Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
This is Heather and 2 obnoxious dogs. Dharma (left) is about to be 7 years old. Bodhi (right) is round about 4 months old. He should not be that big.
Now.....ladies and gentlemen.....I present to you.......the rock. The sad thing about this rock is that it is literally out the back door. I ride by this rock quite a bit during the summer. Never noticed it. I'm always in the zone. I'll never be able to not look at it again and it will probably result in a crash or two.
I have been to the top of the mountain....and it is good.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
He is...hands down...the noisiest dog I have ever heard...and this is nothing. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and think I'm going to have kill someone or, at the very least, fight like I've never fought before because I fear someone or something is in my house. I only wish computers had a way to allow others to experience the pungent odor that routinely wofts out of his butt on a daily basis. I assure you it is nothing short of violent.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
This is the first video I've tried with the new camera so I know it aint headin' to Sundance. Bodhi's training is coming along nicely as you can see. The only problem is that it is requiring a decent amount of Pupperonis to get him motivated. He did 20 minutes tonight at a huge 1.3 mph and then Dharma got in a session of her own. I got in a ride on the trainer after they finished up. Now we're gonna sit down and watch the UFC fights. Really looking forward to watching the Rampage/Silva fight.
Friday, December 26, 2008
The new frame that's coming will provide a bit of inspiration for me. It's gorgeous and I have to thank Ghisallo Sports for making this happen with Cannondale. I'm super excited to get it and build it up. Here it is:
The dogs definitely got the most gifts. Toys. Greenies. Gourmet dog treats.
A roandom photo of our fireplace. I don't have any of it when we first bought this place but it was butt ugly. That is my prized and autographed (by Pitt, Skerritt, and Redford) poster by the way.
Moulding is in and that job's done.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Stefan may also have us ride segments 22 and 23 this year. These both flirt with the Continental Divide for a distance of about 30 miles and substantial amounts of hike a bike. Not sure how I feel about this. I don't know that I see much point in adding the section that goes from Breck to CM. 22 and 23 would probably be really pretty but if the weather doesn't cooperate it could be very dangerous up that high and exposed for that long. Probably the biggest issue with 22 and 23 is the fact that it makes a trip into Lake City really tough to justify and that means that the racers will have to be very strategic about their food pretty much from Buena Vista all the way into Silverton and that's a long stretch. You can get some things from a small store at Princeton Hot Springs but it's not gonna be a true meal by any means. Quickly glancing at the guidebook, it looks like about 200 miles of complete solitude from the last store by the hot springs until you roll into Silverton. It'd be a real biotch if something like.....oh.....say a rear hub....were to give up the ghost.
Despite how this looks, Bodhi is NOT pooping.
Oh yeah...so much easier with 2 dogs when they think that Duct tape, a pencil, some foam, scissors, and flooring are toys.
Just needs moulding and quarter round.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I think I'm feeling frisky today. Time to go walk my dogs and terrorize the town folk.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Dan retired from BMC last year and I was pretty excited to have his frame built up as my spare bike. It's kind of like those thoroughbred horses that retire to a farm after winning some prestigious derby races. That thing was gonna spend the rest of it's days on liesurely rides in the mountains and taking in all the fresh air that life has to offer. I'd talk to it and generally just frolic about on it. After being put through it's paces by him, this was gonna be a picnic. However...I'm afraid it was not to be. It's just a bit too small. Top tube is 54 and I really gotsta stretch myself out on a 56. I'm not happy about this at all. Dan...I'll call ya when/if I find my phone again.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Supposed to be colder than snot all week and they're calling for tons of snow but I think they're full of crap. It's too cold to snow. I'm goin through firewood like a locomotive goes through coal I tell ya.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This thing inclines and counts calories and tells heart rate but it does not fold up but I can't complain. I got so much fire wood that it takes up half a bay anyway so no biggie. I don't think it's been used more than a few times. And no.....we're not looking to start a dog ring I could care less about my dogs being strong I just need them to be happy/balanced.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Heather got the decorations up so that Bodhi could start chewing on the lights and ornaments.
Sometimes both the dogs actually get tired of playing.
Bodhi sleeps with his tongue out sometimes and he snores like a freigh train ALL THE TIME.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1. If my bike's not ready (getting a major overhaul over the winter and it's gotta be reliably ready).
2. I'd have to fly b/c I'll lo$e too much time driving and I have no clue about those logistics.
3. There are probably snakes on that trail and they WILL get killed.
4. Last night Bodhi took a dump in my closet and it made for an interesting clean up. This has nothing to do with the decision but I'm still trying to forget the smell.
5. There was another issue I was concerned with but I can't recall it this early.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I just wanted to wish all my dear friends and their families a happy Thanksgiving. I'm lucky to know all of you.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Surprisingly, I'm holding up pretty well. I'm hitting the weights hard for a bit of cross training. We've been walking the dogs about 3 miles each day and then I'm working with Bodhi on obedience. I'm usually getting in a 2 hour ride in the afternoons. Today as we were working in town, some cheeseball and his 2 very little children approached and the guy actually gathered his kids and informed them that this dog was very mean and they went well out of the way. I missed it as I was paying attention to Bodhi and correcting his endless shenanigans but Heather told me about it later. She usually tells me these things well after the fact because she knows I can't resist engaging with ignorant people on this particular topic. I'm not sure why, but I always feel it's necessary to at least try to get folks to see things from my perspective after hearing theirs. It's been a while for me. The last debate took place in the North Face store atop the mountain village in Telluride a few years back after he said, "All those dogs should be killed". I found it amussing that my dog never left the heel position while his bratty ass kids ran around the store grabbing everything in sight. Normally I don't get into it with anyone but I'm really passionate about my dogs and breed specific legislation in general. I enjoy healthy discussion about bully breeds (and well adjusted DOGS vs. DOGS that aren't) but when someone is that uneducated it truly saddens me. Particularly when they're raising young people. Let me climb off my soapbox.
Here's some worn out and extremely aggressive dogs:
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I also finally got my singlespeed bike up and running again after TK sent me some much needed and wider bars and an O/S stem. Looking forward to riding that thing up to grab a coffee in the morning.
Now that I have 2 functioning mountain bikes, I am ready to get back to some trail riding before the snow hits. I have a nice little route mapped out that I have been wanting to do at night. So I got excited about that tonight and went looking for my lights. They're MIA. I just realized that I haven't seen them since the 12 hours at Burnin'. I took apart the garage, and then my closet (don't ask) but did not find them. Finally I phoned TK and...wouldn't you know it...they were in his garage. I'm so happy. I have been sick to my stomach for the last 2 hours. Losing the SPOT was bad enough. Heather just walked outta the room when I asked her if she'd seen my lights. I'm back in baby!!!!!!! Thanks TK.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Normally I don't gaurd my package while sleeping but he's only a pup so I gotta do what I gotta do ya know what I mean?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
In this picture, Bodhi is attempting to compete with Rosco for the most uncomfortable sleeping position. Just to clarify...that red thing is a toy.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
We really wanted to get pics of Mariah's Promise yesterday. What a scene. It's a house and some acreage up in Divide, CO. There are day pens outside (maybe 30) and they housed up to 3 dogs in each. So we toured that area and saw some neat dogs (particularly this Pit/Bull Terrier mix that was awesome but older than I'm comfortable with) who spend their days in those pens. Each dog had plenty of water, food, and hay to stay warm and they all looked great.
We were then invited into the house where ALL the dogs stay at night. There are easily 100 dogs there. Most of the dogs are "pits" but there were some other ones as well. There was even a Shepherd there that had just arrived. Toni had been called to come pick him up from Denver (where they said he was a pit). Most people don't know dog breeds from a hole in the ground.
Once inside we were greeted by about 15 pits in the first room. Each room is the same as it would be in your house except that each "door" is a massve, locking gate. Each room has some furniture in it and also 15 or so dog crates. Unlock the gate and move into the kitchen where there were 10 more pits (some running free, some in their crates). Same thing with the bedrooms. In the bedrooms, all closets had been removed to make room for more industrial cages. I walked into one of the rooms and there was several big cages built and I found a Presa Canario that was probably 1 year old but Heather said no way.
Normally I'm not at a loss for words but I was speechless as I walked from room to room and I knew Heather was too. Hats off to Toni and her husband Mike for dedicating their lives to saving the dangerous "pits" of the world. Even the dogs that had clearly been fought were very nice (look at all the dogs they saved from the Vick house). The pups are just too little to be in the house with all the big dogs so Mike lives with them at his shop in Woodland Park.