Monday, September 25, 2017

Racing in Rifle Colorado

Mother Nature painted our sky with some of the most perfect post card moments in time. Each sunrise was worthy of a snap shot and everyone talked about the sunsets nightly. Fridays lightning storm was breath taking because each ground touching bolt danced in place for 3 to 5 seconds. Long enough that we could all point and "WoW" before those bolts faded away. EPIC

On the down side of Mother Nature rolling in, the Adventure Race was cancelled. The trails were battered by the front that moved in from the South Southwest. It was definitely a bummer because of all the work put in by EVERYONE but you just have to respect the trails and the flow of the land. DRAG

Side note; I am totally boycotting all sports media personnel because I can't believe the amount of political coverage hour after hour after hour. I simply don't understand it, regardless if I agree with it. Baseball and football have always been an outlet for me. Sports gave me the opportunity to check out from childhood trauma, frustrations, and environment.

ESPN played melodic piano scales, while showing in slow motion, photos of players holding hands with owners. We are so diverse, color - race - sexual orientation, the flag DOES NOT  represent politics or the military. Will athletes or Sports News channels ever "protest" Global Warming?? Teen Pregnancy?? Hunger in the Middle East??

We as a society, team human, and what not are facing world elimination with the rich only becoming stronger. So much time is wasted and I just haven't understood why. All sports athlete do so much behind the scenes but media focuses on the true BS of human interest. I know I am not anti ( insert government/ military/ American/ or other labels here ) because I do have compassion for life and its struggles but Phuc- Me.

I am sick of the flag at half mast everyday, unprofessional statements, pointing fingerers, lack of love, fellow bike riders that can't take the time to simply wave, poor customer service skills, and stupid people continuing to breed.

Goals: This week will be chalk full!!!
1) Gym in the AM
2) Yard work at the OM House
3) Pulling of files from this hard drive
4) Paying bills
5) Checking in with KAFM
6) Purchasing my pass for Friday's film festival at the Avalon Theater
7) Checking out the Air-show from a far BECAUSE
8) First Cycle Cross Race on Sunday October the 1st
9) Spend even more quality time with the Boy Dog
10) Write down on my dry erase board my intentions for the next day

Yes, September is almost dust in the wind.
Rock On

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fantastic First Half of the Month

Strava recorded multiple 40+ mile biking days during this month of September. A number of 20+ miles on foot and the commuter bike is back up to 10+ miles per day. SWEET

Last Sunday, hosted the Sunday Matinee on KAFM and what a blast. The whole three hours was built around The Blues Brothers and cover tunes. The phone rang off the hook and that sure put a huge smile on my face. After all, I was completing with Donkey Vision. DENVER BRONCOS FOOTBALL vs THE COWGIRLS

You can click here ---- --- for the next two week to hear my show. Only drag is the recording started at 1pm and not noon. So when you allow yourself to click that link, starts with Aretha Franklin's YOU BETTER THINK scene and number. AWESOME

Last week and this week, until this Thursday, gym life has been absolutely solid. I pulled out my "tracking card" that Crossroads gave me two years ago. I have my last years card attached and I was beyond stoked with my progress. Example; incline chest press with dumbbells started with 20lbs and now I have been regularly handling 40lbs. SCORE

MAD Racing heads for Rifle Colorado this Thursday to build and mark an adventure course for this Saturdays ( ) Roan Cliff Chaos Adventure Race. Klishy and I will work both Thursday and Friday until registration opens at 5pm Friday. BIG SHOES

Its hard for me to fathom the fact that its the 19th already. Sure, its been a good month. Yes, I enjoy the Fall Colors. Yes, The Boy Dog and I love snowshoeing. But damn, aging so blows!! The Boy Dog still walks our No Excuse with enthusiasm but he totally slows down when we return to our driveway. Last night, the satellites in the sky were unreal, we had a relaxing walk at just under 11min mile pace and I almost ran into the back of him as we turned onto the driveway. STAY YOUNG & STAY STRONG

1) Hit the gym with control and power
2) Ride the Midnight Racer
3) Design & layout a rock garden out back so that I can apply that vision next week
4) Turkey Flats Loop with the Boy Dog as the Aspens turn
5) Simply Dance Like Nobody Is Watching - Keller Williams

Seek The Best Possible Outcome,

P.S. Please watch the Soup Bone video of ours. Its a quick clip of the Boy Dog & I picking up his bones from Quality Meats. Its a short clip & I am pretty sure that you will find the humor in it. Plus, Shadow Boy is so damn handsome. Thanx in advance for watching!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

August Kicked A$$

Well, August kicked my ass. Damn good numbers out of the Strava world for the month. Really solid days in the gym and I still enjoy riding my bike.

MAD Racing: Our last event went rather well and the cross country course was way cool. A majority of the runners gave us the thumbs up for creativity. Thats Cool

We will hit the ground running this Monday of Labor Day Weekend. Mad Racing has been given the opportunity to host the Desert Edge Triathlon Aug 9/10 2017. This event has been run by the inspiring Darrin from Underground Racing. We meet 10 years ago now, WoW

Underground Racing created an amazing family friendly event and that has worked in our wheel house because we have always focused on Family, Youth, & Out-Of-State competitors. Score

The trails are very well established so we won't be building!! Thanx Goodness!! Just loads of marking and checking and re-checking. Pretty stoked with Klishy and all the vendors, quality food trucks, and bands. Both Days Will Host Live Music

Numbers: I reminded myself that the twins were here, I missed a few days, rode hills, a mountain, & casual commuter rides. Having said that, August posted my largest logged hours at 24 hours, 361 Miles on the bike, & a season low 36 miles on the trails. Two Personal Records were also set in August. Amazingly, April recorded 41 activities and Aug recorded 21 activities. So More Than A Few Days Missed

My gym time has been totally consistent, not in stagnate or plateau way, Just Consistent. I have mixed up all exercises this month but not really lifting heavy free weights. Back&Tri rather than the traditional Back&Bi. And because of this switch, injury free was achieved. I focused all month on 10 really good/form/holds/ROM/powering up movements. That Rocks

Goals: I have some very simple goals this week. 
#1 Goal, not loosing my marbles when Klishy changes the map at the last second.
#2 Goal, greeting everyone enthusiasm and gratitude.
#3 Goal, think before answering repeat or obvious questions.
#4 Goal, sleep!!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Crested Butte Run

Love The Cooler Temps, Wild Flowers in August??, And The Best Boy Dog Ever. Life is good out here on the Western Slope.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

15th of the Month & Back At It

The Boy Dog loves the fact that I grew him carrots again this year. I harvested the seeds out of the flowering blossoms last year and grew some beautiful purple and traditional bugs bunny orange carrots this year.

Having a few, pre-dinner brews, holding my S&J huggie. Robert is toasting me with his 2107 F1 Australian Grand Prix huggie. Robert - PBR   Me - Pinner

Wednesday night BBQ last week. Yet another time lapse was created that night and you could watch it here.

Maybe a few more beverages and conversations. Wide range of thoughts were shared over the 3 weeks together. Never a dull moment or joke to be cracked. Or even an unwanted fart to be blown. 

Blood Road was a powerful documentary and I am so thankful that I caught its showing at the Avalon Theater. It just so happened that I found myself in a garage drinking with two vets from the mid 60's Vietnam era. The scenarios they painted were so bizarre for me to comprehend because they were both EIGHTEEN flipping years old.

This sunset photo was taken from on top of the Avalon Theater JUST after the completion of Blood Road. Rebecca Rusch set a local record out year about a year ago and I went into the movie ONLY knowing what I knew from the trailer. Seek Out This Documentary, please.

An Emergen-C before walking the Boy Dog. He was so funny that day. His little eyes squinted and his ears flipped back from my alcohol fueled breath breathing good morning greetings to him. He knew I was still intoxicated and he used every hair on his body to be patient with me. The Best Good Dog There

A horse and carriage just came rolling up 7th street the other night. Just your average summer of 2017  occasion. Nothing to see here....

My Fifth To Last Beer on Sunday. The way I saw it, should probably just consume the rest of the brew because I know I would have one Monday night IF it was there. So I took care of that situation and polished off the red wine so I wouldn't be tempted come Monday/Tuesday night.

So its still the Boy Dogs Birthday Month and another trail run is in the books. I'm two days sober and the Boy Dog is 15 days STOKED!!! He loves all the new treat boxes, the extra attention, just because car rides, and he is about to loose his puppy marbles because I am about to make up a batch of his favorite homemade biscuits. He supervises the SH*T out of me when he smells all those NATURAL & ORGANIC ingredients.

Current Update:
The gym treated me very well on Monday as a sub trainer taught Spintertainment in spin class. The video was from 3 major mountain passes in Europe that is used in the Tour de Giro. The views from this video was breath taking and caused me to spit out some crazy watts. Hung Over Crazy Watts. Rode 28 "miles" in the 50 min class with a max watt of 515 and an average wattage of 297 watts.

Before the class, Chest exercises, focused on form and happened to have weights that 10 reps were good enough. Before That, I stepped on the scale at 182.1 pounds. My race weight is 168 pounds. At the ends of June I was between 177 and 179. SO I am very surprised that I wasn't tipping into the 190's+!! I haven't lost much strength, just stamina. But very pleased with my weight and will be able to shed 5 pounds by the end of August no problem.

Today was a solid Back day and between clients and a meeting, passed on biceps to get the Boy Dog out and about. I'm thinking that I will hit shoulder and legs tomorrow and arms Thursday. Off on Friday and the Book It For Reading 5K on Saturday. 

The Boy Dog is keeping me young, I so enjoy riding my bike, and what happened to July?? Halfway through August??? Lets start eating more fruit. Lets enjoy our veggies. Lets stretch like nobody is watching. Damn, Its Been A Great Summer!!! Damn Good Summer!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Excellent Way To End The Week

Happy Flippin Friday!! So many things to be grateful for after this week. But most of all, I am so thankful for the Boy Dog. Damn, He IS Awesome!!

The Boy Dog wakes up happy every day and receives belly ups before we leave the bed. He still eats with enthusiasm twice a day. He stretches before every adventure, no matter how short it might be. He turns into a puppy whenever I return.

I had a really good week back in the gym after missing a majority of it in July. I was able to work in every muscle group and I continued to stay in control of every rep. Picked up a little soreness in the chest and biceps but nothing major.

Beyond stoked with Mother Nature as we have been in a Monsoon pattern for about 3 months now. Sure, I don't dig the humidity but the verity of clouds rolling through has been such a turn on.

Riding my bike has always been a joy but this past week has been epic. I haven't pissed and moaned about the head wind BOTH ways. I haven't invested any energy when a rider crosses my path without a wave of a hello or any kind of acknowledgement. I have been simply enjoying the moment and riding a weeeeeeeeeee bit stronger.

And BBQ'n ....... Love It!! I have had the best time hanging out back with the Boy Dog and turning veggies, not over cooking any dead animals, and watching everyones eyes when I walk in with perfectly smoked meals. Again, nobody loves BBQ'd food like the Boy Dog.

There is something to be said about GREAT beer. I have been frequently shopping at College Liquors here in GJ because they have a walk in cooler full of single beers. This is a nice way to try a brew without dropping a chunk of changes. A few would have pissed me off if I had purchased a 6'r. I was beyond stoked to see that our local Hula Hoppie was on sale and has been my goto this week. When I am thirsty that is. Wish they sold THIS brew because its by far my favorite!!!

The Dude is hosting tonight and then its Radio Days down at Kannah Creek. A number of live bands and for me its a great place because I can't stand their beer. Its been crap and always has been. BUT... BUT ... They are such solid community supporters!! They support ALL kinds of local organizations here in the valley. Doesn't mean I will buy their specially brewed 300 Watt Ale but I look forward to seeing everyone.This is a yearly event and I haven't missed one yet. Even back in the day when they created the 16 Watt Ale. Now we are pushing 300 Watts at the station but the 300 Watt Ale TOTALLY blows. It always cracks me up to see the reactions when someone first sips that ale for the first time.

Having said that, its always a great day with fun people and loads of photos. That means that today will be a chest and legs day, tomorrow will be back and arms, and then Sunday will be a hike on the Grand Mesa with the Boy Dog after I drop the twins off at the airport.