Pfffft

I don’t really remember where I left off. I had a day where I felt good on the bike (this was a first for the year), then I got sick and literally didn’t get out of bed for a couple days. Then we had Kelly and Haley both go to afterhours care for separate issues…on the same day Morgan fell down the stairs and broke both wrists. Somewhere in there, Kelly’s folks came into town. Her brother, Andrew, came (and now went) as well for a ski trip and visit. I missed the brotherly ski session, which was a bust. Piper turned 2. That’s most of the action, I’d guess.

Today I’m going to make up for the missed ski session.  Free passes to Brighton. Pretty stoked as it’s been snowing up there pretty good the last few days. I think I’ve only skiied twice this year without kids, but they were both powder days, which is good…percentage wise.

Anyway, I’ll try to be a better weblogger.

One Year

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I… I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

I meant to do a post like this on Sunday, but then Flanders took all my attention. Anyway, a year ago (Sunday) I officially left my desk job to work as an independent rep. This was a bold move, giving up free health care, a steady paycheck, etc, but I don’t regret it for an instant. It was scary, but I knew I needed a change.

The really scary part is had I known how the year would go, I probably would have kept the day job! As a reminder, it was only about two weeks after I left that we found out Kelly was preg-o…Then, a couple weeks later, she was on bed rest. We couldn’t get health insurance besides Cobra, which we are still working on…

Anyway, despite the crazy year (the above is really the tip of the proverbial iceberg), it was a good decision for us “and that has made all the difference”.

Oh yeah, and we’re not completely broke! Yes!!

B-B-Boonen

I haven’t been doing really cycling-centric posts recently, but seeing Tom Boonen win Flanders today got me pretty amped. It is a tough thing in cycling to go in as the overwhelming favorite and come through with the goods.  Tommeke was born for these races (keep your grand tours, this is the most exciting racing of the year) and continues to prove it.

Quick story… Back in 2001, I got the last minute call up to ride Redlands. I think I had one day notice, so I went in on Monday to my new job and told them I needed the rest of the week off!  It was a little bigger in stature then, at 6 days and a spot on the UCI calendar, so a couple big teams were there (Postal and Lotto, I think). I was only 23 and Boooner is a couple years younger than me. He was a first year pro with EPostal and didn’t draw that much attention, I think he was 2nd to Gord Fraser on a sprint stage.

Long story short, a few weeks later he wound up on the podium at Roubaix…and the rest, as they say is history.

I have my own awesome stories about how I came to be on the team for that race, and getting taken out by a specator in the feedzone, but suffice to say my career path and Booooonen’s took slightly different directions!

Anyway, coke habit and all, I’m a big fan of the guy and I wouldn’t bet against him for Roubaix.