Monday, April 01, 2013

Disclaimer: Today is the day this blog will "jump the shark" as if it hasn't already...I realize a ton has happened since my last post 3 years ago. Here is a quick rundown of what I have been doing:
*I am finishing up my final semester of the DMA program at UNCG (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
*I have been only playing the bassoon for the last three years and not really exercising at all, I have dabbled in some jogging, but that is it.
*UH and I have a baby who is 13 months old already. Her name is Harlow and she rules.

I know that today is April Fools day, and it is an exhausting day to be on engaged on the interwebs, but I assure you that this is no joke: I am going to blog my way through my dissertation. I am not going to formally post it, but I am going to use this blog as an accountability tool, and use a systematic approach to explaining what is actually going on. I will post things bit by bit and maybe some will understand the whole picture and maybe some won't. The main reason I am going to post bit by bit is because I am not entirely sure of the specific scope of the project.

I have some weekly goals important to my project this week, they are quite simple:
1. Drink 1.5 l of water everyday, I have a bottle that holds that much, and I want to see if I can simply drink it everyday. I know it sounds simple, I am starting slow :)
2. Run 5 times for a total minimum combined time of 2.5 hours
3. Practice 6 times for a total minimum combined time of 6 hours.

Lets see if I can achieve these goals this week. I'm starting slow, but things will get more exciting soon, I promise!
OMG I am embarrassed at how boring this blog is going to be!

Friday, March 29, 2013

what is going on?!!

Big things are coming this way via this blog! Stay tuned.  The 1st of April begins a new chapter in my life and I am super stoked to live-blog it! It is not nearly as fascinating as the first three sentences represent, but it will be an interesting journey.  After all I have been incognito since my last post was nearly 3 years ago!  I promise I will try to keep the "!" to a minimum! Til the 1st!  Adios kimosabes!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

This is the tshirt that our hosts gave Joey.

He is so proud of it.
Tour of the Gila is a hard bike race. It's not any easier when you
have a horrible cold and cough which is what was going on with me. I
thought it was just the elevation at first but then I got worse
everyday. Ugh. I called it quits before the gila monster stage hoping
to recover by Thursday when Joe Martin starts.
The Gila is in this town called Silver City in New Mexico Whig is
essentially an abandoned mining town. It's pretty interesting and
desolate there. Our hosts were awesome and they set us up in a trailer
that someone had died in the previous week. No kidding. Never a dull
moment on the road. They were super gracious and it did work out quite
well.
We are driving to Arkansas right now. We should be there sometime
tomorrow.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Quick update

Quick update
I'm enroute to Albuquerque (that's hard to spell) right now. The tour
of Gila starts on Wednesday.
Athens was it's usually hectic and crazy race self. It was really dark
and really wet and I was too far back picking my nose when the winning
move went. Will tried super hard to get across but the gap was to big
so the whole team chased. And chased. And chased some more. It was to
no avail. In the final sprint bodies were flying everywhere and as
someone fell right in front of me, I decided to see what that felt
like and do it too. It didn't feel that sweet and now my swollen foot
continues to throb.
All in all Athens is always exciting and this year was no different.
Hopefully I'll be able to continue updating during the week but I
wouldn't get my hopes up if I were you.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This is just too much.

I didn't care much for the Tiger Woods story, but this part of it is just unexcusable, unbelievable, unforgivable and makes me sick. I didn't know Tiger was a white, middle age police officer.

Have I mentioned that Athens is this weekend? Oh yes it is. I am only doing Athens, not any of the rest of speedweek. Instead I am flying to NM to compete in the Tour of the Gila and unfortunately I saw that these guys were registered also...FML.

The Legend is rolling into town tonight, so I better start practicing my dart skills.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Battenkill

I just bought Super Mario Bros 3 and I had to force myself to put down the controller to update my blog. That is what I call dedication.
This past weekend Team Mountain Khakis fueled by Jittery Joes went up to upstate NY to compete in the 120 mile half pavement/ half gravel all hilly road race. I don't even know what to say about this race other than my hands were really cold for a while.
166 racers started and I believe only 50 some finished. The race was super fast from the gun and stayed fast the entire time. We finished the race in 5 hours and considering how hilly the course was and how much dirt/mud there was that is a fast pace.
The weather started out about 40 and overcast, but at about mile 40, it started pouring and the dirt roads turned to mud and my hands became so numb that i could barely shift my gears. It rained for about an hour and during that hour I was near tears and wondering why the f I do stuff like this. Thankfully the rain stopped and once my hands were dry I found myself still wondering why I do stuff like this.
The race is a pure attrition race and Joey and myself managed to finish in the lead group for 22 and 26th. We were happy just to finish as a ton of people did not.

We have the Honda Insight up and running for the season now. Pretty neat car, and it still gets almost 30 miles to the gallon with 5 bikes on the roof.

On the way up to race we stayed at the Lea's house and they converted and old barn into a guest house/weight room. It was amazing there and they are awesome for letting us crash there.

I'm sad that I have to clean my bike now.

and my shoes...

Joey and me after the finish. I'm not goosing him, I promise.


This saturday is ATHENS TWILIGHT!!!!!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Off to the beach

Uh and I are off in a few hours to Hilton Head SC. Yes I know we aren't leaving until 9pm but my wonderful wife is taking a photography class and the first class was tonight. I didn't realize Hilton Head was an island until just last night. I'm wondering if I will be a candidate...
We are going there for a infectious disease conference. I am very excited for the conference as it will give me ample time to train. Hopefully I can get off the island by bicycle.
Things have been good for the week that I have been home. I did a landscaping project, caught up with some friends and did the Boone Roubaix which is a very cool bike race. You can read about it here.
Looking forward to Battenkill in a week and a half. Just going to make sure I bring an extra pair of shoes this year.