Saturday, October 27, 2007

46 Mile Tucker Ride

Cold start but I was bundled up... thought I was going to miss the group but they left a few minutes late. I guess it was a winter size group; 20 or so people. 22 mph with the group - normal pace for this ride. Made it through the rolling hills and up the long hill but didn't have enough left to stay with the group after that. Took the rest of the ride at a nice base pace with the headphones on. Very windy on the second half.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

20 Mile Pizza Ride

Lots of traffic, got to the parking lot just before the start of the ride. The group of about 10 people left about 2 minutes before me. Lots of effort to catch the group. Came very close a couple of times but the timing of the lights were not in my favor. Caught them at the park gate entrance. 1 small loop, and back. Not much in the way of participants in the sprint but a little effort. Fun.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Adobe Shows Off Thermo @ MAX 2007

A new tool in development code named Thermo, converts Photoshop and Illustrator files into flex applications. Could seriously speed up the development workflow. Check out the videos (3 of them) -

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Aidan got a sport'n new Haircut

Les took him to get his hair cut today and he actually sat still for the entire thing. Movie update - new favorite - Robots

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20 Mile Stone MTN Ride

1 Hour 15 min - 1 inner loop, rolled around for 30 minuties with Dana before the Northlake ride came through. Hung in for 1/2 a lap on the outerloop before sitting up. Legs a little toast from the Serrano ride. Ended with another inner loop.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

2007 Serrano Century

Cold start, 47 degrees. Warmed up after the sun came up over the trees about 1 hour into the ride. Started with Bob, Sue, Danielle, Hunter and Dave. Steady pace up to the 40 mile mark. Hunter earned his Sufferfest invitation (good riding). From there, Bob, Sue, Danielle and I continued up to the turn at 50 miles. Danielle took the 60 mile option. Good strong ride for Danielle. The 3 of us missed a turn somewhere and added 5 to 8 miles onto the route. We weren't the only ones. A dozen or so other riders were sitting at intersections looking at maps. Somewhere between 65 and 70 miles some yahoo who had been sitting in came flying by and then sat-up right in front of Bob... Bob changed into serious mode and ran him down. As the two of them dueled I followed close behind until the yahoo exploded and while Bob and I rode away... fun. Bob and Sue continued with the 100 mile loop and I went on alone to finish the ride. I started the season with a century ride with Bob and Sue (Wheels of fire) and ended it with them as well. Great ride, just the right pace. Thanks to everyone for letting me tag along.

88 Miles, 4 hours 51 minutes, 18.2 avg mph, 147 avg hr, 5736 calories burned

Friday, October 12, 2007

24 Mile Pizza Ride

New time, started at 5:45 with maybe 30 people. Fast pace, well, seamed like it. I'm ready for base riding but we were racing the daylight to get back before dark. 22mph avg. I was hurting in the park but lots of power and speed for the final sprint. I think there are only 2 more of these rides left for this season.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

My Heart Looks Great

Over the past month or so I've had an EKG, and EKG with a stress test and today and EKG stress test and echocardiogram. Basically, a sonogram of the different areas of the heart before and after my stress test (running uphill on a treadmill until your ready to pass out). I got to see the inside of my heart beating at rest and at 180+ bpm. I wish I had a picture or video I could post, very cool. It's hard holding your breath when your already out of breath. The heart works perfect and looks great! With the amount of stress I put on it and the rest of my body over a season it's good to know everything in good shape.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Road Trip to St. Mary's, GA

Family road trip, down on Saturday back on Sunday. Matthew was with us. 5.5 hours of driving each way. Saw my parents new house (almost finished and looking good) as well as my Uncle. Aidans first road trip in over a year. He did great.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Monday, October 1, 2007

Flying Squirrels

About 1 month ago we started smelling something bad in our 1/2 bath on the main floor. Last week Les turned on the fan and squirrel fur came of the vent. Come to find out Leslie is deathly allergic to squirrel (after cleaning up the mess she had her typical melt down like being around cats). It was a flying squirrel which flew across from one of the big trees and crawled into our vent duct, which is isolated about 15 feet off the ground in the middle of the brick siding on our house. She made a nest and had babies about 6 weeks ago. They didn't make any noise until last week. A critter service set a trap outside the vent (one way in, no way out). The mom was trapped on Saturday night but didn't make it through the night. This morning there were 5 babies, still alive in the trap. We hope that's all of them. They are going to let them go in the woods somewhere (not near here).

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2007 Six Gap Century

Cold start - 50 degrees out, shivering as I rolled over to check in. Timing chips were stuck in customs so we all got runners numbers. Figured I would over do it rather than freeze for a half a day - arm warmers, jacket and fingered gloves. Nice and toasty. Jacket came off at the top of Unico. Last big ride of the season but not a goal event for me so more of a training ride especially since I'm at the low end of my fitness now. Wanted to keep the hr under 170 which is 5 beats above my base training max. Didn't quite pull that off but was reserved. I rode with Reger all day which was nice to have someone to suffer with for hours on end. Thanks Joe! Found a few groups to pull us along over to Neals. Had a mini explosion on top of Hogpen so we relaxed for a little while at the top. Perfect weather. Broke 50 on the way down. Had some cramping and knee issues which is to be expected with all the steep climbs. 6 Hours 41 minutes of ride time but we were out there for about 8 hours, 14.5 avg mph, 156 avg hr, 9470 calories burned, 10288 feet of climbing (according to my Garmin). Went to Moe's after. Good cap off to the season.

6 gaps 2007