I’ll keep it quick. For all the Christmas hub-bub, and for that matter, for all the family hub-bub, just go to Kelly’s site. Ever since she started web logging (no trees are harmed), I pretty much letter her cover all that.

On to the cycling… that’s what you are here for, right? It was a challenging week. It’s hard not to compare myself to where I was back in the day or to what whoever else is doing, but I can say consistency wise, I am doing better than I have in years… and it feels good.  Took Christmas day completely off and that felt good too. And when I say “completely off”, I mean pajamas until it was time to leave for dinner.

Kelly got me an iPod for Christmas, so I just rocked some tuneage while on rollers. It turns out that makes time go faster than staring at a wall.

I mostly got her cookbooks and lingerie. Not really.

Anyway, loading up the family truckster and heading for Long Beach tomorrow.

Speaking of which, the wagon is getting old! Here’s hoping she’s got a couple more trips in her!!

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What’s Going On…

Yeah, my blogging magic kinda fell off the face of the earth.

Not a lot to report, just gearing up for Christmas break. 1.5 days remaining… So eager for a break.

As anyone in the western half of the country knows, we’ve been getting hammered. Snow, rain, Big snow, rain.  Sundance has gotten 72″ out of this storm cycle. That’s a fair amount of snow! Speaking of which, I got my ski pass last week. I haven’t been yet. In fact, I wasn’t going to bother, but they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Maybe I can sneak up there before we leave for CA on Monday, but I wouldn’t bet on it… With my renewed attempt at fitness (kind of a flailure this week) and umm, oh yeah, that whole Christmas thing on Saturday, I’ve probably got my hands full. We’ll see.

Definitely amped on Christmasing it up on Saturday. I don’t want to say Kelly has gone overboard, but, umm, the girls will have their hands full.

Reminds me of this:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/christmas (thanks, JE)

Pretty quiet around these parts today, but I guess I better get back to work.

Two Thoughts…

Digging the new graphics…

On an unrelated note, I had a great conversation on a lunch ride the other day that reminded me of the following:

“At a very early age, I developed what I call a ‘complex testimony’. Instead of a black/white view of Mormonism, I have an Old Testament sort of faith. The writers of the Old Testament presented the prophets as very human vessels, warts and all. Yet God still chose them to be His leaders on earth. That’s how I see Mormonism: It is not a perfect church. It has huge flaws, in both the institution and the people who lead it. They are only human. And I have no trouble accepting that. It’s all part of my faith.”

Excommunicated former BYU professor Dr. Michael Quinn.

I “borrowed” the quote from “Under the Banner of Heaven” and don’t have anything more to add.

My New Mantra

“If you slack, you’re gonna suck.” Nelson Vails

So simple, yet so profound. Credit where it’s do… I stole the quote from Beth Leasure’s excellent blog.

Of course, it first struck me as a cyclist. I think for awhile there I can prided myself on slacking as a cyclist… Not that I was really slacking, just different priorities. I guess, but I was proud of my ability to be competitive on a relatively low training volume.  But then… I kinda sucked. Of course, sucking is relative. Point is… I want to take pride in doing all that I can to be ready to race. Obviously, my priorities haven’t changed and the volume still won’t be there, but I can do a lot more than I have the last few years.

Then I went a little deeper… what else have I been slacking on?

If you slack as a parent, you are going to suck… Being in the same room (like on facebook or whatever) does not count as quality time!

If you slack as a spouse, guess what? You’re going to suck.

If you slack at work, you are going to suck.

If you slack as a church member, prepare to suck.

Am I slacking as a friend, son, sibling? Please let me know if I am, I don’t want to suck.

What you put in, is what you get back. Like I said, simple. The new goal is not to be the best in the world at anything, but to take everything that I deem “important”… and be a little better.

         

I totally…

got the scoop on Yahoo on this one:

http://news.yahoo.com/video/science-15749654/an-air-bag-for-bicyclists-23304494

Serious up, search the archives, I don’t feel like finding it.

Also, I don’t know why the formatting got all wonky when I pasted it in the post below, but I don’t feel like bucking with it.  This is no place for professionalism.

In other news, I have been having a regular “dad life” as per. Will do a real life update as some point, pinky swear.

This Just In..

SKI UTAH AND MARKETSTAR SPONSOR ELITE CYCLING TEAM                                           

Salt Lake City, UT-Utah’s top pro development cycling team is proud to announce a partnership with the MarketStar Corporation and the Utah Premier Cycling Club for the 2011-2013 cycling seasons, racing under the banner of Ski Utah-MarketStar.

The elite team will focus on races throughout the intermountain west with selected National Racing Calendar events, while maintaining a strong presence in the local Utah Cycling Assocation events. Over the course of the past two seasons, the team won over 35 Pro 1-2 races in five states and two countries. Two members of the team have graduated to the pro ranks- Chase Pinkham to Trek-Livestrong in 2010 and Bissell Pro Cycling for 2011 and Bradley Gehrig to Jamis-Sutter Home for 2011.

Ski Utah-MarketStar will also be the sponsored name of the Utah Premier Cycling (UPC) club.   UPC has been a club since the early 1990’s and is currently a member club in good standing with the USA Cycling Organization and the Utah Cycling Association. The Ski Utah-MarketStar Cycling Team currently boasts about 100 members who are active in road cycling, racing. 

Confirmed 2011 Riders-                                                                                                                                                                                             Ryan Barrett– Rider/Manager- Over 30 Pro 1-2 Race Wins, 4 X Utah State Champion, Former professional and US Nat’l Team Member                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Michael Booth– 2009 Utah State Road Race Champion; Winner 2009 Boise Twilight Criterium (Cat. 2); Stage One Cascade Cycling Classic (Cat 2)                                                                                                                                                                                                       Norm Bryner– Winner 2010 High Uintas Stage Race, 2009 and 2010 Utah State Time Trial Champion                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Garrett Burbidge– Winner 2010 Lotoja Classic                                                                                                                                           Dustin Eskelson– Winner 2010- Snake River Omnium, Allan Butler Memorial Twilight Criterium, Downtown Jackson Criterium                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Sam Krieg- Winner 2010 Tour Del Sol Stage 1 TT and Overall GC; Utah University Omnium stage 1 TT; Utah University Omnium Road Race; Tour of the Depot Stage 1 TT; Tour of the Depot GC; Jason Broome Memorial TT; Tax Day Circuit race; Idaho State RR Championship; Tour of Bozeman Overall G C; High Uintas Stage Race Time Trial; Tour of the Gila Cat 2 TT

The Ski Utah-MarketStar elite team exists to identify talented riders in the state of Utah and to develop those talents to the highest level.  The ultimate goal of the team is to register the first Utah based UCI registered team.  The team is sponsored by Ski Utah; MarketStar; Millcreek Bicycles; Reynolds Cycling; Rocky Mountain Bicycles; Maxxis; and Sockguy. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter For more info, please contact Ryan Barrett at 12kdreamteam@gmail.com.

About Ski Utah– Ski Utah is the marketing firm owned and operated by the 14 statewide ski resorts that make up the Utah Ski & Snowboard Association.

About MarketStar-MarketStar is a pioneer in outsourced sales and marketing since 1988, based in Ogden, UT

Warning: Geeky content

So, a few weeks back I did a post on my latest attempt to suck a little less at biking. It is going okay. I did a couple good weeks and then kinda fell of the wagon. I mean I anticipated going easy for Thanksgiving being on family vacay and all, and I got a few rides in that week and a couple runs as well, but… it’s taken me a few days to get back in the swing of things.

Tomorrow’s the first of December, so I am trying hard to get myself going again. I don’t have time to put in huge base miles, so I need to maintain decent fitness all year. I did a little test before Thanksgiving that went really well, but then the above time off plus a couple gained pounds during the week…

Alright, enough nerdity. You know you love it.