Nature from the easychair

OK, pure and simple it is HOT!  Today, once again, we hit the 90s, and in Washington, most of us do not have A/C.  But then, most summers we get one or two days in the 90s, and that is usually July or August.  It does NOT do this June and sure as hell not for a week or two in a row!

Today, I left work at 1 and braved the heat for a 35 mile ride.  I emptied three bottles of water/powerade along the way! It was a hard 35!

Since it has been so hot, we have spent a lot of time in our comfy red chairs, in front of the fan.  With more sitting, I have noticed more that goes on in the back yard…. Continue reading

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Racking up the Miles: June 2015

There have been many years the people of Seattle have lamented June for the weather it brings.  In the past, it has been referred to as Junuary, cold, wet and having no resemblance to summer at all.  In short, I love it! Days are longer, it’s not too hot, and its the perfect time to be outside.

Long term western Washington dwellers will tell you, to a person, summer does not start until the weekend after Independence Day.

That would be normal years, this ain’t one of them! Continue reading

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You look like you are in pretty decent shape…

A quick glance at the calendar tells me that the RAMROD, my big ride for the year, is a little over a month away.  This means I am rapidly running out of weekend days left to me to get training rides in.

Because of this, even though it was Saturday morning, my alarm went off at 4 AM.  After slapping the snooze button twice, I finally drug my butt out of bed at 4:30.  There were a few reasons for this early start. Continue reading

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The day Tony got smart

I have said this many times, over the years: It is funny where one gets one’s blog fodder.  Sometimes it’s the radio, sometimes a conversation at work and sometimes it’s its our old pal Facebook.

For this post, it was FB. One of my friends posted: Tell us something about you we would be surprised to know.

My answer?  There was a time I was the dumbest kid in class. Continue reading

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A quick 25!

Well the time has finally come. Even though I do not have an official desk as yet, I have moved to the Lynnwood office of the Mighty P.  Most people would be very excited to be a mere 5 miles from work (especially with Seattle area traffic) and trust me I am.  But I will have to work harder to get the bike miles I am used to.

To help with this, I decided, even though it was 85 outside (damn hot for us in June) it was time for an after work ride… Continue reading

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Bloggers Block?

I have quite a few friends that are real writers.  They have published books, articles and poetry.  I’ve never asked them, but I am sure at least one, if not all of them, have from time to time suffered from writers block.  Which, as we know, is a length of time when no words move from your brain to your fingers.

I am NOT at the same level as my published friends, but I will say, after the longest dry spell I’ve had in the 2 years of 15,000 miles, I think I know how they feel when this happens.  For the last two weeks, I’ve been stuck in the middle of a bad case of Bloggers Block Continue reading

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The world at 7 mph

I have had many posts about the name Mountainstroh (as in my web page Mountainstroh.com) so I won’t get into detail here of its origin.  Suffice it to say, the name was inspired by Mt. Rainier, a place I have gone to since I was in grade schoolKids rainier

Thursday, I took the day off, threw the bike on the back of the car, and headed up there again. It was the perfect day.

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Raising them from pups!

Over the life of this blog, I have mentioned my friends from college, the men of Strohs, Scott, Dave and Jim.  Michelle also has her friends from way back Kim, Mark and Rob.  Over the years, those 4 have had at least as many adventures and misadventures as my guys and I!

Last year, even though I know they all liked me (I know this because Mark here has threatened to end my life many times over the years (sometimes multiple times a day), a sure sign of affection! )

 

Mark

 

I was accepted into the clan.

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Yep he seriously said it!

OK, in the years since Mountainstroh.com has been around, I have tried not expound on my on beliefs too much when it comes to religion or politics. I will pick on the UW Huskies any chance I get, call out stupid car drivers and bike riders, and tell stories of those who annoy me.

So, even though I am going to go off the Gawd of Right Wing Talk show hosts, his royal highness the Prince of Pomposity, Rush Limbaugh, I am not doing it for political reasons, I am doing so because the man said something even more ridiculous that normal (and for him that is an accomplishment! (OK a dig there I admit))

The man said someone was too old to ride a bike!

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Racking up the miles: May 2015

Looking back over the years, for some reason, May is always my biggest mileage month.  There are a few reasons for this:

  1. The weather starts getting nicer and the days longer
  2. I start to see the benefits of the riding I’ve done earlier in the year
  3. Century season starts in the Northwest.

All of these were true this month as well… Continue reading

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