Monday, October 26, 2009

Apartment Therapy's Color Contest

We're heading into the gray of winter here in the Midwest and I've been enjoying participating in Apartment Therapy's color contest as a voter. There's some folks around the country who have done some wonderful designs. Check it out. You might even want to register and place a few votes yourself. 

From Apartment Therapy...
<< Colorful rooms are the heart of great homes, and adding color is the most affordable way to change a room, but few feel comfortable using it. To inspire confidence and improve homes, we're inviting readers to share their colorful rooms, tips and sources. >>

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Need some Nebraska HS Cycling

If we can get archery into the Lincoln Public Schools, what would it take to get some bike racing in?

in reference to:

"Colorado teens will likely get a chance to race in the state's first high school mountain bike league in September next year.

Supporters recently formed the Colorado High School Cycling League and plan a fundraising ride this weekend, led by Tom Danielson of the Garmin-Slipstream team. The ride departs at 9 am from the Bácaro Venetian Tavern in Boulder, Colorado.

The new league is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), and is based on the high school mountain biking program established in California, where mountain bike racing has become a varsity high school sport."
- Colorado launches high school mountain bike league - VeloNews (view on Google Sidewiki)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Slow faucet - I love the Internet

Talk about timely.... for a few weeks we've been suffering from a slow-running faucet in the bathroom. I figured it was something to do with the sink, because the shower water comes out fine, despite Nick's crazy temperature alert showerhead. ;)

Wednesday, this came out on one of my favorite blogs: Apartment Therapy. Gonna give it a go this weekend and see if it works.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

On water bottles

I have a lot of water bottles and my house is small and kitchen storage, especially, is at a premium. Currently, the bottles take up an entire shelf above the dishes. That's ok, except the shelf isn't tall enough to accommodate a tall bottle with its inverted lid, so the lids get put in a basket, creating the problem of mismatched bottles and lids. Color issue aside, mismatches create opportunity for dribbles at best, precious ounces of lost hydration opportunity at worst. You would think manufacturers would agree on a bottle/cap standard, but no. I have two kinds: like the lids you see in the picture above, and lids with a more rounded pattern. I prefer the latter and have more of the former, but I don't really care so long as I don't have to spend any time playing "try-and-match" when I'm in a hurry to get on the bike.

Also, I don't like all the bottles equally. I have a favorite few I use nearly daily, that I really don't want to lose. I also have a set that's ok -- they have good squeeze factor and whatnot, but if they should go missing, I wouldn't spend too much time mourning. These, I take to supported stage races. I've been fortunate enough so far to enjoy the company of teammates at many such races, but only once were we supported to the point of not having to pony up 8-10 bottles for the support vehicle and hand-up crew (Nature Valley Pro Ride Team). Every other time, each team member puts bottles in and tries to go home with the same number she arrived with, and if she's lucky, she'll get the ones she brought.

The final category of bottles are those I wouldn't mind losing. I loan these, let the boys use them, or put them to work as sauce dispensing containers in the kitchen.

Thus, the problem is to categorize the bottles and sort the lids in a space efficient way such that everyone knows which bottles they're free to use and can easily get an appropriate lid.

Thanks to all the input yesterday, I believe I have a solution meeting my requirements:
  • Rectangular containers, like those used for flatware, for the lids. They will also serve to divide the bottles on the shelf.
  • Some labels, so everyone knows which bottles they can use and which lids are compatible with those bottles.
I know. Sounds like over-analysis, but I'll tell you, it's the little, completely unnecessary, time stealing annoyances all through the day that put me on edge -- not big issues.

Setting the standard

My mom just keeps raising the bar.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kevin Burke to go to XTERRA Worlds

From  Kevin's blog:
<<< At the US Championship race I was 7th in the age group. Turns out the top 5 finishers were already Worlds qualifiers, so the two slots roll down to 6th and of which was me.

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I immediately began trying to figure out how to pull the trip off...not easy considering Worlds is in Maui...this Sunday Oct 25th.>>>
I can't imagine finding this out just a few days before the event, then figuring out how to get there, but if anyone can swing it, it'll be Burke. 

GOOD LUCK and hope to see good news this Sunday!

Winter clothing guide from MTB Omaha

Mod has again published his "what to wear at what temps around here" list. It's a good guide and about the same as what I do.

You might want to print it out and put it with your gear. In your training log, note whether it was a good match and pretty soon you'll have your own personal perfect guide to what to wear.

in reference to:

"Yep, it's almost that time of year again. So I'm re-posted my clothing guide. I've been using this winter clothing guide for a long time and it's never let me down. Hopefully it will come in handy for some of you. The temp ranges are for off-road riding, if you're going out on the road dress for the next coldest range."
- MTB Omaha: Winter Clothing Guide (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nebraska vs. Iowa

This sounds like fun... a little state vs. state rivalry. Think we could take Iowa? What about KS?

in reference to:

"In the classic spirit of great OR vs WA football games of past the NW border state clash was renewed today when Oregon (unicorns) and Washington (sasquatches) crossers unleashed their fury today in Steilacoom, WA."
- Seattle’s MFG #4 - Sasquatches vs. Unicorns : Cyclocross Magazine - CX News, Races, Photos, Videos (view on Google Sidewiki)

Friday, October 09, 2009

Testing blogger mobile updates

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

"I've Seen the Enemy and the Enemy is Us"

As I prepare to step into preparation for the 2010 road season, this timely article popped up on Pez Cycling. I think y'all should read it too, especially those of you determined to improve for next year.

<< I’ve Seen The Enemy And The Enemy Is Us
So what does it mean to be a good client? I don’t mean paying your bills on time and tracking all your power data. There are riders who are coachable and then there are those who aren’t. Just as there is an art to being a coach, there is an art to being coached.

Much of it has to do with listening. With all the information about training out there and our preconceived assumptions about ourselves and how our bodies work, we often hear what we want to hear. There are riders who read a great coaching article, follow 90% of it and throw out the other 10% because it isn’t convenient, they don’t think it applies to them or they just don’t agree with it. The problem is that the 10% they are skipping is the difference between a training plan that works and one that doesn’t and it often nullifies the other 90% of the program. >>

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Fav chutney

Fav chutney
Originally uploaded by sydney_b.
Yum. One of my staple condiments.