28 February 2014


i'm feeling a little more optimistic today regarding bike racing. for the past 4 months or so i had pretty much written off 2014 regarding bike racing. i mean, i barely have had the bandwidth for work and family so i thought it might be best if i just take racing/fitness out of the equation for the year. but, funny things are starting to happen. my circadian rhythms are adjusting to waking up at odd hours. i'm finding time here and there to get workouts in. and when i do, i don't feel terribly out of shape (out of shape for sure, but not bad for february). and, my wife and i are a great team. last week i had taken tuesday off of work and skied in the morning and snowshoed during the afternoon. over this past weekend i got a really good run in (for me) on saturday and 1:40 of bike time on sunday. i even ran after work last night! so, it still is a stretch but i am starting to scratch out a general plan for the year - in draft form, it looks a little something like this:

spring phase (crits just to get solid efforts in):
06-Apr: WCA great dane 1
13-Apr: WCA great dane 2
27-Apr: WCA fitchburg
18-May: WCA wheels on willy

summer phase (building strength, mtb = single speed):
01-Jun: WORS Camrock
15-Jun: WORS Wausau
29-Jun: WORS Eau Claire
July = 'big miles' and race specific workouts
26-Jul: WCA Fitchburg
09-Aug: SS state champs @ Beechwood

fall phase:
Fat Tire!

winter phase:
get some sleep.

anyway, it looks like a lot of racing - but a lot of it is either local or can be built into trips to visit family. for WORS, i'd like to race the Comp Single Speed class. Masters for road and CX. there is enough local racing where i can 'race' into shape without making a huge time/effort getting to races. we shall see...i've got some things in the works that may or may not conspire against this tentative plan. but, you have to start somewhere.

happy friday.

10 February 2014


i've got to figure something out. work wise, i'm putting in consistent 10, 11 hour days and still leaving piles of work. my client is sending me emails at 10:00 on sunday night - but not responding to other things that i need to do their work. i'm finding it very difficult to remain motivated by my job at the moment. life with a baby isn't helping. we are going on 4 months of this baby thing - and i must say it is getting old. i forgot just how much having a baby in the house impacts everything you do - nothing about a baby is hard. but, at the same time it is really hard. the baby never seems to want to sleep yet somehow you can't go anywhere/do anything because the baby needs to sleep (paradox?). it is so much harder with an older child in the house that needs mental stimulation and activity. on top of it, it is a classically harsh winter. a winter of discontent if you will. i am over it.

and don't get me started on my fitness - although i did get out on skis saturday and sunday i'm a dog right now. i really need to start training after i do my 4:30-ish stint with the baby. i barely fall asleep before i have to get up again - and that little extra sleep has me feeling super groggy until mid-morning so i might as well make the sleep deprivation a little self serving. 

my client is here all week minus today. i should be worn to an even smaller nub by friday afternoon.

i apologize to anyone reading this.


03 February 2014


i managed to get out twice over the weekend to ski - both at pleasant view, both times for an hour (2 big loops) per ski. i wasn't breaking any records but i was still beating skaters on the hills with my waxless classic boards - it just hurt a little more than i remember.

saturday was my winter party for work - my little sis came over and watched the boys for us. it was fun being out and about but we arrived home at midnight to a baby that was awake. we finally made it to bed a 1:30/2am. last night i was up with miles at 3:45 and never went back to sleep this morning. i'm grinding today - and in an hour or so i'm heading to work my company's table at the uw career fair in the kohl center. i'm not getting home until at least 9 tonight - probably later.

on top of this, i've got a cold. probably from miles coughing on me countless times a day. babies are no good...but at least they turn into cool little kids.

the world championships cx race was something else - my two favorites duking it out the last two laps. fun to watch.

happy monday.