Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Brush with fame via proxy? Does that count?

Well, 't isn't me hangin' with Cipollini, but truth be told, even if done by proxy, it's still kinda cool. Wonder if fellow Nebraskan and cycling nerd extraordinaire, Sean Weide, ran some training miles to handle this gig???

Monday, February 25, 2008

The build has begun .... TeamREV shows up en mass at Froze Toes

boy o boy.... I can't wait. Dropped the rest of the parts off this morning. Never has a Monday gone so slow.

In other news.. FROZE TOES had over 35 cat 4 women!!!! Temp was only in the low 30s. Can you say WOW??? My mates Carrie n Chris took 1st and 2nd in the open. Quick recap...

Friday, February 22, 2008

I didn't think I'd bond so quickly....

Must be one of those first sight things.

Originally uploaded by sydney_b.

Look what's on my desk. Thx jay. Now I can't get any work done cuz of the distraction.

One World, Two Wheels

One World, Two Wheels

Not only is this a cool idea, but it's supported by my bike sponsor, so please check it out. If you're in or near one of these cities, I'm sure you know candidate for this contest.

Local Cycling Retailer Partners with Supplier for Major Advocacy Initiative
(Omaha, NE – February 21, 2008)

The Go By Bike Challenge starts today in Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Midwest Cycling LLC. has partnered with Trek Bicycle Corporation to offer 2 people from each city a unique opportunity to integrate bicycles into their daily life.

Area residents are invited to visit the Go By Bike Challenge website to submit their profile. A man and a woman from each city will be selected to receive a free bicycle and accessories from the event sponsors. Their prizes are theirs to keep if they complete the Challenge.

For the Challenge, each of the six winners will ride bikes on 6 short trips (under 2 miles) per week during the month of May, National Bike Month. Winners will post weekly online entries about the Challenge to share their experience with others in the community.

The goal of the Challenge is to promote a lifestyle which integrates the bicycle into daily life. Cycling promotes healthy people and a healthy environment; it is safe and fun for everyone.

Over 50% of the car trips taken in the US today are less than 2 miles. With the world facing concerns of global climate change and skyrocketing obesity rates, it is clear that our exclusive reliance on cars for transport isn’t sustainable. Using a bicycle for short trips is ideal. Bicycles are a practical solution, emitting zero pollutants and providing a low impact workout for the rider.

Learn more about the Challenge online. Deadline for entries is midnight March 24, 2008. Submit your profile today, and spread the word.

Working together we can make our communities greener and leaner.

Go By Bike Challenge

Thursday, February 21, 2008

HOORAH-- Thankful for the smarties

Yes, Apple. I paid for it and I ought to be able to play it on what I want.
Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done: "Windows only: Freeware application doubleTwist converts your DRM-laden iTunes purchases to DRM-free MP3s that you can play pretty much anywhere. In addition to the DRM-stripping (which really is the marquee feature), doubleTwist is actually a full-fledged tool for sharing music with friends and syncing your iTunes library to any device—currently supporting devices like the PSP and Sony phones, Nokia N-Series phones, Windows Mobile phones, and even the Amazon Kindle."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Busy this week. Random thoughts so far.

  1.  If you mean "me" or "you," be clear and don't say "we." I hate that.
  2. I hope my 13-year-old basketball player develops a healthful slant with this baking baking compulsion he's developed. A cake or cookies every day is going to put my lycra's elasticity to the test.
  3. There is no perfect phone, but touch screens are definitely the way to go. Since I've been using one, every time I use someone else's phone, I ineffectually jab the screen time and time again.
  4. My favorite podcasts are "Get-It-Done-Guy's quick and dirty tips to working less and doing more" and "This American Life"
  5. Installed the Greasemonkey and Better Gmail 2 firefox extensions and am enormously pleased with me email interface now. Can't recommend it enough when used in combination with a "Get it done" (GTD) strategy. Another indispensable piece of software if you're running Windows ....  Xplorer2 .. the lite version is free, but has lots of useful features, but I think I'm gonna go pro soon. It rocks.
  6. Finally, an epiphany. "To Do" lists are pointless. I only need a calendar for everything I do takes time. If I decide to do a thing, I should just mark out the time right there and then. Otherwise, I'll just end up with a depressing mile long list. I suppose a "Stuff I'd like to do someday when I'm bored list" might be OK.
  7. The eclipse was pretty cool. Don't recall seeing one like this before.

over and out.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

PezCycling News - What's Cool In Pro Cycling

PezCycling News - What's Cool In Pro Cycling: "What does it take – mentally – for professional cyclists to be successful in a stage race like the Tour of California? What can the rest of us mere mortals learn from their experiences? Pez talks candidly with Katheryn Curi Mattis, Steven Cozza, and Ben Jacques-Maynes, and hears some surprising and inspiring stories."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Don't say I didn't warn you

So my department is having everyone go through the Myer's-Briggs personality analysis with the objective of improving communication and consequently, productivity. If you think this is more touchy-feely than necessary, you would be in alignment with my original perspective. HOWEVER, I must now confess it was useful and helped me see where some of the major conflicts I've had with people may have originated. The analysis leader, a professor here at UNL, said we should share our types with others, so I'm going to let you know I'm an ENTP. I was this when I first took this test as an undergrad and surprising to me - because I've worked so hard on some of this type's weaknesses - test out the same now.

I'm an ENTP, which stands for Extrovert, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving. I barely register as an extrovert, but the intuitive orientation is as strong as it can possibly be. In fact, the presenter mentioned a rating like that would probably wreak some havoc on one's life. Yeah, no kidding. But, knowledge is power and I already knew I was this way and work on it. To what avail, I don't know given the test came out the same, but I'll keep at it.

In any case, having taken several instruments of this type, one thing I like about the Myers-Briggs is the mindset of working on weaknesses in order to become more whole, a more complete person. I think that's an important aspect left out of instruments like Gallup's strength-finder. Though, one might argue the strength finder isn't about weaknesses. Handle that in your off time. It's about finding what you have to wield with some potency. If I remember correctly, my top 5 on that were command, tactical, relator, learner, and I don't recall what else, maybe strategic. In light of the Myers-Briggs results, I can see why some would say what they do on occasion. And that's all I'm sayin' about that.

What about you?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Rolls for breakfast

Rolls for breakfast
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
I wonder if my downstairs neighbors enjoy them?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, June!

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Haaaaaaapppppypyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrthday, dear Juuuuuuuuuuuuuune. Happy birthday to you. (I think I have the day right) Stop by No Free Laps

Monday, February 11, 2008

Team Revolution

Team Revolution: "It’s official! Jay Thomas and the crew at The Trek Stores of St. Louis, Omaha and Kansas City really did us up right by supplying us with the top of the line rides. Our elite team will be rolling on Trek’s highly celebrated Madone 6.5 WSD with a paint job you won’t see anywhere else."

Check it out on Team REVolution

Friday, February 08, 2008

Yep. I'm inna good mood today ... thought I share one of my favs with you

My cold is finally departing and I can feel the ol' body coming back online. And, it feels goooooood. So, in tune with my spirits, I thought I'd share one of my fav bands with y'all.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Dirty bike no more

Dirty bike no more
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
I figured as long as it was clean the shower day it might as well be really dirty. Worked real well to clean up my super dirty bike.

Sheldon Brown (1944-2008)

When I started getting into bikes, I found Sheldon's posts and articles ever so helpful. I learned tons and truly his passing is a loss.

"Sheldon Brown, the human encyclopedia of bicycling knowledge and a famous employee of Harris Cyclery in Massachusetts, died of a massive heart attack Sunday evening, February 3, according to his wife Harriet." Read the rest of the article.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Don't waste your money

OK. $5000 later I still have a lump on my wrist - it's just a different shape now. Fortunately, my insurance covers most of it. But, should you ever have a ganglian cyst, if you can stand the lump, just live with it. If you simply must spend money, buy a new bike or some wheels or something. Sigh.