Re-do

So, I did the whole post below under the assumption that I would not be able to make Antelope Island tomorrow. Kelly is still on bed rest, but we’ve worked with it out with her mom to watch the girls while I go race.  Guess there’s some pressure to perform now!

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This is probably going to come off as a boastful post, so I’ll start out by reminding myself that I’ve never won a big race. And at this point, I likely won’t. Though you never know, hope springs eternal and all that crap.

Anyway, I have managed to win the Antelope Island Classic a few times. So I am bummed to miss it. One of my favorite races here in Utah. It just seems to suit me. Actually, the next three weeks with Antelope, the state crit titles, and Bear Lake are all favorites. What are you going to do? Priorities, right?? I guess from the positive side, I’ve won them all previously.  Hate to miss them though!!  Not that I necessarily will miss them all, but… just thinking ahead.  And it doesn’t look so good racing wise.

In any case, I just wanted to say “Antelope Island… I’ll be back”.

Two more quick thoughts

This is one of my favorite pictures of myself ever. Yes, it was six years ago…somebody gave me a hard time about that a couple years back… it’s even older now! Like I said then, I’ll love it in another 20 years too.

Yes, I am cognizant of how egomaniacal it is to do a post like this in the situation we’re in. My priorities are clear, but I can’t pretend I won’t miss being there.

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Update

As per, here I am at McDonalds -not McDowell’s- “they have the golden arches, we have the golden archs”. Sorry, got sidetracked… As I was saying, I have a few minutes to kill.

I am not going to lie… This whole bed rest thing reallly sucks!! I know it is driving Kelly crazy. I hate not knowing how long it’s going to last. Brutal. I have changed more poopy diapers in the last week than probably the total for the rest of my life! I even had a dream about poopy diapers the other night.

Ok, rant over.  Gotta do, what you gotta do. And as mentioned, we are lucky to have a great support network. And timing wise, having more flexibility than I would have previously has helped immensely too. So, really, we are lucky and I should be grateful. I won’t say it’s not hard though!

In other news, I managed to get out for a ride with my father-in-law last night. It was sunny, calm and low 50’s when we left. Of course, over the course of the 90 minute ride, we got rain, hail, wind… And it’s snowing on and off and upper 30’s today. Gotta love spring in the mountains!! Snowbird may just stay open all summer at this rate.

Oh, I guess I’m ranting again. Don’t get me wrong. Utah is “the place”! Just looking forward to our normal arid climate.

Alright, back to it.

Wait, one more thing…since I’m already complaining… I got a really bad haircut. Ha!

Bed Rest

No, not for me. For those out of the proverbial “know”, Kelly has a subchorionic hematoma. Basically, a wound that needs to heal before baby 4 grows too much. I am amazed at how many people have had the same and how much support has been offered. We sincerely appreciate it!  Hopefully it doesn’t last too long as it really tough on Kelly.

It sounds like a license to vay-cay, but when you are used to being the one doing everything for everyone, it is tough to be unable to do anything. Kelly’s mom has been incredible.  And while I am having to forego some of my usual fun times (boohoo, right?) , I think it’s probably good for me to get a sense of Kelly’s routine. I don’t think I could handle it alone. Hope to never find out! We make a pretty good team.

Anyway, with the girls’ cousin Jetts’ birthday and Easter this weekend…should be interesting!

Coaching

One of the goals of my recent career switch  was to get back into coaching. I worked with a handful of clients while I was at the desk job, but it wasn’t really a focus and I want to get back on that program. If you reading this, you probably have a pretty good  idea of my “sporting history” (I take pride in my self-promotion), but if you are interested or have any questions, please hit me up at turbo _ ryan at hotmail dot com or in the comments.

I am running a special through the end of the month… If you bring a junior or collegiate racer with you, you get a two-fer. This counts for two junior/collegiate racers going in together too.

Thanks.

Blog Form Failure

Notice I did not say “Fail”.

Apologies for the lack of updates. It has been a stressful week with a couple road trips, a death in the family, pregnancy scares, insurance woes, a couple bike races, and two donuts. That’s about all your going to get out of me.

Today was good. I went to Moab for the first time ever. Why this is, I don’t know. It’s only like 3:15 from the ranch and a pretty sweet place. The road riding is really good, but there’s pretty much only mountain bike shops in town. I think I need to pick up a mountain bike line just so I have an excuse to come back.

Easy drive too. Will take the fam-bam in the future.

Piper’s Birthday

Yes! It is time to celebrate Pipe’s first go ’round. I need to get my happy face on for this joyous celebration.

The weather is killing me. For my out-of-state friends, it’s been snowing non-stop for the past two days. Very rare around here. Typically we get some snow overnight or in the morning and by lunch the roads are dry. I know we need April showers and “today’s rain (or snow) makes tomorrow come alive”, but I am struggling at the moment.

So yeah, here’s to turning that frown right-side up!

SHELTER LYRICS

“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
(Wrong turns)
But I know that I’m getting taught along the way,
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
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?
(My hand)
But there’s a greater picture I can’t see

I 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
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

All-time favorite pic:

New Whip

Continuing my theme of keeping the blog a day behind FB. I’m sure there’s someone out there who reads this that I’m not “friends” with:

I may switch out to standard white wheel decals. Thanks for all involved in that important debate!

I also may not run the stem quite so extreme. It’s 140, for sure, but the angle (of the dangle) is adjustable and -17 may prove a bit much.

In other news, somewhere between “Heck of the North” and finding out Kelly is preg-o, we went skiing. On that note, it’s dumping at the moment, but Sundance is closed.  Rain/snow is supposed to continue through the weekend. Going to be a tough Tour of the Depot. I am out as Saturday is Piper’s 1st birthday and a double stage day isn’t in the plans. 

Keep fighting the good fight, all y’all.

Oops, I Did It Again

Okay, this is old hat for most of my internet stalkers, but Kelly is pregnant! Yes, that can just happen when you have unprotected sex. They should have a class in high school that teaches you this stuff or something.

This was not planned, but is cause for celebration.

I am a wee nervous (beyond the normal butterflies), however as I quit my job about a week ago and was kinda banking on some time to get my new venture going. Better get cracking as our health insurance ends in a month.

See also, our car isn’t big enough for 4 kids. 

The good part is I have nearly 9 whole months to figure out the car situation and to make bank. 

Also, it’s a scientific fact that the more kids you have, the more likely that one of your kids will become rich and famous and take care of you, so I can pretty much bank on that.