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The Country Music Charts

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Some of the new country music, usually I would rather hear some of the stuff from the 80′s, 90′s, and early 2000′s….but there is some good stuff right now:

“People are Crazy”


“I Still Like Bologna”

“Big Green Tractor”



“Chicken Fried”


“Seen it in Color”


“Small Town USA”




Good Morning

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009



Now I can’t figure out how to get these words above my picture.   So they’ll have to stay down here.  The  picture is just me eating breakfast.  I’m up early, drinking my coffee to promote a nice bowel movement, reading emails from the Doc, and………..ok, just back from a bathroom break, coffee worked well, the “you know what” is full.   Also notice the fresh scar on my left elbow from my bike accident :-p.

I’ve had some breakdown lately, and now am on a program for my next two races, IRONMAN FLORIDA and the SAVAGEMAN HALF IRONMAN.  

My bike saddle has died, so I got a new saddle coming, with matching bar tape, I’ll put pictures of everything next time, so you can see the beauty of an ’09 Cervelo P2.

I raced a super sprint here in Clermont, two nights ago, it was a 300 “swim” (dive, run/walk through the water), 7 mile bike, 1.5 mile run.  I had done a 3 hr ride early the day, and it helped me come to the race warmed up and ready to go.  I was beaten out of the water by almost everyone in the elite wave (bad water runnig, dolphining skills), and my transiiions and bike mount wernen’t exactly up to par, so I missed getting to ride with my housemates Viktor and Max on the bike.  Since it was a draft legal bike I was not going to catch them, and Viktor is a stronger cyclist than me anyways.  It was good to race again, and be wheezing from the high intensity.  I think it got me outta my depression, and able to train well again.

The Real Florida…

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Florida is sort of…well I shouldn’t say “sort of”….it is a major tourist destination in the U.S. With tons of beaches and theme parks(Including Disney World and all the surrounding parks), and warm weather year round for most of the state it’s no wonder people like to come here from the colder states for vacation during the winter months. I went on a few vacations to Disney World when I was younger…in January.

…but now, I am here in central Florida in August, the hottest month of the year, in a place that has winters that are similar to mild summer days in Indiana. Staying in a normal house, in a normal neighborhood, the best way visit a place if you can. Its wasn’t like coming here in January to escape the cold and snow of Indiana, for temperatures in teh mid 70′s. Instead, I left great weather to come down, for a heat index of 100+ degrees, the relentlss sun beating down , a pool with temps in the mid to upper 80′s, and daily rain showers that soak your training clothes (that will never fully dry). I’m not complaining though, I think it’s great too see what the people who actually live here have to deal with in Summer, and get a better appreciatin for the near perfect weather they have in the winter time.  I think it’s the best way to visit a new place if you really want to appreciate it….and you may end up liking the place better in the harsh weather versus in the good weather??

Wrecked it…..

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

So I am pretty proud of my very mathematically friendly  crash history on the bike.   It’s basically been a gradual decrease in crash incidence  since I started riding.   I know sometimes, crashes can’t be avoided and are not your fault….but if you were to do a poll of riders, and look at the results, you would most likely see an inverse relationship between experience and crashing…or atleast there should be.   As your skill on the bike increases, the incidence of crashes should decrease. The first summer I started riding, I had a few crashes with the local club. A couple of the guys had nicknamed me “crash”, I overlapped a wheel, and went down pretty hard on one of my first rides. I fell several times when I failed to unclip at a stop sign, and went around a few corners too fast and went down b/c of loose gravel.   Towards the end of that summer, I was not fearing for my life anymore and was not crashing anymore.   Then my next few year I had only one crashe breaking my arm in two places in my first road race.  Next about a year and a half later I crashed around a corner really hard on loose gravel, nearly passed out as I sat at a random person house bleeding when they didn’t answer the door right away, and got stitches on my hand. And then 2.5 yrs after that, in the 2005 winter, I had a few german sheapards take me down at high speed, as I was trying to outride them one day with a hard tailwind blowing.  And then yesterday, about 3.5 years since that last crash, it was destined to happen again.   I was standing up to pedal and hit a bump in the road I couldn’t see and went down giving me some cuts on my hands, shoulder, and knee….and smashing the bars into my quad. It wasn’t too bad of a crash, and I guess I was pretty much about due for another….so if I follow the trendline, then it should be about 5-6 more years till I crash again, right :-) .

So now I’m gonna go ride, and I hope I haven’t jinxed myself with this post…..Shitters Full