Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Yesterday was three hours: the Donut ride in below freezing temps! But with no wind, it was really quite pleasant. Saw eagles, herons by the score and even a coyote sneaking through the tall grass along Ferndale Road. The sun coming up 'twixt Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters was stunning. We started out with about 12 riders which dwindled to six after the Ferndale hill, down to three by Birch Bay--a yungin named Forrest, Brett Bauer, and myself.
Rode the Fantom CX and learned a valuable lesson--with the tires pumped up to 100 psi, I feel every single chip of them there county chip-seal roads. My upper back and neck ached like crazy all last night and today. I'll try less air next time.
After the ride, I stumbled upon the Fanatik Bike Team website/blog. Some good stuff there, especially a piece by Bryeroni (Bryce Fegley) on winter training. Check it out: http://www.shuksanvelo.com/special.html.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Saw five or six Washington State Patrol vehicles up there, which is odd, me thought. Later, I took note of a couple young fellers riding bikes and carrying what looked like rifles or pellet guns. Kinda had me scratching me head for a bit.
Snowboarded with Jen, Baker, and the boy's friend Ethan, at Mount Baker on Monday. Like today, incredibly clear and cold--probably teens up there. Saw a couple guys climbing a frozen waterfall which is something I'd have to say I don't ever see myself doing.
A couple Sundays ago we had a true anomoly for this winter--a sunny day with temps in the low 50s. I rode with the Fanatik guys and gals; it was terrific to be riding in a pack with other folks for the first time since probably October. We practiced leadouts and sprints and did one loop of the far Tuesday nighter course--heartrate up to 181 at one point. Man, that felt good.
I want to do it again. Soon.
Monday, January 14, 2008
So, what does he do--he goes out and wins three out of five games to qualify for the big state tournament in Seattle! It'll be his first time. He was so happy and proud, as were his parents. (That's him in the rainbow dreadlock hat by the way.)
Chess tournaments are all-day affairs from like 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. One can only read so many magazines before mind-numbing boredom sets in. (Especially if you're in someplace like Lynden.) Below, Mary Margaret Bowmer of the Fanatik Bike Team passes a few hours spinning on her rollers.
Oh, and if you haven't seen it, check out the story I wrote for The Seattle Times about riding cyclocross bikes on the trails and roads around Bellingham: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2004115882_nwwbiking100.html.