Tuesday, December 12, 2006

cricket vid et al

Haven't had time to blog much as of late, but here are the bullets...

The half-marathon photos came out, here's various photos of me, Charles looking smooth, and the lead pack we kept in sight led by Joe "The Legend" Lee.

Enjoyed a nice group ride Saturday after the Delta Racing IHOP meeting. The 1:00 ride out of Walgreens is becoming pretty popular, maybe 15-20 riders made it this week. It was very nice, double paceline 20-23 conversational pace. The number of words per conversation varied inversely to where you were in the range of 19-23, if you catch my drift.

19 = "What a beautiful day, don't you love cool weather?"
21 = "you been riding much?"
23 = "Tough wind"
and so on

Dr. Wolshon, Keith and I exchanged youtube cycling video finds.
The best of these is the Bettini footage from this year's Giro di Lombardia. This is the emotional win Bettini got a couple of weeks after learning of his brother's death in a car accident. His mad descending skills are incredible to watch as he curls around a guardrail, then takes it all the way to the wall. Check it out, very cool.

Keith was rapping about the 89 World's footage he found, which is awesome to watch. I remember reading about it back in college, but had never seen the video. Fignon, LeMond, Kelly, Konyshev, Bauer; they're all there mixing it up. Well Bauer exits quickly with a flat, but it's still fun to watch.

Yesterday i managed to get in a little under two hours on the bike, i would have gotten more but didn't get out the door as early as i wanted. I headed out to River Road about 6:15 or so, did about an hour of riding there before heading towards work. Saw Taylor A. on the way back in.

The sunrise was nice, and then, as if on queue in a fabricated Marty Stouffer PBS moment, a hawk landed on a fencepost very near the road and began chowing down on his morning breakfast mouse. Not a bad way to start the day.

I was supremely mellow until i turned onto the Interstate, err i mean Bluebonnet, where 55 seems to be the rule. Can't wait for the casino to come so these drivers will be more "lubricated" if you catch my drift.


eric said...

Looks cold. Damn cold.

Love the ski gloves. Did you get that tip from the Kenyans?

Jeff said...

"...a hawk landed on a fencepost very near the road and began chowing down on his morning breakfast mouse. Not a bad way to start the day."

Easy for you to say...I'm thinking the mouse wouldn't agree :)

David said...

yeah it was cold alright, i'm beginning to think that day was our entire winter.

as for the mouse, it's funny, before you own a house, a mouse is a cute furry creature. after you own a house, they are plague-infested vermin that must be stopped at all costs. Go Hawk! that's all i have to say.

Carrie said...

I think your Vineman countdown is broken.

David said...

i have heard this before, but it works on the various browsers i have hanging around here. i may go to a low-tech solution.