One thing that was a bummer, was for a second week in a row, my race got canceled. I've been itching to test myself against the 1s and 2s in ohio to see how I fair. The last race I did a few weeks ago, I felt like I was clubbing a baby seal since I got in late for the 123s to go off and had to go in a lower category at these races than I usually do. I've been on that border line area of being a good 3, but not quite there to feel comfortable to upgrade to a 2. It does give me alot of flexibility for racing though. I can race the 3s if I feel like living dangerously, the 123s if I'm feeling really good, and then the masters races which often lets me double up on the day. Being 40+ now even gives me the choice of 4 different races on many occasions so I can pick and choose. On a few occasions, I've even done a third race, but usually that race would wind up being the bridge too far for me. Something about doing 80 miles of criterium racing, I guess. I've also been looking at the calendar for mountain biking this year and it will be a busy one. It looks like I'll have 13 or 14 mountain bike races this year, up from 10 this year. Add that to 50+ road events and the 18-20 cross races I've been doing the last few years and it makes for quite a season.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Yesterday, I continued on the training with the Mo'town mountain bike ride. It got pretty warm out and we did a bit more than 3 hours. I'm feeling stronger and made it up the climbs much better and was going quicker on the trails and decents. I'm still a bit nervous on the real steep dropoffs with the rocks and logs all over the trail. I proved last year that you can do an endo on a 29er. After a broken bone in the hand from that, it's not a feat I'm inclined to repeat.
Past the riding, I really feel the need to buy a lottery ticket. In the past week, I had a very successful West Coast trip for work, came back to commitments for 3 servers, a couple workstations, 4 notebook computers and a handful of other equipment, plus the labor to get all of it set up. This with the web work we've gotten in the past month, plus my normal contracts and things are going quite spiffy. I've managed to come up aces at every turn, though I'm a bit nervous about how good things seem to be going. I'm currently flashing on my mantra - Fly straight, don't BS, keep the ball rolling. OOOMMMMMMMMM, OOOMMMMMMMMM. repeat as needed.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I'm now back in Pittsburgh after more than 13 hours in airports and planes. I had a bit more than an hour drive back home from there. In a few short days, it looks as my job will change quite a bit. I will still do the techno geek thing, but also be able to apply my talents in other areas that will be alot more fun. Somehow, things like 'Dual core processor and a Gig of RAM' just don't carry the same amount of excitement anymore. I was looking at doing a bit of change in my professional life and boy am I going to be getting it. It's like getting my first job all over again. The only thing that is less than appealing is that I went from eating breakfast in 70+ degree and sunny weather by the pool, to scraping 5 inches of snow and ice off the car at the airport. I do have to admit, my planning for the trip, however rushed, worked pretty much to perfection with zero hiccups. Things just don't normally go that well and I'm almost scared to see what happens when the other shoe drops. Probably just a pessimistic response that I'm sometimes prone to after the type of week I've just had. Well, I've got to go dust off the drawing table now and be thinking about the layers of clothing I'm going to have to be wearing when I hit out on the bike today.
Anyway, back to LA. I'll be meeting one of the guys from i-generator from Portland, Oregon in the morning and then we're off to a meeting that will have big implications for both of us. This will be a good feather in my cap if we pull this off.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Through the week, I was actually able to begin ramping up the efforts and doing 2 workout days. I'm feeling it now and I think I better lay off today and only do a single, but the legs are responding. I'll know how well on Sunday at the ride. On my Wednesday morning spinning ride, I got a nice suprise there. It seems that one of the soigneurs of the Toyota-United team was there. She had on a pair of Coor's Light shorts. After my remark of 'there's some old school shorts, she said that she used to work for them. She apparently has worked with several of the top pro amercian teams over the last 20 years. Wow, a local doing this and I never knew it.
Wednesday for work, I was supposed to have a conference call for work. This was a big one as it could decide if I'll be doing some work directly in the bike industry. Unfortunately it got held off til Friday. If all goes well today, I'll be hopping on a plane for the Amgen tour for a few days. Maybe I can bump into the Toyota-United girl again. If it goes better there, I might well achieve my goal in life of getting paid to play with toys. I'll stay on with the computer consulting business (it's still pretty lucrative. to the layman, it looks alot like goofing off). I'm raising the caffeine levels to just the right point now and got the phone all ready and warm. I'm hoping for a good one.