Allan Butler Memorial Twilight Criterium

I realize I post something like this every year, so, long term readers, bear with me…

Yes! Tomorrow is the Allan Butler crit in Idaho Falls:

If you were not lucky enough to meet Allan, please click through here to learn more about my friend/teammate:

The picture on the banner is from this event several years back. That is Allan’s mom next to me. The race has become an annual event for my family, we haven’t missed a year yet. The kids are super pumped for all our traditions… the race, hotel, big breakfast, river walk…

We have a swim meet for Haley in the morning, so we’ll miss the kids races. Which are absolutely HUGE, by the way.

Anyway, it’s a great event that really outshines most of our local races. And yet…it’s not looking like attendance is going to be great at this point. It is a little bit of a drive, but it’s worth it.

I am certainly not in a position to give anyone a hard time about missing races, but if you’re able, this is a great one to be a part of.



Now with actual cycling content…

So, yeah, I did the State RR on Saturday. 98 miles in a bit under 4 hours. All things considered, I felt pretty awesome. With about 30-40k to go, we were going through some crosswinds, and the field was kinda splintering and regrouping. I found myself a few groups back, but had no problem cruising up to the front group again. I assumed I’d get dropped on the final climb, so I went ahead and attacked there. I guess I am an unknown quantity these days as they just let me go. One guy came across and we were off. I thought for awhile we had a chance, but then the chase came on in earnest. We were caught with maybe 8 miles to go, shortly before the final climb. I was dropped like a rock when the climb started and rolled in for 19th. Maybe I should have had more confidence in getting over the climb, but as always I’d rather take a shot and fail  than place it safe and finish 8th or whatever. Overall, I was pretty stoked just to feel competitive.

Had to rush out of there, as we were due to go camping up on the Alpine Loop as soon as I got home. Kelly was a bit frantic upon my arrival. I’m sure she’ll tell the story better than I, but here’s the highlights of the camp trip. We got up to the site around 5:00. The one we were booked at did not have a flat spot big enough for our tent, but after getting the tent completely set up, we found a much nicer empty spot and ended up moving.

Shortly after getting the tent (re)set up, Piper fell over in her camp chair and split her head open. After much back and forth over what to do, I ended up taking her down to after-hours care and getting the back of her head stitched up. Yes, same kid who had staples in the back of her head a few months ago. Kelly stayed at the campsite with the other 3 girls.

We got back to the tent around 10:00 and promptly went to bed. Rory decided sleep is for suckers and started crying in the middle of the night. It took probably an hour (I’m sure the other campers loved us), but Kelly got her to calm down by giving her a water bottle that would drip all over both of them the rest of the night.  Things calmed down after that, and then Kelly did her usual “was that a bear?” routine for awhile. All in all, not much sleep.

Of course, we wake up and the girls have had the “best camping trip ever”. Gotta love their spirit!

We had a big breakfast and the girls played while we packed up. It was after noon by the time we got going and we drove down Alpine Loop to Sundance and did the Stewart Falls hike. This was also an epic. I carried Rory in the backpack, Kelly ended up piggybacking Piper most of the way, Morgan carried the backpack with food and Haley led the charge, kindly waiting up for us once in awhile. We made it there and back in about 4 hours. I was pretty proud of Haley and Morg for hiking some pretty steep trails in the heat with little complaining. Piper, on the other hand….she’s going to need some work!

Had to stop for a Coke on the way home or I knew I’d be completely useless. I pretty much was anyway, but I enjoyed the Coke all the same.

So concludes another weekend! Gotta get back to work, so I can recover!!

Hey Err’body…

I found some free internets!

As predicted, the fancy hotel wanted to charge me $12 a day or somesuch, but I am outsmarting them.

Anyway, here I am in LA or Marina Del Rey to be specific. Pretty nice. I forget how much I like the salty ocean air and a touch of humidity!

We got in yesterday and had a nice dinner and went to be pretty early. I got up early on Rory time, which is REALLY early on CA time so I took a run down Venice Beach and stopped at the pier and chatted with Kelly for a few minutes.

Today we have meetings with dealers (not drug dealers, bike shops), or in my case, dealer (singular) and hopefully the chance to get out for a ride. They brought a big boy bike, so that should be good. 

Anyhoo, just didn’t want you to think I was shirking my duty to post when on the road!

Oh yeah, and I just signed up for the state RR!! Pretty stoked to get back out there. I went ahead and signed up for the pro race. If you’re going, go big, right?

Buona Notte

Off to LA tomorrow for yet another sales meeting! This will be a quick trip. In fact, quicker than it’s supposed to be. I’ll just say “oops” and leave it at that. Anyway, the good news is I’ll almost definitely post. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, we’re staying at exactly the kind of high dollar joint that charges you for internet, so maybe not. I could post via phone, but no. And I could tether and post, but again, no. Hmmm, this is looking more and more like a post about how I won’t post.

So, to take it in another direction… Things are hopping over here. Kids on summer break means there’s always something going on. Here’s hoping darling wife doesn’t lose her cool in my absence. It ain’t easy with four girls home all day! And it seems like sleep never goes to plan in  the summer. Rory (the one y.o.) has taken to getting up at 6 and if we don’t rush in and grab her, she’ll wake everyone else up. Which is not ideal as it’s super bright in the girls room until like 9:30 at night or something.

Generally though, things have been great lately. Got my Crusher bike built:


I actually rode it today (on pavement) and am pretty stoked. I think I may be hanging on to it for awhile, which is something of a rarity. 

On that note, got a new road bike yesterday as well. No pics. 

Now that I think about it, I just broke my no pics rule/streak. It was worth it. I am a ti fan. 

I’m a carbon fan too. And aluminum. And steel. Never went with scandium, but I’d probably be down.

I am feeling okay again on the bike, just in time to hit the road! Again, this is a short trip though and I am HOPING to race the state RR this weekend. Lots of good memories on that course. Wouldn’t that be something?

I’ll leave it there for tonight. Buonna notte.

Where was I again?

I dunno. I suck at web-logging in my old age.

Let’s see…I got back from Quebec on Friday morning (like 1:00, so Thursday night, whatever). I was pretty much in a daze for a couple days. I don’t know why, I was just kinda out of it. It always takes me some time to get back in the groove after being on the road. I think we all know my children are loved, BUT it’s an adjustment when you get used to doing things alone. With four girls, there is no alone. And that’s good. I just have to find my rhythm again. So anyway, it took me a couple days.

Plus jet lag, plus a cold, plus 95 degree temps, a week off the bike…you can imagine how those first couple rides back went.

On that note, really hoping to do a bike race in the near future. It may not be pretty.

I thought this week would be really chill (note to self: never use the expression “chill” again, unless referring to the temperature), but life as a rep is always changing. I got a new program to push and I found myself working the streets pretty hard.

I did manage a couple decent rides.

And I’ve been able to take Haley to swim practice a few times. I take my laptop and work and watch at the same time. So fun to see her improving. Let’s face it, there was only one way to go! She’s making serious strides though, which is great to see. I am excited to go to her swim meet this weekend. Although, I am a little concerned that they say the meet may last 6 hours. She can just barely swim a whole lap, so I don’t know what’s going to go on for the remainder of the time, but…oh, I guess there’s other peoples’ kids too.

Anyway, looks like I managed a post. Stay tuned, I’ll probably do it again. Eventually.

One more day in Quebexico

Pretty stoked to fly home tomorrow. Although it has been rad.

Today was good, just meetings all day. And then a “closing party” in the eve, which is still going on. I am kicking ass at being the sober guy. As always!

Couldn’t find a bike to ride. The Canadians are hoarding them, apparently. Really it’s quite nice to work for a company where you have to fight for a bike. Better that than some widget company, no?

I got out for a run though. The trails were super muddy, so some trail some road, all good. Not good like pedaling a bike though. Rest in peace, tiny amount of fitness I had built up. It was great knowing you!

Whatever, I am super amped right now. Ready to conquer the world. Gotta keep this spirit going!  As Lord Big Ring says “Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.”

Make it quick…

Gotta make it snappy as it’s past my bedtime.

Speaking of which, got up this morning to ride. It was on the intinerary, but there was no one out there and no demo bikes, so I went for a run instead. Only managed a couple miles, but better than nothing, I suppose. It was beautiful, though I’d have preferred to ride, obviously!

The rest of the day was just meetings. Kinda feel like my head will explode. Just a lot of info. Then, a super long dinner. It was good though!

Nothing too crazy to report. Maybe I’ll have more time and wherewithall to do a proper update tomorrow, but I’m just kinda not ready to think right now.

Birf-a-day with the Quebexicans

Well, first things first. Our little Morgan may have a fractured bone in her foot! Details on Kelly’s site, but what a bummer. Happened the day I left too. Poor kid!

Anyway, today was pretty solid. Kind of a slow start, followed by meetings, and yes, we managed a bike ride. A beautiful day in Quebec. Windy, but close to 70. And the sun was shining! From my brief experiences here, this seems to be a rarity. When the rain stops, it usually snows or so I’m told. Anyway, I somehow ended up in an almost all (save me and one other) Canadian group. I figured they’d know where to go. The pace was a touch hotter than I might have guessed! Good times though. Followed by travel to a new hotel (where I’ll be for the rest of the week) and a banquet style dinner.

The new hotel is beautiful. Older, and set on a lake with forested hills surrounding it. Sounds like last year, but it’s a different place! I guess they have a lot of these resort style places. Awfully nice!

Anyway, I’m facebooking Ms. Turbo at the moment, so I’mma sign-off.


Big Travel Day

My FB friends will have already seen all this, but as I seem to be picking up a lot of readers I don’t actually know, I made it to Quebec City today. I hit out of Pee-town around 5:30 this morning, flew out at 8, went to Dallas (?) first, then to Montreal, and now, here I am…rocking you like a Hurricane.

So, yeah, kinda beat from doing nothing all day.

I am here for work…Louis Garneau sales meeting. And yeah, my job kicks ass! We are due to ride some new bikes tomorrow. Let’s hope it works out. Weather is iffy. I was sick Friday, yesterday busy doing family stuff and traveling ALL day today, so I figure I’ve earned it.

You hear that weather gods?!? I’ve EARNED it!!

What else? Oh yeah, it’s my birf-a-day tomorrow. 36. The world just keeps revolving around me. Little bit of a drag to be away from my girls on my birf-a, but I guess the world doesn’t really revolve around me and we’ll celebrate good times when I’m home.

I will try maintain my record for daily posts while traveling.

Your faithful scribe,

The Turbonator 5000.