Living life on the edge... of the road
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - General
That's right, and here's the proof: Free to go. So my sample from Collegiate Nationals came back Negative, which is a positive. Anyway, I was worried I might get Floyd Landised or something, but now I can finally relax.

Speaking of doping, it was good to see the super tested CSC-Saxo Bank team do so well at the tour. I hope this means the end of Garmin's "We don't win because we don't dope" BS.

Monday, July 28, 2008 - General
Got the call yesterday and I'll be riding with Team at the Tour of Utah. The team is directed by Tad Hamilton, get it? Okay, sorry for the lame joke, but admit it, it was a great movie.

I left for Alaska thinking I would be riding with ZteaM. I returned to find out they were no longer going and I was out of luck. After a bunch of emails and phone calls I realized I still might have some luck left.

Anyway, I'm excited to race with the big boys in what is billed as "the toughest stage race ever staged in America."

Saturday, July 26, 2008 - General
Went down to the track today hoping to get in a Beginner Session and a "Race Ready" Clinic. Wanted to do both to make the drive worth it.

The Beginner Session was good, we even did some team pursuit drills. But then... no one showed up to run the clinic.

This was annoying because I drove all the way down to San Jose for it.

This was a problem because I let them lock the rental bike up with my pedals. I was thinking someone would come along and unlock it again in 10 minutes. Yeah, I know, I shouldn't have trusted.

To get my pedals back I was forced to kill 3 hours in San Jose waiting for the Training Session people to show up.

Needless to say, I was pretty irritated. Now I understand that most of the people there are volunteers, but if it's on the calendar it's supposed to happen, right? Of course, when I got home the calendar was totally blank, so maybe it shouldn't be trusted.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - General
Spent the last month in Alaska growing out my leg hair. I had visions that my wife would actually miss my silky smooth skin and I would become the first man to change the mind of a woman. But alas, it was not to be.

Friday, July 18, 2008 - General
Those who felt the disturbance already know. It took 11.5 hours, doorstep to doorstep, and I only got to Seattle. It will still be a couple days before I'm back in Davis. You can all start breathing again.

I'm still a little lonely because the wife is still in So. Car. visiting her dad. Fortunately, the blogging world is keeping me company. But boy has it got crowded over the last couple of weeks. Well Steve, as they print on every bottle of my favorite drink, "If you're gonna be original, you can count on being copied."

Anyway, nothing interesting to report from Alaska. It was a good season with plenty of fish. The weak dollar should help the exports and up what they pay us for it.

Dude, and Adam, .8 seconds, whatever. Guess who's kickin' your ass in the NRC Standing. This guy.

Oh and don't forget:

"Friends don't let friends eat Farmed Salmon."

Monday, July 14, 2008 - General
These pictures capture some of the my favorite cycling moments from the first half of the season. It's not easy Crushing Dreams. This one's of the last 700m of the Collegiate Nationals TTT on May 9th. I love this picture. First, because we won. Second, because we won.
Anyway, Tyler is pulling us at 37mph into a nice headwind at the end of the 12 mile course. That explains our facial expressions.

Off the front. Conference Championships Road Race in Reno, NV on April 26th. Shawn and I were in the break all day and I was turning myself inside out so he could just sit in. I was chasing down everything the last couple miles and was totally wasted. It was a good feeling to see Shawn come through for the win.

The next day we killed the TTT and I won the crit to give UC Davis the WCCC Triple Crown. We were also 14-5 for the season. That's a lot of winning.

And Davis wins, Again. The last stage of Tour de Nez was a circuit race through Northstar Village. Here I am leading the break. It was awesome to be up there rocking it with the pros. Roman Kilun ended up winning the thing. I was feeling good all day but had a terrible sprint and finished 6th, but it did move me up to 8th in the GC.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008 - General
Why do I think laws are dumb? Because it's impossible for one person to know them all. So why do you have to follow them all? You'd think that in 5000+ years we'd have come up with a better system to keep the peace.

Take this intersection for example. As a cyclist, what exactly am I supposed to do here? In other words, when I, hypothetically, blow through this intersection on my bike, am I breaking any laws? I got a ticket for running a stop sign a couple of years ago and it changed my life. I'd driven a car for 8 years and have never gotten a ticket. I ride my bike for 6 months and Wham-o! So much for saving money.

So anyway, now I want to make sure I'm doing everything right. Do I need to stop and put my foot down at this intersection or not?

Sunday, July 6, 2008 - General
This caught my eye in the back of some "old person magazine" at my parent's house.

"Can you actually lower your risk of dying by a whopping 15%?"

I've always heard that dying was 100% certain. But the only way to make progress is to challenge conventional notions such as this. We should all buy their product to support their "research."

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - General
I'm still up in Alaska, but I'd like to offer these reminders for my wife:
  1. If you have a problem with something, read the instructions BEFORE you get frustrated and give up. I'm not going to be there to calm you down.
  2. We do actually get bills, please remember to pay them.
  3. You look hot in the clothes you have. You don't need any more. The, "Those are summer clothes and these are late summer clothes" argument is never going to work.
  4. Did you really need to rearrange the furniture? I liked it the way it was.
  5. A glass of milk and a pudding snack is not dinner.
I love you, that is all.

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