Monday, May 18, 2009

3 sisters park

Well I managed to forget my camera for our adventure yesterday. I was joined by Dad, Eric, Dana, and Skip for our afternoon ride up in Evergreen yesterday. We rode the evergreen trail loop then rode the sisters loop. The evergreen trail has a long climb up to the top of the ridge where there is nice view of Mt. Evan's at the top. The Sister's trail has a lot more technical sections where there was a good amount of hike a bike for sure.
This morning Dana, Curtis, and I are heading up to Fruita for today and tomorrow. I can't wait. Pics and a report to come. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Much needed update

Hey all, have not been around on the old blog for awhile so I am back. I finished up school this past Tuesday and finally had some time on my hands for the first time in awhile. Finally was able to head up to the mountains and hit the dirt on my MTB. Last week we went up to the Deer creek trail, and I was able to get some pictures from that day.
E-weakling railing the climb, with Dad looking on.

Hike a bike

The decent

In other news I finally got some new racks for my new car. Its the new Rocky Mounts pitchfork tray. I think they look pretty sweet:
The new car

In other news, if things go well I am going to be volunteering with the Wheat Ridge Fire Department soon. I really hope everything falls into place there, then I can finally get some first hand experience. Well I'm off for another MTB ride today, looks like we are going to be riding 3 sisters today in Evergreen. Photos and a report of the ride to come later. Thanks for reading!
PS Check out the new songs on my page.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Still Alive

Well it has been awhile since my last update, but I am still alive and kicking. I have finally been out on the bike a little more in the past few weeks. I'm getting a little bit of late start to the season so its hard to say when I am going to try my luck in some races. In the meantime I'm still in school going for my degree in Fire Science, and searching for a job in that field as well. There is a good chance that I could be out of state this summer on a Forest Firefighting crew, but we shall see.
In other news, I finally got a new vehicle, and the Volvo is being passed on to my little bro. Pics coming soon.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Well its official...

       I'm actually a certified Firefighter in the state of Colorado.  It was quite a long time coming and by far the hardest thing that I have ever had to do physically.  The hard part now is I need to find a job, hopefully I can test with some metro area departments in the coming months and get my name out there a little bit.  
       In other news I'm going to start my base training on January the 10th  for the upcoming road season.  I chose that date because I'm gonna be not as wrapped up with work at St. Nicks and I'll finally have some time to put in some serious chamios time.  After my little hiatus from the bike this fall, I for one can't wait to get back out there.  Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 03, 2008

RIP Redline Conquest 2005-2008

Well this kind of sums up my day on Saturday. My wheel started feeling like it was wobbling around quite a bit, and I assumed that maybe I broke a spoke or had a big hop in my wheel. I spun my wheel and it was fine. I looked down near my rear derailleur, and there is my seat stay split in half. I was pretty upset to say the least but it happens I guess. I didn't even crash, which doesn't make much sense for it breaking but who knows.
Luckily Girts let me borrow his rig for Sunday's Boulder Cup race at Harlow Flats Park. I was having a decent race out of the gate, and then I blew a tire about 3 laps in. I made to the pit and got another wheel and started chasing. I caught up to my teammate Anthony Carcella, and we rode together to the finish. I think we were the last 2 not to get lapped so not all bad for such an untimely mechanical.
Anyway I stripped down the frame last night so hopefully I can get a new frame via warranty. I took a couple of pictures a couple weeks ago when I had gotten my new parts for the bike. So I will leave you with a parting shot from then. Anyway thanks for reading, I should hopefully hear back from Redline about another frame soon. There are new songs for your listening pleasure as well.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Boulder Cup Race Report

My frame broke...and today is my 100th post! More pics after tomorrow's races. Luckily Girts let me borrow his rig for tomorrow...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Autumn, my favorite time of year

Well fall has finally hit Colorado...kinda, (it was 80 degrees today). This is my favorite time of year and it always has been. I just can't get enough of the crisp days that you have outside. Unfortunately, the amount of time that I have to do what I really want to do in the fall has been ZERO!
School/Work, has completely zapped my schedule as far as riding, training, and racing in general. I want so badly to be on my bike as much as possible, but it just can't happen right now. Due to lack of time, and to the physical demands that school has been putting on me lately it just isn't working. It sucks that I have to rearrange my priorities so much, but I was going to have to think about my career one day I suppose. Anyway, enough venting onto news in my life.
I actually did get to race the first race of the season, 2 weekends ago in CO Springs. I didn't do very well, and suffered more than I have in a long time, but it was so good to get my hurt on in a cross race! I'm going to probably make it out to the race at interlocken this weekend, even though I lack any shred of cross fitness, maybe I will be the only one to ride the sand pit out of the Cat 4's like last year. If nothing else I am in good running shape from the workouts with school, being in shape on the bike is a different story though.
Anyway I have some new songs to check out, and hopefully I should have more posts coming. Thanks for reading.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

B-days, Grand Lake, and Fire Academies

Yes I have been nothing short of busy the past couple of weeks. School, Work, B-days, has made my schedule very demanding for sure. To start I started school at the Fire Academy this past week, and it has been nothing short of a physical challenge. My day starts bright and early at 6:30AM and ends at about 4PM, luckily its only on Fridays so its only one day a week of actual drill ground work. On Mondays and Wednesdays my CPAT class, which is a preparatory class for the physical tests I will have to take when I actually start testing for a fire department. So far it has been a lot of running up and down the stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and lots of push-ups and sit-ups. Luckily, there aren't many tests and it is based mostly upon attendance, and if nothing else I should get in really good shape. The only problem so far is trying to fit in time on the bike. I'm worried a little bit about how I am going to recover every week from the Academy and being able to race on weekends. But we shall see how that all plays out.
Also I turned 22 on Monday, my parents got me a workstand for my garage, and it definitely beats the hell out of the old Thorn Resistant tube that I had hanging on the ceiling to work on my bikes, what an upgrade! For the weekend I went up to Grand Lake with some friends and got to throw back a few, go fishing, hiking, and just sit around the camp fire a little bit.
Not a whole lot more to report other than the cyclocross season fast approaching, and I can't wait for it. Check out my new songs as well. Thanks for reading.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

What a weekend!

     What an amazing weekend, I managed to get this whole weekend off, so I took full advantage.  So, late Friday night I get a offer to get up at 5:30 to head up to the mountains and climb two fourteeners.  I have hiked others in the past but it has been nearly 5 years since I have!  We set out early and started hiking by about 7:30 am.  It was a great day to do it, and I even ran into my former co-worker Colin that I worked with at I-bike in Greeley.  We first hiked Gray's peak, and it is a short walk to another mountain next to it called Torrey's Peak.  We completed the excursion in about 5 hours or so.  Pics later when I receive them.
    Earlier in the week I had pre-registered for the Boulder Road Race which turned out to be better than expected.  When I registered for the race, I didn't know that I would be hiking two mountains the day before.  My buddy Girt's and I registered and I treked my way up to Boulder to try my luck at the road race.  We decided that I would be working for Girt's and try to have him go for the win.  The pace started out pretty quick, and the legs were feeling good, until we hit the first climb.  I was feeling the hike from the day before for sure.  I was put up to max on the first climb.  I sat in and tried to recover, and finally I started coming around.  The first few laps were pretty uneventful with a few small moves trying to go up the road but with no success.  The plan before was to try and launch an attack near the end and try to blow some people off the back and be able to have Girt's attack at the end and hopefully go for the win.  I made my on the last lap, and had a few people follow me.  I stayed away for a couple minutes and was then reeled in by the field.  Girt's managed to pull off a third place finish when I rolled in somewhere in the 20's or 30's I think.  Anyway, made for a fun weekend, hopefully some pics were taken at the race and I can post them.  Check out my new songs as well, thanks for reading.