Monday, October 27, 2008

Back in the Sticks

After a GREAT time at the matrimonio de Maggipannetone, I headed back to base in Evanston, WY for another week of work in Northern Utah. Welcome back TV!!! the best thing about staying in hotels is hands down the TV. Am I wrong? Am I wrong?

After work today I got in a nice ride on the Monte Cristo road which goes between Woodruff and Huntsville, Utah. It was so awesome and beautiful. And there were about 5 cars in the 2 hours I was out there. But we are losing daylight fast, and post work rides are probably about to be obsolete till 2009 pretty soon here. Anyway, if you ever find yourself in Rich County Utah, make sure you check out this ride. Head west at the country store in Woodruff, there is a turnout at about mile marker 65. Start heading up and prepare for the goods. It is so cool. Rode home to a gorgeous sunset, freezing temps and kamikaze bunnies. I'm back in my TV I mean hotel room so I've got to go. Lates updates on Sarah Palin's 2012 campaign efforts. There is so much to say about that debacle I'll simply sign off on that note...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Another day in O-town

Yesterday was the 4th Utah Cyclocross Series race. Held at my favorite venue--Fort Buenaventura (also my favorite named venue), the course was LONG with 2 pavement sections, a bridge crossing and a log to ride over. This log was way better than the one last week at the fairgrounds. I guess better means easier.

Having been out of town all week, my cross bike had been neglected. Shifting wasn't really happening too well, and I discovered I had a flat in the morning when I was getting ready to leave. I didn't have any cross tubes, so I put in a roadie tube--I figured that the tire-rim strip would give it extra protection.

Anyway, Lizzie picked me up and we headed to Ogden together. Lizzie took 3rd in her 3rd cross race. It was awesome. They had a great field, and she definitely had 2nd totally in her sights. The awesome race promoters had the C's do 3 laps instead of 2. They were jazzed about it!! I think they should start them ahead of the juniors though. It is awesome seeing people get into the sport.

I did the men's Bs again. It was awesome to ride with those guys. It is so different to ride with the men (at least for the first few laps) when there are so many people and they ride really aggressive. Its also a great opportunity for me to just get more time riding my cross bike in race conditions. Then I lined up with the women, and felt like I was falling asleep on the start line. There were some conspicous absences--Dayna and Kris were racing elsewhere. Word on the street is that Dayna won the B race in Louisville which is awesome!

But there were plenty of studettes lined up all the same including raging newcomer Nathalie, teammate PB, Erika, Jenelle, Jennie and Tayler. I have to say again how FANTASTIC it is to have all these women showing for the A races. I remember the first cross race I ever showed up for in Utah, and I was the ONLY woman! The fields would be just a few women. It was still a blast...but it is SO MUCH better having a mix of the roadies, mountain bikers, and the true cross specialists. We may not be Portland or Boston--but I think we've come a long way here in SLC! There used to be a UCI race in SLC--I think it was before I was really doing cross---Now seems like a great time to resurrect that event!

In the women's race, I let Nathalie pull for the 1st lap and then I attacked and got a gap. And though Nathalie flatted after I attacked (I didn't know she had flatted)--she still did a huge rally to close the gap and catch me just before the LAST LAP! Really impressive. PB and Erika were in hot pursuit, about 20 seconds back. I had noticed that my front tire seemed a little soft in the men's race and I had pumped it up before the women's race. Unfortunately for me it went from soft to totally flat on the last lap. Nathalie pulled away, Erika and PB passed me and then I rode the flat in for 4th. An interesting dynamic race! Jennie went down in a crash and was unable to finish. That girl is balls to the wall and she loves to push the envelope. In my first years road racing I had a couple of stacks in corners because I was always trying to see how fast I could take them. Crashing sucks--but pushing your limits is awesome. I think in my old age I've definitely lost that a little bit...especially riding on dirt. I like going fast--but I'm really not interested in the consequences of laying it out in the corners. Still want to improve though. Here's sending the healing vibes out to Jennie.

Got to shoot the shit a little bit with the hubs de KS--Pepe Sherwin. Rode a lap with him in warm up...Now that's a guy I want to learn from. He has been winning the Master's Men's Bs (and they are a fast field) and the guy does NOT train. Maybe some of his wife's burliness rubs off on him...but he is probably the most efficient rider out there (after Bart). It is so cool and impressive.

Back in SLC, I constructed our flagstone walk in the front yard (it will definitely test your ankle strength b/c it kind of leans to the right) and then Lizzie and I yoga'ed at Centered City. Had awesome post-shavasana drinks and dinner with the DBs, Woody and NOB. A pomegranate martini at the Red Door (anti-oxidants) followed by a night cap at the new casa di NOB. Oh and then another night cap at casa Woody. A good day and even better night.

I head back to Evanston again today after Maggipannetone's wedding. Then to Boulder to hang with the SLEAZE and other peeps---and MAYBE do the UCI races there (I gotta admit I'm really not feelin it at this point--but we'll see). Definitely starting to feel the powder vibes, I must say. Here's a genuflection to the Norse God of Flakes. Think jet stream break offs!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Hangin in the Equality State

After a GREAT mountain bike ride on Sunday with the hubs, NOB, the dbs and Becky P, I charted a course for Evanston, Wyoming as I had to work in rural Utah for the week. Evanston was the "closest" place to where we were working. It was an interesting week. It was a challenge to try to eat normal and *try* to train. My colleagues humored me and let me bring my bike to Randolph, Utah one day so I could ride back to Evanston. It was 30 miles of no shoulder, wind and once I crossed the Wyoming state line--HORRIBLE roads. If anyone has ever done the High Uintas road race which goes from Kamas to Evanston, you know what I'm talking about--trying to walk the tightrope between rumble strip and broken glass with a big crack about every 20 feet. Did I mention the wind? On my big 30 mile ride day, I stopped at a gas station/bar to use the potty. Though I was in there for about 30 seconds, my clothes managed to reek like smoke (and I wasn't even in the bar!).

Wyoming is known as the cowboy state, its also known as the equality state since its the first state that gave women the vote and right to serve on juries. The hubs and I don't have a TV that actually gets any channels---so I was GLUED to CNN (and of course just normal crappy tv too--who knew Saved by the Bell was still on the air??). That is the only good thing about hotels--TV! Anyway, it was interesting to be watching the election countdown while hanging out in the equality state since here, for the first time, we could have a woman as VP that would probably undo the progress feminists have worked for in recent memory--not to mention same sex couples and minorities. I actually tried to watch Fox, so I could get the perspective of the other side. And I'm sorry--it was just too difficult. When you go from articulate, intelligent Larry King and Rachel Maddow to the jingoism and narrow-mindedness of what seems to be on Fox most of the time--its kind of tough to try to make yourself listen to what they have to say. But I tried and will continue to try to have respect for the views of those with which I don't necessarily agree. (Though it doesn't seem like it--I do want to try to listen!)

But when you watch the politicial commentary, it does sort of all start to sound the same. One thing that stuck in my mind was Arianna Huffington talking about Sarah Palin. She basically said that there was no way Sarah Palin should be a political leader--but she HAS shown the world that she is incredibly talented and definitely has a future in entertainment. Spot on IMHO.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Double Down in Ogdenistan

Utah cyclocross race #3 was at the Weber County Fairgrounds. It was a great course with 2 dismount sections. Kris W and I did the Men's B race before the Women's A race. I was on the fence about it--because I'm supposed to be doing this for FUN. But I'm totally glad I did. It was awesome racing with the B men. I use the term "racing" somewhat loosely. I would say Kris was racing--I was riding pretty hard. It was great to dice it up with the B men. Much closer to what UCI cross races are like. After the Men's race, I laid in the back of my car for about 20 minutes and then lined up for the women's A race. I just have to say that it is SO cool having these big women's fields! The B women have had double digits since the first race I think, and the A women's numbers have been growing. Not only is there an increase in quantity, but an increase in quality for sure!! Jennie W launched right out of the gates and put the hammer down. Her teammate Dayna was RIGHT on her wheel. Then it was me, Kris W and newcomer Nathalie with Erika and the other hammers in hot pursuit. The group got whittled down to Kris, Nathalie and me. Sly was out there handing out dollars---I grabbed a dollar and Kris TOOK OFF while I was shoving my hard earned greenbacks in my pocket. Nathalie and I worked together to try to catch her---but she was living in the cottage of wattage and just powered away. Nathalie had the bad luck to flat 2x and wasn't able to finish. I limped in for 2nd.

On the way home I chowed down on the quiche I had procured from that new bakery next to Trio. Yeah, its good stuff. PS, JEM recently introduced me to the delight of Trio brekkie too! Total fan of that place. Came home and I am thoroughly WORKED---but psyched...true to my promise to some of my few loyal readers--I had FUN today. Doing the 2 races was great, will definitely try to do that again next weekend. Not that I would call it *training*; but it will be good prep for the UCI races in Boulder in a few weeks which I'm planning to do (while visiting bro Glenn, Fritz and Dave and a bunch of other people). Well let's just be honest--to that extent that I'm riding hard at all right now--its so I don't get a total ass kicking in Boulder. Come to think of it, I'll probably get my ass kicked no matter what--so I guess that's just a license to really let my hair down in Boulder on Halloween weekend and not worry about how it'll make me feel the next day at the race.

OK, a little nappy, and then there was some talk about checking out some SLC roller derby tonight. I was telling the hubs I thought I'd probably be pretty good at it...but he just stated the fact that the track isn't banked...its flat and they're on roller SKATES not rollerblades (ergo NO similarity to riding 2 wheels). I wonder if those girls make money at it...That's where sly should be handin out the $$....

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"There's no proof a car hit him..."

The Trib reports in today's paper that a 64 year old cyclist from Vermont was found dead in the road. This blue state resident was riding near Castleton and it was determined he died around 5 pm on Monday. The Grand County Sheriff's office said he was on a road bike, wearing a helmet, but "there's no proof a car him him."

OK readers. Feel free to to totally contradict me here. But can someone first explain what proof is required to show a car hits a cyclist that is found f-*&%$* dead in the road, wearing a helmet? Like must the proof be a car with a body imprint on the scene? Or maybe 10 witnesses that saw the a-hole drive off? I'm sorry but that explanation requires more. Maybe he had a heart attack, maybe he swerved to avoid some wildlife---or a wild driver? This makes me so mad. Maybe there is a perfectly reasonable explanation--but having ridden on so many different roads around the country for many many years---I find it strains credulity to say a cyclist wearing a helmet was found dead in the road and there's no proof a car hit him or her. I guess its accurate to say there's no proof. I'd just like to know a little more about the investigative techniques that yield that conclusion. Such as there was no metal or glass or because the vehicle wasn't around. It is super remote in that area--you could definitely mow down a cyclist and not worry about anyone seeing you. Although witnesses don't seems to stop many people from doing just that.

I guess I am just very dissatisfied with the information I've been presented. I'm open to hearing more. But until I hear more---I'll continue to believe what I believe, based on my own experience.

When the hubs and I were driving to Sun Valley this summer on the hell hole northbound I-15 we saw a sight that was disturbing....It was about 10 billion degrees, everyone was driving like an asshole and traffic was barely moving. There was a total jalopy white van being driven by a seriously grizzled looking dude. He had the windows rolled down (doubt the AC was working in that fine vehicle) and was flipping off everyone on the I-15. He kept gesturing to the everyone to roll down their windows and then would flip that universal sign with GUSTO! Maybe he thought everyone was lame for emitting those greenhouse gases with our ACs. Maybe he was just flipping off the lameness of everyone driving like an a-hole...who knows. I just know that the hubs and I both thought he was crazy. Though I found myself sort of secretly relating.

Sometimes I really do want to ride down the street screaming expletives at the top of my lungs and flipping off everyone in a car. And throwing flaming bags of doog poop at those drivers on their cell phones. Yes, I drive a car. I even talk on a cell phone. I recognize it makes me a hypocrite but it doesn't make me any less pissed off at cars when I'm riding my bike around.

A superdouche with whom I work was telling me how he saw a guy "ride right into" a car that was pulling out of a driveway. The cyclist was on the sidewalk. Yes, probably not a good idea. Superdouche told me that he rolled down his window and told the guy that he shouldn't have been on the sidewalk...(insert image of me getting the urge to act like that guy on the I-15). I asked why he didn't query the driver about why they weren't paying attention to where the f*&^ they were going?! Yes I know, cyclists need to obey the traffic laws too. But it would be nice if people stopping thinking carrying a weapon (which is what driving is) was an entitlement versus a gd privilege. You can ARGUE (I'm not saying I agree) but you can at least argue that having a gun is a constitutional right. But where do people get the notion that they have some similar right to drive their lazy asses to Walmart? And that they can KILL people in the process??

I can't even write about this stuff without getting so mad--and wanting to unleash my truckers' mouth. I need to go stand on my head. And seriously---I truly am open to being put in my place and I'm fine if you disagree with me. I just won't respect you and I definitely won't believe you :) (not true, ok maybe a little)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Awesome site for race coverage

Check out this awesome site Two Wheel Lovin Ladies for coverage of women's racing! There are great photos and cool video. Fantastic insight about racing and riding too. I always feel like its always boy focused here in the good ole beehive state. Whether its bike racing, job, or whatever else. Don't get me wrong, there are some serious badass boyz around here...but big Thanks to the cool girls for doing that site!

After Saturday, I spent the rest of the weekend feeling tired, maybe sick, and trying to figure out what I'm doing with the bike. Had a great yoga class with good buddy JEM until I had a coughing fit and ran out of the room during the meditation. Sorry focused yogis. My bad. Anyway, trying to figure out, am I training still? Am in the off-season but just racing cross for fun? Do I want to travel to any bigger cross races? What should I do about a TT bike? Should I be getting my garden ready for next year? Will this country fuck up AGAIN in choosing a leader? Is a TT helmet really necessary? Does white wine mess with me so should I just stick with red? Why am I such a crappy cyclocross bike handler? What will it take for people to drive their cars less? Is my knee going to be ok for skiing? It can get exhausting. Then I look at these questions and figure I'm pretty damn lucky to have these kind of things for dilemmas. Perspective.

I attended Maggipannetone's shower last night too. Let's hear it for having kids and getting married in the 40s (she's doing both right now)!! Totally great to see some of my fave peeps: JJ, the Kimo, J-Lo. People made some ridiculous cakes--but it was pretty much agreed that the prize went to Lizzie's "better than sex" chocolate cake. I think that's what its called in the cookbook. In italics of course.

Also want to give a Palin shout out to Couch Potato for getting the Harry Potter spider's name (only this shout out is on a stupid BLOG and not a GD vp DEBATE--I'm still horrified). I thought it would be bro-Glenn that would get it...That kid has some serious movie/TV recall ability. Talking about monsters, there are rumors of the Couch Potato being in the 801 for Halloween? Can this be confirmed or denied?
I need to watch some Tina Fey/Sarah Palin for therapy now.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I almost had to change my shammy on the shoreline yesterday ...

because I'm pretty sure I saw the spider from Harry Potter as I was coming into City Creek (road single track on my cross bike for you couch potato!). Anyway, who can name that famous giant arachnid? OMG that thing is HUGE! I couldn't even handle it! I got off and watched it for a while. But then I got freaked out and rode away fast. The hubs says I'm overreacting because it was probably a tarantula, and they'll die if dropped from a height of 6 feet. Jeeeeeez. And that even though they're poisonous, they probably couldn't kill you. Well I have no intention of testing that theory.

Got an ass whupping at the cross race out in Heber today! I was the 2nd loser across the line which is also called 3rd. It was awesome to have great competition on a good course, that's for sure. I tried attacking from the gun and held it for about a half lap and then eventual winner Dayna D and Kris W (who had done the men's B's earlier) came around me like I was standing still. They opened up about a 30 second gap on me that there was no way I was closing. Nice one ladies, you were awesome!

Maybe it was the extra glasses of vino last night, maybe it was the lack of sleep, or maybe my body is winding down from a long road season--but I was NOT feelin it today! I was almost wiping out in the corners, I slammed my bike into a set of barriers--and was just generally out to lunch for most of the time. However, it was a good race and there were a bunch of strong women out there. It is so cool to see the A field growing and getting you tough girl mountain bikers and roadies who didn't get enough this summer! And of course you girls who place cross #1 in your hearts! Its great to have bigger fields! And going out and doing a cross race is definitely better than trying to motivate to actually do long rides at this time of year. So cross remains what it is for me--a good way to try to not get too out of shape in the winter!

More importantly, in her SECOND cross race, good buddy Lizzie took the win in the women's C category! It was awesome. She put her head down from the gun and never looked up till she crossed the finish line FIRST!

Had a GREAT dins with superchefs the woodies and caterina and wayne. We watched some ski porn and I have to say I'm getting the fever for the flavor of the powder! The hubs and I are going to Kirkham's b/c I'm on a quest to find some new ski pants meeting the following requirements in no particular order: bibs, light colored, built to last and of course slimming (so that might obviate the light color) also like the trap door on the butt for the superstealth pee stop. If anyone has recommendations, make sure to exercise your 1st amendment freedom of blog commenting...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Good Karma and Multi-tasking on the Boreline

Thanks to all the peeps who offered to help when they saw me walking my cx bike on the boreline (aka the Shoreline Trail) last night toward the zoo! My sick extreme gnar riding caused a rear flat when I was not too far from the trailhead. I actually had a spare tube and pump--but I've been meaning to put rim strips in my cyclocross tires; and I'm a total lazy ass when it comes to changing tires (and many other things)--so I just used dial-a-hubs and decided to walk my bike out and wait to change the tire so I could throw in the rim strips. (I heard that Ali G recommends this method of avoiding flats--but I don't know if it will prevent bike breaking).

Walking is slow. Especially when you're a slow walker. And you're walking in mountain bike shoes, carrying a backpack and a cyclocross bike and talking on your cell phone. I don't want to admit it--but whatever, there were witnesses. I hadn't talked to good Santa Cruz bud Erin in forever, so I decided to use my downtime to connect. I'm sure I looked like a jerk. If I saw me I would've given me a "you're a complete tool for talking on a cell phone on a trail" look. Well, here I am confessing my sins. Even though the hubs had to drive in from East Jesus, I was still only waiting for him for only a few minutes because it took so long to walk out what I thought was a short distance.
It is FUN to ride the cross bike on the dirt though!!!

Went for a another run on Monday. Oh my pain. People actually enjoy running? (Randy I don't include you in that one b/c you're fast so maybe that's fun)

Riding at this time of year is interesting. I'm racing cyclocross, but real training during the week just isn't really on the agenda--or supported by the daylight hours. I saw some peeps with lights when I was on my way home. Then you can't use darkness as an excuse. But I don't know if the hubs' spending freeze will categorize $500 lights as a necessary expense. Will probably have to ask Santa.

Moreover, today marks a definite turn in temps! There is a white dusting in the high peaks, and you just start to get those winter vibes about now! Let's put the energy out there for a dump-tastic winter with lots of snow and minimal inversion, cold, gross air days here in the 801!

And on the inclement weather note, I'm planning to race in Heber this weekend. I fully expect bad conditions which will be great. I don't really mean that but hopefully if I make myself say it I'll start to believe it. I mean, the whole reason I even do cyclocross races is a preference for racing in crappy conditions over RIDING in crappy conditions. That simply isn't an option. The plan at this point is to put skid marks down to Moab on Saturday afternoon post cross race. We're hoping to hook up with fave Durango peeps Moira, Broken Ted, C and *HOPEFULLY* MM and Jimmy K!! A quickie but goody.

Popular Culture Corner
And the hubs and I missed the debate last night. Oops. We watched a good movie the other night though-- P.S. I love you; its got Harry Connick Jr and Hilary Swank. Hilary Swank is super annoying in the movie--or as the hubs tells me, its her character that is annoying. That's probably accurate and maybe it means she's just a good actor--3 words: Million Dollar Baby. Give the toothpick some credit for that one.
Just finished Isabel Allende's "My Invented Country" which is about her experience and thoughts on Chile througout its recent tumultuous history. We'll give it a 3 out of 5. Also read Larry McMurtry's "Loop Group". Also a 3 out of 5. Now into Cormac McCarthy's "The Road". Its seriously dark. Not sure if I'll be able to take it or not. The man can write though...

Books I'm interested in and have to motivate to track down include: Salman Rushdie's "Enchantress of (something)"; Alexandra Fuller's new novel about a cowboy in Wyoming; and something esle by J.M Coetzee (author with one of the sickest vocabularies imho).

Time to start visualizing your '08-'09 winter ski outfits!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Horsing around in Draper

Today was the first race of the Utah Cyclocross Series. Held at an equestrian facility in Draper, the course had a long pavement uphill, some gravel sweepers and a muddy run-up with 2 barriers. It was also pissing down rain. After warming up, and by warming up I mean getting soaked and freezing, the women all lined up. I attacked from the gun and just never looked back and ended up winning. It was definitely a roadie course which helped a lot. There were a lot of awesome girls out there---a few on MOUNTAIN BIKES that will be crushing it if they upgrade to a cx bike!

It was teammate PB's first race and she did awesome in the A's. She is probably still flying high from her big victory in Ogden last weekend! Nice job PB!
My dear friend Lizzie also raced in the C category and got 2nd. Lizzie is an endurance freak. She got 3rd at the 24 hours of Sunlight last winter, a 24 hour randonee ski race. She calls herself the one-speed wonder. I talked her into trying cross to introduce her to the short, balls to the wall effort. An attorney who works 1000000 hours a week, she was a total champ and didn't leave anything out there. Because she never has ANY time--she didn't even have a chance to practice dismounting and re-mounting...until we were WARMING UP! and like the studly athlete she is--she totally got it on the 1st try. It was really cool to see someone get bit by the cross bug--hopefully she won't have to work too many Saturdays and will be able to continue racing!

And I realized this morning as I tried to stretch that yoga MUST be worked back into the routine. I can't touch my toes. Gee why does my back hurt? I'm sure its not related. So Lizzie and I are going to yoga this evening where I'm sure to turn in a performance that is a far cry from the cross race. But that's not what yoga is about, right? You can't help but feel a little self conscious by how much you suck though. Good thing I don't have an ego. Gotta go take my stretching performance enhancers. I don't think they test at the weekend classes.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A few photos from NM

Asters! (That was the way Erin would write a caption)

The hubs in asters!

My bro-brah baggies give me the skillz to ride the sick sandy descent.

I unclipped right after the picture was snapped actually.

The brothers Lawrence

Team 1988 (all photos courtesy of FRITZ)

Guess what, running is still lame

Since its cyclocross season, I thought I needed to start running. Rode into work with brand-new, never seen pavement running shoes (thanks steep and cheap) shoved into my backpack. My grand plan was to run at lunch. On the ride in, I realized my newly built wheels needed some attention from dirty dan--so I figured I would ride my cx bike to the bike shop at lunch and then run back to work. I was figuring it would probably be about a 45 minute run if I went up city creek canyon to get back to work.
Buuuuut, I just can't deny the call of the off-season, and desire to consume calories....So I realized I would have to figure out my lunch plan somehow. Usually I walk somewhere for lunch. But its usually kind of a long walk. Didn't have time to run AND walk somewhere for lunch. Since logistics aren't my strong suit, I just headed to the bike shop carrying my wallet, keys and badge, figuring the right choice would reveal itself to me.

note to self: running shorts are not a smart thing to wear on a bike unless you like feeling like you're a triathlete.

Once bike was entrusted to capable hands...I started running back to work. About 30 seconds into the run I started to get concerned about what I'd do for lunch. Luckily, I ran by this little bakery in the Avenues I'd been wanting to check out. I figured I could get something and then just hold it while I ran back to work. No problem. Then I'd have a bag to put my wallet, keys and badge in. Great idea. So I get my wares and start running again. I congratulated myself on creatively coming up with a way to train for 'cross because I reasoned that carrying a bag in my right hand while running was sort of like carrying a bike...Good work!
I continued running. That bag got heavy real quick. I was thinking how I knew I would want something sweet mid afternoon. A little pick me up. And there's nothing good at work. Only high fructose corn syrup laden candy bars aka the nuke-u-lar option. In between worrying about how heavy the bag was and what I'd do when I needed a treat, I ran by a great coffee shop with good treats.
No, I can't.
Yes, I can.
I ran up to the door, and then ran away...get a grip. Then ran back in and bought a treat...then started running back to work.
The plastic bag was making my wrist and hand sweat a TON. And it was banging into my legs. And I felt like my right shoulder was starting to hurt. And ps running is lame.
But I was keeping a good attitude, still thinking I was being a good multi-tasker. I started heading up City Creek Canyon and about 3 minutes in I couldn't deal and basically just busted up some gnarly slope where all the homeless people camp out and cut the whole thing short. I think I was out for about 30 minutes...So I still think I did a great job...because you don't want to do too much on your first day running.
Plus, I had a sweet lunch and a treat.

I hope everyone's watching the VP candidate debate tonight. More people will probably watch that than the pres debates I bet. Everyone's waiting for Palin to make a complete dumbass out of herself, including me...But I'm not totally sure--maybe this is a world class hustle about to happen...That complacency that arises based on the perception of an opponent's incompetence? Well, we shall see, and even though I laughed my ASS off at the SNL Couric/Palin interview, maybe it will be Palin that gets the last laugh? Dear god let's just hope that's the hubs' eternal pessimism rubbing off. We did just spend a non-stop week together after all.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The whirlwind is over, for now

Oh here's a pic from the USA Crits Finals:

I look like I need to sleep for a century

The hubs and I are back in the 801 now...We had some fun rides in Los Alamos, NM. Well, ride #1 was a bit of a fiasco. The papa de hubs is a retired scientist. He is one cool dude--he loves to ski and hike and travel...He is the local ski area's #1 fan...He's on their board and when you walk around the little ski area with him--he's like the elder statesman; shaking hands, kissing babies, its awesome. Anyway, he's been telling us we have to come and mountain bike at the ski area (Pajarito which means little bird). Papa hubs was all about us going to the ski area on Saturday because there was an Oktoberfest--plus they'd "be running the lifts". What?

So I thought we'd be checking out some cool trails at small ski area. Turns out, the trails group there has constructed trails to support a major DOWNHILL scene there! This was a classic case of the 'rents *not quite getting* what it is we do. I guess we should be flattered that the hubs' dad thinks we're the gnar types to ride huge ladder-y, teeter-totter crazy jump type things. HA! Oh, and this was the one day a week that the lifts are running so everyone there was there to ride the lifts--not to ride UP the mountain like us. Wouldn't be a problem if you were at Deer Valley--but at Pajarito the trails all overlap.
I needed to change my shammy by the time we made it to the top b/c there was some serious T-bone with a downhiller potential...There was one section of trail where I think we could've been jumped over. Whatever. Once we got to the top, we took in the vista and then had a SUPER fun ride down. They've done such a good job on their trails there. And in fairness to the downhillers- we were the ones that came to the nuisance...We should've known better.
However, I'm thinking I'll actually buy a lift ticket the next time. It was the coolest non-scene of a downhill scene you could imagine. There's not a whole lot going on in in Los Alamos--so there were just a lot of locals there to ride some lifts...probably because what else is there to do?(e.g. the guy in a full face helmet and KHAKIS! C'mon that rules.) Sis-in-law Fritz is tough as nails and did the ride witha broken pinky she got from her dog.

On Sunday we had a sick breakfast at Syd and Jane's...Then we got shuttled to the Pajarito ski area so we could ride a bunch of the Pajarito Punishment course and just end up at the hubs' and Dave's parents house. Uncle Syd joined us for the first part of the ride--something with a Spanish name...Sunday was the ride I'd been waiting for...Beautiful New Mexico colors, awesome trail. There was some uncertainty regarding a 9 mile chunk of the trail on Guaje Ridge which had been worked over by the huge fire 8 years ago. We were wondering whether the trail would even be passable.
So the trail was passable, but it had tons of a super prickly bushes overhanging the trail in many sections. It was like riding through a barbed wire fence. And the trail was definitely not a needed to be paying some serious attention and trying not to think about the blood being drawn. Despite the skin we left up there, the trail was really great- it had everything: tight turns, rocks, total slick rock sections, even some sand :((not too bad though). We finished out the ride and came out on a trail which required, oh, about 500 yards of pavement till we were home. Home in time to go down to Santa Fe for some gut wrenching New Mexican food (sorry peeps- I'm just not into it). Luckily we did a major shop at Trader Joe's where I procured pro-biotics and ginger chews to soothe the alien that was planted in my stomach.

We did another great little ride on Monday morning before driving to Durango to see the super fun peeps. Moira cheffed up a sick dinner (in between about 1000 other things). Did a great little ride on the Colorado Trail on Tuesday morning with the hubs, Jimmy K, Wherry and Moira. So great. I *heart* Durango and I wish I lived there. Stopped at Cocina Linda for yummy yummy tamales before driving home.

The Yogurt on My Pretzels

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