, Tektro RL520 levers (road levers for v-brakes), Suntour Bar-con, Shimano 105 crank and rear derailleur (from my old road bike), Time ATAC pedals, WTB Interwolf 700x38 tires. Setup as 1x8 with 39t x 13-27t gearing. Comfy ride and a lot lighter and faster on the road compared to my Redline d440.

From Cycling Stuff

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New bike - old parts

I picked up a 2004 Jamis Coda Comp frame (steel-is-real) and have been putting together a back road bike with it and old parts. Almost have it all together. I will take some pictures and post details soon. Hopefully (if weather allows) I will use it to commute to work tomorrow, Bike-to-work day.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gravel Rouser Classic '09

From Cycling Stuff

First real ride of the year. I had been putting some miles on by running and short road trips on the MTB. I was feeling pumped. Ride started in Athens (at Toscano's) and headed out for a 20 mile back road trip to Lake Hope. Weather was great! Started in the 30's, but everyone was peeling layers by the time we reached the lake. We met at the stick pile on Habron and were to head up Bobcat, catch Copperhead, and back down Yosemite Falls to Habron and out to the furnace. I was with a group of about four riders and Tim (who I had not met before) yells "left". That left added somewhere between 5 to 7 miles to the ride. Shortly after, during the climb back up to the ridge, I had a cramp in the back of my right leg. Down I went and attempted to stretch it out. Now I am separated from the group on the wrong trail and late getting back. I could barely pedal down hill. I made it back to Copperhead and went a little way along the trail before jumping out onto Irish Ridge and down the gravel road to 278. Ended up catching a ride back to Athens in the SAG wagon. Bummed I couldn't do the full ride but I am glad I can walk today. More about the day at Athens Bicycle.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Wimped out.

I wimped out.  I added a 24T inner chainring and derailleur.  I'll post up a picture soon.  Couple of hills I just could not make on the 1x8 gearing.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Thaw

Wow, the weather went from ice and 9 degrees to mud and 60.  Still need 4WD, but not because of the ice anymore.  Still, a few weeks of that and my training schedule is completely shot.  I also missed the early registration deadline for the Mohican 100k.  I think I am going to pass this year, not enough time to train and it would be a very expensive race for me.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I know I haven't posted in a while.  Weather has been stupid cold.  Night time low was -7 a few days ago.  I did finally pick up a new stem though - a 110mm RaveFace Evolve XC and got out for a 9 mile ride in the snow on Sunday, only to end the ride with a flat.