Sunday, November 30, 2008


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3rd today. Very happy with my mud ride.


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Crowd continues to grow


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Single speeders. Sheesh.


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Some makeit look easy


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Spectators are starting to swarm for the carnage


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Today's descent is a messy slick doozy

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

United States - Department of The Treasury - Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

Find out who's getting how much. Are any of your financial institutions on the list?

Transactions REPORT

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sisters of Mercy

As a few of you know, I've joined the Sisters of Mercy for the '09 road season and I think we're going to have a blast, though I'm going to have to get some new lipstick to go with the pink kit.

Imagine 200+ women starting in your CX race

Portland.... where CX rules. Read the write-up.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mental training

Must be the day... During my workout this morning, I almost quit three times, but kept telling myself not to practice quitting. Don't need to get better at that. Yes, there's plenty of perfectly good excuses, but pushing just a little harder will be what I'll need to hold a wheel. Just focus on completing the interval. Don't think about the others, just this one. Do it right.

Before the final interval, I decided I wouldn't worry so much about my legs, I would simply focus on making them turn, one crank at a time, and the reward would be having made myself do it. It was so worth it. In a couple of weeks, I might very well hit that point where 2nd - 10th looks a lot better than imposing more pain on my engine. When it comes, I'll be ready. I'll think about this morning. I'll focus on what I really want and push through.

As I cruised my news, I found my thoughts affirmed by none other than Levi Leipheimer. Give it a read, it's worth your time.

Survey says....

Ok, all you Lincolnites. If you haven't taken the trail survey, please do it now. The more participatory we are, the better.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Long have I sought this answer

A Better Way to wrap headphones w/ Music from brian on Vimeo.

Thanks, bluno, for the link.

Don't miss Lincoln's state CX championships

Lincoln CX Weekend presented by Highgear Bicycle Store of Omaha & Monkey Wrench Cycles. Don't miss it. I've heard the course will be expanded north to improve the climbing opportunities. Oh joy. I can barely contain my enthusiasm.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cowboy Cup 2008

Check out the pix.

  1. Kevin Murray
  2. Craig Schmidt
  3. Janna Vavra
  4. Nichole Woody
  5. Nancy Brown
  1. Nate Woodman
  2. Jesse Peterson
  3. Paul Webb
  4. Marc Walter
  5. Sydney Brown
  6. Kevin Limpach
  7. John Vondraceck
  8. Matt Gersib
  9. Randy Crist
  10. Dennis Grelk
  11. Dave Randelman
  12. Paul Eichler
  13. Brandon Harpster
  14. John Dean
  15. Wanda Simchuk (DNS) (hope you can make it next time. 'Twas a lot of fun.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Farm CX Pictures and Results

See the pix.
Joy Division
1. Craig Schmidt
2. Kevin Murray
3. Janna Vavra
4. Fr. Tucker
5. Kim Carveth
6. Nancy Brown
7. Scott

Glory Racers
1. Jesse Petersen
2. Nate Woodman
3. Sydney Brown
4. Marc Walter
5. John Vondracek
6. Dennis Grelk
7. John Dean

Friday, November 14, 2008

Looks like the top 4 Glory racers are taking home some moola

If you're curious, I've added some fields to the RSVP'd list that show how much Glory Race payouts will be if everyone who signed up, shows up. Looking pretty good. Of course, there are some who haven't RSVP'd and that's OK, we'll add it to the pots on race day.

View registrants for Joy and Glory along with current Glory payout.

Haven't signed up? Do it now.

Pic from Trek catalog

Well, how about that... a blurry pic in the catalog. Thanks, oldman, for the heads up. Julie and I did this portion of the shoot, but she's a lot taller than me and beautifully blond, so maybe you picked the correct leg.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rockin' good workout this morning

A couple of weeks ago, I was concerned I might be losing fitness and whatnot, but zee coach said, "trust me, you'll be fine."

Sure enough, the numbers are spot on and then some. I'm starting to feel that upswing and I'm getting excited for Jingle Cross, the first of exactly two "A" races.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Weird. Make people suffer and they like you.

My Tuesday and Thursday classes are overflowing these days, so starting next week, there will be sessions on Monday and Wednesday from 5:45 to 6:30, though I'd like to propose 5:15 to 6:45.

If you're a woman and you want to be ready for those group rides come April '09, then this class is for you. Also, if you don't have a HRM, get a polar strap from Sheels. Feel free to bring your stationary trainer and clean road or cx bike, but come early so you can get set up. The building opens at 5:15 am.  

Contact Five Willows at (402) 488-4747 to get a punch card or join the club. It's a nice set-up; you'd like it.

Monday, November 10, 2008

For Pat

camera phone + photoshop = dangerous combo. You could be next.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Cheeky squirrel

Cheeky squirrel
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Well, here's the jackolantern destroyer. He's about a foot away from me and completely disregards my taps on the glass. I think he needs a name if he's going to make himself so at home.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Don't be a wuss

OK, I think I'm coming out of denial and am beginning to accept the change of season. As I opened the car door this morning, I thought, "Don't be a wuss. You have a beautiful commuter and it's not that bad out."

Every year, I find myself resisting the chill and the change, then settling in and viola, it's spring. Here it goes again. I had a nice ride in. Hope you did too. And if you didn't ride your bike, get out your hat and gloves, and just do it.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Trek CEO, John Burke to present in Omaha

Activate Omaha and WELCOM, in partnership with Midwest Cycling, are sponsoring a lunch on November 11 from 11:30am – 1:00pm at UNO’s W.H. Thompson Alumni Center (6705 Dodge Street). The general public is invited to attend, and is asked to please RSVP to or (402) 934‐5923.

John Burke, Trek CEO to present in Omaha
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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The fall sequence at Mad CX Madison, WI

Remember me telling you about this fall and how many of you sent me links to the initial pic.... Jamie Young, of jamie young photography, has graciously shared the entire sequence with me and now you too can vicariously relive the event without the impact. The pic missing is me grabbing my bike as it started sliding down the incline.


Sunday, November 02, 2008

Boss CX at Tiffany Springs - My legs are toast

Helmet cam lap courtesy of Gary Calton.

Saturday's Boss Cross was on the Tiffany Springs nationals course. This picture doesn't do it justice, but in short, the course is built on the side of a south-facing hill. It's not very technical, though that would change if it weren't dry. Covered in ice, mud or a mix, I think there would be potential for lots of time spent on the ground.

The course will be quite spectator friendly. From the starting area, you can pretty much see the entire race, which is cool. Also, having it on the south side of the hill might help reduce winds from the north.

Anyway, we had a decent showing in the women's 1/2/3. I got a great start and never lost the lead. My Trek riding cx teamie, Catherine Walberg, was second and Jennifer Rhodes followed in third, with Michelle Jensen rounding out the payouts at 4th.

After an hour's rest, I lined up with 39 others for the 45 minute Men's 3/4 race. I took the start easy, not wanting to blow my legs up, and tried to just hit a smooth, maintainable pace. Over the course of the event, the steady effort brought me up to a 10th place finish.

Overall, I'd say my power is improving and I expect to peak as planned for Jingle Cross and Nationals.