Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Free Wi-Fi

Last night, after returning to the condo from a short spin on the Rialto River Path, I was preparing to begin the tumoltous task of organization, and decided that a little music was in order. Digging out my laptop became a priority as all of my current music is stored there. Took me a few minutes to find everything, but soon I had my speaker set-up plugged in and running, with my laptop purring like the cat in the background. I powered it on and a minute later things were up and running. Upon start-up, I quickly discovered that there were many available wireless networks around this place, one of which had a strong feed and zero security. Needless to say, I have not plugged into my Cox feed yet as I sit here and write this post. Which leads me to my next subject:

Is it ethical to use a wireless connection that you know that you are not paying for, but are able to simply turn on your computer to access? Thoughts? Personally, I lean in the direction that unless this condo complex has free Wi-Fi, or I speak with the person whom I am currently swiping the internet from, that I probably should pony up and connect to my Cox account. Differing views can be found here, along with this article from Time Magazine, which was referenced here. A large part of me thinks fuck 'em; if all I have to do is turn on my computer to be connected, they maybe I should take advantage. Any thoughts? FYI...it sure is nice to be writing this wirelessly in my new place right now. Adios.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Moving Day

I spent the bulk of my day yesterday moving into my new place. Should be a nice change. I knew that I was making the right decision when, while we were having lunch on the back porch of my old place yesterday, my super-sketchy, crazy ex-neighbor that moved into a house on the other side of the alley behind my place came walking through clad in a bikini, ready to hit the pool. Two things immediately came to mind upon seeing her:

1. You do not want to see her in a bikini.
2. You do not want to see her in your pool.

Drugs are bad. Adios.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Shootout Adventures

Bit late with the report because I got pretty busy after the ride yesterday...sorry Kyle, I know you probably lost some sleep waiting for this.

I went to the shootout yesterday with one goal, which was to sit in until we got near the bridge, then bust my ass to make the break. Needless to say, things worked out perfectly. Pace was pretty fast leading up to the bridge, and with about a mile or so out I found myself in a good four man break that I thought might stick. It didn't, as we were caught right before the bridge started to kick up. I was drifting back through the pack at this point, and noticed that a bunch of heavy hitters were all sitting around the top ten. "This is going to be it", I thought to myself, so I slotted in right around tenth or so. Going over the top it was pretty strung out and after moving to the front to take a pull, I looked back and saw that our group had about a 300 meter gap on the remainder of the field. That was the last that we saw of them for the rest of the day, as the bunch of us rolled pretty fast all the way to the sprint hill. Just about everyone was there, including The Laser, Prolovito, Snake, John (needs a nickname) Skolnick, the Wolf Cub (and his brother), Middleton, Curtis "the" Gunn "show", the Colorado Kid, Ricatello (wtf???), and a few others. The Laser kept his record clean and won the hill for the millionth time, while I think I limped in around 6th or 7th.

The pace stayed fast all the way back to town, as we kept it rolling around 30mph into a headwind down old Nogi. About a mile before the sprint, the Gunn show opened up a can of whoop-ass on the TT bike and dropped everybody at around 36mph. I made it home and was pretty much done for the rest of the day. Good ride, lots of fun was had by all. Adios.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Swamped

So I am leaving my apartment of the last five years for some upgraded condo living. Should be a good move for me, as my new place will have A/C (no more swamp), and all appliances, including a washer and dryer. Bit further north, so hopefully that will cut down on some of the rif-raf that is sometimes found floating around in my current area. I'm signing my new lease on Monday, and have a ton of stuff to take care of before hand. I don't think I realized exactly how much stuff was on my plate until I started to clean out a couple closets yesterday before work. This is going to be a giant pain in the ass, but I think it will be a good move once I am finished.

That being said, it looks like the bike time is going to drop a bit over the next few days. Between getting ready to move and working every night, it has been a little hard for me to drag myself out of bed at 5:30 AM to beat the heat. Whenever my work hours go up, my bike hours usually drop in proportion. No complaints here, because business levels right now are about the same as they were in peak season back in winter, so I'm taking it while I can. Did get out yesterday for the morning ride to Lemmon, but we were caught in a rare, early morning Tucson rain, so I ended up flipping it without seeing the mountain (it was actually shrouded in rain, so no one could see it), and headed home to watch Carlos Sastre put the screws to the GC contenders on the climb of the Alp, taking the yellow jersey in the process. I still think that Cadel can take the GC, but he is leaving things awful close at this point in the race. Adios.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Famous Once Again


Looks like I am back to being in the news, with a couple photo's on the RideStrong site from the Shootout yesterday. You can read the details in the following link, but this photo will provide a quick visual of what things were like.

Great legs on the ride yesterday, as I felt like I had to try and ride fast considering the crazy getup that I was wearing. Followed "the Laser" up the sprint hill, but couldn't come around him as he still has the finishing kick of a two time Olympian.

Today DD, PT, and myself (albeit in a bit more normal kit) went out for a long one and headed out to Sonoita. Long, mellow day on the bike, with a little bit of rain on the return trip north on Highway 83. 108 miles in just over six hours. We found the fast way there by going out via Kolb, Rita Ranch, Mary Ann Cleveland, through Vail, and out the frontage road to HWY 83. Every other time I've done this ride it has come in right around 124 miles, so it is nice to know that the distance can be cut if necessary. Sonoita is one of my favorite rides, so it is always a treat to get out there. Today was no exception, as there were low-hanging clouds shrouding the mountains as we approached Sonoita Pass. Great day on the bike. Adios.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Tour de France: Stage 4, Time Trial

David Miller just crossed the line in second place and bumped Cadel Evans down to third on the podium. Great rides for both. Always good to see Cadel up there, maybe this can be the year that he is able to finally win the big one. Miller is a reformed doper. Part of me wishes that he would just shut the fuck up and go away, while another part of me wants to believe that he is truly racing clean (which I think that he is), and doing his part to clean up the doping problem in the sport. Miller was busted several years ago with empty EPO vials in his home, which he than admitted to using when he won the Time Trial World Championship back in 2003. The claim was that he only used EPO once, while training for the Time Trial, but I think that this is bullshit. He came back in 2006 after a two year suspension and has been an ambassador for drug free sport ever since, which is admirable. It would be a little more admirable, however, if one of these guys that are caught doping would admit guilt before the evidence and circumstances made them do so. I can run through a long list of riders who have been caught, such as Hamilton, Landis, Viranque, most of the Rock Racing Team, etc, but to this day the only rider that I can recall ever admitting to doping without being caught was Jerome Chiotti, the French mountain biker who won the 1996 Cross Country World Championships, but was stripped of his title and blackballed from the sport for admitting to doping about four years later. To bad for him, I guess; his conscience got the better of him. Contrast this with the Belgian Filip Meirhaeghe, who was busted in 2005, admitted it by saying that he did what he had to do, and is now gracing the cover of Velonews. Ridiculous.

I realize that I probably sound like I am bitching quite a bit here, and maybe I am. But it would be nice that someday when new people that I meet find out that I am a cyclist, I'll start to get questions about how do get involved with the sport, training, where to go, what bike to ride, etc..., v. the standard three that come up all the time, in no paticular order:

1. You going to ride in the Tour de France someday? No.
2. How's the testosterone treating you? Wouldn't know.
3. So ahhhhh, can you still get it up after riding all day? See above,
want to find out?


Adios.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Tour, Stage 1: Part Two

Well, the call has been made, now 5 km to go after a big crash has just split the field. I am watching live Versus coverage with a little play by play. Evans looks good and is sitting in the top 10. Pace is about 32 mph. Wish I could have seen the whole stage, as I thought it might be an epic one. Super fast pace being set right now by Team Columbia (formerly High Road). Maybe Hincrappy? Don't think so, but that would be cool. Pace is 40.3 mph???? WTF! Thought they weren't doping anymore. Hahahahahahahahaha. On the climb now, can't believe there wasn't a crash on the bridge. Where is Valverde? Columbia still in front, but things are splitting up. Kuota off the front now, PT would be proud. He's caught, Schumacher leads now. 1 km. Now Valverde is in the picture. I can see Evans there also. All the leaders are on the front. Kirchen leads inside 250 meters. But here comes Valverde! And it looks like I have read the crystal ball correctly today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is gonna be a good three weeks. Adios.

Tour, Stage 1: Part One

Prediction for the win today...Valverde. 6.5 km to go. Let's see how it goes. Adios.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independance Day

The 4th of July is upon us once again. This was the weekend that two years ago I swore to myself that I would never work again, yet here I am back in the thick of things. My friends are out partying and I am stuck at work, fun, fun, fun. ;(-

Jumped back into the pro 1,2's last weekend at the Summit Center Omnium in Flagstaff, AZ. Although the results were not worth mentioning (15th Snowbowl Hillclimb, 13th Clints Well Road Race), it was still great to be doing battle with the old guard once again, as it is always fun to see some of the guys like Rubelt, Drew, Prolovito, and Reid that I have been duking it out with for the past 8 years. Michael "JR" Grabinger won both days and took the overall, followed by Prolovito in second. Prolovito is looking fast these days as he is getting ready to head north for the Cascade Classic in Bend, OR.

Nothing else today is all that exciting, except that it is noon now and the temp is only 93 degrees. Maybe I'll go out for a ride? Adios.