Wednesday, February 28, 2007


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Spring loaded nerf guns with clips


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Boys n toys

Boys n toys
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My boys and their guns


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Tuesday, February 27, 2007


My deck faces east and every morning I watch for the sunrise.

Today is going to be gorgeous. A layer of pink atop and dark blue horizon. Making coffee and watching the sun come up. That's the way to start a good day.

Better yet, a couple or three weeks and I'll be riding my bike on morning workouts and watch the rising from the Bennett overpass. It's a great view.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

Nite rides r nice

Nite rides r nice
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Suburban tour on the way to the gym

Low fat, high protein diet...

I've been training pretty hard and have also been monitoring my diet more closely than I ever have before -- and I was no slouch in the past. Anyway, with the base season weight lifting and continued focus on increasing power, I've had to alter my usual diet such that there was a lot more protein without increasing a calories or fat too much. As it turns out, this can be a bit of a trick.

Because I'm under extreme time constraints and cook for boys undergoing teen growth spurts, I gave up my vegetarian tendencies and resumed fish and chicken. The latter I always skin to remove extra fat. I also started reading the labels to identify some other high-protein sources. As it turns out non-fat yogurt and cottage cheese are real winners. Non-fat cottage cheese gets you 13 grams of protein per serving and yogurt as much as peanut butter, but with less than half the calories provided you're eating the plain flavor, which is what I like with a bit of honey.

Anyway, after adding the yogurt and cottage cheese as snack items, I was hitting my protein target, but had a new problem --- type 5 plastic containers, which are not recyclable here in Lincoln using the municipal recycling facilities. :(

So, I asked my Indian friend, Suhasini, for her yogurt recipe and made my own. It was super easy and now I have an inexpensive, non-plastic container issue, supply of yogurt. Moreover, it's a much less tart and smoother flavor than what I typically found in the store. Probably the best part is the cost tho. My fav yogurt before was the Brown Cow variety which was around $3 a container which with 1 cup servings, didn't last long. For the price of a gallon of skim milk, I can make 4 containers full and have all I need for Indian food recipes, my snacks, etc.

Yogurt is used in so much delicious cooking. Here's a link for a little exploration: The Gutsy Gourmet.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Congrats Dennis!

Check it out.... Dennis put the hurt on the 24 hr field with 81, yes 81, laps. See how that compares with the number done by everybody else when you take the results link. Oh, and I guess if you're short on base miles, just do 'em all in one day.


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Just as i was congratulating myself on what a fast chicken skinner i was, i sliced into my finger. Blood all over the counter. Dinner @ 6

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Philosophy of Liberty

So what do you think of the case made in this little flick?
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Pleasant nooner

Pleasant nooner
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Rest easy rb we'll get back on the road inna few hrs. Too bad on one else could make the nooner loop thru pioneers park.

Monday, February 19, 2007

bandwagon offering free iTunes backups

I'm gonna get my free year of iTunes backups for bloggers. How about you? Check out bandwagon.

Cycling Study

Saturday, Marc and I drove up to Omaha to be subjects in Morgan's cycling study. It was not fun. Well, it was not fun being on the bike. It was fun seeing where Morgan spends her time and catching up with her doings.

In addition to heart rate, power, perceived exertion, and blood lactate levels, something about the oxygen you use or something was analyzed too. I couldn't handle the face mask tho. I started feeling panicky right around the 10 min mark and had to have them remove it. When they put it on, I wondered if I could hang with it and thought I could, but it would have taken a long slow 'close ur eyes' and deal with it kind of strategy. When you're working that hard on the bike, that strategy is impossible to implement -- at least for me, but Aaron kept on the mask. Wonder how he stood it? For me, I think the mask could have skewed the results because after it came off my blood lactate went down. Relaxed? Who knows? Hopefully Morgan will explain a few things to me once she sends the results.

Wednesday; February 21, 2007 - update ... I got the actual results and my blood lactate didn't really go down.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Phone pic updates working again

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Yeah. It's warmer. All the way up to 7 this morning. I drove. Gonna play laser tag tonight. Cross training u know. Saw CVO at 17th & Vine. He was drivin' too.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


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Prettiest car i've seen inna while. Dang. What a fab color. Somebody's gonna have a lot of fun in that thing when the weather warms up and they can drop that top. Lucky lucky.

Thrilling Wonder Blog

For what it's worth, I've really been enjoying this blog: Dark Roasted Blend

No, it's not about coffee, but rather about interesting stuff you probably wouldn't come across... kinda like visiting someone who has a cool collection of those 'coffee table' books filled with pics. I don't know, check it out if you've got a minute.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Super useful blogger tool

A service I'm beginning to find indispensable is After registering, you put a little link in your browser toolbar and any blog comments page you're on can then be tracked and you can see when someone responds to your post. This speeds the conversation turn-taking and helps make sure you don't 'drop the ball.'

For the "power bloggers" out there .... you might want to check out Performancing. This nifty Firefox extension gives you access to a full featured wysiwyg editor and other tools for posting. It's pretty nice and often faster than using the interface.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Ford tuff

Well, after taking my bike out this morning to go to work and then suddenly finding myself sliding about 30 feet down a neighborhood hill, I figured it was a day for a 5,000 pound cage, and carefully picked my way back up the incline and swapped two wheels for the vic.

Chicks a spinnin'

Sunday morning was a great time at the Y. I met up with Janna, Nicole and new friend Jen for the 11:30 session. Michelle worked us pretty hard with some sprint works and several long 'climbs.' I ended up doing the spin bike from 11-1:30 then did an outside ride along hwy 2 for another couple of hours in the afternoon to make most of my scheduled time for Sunday.

Today's a rest day - at least bikewise. For rest of it, jam packed solid. Gonna hook up with Jen over lunch to talk road bikes, then have to finish preparing for an important presentation tomorrow and finally teach from 5:30-8:30 tonight. I think I'll close out the day with a sauna session. :) Now, that's a nice carrot. Make it a good one folks - or not - it's your choice. (I know it's an old quote and you've heard it a million times, but it's a good one and I tell it to myself at least once a day.)

Friday, February 09, 2007

Not as bad as I thought it would be

Wednesday, I went the the campus recreation center and had my body fat percentage measured using calipers. The guy took my weight, some measurements and drew ink crosses on three spots: back of my tricep, right above my hip on the side, and about the middle of my thigh. Then, he used the caliper on those three spots twice for consistency. The results were better than I thought they would be. I had it in my head that I would be over 20% because I have a fat measurement thing as part of my bathroom scale and it often gives me 20-25% readings. Also, I learned:

  • that women should avoid going any lower than 12% for health reasons,
  • muscles hold a lot of water, and
  • about 50-65% of your body weight is water.

SO ..... the gist of everything is that I'm pretty muscular and even if I get down to about 12/13% I'm still going to weigh more than I was thinking I should weigh. Therefore, I'm just gonna ride the bike as programmed, eat lean and carefully healthy, and not fuss too much about the scale.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Hittin' the big time

Huge congrats to another Nebraskan who is aimed high and hit his mark. (The other, btw, is Aaron Pool who's headed to his second season at the Cycling Center in Belgium.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Good wekend of riding

I love this bike and I'll have to treat it to some TLC this spring. This winter it's carried me down miles of gravel roads, through ice and snow, and into the bitter wind.

Kyle and I hangin' on the sofa. Even tho this guy's team didn't win the game, Kyle played well and showed he was paying way more attention than others with his blocks and shooting focus.

Ended up riding pretty hard this weekend. Saturday morning I did a 30 min time trial (TT)to set a baseline and was satisfied with the results even tho I didn't quite hit my personal avg power goal, but I think its within reach, so that's good. Got a target.

Sunday, I rode out to Malcom and from my place on 84th and VanDorn that makes for a 3 hr trip, well a little more than that if one were to ride it more sanely. See, Kyle had a basketball game and when I got to the turn-around point, I realized I was going to really have to haul for home to get him to his game, so Sunday basically turned into a 60 min time trial in the cold. Not the smartest way to ride, but my BB player was counting on me so I put it out. Legs were wacked. It's so easy to forget how much more the cold takes out. Ah well, better planning next time.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

FAT ...

In this week's RBR newsletter, there's a section devoted to figuring out your ideal weight. The section closes with this paragraph: "Tip! What's the best way to tell if you need to lose weight? Your body-fat percentage can be evaluated in a lab, at your doctor's office or even at your health club. But here's a quicker, easier and cheaper technique. Get naked, stand in front of a full-length mirror, and bounce up and down. If something jiggles that shouldn't, you're carrying too much weight. Don't laugh -- this is often as accurate as fancy lab tests. It won't give you a percentage, but your eyes don't lie."

Anyone got a specific target percentage? I'd like to get to the10-15% range, but don't really know where I'm at right now. Have to remember to go over to the rec center and get a caliper test done for $3.