Saturday, September 24, 2011

Noah's Memorial ride and auction A lot of very special people put a ton of time in putting this together for our beautiful little Angel Noah. we love and miss him so much...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Noah's Syllamo ride

Somethings are more special than words can write. thanks Chris for taking him on your journey!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Good night song for Noah.

upon my hand a sweet kiss filled with a wish gently blown to the sky, shall it find you I will pray, that tomorrow for you will be a less painful day.. sweetest of dreams Noah...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tour of Herman....

This will be one race weekend I will do every year if possible. The time trial was a ton of fun, never thought I could average over 24 mph on a some what hilly time trial course. Finally got a top ten finish in a crit, didn't think that would ever happen, especially finishing third. The road race was crazy. Not sure how else to put it. If we wouldn't of had such a head wind on the way out I think I would of tried to go right from the start, pretty sure a few other key people would of went to. The first lap was pretty mellow, going into the second lap we had to do the wall climb. Super fun climb, not much different then a MTB climb. A few guys went off the front before we got to the feed so going into the climb I made quick work to catch up with them, I think there was either one guy still ahead or maybe he came by going into the second riser, either way once I got to the top I sat up and waited for what was left of the pack, personal reasons for what happen with the crit, I do my best to keep my word.. The second lap got pretty tough, I ended up getting super dehydrated, still trying to get used to riding at a group pace so that made it harder. The last climb got me good, still ended up in 13th, best place I have gotten in a road race. 7th overall for the weekend. pretty stoked.. I think the road racing is paying off, finally got from the road to the very top of Lone Wolf climb in under 3 minutes on the MTB.. still had a little more to offer, save it for the next time, good stuff.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hillsboro road race. Tilles park Crit

Sitting behind a super strong Momentum guy, was up front way to much! Not smart in road racing, I think I figured that one out now... (Hillsboro)
second from the left, next to Shawnerrr.... (Tilles crit)
Road racing is taking over my mind! The Hillsboro race was a blast, getting more comfortable on the road bike in a group, felt good just need to be a little smarter, was were I wanted to be going up the last climb but not were I should of been on the long road going to the last climb, still

don't think it would of made any difference on were I was going to finish, NOT ready to be in a field sprint yet, pretty goofy I guess, just want to get more comfortable. I wasn't for sure about doing the Tilles park crit mostly because we had a ton of stuff to do around the house to get ready for the little guy next month plus I was wanting to enjoy the day with family also, which is one of the biggest reason for doing the Crits to begin with. We kicked butt on getting some very necessary stuff done plus I ain't a big fan of my wife trying to do to much house work being this far along in the pregnancy, so I helped her get most of that stuff done to. With everything done that we wanted to get done plus we were wanting to do a little bit of shopping we decided to go to Tilles park for the crit. Other than it being a really warm day (upper 80s) it was perfect. Lucas played at the playground for a bit, Bettina got some fresh warm air and I got to ride my bike in circles for a hour. I enjoyed this crit the most even with it being so flat, I just don't feel right not getting to stand and peddle yet, but that is what is making it so fun. I feel I have gotten a lot stronger on the MTB through the winter doing more pace line stuff on our big road ride we were doing every week. That ride and of course Double Berrymans have always been my foundation for the endurance race season. But up until this last winter I never put to much effort into actual road training, pace line stuff. Its funny though, over the last 4 years of training on the road with Jim and listening to all of the stories of road racing and the different things that go on, its all making since. Maybe that is what made the Tilles crit that much more fun, pretty relaxed, was sketchy a few times I am sure but feeling like I fit in pretty good with the road racing stuff. Don't get me wrong I do look forward to the MTB stuff, just not the mud and worrying about tearing up the trails plus the bike.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Road racer?

Awesome pic my wife took...
Hanging out up front not knowing what the heck I was doing, fun stuff...

Okay so I have done more road racing this year than Mountain bike racing. Strange! I did my first Crit race on Sunday at Forest Park. Crazy fun. Bettina and Lucas came along to enjoy the beautiful day. Which is one of the reasons for doing a little more of the road stuff this year. The crit races seem to be a little more spectator friendly versus the MTB races. Anyway the race was awesome, totally different than what I am used to. For the last 5 are 6 years I have been training to keep the highest pace I could maintain for 3 to 24hrs of racing. Its fun learning to max the hrt rate than recover and do it again, along with trying to understand what is going on with the race who is trying to go off the front, what team is doing what, who's strong. It makes MTB racing seem so easy. So for the race I was wanting to get off the front in a break, kind of did that a few times. Get used to riding in a big group, did that. Finish in the pack, pretty much did that. Probably wont go for any field sprint finishes anytime soon, but hey you never know. Looking forward to some more. Side note the little guy is still growing super strong, less than 2 months to go, the wife is looking more beautiful than ever = ). Good times!

Monday, March 14, 2011

St Joe results

Results lap splits
36 07
37 01
37 08
37 37
37 51
I wanted to have a faster last lap, but was running into
a lot of racers from other classes, appreciate everybody
letting me by, either way it still would have been in the
37 range. its funny, no matter how fast you go you always
want more, even if its just a few seconds. Pretty cool to see
how close some of the racers were to the cut off time and
still went out for another lap, especially on a 7.5 mile lap!
For me its about the ride more than the race, I think for
a lot of endurance racers its the same thats what makes
the Marathon class so much fun.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St Joe race, 3/13/11

The last time I did a 3hr race was Sep 2009. Time fly's. Last year I was super busy with the business, not much has changed there just learning to take time to do the other stuff that I love. Jim couldn't make it so that was a major bummer. It was a tough choice on what bike to race, SS or geared. I have a super light rigid fork on the geared that will eventually be on the SS so I have been wanting to try that out and with not having a hard enough gear for the SS for this course the geared bike was the choice. The course is a true mountain bike course with some super fast single track, it has about everything you could want in a trail. even got to go through a tunnel! The race went great, no flats! Pushed pretty hard but nothing crazy, would of needed Jim there for that. Must of been doing something right though I ended up avg 12mph for the 3hr 6min only a couple other 3hr races have I ever been faster, must of been the rigid fork. Nice to see a lot of racers in the Marathon class, wanting to suffer must be catching on. At the end of the day I think everybody got there fill.... Mr Grumke did a awesome job on getting this course race ready. What was in my head, miss not being able to listen to the ipod during races but I do understand why..

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SuperFly is back in action, super light rigid fork = super lite bike. It wants to destroy something hopefully not me.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thanks for letting me be your sunshine.. thanks for being a awesome wife...


I recall the time being between 3 and 4 am. On the bike for 15+ hrs other than to grab a quick bite and check the bike over. Lights seem to be good, the trail was covered in a pretty cool mist and I would have to admit the roots from the trees looked almost like snakes. One gear and I had questioned if it was going to be to hard of a gear to push for the 24hrs. Once my mind is set in motion there is no changing anything. It is the way it is. At this point there is no winning are loosing, there is just riding. There is only freedom when you are crushing yourself, there are only more miles.. There is no stopping until its time, when is that time! when you have given everything you had... I miss the 24, I miss the 3am when it seems the world has stopped and you have no idea how you are still moving forward. Then you realize you have to because its your freedom, because in some strange way it will make you a better person, because it is your passion.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

20yrs, sometimes MISS The Joy, Though HappynEss has never left me... it is not what
you can see but what is there. perhaps not in life, then in spirit.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


I think it was like 15 degrees outside today with a windchill of 5 or something. We had some free time because the job I had scheduled got cancelled because it was to cold. If it would of been my contracted job I would of been working. The only real issue with framing in the cold is the compressor and lines want to freeze up and the nail gun works in slow motion. If you drape plastic over the compressor and put a little portable heater in there it works great, problem solved. So anyway had some bids to work on in the morning and then me and Jim decided to do a road ride. riding for different reasons now than ever, the last thing that bothered me was the cold. Besides its all what you wear, Castelli is worth gold, Cyclewerx is the place.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

18000 seconds worth of suffering!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


It seemed like a dream, still does. feeling him kick everday lets us know how tough he is and that he is growing stronger than ever. January.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

So it was a pretty awesome month for riding. Not so awesome for some other things. work is still great. Everything happens for a reason and that is what I have to believe, so it is what it is. More of a passion for riding than ever, stronger now than I ever was when I thought it mattered, its goofy how that works! Driven......... to say the least...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Satisfaction lies in the effort not the attainment, full effort is full victory. Gandhi
What are we without the effort we put into life and living that life to the fullest...

Monday, January 3, 2011

Best thing about pain, it lets you know your not dead yet! Your either living are your dying... which one are you doing?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just a good mellow song. Love the cloudy days knowing the sun is on the other side...