22 February 2013

fits and starts

i can't seem to find any momentum lately. work wise, i feel like i'm spinning my wheels a little. hurry up and wait isn't the space where i operate the best and that's where i've been for several months. on top of it, i'm becoming obsessed with the idea that it should be my time to move up the chain based on comparables... and that for sure is fruitless thought that i need to stop.

training wise, i'm pretty much in the same boat. february can't end soon enough. i'd prefer to be running right now but the ice and a little bout of peroneal tendinitis is conspiring against me. i really just want to be able to resume bike commuting - but that doesn't appear to be a possibility for at least another 2 weeks.

oh well, at least i have a trip to eau claire i don't want to do and a two week client visit spanning my birthday and my wife being gone (amongst other things) to look forward to. yikes, i need to turn this frown upside down!

happy friday.

15 February 2013

my day...

looks like this:
meeting at 9.
interview at 10.
meeting to discuss recent interviews at 1:00
meeting to discuss the meeting discussing interviews at 3. that last one sounds fake but is real.

somewhere in there i need to do my 'real' work.

i did no workout last night. i had talked myself into the trainer but when the time came, i could not bring myself to do so.

maybe i'll run tonight.

happy friday.

14 February 2013

new meaning

i think about it every day. the spiral that began on february 13th but came to full fruition on the 14th. our little baby boy, in very dire straights - unable to effectively breathe. the first 24 hours were frightening to be sure. but, watching his condition continue to worsen for the next several days was the most excruciating thing i've ever experienced. needless to say, valentines day has a completely different meaning to us. it commemorates something terrifying but more than anything it serves as a second thanksgiving in our household. i do love that boy.

got out for 40 minutes of running last night. not much else to say about that.

happy thursday.

13 February 2013

short sweet ski

got our for 45 minutes last night at pleasant view. there were several spots of rock hard ice (water that had pooled, not icy snow) but otherwise the groomer worked some magic. there was only 1 loop and i hit it three times. i didn't fall so it was a good ski. i got new winter boots at my family's delayed christmas celebration late last month. they are bomber and i love them - but, i wore them throughout our trip to louisville without really breaking them in and ended up with what feels like bruising in my left ankle. the only time it bothers me is when i wear those boots and when i wear my ski boots. it gets pretty bad by the end of 45 minutes or so of skiing. i'm jonesing for some bike riding. i woke up this past sunday with an incredible urge to ride that hasn't really gone away. i guess that is a good thing - just not in february in wisconsin.

a nice sunset last night as i was finishing my ski.

happy wednesday.

12 February 2013


it happens every year. i wake up some day in mid february and feel completely over winter. it has always happened but especially since calvin joined our team. constant colds. bundling up every time you need to go outside. ice everywhere. i'm over it!

a cold has run through the house and i am the last recipient. i felt ok last night and had hoped to run - when i got home the little bits of melting that had occurred throughout the day turned into very thin sheets of ice in spots on the roads/sidewalks. this isn't break your ankle ice, this is crack your head open ice so i decided to wait and ride the trainer. once cal was in bed i was toast. it didn't help that i fell asleep with him but i was wiped out from the day. i decided to do bike work (and not a workout) this time focused on finishing up the overhaul of my road bike. it took some elbow grease (and copious citrus degreaser) but the bike is looking really good. i'm not confident i've addressed the funny noise coming from the bottom bracket, but at least it is looking good as new. the circa 2002 dura ace cleans up nice and is quite elegant in it aesthetic. 

i do need to start working out. i can feel my muscles going soft - a break is good but too long of a break will make the following months on the bike less enjoyable. maybe in instances such as last night i'll start doing yoga-x....

happy tuesday.

07 February 2013


boy i've done a number on my body. i'm still feeling off after the weekend. work isn't helping - some of my projects have been delayed so while i have things to do i'm not busy.

i ran 7 miles on monday night. i skied for 45 minutes last night. just trying to stay relatively active.

and i won't be drinking bourbon again anytime soon.

but, i still smile every time i think about worlds.

happy thursday.

05 February 2013


boy, where do i start? we had a great roadie to kentuckiana to be sure. lots of bikes, lots of beer (and bourbon), great company and we met a lot of new folks. we road tripped down thursday morning - after we stopped at woodmans in pleasant prairie to stock up on beer and some coffee, we hit the road. a couple brief stops in indiana to eat/gas up and before we knew it we were there. a quick stop at the airport to get jeff and then straight to the condo. the condo was small but nice on the top floor of an 8 floor building (with roof access). just in time for dinner and a little get to know you session with our roomies from portland. it was snowing pretty good and we spent some time on the roof enjoying that. then it was off to the hotel where joe/ron were staying and then finished the night at the 3rd street dive (a bar that was not a dive).

woke up feeling pretty dire (HEADACHE) to the sound of jeff talking about how the uci called an emergency press conference to announce a schedule change. while we were out grabbing breakfast, the twitter informed us that all races were moved to saturday do to the impending flooding. after 'breaky' we headed over to the race venue to watch practice. between practice sessions, we watched a little of the masters worlds at the adjacent venue. that was a complete shit show and i was really happy to not be racing - i think the logistics of have both masters and elites in the same vicinity proved to be too much strain on the organizers - especially with the changes to the schedule. headed back to watch the afternoon practice session, then hung out at the sram truck for a bit before heading to whole foods to get supplies. quite dinner in to make sure we were all 100% for the big day was the ticket - i was sleeping by 11.

saturday morning came and i was ready. up nice and early with enough time to eat/have some coffee. jeff had full uci press credentials including a parking permit which was clutch. we loaded up with contraband beer and headed to the venue. on the way through to the gates you had to walk by all the euro teams warming up which was pretty cool. a quick walk of the venue (and a sierra nevada) and the races were off! once the racing got going it never seemed to stop. there are plenty of accounts on how everything unfolded throughout the day. the excitement throughout the venue was palpable and the sound was at times deafening. it was amazing to witness the action first hand and the last race of the day was the best. seeing sven nys win was the cherry on top - but the entire event was absolutely awe inspiring....

more later.

happy tuesday.