8.31.2006

some shots from Peru

a few years back a friend of mine was getting married in peru

while down in peru for a beautiful wedding with some old friends I got to do some things
got to do a little touring on my bike
got to hike the inca trail with my then girlfriend to macchu picchu
got to ask my then girlfriend to be my wife
she said yes
chances are she has regretted it every since

by mistake I dropped this image on a group blog I contribute to
BIKECENTRIC
but
was good enough not to throw it up on the DCMTB site

kevin dillard race images


kevin dillard images
kevin dillard race images from cranky monkey at quantico

no beard
new DCMTB\City Bikes Uniforms
the center image is snaped before I give my buddy kevin the bird

selective memory

searching the web for a good definition of selective memory

got this political metaphor by noam chomsky
it is a wonderful piece
but deeper than I was looking for
as I am more on the level of nim chimpsky

I think we all possess a certain level of selective memory
we all remember being bullied
but do any of us remember doing any bullying?
we all did
even if we did not take someone's lunch money
the older children tease the younger children in the school yard
we were all the younger children who were teased
we all became the older children who did the teasing

still have not found that definition of selective memory

narcissistic personality disorder

marsha, marsha marsha (and marsha)

the king of siam

what is it about getting behind the wheel that takes someone to a higher level...

why does our society have a caste system that puts the car into greater priority over any other mode of transport

pedestrians accelerate to clear the path for cars
even if the pedestrian has the right of way

bicyclist dodge car bumpers
knowing that if they do not move they will become a bloody speed bump

when I am in the alley behind my house with my kids
we clear the way and wave and thank the passing cars
as if they are doing us a great favor by not running us down

why is this?

how do we change this?

made is australia

gwadzilla archive

gwadzilla archive
my report from last years Shenandoah Mountain 100

sounds a great deal like my appraoch to this year

hope this year goes as well as last

wish me luck

think fast, dry, and safe

Quiz Show... le Tour

PBS The Quiz Show Scandal

Quiz Show the movie

maybe in the future the world will get to know the truth about the sport of professional cycling
the truth about Lance... the truth about Landis

there is more to it then just the racer

8.30.2006

last night's ride... tonight's ride

last night I went out for a post work ride on the cross bike
was feeling beaten after sunday's race
it was not so much the heat
no it was not the humidity either
it was my ego
my ego was sore

so... last night after work
I went out on the my still fresh, yet nearly a year old, Specialized Tri-Cross cyclocross bike
took to the Capitol Crescent trail thinking it would be a pleasure to spin car free for a bit
went out for about 45 minutes out turning it around at the end of the gravel path before the path crosses Connetticut Ave. then passing the Chevy Chase City Bikes store
turned it around
heading back the way I just came
looking forward to seeing some of the people I saw on the way out
you know
that jogger
that lady with the dog
that joker on the bike

the bike was heavy under my body
I slogged it out on a ride I usually cruise
it was flat but it felt up hill both ways
it was not so much the speed as I was spinning in the smaller ring trying to stay smooth and not tight
it was more a matter of how hard it was to rotate the cranks
the cranks were not spinning
the cranks were being mashed... not unlike how I muscle the cranks when I ride off road

the post work ride was not the confidence builder I was looking for
I wanted an refreshing spin to boost my moral
rather I had a ball busting rude awakening
an overwelming sensation of dread
my legs were gone and I was not going to be able to ride this weekend without a testosterone patch

went home
joined the family
went through the evening's events thinking that the shenadoah mountain one hundred was a bad idea

the next morning I woke
that was this morning
figured I would get another feel for how the body felt
not the 5-7 hour ride that frank of bike utopia was reccomending
but rather my ride to work and my ride home

with lycra tights rather than padded shorts with pockets and such
with Sidi shoes instead of my sasquach sneaker style touring shoes
(also with Time cleats)
I carried my bike up the wooded stairs to the alley behind my house
after opening the iron gate I went to pick up my bike and go through the doorway
at a glance I saw then when my wheel rotated it stopped without making a full rotation
I tried to spin the wheel again
the wheel did not make a full rotation
fearing being late I mounted up my bike with the tweeked rear wheel and rushed to work

after work I got suited up for my ride
before mounting up on my specialized tri-cross I disconnected the rear brake
then threw my leg over the saddle and headed for a post work ride
the wheel was ugly
but it was not hitting the brake
I cautiously moved through traffic knowing a panic stop would send me over the handlebars

not having a legit spoke wrench I figured it best to just ride
so I rode on


I went up the Capitol Crescent trail again
this time with less resistence
crossing the once train tressel over Bradley Blvd I decided to pop into Big Wheel Bikes to see if I could borrow their trueing stand and a spoke wrench
sure enough
they let me into the back of the shop
not even having to use my "I worked here a hunderd years ago line"

in seconds I found that several spokes had loosened entirely out of tension
it was like a few spokes had been replaced by well cooked spaghetti

with the wheel straight again I made small talk with some of the employees
a long time Big Wheel employee VJ popped up in front of the register
we caught up... I have known VJ for.... well.... forever
VJ has been in and out of Big Wheel since he was a young russian immigrant
although always part time it seems like he is always there

said my good byes and pointed back to georgetown
trying to get back to the family
trying to beat the fraile threat of rain
no
did not extent to the gravel section
just headed home
with the wheel straight and strong (for now) I was moving
the bike was fast
I was smiling
there was no more resistence that there should be

I laughed to myself about my slogging on the bike the night prior
then smiled about the weekend to come
the slight rain did not dampen my mood
I rode home smiling thinging about a weekend of camping and riding my bike

dillard at quantico

photo by kevin dillard at the cranky monkey at quantico

kevin dillard at demoncats
kevin dillard at velophotos

kevin dillard had a busy weekend
kevin raced two road events on saturday day
kevin showed some pictures and showed his face at a house party/art show saturday night
kevin raced in a mountain bike race sunday
kevin then took pictures of racers during the following races and following the races

will ramos also has some photos up
some good air by a number of the racers
I did not want to waste too much energy reliving that day
trying to look forward
not trying to look back

I do not know anything about this


girls just want to have fun ride...

I do not know anything about this
well... I do not know much about anything
so it is not odd that I know nothing about this

maybe gundog99 knows something
maybe it is the juicy coutour mean girls crowd?

my mind has turned the corner...

my head had turned the corner
I am headed to Harrisonberg Virginia for a weekend of camping and bike racing
it should be a blast
looking forward to it

wish me luck

keep it fast and dry

Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people

Momentum: the magazine for self-propelled people

Momentum Mag as described by Wikipedia

Weather... just another demon for this weekend


more demons to attack me as the weekend approaches
shenandoah mountain 100
I am starting to get psyched
there will always be fear
it is just a matter of what a person chooses to do with this fear
a person can buckle under that fear
or
that same person can choose to harness the energy of that fear and let it fuel them
I am now choosing to let my fear fuel me

to quote DCMTB team member Dave Vannier
"Ernesto... I am not scared of Ernesto"
(but... I think that is what many said about Katerina)

Cabin John Trails

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Cabin John Trails
some legal trails not far from DC

earlier this summer I wrote an article for SPOKES magazine about riding from the Capitol Building to the Cabin John Trails as a virtually car free dirt work out for DC mountain bikers

8.28.2006

what happend at the cranky monkey number 4?

yesterday was the fourth cranky monkey
the last and final event of this local mountain bike series was held on a Marine base in Quantico, Virginia

I went into the event with a certain level of excitment

although I had not ridden much in the last two weeks I was excited to get out and race hard

the bike was well tunned
I was well rested
with the late afternoon start time I was able to head across town and grab a cyclist friend of mine who needed a lift for the event
picked up max in petworth
max is a messenger who races his single speed and recently joined the DCMTB team
the same max whose house hosted the art show/house party where I set up a laptop with a rotation of some of my cycling image thing

fueled up with water, gatorade, red bull, and a cold hamburger from grilling the night prior
was feeling pretty spry in my fresh and new never before worn City Biks shirt and shorts
warmed up and did the parking lot meet and greet
with numbers on the bike I lined up and listened to Jim Harmon of EX2 Adventures give his prerace thing

was at the line with the 35+ big boys
was in the first row but not muscling or blocking anybody out
thought about the day before me and waited for the 30 seconds to count down to the start
having no idea what to expect of this unfamiliar course I decided to go with what I heard in the parking lot... climbs like Fountainhead/flowing like Schaffer Farms
or something to that effect
that sounded like some good terrain for my style of riding
although I am not that familiar with Fountainhead I do not remember it being all that full of climbs

having raced against a number of these guys throughout the season I thought I had an idea what I was up against
thought about where I finished at the Richmond Xterra event
what my efforts were that day
thought about my success at first Cranky Monkey at Wakefield
even though I had no idea what this course had in front of me it sounded like a course where I could be strong
perhaps, less disadvantaged by my clydesdale status

so when that long thirty seconds had finally counted down I skidded forward along side a number of fast riders in the thirty-five plus category
the ground was loose
a slight grade up on a wide stretch of trail
with the energy of the moment and thought that I wanted to try and fit into the top five at this event I figured I would try to start out fast at the start

not far after the start I found myself in the front of the pack
was behind a fast and fit cat named gordon from ncvc
have seen gordon at the races over the last few years
watch him get faster
watched him move up in the classes

with the big wheels and the big gears I decided to slip in front of Gordon when we dipped into the singletrack
we rode for a little
and I mean a little
this is real early in the race
and I found myself passing soem racers from the classes released ahead of the 35+ers

not sure if I was concious that I was starting to slow down
but I cheered for the racers that past me
the top three turned into the top five
the top five passed me along with the top ten
I was not slipping into a groove
I was slipping
I had slipped

early in the race I had gone out hard and bonked hard
it was hot and I know nothing about pace
the course was completely infamiliar to me
the steep climbs were actually super steep hike-a-bike trail
very steep and not so short
exhausting for me, my heavy body, and my heavy bike

early in the race I wanted to stop
one lap sounded hard enough
two laps sounded impossivle
the shenadoah mountain 100 was on my mind
the shenadoah mountain 100 was sounding impossible
the weight of the 100 miler ontop of the miles in front of me had me riding in quick sand
and there is nothing quick about quick sand

along with my lets, went my lungs, my strength, my power, and my confidence
my head was out of the game
I foolishly let my mind wander about how to approach not doing the shenandoah mountain 100
while I should be focusing on the moment I am focused on the future
definitely not where my mind should be
the heat had me sweating and swollen
my stomach was bloated
my efforts to stay hydrated had me bloated
my gut was so engorged that it was hard to breath
I fought to roll the bike forward
the trail seemed to be too tight for me to get any real flow
just as I tried to accelerate and roll through a section I had to decellerate then try to accerate again
it takes more effort to get me, my big body, and my big heavy bike than to get the little bikes and little people started
I was expending all sorts of energy that never got me any where

finally lap one finished
it was funny...
some of the trail started to look familar
I was expecting to recognize a twist, a turn, a rock, a root, a section of quick stand
then I crossed the start finish line
ouch...
I thought I had started lap two already
I grinned as I rolled though the start finish section
laughing to myself
asking ryan of EX2 Adventures if Clydesdales do one or two laps
he does not hear me or he does not get my joke
ryan cheered me on as I chug on through

being familiar with the course helped
it always helps
a little more knowledge of course allowed me to know what to expect
this knowledge did not help me move forward faster
just allowed me to move foward with less pain

the battle in my head of the Shenandoah Mountain 100 continued
my race was finally finished

across the line I can do nothing but laugh about my day on the bike

I am growing
I am learning
I am still trying to figure it all out
I could have tried to pace myself and finished a few spots further up
but instead I tried to finished on top

humbling
yes... educational? sort of
will I make the same mistake again?
more than likely

but...
I am also considering getting a unicycle
putting my old skateboard trucks on a new deck
I am accepting that being humbled is part of growing up
I am still growing up... still learning... still trying to figure stuff out

the house party/art show was hosted by Bryn
Bryn at myspace
hopefully he will do this again
I will try to get a more coherent collection of images
many less quantity and more quality
perhaps create the slideshow in iMOVIE

looking forward to the Kevin Dillard images from Quantico
at lap one I was feeling like crap and gave him the bird
here is Kevin Dillard Raw

the tale of the tape
last Cranky Monkey I was ten seconds off the leader
this Cranky Monkey I was ten minutes off the leader per lap







less thinking... more riding

watching a great little film, 2 Seconds
my mother got it for me for my birthday
my mother bought it for me with my brother's recomendation
a pretty good choice
I am sure he will enjoy it when he comes and borrows it

will also want to share the film with some other friends
not just female downhillers like jenn or hillary
I think that this film is entertaining to many types of cyclists and maybe even some non-cyclist but the fancy sub-title thing can scare off a big percentage of non-cyclist world

2 Seconds...


some funny messenger observations
some funny bike shop observations
some amusing racing observations
some amusing road to mountain cyclist observations
waitng to see the observations that are not about cycling
waiting to see soem development of characters

watching it again not quite to where I had stopped it last night

funny story
funny characters
and well
I love FLASHBACK scenes
and
I do not mind subtitles

good little film
fun little story
fun characters

more heads


more heads
some with helmets
some without
more without than with
what is up with that?

headshots


it is funny to see people in winter gear
it is hard to imagine that it will get cold again
but... it will
and ya know what
people will be shocked
they will be talking about the weather like it has never been cold here before
"can you believe how cold it is out there?"
tomorrow I will certainly make small talk with a stranger or a friend and the heat will be discussed
the humidity
or the bugs
like it is all a surprise

watched a fantastic indy forgien film 2 Seconds
it touched on some very funny cycling culture stuff
but... the film never got heavy handed with it

digging through some images

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will we ever know the truth

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no beard.... no photos

no beard this weekend
traded in the orange and red for black and red
no photos from kevin dillard yet
wonder if the results are up
okay... the results of failure are far less interesting that the results from victory


heat was a factor
more excuses to come...

tune in later for a long list of excuses

PV Glider.... a hundred bucks!


the PV GLIDER seems like a nice option
but
the price is still too high for me
to move away from the training wheels
I can not justify paying a hundred bucks
plus 20 bucks shipping

for a product that seems no better than the standard bike

I have kids bikes salvaged from the trash that I could easily remove the cranks from to give a kick model bike for the kids durning their transition between training wheels and non-training wheels

adults will remove the pedals and cranks to create what is called "a gravity bike"
there was a death involving a gravity bike and a car this weekend

single speeders remove gears and deraileurs
gravity bikers remove cranks and pedals
downhillers remove engines from motorycles... well almost
what will be removed next?

8.27.2006

saw dilllard at the race

saw kevin dillard at the race today
saw a bunch of his NCVC team mates as well
well... saw their backs as they passed me
while I bird watched and worked on my tan
they were racing
I was day dreaming

kevin had some images at the photography show/house party the other night
I mentioned when I saw the images that I did not feel that these were a good representation of his work
I like some of his face shots
he gets in close
his candid face shots are the best

dillard at velophoto
the house party/art show was hosted by Bryn
here is Bryn at MYSPACE

faces... some from the winter

some faces

pretty ladies, pretty bikes, and a grassroots team

found this here
that is the if grassroots team
this is the if site

max was talking custom bikes
I know little about custom bikes
but the bike industry at each level fascinates me
even the economics of schwinn
fascinates me on the superficial level I understand

it is funny... all the women are beautiful
somehow they all look pretty much the same
which is weird
the skin tones do not get much lighter or even much darker
very strange

a few things from the weekend

it was a good weekend
no time in the pool
still have yet to get to the beach
still have yet to eat all I can eat steamed crabs
but
I have had Old Bay on my corn on the cob many times

this weekend some friends from the cycling world had a little art show/house party
a few messenger photographers brought by some prints
AZ, Kevin Dillard, and Scrooge all had various images on display
as I am not sure if what I do is photography I grabbed an old laptop and an old monitor I have kicking around the basement and dropped things off with a slideshow that was set to play some 70 odd images in a random sequence

dropped off the monitor and machine on Saturday morning
never made it by for a viewing myself
was tempted
Cargo Mike dropped by with a shock pump on his way across town
Mike stayed for dinner
but by the time the kids were asleep I barely had time to double check my gear for the next day's race

the gwadzilla blog slideshow was interesting
it was not a best of

it was not a whose who in the dc messenger scene
it was a mish mash of stuff
just was surfaced as I through things together in my usual last minute fashion
it was a great collection of some of the earlier stuff I did with captions to the more uniform portrait stuff I have been doing
the quality of my photography has changed as well as my composition
things have gotten more simple

max and byrn each messengers as well as residents in the house said that things were well recieved
not in a New York... IT IS ART/THAT IS FANTASTIC
but in an interesting background setting to the action of the party
which was just what I had intended

today I grabbed the laptop and monitor when I picked up Max
as Max needed a lift to the Cranky Monkey mountain bike race at the Marine Base at Quantico

Max was prepared... but I think that he had enough of my banter in the car
cause I was rolling up on him early in lap one
when he just picked up the pace and left me in the dust
guess he figured he would wait to hear what I had to say on the drive home
escape the madness for a few hours
unlucky for him there was some nasty Interstate 95 traffic
he was stuck along side of me for more than expected

Max had a solid race
as did Cargo Mike ("Coach" as he is known to those who know him)
Cargo Mike managed to get second in the Single Speed... leaving him first in the Series for Single Speeders
others did well
all sorts of folks from DCMTB where there
many finished strong
many had days like me and were just happy to finish

will check out the results tomorrow and know more what happened on the bike when people start posting reports

Cranky Monkey #4

cranky monkey number two for me, but number four in the series

www.ex2adventures.com


there are a number of theories

the heat of the day was a factor... but the heat of the day was a factor for all involved

there is talk of a "samson syndrome"
that I was fast at Cranky Monkey #1 where I took second in the 35+
while the removal of my beard messed with my mojo
stealing me of my strength
leaving me weak
causing me to fall to 15th our of maybe 30 35+ racers today

there was some time off the bike
there was my vacation in colorado
those things may have taken away my speed
but... I feel that it may have been a case where the course did not favor me
as a matter of fact I feel that the sharp turns along with the stop and go took far too much energy from me
it seemed like there was a great deal of energy used to start the bike from a near standstill

I had speed today...
like a boy has speed on prom night
I was plenty fast
I just was not fast for long

yes, I am talking about the fast hard three pumps of pleasure
this can happen in sports too

I had shown up psyched to ride and race
overhearing that the course was a combination of the climbs of Fountainhead with the technical demands of Schaffer farms
the bike was running well
I was psyched to be racing
but it just did not come together for me

these trails were so much like the east coast style trails that I began riding on many years ago
that I ended up riding like a beginner

it was painful
I had nothing
I had no technical
I had no lungs
I had no legs
I had no power
I had no endurance
I had no self confidence
I had nothing

it was a brutual slog fest
just me and my bike

out there along
trapped in some cyclists no mans land
with the fast pack ahead of me
and a slower riders scattered somewhere behind me
I rode along at a painfully slow pace
no fluidity
no flow
just slow

lots of dismounting for short steep climbs
lots of heavy breaking on sandy turns

as mentioned
there were endless 90 degree turns that demanded major deceleration
there were short sections that allowed for some acceleration
only do bring the speed down again

lap one had me thinking that I did not want to do a lap two
the thought of lap two had me thinking of not wanting to race at the Shenadoah Mountain 100
much of the race was spent thinking about my ill preparedness for the SM100

the excuses are lined up
but I think that I may still be doing the Shenadoah Mountain 100
my body did not feel unnaturally sore
slow yes, excessively sore... no
the crash has little left of a bruise... sure there is a knob that looks to be either bone or hardened fat that is pertruding from my hip
but nothing that causes any pain or discomfort when I ride
and the back did not seem to be giving me any complaints
so the excuse of last weeks crash is not a valid excuse

the thought of camping with the kids and riding with friends sounds like too much fun for the approaching holiday weekend
would not want to miss it
as it will be a two wheeled party

8.24.2006

training wheels worked just fine

there were thoughts of getting a LIKE-A-BIKE style product
there were all sorts of Internet searches that took me around Europe
there were German manufacturers and British makers
there were various pedal-less bike type of things all over
but no options in the states
well... now there is LIKE-A-BIKE
and certainly soon there will be a reasonably priced Fisher Price option (we can only hope)

but training wheels worked just fine for us
and
training wheels continue to work just fine

Dean was off training wheels by four and a half
while Grant gets great joy from pedaling the smaller wheeled bike with training wheels
he enjoys it more than the tricycle
so...
I would think that the LIKE-A-BIKE style product would be in addition to a tricycle and a bike with training wheels
not instead
all the skills are needed to learn to ride a bike
not just the balance of coasting down hill

had considered taking the one piece crank set off a smaller kids bike
just to see if there is any pleasure in that coasting machine

I would fear that it is no better or no worse
just different
fun for the kids
but no more safe
and well
I am not sure that it would accerate or ease the learning to ride a bike

there was a time where I looked at it and thought
wow that is one expensive set of wooden crutches
as I was viewing the bicycle like structure in ikea form as more of a training tool
used for two to four weeks to transition from bike with training wheels to bike without training wheels
as pedaling is as much a skill to be learned as balance
and well
steering and pedaling is differnet than kicking around with some wood and some wheels between your legs

yet, I considered buying one of these beautiful pieces of wood
thought that the whole block could use it
that these wooded crutches would be brought out as each child approached the appropriate time to transition from training wheels to without training wheels
yet....
I could not justify the cost
looked at them
paid close attention to them when I saw children with them

but never pulled out the credit card
came close
but never made a purchase

thinking that training wheels should work fine for Grant when the time approaches
but
if there are wooded crutches to grab
I will certainly let Grant (or bicycle proficient Dean) give them a try
as I am sure that the process is fun
heck.... I did it the other day when the chain on my single speed broke!

http://www.sabamba.eu/

http://www.likeabikeusa.com/#

two seventy nine
there is a great motion gif on the Charm City registration page
but honestly
I think that is too much to spend on a childrens bike
sorry...
two seventy nine
does it teach my kids to read as well?

sustainability

sus·tain·able
Pronunciation: s&s-'stA-n&-b&l
Function: adjective
1 : capable of being sustained
2 a : of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged <sustainable techniques> <sustainable agriculture> b : of or relating to a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods <sustainable society>
- sus·tain·abil·i·ty /-"stA-n&-'bi-l&-tE/ noun

from britannica.com


and here is a definition at Wikipedia

cut me some slack
I am still learning words and concepts
there are words and concepts that I had known before
but am starting to greater understand and appreciate

the urban planners
the city planners
and the people need to come to understand this concept of sustainability

rc squared

Rock Creek Restoration Co-operative
(a not for profit daydream of mine)
((I have lots of daydreams))

when I walk the trails of Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC I experience a mixture of emotions
torn between being elated at how beautiful the trails are;
with being depressed at how beautiful the trails could be

the hiker/runner/dog walker population grows each year
every year there is a new freshmen class
there are more people working these small sections of trail than ever before
the trails are getting wider
the trails are heavily eroded in some places
the vegetation around the trails has thinned out
the park land will not repair itself

there needs to be some action to repair this wonderful park
small action today will prevent the need for massive action later

all the park needs is a band aid here and there

there needs to be more earth
so much of the soil has been taken away
when it rains the roads funnel the water into the park
the park is naturally a valley
but all the paved section of earth that would have one time absorbed rain and run off now just sends all that water into the valley that feeds into Rock Creek itself

in addition to more earth there needs to be some replacing of indigenous vegetation
the old growth trees are reaching their time to die off
there needs to be fertile land so the young trees can grow
seeds need to grow to be saplings and then the saplings need to grow to be mature trees
that may take blocking off some small patches of land from man, deer, and all else

there are too many trails
trails need to be blocked off and rebuilt into fertile hillsides
the trails themselves could do with some basic repair
again more earth

my greatest daydream is to bring in a unfertile sandy soil for the walking path
build upon the already existing walking path
wind the natural path of the trail... guide the trail in a natural direction
thin trail in some places
thicker trail in others spots where it makes sense for people to walk abreast
along each side of the unfertile walking path put fertile soil to the same height
fertile soil extending into the woods
plant clovers or some other fast growing vegetation with ferns
seeds for hardwoods will also take root each season
the lighter colored soil would act as a "yellow brick road" guiding the hiker unconciously to stay on the trail
there would still be various trail options
thick paths would split into two thin paths
forks and splits would still exist
but they would be marked well enough so that people would easily be able to stay on the path
the obvious path would prevent people from widening each trailhead and each trail intersection

the trailheads would need the most repair

logs would be used to level off camber trail
logs would also be used to terrace steep sections into natural stairs

shortcutting would be blocked no only with fresh dirt,, but also with the placement of indigenous plants
in addition to terraced stairs some of the steeper trail sections would be blocked off and switdch backs would be cut into the hill
plant life would be added to the steep sections

I can appreciate Rock Creek Park in its "natural state"
but the current natural state is decline
there needs to be an effort to create some sustainability
right now this park, which is an amazing natural resource, is being neglected

avatar game
on nick.com
scene creator

watching avatar with my kids
we have it on DVD
it is really good stuff...
Ang is on this earth to keep peace and protect nature
or something that effect

touch and go

touch and go
25 year reunion festival
a friend's band is getting together for this
I wonder if they will be able to get it together for this
they all live in different states
which does not allow much time to practice
unless they play really really loudly

more good stuff


chainsaw panda rides a bike brings up a few interesting topics...

helmet laws for cyclists
and
the yellow bike project

go there and take a look!

and counting

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39 years and one day today

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nice bob jackson

i think that is one of the bob jacksons I have seen parked about town

yesterday's post work ride

yesterday I ducked out early
pulled out the "birthday card" and asked to get out early
should have asked to get out early earlier
but... got out early just the same

was able to roll for just over an hour and a half on the bike
most of my ride was on the local bike paths
as I was earlier than usual I had less RUSH HOUR COMMUTER TRAFFIC
less people equals less hassle
it was good to ride with my heart rate going up from what I am doing
not because of what some other joker is doing

a good ride

getting close to the Shenadoah Mountain 100
focus should be more mental than physical
need to make sure my bike is ready for the task
tune it up today
test it at the race on Sunday

another federal building

just some stuff to read.... injury on the bike

as many readers know I am a cyclist
my focus is riding the bike
I love to ride my bike
I do not always want to ride my bike
but I ride my bike just the same
a few minutes into riding my bike I am reminded that I love to ride my bike
riding my bike on dirt is my favorite part of riding my bike
I ride my bike on pavement not just because I love to ride my bike
but because riding my bike on pavement makes me faster on dirt

last year I suffered two injuries; a broken/dislocated index finger in the spring and a dislocated shoulder in the fall
nothing too serious, but serious enough to take me off the bike and send me to the doctor
there was some surgery all sorts of physical therapy
as well as a good deal of time on the bike
those injurys are still part of my daily life
the pain and the fear of recurring injuries
it sucks
but.... it is not like I got diagnosed with cancer

I am a cyclist
I am not a cyclist for a race
I am not a cyclist for a season
I am a cyclist for life
it bummed me out that I missed races and missed part of the season
but.... I put it all in perspective
I was fine and would be back on my bike
there are future races and future seasons

for those who do not know I am co-captain of a mountain bike team
DCMTB is our team (DC-mountain bike)
our main sponsors are City Bikes and Metro Gutter
Joe Foley is the co-captain.... he really handles the lions share of the captaining responsibilities
earlier this year Joe broke his clavicle
this was a real bummer for Joe, as Joe has been getting faster and stronger over the last two years
he dropped weight and he picked up some serious speed
once recovered from his clavicle joe was in a bike/car accident, which took him away from his bike again....
it sucks, but he is okay

Matt Donahue, another DCMTB member crashed his bike and injured himself
dislocated his shoulder to be more specific
this has been a recurring injury for him
the dislocation bums him out
but the injury does not bum him out as badly as missing the Shenadoah Mountain 100
I tried to share with Matt my feeling of being a cyclist for life
it was over email... I did not see... but I think he gave me the finger for my Chicken Soup for the Injured Cyclist Soul type of philosophy

DCMTB team site

Joe Foley's Blog
Joe is a cyclist, a photographer, and a lover of beer

Matt Donahue's Blog
Matt cross over from Downhill to cross country
he had the handling now he has the speed and endurance
but now due to injury, he is taking a few weeks off the bike

Brian Kemler in Mexico's Blog

Brian was the captain of DCMTB when I joined some years ago
funny picture of Brian as I seldom saw him without a helmet on

Sean Bega; City Bikes Chevy Chase head mechanic and director of Hub Racing has an article from the Washington Post about the death of Judy Flannery; check it out
Judy Flannery was a family friend and a Masters Champion in the tri-world
her life was cut short.... read the article

yesterday I signed up for the last Cranky Monkey and Charm City
today I need to suck it up and sign up for the Shenadoah Mountain 100
my wife and kids are going to camp
so I might want to show up and race

8.23.2006

thirty-nine today

today is my birthday

this morning as grant played happily with the thomas the train/star wars village i created the night prior, dean complained

dean is holding strong that thomas the train is not for his mature five year old tastes

so often an effort to do something cool can blow up in a parents face
like when I made tuna surpprise by mixing two boxes of regular mac and cheese with one box of arthur mac and cheese
along with the standard cream of mushroom and tuna
arthur was hiding all around
dean would have none of it
had it been all arthur or all regular mac and cheese it would have been fine
but the mix did not appeal to him
the mix drove him away

these responses tend to do more with a mood
this morning dean was in a mood

when lisa got back from a morning run with the dogs she reminded the boys that today is my birthday
everyone got a little excited
the boys each started singing different happy birthday songs

dean asked if he could give me my present now
lisa said, no tonight
dean said, no now
I said nothing... but was thinking, no now

lisa got the present

immediately I started joking as i was handed a small
a white shipping envelope that held the bulging form of whatever was inside

I questioned...
it does not look like a unicycle
it does not feel like a unicycle
it does not feel heavy enough to be a unicycle

I tore open my package
my eyes widened and my mouth smiled
it was a wool dirt rag jersey in grey and black
along with two pairs of dirt rag socks
LISA YOU ROCK!
AWESOME!

what a great gift

dirt rag
no.... that is not me in the photo above
that is a different Clydesdale
Dirt Rag Co-founder Maurice
a clydesdale and a member of the mountain bike hall of fame

the jersey and socks are my size
the unicycle could be a tough purchase to make
size and quality and such
lisa made the right decision.... as per usual

dirt rag art director at myspace

the DIRT RAG FORUM sent me an automated message wishing me a happy birthday
isn't that sweet

dj yellow fever

djs yellow fever spin locally
each week I get an email announcement with a different amusing jpeg
here is half of the yellow fever dj package brian liu

I used to see more of brian before my life as a father began
now I just see his emails

here is a slug from his email
Tonight & every other Tuesday @ Cafe St Ex.(@ gentrified 14th/T St NW DC!)
NO cover. NO weekend warriors. NO EXCUSES!

yellow fever at myspace

brian also runs a design firm called toolbox
he runs a tight ship
they tend to have some pretty cool clients
not sure if he has drifted from print design to multi-media to film
as I know he has traveled a great deal in the last few years to work as a photographer/cameraman


8.22.2006

discipline.... I just want to play with them

I did not have children to discipline them I had them to hang out with and play with them tonight on my ride home from work I was trying to keep it mellow was on the Specialized tri-cross wanted to keep it in the small ring wanted to keep it spinning on a bridge that crosses over river road a pace line of commuters came up on my left before the crest of the bridge they had to fade over as there was oncoming traffic a few joggers or something to that multi-use trail effect the second guy faded right on top of me I had to break and fade back then came up on the left and asked them what they were thinking the second guy, the guy who faded right into me said he was sorry sorry? sorry for what? sorry for what you are everyday? the trails are not the place for a paceline the first rider takes off his headphones to try and get an idea what I am saying I start over the trails are not the place for a paceline it is just like in a car... if you are racing nascar and you are following close behind it is called drafting but, if you are driving your car on the highway and you are following that close it is called tailgating there is the... I said I was sorry I did not want to hear that I am sorry crap if I did not say anything he would not apologized he would not have realized his idiocy but there were two runners coming up the bridge exactly... when you are driving your car do you pass blindly because the car in front of you is passing? no it is the same thing here the third guy in the pace line tells me I am holding them up I tell them to keep on rolling they do not need to stick around and listen to me there is a little more back and forth there is a little more of my grumpy diatribe eventually I have to pick up the pace not to drop them but just to be away from them I am not out riding the trails to have to discipline and educate other riders I want to just go ride my bike I turned it around at Bethesda Ave and pointed it back down the Capitol Crescent trail for home a short ride my rides are like most riders day off I take the Capitol Crescent trail back home the same way I came wanted to ride longer... but had to get home to the family gave my three new friends a smile and a wave as I passed them headed the opposite direction they gave smiles and waves back I am sure they had a laugh about the feak on the bike me the way back was the same set of uneventful near head ons with riders who can not see further in front of them then the top of their front wheel some near serious head ons then back home got back home and took brutus for a hike on the Melvin Hazen a short ride and a short hike are better than no workout at all guess I have to discipline my children if I am going to want to play with them

yes
just as roadies do not like other roadies
freds do not like other freds
do mountain bikers like other mountain bikers?
for the most part
I do not like people

26 letters in the alphabet

taking it back
can not let my bitterness and anger spill over to the rest of my life

I am taking back the "W"
that letter is far too useful
as I can not live with only 25 letters

so today I borrowed a baseball cap from either dean or grant
which I am not sure
one of their hats
took it and wore it out to the local pub

can not associate each and every "W" I see with negativity
so I took it back
wore the hat and liked wearing the hat
the hat was comfortable and it covered my bald head

of course the hat was blue
I would most definitely not wear the red nationals baseball cap
now... lets see if I can get my head around wearing that red shirt with the big white "W"
I may need professional help on this one
if the "W" had been smaller or the shirt had been blue it all would have been easier

the more simple toys often take more complex thinking

wooden maple blocks
wooden thomas the tank engine track
plastic legos and plastic action figures
combine them and create new toys and new games

my boys are playing with our blocks, our trains, and some star wars action figures... no legos at this time
but there is always the option to add or modify

dean has spoken out against thomas the tank engine
as if thomas is so for four year olds and he is now five
but... reintroduce the same toy at a different level
and the old toy is a new toy
tonight I made tunnels and levels with the wooden maple blocks
the thomas the tank engine track was set up on each of these levels with three different tracks
the tracks never connecting
each with a battery powered engine slowly grinding its way around the looped circuit
each going through a network of tunnels
the tunnels are the wooden block supports that create the raised levels

the boys helped with the tunnels
I set up the track
my archetecual design
my engineering
but their respect for its delicacy
and its need for space

the blocks are ending
lisa is taking the boys up to bed
lisa asked dean to bring up the book that he was reading
it was a Thomas book... maybe the kids in the playground are letting him know that Thomas is for the little kids
cause dean threw it to the ground and said that it was grant's book

will clean up the creation
maybe add a star wars village theme to it
as the toys set up in the night make for an easier morning
dean still has one more week before he goes back to school (kindergarden)
it can be tough to entertain two boys on a long summer day
they get up early and they stay up late

oh...
is wacky track cheating?
I think it is