I ALWAYS hesitate to complain about the heat in Seattle. I know there are some places in the states where our high temps are their lows. Also, people in Washington state, who like the heat, sometimes get cross when I complain.
“HEY!! I deal with cold, wet, dreary all winter!! I deserve a summer!” Has been expressed to me more than once.
But this first week of August has been flat nuts. And it’s NOT just because of the heat… Continue reading
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What’s that? Tony has a blog post that doesn’t have a bike?? What is this world coming to?!? But yes it is true, it has been a week, but during this week there has only been 2 days on the bike.
Don’t you worry though, I sure as hell got my exercise! Continue reading
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Recently I realized something. Even though I have continued being an avid reader this year, as always, it has been a long time since I have read a cycling book. So, a week ago I went perusing Amazon for a good choice.
After a bit I stumbled upon Downhills Don’t Come Free (One Man’s Bike Ride from Alaska to Mexico) by Jerry Holl. I loved the title! It may honestly be the best bike book title I’ve ever read. Anyone who has ever reveled at a fast long downhill after climbing for hours would understand why.
Yep hit the purchase button as soon read about it… Continue reading
Sometimes, ladies and gents, you have to make an executive decision. Work is important, as it pays the bills, let’s me eat regularly and allows Michelle and to go on vacations. However, for me, a summer that has already been wicked busy, is soon going to get worse!
Michelle and I have a couple of days off together coming up (at least one for sure will be blogworthy) but other than that it is straight on work till Labor Day weekend.
Last week I looked at the calendar and made an executive decision. Monday was honestly my only window, it was time to take a day off and ride! Continue reading
It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am NOT the best at filtering what comes out of my mouth. No, Really! True story!
I had a boss once that came in all excited showing off his linen salmon pants he got on sale. He walked up, me wearing my khaki dockers and polo shirt, and said “I KNOW you wish you could pull off this color like I do!”
Without a blink or hesitation I replied, “Even salmon themselves hate that color, they wear it on the inside!!” He didn’t seem to appreciate the humor. (For the record they were GAWD AWFUL ugly, and it wasn’t, by far, the ugliest piece of clothing he owned. (OR it is entirely possible I just don’t understand fashion))
But I digress… A couple of days ago I was the recipient of a non filter…. Continue reading
Well the 4th of July is upon us! Independence Day! This year, though, it of course falls on a Tuesday. We love the day off from work, but sadly both Michelle and I had to work the Monday before and again tomorrow. This means we couldn’t get the heck out of dodge for the holiday. So it was time for a different plan… Continue reading
As we all know, I am cold and callous, it works well for me. I am not quite a “HEY YOU KIDS! GET OFF MY LAWN!” curmudgeon, but I am taking lessons to get there!
That being said, when I am on the bike, riding for fun, a training ride, or a commute, I always ask the riders changing tires or fiddling with their bikes if they need anything. Over the years it has become a automatic reflex. Most of the time I ask on the fly, and keep going when I hear “NOPE!’ or “I’m GOOD!”, so it was a bit of a surprise when I heard “YES I DO!”…. Continue reading
After my big ride near St Helens on Saturday, it was time for the drive back. It was important to get home Saturday night as Michelle and her best friend Kim (the two sexiest bike sherpas ever)
Were going to walk the Seattle Rock and Roll marathon the next morning. I was going to be able repay them (a little) for all they did on the Oregon Coast for me last year! Little did I know how much of a workout I was in for… Continue reading
Since 2008, when I bought the first bike, there has always been a big summer ride. The first was the Seattle to Portland, but there have been many others. I sign up for them because I enjoy them, I see new places, and, most importantly, it makes me get out and ride to train for them. Once I pay for something, I am damn well going to do it. And the only way I can be sure to finish is to get the miles under my belt.
Yesterday was this year’s ride! The Tour de Blast. Riding from Toutle High School to the Johnston Ridge Mt St Helens observatory and back. Yep, once again, a ride involving SERIOUS hills…
So, over the course of a year, Michelle and I sign up for different events. 5 Kilometers runs, half marathons and century bike rides. Anyone who follows this blog knows we like to keep active.
Now somewhere in our events we saw a sign for the LardButt 1 K! A one kilometer (.62 mile) walk and/or run in which they place doughnut stops every 250 meters.
OK how could we NOT sign up???…. Continue reading