Thursday, November 30, 2006

More projects

Web updates and HTML email for CD+M Lighting Design. Website updates for Porta Fortuna. Long hours trying to get several projects out the door. Hopeing to launch Roth Distributing, Mita Residential and Atkins Park soon. Atkins Park's 3rd location just opened on Monday.

1 Hour 25 Min on the Trainer

Endurance miles tonight. Heart rate between 87 and 159. PE 5 out of 10. Base miles in the garage... yay.

Thursday means 3 hours of Daycare for Aidan

Which means we get 2 days of work done in 3 hours. Hit Los Hermanos today for luch after Aidan's nap instead of our usual friday visit. Needed some tacos.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

50 Mile Airport Ride

Ryan joined Dana, Matthew and I for the ride this morning. Much stronger today. Big group, maybe 80+ people. I got a flat with about 15 miles to go. Thought I could catch back up with the group. Managed to hold 22 to 26 mph for 8 miles or so but no sign of them and had to slow down just a bit. I pulled a group of dropped riders back the rest of the way.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

50 Mile Tucker Ride

Got my butt handed to me this morning. I met Dana, Bob and Sue at the start of the ride. This, I think, is the fastest group ride in town and I have yet to finish with the group. Both times now I've been dropped at the half way point. After a few miles of rolling hills and the long climb at the mid point I hit the red zone and... the group is gone. Got a little lost around the Mountain Crest Mall. Had to stop and ask for directions. Something to still work towards.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Trip to REI to test Trainers

REI carries the 3 trainers I've been looking to purchase, or receive as a gift for the holidays. The Blackburn (1up re-branded), Cycleops fluid 2 and the Kenetics fluid trainer. I have to say, riding them all back to back, the Blackburn was better by far. The most quiet and best road simulation. It did have more plastic pieces but I think it wins by far. The Cycleops seems to have a flat spot in it like the cylinder was out of round or something. The Kenetics was fine, just a little noisier than the others. The legs of the Blackburn were too low when I first got on and managed to burn a hole in the carpet... dam funny. The smell of torched carpet lingered for a little while. Oh, they also had the Kenetics one the rocked from side to side when you stand up. The put elastomers in the joint so it was like a skateboard truck... just bouncy... terrible.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Turkey Day

Vanessa joined us for Thanksgiving. Deep fried a turkey... F'in awesome, cooked in 35 minutes. Aidan entertained us by cuting a rug to 80's music.

Vanessa has some pics up on her site.


Atlanta Half Marathon

Leslie killed it this morning beating her last time by 25 minutes! She had a great race. Vanessa picked her up this morning at 5:45 am for the start while Aidan and I met them at the finish.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Project for Marist

F650 got new HTML email and flash portal project for Marist School. We also received site updates for One Scottsdale and H2 Eco Design. Two great clients of ours.

$4200 for a 90% efficiency furnace, each... Ouch

We're about to do some construction on the house including some water proofing. We have to move our 2 HVAC units and thought it might be the time to replace them at the same time. I'm thinking this just might be the first and last house we own. Because, if we spend this kind of money on it, we may have live here forever to break even.

I come bearing a gift and it’s not a toaster, imbecile.

Family Guy™ Volume 4 is out on DVD (video preview)

Aidan the Gymnast

Today was supposed to be Aidan's 4th tumbling class. It's for kids to run, climb, jump and fall on gymnastics equipment. The class was canceled but never told us, so... the door was open. We went in. The facility is fantastic. A gigantic gym with trampolines, rings, bars, a hundred different size mats AND a pit full of foam. Aidan didn't do any flips into it, but he did slide into it and crawl around.

The Pit  Up and Over

Monday, November 20, 2006

1 hour 24 min Ride on the Trainer

Leslie is going to spin class tomorrow night with the tri geeks (sorry, peeps) so I moved up my ride day. Probably better to resistance train and ride on the same day anyway. My training plan has me doing Fast Pedal excersices to work on pedal stroke technique and change the cadence up. 2 minutes on, 3 recovery with 5 sets.

45 min of weight training

Hit the gym this morning. Dana was on her way out. Looked like somebody took a tire iron to her, all cut up and brused. Maybe we pushed her a little too hard on the ride Saturday... maybe. However, she did earn braging rights. It's turkey week, lots of work to due but I'm only working today and tomorrow. I need a work break. Leslie is running the Atlanta half marathon on Thursday. I'm excited for her. She's been training for it. Aidan and I will be waiting for her (in the cold) at the finish.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Chuck E Cheese

We took Aidan today, just because I wanted to see that look of amazement on his face seeing those kinds of things for the first time. He had a great time watching the kids and the shows. He actually ate the pizza... for the first time. Leslie is going to watch the final race of Nascar today for the Nextel Cup. She'll be screeming go Jimmy for the rest of the day.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Aidan is 16 months old today

Aidan is getting to be a big boy. He discovered Lo Mein noodles and cream corn this week. He's also getting pretty good with a spoon. If only we could get him to eat a little more consistently. You never know what to expect being a dad... but he's frigen awesome.

Blankets Mountain Bike Ride - 13.3 miles

Hit the trail today with Joe Reger, Dana and Matthew. Matt got lost... to the trail he's been to 50 times. It was Dana's firt mountain bike ride. The LBS had test bikes so they just happened to have a $3000 Secialized women specific bike just her size. Of course she killed it. She also marked the trail every half mile with a wipe out but... she was a trooper and kept at it. Reger has some photos posted. Joe did his share of the work by fliping in the warm up area before the ride. Fun ride... picked up the pace on the 3rd lap. Need to do that a little more often.


Friday, November 17, 2006

New Project

We just received another website over haul project... at least most of it, the portfolio and articles for Harrison Design and Associates. Residential architecture firm, 70+ people. It will have a flex 2 CMS backend with Coldfusion. No redesign but cleaning up the existing site. Started work on some flash headers and music for Levitt and Sons, a Developer (our portion of the development). Started version 2 of the Roth Distributing website as well, from a design firm in Colorado. Just launched a portal site for Bromwell Elementary School this week. Also made the quarterly EIC update. Oh, designed comps for Robertson Loia Roof this week too. Busy week. Looking forward to mountain biking tomorrow.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

1 Hour Spin Class & 45 min of Resistance Training

It's November which means it dark. No evening rides. ( I have no lights). Riding the trainer in the garage gets a little old so I went over to the 6:45 spin class (Sudi's). We did hill repeats. Got there early to put in some weight training. I can only seem to find the time for 2 weight days a week and 3 ride days. I'd like to work in another weight day but can't seem to find the time.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New training plan

I got back on the road bike this season after taking a year off. Put 2000 miles or so in. The legs and body started to fade toward the end of the season. I decided to read Chris Carmichael's book The Ultimate Ride. And... signed up with his on-line training tool. We'll see if the periodization and heart rate training help me next season.

Just for the Record

"Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles or other Web sites. This one will be a personal journal of sorts. I'm going to use this as a testing ground for my clients, document training... maybe vent from time to time and definitely talk about our son Aidan.