Dawn Patrol

Awoke from my slumber in the pre-dawn to slay Suncrest again.  It’s amazing how hard it is to get out of bed, and how much better I feel when I do.  The original plan was to ride to work and home, but Kelly found a house for us to look at this evening, so I need to get home earlier than that would entail.  I think maybe it’s better to go out and do a hard ride anyway as what I am lacking is not miles.  15 years of “base” pretty well covers that.

As for the house, it’s an ideal location.  No, not for my commute, but for general living in the Pee-town.  Built in the 50’s though, so we’ll see.  I am pretty much the antithesis of “handy”, so we’ll have to decide where we can compromise.

Last day of normal work as tomorrow we practice counting.  Oh joy!

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It’s like a metaphor or something.

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Just Deleted an Entire Post…

And I really didn’t have time to waste weblogging anyhoo.

Short version.  Things are looking up.  Form is coming back.  Saturday I had a great ride and then took the girls out in the Jeep (Kelly has pics) while the homeboys were killing it at the races.  Sunday church and rikshaw action.  Heading to LBC on Thursday.

Just got a spam comment, and all it reads is “fatty”.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

“It could only be” Jared came to visit me at work the other day.

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It was pretty much just like the above picture, except I was the chick and the J-Rad was the “freakin’ lazer beam” eye guy.  Now, that that’s covered, I am pretty amped to go weekending this weekend.  I am skipping out on the inappropriately named Tax Day Grind, which really drops my odds of seeing Sam Krieg, but sometimes you just gotta make the sacrifice.  I am riding in the mountains in the a.m. if anyone wants to join- probably Alpine Loop-Aspen Grove and/or Squaw Peak in the 8-12 time slot.  Holla if you are down. 

Hopefully, it’s hot that afternoon because I want to take the girls to the pool in the afternoon.  The redneck pool river is still too high, don’t want anyone getting swept away, after all.

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So far summer has been a downer, and I need to turn that around in a hurry.  Winter’s are too hard on me not to enjoy summer.

5am is the new 6am

Inspired by The People’s Champion and not being selected for the Tour of Utah, I got up at 5 this morning to pedal my bike.  I figure if he can do it in their winter, I should be able to man up in our summer.  In any case, the hardest part is just getting out of bed, especially as this still only affords me an hour to ride and what can you do in an hour, right?  Well, my mission is to find out what you can do in an hour, I guess.  Parked at the base of Suncrest and rode both sides, then on into work. 

Unfortunately, we’re hitting a little lull in the hot racing action here in Utah, so it may take a bit to see if my new hour of power helps or if I am just even more tired all the time.

I think we are going to go back to Long Beach next week for July 4th, but oddly, there’s no racing out there.  There is waaaay up by San Luis Obispo, but I’m pretty sure Kelly wants to stick close to the fam bam.  Me too, really.  Kinda wish we’d have planned it to hit up Manhattan Beach, but it wasn’t in the cards this year, I guess.

In other news, I got to cruise the mean streets of Provo last night by bicycle.  Provo is where it’s at.  Especially in the summer, and I think summer is finally here.  I really don’t think I want to move.  I mean we can move houses, but not to another town.  Straight outta Pleasant Grove ,or whatever, just doesn’t have the same ring.  Of course, I’ll likely change my opinion by tomorrow.  And when I say “I”, I mean Kelly.

Aaaarrgghhh

Highlighting an absolute crap week, the car opted out of High Uintas.  On the way to the start.  Life is handing me lemons, but I need at least a little sugar to make lemonade! 

May make an offer on a house.  Yeah, Pleasant Grove.  PG.  PG-13.  Pregnant Grove.

Good luck to everyone at High U.  One of my fav races of the year. 

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Shelter “The Greater Plan”

My fuel’s on E
But inside there’s a shred of hope, disharmony
Hung myself with my own rope
At each milestone I look back over my shoulder and move forward, is there a guarantee?
Things get stale
And yes, I feel uncomfortable, feels like I failed when every step’s a climb uphill
I reach out my hand, where is that friend?
But there’s a greater picture I can’t see

Hollow inside
Yes, it’s understandable
Confused besides, looking to become fulfilled
Making wrong turns, getting myself burned
But I know that I’m getting taught along the way, see the rain, it falls again and we just stay inside but todays rain makes tomorrow come alive
And problems come but they’re soon gone, inside I understand cause in my heart I know there’s a greater plan, there’s a greater plan
A greater plan

And things get stale
And yes, I feel uncomfortable, feels like I failed when every step’s a climb uphill
Reach out my hand, where is that friend?
But there’s a greater picture I can’t see

I see the rain, it falls again and we just stay inside but todays rain makes tomorrow come alive
And problems come but they’re soon gone, inside I understand cause in my heart I know there’s a greater plan, there’s a greater plan
A greater plan

See the rain, it falls again but we just stay inside but todays rain makes tomorrow come alive
And problems come but they’re soon gone, inside I understand cause in my heart I know there’s a greater plan, there’s a greater plan

Is your name Ralph?

Somebody threw up all over cyclingnews.com.  Oh wait, that’s just their new lay-out.

Sunday was mostly rad.  Took the girls out in the rikshaw with Kelly.  Saw a buck up South Fork.   Deer.  Not the money kind, although that would have been cool too.  Ran into Sleevie and Dustin (not literally “into” them, luckily).  Sleevie was wearing his new State Chump jersey.  Saw Bart and his dad out on mtn. bikes… so cool that they get to ride together.  We stopped at a park and let the girls play, but it was cold (I try not to complain about weather, but it’s June and I am over it) and threatening to dump yet again, so we didn’t stay long.

The rest of the day was pretty low-key.  We attempted to walk the dogs later, but Morgan’s trike had issues (the girls ride while we walk), and then we walked into mosquito hell and decided it wasn’t worth the effort.

Didn’t sleep well at all, and today is looking pretty nuts.

Sleevie Wins Utah State Road Race Champs

Yeah, the new state chump is my man Mike Booth.  It’s going to be tough for me to keep this brief, but I’ll give it a shot.  I gotta congratulate the Utah cycling scene as this race had way more depth and tactical nuance than it did a few years ago.  And yes, that’s a bit of a dig at myself as that was when I was winning on this course.  I don’t care.  We had at least four teams and several individuals that were not settling being “in the break”, but were racing for the win.  Really good to see.

Anyway, our pre-race plan was basically everyone except Sleevie would cover moves, and he basically had a pass to chill all day unless something went with all the hitters.  The reason is that even though the hill is quite hard, the bulk of the rest of this course is downhill and it’s really easy to chase on.  We had a couple mishaps with Sleevie flatting on the first lap.  Later, I managed to somehow wrap my chain around the cranks and had to stop and fix it.  This was in the lead in to the climb on the fourth of 5 laps, and I thought I was done when I caught back, but managed to get over the climb.  From there, I knew I would get popped on the final climb, so I just tried to get in breaks with other guys that were struggling on the climb or to make other teams chase.  Cole Sport attempted to do a lead-out into the climb.  For people who know the course, they had been on the front a couple miles before the left turn.  Dustin (from the 12kdreamteam) made a great move from the turn, which meant CS had to go full gas before the steep part of the climb.  Long story short, at the top of the climb it was Nate Page (Barbacoa), Sleevie, Ben and Dustin (all dreamers!) with a small gap on another ~7 guys.  All of this I am telling 2nd hand as I popped like a balloon on the climb.  It came back together over the top and our boys hammered to the finish.  Clinger jumped early and first, but Sleevie got right around him and solidly took out the V.  Clinger and someone (I’ll update when I find out who) were tied for 2nd when I left.  They couldn’t tell who got it from the finish camera. 

Unfortunately, perennial favorite and UCA leader, the Hardwood crashed not far from the line destroying his frame and shifter.  Tough luck for the toughest of tough guys, but I’m sure he’ll bounce back with all new fury.  We’ve all seen it before.

Sleevie has been through the ringer the last couple with nearly two years out with knee injuries only the tip of the iceberg.  I couldn’t be more proud of my buddy and my team.

State RR on Tap

Amped for tomorrow’s State RR.  I haven’t felt awesome lately, but I have said that in the past and yeah, had some good results on this course, so we’ll see.  To the unitiated, I won the 1st 3x I raced this course, and had a sweet record going until last year’s epic flailure.  Honestly, this week has been pretty crap.  I know I should “harden up” or whatever, but it’s pretty hard to get motivated to ride in the rain, when you have to come back in the office with wet socks, and grit in your ears.  Besides which it is never supposed to rain in Utah in June.  And new snow on Timp, while definitely adding to the epicnicity is not what the doctor ordered.  Call the waaaahmbulance.  In any case, I think our little team has some other cards to play, so hopefully we can pull something off.