Wednesday, March 31, 2010

40.26 @ 19

blahblahblah Mid 70's, winds from the south at 25 gusting to 36… finished with 28 @ 20.1 for the group portion.

gather Gene Hell yeah:

ohyeah Camera stayed in the jersey pocket most of the ride with the high winds making bike handling a bit squirrelly. Managed to get a fly-by video after the sprint regroup.

riders I think the smile is from imaging how many of us are gonna eat his dust:

Backside of the first of two echelons going out:


I thought I positioned well and hung on the fast pack for a bit but was underpowered and assumed my position solidly off the back. There were plenty of stout, early season attacks to cover. I stayed in it and passed a few others, collected up Jason and worked together to remain in semi-close contact. I could notice a difference in effort to push these Rolfs on gp4000s versus the old setup on leadcases.

offtheback Fast pack at the end of the ride, pretty sure the guy on the red Cannondale and white U. Illinois jersey is the local Olympic speed skater. Watching his sprint effort was pretty nuts, was like a freight train. Lots of woosh-woosh rubber ripping at road during acceleration noises today.

fastkids Good ride.

It's Flanders week !

Let it go, this too shall pass.

Ryan Adams - Pearls on a String


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Joy Production

morn 30° to start finishing in the low 60’s. Feels like I’m hitting some kind of stride even though I visit the past in daily ruminations. I suppose it’s my mind’s way of squeezing every last drop of learning from significant experiences, making sure I really learn the lessons so as not to repeat them … a studying of the maps. Challenging lately to choose a path of manageable resistance that leaves no regrets. Focusing on what’s important, finding progression, easing the critical thoughts, being thankful for the gifts I have and trying to put myself in other’s shoes are a few of the major themes lately.

Allergy season is on:bloomin Campus vandalism:graf Art in the wild?shadows Bike watch for a lunch buddy while he grabs his sandwich:bikebuddies This little number caught my eye:reno Something about riding on the sidewalk here feels wrong so I sit and wait too:waiting Mid 70’s for tomorrows ride and rain for the practice race Saturday.  Who knows, maybe I’ll feel good and have something for the fast kids.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Melancholy Sound Check

eastward       34° for the ride in today didn’t feel like the 34° of last month … more like 34° with no teeth, I’ll take it.  Got buzzed really close by a few people after 5. Wonder if the driver hostility index is going up. I could sense definite irritation at my presence in the lane. How dare I.


It's funny how you think you know someone and then through a series of events their shadow sides get lit up and you learn more. I suppose anyone with a presence has a shadow.


Weekend rides leave at 8 now ... ugh. Gotta’ want it.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Felt like 77 @ 17.7

Thought I’d do a comparison shot from 11/08 on a break from the garden toiling since it got some sexy new shoes.current rear rearquarter frontquarterr face dooor door doorr taxies entry early edge heuchera unknown thomthumb

Watched the race of truth efforts for the Criterium International. Impressive.

Win: ( just a small sampling of the link flurry that is frsico)

needs debadging:

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ghosts Appear and Fade Away

lupine columbine press moss Dug 4 large clumps of hosta, planted ~10 divisions and returned home with the rest :


mosses sedum unknown sedums Found this on the card from earlier:

jr Feels like I did a fast 60, new muscle groups firing with the digging. Got some of the mulching, trimming and edging done. Need to finish up strong tomorrow.