Monday, December 28, 2009

patent pending

So, to end the 2009 season Santa brought me a nice AWI cold, im starting to get sick of this same fraking thing. A few times a year, same timeline

day 1 scratchy sore throat,
day 2 gets a little worse body aches,
day 3 throat feels fine but full blown head cold.
Day 4 lots of burgers, but levels out.
day 5 start to feel a little better
day 6+ gets better for next few days

clockwork i tell you, i can set my calender by it.
For as long as i remember i have never gotten sick any other way, i don't think i have ever even had the flu.

Saturday was a good workout before getting sick, on the rollers for some shorter 6 min intervals, hard, legs felt worked by the end. Not used to doing this kind of intensity this early in the (training) year.

yesterday was day 1, laid low, killed the first section of a mind games book I got for x-mas. I kinda hate all the numbers 1-9 right now.

the weather hasn't been amazing either still can't decide what it wants to do, so i'm not missing much outside.(thats what im telling myself)


Friday, December 25, 2009

merry chris....... sorry i mean happy holidays

Its the calm after to the storm, (is that even an expression....well it is now) chilling with starbuck probably going to fall asleep mid sentence typing this.

Wednesday was a long multisport cross-training day. Headed out to home away from home horseshoe valley, packed the car with all my gear skate skis, classic, and my snowshoes, food, mypod shuffle. Started out with a 2 hour skate ski, did almost everything I skipped the farm loop and terry's test, headed back and and strapped on the snowshoes, just as i was heading out something happened that hasn't happened in .. 7 years of xc skiing i had my pass checked. Slightly grumpy british guy thought he had bagged a big one, asked to see my pass with a big smile on my face i said certainly and showed it to him. I could tell i ruined what he thought would have been the highlight of his day. Good snowshoe in some deep(ish) snow, up and down all a bunch of the ravines tried to stay off the actual snowshoe trail as much as possible as you could ride a road bike on them they are so packed down(lightbulb)

After almost 2 hours of that i switched footwear yet again for a classic ski, shuffled, kinda glided, till it was 4:30 closing time, Pretty beat after, the classic skiing is a totally different ball game that really is kicking my ass, i say that as a good thing, its a new challenge.

Yesterday was the big family gathering here so no training yesterday. Just good food, solving global warming, watching festive television like family guy and jackass. Followed by a 2 am opening of presents, ill say my family were not good consumers this year, we said we were going to go easy this year, and for once we all did. Sorry canadian economy, highlights of my x-mas haul, new jerry can, and lots of vertical striped clothes, think my family is telling me i need to slim down.

Feeling a little worked this morning it took me a while to get going but i managed to get on the rollers, the day off did wonders for my legs all the fatigue and soreness was pretty much gone. Once I got warmed up i had a great tempo workout, same 2 x 20 mins but a higher wattage. Quality ride, then out for the rest of my time on the skis in the bluffs. Figured out a very doable loop in there, super mild above zero the waxless skiis worked really well, the last 15 minutes the rain started coming down pretty good.

Merry Christmas to you all,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

He's coming

Second day of winter, good news is the days only get longer from here. Working out mid afternoon feels really late when its starting to get dark at 4.

Yesterday was a total errands day, oil change, dog license(yes you need to have a dog license)(cats too, but i don't have any cats....) and my final x-mas shopping in the big red bag. And lots of stretching hip flexors haven't been that sore in years.

Today was a tempo workout on the rollers, 2 x 20 mins on, felt good, comfortable, after a quick change i headed out for a couple hours on the skis in the bluffs. Lots of falls on off trail descents and some good km on packed trail and it was all over for the day. Starting to get some good balance on the classics, key word starting too.

long cross train tomorrow is in order.


"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians."

Warren Buffett

Sunday, December 20, 2009

ummm, ummm

post weekend, kinda for all intense purposes. Yesterday after a few days of sun and no snow i thought it was a good day for a outdoor ride. It was on the chilly side but almost no wind so very manageable, still bundled up in about 15 pounds of gear though. And the secret weapons of heat packs, it felt like my feet were at a day spa as i was riding, and to note they say "environmentally safe" right on the package. A few hours out there, some roads were clear some less than ideal, had a few slip and slid moments. Glad I got out there though it was easier on the brain than the rollers.

My alarm clock(K9) had me up early, the sun was out and it appeared to be another nice day out. A gallon of coffee later and phone call from the mayor of the Waub(its on a weekly rotation so everyone gets a turn) and i was headed to copeland for a touring ski. Saw a Mazda in the parking lot and decided it would be ok to pull right in. It was close but i made it. Headed out with Molly leading the charge, great ski, a little bit of everything, bushwhacking, packed snowshoe trail, groomed track-set. Skis were great, my nordic descending skills need a little work though,

I had grand plans of a few more hours on the rollers but i was feeling some muscles that i had never felt before, and opted for some highly aerobic stretching instead (soft)

"grape lady falls?, what is grape lady falls?"

Friday, December 18, 2009

blaming it on blackberry

Yesterday the plan was to hit Horseshoe for a skate ski, the entire trail system is groomed and open. Bought my pass online its supposed to save time that way, im not convinced but at least if it was really busy like getting the pass last year i would just go ski and not feel bad as technically i had bought my pass.(i can hear the lawyers saying "but you didn't sign a waiver")

On the way up, got some texts from Matt about a classic ski a little later in the day, i changed up the plan and headed up to Mountainview instead to see what there selection of classic skis was like. I had a lead they would have something i was looking for. Got there and got that warm fuzzy feeling that i remember from the summer, nice people, homey atmosphere. When i said that someone told me to check them out for skis the nice women looked at me very surprised like she had never heard that before. But they have a really good shop there with all the essentials you'd ever need for Alpine of Nordic.

Got set up with some waxless, wide, classic skis, and boots. Something i can just bomb around on anywhere anytime(in the winter).

Back to Horseshoe for my pass, quick and easy, guy wanted to use my old picture cause he thought i'd break the camera. Then headed to the copeland to try them out. Matt was hoping to be there by 4, but ran late and didn't get my texts, blackberry outage im saying. bombed around for almost two hours before calling it a night, skiis worked well, tried them on everything but groomed track-set, so far so good im looking forward to more km's on them to come. Spent more time than i would have liked doing some of the errands but i'm now set up and can just get out and ski.

Today was down to business woke up calorie intake and off back to horseshoe for a skate ski. Noticed my pass said "super cross country" not sure what the super means. It seems to be the same trails as last year, i thought there would be some new extreme features or something.

The conditions were great, a couple cold days and no new snow makes for some fast(relative) conditions. Skied the west loop first, going up katies hill, there was a tree fallen across the trail being held up by another tree, high enough to ski under(quickly) but i have no idea how the groomer got under it. Unless it came down today. See how long it takes for them to take it down. North loop next, this is the copeland loop, knowing the singletrack a little better now i was tempted to venture off, something for the classic skis. Not many users i think i was the third set of skate skis on it all day, which is nice in its own way. Some calorie intake at the car and hit the south loop last with two laps of the farm loop. Happy with 3 hours for my first skate of the year. Thinking my arms and shoulders will have something to say about it in the morning though.

My new road shoes arrived today, my 9 year old northwaves are finally being retired. Good shoes, not sure i have ever used anything as long as those, and i don't want to even guess how many miles are on them. The new Shimano's I can already tell are 2x stiffer and about a pound(ish) lighter.

Cycle tomorrow will the main workout with maybe some outdoor x-training.

Sounds like Astro has taken on another initiative and is looking into the club adopting a piece of ridge road.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009


well we'll see, not much to report on exercising you can just read Matts, Tristans and Jacobs blogs for that.

good outing tonight with K. Sojurn stop to check out their ski selection, not bad but did meet up with an old SV buddy working there, chit chat. Lots of crazy nice stuff in that store. Killed some time. Wanted to hit the new pizza place but its not open yet. I want to get in there before it goes under and something else goes in there in a month.

dinner, ordered the same thing, server had a good chuckle. i wasn't happy

Starbucks wal-mart plaza location. May have found an even cuter girl that makes a better americano, and im sorry but its the way the hot water goes into the cup, it has to be gentle as not to "bruise" the espresso.(i totally just made that up)

film pick, the blind side. Excellent, better than i expected, 2 thumbs, and 2 big toes up. Krista really liked it too and shes usually hard to please with films. And Sandra Bullock is never hard to look at either.

lots o snow, figure a skate trip to the shoe is in order soon.

so yeah

if you read my last post im not feeling the blog right now,

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

just about to jump on the rollers,

good meeting yesterday at the OPP,

good snowshoe last night

that is all

Sunday, December 13, 2009

SOFT/ another call to the police

yes, i did not compete today in Hespeler, i am soft i will not deny that. All i will say is it wasn't the "race" that kept me away, I'm sure it was a blast and I'm bummed i missed it. But with a late night ,pelting freezing rain/snow/hail/rain/fire/brimstone coming down as i was getting ready i couldn't drag myself onto the 400 in that. Your all welcome to a snowshoe tomorrow night and you can kick my ass and call me soft to your hearts content.

On to the late night, at 12:45 i got up to answer the call of nature and I look out my window and i see a random PT cruiser parked behind my Mazda. WTF, then i notice a sunfire parked behind the van.Both parked, not running, Double WTF. First off this is why its not good idea to own a gun, cause if i had one i would have grabbed it and loaded it.

I made my way around the house making sure everything was locked, checked the garage, Starbuck was still fast asleep so i took that as no one broke in. (maybe i put too much faith in her) edit:upon reading this it would seem starbuck sleeps in the garage, she does not. just poor sentence construction.

With all my running around Mother woke up and same response WTF.I looked around the neighborhood, all was quiet there no parties or anything going on, no cars on the street. Neighbors driveways were vacant. After trying to talk the other into going outside to get the license plates, instead just called the fuzz.....again. My first guess was stolen cars, it wouldn't be the first time we've had stolen cars dumped in front of our house. (Matts right i live in a ghetto of Barrie)

Cop came, hand on gun(see), checked the cars, came in said yeah WTF, I confessed my fear of going out myself, and quoted rule #8, "Don't be a hero".

Ran the plates not stolen, so basically it was our problem, gives us a number to a tow truck to get them towed, says they can just bill the owner. About an hour has gone by at this point.

Cop leaves, fair enough better things to do(I do mean that, not a snap) Tow truck driver says yeah he can tow them but he has to charge us, since recently the city of Barrie passed a by-law saying they can't do that anymore. So here we are stuck in our own driveway, and WE HAVE TO PAY.(add that to the list of reasons I hate Barrie) Also it was still possible they were stolen and just not reported yet. So its two in the morning, sure enough as my moms about to say, well better come get them two little F%$kers come out from a townhouse across the street walk(very quickly) and jump in and drive off. Probably waiting for the cop to leave. Little f%$ks are lucky they didn't get their parents cars towed. (Pete how do you like that cursive writing?)

Too fracking lazy to walk from the actual townhouse parking lot i guess. So didn't get to sleep until well after 2.

So there you go, if you park in someones driveway in Barrie and your car gets towed, no worries you don't have to pay a cent to get your car back. Remember that the next time you have a party, kinda like valet parking. But no need to tip. This city is so fraked up sometimes.

Woke up and yeah a little on the tired side. Mother went over and busted some skulls at the neighbors, she came back with bloody knuckles and said you should see the other guy.

After the President of the AWI made the call to really end the 2009 race season, i hoped on the rollers for a good ride, (as good as it gets inside) Miami Vice was the DVD of choice. Good post ride stretching, food, then out for some x-mas shopping, productive, stores will be kept to myself never know who reads this. New powercord for my laptop, there is another potential rant here but ill spare you. (your welcome)........(actually are you still reading this)

Starbucks stop, i'd be lying if i said there wasn't a cute girl who works there that makes a hell of an americano.

home walk the dog,

dinner, then watched the US cross nats on cycling dirt, good coverage, started out on the big screen but my computer got kinda dicey, like the graphics card couldn't handle it or something, don't know not a computer wiz, good enough on the laptop.

Good racing, Johnson did his thing, Trebon rode well couldn't do anything more and was gracious in defeat, Third on the other hand, won't go there. T(odd) wells 4th nice.(will make Paz happy) Craig was up there, Timmerman had a nice one, his beard is so awesome. Good stuff.

so, Dexter at 10 season finale, got a new book to read to keep me occupied until Lost starts back up again. A Philip K dick novel i have never heard of before.

oh Speed racer good story, actually really good story horrible horrible film making.

on a roll, if you are a film fan and or Kevin Smith(silent Bob) fan you have to watch "A threevening with Kevin smith" awesome hearing him sharing some good stories about his dogs, Mulder and Scully,(see) making cleaks 2, his role in Die hard 4, his medical issues, really good.

long post sorry, im sure im down to the hardcore 10% of AWI'ers. You are AWI platinum members.

Tomorrow Astro/BCC's rural road safety meeting at the OPP detachment, my job is to show up and not make the club/cyclists look bad. Then some kind of physical activity in the evening.

thank you to Nelson Papel, without who this post would not be possible.

p.s. i notice as starbuck gets older she hogs my nascar blanket and the bed more and more. I might as well just sit on the floor.

k longest post? maybe?


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sunny with clear skies, not much wind, warmish, I knew I had to get outside on a bicycle of some sort today. The cross bike mad sense as i will hopefully be able to race tomorrow.I threw on my "grifo"s to try out on the ice/snow. I think they will be best if it stays cold and frozen, if not i'll put on the rhino's on if it gets messy. The big concern is actually getting to the race. Forecast is for 5-10mm of freezing rain in the morning. Could be dicey getting on the 400 in that. AM call i think.

The roads were in great shape today, clear and dry for the most part. The trails were tough on the cx bike, a lot of hike a bike, i kept that stuff to a minimum. Just a hair too much snow. With some warmer weather tomorrow Monday night may be possible. We'll see.

Horseshoe is open for skiing, good stuff.

Is there anything it can't do?

I'm in talks with ESPN 8 to develop "cycling powder 8". Also already convinced the IOC to drop another track event in favour of it. (it was surprisingly easy)

Friday, December 11, 2009


Well, winter is here but i would say with more of a whimper than a bang, too much snow/ice for good roads not to mention crazy high winds. Not enough for skiing/snowshoeing.

So I'm left with two options, rollers and pole running(I use running cautiously)So past two have been just that, some work on the rollers tempo and coordination, then outside for anything to get my HR into a nice endurance zone. Rule #1 cardio.

today after all that i was left with a dog that was thinking of ways to kill me in my sleep if i didn't take her out too. not long into the walk i met up with a boxer and his off-leash owner. This woman should be the third edition to the daily show/report combo, always some kind of snap. As they played, small talk, "whats her name?" Starbuck. "what"? then the old "wow he's really big". I can never win with this lady. Insult to injury the boxer is a total tease and demoralizes Starbuck.

so the focus of todays blog is where i came up with the name Starbuck for the dog. If this does not interest you i welcome you to change the channel, may i recommend another blog from the list to the right of this page?.

Its no secret of the BSG relation, but there are others, non coffee related.

the first place i can find the name is from Moby Dick, the character was the first mate of the the Pequod. And was apparently "thoughtful and intellectual" nope thats not her.

And yes this is where the coffee shop gets its name a little bit about that at the bottom of the wiki page.

next up, and getting closer is Agent Dana Scully of the X-files, another of my favourite tv shows, in short characters favourite book as a kid is moby dick, her father nicknames her Starbuck and is in turn called Ahab. Explained in an episode where she brings her little kick it, Queequeg, another character from the book. The little kick it gets eaten by a lake monster. The Dana Scully reference was the first time i had heard of the name.

next came, Kara Thrace from BSG, foul-mouthed, hot shot, just imagine tom cruise from top gun. One in the same really. Again no secret im a BSG fan, so when the debate came up what to name the little crazy puppy we just got came up, It was choosen. Tough, always ready for a fight, doesn't listen very well, bad knee, perfect fit.

so there you go a complete rundown, so now the next time i hear someone say "like the coffee place" i can give them this url. im having cards made up as we speak.

The Look,



sharkwater is on, never seen it, looks good,

oh good club meeting last night, lots on the go and by that i mean Astro has lots on the go and he tells me about it.

Hoping for more snow, or warm temps to get rid of what we have until it really decides to come down. One or the other is what im going for really.

Nitro-circus (orillia chapter) inspired link what i would do to have a ride in that.

k, gonna try to get an outdoor ride in on the CCX SL tomorrow in prep for sunday's throwdown in Georgetown.

quote of the day is a compilation

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Long time no post, i apologize I was hunkered down in my bomb shelter. Waiting out the huge storm that was rolling in. Wow the city did a great job getting rid of most of it, while i was in the bunker there was like only 5-10 cm on the ground. Nothing to worry about, so im sure there was more. bah,

ok so monday evening i headed out to midhurst for the what may be the last monday night ride. Yes i know i have said that before. But this is usually what happens a little bit of snow for one then unrideable till april. We'll see, good ride with Tristan and Jacob. Pace was brisk, until i led us onto a new trail, with some trees down. No crashes of consequence. Just the right amount of snow, to make it a fun sketchy

Yesterday, i hit the road for a few hours, i included some Tempo in there for good measure. Well what I/SNPD(when i was in the SNPD camp) would call tempo some say its endurance. Differing vocabulary i guess. Felt good to open the legs up a bit, i kept the hr in the low end of the zone, but my cadence at the higher end. Was nice to do a little structure.

Then hunkered down in the bunker to await the impending Colorado clipper. Caught up on some films, First up new release "carriers" not bad, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, are the main talent. Along the same lines a 28 days later, zombieland etc.... Pretty good, I enjoyed it, slightly more indie, not a big budget blockbuster. I give it 4 out of 5.

Next up on the double header, "Blade Runner:the final cut" still not convinced that Ford is a replicant, sure there is a unicorn dream sequence but what the hell does that mean. Still a wicked film, easy to see how it played as inspiration to BSG.

Woke up, sure enough the storm turned out to be a typical winter day. Some shoveling and snowblowing later, the driveway was clear. The rain helped too. It reminded me of a late march early april snowfall.

Man date with Jeremy and Matt at the new Rainforest Starbucks, now with real falling rain inside. Good thing i had my Mace water resistant jacket on. Not sure if it will catch on.

Home, ride on the rollers, coordination was the on the ticket today. Followed by Starbucks first snow walk since her surgery. Shes still a nut. She thinks shes a Husky.

Got a delivery late in the day, addressed to DR Watson, interesting.

Looks like its that time of year to play things pretty loose day to day with training. Not sure what the weather will be like. Tough to plan things in advance.
Short term, Sunday should be good, but i'd be lying if i said i'm not ready to get some good x-training in too.

good stuff

Monday, December 7, 2009

mid-day update

killing time, Sam has posted again, thinking i will have two blog lists, one tried and true bloggers, second will be the "on notice" bloggers, new blogs, dodgy, inconsistent bloggers, kinda like Blog parole or probation.

that is all.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

THE ride/spakfest

Pics uploaded weird can't comment on them individually, reverse order is more accurate chronologically.

So wicked ride today, huge turnout and by huge i mean there was more than just me and Charlie. So every person after that is a bonus.

Not going to lie, starting out was ominous, dark skies, freezing cold, but the old rule of thumb about if your warm in the first 10 minutes your overdressed was right and quickly got comfortable.

Made good time and before long we hit coulson hill for the first off road section, took a pretty direct route south to the 11th line, not before stopping to see Tristan's magic trick.

Sun was out in full force, so I made the executive decision to complete the ride as planned and head over to Scanlon creek, for another off road section, which included all of us doing a two wheel sideways slide down a hill in front of a couple wondering what the frack we were doing.

Next long long, p-a type headwind section, Matt refused to pull, something about it was his ride so he didn't have to. Back onto some gravel and hit the cookstown tim's for some refreshments, we beat the rush, as we sat down the lot filled with cars with x-mas trees on them.

Hoping to get some good snow squalls on the way back, didn't happen, sun was out the whole way. Then we were put in our place by a middle aged women on a Kona MTB, who absolutely schooled us on the rail trail. Matt was about to quit cycling and take up knitting on the spot.

finished on the natural gas cut, to make it memorable, almost ate it huge on the one downhill.

good stuff, kinda like brewery to brewerym the antirace and P-A all put together.

Rykoff, better get cracking on the blog.

next big event, Hespeler GP, hoping to be in decent shape, however lots of snow in the forecast so we'll see how many outdoor miles i get in.

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Untitled

Friday, December 4, 2009

Prep ride

In anticipation of THE ride Sunday I wanted to get a good preparation ride in for it. Headed out on the Bucket(BSG reference) again for an all in one ride. North today into springwater, hitting north simcoe rail trail, nine mile portage, midhurst trails, Hendrie tract, fort willow and various roads.

skill of the day, snow covered log overs on road slicks,

The weather was also all in one, started out well above 0, with the sun shining, by the end i went through 3 snow squalls, luckily the temp dropped so it was snow instead of rain.

Encountered 6 OPP when i was exiting Hendrie, they were all laughing and having a Jolly old time, until they saw me, they all ceased conversing and just stared at me like i was an alien. Another twilight zone moment.

ride map courtesy garmin

Garmin Connect - Activity Details for Untitled

Polar has arrived, so no more cheating on rides, if i'm out of zone it'll be beeping at me. At least i know what time it is.

oh, and never buy an extended warranty on a computer, absolute scam, i am refraining from a serious rant here, but yeah, total scam don't do it. Basically they can buy you out of your (broken)computer for pennies on the dollar if they don't want to fix your Computer. Staples FAIL.

around 36 hours till THE ride,

8 days till Hespeler grand prix,


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Its coming

So just hanging out with starbuck watching some season 1 BSG, some good classic stuff before it got all super crazy(and by super i mean good)

Good quote

"I thought we were just sparring"?

"Thats why you don't win"

rehashing of the past 48 hours. Wednesday jumped on the bucket for an all encompassing ride, actually some of you may have seen a link to the ride on garmin connect, i was playing around with it and didn't realize it was posted.

One way to really hone your balance is to ride wet leafy muddy ground on road slicks, you'll find out where too put your weight fast.

Another good aerobic endurance ride,

today was an off bike day, did a little core, and took angel for a good hike, i also did some crossfit in the, no i didn't i can't lie.

Stop in the shop for a bit, then did a little shopping for the upcoming holiday gift giving event.

With winter slowly (very slowly) rolling in, the AWI CEO, and the monday night something vice-president, are cooking up an epic ride on Sunday, titled THE ride, it is also being called Spakfest in hopes of getting some hardy endurance specialists out for it. Should be good, there will be blood, tears, flats, broken bike parts, spread out over gravel, pavement, singletrack, rail trail.

Could be a snowy ride tomorrow,


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ok kid you can be on the blog roll

First Rykhoff is now on the blog roll, he appears to be able to put up the good blog fight. We'll see if he can keep it up.

Next, ride today was saaawweeeaaatt. Started out on the road, headed to Georgian downs and got onto the rail trail there. Sometime since the summer they have put down crushed gravel and graded the whole line all the way to Cookstown. Its now right up on par with the barrie-orillia trail. Used to be rough even on a MTB now its as smooth as a babies bottom on 26 mm tires. First few sectors even had snow coverage. Added to the epicness.

As i hit cookstown my tire was rubbing my fender a bit, broken spoke was the cause, as i was standing on the road(keeping an eye out for golf carts) playing with my nipples,(evening out the spoke tension) the sun came roaring out and I felt like just sitting down on a bench(there was no bench) and soaking it all in. Got the wheel pretty straight and headed back north along a zig zag of gravel and pavement, and a little bit of the rail trail again.

Got home, fenders worked really well, rode through everything and i was still very clean.

Also the fake tree is up and "designer" decorated.

got the powertap on the CCX SL, with slicks on for the rollers, when the mood strikes to do any "power" workouts.

Maybe use the powertap at the Hespeler cross for data purposes if its suitable???

14 day trend still has technical support at the 0 mark, oh man we are going to pay for this in January

Box is a stud

that is all

"Nathan falling = Andrew falling = Sam falling + Sam's false info = Andrew making fun of my blog = Sam being up set, and wanting to sabotage Andrew's bike at the next race"