De Ronde – Apr...

I was dubious about doing the Ronde non-race, hill-a-thon race. I worried that it would be a cold, brutal dude-fest and that I would get dropped immediately. But it was actually really fun. I met some friends before the start and together we went to the meeting spot. As we rode, other cyclists started appearing at our sides, as...

Banana Belt #4: Marc...

I took 5 bananas. I ate two, but the rest I took home to put on my morning oatmeal. Money in the bank!

Interview: Team High School Mar22

Interview: Team High...

I know I say this a lot, but I love teens. And not in a creepy way. I swear. I think I just have a lot of memories of looking up to cooler, older people when I was a teen, and now I feel fully ready to now step into that role. The problem is, most teens don’t really care about the stuff I do. They like their Gossip Girl and...

Baby Got Back Problems Mar17

Baby Got Back Proble...

So, the other day I really messed up my back. I didn’t do it, as one would suppose, doing any of the many extreme sports I participate in. Nor did this injury occur during one of my many feats-of-strength moves: opening difficult jar lids, taking out the recycling, refilling and then reinstalling the water cooler bottle...

Banana Belt #2.5 or 3 – March 15, 2009

I was going to try to write a race report about the 2nd (technically the 3rd) Banana Belt, but what can you say about a race that you just did a few weeks before? The only real difference was the rain and the lack of personalized birthday cakes (I am petitioning for those to be a weekly thing next year). So instead, I think I’ll use this internet time to talk about my plan to become a true professional cyclist. Now, I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but bike races cost a lot! Even more than last year. If someone asked me to go see a band or go out to a dinner that would cost me $25*, I wouldn’t even consider it. But somehow I am willing to shell out that much – plus gas money – almost weekly to do...

SRAM shifters Mar13

SRAM shifters

Since purchasing a bike with the rumored-superior SRAM components, many people have asked me how I like it. The girl I bought my bike from raved about how great it was. More and more people seem to be switching over to it. And the SRAM chains cost more than the Shimano ones, so they must be doing something right. But as far as...

Banana Belt #2 ̵...

Outraged by my previous blog assertion that the Banana Belt race series is devoid of jokes and gags, the folks down at the OBRA pulled out all the prank-stops today. Not only was the race scheduled for THE DAY daylight savings begins (robbing us of one sweet hour of morning sleep), but they also had it on a day with predicted...

2009 PIR Short Track

Even though I describe my off-road nature-riding as “mountain biking” with quote-fingers, to make it clear that I know that what I am doing can barely be referred to as such, the Short Track race series at PIR is, hands down, my favorite bicycle race. And that’s because it’s not really mountain biking....

Banana Belt #1 ̵...

Unlike some other poorly titled bike races that imply the presence of baked goods that aren’t there, the Banana Belt is well stocked with actual bananas. The waiver sheet tables are laden with cornucopias (cardboard boxes) full of fruit for all. I have no complaints there. But let me ask you, what do think of when you think...

Sublime in Sublimity...

I actually thought I was going to see a Sublime reunion show in Sublimity, OR until I pulled up and saw all these people with bikes…But since I was already there I decided to just do the race anyway. The internet defines sublime as: “Inspiring awe; worthy of adoration or reverence” I define this race...

Cherry Pie Road Race...

I get nervous before bicycle races. Really nervous, like with body shakes and everything. And I am most nervous after taking a few months off from racing. So today I decided to just get it over with by doing the Cherry Pie Road Race in beautiful Albany, OR. Sadly I received a crushing blow upon my arrival: there is not any...

Media Review: House ...

For many years Cait and I have had a secret weapon at lack-luster dance parties and in awkward crowds at clubs: We can do some Kid n’ Play moves from the movie House Party. You know, the dance that they do with Gina from “Martin” and her hot friend that really gets everyone totally stoked. It is one part Mashed Potato,...

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