Thursday, December 30, 2010

Son of a ........

The big thaw has hit and has already claimed the trails in my HP. Its gonna last another 40 hours or so. With added rain. Possible thunderstorms.
Only consolation is that we might just get the beach back for riding. Might be a boatload of ice as its gonna freeze very quick on Friday nite after a ton of rain.
Got the Nokians on Winterpinkie.
Bring it on.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Game On.

 Just bought this guy. Not a trainer.

This post has been coming for weeks. Maybe months. My weight has ballooned to its highest point in 20 years. Its to the point of bailing on the group rides cuz Im struggling so bad. I mention this not because of the time of year or holiday season. Its brought on by my declining health and poor performance in the saddle. I struggle badly just to try and finish the rides. Ditching the bike for awhile has crossed my mind due to frustration.

I realize my eating issues are stress produced. And still cant seem to keep it at bay. And its the eating thats the issue. Intense riding only "neutralizes" the problem, then the lack of riding always lets the pendulum swing toward the weight gain.
In the past, I always tried to combat with just more and more riding. Only to eat more and negate any calorie burn. Very frustrating.
 In the meantime, I have purchased a spin bike. Its not the highest end piece available but the price was right. And I really hate trainers. My weight makes trainers so unstable. 

With my impending lifestyle change, Im thinking instead of backing off the bike to maybe diving into it. Im talking full on training. The structured kind. I just might want to see how far up I can go from as far down I am. 
That would be interesting..... I think.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Moving on.......

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As we head into another holiday (the one I don't like) I have a lot on my mind. With my day job's days running out I am looking into the next chapter of my life.
Back in say... 2002 I was not the guy you know today. I owned a trucking company that I built from scratch. In its hey day it grossed about 6 million per year. I dumped it in 2002 cuz I was sick of working 15 hours a day. I went from making six figures to sleeping in. It was the best thing I ever did for myself in my life. 
The hardest part was adjusting my expenses. With high salary came high credit card payments. All my personal debt had to be negotiated. After a year of doing nothing I took the sales job I have today. I made half as much money and was twice as happy.

I am now at the point where this is going to happen again. My day job has me "reassigned" to another office in another city and thats not going to work for me. So I am once again preparing for this scenario to happen again. This is the wrong time of year to rely on the store for income. Jan and Feb bike stores are in survival mode. So in some ways I pumped for this, but financial worries follow. Once again I will have to negotiate my personal finances. However, I would never let that stop me. I'm the kind of guy who has no problem jumping in with my eyes closed. 

Gonna do it for real. And I am going to be a happier man for it..


Monday, December 27, 2010


Very seldom do I mention family, but thats by design. Not that I dont want to. Its just better that way. I really try to leave almost all of my personal stuff off public pages having bad experiences with stuff like that in the past.
But its the Holidays and thats good for at least one shout out. Here are my kids/grandkids. I like them.
Left to right: Jasmin and Gizmo
Jessica and Jackson
Jaimi and Willow
Christmas was a good day. A lot slower that in the past. The entire household actually took a nap sometime mid afternoon. You should have been there. It was awesome.
Hope you had a good one too.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Time Found

Another awesome HP pic.
I am still amazed on how diverse my everyday HP pics turn out. About 80% of them, like this one, is taken out the window of my car. I don't even get out. I'm gonna look back and pull a top 10 of these and throw them in a folder for all to see. All of them taken within 20 yards of each other.
First thru

Having worked a 20 hour day on Tuesday gave me some well deserved time off on Wednesday and I used said time to my advantage to actually get in my first ski of the year. A couple inches of fresh snow fell overnite so the trails were in need of breaking in for the day and thats just what I did.

As expected, the first ski of the year was a bit awkward and very tiring. The snow was way sticky as it was 33 degrees out. I didn't even need to wear gloves. Im glad to get that one under my belt. Hope to get more. 
Im thinkin about grooming the trail maybe Friday morn. I got nuthin going on till late afternoon.

I am thinking that I should be getting in some bike and ski this weekend. And will try my best to do so. 
At first I was thinking about it, then checking into it, now its a done deal.
I ordered my Pugsley frame and fork. Mid Jan arrival.
Im thinking of stripping my old Fuel of its slightly used XT stuff and using that with a 1X9 in mind. I cant wait. Its not a bike for our Saturday group but plan on using it on frozen lakes and rivers, riding the snowmobile trails and stuff like that.
Would be cool to get a good group together for that.
So order yours soon!


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Surviving the Holidays.....

Yesterday at 755am
Nothing really to report today. In fact, with the Holidays approaching by the end of the week I might just take a break fro this site until the Friday, when I have a day off. Still have not done any shopping but that normal for me. I get it done in one day. Walk into the mall on one end and emerge on the other completely finished. Got it down to a science. The Holidays are not my favorite time of the year for various reasons. Being a bit emo makes it hard to get thru. Everybodys attitude changes for a few weeks so I just kinda hunker down and wait for it to pass.

Yesterday at 805am
Cant let a eagle sighting go without some print. In the area we have two nesting pair and a young'en. Eagles do not turn white until sometime between their fourth and fifth year. Yesterday I saw the young'en sitting in the same tree I see the pairs. Very cool. The first time I saw any of these guys was winter of 2008. Glad to see they are hanging around. You dont see them too much in the summer as their territory is huge. In the winter they stay around the open water of the lake so we see them a lot nowadays.

Other than that my time will be taken up with trying to survive the Holidays, trying to get out on the ski's which will help me trying to survive the Holidays, and try to work as little as possible which will help be get out on the ski's and then help me with surviving the Holidays. 

Talk to ya on Friday, and if not... have a happy Xmas.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Beach Lost.

We were very disappointed to find out we lost the beach. The strong east winds during last Saturdays snow had ice pushed right up to the high water mark. While it was technically ridable, would have taken forever to get to where we had to go.  It was a cold abbreviated ride this weekend. Temps in the single digits when we started. Today we hear of more snow coming in the next few days. But its the temps that get us our beach back. Calling for 30's in a few days. That could change everything here.  Hope so. And I still have to get out on the ski's. Just too busy a weekend I guess. Im gonna stop here cuz my browser isn't working very well today. More tomorrow.  DLD  


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday Report

755am. About 35 yards to the north of my usual.
Just thought I would stray a bit from my HP and move a few yards to the north. Its really amazing how many pics I took from the same spot give or take 20 feet. Im gonna put together a file of ten pics or so. Will post if I do.

And now I have a new reason to hit my HP and thats to check on the trails. A little icy as I said yesterday but still a good ski.
If your gonna do it now is the time. Its a bit on the colder side but the woods looks amazing with all the sno trees. 
Absolutely beautiful right now.

Do it for real.

Upon further inspection the beach is in bad shape as the ice has pushed way up the waterline. Hard to ride.

But that has never stopped us before.

And its only Thursday and the beach can change completely by Saturday.

Lets hope so. Planning on the ride Saturday and trying to get out on the ski's before that.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Another awesome morning at the ol' HP. Swung thru and checked on the CC ski trails I groom. The cold weather has them pretty icy. Need a couple more inches of fresh lake snow to top this off. Waiting.
In the meantime its still good to go. Stop out for a few laps.
The traffic has been low out on the trails with the colder weather.

I am also awaiting my first time out on the ski's this winter.
Sooner than later I hope.

On the storefront, I just ordered a Pugsley. Cant wait to get it.
Wanna start riding the local snowmobile trails.

Who's with me?


Monday, December 13, 2010


1X9 winterpinkie rules.
Life's been burning me out on full speed of late. 

Today at noon was the first time I had some time to sit and type at my leisure. Feels good. Soon things should slow a bit for me. If not. Then I will slow them myself.

Weekend started with the Saturday ride. I was pumped to get 1X9 winterpinkie up and running. She will be my steed for the rest of the winter. The Superfly and crossbike are both detailed and hanging in the store till warmer weather.
Saturdays ride could have been better. 
We hit the beach right off the bat and it was a bit soft for a fat guy with thinner tires. So I flipped it and rode about 2 hours solo. It was good tho as I had a ton of stuff to do in the store anyway. Got in some beach, trail and road. Nice.

 While working in the store we were selling ski's like hotcakes. The impending snow had people pumped. Me too. The storm it hard in DANOville.
And thats exciting to me. It didn't start until late Saturday nite but rocked all nite long. Went to bed smiling like a kid on Xmas eve. The morning could not come soon enough. I wake up at dawn and you could not slap the smile off my face. A tree almost fell on my daughters car. It was awesome!

I quickly hit the road in the morning and headed to my happy place and it did not disappoint. In fact, I was the first one in the park. I love that. Not having to share my HP with no one. 

I ended Sunday by grabbing the groomer and laying down some sweet classic.
I love doing stuff like this. I get to ride a snowmobile. In my HP no less. As almost on cue the sun came out while riding thru the woods. It was hard to not take any sno tree pics cuz I have hundreds already.
It takes about two hours to groom the trails in the park. More if I had more time.
So its a weekend that I would call acceptable. 


Friday, December 10, 2010

Flippin Snow!

Its not a lot but its a start. Couple inches last nite have me giddy as a schoolgirl.
More to come this weekend with hopes of grooming late Sunday?

And I did get 1X9 winterpinkie done just in time for the salt and slush. Pics to come soon. Planning on the group ride Sat morn.

Just gatta slap on some fenders.

Sorry for the vague posts of late but my time has been short.

Hope to get in a full weekend of fun stuff.

I like fun stuff.


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

All Work And No Play.....


All work and no play makes me a dull boy. No Tuesday nite ride. Again did not make it back home in time from Milwaukee. Its now Wednesday and I have not sat on a bike since Saturday. My god do I need to bring a trainer home? Last resort.

I did make an executive decision on what Im going to ride this winter. I am turning SS RoadPinkie to WinterPinkie 1X9.
Hope to get this done by Saturday.
Will let you know how that go's.
Good thing I have a bike mechanic on my payroll.
Thats a perk I never talk about.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter Ride.

Saturday, 910am
Finally we get in a true winter ride. As strange as it sounds it felt good to once again battle the elements. While the snowfall amounts were very disappointing here in Danoville we did at least get a chance to ride in it a bit. The woods was very frozen and fast. I had to bring the Superfly as I stripped out a set screw on one of my brakes on the cross, rendering the brake useless. So I kicked it on the frozen trails and even had a chance to podium there. The 29er rules.

However my smile turned to a frown once we hit the beach for several reasons. First off was the fact that I was riding my Superfly Elite on the beach. The sand was not entirely froze and throw in the water crossings and the bike was a mess. Some days are better, some are worse in this respect. A completely frozen beach is way better cuz its drier. But a wet beach ride is a disaster for the driveline and when I returned back to the store, decided enough was enough for the high priced bike and its now retired for the year, will get polished up and will hang in the store somewhere only to return to action next spring for WORS.
I need to throw some kind of winter bike together. And fast. Will have to think about that and only have a week to figure it out.

Another big ass boat.
The ride to the restaurant had the beach in pretty good shape, It was froze just enough for me to even pull a little bit as we pelotoned along the lake. However, the ride home was not so good for me. The sand softened up a bit and since I weigh at least 100 pounds more than most I sunk in a ton and struggled. For me it was like a 15 mile climb. I stayed with it for the most part but toward the end was down to 8mph. I barely made it back to the store.
Everything hurt. Neck, back, legs, arms, everything.
I was so sore last nite I could not get to sleep. Wow.

And as bad as I felt I could not help think that I sure need more of this.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Its Frday

Its Friday and I have taken the day off from the day job. With them having me drive to Milwaukee and Chicago everyday I have not been able to spend any daylite hours in DANOville for two weeks. So I asked them to be able to work out of my own office today they said no and so I bailed on today.
Day off with no pay. I dont care. Been so stressed lately with falling so behind at the store.
Today is catchup. Hope I can get it all done. And that includes a cross bike ride.

Things started off on the right foot today as the resident eagle made his presence know to me this morn while visiting my happy place. Impending snow may have me grooming the trails in and around the HP soon but I heard most of the snow will miss us. But its a start.

Since I have a ton of eagle pics I now try to sneek up on them and try to snap a pic when they bolt.  Hence the fly away pic. Watched him\her fly south for several minutes. Very cool.
It brightens my day. 

Plan on the group ride in the morn. Most likely  we will have beach. I still have not decided what bike to ride thru winter. The Superfly has one or two rides left in it and then its shined up and retired till next spring.
Most likely I will use my cross and take most of the carbon off. At least the wheels. But then next spring I will have to plan on a new driveline for sure. As I mentioned  a few posts ago, this bike was on Treks demo program but I used it a bit too much and had to buy it personally. So I now own my very own cross bike! But its always for sale tho......
So off come the Eastons and on with the crappiest wheelset I can find in the basement.
Ready for salt, slush and sand.

Wife's out of town this weekend so Im gonna be on my own till late Sunday and thats a scary thought.
Lets see how much trouble I can get into.

But first I gatta get off the computer and get some bike store work done.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

In Chicago

Spending the day in Chicago for work.

Hanging out near Midway.

Be here all day.

Really do not know what else to say.

I did hear the good news about snow this weekend.

I am smiling.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Blustery Day

As expected I bailed on the nite ride again.
After a full day of working in a city I dont want to be in, sitting in a 5X5 cubicle that I dont want to be sitting in, driving the hour and a half of traffic that I dont want to be driving in, I just am not in the mood by the time I hit the store.

By that time I have been white knuckling the car at 80mph to try and get back in time to ride, only to hit the store with tons of issues to handle in my absence.

That, along with all the holiday stuff one need to do this time of year and Im stressed one step beyond.

I try to hold on to happy thoughts. This morn at my HP it was snowing. Not a lot but its that kind of cold blustery day that reminds one of impending snow. I am waiting.

But Im not a very patient man.
So bring it on.