Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I like winter?

Winter in the foothills of Colorado is nothing like the winter that I grew up with in Michigan and then Indiana. The sun is almost always shining and the high temperatures have been at least in the 40's over the past two and a half weeks. And to be straight the last few days have been more 50's then 40's. It's unbelievable. 

This was this past Sunday. No big deal as the day before was 58 and two days later was 64. 

I'm starting to wondering if I was back in Indiana if I would have cracked and giving up cycling already. The past few years I've spent less and less time on the trainer because of motivation to ride indoors. It be ok, but by the looks of it this winter would have been quite the challenge. Hang in there everyone.

I did miss my brother in laws wedding. Congratulations to Jim and his wife Maura. I wish I could have been there. Sounds like everything was wonderful.

Here is one of the pretty flower girls. Of course I think she's the prettiest! 

Indoor Cycling Classes have started at FasCat. There are 11 classes a week that follow a 9 week program. I help coach two of the classes. It is great for those who work during the day and want to ride with others because of the short day light hours. We started off with a FTP test and hopefully after 7 weeks of workouts they will have raised it up. It's pretty fun coaching riders in person as they train. Especially since every athlete is giving a powermeter, and their proper training zones. There is no hiding.

Teaching the Wednesday Night class.

Everyone received a personal lanyard with their zones after the first test. It's easy for them to remember their zones. It's even easier for me to know everyone's zones. 

Since the weather has been great I've been able to get in some great riding. There is just about everything you'd want here. Mountains, hills, dirt roads, sun, wind, other riders and etc. I did my first group ride this past weekend with some mountain bikers and cross racers. They took us out on some dirt roads. I forgot how much fun dirt roads are, and there are plenty of them around. 

Near the top of Super Flagstaff. I don't think you could ever get sick of the views here. 

Flagstaff is the most popular climb and has two tops. You either stop at the amphitheater parking lot, which is about 2.5 miles at 6.8% or do Super Flag which includes the next 2 miles which average 11%. 

Speaking of views here is the view of the drive into Boulder for work. 

Baby girl #2 will be on her way soon. Less then 15 weeks to go to my wife's due date. I'm starting to get very excited. 

Also coming up is my wife's birthday. She will be turning 30. She is not bothered by that at all, which is good because 30's are awesome.  

Breeze On

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

New Year

Happy New Year.

It's a New Year, started a new job, living in a new place, and on a new team (sort of)

Like you may have seen I started my new job at FasCat Coaching. I've been looking for opportunities in life and I could not pass up something I've been doing that would be more consistent. Also something I really enjoy. Previously I had took a position as teachers assistant which was every day compared to subbing a few days a week, and loved it. It was hard to leave that, but this was just a great opportunity.

My desk at FasCat. 

Some of my jerseys hung above my desk. Just a reminder of some good years. 

Now I am living in Boulder Colorado, an outdoors-men paradise. When I first came out I stayed with my friend Erik and his roommates Zach and Mike. I was glad they gave me some space before I found something else. Now I'm been staying with a co worker and friend Tucker. We've been rolling Bachelor style. Up ever day around 6am and in bed before 9pm. We will be making the big family move soon and I can not wait till they join me.

My other roomate Arnold. I couldn't get Tucker to take a picture with me. That's just a little much. 

Tucker has some cool things, such as this autographed book of Chuck Norris, with letter of authenticity. 

We've also done some cooking together. This week we've done Burritos and BBQ Chicken in the crock pot. This is our Sweet Potato/Ground Turkey Burritos. 

 Daily drive in with Tucker. I think I'm going to make a flip book. I've taken a picture everyday and the view never gets boring.

As for my 'new' team, it really isn't new at all, it's just that we will be racing this year with pro license. I will not be able to do as much as I have in the past with the new job, but there still is plenty of time to train and do some racing. I'm so glad that Matt and Andrew will let me continue with Astellas as I've been there since the beginning 3 years ago. They have been doing a great job and the roster this year is outstanding. I can't wait to get out there with my old and new teammates.

Even with snow there is plenty of riding to do. 

Evidence of the big flood in August can still be seen. 

The weather here as been pretty decent. Other then some snow the first week I was here in December and the first week when I returned in January. Other then that it's been sunny and mild. No complaints. It could be much worse. The whole city of Indianapolis was closed for like 3 days and still isn't any where near good.

For a while there we were doing hill repeats up Sunshine Canyon before work. Can't wait to get back to doing that once the snow melts. Beats the hell out of the trainer. 

I arrived back in Colorado just in time for the second snowfall of the year. 

Best part of the day though is my nightly calls with Madelyn. The only time I can get her to sit and talk is while ready for bed.

Ok back to work. I lead my first indoor training class. There are going to be 20 riders getting stronger then you now, plus the ones I coach personally. It's the perfect time to get started with a coach, so it's not to late.

Saturday's impromptu indoor class.

Breeze On