31 October 2008
Who are these? Why sit they here in twilight?
Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows,
Drooping tongues from jaws that slob their relish,
Baring teeth that leer like skulls' teeth wicked?
Stroke on stroke of pain,-but what slow panic,
Gouged these chasms round their fretted sockets?
Ever from their hair and through their hands' palms
Misery swelters. Surely we have perished
Sleeping, and walk hell; but who these hellish?
-These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished.
Memory fingers in their hair of murders,
Multitudinous murders they once witnessed.
Wading sloughs of flesh these helpless wander,
Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter.
Always they must see these things and hear them,
Batter of guns and shatter of flying muscles,
Carnage incomparable, and human squander
Rucked too thick for these men's extrication.
Back into their brains, because on their sense
Sunlight seems a blood-smear; night comes blood-black;
Dawn breaks open like a wound that bleeds afresh.
-Thus their heads wear this hilarious, hideous,
Awful falseness of set-smiling corpses.
-Thus their hands are plucking at each other;
Picking at the rope-knouts of their scourging;
Snatching after us who smote them, brother,
Pawing us who dealt them war and madness.
[insert long boring story]
that's a day in the life, nice to see ya ma'm, carry on.
weather:63 and clear
time: time to wake up
|My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;|
|Coral is far more red than her lips' red;|
|If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;|
|If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.|
|I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,|
|But no such roses see I in her cheeks;|
|And in some perfumes is there more delight|
|Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.|
|I love to hear her speak, yet well I know|
|That music hath a far more pleasing sound;|
|I grant I never saw a goddess go;|
|My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:|
|And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare|
|As any she belied with false compare.|
30 October 2008
169.222 OPERATION OF BICYCLE.......more drivel........
subd. 6. Bicycle equipment. (a) No person shall operate a bicycle at nighttime unless the bicycle or its operator is equipped with a lamp which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector of a type approved by the Department of Public Safety which is visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.
A bicycle may be equipped with a rear lamp that emits a red flashing signal.
S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse
weather 45 degrees cool and clear
time: And indeed there will be time...
29 October 2008
i don't really care, my goal: if love something set it free.
or maybe this is an experiment in socialism or maybe it's an elaborate set-up for the Halloween prank of the century
What is EVFS? EFVS stands for "etter Vinlands fyrste sjå" which means "after the first sighting of Vinland",
here also find the 30 virtues of the northern peoples
most noteworthy is this one;
19. Refraining from mockery is praiseworthy.
weather: 40, cold and clear, no moon
28 October 2008
weather: 32 degrees, clear, no wind
time : 52 minutes
27 October 2008
In december i would like to plan and execute a cyclocross race in richfield. i have some basic knowledge of UCI rules for cyclocross courses. i have planned banquets and written a few contracts. i'm going over my commitments and find the time lacking. how about running this thing bootleg; no permits, no liability, but a firm commitment to follow through.
this is nothing new i wrote about course design before.
- significant date
- sponsorship for prizes
- limit money handling and liability
26 October 2008
dude, 22 yrs old,wakes up sees that it's snowing /windy/cold.
unhhn, time for another bong hit, no racing today
another dude, is 44 yrs old , shows up for a race despite weather....and there's no race....no race, who you gonna bitch at? nobody.
it's like breakfast at the triple rock in november, if the homos show it'll be festive, not that there's anything wrong with that
25 October 2008
24 October 2008
Some sunshine and warmer afternoon temperatures are in store for Saturday afternoon...especially across western and southern Minnesota.
A strong cold front will move southeast across the region Saturday night. Northwest winds will increase into the 25 to 35 mph range late Saturday night and Sunday with gusts to 60 mph possible.
national weather service, mpls, MN
i will be taking the next two nights off cause i'm working overnight friday and saturday. i won't make any promises for sunday until i see what i feel like in the a.m.
weather: 50 degrees cloudy and misty
time: 53 minutes
23 October 2008
used w/ out permission
Dad and son were going to sleep upstairs while mommy slept downstairs. And then Harry came up with the idea: "What can we do in the middle of the night to scare mommy?" Dave admits to not being a stranger to scaring mommy in the middle of the night.
Harry and Dave discuss their diabolical plan to scare mommy during dinner. Mommy had no idea that they were making such a plan since they discreetly spoke behind their napkins. And this is the idea the 5-year-old mind of Harry came up with: "We can scare her in the middle of the night by calling out, "Eat Poop!"
Though it sounds silly at first, Dave admits few things could scare you more in the middle of the night than someone shouting, "Eat poop!"
i saw this last night after my ride, my wife has no idea it's coming.
weather: 45 and cloudy, high humidity
22 October 2008
NWS Twin Cities, MN
wednesday october 22, 2008
Rain amounts could range from one-half to one inch by late evening across west central Minnesota and western portions of south central Minnesota. Snow may mix with the rain across far west central Minnesota late this afternoon and early this evening. The low will take its time moving through the area and continue to influence the weather into the weekend. However, dry periods are expected Thursday before rain chances return Thursday evening and continue through Friday.
The Three Peaks race has grown in popularity over the last 10 years and organiser John Rawnsley admitted to the crowd at the presentation that he is finding it increasingly difficult to promote the race. He appealed for new blood to step forward and help him establish a race committee to promote next years event, it's a mammoth job but hopefully someone will step in to help keep this classic race on the calendar for many years to come.
will anyone step forward to promote, provide sponsorship this race?
i understand the idea and the value of preparation. i ride hills, i throw a few run-ups into my ride, i do intervals of intense exertion, i ride long slow distances, and i can even fartlek. but i will never practice or workout. i try to condition my body and enhance muscle memory so i can dismount and grab my bicycle without thinking before i act. technique is what i'm talking about.
one cannot race without preparing for it. better racers have more experience, and better trained athletes have better results. but practice is bad, running up the same hill ten times in the same session teaches you nothing. I ride approximately the same route/course for 45 minutes to an hour 5 nights a week. every ride is different, i gauge my fitness by the time it takes me to finish and how i felt doing it.
my main strength is longevity, few if any of my peers compete regularily. but then again i'm only coming out for a few selected cyclocross races this year.
- where do my strengths lie? hmmmm, that's a good one
- what is my mission? unknown.
- what is my strategy.... i not thinking about that now, the bacon is finished cooking, it's time to eat,
weather: 47 degrees and cloudy
21 October 2008
- Fylliz fiǫrvi
- feigra manna,
- rýðr ragna siǫt
- rauðom dreyra.
- Svǫrt verða sólskin
- of sumor eptir,
- veðr ǫll válynd
- Vitoð ér enn, eða hvat?
- It sates itself on the life-blood
- of fated men,
- paints red the powers' homes
- with crimson gore.
- Black become the sun's beams
- in the summers that follow,
- weathers all treacherous.
- Do you still seek to know? And what?
fixed gear for ease of maintenance or freewheel if i care to set that up. schwinn letour II frame, 56 cm, nice bars(there's a story here), centerpull front caliper. wheels are needed; 27" in the front, rear wheel is roached.
this bike is a progression from something i found on the street, i'm a scrapper. the fork was tweaked a little when i got it, replaced it in '95. i had it set-up as road bike for a while, rode it in one race. switched it over to a single speed in 2000.
the future: i would like to get a new rear wheel built for a 7 speed freewheel. give it back downtube shifters, 105 transmission. different bars too.
weather: 45 and clear
time 1 hr
20 October 2008
this one is technically my wife's bike. she 'let's' me; set it up, ride it and do all the maintenance, when she feels like riding though i have to return it to a commuter again. i put the rear rack on( w/ bags) re-mount her seat, and adjust to her specifications.
in the mean time i ride it on the road/paths and use it to drag the trailer with the children. last year i set it up for cyclocross and used it for a particularly hilly course. i like gears sometimes, i might use it for endurance events in the spring, wide tires, comfortable seat, lights and big toolkit, that's what i'll need for an unsupported 105 mile randonnee.
specs: stock gearing 3 up front, 8 in the rear, sora group, cantilever brakes, bell lap cx bars, 700x26 tires.
17 October 2008
i hate ultimate frisbee, frisbee golf..... i like like playing catch.
road bicycle racing has become an expensive bicycle show.
mountain bike racing is for overbuilt bicycles that weigh too much and fail too often.
triathlon is for aerobics instructors
track is alright
endurance racing and randonneuring are the ne plus ultra of bicycle sport
cyclocross is a 'man's sport'("Manly, yes, but I like it too", you remember the irish spring ads) combining the best of bmx, mtb and road cycling. the best cross bicycles can not be bought off a showroom floor. it takes skill, endurance and speed, strength doesn't hurt.
here's the hub
where's the builder?
in the last 48 hours i got into two fights that weren't really fights
- the blog comment wars -part #365
- the hurl is annoyed crionicles [since '93] - yes; crionicles like crionics, this ones been in cold storage for over 15 years
16 October 2008
sometimes it's not the riders fault, but it's annoying none the less. i even get pissed off at the sound of knobby tires on pavement, if you ain't riding in the dirt..... but the most easily fixed sound is the squeal of chattering cantilever brakes that have not been toed-in. it's like a horn, announcing to the world that you are an idiot biker. the solution is simple, the effect is sublime. hell, if you won't do it yerself, i'll fix those brakes, i got a hammer right here in my bag.
don't even get me started on un-lubricated drivetrains. simple maintenance costs next to nothing, get it done or do it yourself or try to do it yourself and run off to a bike shop when you fubar the damn thing. talking to a bike mechanic is not nearly as embarrassing as listening to your bike make noise as you roll down the street.
that was what got the ball rolling in the mineapplepuss. i had been riding in these twin towns since '88, i moved to loring park from st.paul in '89 as i recall. i went back to college in '90. i raced in a biathalon in '90. i wore one of the last pairs of'' traditional' clipped pedals that i had bought from jay erickson for a song. i raced 6 mtb races in '93. i rode in the cyclocross championships in wirth park one of those years, and ghost rode the bridgestone after a dfl finish at basset. that is what i remember.
weather: 45 degrees, clear
time: since '93
it has mafac 'racer' centerpull brakes, modolo levers, the bars are wrapped with bennetto 'cello' tape. the rear hub is a flip/flop fixed and freewheel compatible, the rear rim is a campagnolo mockva '80, it has ritchey cyclocross tires. the gearing is 38X16, the crank is 170 mm, i ride with standard pedals.
i'm taking it out for ride now.
15 October 2008
weather: 50, hazy full moon
time: 45 minutes
14 October 2008
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I usually don't have to tell
you Bulls how important it is to finish what you've
started. You are, after all, among the top three signs
of thezodiac when it comes to following through. But just
in case you've momentarily fallen under the sway of a
delusion that would encourage you to escape before the
resolution is fully in place, I'm here to
remind you: It's time to make the art of completion
your graceful obsession.
Bloodline Bicycle Racing seeks sponsorship
After careful consideration director sportif Andrew Rosenberg announced today that sponsorship opportunities are available for the cyclocross comeback of the season. ‘BBR will be present at one race this season; in the singlespeed division at state CX championships on November 15, 2008 at basset creek park in Crystal, Minnesota’, Rosenberg announced
Sponsorship entitles the individual or corporation to logo placement on any jersey, website or blog that is produced by BBR. Contractual terms will be negotiated at the signing of said contract. Currently BBR is seeking sponsors for equipment (manufacturers/retailers) and direct financial enhancement. Interested parties may reach the BBR team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
weather: 50, clear, full moon
time: 1 hr and 10 minutes
13 October 2008
If you want to race fixed gear cross, make sure you are comfortable with all sorts of flying dismounts and lots of off camber skidding stuff. Prepare to be utterly uncompetitive, but a crowd favorite.from tariq at http://www.sheldonbrown.com/singlecross.html
from bloodline, i'm prepared to be 'utterly uncompetitive', but i know that in my realm fixed gear is training not racing. i like fixed gear for winter riding and with a front brake it works downtown.
why would i want race conditions that feel like i'm getting kicked in the shins at every dismount?(imagine a 4yr old in combat boots)
12 October 2008
it was too damn hot, c'mon it 75 degree's now at 18:31. so time/distance was basically two 45 minute rides with a break for spectating and free beer.
route was as follows : penn to harriet to calhoun to dean pkway to greenway to cedar to wirth parkway and back. felt rugged mainly dehydration and numbness on lft hand. oh yeah, stretching/yoga could help that.
11 October 2008
weather:60 degrees, clear no wind
time: 1 hr 15 minutes
10 October 2008
weather: 54 , cloudy, light rain
time: 1hr and 15 minutes(in the saddle)
09 October 2008
enter the now,........well, that beautiful woman and i have 2 children, a mortage and all the rest. i still wouldn't mind hanging w/ the fixxie hipsters and entering cyclocross races every weekend...but ain't going down like that no more. the simple life can only be lived in bubbles outside of time. what i'm saying is this....you can go back, ya just can't stay for long.
left by 9 pm home at 10 pm. same course of course, dirt in the dark. couldn't raise the boyz after a lap around the derby bowl, got a second bottle of water and headed down the path. the primrose path, past the turtles and nymphs and on the grass up to cricket hill for the moonglow. rest of the ride was uneventful. feeling strong not stressed. brakes work fine could use and extra 'toe-in '.
weather: 60 degrees, clear and humid
08 October 2008
Brakes for cyclocross
Edited by Dave Carr, Oct 1998
Updated Feb 2002
The most popular brake for 'cross has traditionally been the old Mafac "Racer" brake which has been around for decades. It features brake arms that stick out almost horizontally from the brake boss. Designed at a time when there were no mountain bikes around, this brake works very well with road levers.
weather: 50 degrees and moist, rain all day stopped at 6 pm, clear and foggy
time: 45 minutes
06 October 2008
should be a fab time and i don't have to worry about slowing the training regime to race this wknd. 2 issues; time and money, if i have the time, then i'll have the money for race fees and a growler after the race. instead i can concentrate on base miles and bicycle parts for the next couple of weeks.
felt like i was tired and not recovered from the last 3 days of normal effort. they'll be days like this, and it's best to get through them and move on. couple of pointers for me; better diet and more sleep. the weekends leave me more tired than than the weekdays, too much to do and time enough to finish a few things with two parents at home. it'll be easier tomorrow and i might get a better work-out. i wish i was a recreational cyclist, every minute on the bike feels like work to me, cause it is work. I enjoy my work and next week i'll start at a new job.
weather: 55 degrees, a lttle wind and clouds
time: 30 minutes
05 October 2008
out at 9:30 back by 10:25, routine singlecross, found the path in the dark, ran a set of stairs. kicked as on the flats, dominated the cycle path. we'll see what i do when someone else picks the course.
weather:55 and clear, slight wind
04 October 2008
weather: 49 degrees, clear and cool
time: one hour
03 October 2008
weather: 60 degrees, cloudy, no wind or rain
time: 45 minutes
02 October 2008
Ghost Bike Memorial Ride to Honor Fallen Bicyclists
There is an unrelated “group photo” event at 3pm at Gold Medal Park (the red square on the bikemap) and participants are welcome to continue on to be part of the “Unite Bike” group photograph: http://www.unitebike.com/
In the afternoon, another ride will head to Blaine in order to place a Ghost Bike at Central and Cloverleaf, where cyclist Dale Aanenson was killed.
Riders are expected to be orderly and respectful of traffic. If you are riding recklessly, you will be asked to leave.
either way i feel better than i have in some days, took a shower too. i might have recovered from yesterdays long ass day
01 October 2008
weather:51 and partly cloudy, no wind
time; 45 minutes
i had major plastic surgery in '85 after i bit it adjusting my bike as i cruised down the motorway. i was unconscious and a bus driver going in the opposite direction called 911. 5 hours later and 3 weeks of healing i was fixing the bicycle and hitting the road with it.
cyclocross is nothin' when i spent my tweens dragging a 10 speed across fields and embankments, riding it down railroad tracks and in sand and mud. i was made for cyclocross.