And then there were 7!

Most of y’all who read this blog know than I am an avid reader.  With the invention of a Kindle app I am even more so!  I carry the iPad or phone with me everywhere, and when I have to wait for something for more than a minute or so, I bust it out and read for a bit. I’ve been a reader since the 4th grade when my dad handed me a Louis L’Amour western, The Sackett Brand, to read as my first chapter book.

I went on to read each and every one of his books, most of them twice.  In them I learned many many thing. “A man saddles his own broncs and fights his own battles”, “There is no stopping a man who knew he was right and kept on a comin” and, one that has saved my bacon more than once, “Always turn around and look at your back trail. A trail never looks the same on the way back as when you are on the way out.” There were many, many others, but who knew I’d find one that applied to today’s ride… Continue reading “And then there were 7!”

Back in a real saddle

Well ladies and gents, as we know, when I am stuck in Spokane, especially in the winter months, I am without a bike.  As my wife Michelle will tell you, if I am without a bike and do not work out, I might get a bit cranky.

Last year, to combat this, I signed up for a package of Spin Classes.  I had no idea what I was expecting but what I got was NOT it…. Continue reading “Back in a real saddle”

The Weather Gods Suckered Me!

Last week, if you remember, I woke up, got geared for the ride, opened the door and saw…. GULLYWASHER!  I did an about-face, shucked the riding gear and drove in with Michelle to work.  Sometimes, it is just OK to decide this is not a good day to ride.

That night, I rode on the rollers in the shed, and cranked out 20 miles (my inside riding distance record) which made up for not riding that morning.

The cycling gods were pleased, however, the weather gods might have been a little perturbed at me…. Continue reading “The Weather Gods Suckered Me!”

Never waste a day like this in January

When it comes to the Seattle area in January there is, in general, only 2 types of weather.  Wet and rainy, or clear and cold!  This makes cycling in January a bit challenging. Even though I do it, riding in the rain is NOT my favorite thing.  In fact, yesterday morning, I was suited up and ready to ride to work.  I looked outside to see it raining sideways. I decided to carpool with Michelle! (I did do 20 on the indoor trainer that night though!)

If the cold snap hits after a rain period, then I have to worry about icy roads.  I learned this the hard way last week when I crashed and burned.

However, sometimes the weather gods smile on you, and you get a day like today… Continue reading “Never waste a day like this in January”

John Cusack brings about an epiphany

Folks, I am not sure if I have ever put a warning label on post before. This time I think I will.  What I will post here is not meant to offend anyone.  I have many many friends who have incredible faith. Though I can never understand how they have that, I would never ever try to take it away from them.

We can all believe what want, which is one of the things I love about where we live.

However, while watching 2012 with John Cusack (A GREAT disaster flick!) I had an epiphany, about life, beliefs and people.  So, meaning no disrespect, here’s what went through my head during and after my 20 mile roller workout at the movies! Church goers may not like it, so feel free to skip this post, I won’t be offended at all if you do. Continue reading “John Cusack brings about an epiphany”

Physician Heal Thyself

Folks, being a parent aint easy.  There is no owners manual, and the only thing you can hope for is that the kids don’t end up breaking a bone or splitting their melons when you are left in charge of them.  It is something all Dad’s worry about.

Being a dad also means that you are in charge of the helpful advice when someone does get inured. “Just rub some dirt on it!” “If there’s no blood you aint really hurt!” “Chicks dig scars!” and “If you fall, you know the rule, you have to do 2 more laps!”

What? Oh the last one may not make as much sense.  Let me explain… Continue reading “Physician Heal Thyself”