Tuesday, March 31, 2009


"So..dude. When you're dating high-school girls, always make sure they get their homework done. 'Cuz if they don't.."

"I know. Their parents think you're the problem."

"Ok. I was just checkin'. Didn't know where you were on all that."

Monday, March 30, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Weird, creepy bike hate.... from BSNYC

"In any case, we all look equally ridiculous, so hopefully we can at least watch out for each-other on the way to our respective "gay and retarded" hangouts. " Read the whole thing....

Monday, March 23, 2009

Today's ChitChat Ride Cancelled due to weather

With predictions of rain exceeding 50% and assertions of thunderstorms, this week's ChitChat has been canceled. Please join me next week at the same bat place at the same bat time.

5:45 - Joyride Bicycles (14th & Old Cheney)

Remember, after a full group rollout to the highway, we'll divvy up into 2 or 3 groups. Come on out and challenge yourself with a speedier crew or hang out and chit chat with me. It should be noted, that if this is your first time out on the roads, or your fitness isn't the greatest - YET :) - you might find the chitchat pace gets your heart rate up a little.

Get your bike, bring a spare tube and come on out next week.

- sydney

I will have decent bread every day - eventually.

Since my favorite bread now costs more than $5 a loaf, I've decided that once again, I must learn to meet my own gastronomic needs and I've no doubt of eventual success thanks to all those generous enough to share their knowledge online and in person.

I'm working my way through these lessons from TheFreshLoaf.com and here's a video of what I'm aiming at initially - a basic loaf a bread good for sandwiches and toast (see the video below).  But, I've also got some sourdough starter on the counter. If it works according to the directions, it should be adequately developed by Friday to try a sourdough loaf, which is a favorite of mine and the boys.  Plus, sourdoughs rise overnight in the fridge, that's how their flavor develops, so it would fit my lifestyle more easily. Whip up dough in the evening - fresh baked bread for breakfast. Worth getting up for, no?  :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Why don't you call your mommy?

OK, I will.

A couple of miles south of Eagle last night, my left leg said even L1 was too much to ask and I phoned for a pick up. Thankfully, my dear mother was able and willing to work me into her schedule and I was so relieved to see her roar over the hill behind the wheel of 'Old Yeller' . What was a little funny about the whole thing was I nearly missed the WNW because my son called his mommy - an act of last resort. I was not as sweet as my maternal example, but did solve his problem. Perhaps the leg stopping pain was my comeuppance.

In any case, had an hour's massage over lunch with Becky, who's area of specialty is sports massage and as a trainer -- talk about hitting the jackpot. She worked the left side over and I am now walking freely and plan to ride this weekend, maybe not hard and I'm definitely not racing Sioux City, but I think I'll be on a bike. She also showed me some things to help me heal and prevent further injury. It's been a good day. Hurrah!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Guess who got a brand spankin' new POWERTAP SL???

That's right.... MY MOMMA!

Saris ran a "Power to the People" contest and mom submitted her essay and won herself a 'tap. She bought a wheel and will soon be watchin' those watts. She posts to her Saris blog 2x a month, so be sure to stop by and read about her progress. SUPER COOL!

Oh, and she got it delivered today.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

WOW! The ChitChat ride outgrew itself on the 2nd night. :D

We had over 20 show up last night with a wide representation of fitness and speed levels. Consequently, the group blew apart rather quickly. What a difference a few degrees makes in turnout. A GOOD DIFFERENCE THOUGH.

Anyway, beginning next week, the ChitChat will have some guidelines....
  • I'll post the route(s) early, so if you want to go do your workout and then join us, you'll know where we'll be. Or, if you're late you can chase on.
  • After a "neutral roll-out" where we'll all try to stay together to give everyone a chat to say hi to old friends and new faces, we'll split into two or three groups. That way everyone will be able to ride at a pace that suits them and have a group to stick with.
  • Those of you who have more experience, please keep an eye on new riders and kindly share your knowledge.
For those of you who would like to revisit this route, here's the map from MapMyRide.com

This week's cooking homework

I'm going to give this a try. Even though I have a fantastic new mixer, it's advised to get the feel of the dough so you can better recognize when it's ready. He makes it look so easy.

Monday, March 16, 2009

ChitChat Ride leaves 5:45p

Come join me for an easily paced ChitChat ride. Leaves Joyride Bicycles (14th & Old Cheney) at 5:45 Monday evenings. Easy pace, great for beginners and those of us recovering from the weekend's hard miles.


Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
See what happens when you let kids play with markers?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Jordan doesn't do a very good strip tease

Adams loop today. And what a ride it was. I had to chase for 45 minutes In a gentle rain to catch up to these guys after getting a flat on the way to The Bench. 4 us were enough to keep the dogs at
bay. I took a corner to hot, hit some gravel and wiped out. 20 min later, blew a hole through the sidewall. Marc gave me a gu packet and that kept the tube in so i could ride home. Ah. Bike is clean.
Belly is full. Vitimin I is helping the hip. Watching paris-nice on cycling tv and sippin a coke. Hope you had a good ride today.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Pat in the Hat

Pat in the Hat
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Pat in the Hat turns 13 or something like that. Happy birthday to one of the coolest guys I know.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Why I don't care for advertising

Most advertising seems to be aiming to make you feel bad and inadequate about stupid stuff, so you buy the product in hopes of making yourself acceptable.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Kyle-People of Prominence

Kyle-People of Prominence
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Lux middle school does a living timeline where students play the famous and infamous of US history. Kyle did Audie Murphy.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Monday Nite ChitChat

Monday Nite ChitChat
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
The inaugural Monday ChitChat drew 4 other brave souls out into the chilly mist. Huge thanks to Rebecca, Kelly, Adrian and Kevin for joining me tonight.

30 Days of Food: Lentil Soup from Monique

Finally got back on the stove to test a recipe and this one is from Monique Karlen of Kenda's cycling team.

It's delicious and absolutely add vinegar, you might even add a little more once it's in your bowl. I wouldn't have thought of it, but it really makes the flavor pop.

I also used brown lentils instead of red. They taste a little different and take longer to cook, but I'm a heavy pressure cooker user, so this soup was done in about 20 minutes and that included prep time. I also took the liberty of doubling the garlic, oregano and basil topped with a healthy dose of red pepper flakes.

1 Onion
1/4 cup Olive Oil
2 Carrots, diced
2 stalks Celery, chopped
2 cloves (or more) :) Garlic, minced
1 tsp dried Oregano
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp dried Basil
1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 Cups Red Lentils
8 Cups water
1/2 cup (or more) Spinach
2 TBSP Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Monique's secret ingredient (hint; anything things that adds spice)

In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery. Cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic, bay leaf, oregano and basil. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in lentils and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, stir in spinach and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper and more vinegar if desired Serves 6. (Or two very hungry athletes after a workout!)

A little dance music for your Monday....

This is a great movie, btw. Watched it Saturday on the rollers.

Friday, March 06, 2009

A few of my fav guys

A few of my fav guys
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.

HURRAH! Dark mornings and group rides!

Don't forget to spring forward Sunday! Yippee!!! I used to hate the spring switch because as a morning person I sure enjoyed more light at the front end of the day, but now that I spend a lot of time on the bike, I'm thrilled to have more at the end of the day. The time change also marks the start of the the many group rides around here. I hope you'll brave the sketchy spring weather and join a few. If you'd like to join me, I'm initiating a Monday Chit-Chat ride. We'll roll out at 5:45 pm from Joyride Bicycles at 14th & Old Cheney. Here are the parameters:
  • Temperature at 5:45 PM is forecast to be at least 45 degrees. As the sun drops, the temp falls pretty quick and we won't be riding hard, so we'll keep it warm.
  • If it's raining, or chances of rain are better than 50%, the ride may be off. Use your best judgment. The ride status will be sent to the twitter feed by 4:30.
  • If you're new to cycling, definitely come join. There's quite a bit that you need to know to ride in a group and keep it safe and fun for all. You can learn and practice it on Monday nights.
  • This is a chit-chat ride, which means we're not going to try and blow each other out the back. Take that to the racer ride on Wednesday nights. We're going to roll at a pace everybody can keep, and although some may work a little harder than others, the focus is good company and skills practice. If you're an experienced rider, join us for your recovery ride. Work on your spin and share your experience.
  • To know the latest ride or what's happening with Joyride Bicycles, follow "JoyrideBicycles" on Twitter with your web browser or phone.
  • The ride rolls at 5:45 and will be around 2 hrs. Of course, you can return at any time, or just ride part way, whatever. It's not that organized. It's just a little organized. :)
  • Bring a spare tube for your bike. Never, ever forget that. You should also have a tire lever and a way to inflate your tube.
Have questions? Pop me an email: sydney.e.brown@gmail.com

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Busy busy busy

Happy Birthday!

First and foremost.... Happy Birthday, Cupcake. My first born has made it to, what did he say? "Official Adulthood in Nebraska." For non-natives, that's 19. And yes, "Cupcake" he has been since about the age of 3 and half when I decided a little boy might not appreciate the moniker and opted for "Nick" instead. Holy cow. You would have thought I stole his toys. I was soundly set straight as a hand on hip, furious preschooler hollered, "My name's not "Nick," it's "Cupcake!" Well, ok then. Who am I to argue?

In other news the Mercy girls will soon be sporting this fine new kit.

Belated Congrats to my teamies....

The women of Mercy Cycling rocked it at Froze Toes for 1st, 2nd and 4th place finishes. Way to go Michelle, Jen and Pam. You all made my day.

Michelle won with a solo breakaway and Jen took 2nd, winning the field sprint despite a hard charging Carrie Cash.

While they were laying down the hurt in the cold, I opted for the much warmer Texas weather

Big thanks to Chris for the pic and a place for the boys and I to rest our weary es (all that driving, you know). I came home with 3rd and 7th place finishes, but more importantly, was on target numbers despite having been training indoors since CX Natz. Nothing like following the plan to pull up to the start line with some confidence.