Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Cycling on Through



Dallas Divide - Mt Snuffles on the Left  
DANCING ALONG:

Dancing on the pedals is simply enjoyable. The freedom of riding in any direction at any point in time, righteous. Been focusing on driving my legs with the strength provided by my hips. I know my teeter-totter butt must look really funny from behind but who cares, RIGHT?? Plus, I am very comfortable with my full range of motion throughout my lower legs and ankles these days. Sometimes its just for the movement of it and other times its while powering out some watts. No Rhythm Or Reason

A Little Red Curry 
So I am cruising along with the crisp morning air fueling my cardio vascular system and the day quickly became the Wild Animal Kingdom Tour. Bald & Golden Eagles soared along the Colorado River, Beavers swam the narrow channels, Osprey circles above while the Turkey Vultures bothered them the whole time, darting rabbits scurried into the under brush, Blue Herons became aware of my existence & took flight, and grasshoppers were every where. One grasshopper flew along like a drunken good ol Saturday night with me and lands directly in front of my lead wheel. SPLAT!!! Its guts totally coats my right shin. So Gross

The Basket Is Dead Center of This Photo 

RADIO SHOW:

What An Experience!! If I was hosting my first ever show, I don't think that I would ever do it again. Right out of the gate, two people with two different types of distractions. Then, my iPhone took over my Mac. Crazy!! Any text "bing" on my Mac and over the airwaves, received a phone call and the FACETIME App opened up on my MAC, and then every possible window popped opened to ask about sync , allow, etc AND If that wasn't bad enough, an advisor board held a meeting in the other room which offered up all kinds of interruptions. How I Prevailed, Never Know!?! Anyway, it was a pretty damn diverse bluegrass and beyond show. Here is the LINK for the next two weeks. The highlight for me was the amount of transvalue phone calls. Loads of folks are regular listeners to Veta's Bluegrass and Beyond Show. They Clearly Appreciated My Wing-Nut The Style

Another Batch of Cleaner Yogurt 


ORTHO:

An older lady at the store dropped her grocery list on the laminated floor. Her fingers just wouldn't operate they way they used to and she wasn't able to retrieve her list. I happily picked up and handed her the fallen list. We chatted and I offer to work with her hand for a moment. She was skeptical but allowed me the opportunity. After reorganizing her digits, the smile across her face was unforgettable. She closed her hand "for the first time in years" and showed me her fist. Pure Relief



Be You And Think Of Others First,
Cheers

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday The 13th AND A Full Harvest Moon


August was just one of those months and I am beyond thankful I made it through. I wanted to wear my piss pants all month but another perspective altered my state of mind and my big boy pants were found. A friend of mine was diagnosed with lung cancer AND the first round of treatment was rejected by his own bodies immune system. Phuc


AUGUST NUMBERS

Hours - 56 of them
Miles - 664
PR's - 33 but most of those were recorded in Paonia on the same single track sections
Activities - 40
Hiking - 42 miles - Isn't That Always The Number
Travel - 4 Days
Days Off The Bike - 2
Push Ups - 2,200


RADIO SHOW
This show predominantly kicked A$$ despite me and my running at the mouth dialog. I made so many boneheaded statements and kinda wished I hadn't spewed over the airwaves. For example, I said Robert Plant when I was about to play Robert Palmer. Stupid Sh*T Like That!! What The Flock Of Seagulls?!?!? This particular Radio Rapture ( click that link to stream for next two weeks ) showcased Classic Rock, Shel Silverstein poetry/spoken word, and I pushed the edge in hopes that only my shoes would be discovered behind the board afterwards. If you allow yourself to stream over the course of the next two weeks, you shall be treated to a shakespearian journey. I aired the great Jimi, The Association - Along Came Mary, Santana - Primera, Stephen Stills - Sit Yourself Down, Todd Rundgren - Black & White, Cream - Swlabr, Jethro Tull - Mother Goose, Robert Plant - 29 palms, Robert Palmer - Sneakin Sally Through The Alley, The Band - Daniel & The Sacred Harp, and my very own creative mix of Jefferson Airplane/The Blueman Group mash up of White Rabbit. Hell, That's Worthy Of A Listen In Itself. Oh Baby


ORTHO

Check out my spirit animal. This taxidermy owl hovers on the wall at the Highline State Park and I couldn't pass up that opportunity. Just over a decade ago, during a personal facilitation class, we executed a meditation exercise regarding our Medicine Animal. You wouldn't believe what prevailed that time. Less than a year later, another Spirit Animal guided meditation produced an owl in flight in my third eye.


So why share this??? Well, it all ties in with a rescript session with a troubled client. They experienced a traumatic ( very mild in the bigger picture ) incident and this shows up in their Rhomboids, Subscapularis, and Erectors in general. And in the body metaphor world, In The Past.


We worked through about a 30 minute "vision" quest together. Their eyes were closed and I guided them through a "forest" with possibly different outcomes from what they were "dealing" with. About 10 minutes or so, we reached a standard point of choices, I was surprised by what rolled over their tongue. Later, while we began the return to the table, office, and session in general, their shoulders began a shimmy shimmy shake, their neck elongated with a chin protraction movement, their hips to their feet rolled out from a medial orientation to laterally outward position. They even made the comment," I have never taken a breath like that before." That session was more rewarding than just an exchange of payment. It Was Rejuvenating



GOALS
  1. Adding In Longer Rides While Chasing Shorter Days
  2. 3,000 Push Ups For The Month
  3. 100 Miler 
  4. Maintain Composure Next Week
  5. Spend Some Quality Time Above Tree-Line Before The Flakes Fall  



Until Next Entry, Stay Strong Folks
Cheers

Monday, September 2, 2019

Foothills of the Contenital Divide

WEDNESDAY


I scored a lovely house sitting gig through Labor Day Weekend. And this place is absolutely magical in every way , shape , and form. My duties include watering and feeding all the live stock , irrigating the gardens as they grow their own food , and making sure that The Cat is spoiled and content. My Ideal Job


After fulfilling my chores upon arrival, time to get rowdy, off on the 575 I rode. Had planed on about an hour and a half or so ride.


These trails are beyond dry and dusty but I didn't mind. What did hurt was the 1,800ft/548meters of climbing right out of the gate. LITERALLY, out of the gate. The trail head is just past a residential neighborhood and through a large green cattle gate. Let The Single Track Navigating Begin


I did end up a little lost but nothing to panic about. I could see the cosy little town down below so I knew that if I continued following the sun I would eventually find my way back home. Overall, a beautiful 2 hr 38 min loop. Just Shy Of 2,500ft/762m Climbing For The Day


The Milky Way, millions and millions of our ancestors have stared straight up into the night sky and identified these same gas light formations projected by billions of galaxies. Those folks that migrated across the Bering Strait, they recognized that same gas filled sky line. That night, while I sat on my bike outside of a pizza joint listening to a local band jazz up cover tunes, I gazed up to enjoy that same beautiful moonless Milky Way Galaxy. Shooting Stars??? U Know It

THURSDAY



Turned myself inside & out. This climb hits double digit percentages on the steepness front. It Phuc-N Hurt!! I succumbed to the pain and stopped twice in the last .5 of a mile before the top. I didn't walk the 14% grade, only stopped, wiped sweat from my eyes, took on some fuel, and then rode to the obligatory signage photo opportunity. Talk about burning quads under thin air conditions. Yikes!! Ended up riding 33.32 miles , concurred 2,971ft/905meters of climbing , top speed on the decent of 48.7mph/78.38kmh into a headwind of course , and recording 2 hr 30min 27seconds in the saddle. Moving Time That Is


Numerous birds chirped from the thick lush roadside brush , Wild Perennial Silver Lupine , Desert Mule's Ear , Ballad Head Sandwort , and Rocky Mountain Penstemon dotted the hillsides , minimal traffic in both directions , and a crystal clear snow melted cold Gunnison River meandered right on by. That's The Definition Of A Happy Place


At the time, I was unaware of the snot hanging out. I was actually trying to focus on capturing the snow on Mt Treasury. That mountain peak is just outside of Marble Colorado and I was standing on the north face of McClure Pass that I just rode over. Here it is August 29th and there is still snow on the peaks and colorfully vivid wildflowers are blooming!!! Unreal


FRIDAY



This would be my new favorite chair. Not so much the chair but the surrounding views. That chicken behind the Dave Davis Art Piece was a little iPhone6 shy but the bees were in full on action mode. I never knew that honey bees fly in formations as if they were in commercial airline patterns. Its Bitchin , Fascinating , & Beyond Graceful


When friends know ya, they leave a 6'r on the top shelf for your arrival. I so giggled when I opened their refrigerator to unload my ice chest. I knew I would be spending hours burning up the legs and consciously ONLY packed food in my cooler. Purposely Passed On Bringing Up Any Grog


Just look at that colluvial soil with gradient sloping. Bet it makes a Geologist's heart sing.


And these colors!!!! Sipping my morning joe to this scenery is breath taking. All day long its Honey Bees , Silver Skippers butterflies , Mexican Cloud Wing butterflies , common Monarch butterflies , and my favorite Painted Lady butterflies , orange and blue dragonflies , hummingbirds swooping in for a quick feeding , and a wild of assortment of colorful birds that come and go. Its A Living Wild Kingdom Here


This humble abode even plays host to these friendly dinosaurs. They totally followed me around like curious little dogs. I always took the time to throw out a little cup of scratch when I walk by their coop. Very Pleased They Are


I rode with this guy and he flat out kicked my A$$. Yes, my legs were a bit dodgy from the road ride the day before but turns out that this was a perspective ride that I needed. I know where I stand, what I should be focusing on, and what I need to improve on before the end of the year rolls around.

SATURDAY


Saturday morning started off with a casual walk over to the old train station that has been converted into yoga studios , useable office space , and who knows what else. I was there for the 11:30 Yoga Class and that turned out to be a very sleepy stretching class. Totally Fine By Me As I Breathed Through Some Tightens


After scoring on the freshly picked veggie front, stumbled upon a $6.50 matinee. The Paradise Theater was showing Once Upon A Time In Hollywood for $6.50!!! Oh Hell Yes!! ONLY if you are a Quentin Tarantino fan, you gotta take this one in on the big screen. Sure Hope You Catch It At $6.50



The Last Day Of The Boy Dogs Birthday Month, Cheers Boy


SUNDAY


Just could not fall asleep the night before, racing my mind went. Upcoming events , traveling , The Boy Dog , and who knows what else, drifted off well after 2am to the soundtrack provided by an orchestra of cricket stridulating. There ARE three styles of crickets chirping in the evening. Oh Baby


Windy morning to the start but those stratocumulus clouds provided the right amount of shade. I could feel the heat rising from arid soil while riding the day before and knew that there would be more of the same if I didn't get on it. Cooler morning temps were my sole motivation for rolling the 575 around Jumbo Mountain. Dug Deep And Rode Strong


The lizards were darker than the high desert ones we house in GJ and seemed much more spooked by my presences. Grasshoppers took flight along the trail and I don't know if it was my jersey that day, the color of my helmet, or stupid luck but I lost count on how many of them bounced of my noggin. Besides for them, this whole recreation area is completely quiet, still, and showcases new found beauty over every ridge line. I Mean Look At It


However, riding those trails were flipping grueling!! Grabbing the granny gear and grinding away felt empowering as the next crest became reality. Sure, it would be nice to ride with someone but just because I am all alone doesn't mean I am lonely.

MONDAY



This morning was quite chilly and I took advantage of the mosquito-less garden by harvesting an army of veggies. The smell of dill was so delightful that it literally slapped the pickling idea right up side my head. Fresh array of peppers, firm lemon and traditional cucumbers, flowering dill, and a couple unearthed bulbs of garlic were cleaned and prepped for their boiling vinegar bath. Outstanding


How about that action?!?!?! Those two ice cubes wedged perfectly across the lip of that pint glass. Call me Bat Sh*T Crazy but I thinks that it's pretty damn cool. Oh, how could I forget?? Taking care of this cutie. She tried so hard to be a cat but I really pissed her off by not falling for her demands. First thing every morning, she cried for wet food. So I would go feed the chickens. She would come rub up my leg while I was at the table or doing dishes, so I walked over to the couch. By about day number three, she ate all of her food. Some thing her humans hesitantly informed me she wasn't doing. They have no reason to worry her digestion track. She Is A Happy Eater


So this is the best of my recollection from the past fulfilling six days. Hydrating, eating, riding, cooking, eating, riding, hydrating, eating, canning, and repeating. YES!! Not Just Yes But Phuc YES

Cheers

Friday, August 23, 2019

How Is It The 23rd Already

I Just Noticed Last Night That It Was Dark Before The 9pm Hour.


ORTHO:
There are so many fascinating and exceptional clients in the Ortho world. One particular client is a stud runner and is currently working on a PR in Berlin. They "causally" ran a sub 2:45 at Boston and is looking at a possible sub 2:30 in Berlin. Flipping Crazy

Photo For The Mountain Liama
But more than that, They Are Just Good People. Another wonderful client suffered from low back issues and after a couple of Psoas releases, we fine tune about every other month now.


I started promoting Lymphatic work with relations to air travel many moons ago. Meaning, benefits of a healthy and stronger immune system. This past winter is when FINALLY saw a shift and all the advertising has begun to pay off. Plus, I Enjoy The Style Of This Work


This is what I have labeled the Clean Out sushi rolls. I literally pull out ALL the leftovers and roll them all up in rice/seaweed noir sheets. Been purchasing Wasabi powder from Carol's Market for almost 20 years now. And Talk About Polite Folks


This Grand Valley is really growing with talented transplants. Granted, there are some real knuckleheads as well but I tend to cross pollinate with like minded groups. A new client from SLC was experiencing migraine headaches for years and heard about my abilities. Lucky for the both of us, headache free for the entire Summer. So Far


Then , there is this sweet little girl. Her tired little eye is actually jammed up against that slab of wood. She took a shine on me and kept me in her sights during any of my movements. When she wasn't dreaming that is. The other dogs from the pack were just ok with my presence but nothing like this one. What A Smile On This Cutie


RADIO SHOW:
Subbed in on a late night (Aug 21st) show under short notice and totally enjoyed myself. This LINK HERE is good for two weeks. I opened the show with a classic Caddyshack ( 1980 ) clip mixed with a well timed Grateful Dead's I Need A Miracle ( 1977 ). Other quotes from An American in Werewolf from London ( 1981 ). The one and only Cool Hand Luke ( 1967 ) clip for sure. Sprinkled in a taster from The Shining ( 1980 ) and Bluto's Speech from Animal House ( 1978 ).

June 2019

Music throughout the show includes Paul Simon's Me And Julio Down by the School Yard, Sturgill Simpson's Sing Along, A Live Acoustic Nirvana, Little Feat, and a couple other hidden delights. I AM Interested In Your Feedback

August 2019 

CYCLING:
Riding flat fast river trails and Palisade Farm Lands lately. Very little MTB due to the fact that from now until the end of the month will be single track mornings and road rides in the evenings. Beyond Stoked To Share With YOU

GJ Rockies Rookie League Last Tuesday Night 
My week day morning rides are littered with tempo sections and high cadence intervals. Weekends are just for spinning out the legs without much effort while averaging the 40mi/64.3km out & back rides. Been this way during August because of the higher weekend usage of the River Trail ( MAP HERE ). No need to pick up the pace right before a stroller baby causes a slow down. However, I Do NOT Mind Sharing These Trails 


After a casual ride on Monday, attended a special non thanksgiving THANX-Giving dinner. It was another August Birthday Party but with quite the extra flare. I did NOT cook this bird but was asked to perform the carving duties. This was my presentation. I placed all the thigh/leg meat under the bacon there. Surrounded the fresh thai basil with all the white/breast meat. I was told ( in a joking tone ) after placing the platter here on the counter that I was severely missing color. So thats why I smashed in the tomato and took a photo.


Here is an amazing moment in time for me - Its A Collage of The Boy Dog & Ol Grandpa Smokey
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And One Perfect Picture Of A Very Depressed Shadow Boy Because Gramps Is Hogging The Couch


And NoW I Leave YOU With This! Yes, there are thousands of MTB videos and freestyle videos and adventure clips BUT THIS ONE IS THE BEST THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN. This is a ten minute video from ALL around the world. No running dialog, just pure beauty. The opening scene / location is breath taking!!! And wait for the ride on Mars. Its Mind Bending

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Life Moves Pretty Fast. If You Don't Stop And Look Around Once In Awhile, You Could Miss It.
 ~ Farris Bueller

Cheers




Friday, August 2, 2019

July's Numbers & Manifesting My 2020 Race Schedule


Shadow Boy - aka The Boy Dog
NUMBERS:

Bike   - 536mi
Run    - Nope ( Have Hiked, Swam, And Coarse Marked But No Garmin/Technology Action )
Hours - 39
Activities - 37
PR's    -  10
Traveling Days - 12
Towns - 5 - Meeker , Marble , Frisco , Aspen , Paonia , & Ridgeway
Year To Date Towards The 10,000km Club in the UK 3,839.1mi / 6,165km

RADIO SHOW:

Pretty stoked about the upcoming Tropical Air Show tonight at 6:30pm MT Time Zone. There is a gal that gave up the time slot and I am subbing in. I made it perfectly clear that this would be just a one time program and I am not interested in jumping in that systematically scheduled rotation. Simply Happy To Sub


You will be able to stream live HERE and Web Cam HERE. The "Angelcam" may take a few minutes to connect but its an HD Cam. I bring this up because the monitor at the station is very pixilated but The Twins showed me their HD iPhone connection. Like WoW!! I Had No Idea

I have compiled groovy tunes from the Caribbean , Hawaiian Islands , Fiji , South American Salsa Steps, and A Sprinkle or Two of Steel Drum Fueled Reggae. Its only a two and half hour slot so will focus on my game before I arrive. Yes, That Fired Up

UPDATE HERE ON AUG 3RD - LINK TO MY FRIDAY'S SHOW - https://www.radiofreeamerica.com/show/tropical-air-1-kafm-community-radio - this link will NOT  open a new window like the other links in this post - Just so you know - and yes, I corrected a few mistakes this morning per proof reading - oops
Starts off with a Reverend Freakchild Promo Regarding His Upcoming Concert

ORTHO:

Outstanding session with a little person that suffers from migraine headaches. I allowed mom to lay on the table and adjusted her ankles and toes. This is my go to for settling a little ones nervous system. Working with their vagus nerve, a complete calming filled the space. Even mom was able to "sense" what has going on but I felt there to be more.

A regret reflex entered my mind so I went with it. Earlier that morning I was looking for my damn water bottle. I recalled the anxiousness of searching and played it my mind there times. As I felt my own system build, Oh YES, There It Is!! Found It. On the third play, their whole right side melted into the table with a relaxing roll out. That tiny big toe went from pointing straight up to a lateral flop meeting the tables surface. Followed by a huge breath

Their little eyes rolled up at me and asked," Am I done?"
"Absolutely." I said with a smile
Mom sends a text that evening their child has been "Firing On All Cylinders."
Somewhere in that conversation, I made note to offer them a glass of water with an Emergen-C in the morning. Minerals Are A Good Thing

Runner's Knee - WoW - Been seeing a lot of it this summer. Lucky for me, its my favorite part of the muscle train these days.


CYCLING:

Enjoying the Lunch Loop Trail System Again. Been tackling single track that I never took the Boy Dog on. Some of the trails are designed with hikers in mind but some trails are MTB only. Thats totally my opinion

The trails are super fast these days and I am climbing much better. There is enough technical stuff that my focus stays constant. Maneuvering pretty fluid around some of the janky stuff and happily Hike-A-Bike when needed. But here is were I suffered sadly enough. I have a bit of a weight problem at the moment - 186.2lbs / 84.3 kg / 13.2 stones. Maybe I Should Camp Out On Red Wine For Awhile

Rode through the farm lands and those workers are killing themselves this year battling weeds, bugs, and broken branches from the shear volume. Healthy Spring rains and very cool temperatures before the late July Summer heat can be a real witch with a capital B. Those Famous Palisade Peaches are slated to be chalk full of sweet sugar. The GOOD Sugar

July's Thirst Quencher & Happy Little Taste Buds  


2020 Ideal Race Itinerary:

Bryce Canyon Ultra - 30K
Carson City - 35
Leadville - Silver Rush 50
Telluride - 100
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** Now For The Heavy Stuff ** No Need To Read ** Just Cataloging An Entry On My Timeline ** Move Along Now ** Nothing Here To See **

August 1st was always the first day of The Boy Dog's Birthday Month. I also believe that Jerry would have turned 77??? Maybe. Mother Nature rolled in around 4:30am and the rumble of thunder woke me up. Went for a wiz and my mind was in scattered brain mode.


So what does one do, easy, they watch the 1974 Mel Brooks YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. What A Flick!! I giggled while I held my cup of joe with two hands. Breakfast consisted of my homemade yogurt, almonds, granola, sunflower seeds, a cut up banana, and raisins. The Boy Dog would have been 14 years old and every year I made a big deal about his Birthday Month. So 14 x 7 = 98 and on the bike I jumped.


Somewhere around the 20 mile mark, Mother Nature unleashed once again and soaked me to the bone. By no means was it a cold rain. Just as the rain began to lighten up, a Bald Eagle flew along the Mighty Colorado River towards me. I gobbled down a few Organic Energy Chews that Honey Stinger produced. The water and the stinger aided me back to change out my soggy kit and refuel with two fish tacos. Whipped up some tilapia the night before. Beans, rice, avocado, cabbage, and home made salsa on a fresh homemade tortilla hit the spot. 42 miles in


Not very far along, an Ophspar wrestled with a snake in mid flight. I haven't seen an Ophspar around here in years. With all the rain this past fall, heavy wet snow this winter, and a mild spring has led to a plethora of critters and wild life in general. Like cute little bunnies everywhere along the River Trail. My spirits were high and my hydration was spot on. Those next 40 miles were ALMOST effortless. I consumed a mango orange Organic Energy Gel while I meandered on down the trail. That might have been the time I sang Whiskey River while riding along the Mighty Muddy Colorado River.


I think that something that really helped was opening a jar of pickled cucumbers from last years harvest. My X-Mas gifts last winter, I pickled cucumbers, each jar had a bulb of organic garlic, and fresh dill plants out of my OM garden. I scarfed down three pickles, a turkey sandwich with fresh sprouts, jack cheese, and another avocado. On the way out, same kit this time, I pounded a V8 Pineapple Coconut Energy. They sponsored the GJ Off-Road Endurance Race.


The last marathon distance went pretty well. My left elbow was bothering me but that could have stemmed from my motorcycle accident way back when. My butt was tired of sitting but my mind was in fairly good shape. Maybe I finally found the right playlist. My hydration was excellent and no cramps were in my future. My only complaint was the headwind on the return trip. It Sucked but I continued to tell myself that it was only The Boy Dog pushing me through. I always liked that saying about when you feel the wind, its someone thinking of ya. In Fact, I Love That


SO after 8 hours of moving time, I honored The Boy Dog with a 98 mile ride to start the first day of his birthday month. I did have a couple of emotional moments but no tears were shed. I recalled our Summer trips, vet trips with for a paw or lacerated eye lid, and belly rubs under a blanket of stars. But no real sadness. As I write this, tears. Phuc Me I Miss Him


Think of others first and allow memories from your friends to console your cheeks from the breeze of blowing winds.

Cheers