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Friday, March 30, 2007

Shoes Tied Tight

It's official, the traveling circus is back at it again. I love how 100 of your closest friends from around the country will converge upon random places around the globe and it's like you just saw them yesterday. "So what have you been up to? Riding.... Yeah me too.... Sweet"

First race of the season is always pretty standard really, it's like the first day of school. Everyone's clothes are crisp and clean, their shoes bright white, and their legs even whiter.

Check out these fly custom kicks that Nike made up special for each of their top athletes....

They told Ross to pretend like he was wearing a cape... "Like this?" "Yeah perfect" (Photo credit John Laptad)

Laptad has been working with Trek for years shooting their latest lycra super heros. I think his photos speak for themselves....

One big happy family. (Credit John Laptad)

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Men In Uniform

I think "Rad" Ross and I are going to start a band....

Well Tristan rolled into town again. He continues to live the dream, surf'n one couch at a time. I love taking flat landers on their first ride in the mountains.... Call me insensitive, but hey, you have to take it when you can get it. Oxygen isn't cheap up here.

Call it a hunch but I am starting to get the feeling that Arizona is going to feel more like an easy bake oven...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Punk Rock Is Making Me Soft

In an effort to break up the monotonous ways of day to day bike practice... I hit up Lyons for the only organized mountain bike group ride in the area.

Swing by Redstone Cyclery every Tuesday @ 6 pm for a piece of the action. Don't be fooled by the size of the shop, what it lacks in huge floor space it makes up for in character.

That John Denver guy really wasn't full of @!%&.

Riding at night can give off that priceless feeling that time has somehow stopped. The cars have diappeared, the senses heightened, and the trail belongs to you. Good cure for those days when the mind feels like a freeway.

On a random sidenote, the ever creative has put together cycling's version of Myspace, yourcycling.com. Swing by and check out the interview we did last week as I gave away all my secrets.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Rolling On Twenty Six's

With only two weeks left until the opening NORBA National.... Ranno and I have been cramming like a couple of college kids for finals week.

So if you are wondering why my "blogs" are spaced out so far... I apoligize.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Comforts Of The Day

The other day was a perfect example of how quickly things can change... One minute you are sweating through your eyeballs, the next minute your motor skills have shut down and simply trying to add becomes impossible.

Sure we saw the treatening clouds but in the moment it was 70 degrees. 20 minutes later we found ourselves in the midst of an unexpected epic adventure. Dressed for Arizona we were stuck at 10,000 feet with 6 inches of wet snow and now where to go but down.

Read the body language and multiply that by 100.... welcome to our world.

About once a year I have to get a "ride" home from my ride. I burnt this match early. What started at 9:30 am at 70 degrees ended at 5:00 pm at 40 degrees. Looking back and laughing.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Tomorrow Turns To Yesterday

It is amazing sometimes how quickly a day can fly by. Today it finally hit me as I was struggling through my first intense efforts of the year.... there is NORBA in three weeks! Cripes!

Rad Ross just got back from his New Zealand hiatus. He must have done something right because he preceded to worked me over like a rag doll, complaining about the altitude the entire time. I am hoping it was just placebo effect from celebrating "New Bike Day".

Time to start looking on the brighter side....

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Flavor Of The Day

Forget the bike... the internet is amazing and You Tube opens up a whole other can of worms.

Check out this flavor of the day! Restrain from laughing at all costs till the very end of the video....

Thursday, March 01, 2007

It's A Way Of Life

All to often cyclists get a bad wrap for being selfish exercise junkies whose time in the saddle is more important than anything else. Now in some cases this may be true however these moments of solitude can be the only time in ones day when we actually get to unwind. It is amazing how many things you can figure out when there is nothing to distract you from your thoughts except the open road.

Without trying to sound to much like your typical Boulder neo-hippie..... This "moving meditation" is what keeps me creative, alive, and in touch with who I am and where I am going. The bike, It's a way of life....