Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Can a three hour race be considered epic?

Andy doesn't think so, but I felt like can be after attempting to compete in Southern Cross on a singlespeed with a way too big of gear on. I feel like if you have to walk your bike up a mountain for more than 3 miles, it can be considered epic.
The race was awesome and a ton of fun. The 12 mile climb wasn't too bad for the first 9 miles, but the last 3 were so steep and muddy that I couldn't push my gear over any more. Luckily for me Will Black, who was also on a SS had a bigger gear than me so we were both walking/jogging with our bikes. If you want to see something funny watch a couple of guys attack each other while carrying or pushing their bikes in cycling shoes up a muddy mountain. It is a sight behold for sure.
All in all it was a super fun weekend and some really good training...
Here is the write up about. I love the picture of Rich drinking beer in his team kit. He is making his sponsors proud.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Snow Days

This morning we southerners experienced "treacherous and whiteout conditions" the schools were cancelled, roads were closed, and everything shut down. Since I no longer have television I seemed to miss the "news flash" about the severe weather and drove into work on these horrible roads.

This was my backyard which led me to believe that we were in a winter weather advisory. If you look closely, there is some of that white stuff out there.

Today just reinforced how lucky I am to be living in the south. This comment showed up on my facebook wall and it made me think of all my friends and family up in the homeland.

We are missing all things Mark Hekman up here in Rochester Hills, Mi. You did the right thing by moving south though as we have doubled our annual yearly snowfall for the season and winter aint over yet. I think we normally get 17 inches annually in metro Detroit and we are up to something like 45 as of yesterday. Lots of shovel use, ...actually my favorite is slowly being worn through the bottom. Anywho, I still have managed to get out and ride about a dozen or so times this year, of course I have to have spikes on my tires, four layers of clothing, chemical toe and hand warmers, lobster mitts, and lots of lights. My neighbors must think the Gay, Eskimo circus has come to town when I go rolling through the neighborhood with my electric blue tights and blinking lights, blazing headlamp, and tires sparking on infrequent patches of bare asphalt. Gotta Love Biking in Michigan!!!!

Ciao, for now
Papa Tony

What I really need is a picture of Papa Tony in that getup...

The weather down here hasn't been all that great, I had to remove a pair of gloves to take this picture, I am not sure whether I was showing off my cookies or my sweet spinaci aerobars which have elevated my fred level to a new all time high.

I rode a ton last week (a ton being 20 hours) and I was fortunate enough to have this guy entertain me for some of it. He rides with his hands on the tops like this all the time, I don't know why it annoys me when he does it, but it just does. I think me being 30 is making me grumpy.

Here is a classic example of us being bored and trying unsuccesfully to be funny.

This weekend I am going to go do "southern cross" which is a dirt road race in the GA mountains. I am excited and looking forward to getting some good pics which usually means I won't ever post them.
Enjoy the weather wherever you are...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yes it is sunday and I succesfully survived another week of training. The volume is pretty high right now but it feels good be riding on a consistent basis. I get to see tons of church signs. This one is this weeks winner.

The rivers were high this week and I did manage to get through these high waters. This one required hiking over rocks and yes I was wearing my road shoes.

This one I did the classic "unclip and pick my feet up as I can and hope my momentum gets me through it" I went to fast though and the spray up soaked me.

Burger graduated on friday from the PetSmart Puppy School. If you look closely you can see me choking him to get him to stand still. He is totally Marley from "Marley and Me" Its uncanny.

This could be the best mispelling of Hekman ever.

Monday, January 05, 2009


is the new name of my blog. Since it is a new year and it is my resolution to update again, I have decided to start slow and not tell all my stories at once. I hope to be updating more frequently now as I don't have television anymore so no more American Idol, Biggest Loser, Real Housewives of Orange County, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Real Housewives of New York City, Americas Next Top Model, or any wedding show you can think of...its going to be a long winter.

I am back to training and just won my first trophy of the 2009 season!!! Good thing I was the only one on a singlespeed, and yes I did get thirsty and drink it, whoops.

I was up in MI for Christmas and New Years and since there was 50 inches of snow I decided to get some serious cross-training in. This is how the MIganders roll and it is a riot.

My favorite part of MI is getting carted around downtown by the drunken pedicab drivers. This guy wasn't drunk, he just looked like it.

I hope someone still checks this blog and if you do, HAPPY 2009.