Tuesday, December 23, 2008


I'm moving over here


I realized that I am the only one that has been posting on the 2811 blog in the past 4 months and I don't live there any more. So I am giving Ty his blog back (Schirf was too cool from the beginning... ha ha) and starting my own. Really now my posting will just go down hill I am sure but I'll try to hold it down. Any way, its a sad day on the 2811 blog but an inevitable one I guess. Hopefully Ty and Mike will keep it going!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dawn Patrol

Somehow I was up before my 5:10 am alarm this morning. Maybe I knew how sweet the sunrise would be up in Big Cottonwood.

Met up with Bart and then eventually Jared and a few other people. The snow was killer and we kept it to some mellow aspen trees to avoid lurking instabilities in the snow pack. You know its dangerous out when you see Andrew McLean (author of the Chuting Gallery and one of the most accomplished big line skiers in the Wasatch) at the top of a mellow aspen glade at 9000'!

Jared aka the Samurai- I think he goes uphill just as fast as he goes down.

Bart snaps a photo.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Contrast

We happened to set the tree up next to a picture of Buddha...

Sammi and I threw down for an $11 tree (more of a shrub). Looks great and we've got it on a table to give the illusion of a real tree. This is the first year I've had a tree in the ten years since I moved out of VT so its a step up for me!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A whole lot of nothing...

I just drove back from Ketchum, Idaho this afternoon after a week working there and in Boise. Every time I do that drive I am struck by how little there is between here and there, just a whole lot of nothing. No offense to any potato farmers or anyone who lives there...

When I was in college I was really cynical about a lot of issues, population growth in particular. With the global population growing at such a fast rate do we have the space and resources to support this growth? I used to think no, and that nobody cared and we were all just going to keep consuming and growing until we were swimming in our own trash and out of food, water, and fresh air. I've lost a little of this cynicism over the years and especially this year see some hope in human kind. Yeah the economy is bad but we are all talking about conserving resources, finding cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels, and taking steps towards improving our society in general. This is good news to me as sooner or later we had to come to our senses. Maybe this economic crisis will re-direct us down a more responsible path.

Back to the photo: some parts of the world are so overcrowded and then there are places like the western US. Just a whole lot of nothing. I'd hate to see farmland and open spaces go but if they someday have to I hope the land is used responsibly. Apparently a week driving around by myself has made me a little reflective. I'll shut up now, time to unpack.

Friday, November 28, 2008

09 Base Miles

This one's for Fox

Turkey Day Training Camp November 08. Turning turkey in to watts.

Putting in the hours...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Plug for the Prius

Here's a plug for the Prius: 3 bikes plus my 3 overpacked bags, sammi's bags and work stuff, all inside the car and we could see out the rear view mirror no problem. I'd say it was about 3/4 full.

Now the good part: gas for the 300 mile trip to St. George: $12.00

Sammi said once she went on a trip with her mountain bike and kayak and slept in the back with both! If they were a little better in the snow it would be the ideal car.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Welcome To Jazztown

If I had a dollar for every time Brian yelled that during the game I'd be rich

Or at least I would have paid for me seat in the nose bleed section...

It was a great game and we lost at the buzzer. Tim and Brian are Jazz super-fans and were not too happy about our loss to the Bulls at home. I'll take a close exciting game over a blowout any day.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Murphy's Law

From Wikipedia:

Murphy's law is an adage in Western culture that broadly states, "if anything can go wrong, it will." It is also cited as: "If there's more than one possible outcome of a job or task, and one of those outcomes will result in disaster or an undesirable consequence, then somebody will do it that way"

I'm not sure if this applies more to my race today, or if maybe the good old "if it ain't broke don't fix it" sums it up better...

I've been having a great time racing cross this fall and have had some pretty good results despite being a newbie and a hack. My bike isn't ideal as it is a size or two to big and the wheels are beater- but here the other adage of "its not the bike its the rider" comes in to play and I don't think its really been holding me back that much. Anyway- Brandon was nice enough to offer up his bike for states and I figured, hey, yeah I'll ride some sweet deep dish carbon wheels and a bike that fits! Not that the wheels would make me go any faster- but I figured they'd make me feel faster which is just as important. With Bart out of town the door was open and anything could happen...

So first let me say that carbon wheels are noticeably stiffer, lighter, and faster- wow. Also it was nice not to be so stretched out. I had a pretty good start and was riding with the lead group for the first lap. Enter Murphy's law- my front tire started to go flat and I was folding it over a little in the corners and started to lose a few spots. Then I bunny hopped a little log in to a corner and blew the tubular right off the rim and stacked it. I got the tire back on the rim and rode gingerly to the tech zone where for the first time ever I had a spare bike. Problem is I had borrowed my seat post and replaced it with Brandon's... but hadn't remembered to dial in the height. That was pretty much it for my motivation...

What's the lesson here? If it ain't broke don't try to fix it, sometimes you have to be the one to realize Murphy's law, and its not the bike its the rider (as in these aren't excuses!)

Next weekdend: Thanksgiving in St. George. MTB here I come! Though Murphy's law will probably bring some rain...

Monday, November 10, 2008

A new calling?

I'm not going to sell my pedal bikes yet but motos sure are fun! I went over to visit Hannah in Steamboat and we got out on motos in the western CO. desert.

Braaaaap braaaaaap

This hill climb got super sandy and steep up near the top (up left out of the pic). Took me 4 tries to make it up

We got snowed out Saturday and went for a hike in the snow. Luckily the weather came around for us on Sunday.

Han trying to wrangle a 165 pound dog...

My camera battery died so that's all I have for photos. Otherwise I could have gotten some pictures of our Snood tournament.

Monday, November 3, 2008

I need a new wheel setup

I need to figure out a new wheel/tire setup for my cross bike... not only are my wheels tanks but I am still running tubes.

I've never done that before! After two fats yesterday I see why people shy away from tubes on their cross bikes. I was even running slime tubes, which don't help with pinch flats apparentlty. I rimmed out hard on the 2nd lap and my front tire started a slow death and was flat by 2 or 3 laps to go. I eventually borrowed a wheel and rode a while until my rear went flat. Then I got in a nice jog in the rain and even got to finish the race on Bob's bike. His bike felt good- nice setup Bob, disk brakes worked well in the mud. At least I had some better luck Saturday and ended up 2nd. Fun stuff though- that was a mud bath!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Pics

pulled out an old costume for halloween on friday. red hot rocker aka evil kenival, elvis suit. sammi was an elf. her ears were freaking me out all night!

jesus and sarah palin- what a couple

we went to club sound for sammi's water polo party/fundraiser. here's an interesting way to hold your camera...

i did a killer moto ride with jim on thursday out in the west desert. we ended up doing 190 miles- about half on pavement. i need to get some pics from that uploaded. trying to decide if i can ride to the cross race or if its about to pour...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

redneck weekend

sammi and i went up to idaho and stayed in a forest service cabin (clear creek guard station north east of montpelier, id.) last night. it was nice to get out of town and spend a little time in the woods. we kept it real shooting guns, chopping wood, and drinking beer (then shooting the cans).

it was hunting season so i had to sport my old neon ammo pack on the hike

nice shot...

you can tell i am from vermont by my taste in women...

every hicks dream

made it back just in time for a sweet ride on shoreline with bart, ohran, and jared. bobsled is in killer shape.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

why i love costco

likely none of these will end up in a cookie...

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Headed up Big Cottonwood this morning to check out the snow. There wasn't as much as I thought there would be but it was super pretty.

tons of mist- it had just stopped snowing huge flakes, i missed it

sammi setting up a shot

can't break out the board yet... it will all this week and we'll be riding crest again before the end of the season

raced a little cross yesterday it cold rain and mud. it was fun getting dirty. i felt more comfortable on my cx bike and only crashed once. though it was a sweet crash- slid on my back in mud off the course and had to run back to get my bike. otherwise everything worked except for my front derailleur and i got stuck it my 48t chainring. that gear is a little big without frozen legs. fun stuff though, i am definately going to do a some more of those.