Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday December 28, 2008
8am - Taking out the dogs for their morning pee, it's raining.
9am - Morning coffee, yep I like it creamy.
10am - Checking the weather radar to see how much longer this rain plans to hang around.
1pm - A break in the rain so I decided to put Melinda's bike racks back on her car.
2pm - The sky opened up again so Melinda and I decided to head to the Mall in search of some new running shoes.
3pm - Leaving the Mall, we didn't find any running shoes I liked. Off to Dick's Sporting Goods.
6pm - Shower time, I got pretty sweaty during the new running shoe test.
7pm - Chilling on the couch with Melinda after a hard day of shopping, eating and running shoe testing.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Melinda and the dogs heading up the trail.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Santa was good to Melinda and I, he brought me one of these and Melinda got me a pair of these! I can't wait to get the Hero figured out so we can hit the trails and make some cool videos. We had to go ahead and celebrate our Christmas early because I'm working today and tomorrow. Kinda sucks but the extra holiday pay will make for a nice paycheck.
Yesterday Melinda and I got out and hit the trails for a nice Christmas Eve ride before returning home to grill out some steaks. The trails were in great shape considering all the rain we've gotten this month. Their were a few muddy spots but the trails should be perfect after a couple of dry days. No family from my side in town this year, everyone decided to head north to the folks house for the holidays. Because of my work schedule we are stuck here for the holidays but we'll make the best of it and get some riding in.
Melinda's bro and family are coming in town tomorrow evening for a couple of days so we should be hitting the trails everyday and maybe even a daytrip over to Pisgah somewhere. Good times!
Have a Merry Christmas and watch out for the fudge, it'll slow you down out there!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Last minute addition to my Christmas wish list if anyone was having a hard time trying to figure out what to get me.
On the work front we have had Christmas party after Christmas party and there are a ton of homemade deserts laying around just begging me to eat them. Everytime I walk through the breakroom 2 or 3 of them jump off the counter and hit me in the face. I'm trying to fight the urge to not eat anything but everyday there is something new to sample. When you work with a bunch of country boys there is no such thing as store bought cookies and cake in their vocabulary. I tried a rum cake yesterday that did a drop kick on my jaw, wow it was strong. Good thing I didn't get called up for a random drug test. It's a good thing we have an elliptical trainer in the building or I would have already put on 5 lbs. I charged up the ipod today and threw in some new tunes cause tonight I'm going to have to put in some serious time on the trainer.
Have a good Christmas and stay out of jail. The Holidays can cause us to do some funny things.
Friday, December 19, 2008
After I finished my errands I met up with the rest of the folks over at Salsaritas. More people showed up for the ride than I originally thought. By the time we got started the rain had already started in on us and as the night wore on the foggier it got. Riding the Greenbelt is nothing too exciting, it's where you find most of your non bike riding folks who have decided they're going to try riding again. Needless to say there wasn't a soul out there so we had the whole place to ourselves. I've ridden the Greenbelt from end to end but I never really knew where I was at either end. The end we came to dumps you out into a neighborhood and until last night I didn't realize it takes you right into downtown Kingsport. We cruised around downtown and since we were there we figured that we might as well stop by the Kingsport Grocery for a refreshing beverage and get out of the rain for a bit.
I think this is definitely a ride we'll have to do again but next time Melinda and I will have to break out the cruiser bikes. I would have snapped a few pics but it never stopped raining long enough to get out the camera. Maybe next time.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I've seen a few bloggers out there writing about their year and what they've accomplished or what's coming up for next year and this to has been on my mind but I'm not too sure what I'm going to say. I'd like to list out a page of races I plan to attend and the mileage I plan to get under by belt but I'm kinda afraid to and plus that gets kind of boring. Last year I came up with a list of races I wanted to attend and the list was pretty long but I only managed 2 of them. Being on the injured list sucked and it kinda got me depressed but I'm over that and I'm sure people are tired of hearing me cry about it so I won't bore you with any of that crap.
My prediction this year is going to be simple, have fun. Ride as much as possible but only if I'm having fun doing it. I'm going to try to not think about it as training because what am I really training for? I'm not a sponsored rider and nor do I want to be. I can wear whatever jersey I want, attend whatever races I want and I don't have to worry about keeping anyone happy. Sure it would be cool to get alot of free stuff or even get paid to ride but I'm not sure I've got it in me. Not that I really have to worry about all this I'm not that talented anyway. I don't foresee anyone knocking on my door in the near future. Not really sure where I'm going with this. I think I've gotten off on a random tangent.
Back to what I want to do next year. I'd like to ride some new places and get my dogs out on the trail more and not just the same old trails we ride in our backyard every week. I feel like we kinda got stuck in a rut this year and stayed close to home. Don't get me wrong we have some awesome trails right here in Kingsport but I need to see something new. Maybe it was the high gas prices that kept us put this last year.
I want to commute more next year as well. Riding my bike to work has been a losing battle with Melinda. She does not like the idea of me riding to and from work on busy highways in the dark. I do have a new plan of attack but I've yet to work out all the details. The Holston River runs right past my neighborhood just one street down from mine. It twists and turns for about a mile or so before running right through the middle of the plant I work at. In fact the gate I enter through is on the river's bank. I would like to buy a kayak this year and paddle to work, sounds really cool huh. There are a few details I need to work out before I sink my money into a boat though. The bank of the river is not that easy to reach in my neighborhood so I need to scope out a good place to put a boat in. Another is there is a TVA dam just a few hundred yards upstream that generates on a weekly basis. No problem going to work but I would never make it back trying to fight the current going upstream. I'm not even sure I can fight the current going up stream when they aren't generating but I plan to borrow Scooby's kayak for a couple of test runs before I throw down any dough. Luckily TVA does post their generating times online. Another factor is going to be darkness. Even in the summer I will be paddling in the dark at least one way. It may or may not work but I plan to give it a shot.
I wish I had some cool pics to share but nothing good in the camera right now. I try not to be one of those boring wordy bloggers who ramble on and on about the boring details of their workout or a trip to Dollywood. I'm afraid I've already gone too far with this one, sorry.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Nothing too exciting going on here, the weather has been real crappy and I'm working nights so my excitement has consisted of working out in front of the TV..... Yeah! The dogs are hating life but I think they realize I'm not out riding the trails without them. My bro n law did send me a disk with some more half way interesting footage of our ride up in PA back in October. It ain't no Red Bull Rampage but we're not professionals either.
Hope you enjoy
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Our house is looking quite festive this year, Melinda has been working hard and has done an excellent job. We're not getting to see much of our families for the holidays so we're trying to make it as festive as possible.
Yesterday I decided to tackle the project of cleaning up our basement. It's the one place in the house that I'm totally responsible for so obviously it looks the worst. Yesterday I cleaned and organized the main part of the basement and today I worked on the bomb shelter. Yes, I said bomb shelter and no it's not a name I've given an odd place in our house. We really do have a bomb shelter under our house, I spoke to the weirdos who built it. It was built back during the Cold War but the interesting thing is, they did it after the house was built and it's pretty big.
I wonder if it will bring more value to our house knowing that we can survive a nuclear attack? You would think I would make a cool bike room out of it but I can't get bike in it. To enter the bomb shelter you must make a series of turns down a cramped hallway with low ceilings. It does make for an interesting conversation piece at the parties we throw and I usually end up taking newbies on a guided tour against Melinda's wishes.
Maybe one day I've knock out some cinder block and make a new doorway so it's easier to access and then I can make it into a cool bike room but that's more work than I want to do right now.
I've got a pretty cool bike room upstairs right now and since we don't have any kids it should stay that way for a while. I thought I might post up a couple of shots of my bike room it's my favorite room in the house. No pics of the bomb shelter though, if you want to see it you have to sign up for a guided tour.
This is also Moonshine's favorite room, she guards the bikes when we're gone.
My collection of random bike toys and Mexican "Day of the Dead" art. It also serves as a work table and a tool, spare part and cold beer holder when I'm busy wrenching.
The roadie section.