Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's All About the Sooners!

Dear Texas Longhorn 45-35 whiners, I'm sure you never can get enough of the BCS rankings that determine who goes to the Big 12 Championship, so this is for you.

61-41 ALWAYS trumps 45-35...DUH!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

When Bicyclists Attack

Dumb ass drivers: All cyclists deal with their share. Most of the time we laugh at them or give them looks to let them know that they are dumb asses. Some of us will take time to "educate" drivers about the error of their ways. Some of us get confrontational with drivers. Some of us take pictures to prove their stupidity.

Whatever we do in our coexistence with drivers reflects on us as well. That being said, I'm torn between what transpired last night. I had been doing SO GOOD lately not allowing my temper with drivers get to me. That, and for the most part, living in a town of 10,000, many people know me and know that I:

1. Play by (most) rules
2. Will respect you in your cage if you respect me on my bike.

Without further ado, the "police report" version of what happened last night.

After working at the Dakota Dome running my portion of the Dakronics system, I came out and headed on my normal trek home. Up Rose St. to Cherry and then crossing campus to avoid a good deal of traffic. Let's back up to the corner of Rose and Cherry shall we?!?!

I pulled up to the stop sign taking up the right hand driving lane to make sure nobody would pull up beside me. In theory a GREAT idea. In actuality, a nice car pulls up next to me putting over half the car into the oncoming traffic lane (dumb ass driver move number one). Being the calm person I've become, I looked over at them and gave them my "Your a dumb ass" smile while rolling my eyes and shaking my head slightly.

At this point I figured that they just could wait for those three extra seconds for me to go straight before they turned left onto Cherry St. The break came quickly in traffic and I started across the street. When HOLY-MOTHER-OF-WHAT-IS-HAPPENING I actually FEEL a car coming by me. This dumb ass (I'm trying to fill my blogs dumb ass quota for the year) actually pulled a "right cross" on me AT THE STOP SIGN.

I didn't even take time to think before I SLAMMED my gloved hand on the hood of his car....and the roof above the driver side window....and twice as hard as I could on his trunk (I missed with the third and almost fell off my bike because of it). In my moment of rage and the cagers moment of shock at my pounding he tapped his brakes and I was SO ready for him to stop. I even started to dismount to "greet" him. He decided he wasn't as tough without his cage and continued on his way.

Open letter to local body shops: If anybody stops by with a dent on the passenger side hood, roof above the passenger window, or trunk, please call me so I can come down and tell them how sorry I am (that they didn't stop so I could finish my "discussion" with them).

I don't know. Did I overreact? I could have been SERIOUSLY hurt had I not caught what was happening at the last moment. In a moment of "You could have killed me" I wanted to "tell" the driver of the cage of my dissatisfaction with his performance. So I did. I think they heard me. Quite clearly.

I feel much better. There is something so calming about writing this out.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Team Road Kill MS Bike Tour Kudos

Congratulations once again are in order for Team Road Kill as the final total for the MS Bike Tour is in. Team Road Kill fell short of their 25 for 25 campaign ($25,000 for USD Women's Basketball Player Natalie Carda-#25), but we did break $20,000 for the first time ever with a grand total of $21,536 raised.

Join Team Road Kill August 1-2, 2009 as we continue to ride for this great cause and try to raise even more money to eradicate this disease once and for all.

The Beard Stays

The people have spoken, the beard shall stay until...well...that hasn't been determined. I'm thinking that it will stay until some charitable giving level to the MS Society has been obtained. Let's go with $500. When my coffers hit $500, the beard will come off. So all you beard haters better get the word out for donations to my cause.

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Five Year Old Rocks

This morning as I was getting ready to leave, Carson let me know in no uncertain terms that he wanted to go to school with me. I actually tried to talk him out of it. I told him that it was very cold and that we should wait for a little warmer weather. He would have none of it. He wanted to bike to school.

So, being the good Dad I am, a Dad that will probably get turned in to social services for child endangerment now, I hooked up the trail-a-bike and away we went. Carson wasn't quite his normal chatty self on the way today. He may have realized the err of his ways shortly into the ride. It was definitely 'brisk' today. When we got to his school and he got off the bike I asked him if he was okay.

C: Yep! Thanks for taking me to school Dad.
Me: You're welcome. Want help with your helmet?
C: *shivering a little -- nodding head*
Me: There you go buddy. Have a great day. I love you.
C: Love you too Dad. Bye!

It was 8 degrees with a 10 mph wind this morning. My Five Year Old Rocks! So do my 12 year old and 10 year old as they rode today as well. I'm proud of my car-lite family.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Reader Poll is Up

Of all the things that I've done to cause a stir (and I've done MANY), I swear I've never had a response like I've had in the last week or so. About 1.5 weeks ago, I decided to grow a "winter coat" on my face. Partially for a little warmth with winter riding, partially to see if I like it and can stand it. This is longer than I've ever toughed it out in the facial hair category.

Now I've had some "that looks good on you comments" and I've had some "I hate facial hair" comments. To appease one of the "I hate facial hair" comment people, I agreed to put up a poll to let you, the humble reader, decide if I should keep or lose the beard. Pictures are below. You decide. Don't Delay...the poll closes Sunday night at 10:00pm!

Nike Cross Country Heartland Regionals

Last Saturday I helped out at the Nike Cross Country Heartland Regionals in Sioux Falls. There were some excellent races and all the good information can be found HERE about the races. It will be interesting to see how the kids who qualified to go to nationals do in Portland.

It was COLD on Saturday with temps MAYBE hitting 30, but when the sun disappeared and with the North wind being a constantly 20mph plus, was COLD. Luckily I was still warm on the inside from my trip to Monk with the FAB crew.

Here is a picture of me with the "Voice" Greg Merrigan. Trying to announce a cross country meet is crazy compared to a normal track meet. You have to have spotters everywhere to tell you when people make moves, who is in the lead, etc. It was a great time with great competition!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bike vs Car Report: Nov 1 - Nov 15

I drove up to the Nike Cross Country Nationals on the 14th and back on the 15th - although it was a friends truck and not mine - for my only vehicle trip of the month so far. This is a pretty bland report, but that's the way I like it...All bike and no car makes Kevin a happy boy.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Emergency Impromtu Meeting

Now that I have your attention, if you are in Sioux Falls tomorrow, we are planning on hitting Monks between 8-8:30 after the Nike XC banquet. Should you be so inclined, this would be a good time to start talking about ride dates for next year. Who's in?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Catching Up

It's been a long time between posts and that's a bit unusual for me, but for lack of a better reason, I've had nothing to say! A short rundown of what's been going on:

1. The weather is getting a little ugly. Therefore, I'll need to set up the trainer for extra training that I'm not getting outside. Yeah, I'm still riding outside, just not 1-2 hour rides like I want to.

1a. Can't set up the trainer in the family room in the basement anymore as we finally got our carpet in.

1b. We now need to set up BOTH trainers as Laura is going to train off season as well.

1c. That means setting up in the laundry room.

1d. The laundry room was the main catch all during the remodeling of the family room.

1e. I've cleaned most of the laundry room and scrubbed the floor.

1f. It's taken me most of a week.

1g. And it still has a way to go.

1h. Laura and I have discussed how we need to "declutter" our lives.

2. I'm working on reformatting an old computer that will work good enough to run videos off while we ride. Spinnervals, Carmichael Training Systems, Movies, whatever.

3. This weekend is going to be brutal starting Thursday. I'll be working the HS Football Championships in the dome except for the Friday night game. Friday night I'll be going to Sioux Falls with a friend for a banquet for the Nike HS Cross Country meet that is being held in Sioux Falls on Saturday. After the six different XC races (I THINK that's all there are), I'll be back at the dome Saturday night for the last championship game.

4. I have survived so far this month without getting in a vehicle of any sort. That will end Friday when I ride up to Sioux Falls.

I'm in a funk and need to get a GOOD outside ride in. It won't be this weekend unless I have energy after church on Sunday.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

It's Here!

It's probably a good thing they don't sell this in South Dakota. It makes it a bigger treat when it arrives this way. Too bad for New Belgium Brewery though. They could make a profit if they came to South Dakota.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Professional Pictures from Ponca

Aaron Packard did a great job taking pictures while Dan Letsche and I tried our best to look like awesome mountain bikers. Letsche is MUCH better at the Mountain Biking scene than I am. I'm getting a little more cautious in my old age and not willing to do all the crazy stuff. Click HERE to view the stills or enjoy the slide show.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Photos From Saturday's Ride

Quite the group of riders showed up on a day that turned out b-e-a-u-tiful, albeit with a cool beginning. Here are a few shots from the ride.

Only one of the dudes below is a true Lane Hog. It's the one to the far right...go figure!

Since I couldn't pass these dudes, I reflected on the fact that after nearly 20,000 miles on my bike that I've never read the safety warnings in the owners manual. Duly panicked, I nearly got off and walked the rest of the way. Nearly...

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Giving It Away

You can all quit commuting by bike now because they are giving gas away now!

I haven't heard so many people so excited about gas prices in my life. I'll stay on my bike thank you.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Bike vs. Car Report: Oct 16 - Oct31

Drove a little more the last half of October. Three days of driving was due to Schnoctobeerfest in Elkhorn/Fremont. We made a long weekend out of it and enjoyed our time. We also went to a play last Sunday in Yankton. The other day of driving was due to the fact that Laura had to work and I had to pick up the kids after school because it was raining. Unlike myself, I don't expect them to ride in the rain...yet.

One major surprise was that I had a day without any biking. The reason? I was sick. Didn't leave the house all day and was basically a lump on the couch all day.