Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Super off the back Boulder pics

I have been wicked off the back of life these days. I am so off the back I can't even come up with an explanation or even an excuse. I'm not going to get mad about it.

Anyway, our trip to Boulder 2 weekends ago (though it feels like it was 5 years ago) was great. My awesome bud Anders (comman Lynn) was visiting from Seattle with her cool kiddo Jackson. My sister Mary was also visiting in search of a job. The hubs and I got some great time in with Davebro, Drewster, La Paquita and of COURSE the Glennbro. It was a beautiful weekend in the 303 though the Chinook winds were nuking...So that was slightly disappointing. Nonetheless, while we didn't do much in the way of epic riding, we did some funruns, a nice hike and a cool little ride. Above all we had a great time seeing fam and friends AND the trip happened to intersect with the legendary Tour de Dewey (if you have to ask...) Got to see a bunch of the cycling life peeps (Beth, Teton, Margell, the Lajinks and pretty much every aspect of my fun person life from the 90s). And I laughed my ass off.
Sisters, Esqs.
Dave, Anders and the Glennbro
Jackson suggests the name "Sunburned Pigs" for the Glennbro's band...Which the Glennbro duly noted
More hang times at La Paquita's
Hubs and Davebro in pretty Eldorado Canyon

Teton "officiating" the Tour de Dewey TT

Man moments on the hike

Tour de Dewey mayhem. It's not a bad photo, it really looked like this.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

To the 303 and beyond

Great time in Boulderland this weekend...not a great time on closed I80 on the way home.

And we are still not home.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The visual evidence for the previous post

Blindfold route

Superfit and I can do the Cottonbottom loop blindfolded as we have ridden some version of it no fewer than 3 times in the past 5 days. Good thing its a great loop especially with Superfit's bonus Wander Ln option (road construction notwithstanding). Yesterday we logged another blindfold route and this time we were joined by the notorious T-swift. More accurately, I joined these kids in their ride. We had a great time in spite of the Wander Ln portage and operation Beagle Rescue 2011 (Superfit is an animal lover of Liz-like proportions). Great ride with these awesome chicks aka my 'beeps' (bike peeps). Aiming for 303 departure this afternoon. Let the shit show begin.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Slow on the uptake (pause) and other things

I have managed to squeeze some enjoyment in among some varied weather and life conditions...The foregoing events seemed to have happened a long time ago...but are still worth mentioning. I'm feelin' a little foggy and slow these days. Feel free to come up with an excuse for me, right now I got nothing.

Superfit, our new bff Markymark and I beat the storm on Friday for a great little roadie ride. We gambled on a road closure sign...and lost.

Superfit goes cross country after we gamble and lose; Markymark plans his move in the background
Then the storm beat up the Hubs and I on a run in City Creek on Saturday. But it was a beating we thoroughly enjoyed and also counts for our first freshies of the season! In other news of beatings, my Achilles is doing pretty well...I established some ground rules for myself: I can run no more than every other day and I approach every run ladder styles (1min run, 1 min walk, 2 min run, 1 min walk...) up to the point where the heel starts to hurt. I'm up to 10 minutes but that still amounts to about an hour of running with 10 minutes of walking. So that is sweet and also hard to add up...so it might be less.
Bella City Creek post storm--One of my favorite kind of days in the 801! Blue skies and snow...

Hubs before he got mad at me for making the run too long.
Saturday night we festa'd ourselves with the DBs, Woodies, Jowegawas and Newberry. We concocted a seating situation but employing tablecloths and the lovely flowers from the Yohnson-Gammons to hide the card table extendo seating option. I went outside my normal Italiano cooking styles and made a zucchini coriander soup, asparagus with tomatoes and goat cheese; beet avocado quinoa salad and roasted pork tenderloin with orange balsamic glaze. The Woodies brought the yummiest ever antipasti olives, cheese, bread and salami and Mrs. Jowegawa made a beautiful salad. Caterina made a red velvet cake that Woody and I went to TOWN on (more than 2 pieces but less than 5 and I will say no more). Woody and I worked up an appetite in the kitchen--he came in at the crux moment when the shit was hitting the fan and kept the meat from being over done and the veggies from getting cold. Thanks chef Woody! Everyone brought amazing vino too. Yeah friend peoples!

A la Last Supper styles- JUDAS! would you like a beverage?! (who can name that one?)
Caterina, Newberry and the Hubs
Woodies and Mrs. Jowegawa
Sunday morning we roused ourselves (which the end of daylight savings made somewhat easier) for a group ride from Cafe on 1st. All I can say is that it was the chicks that had balls as it was mostly an estro scene with the exception of Markymark and Moby. Lovely ladies PB, Laura, Allison, Juel, Mama Nisie, and of course Superfit all displayed some serious cajones showing up in the cold for the ride.  They also peer pressured me into showing too. I tried to go the "Its pretty cold so if you guys don't want to go I'm totally cool with that" but I got totally smacked down (PB told me to "Buck up buckeroo") and Superfit also laid down the law and said I would be standing her up along with a million other people.

In the end, there were 4 finishing out the ride with both genders equally represented (Moby, Marky, Superfit e moi). We got a GREAT 3 hour ride with a key stop at Rich's bagels in Holladay (god bless those pumpkin choco chip bagels).

Superfit stays back with my slowness while the boys duke it out ahead

Yeah 801!!!
And now the week...Coming home in the dark is somewhat brutal...but viva le arrival of winter!!! The only bad weather is weather that doesn't change.

And we are off to the PRB (People's Republic of Boulder) on Thursday, so stay tuned for news of the mothership. Till then, get the puffy coats out of storage.

The Yogurt on My Pretzels

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