Are they sure about that?

Sometimes you skim through Facebook and come across a post that just makes you smile.  The trouble is, occasionally  you are just not sure exactly sure why you are smiling so much.  There is something in it that just appeals to you.  But you aren’t exactly sure what it is until you read it 5 times.

This happened to me when I clicked on the link to this article talking about bikes being a “fountain of youth” on my buddy  Joe’s page. Continue reading “Are they sure about that?”

It really is a matter of convenience…

You know what’s fun about reading other cycling blogs?  You sometimes read a post that results in you “borrowing” the theme for your own blog.  (OK, maybe we could call it stealing the idea)  This happened just yesterday when I read a post by my british blogger friend Jude (Cycling with Heels) Continue reading “It really is a matter of convenience…”

Cycling Culture

I’ve been going through a bit of a blogging dry spell lately.  I think being busy with real life stuff, and therefore being off the bike more than I have in years, has resulted in a lot lest saddle time.  Now this may not seem like a big deal, but my best thinking time, be it for bloggage or work projects, comes when I am sitting and pedaling the bike!  Makes me wonder where exactly my brains really are….

However, yesterday, why taking the Mom-in-law in search of a new recliner, I discovered a new place that finally jarred my head in gear!  It made me realize, at least up here in Seattle, we have actively embraced the Cycling Culture! Continue reading “Cycling Culture”

Looking for the eye of the tiger

So, its been just over 3 weeks since the STP, when our intrepid hero braved 97 degree heat to cycle 204 miles.  I am happy to report that I have fully recovered from this ride, and the body parts that were hurting are now doing well again.

So physically I am raring to go, bring it on!  What’s next? YEAH!  Mentally though…. Continue reading “Looking for the eye of the tiger”

A good time to remember your accomplishments

It really seems weird NOT hopping on the bike this weekend.  Aside from the week we were in Oregon, I honestly can’t remember the last time I didn’t get at least 20 miles in. However, sticking with my plan to start next weeks ride with fresh legs and the right mental attitude, it was good to have the bike sit in the shed.

Without riding, I was able to get a few other things done, including bringing up to date the album holding all my bib numbers from over the years.











As usual, when I do so, I flip though the pages to look at what I’ve done over the years. Continue reading “A good time to remember your accomplishments”

Being Smart for a Change

I hate being sick.  Even more so, I hate ADMITTING than I am sick.  It just goes against the grain.  Back in “the day” I never seemed to catch anything, and if I did, I kicked it in 48 hours or so.  (OK maybe this isn’t 100% true, but “Back in the day” was a LONG LONG time ago so my memory is fuzzy)  I almost never admitted to being sick.

Nowadays, I still think I get sick less than most.  But lately, the new hires that I train keep coming to their first day sick!  And when you are trapped in a room with someone for 1 – 4 weeks (depending on the class) and there are no windows to open to bring in fresh air…

Yep this happened again last week… Continue reading “Being Smart for a Change”

Bulletproof Valente they call me!

There are many reasons I am lucky to have the wife that I do. Michelle and I like each other, we have fun together, we like to talk to each other and we like simply like to be around each other. I am not sure all of these are true for every married couple out there, so I make sure to tell her how much I appreciate her.

There are many more reasons I think this is true. However the one in particular for this post is: she makes sure I am healthy and go to the doctor and dentist as needed! Continue reading “Bulletproof Valente they call me!”

What motivates different people

Sometimes the shortest conversations end up being the bloggfodder that inspires a post.

I was down this morning putting away some of my sweaty gear from the ride into work when another rider came in to park his bike. I don’t know his name but I have seen him around. He mentioned that there were more bikes parked here lately. I commented that it’s probably the combination of the nicer weather and the bike commuter challenge going on for April and May.

He just gave me a weird look, and said, “Yeah, I did that challenge last year. I logged all my miles, and expected to get something at the end. Nothing happened; I didn’t get anything, so I won’t do it this year.” Continue reading “What motivates different people”

How Would You Answer?

Wow!  A couple of days ago I was tired, and drawing a blank on what to post.  Some days there is a distinct lack of blogfodder.  I’ve had quite a few people tell me lately I don’t HAVE to post every day, but I enjoy it.  So those days without a post, I actually miss it. (It’s a sickness I am sure)

But then there are days like now where I could honestly do two or three different posts.  Our Seahawk banner flew today (see my last post), tomorrow I get to do something I have never done before, see tomorrows post 🙂  But today, the my Spitfire boxing partner Jill said two things, each of which are worthy of a post!  It’s a good thing I keep a notebook for days like this.

So enough of that, the thing Jill asked me today was this.  “if you knew you were going to die in one month, would you continue to work out?

My answer might surprise you… Continue reading “How Would You Answer?”