I am alive…

Ok, a quick update here since I’ve neglected this blog for so long (not much to write about since I couldn’t ride). Anyway, I’m now officially in the search for a bike. I know I’ve been searching before but now I’m ready to pull the trigger if I find what I want. I won’t be able to get exactly what I want (105 components) brand new but I’m happy with a used bike if I can find a good deal. I could buy new in the Sora component range (to get at least a 9-speed cassette) but am open to used bikes if I can find the right one. I had myself fitted on Sunday to verify exactly what size I need (52cm) so I know to shoot for that. For some ready, the picking on Craigs List here in Dallas seem to be really slim (I’ve been watching it for months) and a bike my size, with what I want, is rare. I actually posted an ad today stating exactly what I want to see if that generates any sellers for me. We’ll see how it...

I’m Glad 2009 Is Over But I’m Thankful

2009 was kind of a rough year for me and my family and I’m glad it’s over. That doesn’t mean 2010 will be any better but I have hopes that it will be. I’m sure 2009 was rough for a lot of families due to the tough economic times, horrible housing market, and the topsy-turvy job outlook. Why was it rough for us? Here’s why: Yesterday marked exactly one year that I’ve been in my new job in Dallas, Tx. I was fortunate to get this job considering the economic hit the construction industry took in late 2008 but working in Dallas, Tx with my family living in Jacksonville, FL wasn’t something I had planned for. They stayed in Florida because we can’t sell our home due to the poor real estate market and because our oldest daughter is a Senior in high school. Over the last year I’ve seen my wife and three girls several times and got to spend two weeks with them at Christmas. That’s a far cry from being able to see them when I get home from work everyday though. I missed birthdays, performances, dances, anniversaries, family get togethers, and more. I honestly thought when I left the Navy in 2006 that I was done with the family separations. My wife had a significant surgery to have both jaw joints replaced. She suffered from TMJ for many years and over the last couple of years went through several minor operations to fix the problem. The final step was to replace both joints. I was there for the surgery, and several days afterward, but not...

Got A Great Surprise This Week

Last week @blackbottoms ran a contest on Twitter. After he announced the winners (I wasn’t one) I tweeted, “I suck at these Twitter contests.” Then @weiland proceeded to tell me about the contests he had won on Twitter. I thanked him for rubbing it in. A short while later I got a direct message from @blackbottoms (Matt) letting me know that they had a tshirt for me and to send them an email with my address. Way cool! I exchanged a couple of emails with Matt and he wasn’t sure he had one in my size (we all know I’m girth challenged) but he would see what he could do. On Wednesday I received a package from Blackbottoms. I immediately ripped it open and didn’t find a tshirt. I found a yellow leaders jersey from the Tour of Utah! I was totally blown away! How cool is that? I was shocked. Blackbottoms has been the designer of the leaders jersey for the Tour of Utah for a few years now and it looks sweet. I tried it on and it didn’t fit. I was bummed, but not surprised, because I’m really hard to fit in cycling jerseys. That left me with a dilemma….what to do with the jersey. I came up with a few ideas: I could offer it up as a giveaway to my Twitter followers but I didn’t like that idea (I liked it too much). Maybe I could go the Fat Cyclist route and auction it off to help pay for a new bike since mine is broken and out of commission. While I think the...

What Do You Think About The Prototype Team RadioShack Jersey?

All the buzz lately, at least with the folks I follow on Twitter, has been Team RadioShack’s first team camp in Tucson this week and then yesterday they release pics of an early version of their new jerseys. I’ve been waiting to see what they look like and am glad to finally see it. If you’re signed up to the Team RadioShack email list you would have gotten this yesterday (I took the liberty of bolding some key points): If you are receiving this email, you’ve either followed the team from the glory days of the Blue Train or are a new and excited fan for what will be the next great American cycling team: Team RadioShack. Either way, we wanted to say thank you for your support and give you a sneak preview of a working prototype of the jersey the guys will be riding in in 2010. While the final Jersey is expected to look very similar, it will be officially unveiled in Australia in January during the Tour Down Under. It was our goal this year to create something visually distinctive and a look that was symbolic of what we feel Team RadioShack is all about: cutting edge technology, speed, strength, determination and a global message to LIVESTRONG. The experts at Nike and our partners at RadioShack helped to create this fast form-fitting design using various textures and patterns symbolizing the themes of new technology, global connectivity and community. We think it looks pretty damn cool. Some early Twitter feedback I saw was that some folks don’t like it. @ultrarob says: “Think new Team RadioShack jerseys...

What’s On Your Cycling Christmas Wish List?

It’s that time of year again where each of us gets asked by our significant other what we want for Christmas. In our family each of us writes down our needs, wants, and wishes in that order. It helps put into perspective what you think you need. You should try it. If you have kids like I do, you may be surprised at some of the answers. So, I had to tell my wife what I wanted for Christmas. I always tell her not to spend a dime on me but it never does any good. If she’s going to get me something I might as well give her an idea instead of tempting luck (and I don’t have much of the good kind). Most of you who read my blog know I need a new bike, and my wife knows I do too, but that’s not something she can go out and get because of the test-riding and fitting that goes into it (not to mention the fact that she’s in Florida and I’m in Texas). Same goes for stuff like a helmet and a trainer. I’ll get those when I’m ready. What I did decide on was a couple of simple things like socks, CO2 cartridges, and a magazine subscription. When I give her my list I always make a Word document that contains a pic of what I want along with a link to the exact item on the Internet. That way she doesn’t have to worry about stuff like sizes or thread/unthreaded CO2. Simplicity is key. So, what cycling related items did you put on...
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