Friday, February 29, 2008
I turn on the lights and things are looking a little fuzzy. I blink, once, twice and my left eye is seriously protesting. This is not an all together uncommon event. Eyes get dry, contacts move out of place and need to be readjusted. I reach up and pull the contact from my eye and prepare to put it back in and I stop because I feel something still in my eye. So, back to the bathroom to look in the mirror to see exactly what's going on and I discover a 2nd contact in my left eye. D'oh! In my early morning stupor: 2 contacts 1 eye.
Nothing to do but open up another set of lenses, put those in... ahhh! much better and get my ride on.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
These guys can play, sometimes slow and soft, but mostly fast and loud, which is the way I like it. Dave Grohl knows how to work the crowd as well.
Us in the snow before the show
Let It Die
Times Like These
Learn To Fly
Cheer Up Boys, Your Makeup Is Running
This is a Call
Skin And Bones
Cold Day In The Sun
All My Life
Long Road To Ruin
Best Of You
Best songs: Times Like These, My Hero!!!!, All My Life, and the dueling guitar solos and drum solo in Stacked Actors- very Led Zepplinish.
Before the encore Dave Grohl told this story about the first show he ever saw being at the Cubby Bear some 20 years ago, when he saw Naked Raygun and Rights of the Accused! Given that we are about the same age, odds were that I,, as well as some of you out there, may very well have been to this same show. To think I could have been slam dancing into Dave Grohl!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The load at work isn't going to change, the weather looks cold for the forseeable future and eventually I will solve my ongoing sinus issues. I think I need some racing goals sooner that cross season, because September seems so far away.
With all this snow on the ground now, I'm starting to wonder when the trails will dry. I know it's early to start thinking about that, but we've had so much precipitation that they're going to be wet for a very long time.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I went to bed last night thinking I would ride if I got enough sleep, but didn't set my alarm because I wasn't sure how I would feel. I can usually guage my body's ability to handle a workout by the way I feel when I first wake up. Alert and refreshed means good hard workout, foggy and slow means save it for another day. The last few days I haven't woken up until 7 a.m., a good 2 hours after my usual wake up time. It wasn't like I woke up at 5 and decided to go back to sleep, I simply just slept later. Even though I was sleeping more, I wasn't feeling that much better
This morning I woke up at 5:15 a.m. No alarm. I thought about just lying in bed and then decided that since I woke up around my normal time and felt pretty good, I should get up and ride and so I did.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
- the damage caused by Astana to the Tour de France and cycling in
general, in both 2006 and 2007
-"The Astana team in effect last year betrayed the confidence of organizers
who even then invited them on trust of an overhaul presented by their leaders." Source
Johan Bruyneel's response:
What's strange is, ASO does not invite us because of the past of a team that had
the same name. Many other teams, with a similar suspicious past, that did not
change management or structure, can participate without problems. Where is the
consistency? Is Tour the France not losing all credibility now? Source.
Is Johan right? Is ASO treating all teams fairly?
The following teams were all invited to ASO's Paris-Nice:
High Road (T-mobile)
Any of them have any violations in 2006 and/or 2007:
Rabobank: Rasmussen 2007 Tour (lied about where he was and had missed 2 pre-Tour controls), kicked out of the Tour. Arguably, if he had stayed in the Tour he would have won.
Cofidis: C. Moreni, 2007 Tour (testosterone). As I remember they left the Tour just like Astana did.
High Road (T-mobile): Sinkewitz, 2007, (testosterone); Lorenzo Bernucci, 2007(Sibutramine)
Saunier Duval: Mayo, 2007 Tour (EPO).
I'm not saying that Astana deserved a bid or not. However, when "rules" are not consistently applied, the decision maker loses whatever credibility it had.
In the end, its the riders who pay. You think Levi's got another Tour in his legs if he can't do this one?
I will get back on the bike tomorrow. Do a few days of easy rides and start back to regular training next week. 5:15 club is back in action.
I saw all 4 remaining presidential candidates speak on CNN last night. Both Obama and Clinton had large enthusastic crowds. I favor Obama, but when it gets right down to it, I don't see that much of a diffeence between them. Huckleberry just had a few reporters around. As I've said before, this guy scares the crap out of me, but I have to agree with 1 thing he said last night and that is that he was staying in the race because he thought voters in the remaning states should have the right to cast their votes and have those votes be counted even if he could not win the noibnation. He then said he was staying in the race also because... well something could happen to McCain before the convention. Ouch... he came this close to saying "you know, McCain could die."
Speaking of McCain, his speech was full of nonsense. I'm not sure what the hell he was tlaking about. I'm not even sure he knew what he was talking about. Talk about bland and uninspiring. The most telling thing about McCain's speech was that when he finished and the camera pulled back to show the small crowd, it was full of balding white guys.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Started with a sore throat on Friday and of course moved into the sinuses by the weekend. Haven't been on the bike since Friday. We had dinner plans for Saturday night including a sitter and i decided to still go out to dinner rather than cancel. Don't feel too bad, just run down. That makes for low attendance at the 5:15 club.
Even with the massive amounts of CO snow, at least one rider has been showing up and getting his workouts in.
Will see how I feel in the morning and try again then. Luckily, Elora hasn't caught it. I can handle being miserable, but a sick kid!!! That's even worse.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Cycling is living some crazy days right now.
Contrary to previous reports, he has no "plan B." Its the Tour or nothing. As it should be I suppose. But, if I were a betting man (and I am), I would guess no Tour for Astana. And no Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix and any other race that ASO controls.
In a word: lame.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Went to bed later and so woke up late. As a result, I felt slow on the trainer this morning. Was supposed to 75-90 minutes today, but only did 65 minutes.
I need to spend some time this weekedn giving the bike some love: new tires, bar tape etc., take the summer wheels (Carbonnes) off and put on the lighter spring wheels (Ksyriums). Even with all the wet, snowy and cold weather, you know there will be a warmer, dry weekend towards the end of the on the month and everyone will be out there.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I'll try again tomorrow for a sled.
Did 1:45 on the trainer today. Watched parts of 2 World Cup races, Nys won both. 2 hours tomorrow.
Friday, February 1, 2008
The early results are promising; my weight has remained steady. In the winter, that's my principal concern.
Janaury was pretty casual. After taking a full three weeks off in December, it was nice to get back on the bike. Four weeks of mostly tempo rides with some light efforts thrown in.
Yesterday I received this one sentence e-mail from my coach:
My first real goals aren't until June, so I don't need to tear it up now. So, some short intervals, stuff like that will be welcome. Especially since we just got almost a foot of snow here and indoors is where I'll be for awhile.
starting next week things will get a little more interesting. Mix things up a bit.