Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
A grueling 1/4 mile climb at the beginning of Ridge Trail
The hill continues, testing your psyche to see how long you
that was very scary to get of your bike even to stand and walk it. The rocks were so loose when you would step down that half the trail you were standing on would slide under your feet down the mountain side. Dan and I were behind Captain and Keith, I kinda thought I did not recognize this trail from yesterdays ride, luckily Ty and Keith turned around, they too headed in the wrong direction. We found out it was the back end of Airport loop that was PUCK 10+, Captain tells me shear drops and huge boulders, difficult to even walk in areas less than one foot wide trail.
Dan showing off his down hill skills
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
We started off heading up Schnebly Hill to catch the trails, nice little 5 minute climb for a warmer.
Looks deceiving, shear drop off to the left, but if you look straight
ahead the scenery is awesome. Lots of climbing on loose rocky stuff which is a good burner for the heart rate ceiling, but it feels great no matter how bad it hurts, once you get to the top you can't wait for the next challenge. We finished down the stairs of "HELL" (hike a bike) to the creek for a double wet crossing and then up to the bridge. We had to cross the river and it was waist deep in the middle, not too treacherous if you have a solid downhill type mountain bike. Of course, I brought my carbon fiber bike so when I was crossing the creek and using my bike to hold me up, while trying to balance on the slimy rocks, the currents pretty much took over the bike and it was almost a goner. Luckily, Ty was to the rescue and saved the bike and me from going under. So we headed off to Jim Thompson trail to catch up to Keith, Mike and Dan. We went through Jordan trails and Tea Cup for the round trip delight.
Down hill descents on Jordan trails. My balance this year is better then last which makes riding more delightful when you can control the bike.
Rock star Dan attempts and conquers.
Mike took a dump after a long climb on Jim Thompson trail. He reached the very top
heart rate most likely maxed out, was down for the count just as he conquered.
Hours of riding can take a toll on the body, nothing beats
Sunday, April 22, 2007
After a hard days ride, we cook up some fantastic
meals and relax. Taking in some breath taking views
from the home we rented off Air Port Road.
got again. Lucky for the skiers!
Cindy showing off her jugs at Oak Street Brewery.
View from the kitchen porch.
Friday, April 20, 2007
WITH A LOUD BELLAR!
Over the past several months I have kept up with training, nutrition and you can put it all together come race day and only hope for good outcomes. I always set my hopes up high until that dreaded moment when a young punk, (no pun intended) passes me and then I get reminded I am not 21 anymore, but it sure feels good to act like one. So if you ask me if I am ready, I am more ready then I could ever be. Are things perfect with my training, I don't have a clue but I have to say I have done some good homework and I am ready to take my first test.
So...The question of the day is, ARE YOU READY?
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Member Tammi not present, who is recovering from her bionic hip
MORE PHOTO'S HERE
Friday, April 13, 2007
It's that time of year to gather the ALTERRA Gang together for a party. Uniforms have arrived and that give us another excuse to live it up. Of course there will be the usual (monkey) business to be discussed, but I guarantee I will get some good pics tomorrow night. Stay tuned.
Otherwise nothing new other than I am ready to launch the trainer out the window. Only one week to go and then I can ride my ass off in Sedona, vacation could not come at a better time. I day dream about the thoughts on how I will spend my days on vacation. Ride, jacuzzi, ride, take a nap, drink, lie by the pool, drink....get a little nookie
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Last weekend I had the honor of attending Anna's wedding shower. For those of you who don't know, Anna will be marrying this dude on May 27 Th 2007. We are all excited for these two and wish them the best.
This is one of the special gift's that Anna received.
Inside are these beautiful bangles that she will wear on her wedding day.
I had to look this up, since I do not know much about India's wedding traditions. Choora are bridal bangles that the bride puts on her arms on the day of her wedding which signifies newly wed status.
She also received a little bling, bling which was a gift from her mother. Looks like Anna is off to ta good start! I can't wait till the wedding!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Check out Martin Laborde, born in New Orleans, he spent the first two decades of his life in total silence. He compensated by developing a heightened visual sense and his art became defined by the spiritual and mystical world he envisioned. Many want to purchase his work and display it in their children's bedrooms, but his art is meant to be displayed for the adult. His work demonstrates the childlike qualities in all of us that we tend to hide. Again I stumbled upon another interesting artist that demonstrates a mischievous dark side in his paintings that are a reflection of his life as he peels away the layers, Harouni http://www.harouni.com/ has had an interesting past and I believe some of his work has been displayed in several movies.