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Quick Trip to New Mex…

Left Thursday afternoon and was back in time to put the girls to bed on Friday.  Went to visit a distributor for work.  It was pretty low-key.  Somehow I just assume it will be warmer going south, but there was a good 6″ of snow the day we flew in.  I guess Santa Fe is at like 7000′ and only 20 miles from Taos.  I have a bit of a head cold, which always makes travelling a bit of a drag-o-la.  Nabbed the exit row/leg room seat on the return trip, but had an individual with a considerable snoring issue in the seat next to me.  And partially in my seat.  As per.

Oh yeah, and I had my bag searched for having a butter knife with me.  I am not complaining.  I’m glad they checked.  I will make a mental note to remove all the utensils from my bag before my next trip.  They let me keep it, which was nice.

What else?  I guess the highlight of the trip was eating some really good Mexican food for lunch yesterday.  Oh yeah, and I ran on a treadmill for more than like a minute for the first time in my existence.  I felt like Davie in the testing scene of “American Flyers”.

In case anyone missed it on FB and Twitter, the most metal song ever:

I had to…

… take down the post titled “Knocked Up”.  I had used a pic of a certain songstress (who was pregnant and smoking) and I was getting like 200 hits/day from people searching out pictures of her.  Trying not to name her as I don’t want anything similar to come up, rhymes with Whitney Jeers.  In any case, it just weirds me out that many people (and this has been going on for months) are looking at this here weblog for that there purpose. 

Carry on.

Night Ski #6

It was forking cold last night, but I still had a good time.  You meet some interesting characters on the lift when you are flying solo.

For the record, Sundance ended up with something like 4.5′ of new snow last week, while the Cottonwoooooood resorts are saying something like 8′.  It was coming down again pretty good in Pee-town when I left this morning with a couple inches on the ground.  Oddly, there was only a dusting when I got to work.

Well, work just blew up in my face, so I guess I better go now.

New Direction

So, I am pretty amped on getting this whole 2010 bike racing thing going.  2009 was a bit of an eye opener for me.  Starting the new team, having a great year there, but not quite feeling myself all year.  I managed to win 3 races, which I think is pretty good for someone in my situation, but the only day I felt really “on” was at Bear Lake, and I think I had AB on my side that day.  He was on my side at the AB Memorial Crit too, but the only day I had that “oh yeah, I’m gonna win today!” feeling was at Bear Lake.

I like that feeling. 

And I’m trying to do what I can to feel that way more often.  It’s not easy (it wouldn’t be worth much, if it were) as family, and work, are priority one and two with cycling falling pretty far off the back somewhere.  Rightly so.  But, if I pretend it’s not still hugely important to me, I am lying.  So, how do I train around 55+ hours weekly commute and work time with the sweetest girls in the world waiting for me when I get home?  Yes, cutting the commute down would help.  And maybe we’ll work in that direction.  And yes, I can get back on the bike commuting wagon in a couple months.  And that helps.  But I needed to do something immediately. 

I have pretty much always been of the opinion that running is bad for cycling and slows you down.  For whatever reason, I picked it up in the fall… under the guise of keeping our spastic dogs under control, but I guess mostly just to maintain some fitness.  I typically gain a few pounds through the winter… I know some people are laughing, and yeah, I’m still pretty skinny, but it’s all about power-to-weight.  Even racing crits (which I wish we had more of!), you have to accelerate that mAss out of every corner. 

Anyway, the point is, I don’t think running is making me slower.  I feel good.  On the bike.  I still don’t enjoy running.  Some days, I do, but mostly, whether I go fast or slow, it still just hurts.  Anyway, I feel strong.  Like way ahead of where I’ve been in past winters, despite less time on the bike.  Maybe I am duping myself psychologically, but that’s good too.

Baby girl v. 3.0 is due in less than 3 months and that will make the game all the more challenging.  But, yeah, my motivation is better than ever.  When I had all the time in the world, it was easier to squander.  Now, if I have an hour, I make the most of it.  I change faster than Superman.

I still want it.  Here’s to the good times.

Pro Masters

…And I don’t mean that with any sort of negative connotation.  I bet this team could work over some of the smaller continental teams.

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1/12/10 – The Amgen Elite Masters cycling program has produced some incredible results over the last two seasons.  In 2008, the team delivered 78 victories, 160 top 3’s and 310 top ten finishes. 2009 was even more successful, as the boys stepped up with 104 victories, 199 top 3’s, 369 top 10 finishes and one world hour record! The team looks to reload in 2010, with a number of key additions to an already stacked squad.
 
A strong team is supported by strong sponsors.  Amgen Elite Masters is pleased to announce UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Los Angeles has joined as co-title sponsor for 2010 and beyond. Partnering with UBS will elevate the squad to new heights, and the team will now be known as the Amgen-UBS Elite Masters cycling team. “UBS is proud to sponsor such a distinguished Elite Masters program,” said Paul Feinstein, Sr. Vice President-Investments with UBS Private Wealth Management.  “Our organization has strong cycling ties and this union with Amgen Cycling and the Amgen-UBS Elite Masters team is a perfect fit.”
 
The 2010 Amgen-UBS squad will also be supported by a mix of new and existing sponsors.  The team will continue its long standing successful relationships with Hincapie Sportswear, Shimano, Smith Optics and Marshall’s Design.  Joining the family for 2010 are some incredible new team sponsors. These include iBike, 4-Nitrocel, Panaracer, Udo’s Oil, HED, Performance Fitness Concepts and Win’s Wheels.


Expect more of the same from the 2010 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters.
photo © Mark Johnson/Ironstring.com 

Another major sponsor for 2010 is the addition of Specialized Bicycle Components.  Specialized is one of the leading bicycle companies in the world, and has shown a strong commitment to all forms of cycling, from the UCI Pros, to grassroots racing and cycling events.  It is this grassroots dynamic which continues to motivate the Amgen-UBS Elite Masters team and Amgen Cycling Club. The team welcomes Specialized as the official team/club bike for many years to come.
 
With a solid foundation in place, the focus shifts to the riders.  The 2010 Amgen-UBS Elite Masters team is:

45+ Riders

Thurlow Rogers+        Malcolm Hill*
Kent Bostick+            Tom Doughty*
Wayne Stetina*          Peter Sullivan
Richard Meeker*         Kevin Cox
Keith Ketterer*          Johnny Walsh*
Steve Strickler*         Jamie Paolinetti^

35+ Riders

Chris DeMarchi*        Jerry Jayne*
Antony Galvan*         Randall Coxworth*
Kirk Bausch*            Michael Johnson^
Gil Correa*              Chance Fielder^
Gus Corona              Aron Gadhia^  

+ World Champion         * National Champion      ^ New for 2010

“We are ecstatic to have added Jamie Paolinetti, Michael Johnson, Aron Gadhia and Chance Fielder to the 2010 team,” said Thurlow Rogers, Team Director. “These new riders, along with our current roster and overall sponsor support take this program to a new level in masters cycling.”
 
With more Masters National titles than any other squad in the United States over the past two years, the team will start to slowly shift its focus in order to compete with the world’s best master cyclists.  While the team will continue to primarily train and race in the southwest, they will also attend large national level and selected world level events.  The main objectives for 2010 will be National and World titles, both on the road and track.  
 
Beyond these core racing objectives, the Amgen-UBS squad will continue to expand on its charitable work for 2010 and will also focus on a full length film. “The riders will compete and win titles as a team, but another powerful weapon is their ability to work together and contribute off the bike, says Team Founder Jerry Jayne.  “Racing is just one aspect to our team and it’s important for us to be aligned with our corporate sponsor initiatives, so raising awareness and funds are a big part of our program.”  One of these main initiatives is the Breakaway Rides Presented by Specialized in April 2010. For more details on these rides and to get involved in the cycling fight against cancer, please visit http://www.breakawayride.com. It doesn’t stop there, as the team is currently planning to be involved with another Jamie Paolinetti cycling documentary, to be titled The End of the Road. More details on this project will be forthcoming shortly.
 
The team also brings back its Ambassador Program for 2010.  With a focus on promoting cycling within the community, the team’s ambassador program is supported by Matt Skelton, Paul Feinstein, Marshall Pepperman, Ed Morris, Robert Neary, Bruce Gustafson, Chris Allen, Chris Thompson, Roger Young, Harm Jansen and Vito Czulak.
 
The Amgen-UBS Elite Masters team is set for another successful campaign in 2010, both on and off the bike. Be on the lookout for the Amgen-UBS Elite Masters at a cycling event near you!

You Read It Here First*

SL, UT- Utah Pro Development Cycling is proud to announce a partnership for 2010 with the Mi Duole cycling team. The Utah Pro Development team was launched in 2009 with the two-fold mission of developing Utah cyclists to the highest level and forming Utah’s first UCI registered team. The team had a successful first season with over 15 Pro 1-2 wins, and team rider Chase Pinkham moving onto the Trek-Livestrong pro team. Mi Duole has a history of developing professional riders including Marty Jemison and Levi Leipheimer, so it was a natural fit to bring these two organizations together.
The team will focus on races throughout the Intermountain West, as well as multiple national level stage and one day events, as well as the U23 and Elite National Championships.
The team is sponsored by Barbacoa Mexican Grill, Millcreek Bicycles, Jones Waldo, Durham, Jones, and Pineger, Reynolds Cycling, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Maxxis, Smith Optics, SockGuy, Bebop, Giro, Bontrager shoes, Lizard Skins, and Voler.

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Night Ski #4

Took Haley to Sundance last night.  Kids 5 and under ski free, and it was only $12 to rent for her.  Best $12 I ever spent? 

Anyway, it was a little arduous.  I was sweating like a piglet what with all the picking her up, turning her around, and non-stop snowplowing.  She did great, but is pretty nervous on her own.  We’ll keep working on it.