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It’s cold!  Let’s ride!

It’s cold! Let’s ride!

on Oct 30, 2013

So I have been off the bike for about a month.  Not that I am really happy about it, that is just what happened.  First I got sick for a week, then I had the resulting week after black lung, then I was working an earlier shift than normal which would have meant I would need to wake up at stupid-thirty in the morning to ride, and I will be honest, I didn’t want to.  Then I was on vacation for a week and was busy hiking and kayaking and relaxing. That being said, this week was the first week I was back on the bike and it was bloody cold!  I have only ridden Monday and Wednesday this week due to a doctor appointment on Tuesday and just general laziness today.  Tomorrow I will be back on the bike! I thought it might be interesting to walk you through my commute by bike.  It’s not just hop on the bike and go.  There is actually quite a bit involved. Really the whole process starts the night before.  The night before, I do my best to make sure that I have everything lined up so that I technically don’t have to wake up fully until after I am halfway to work. The first thing I do is check the weather report for the next day.  There is nothing worse than stepping out the door prepared for it to be 85 degrees, sunny and warm and have your nipples freeze and fall off before you get to the end of the driveway.  There are many things you have to consider while dressing for commuting by bike.  I have my wardrobe seperated into 4 quadrants. Head:  If it is below 45 degrees, I wear my Thermal Tech Beanie.  (pretty cool name for a little hat that keeps my ears warm, right?).  If it is above 45 degrees, I wear just my helmet. This is a pretty easy category and I can make this decision pretty quickly on most days.  The other bonus to wearing the Thermal Tech Beanie is that it gives you that really cool messy hairdo when you take it off! Body:  This is a bit more difficult.  For...

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The Week of Awesome!

The Week of Awesome!

on Oct 24, 2013

I have to start this blog entry by saying that I am having one of the best weeks ever.  Somehow, even though my birthday was on Monday I got the celebrate the whole weekend.  Mostly because my wife, friends and family are awesome! It all started with Friday.  Friday nights we always get together with Biker #2 and Princess and have dinner and hang out.  Since my birthday was on Monday, and who gets together on a Monday, Heisenbaker made me a cake for our little friday get together.  I asked for a carrot cake because it is one  of my favorites.  She did not dissapoint.  The start of my week of awesome began with the most moist flavorful carrot cake of my life.  Biker #2 who doesn’t much care for deserts, or cake even enjoyed it.  It helps that the secret ingredient in the cake was bacon, but it would have been just as good without it! I also decided that I really wanted some of my favorite beer of the season so Princess and I ran to Cheap Charlies in Gresham and picked some up.  I have to say that Elysian Brewing in Seattle is quickly becoming one of my favorites and their Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin ale is truly delicious.  I am sad to think that I only have one bottle left of my 6 pack I got and may have to run back out to Gresham to get more.  If only I could find another place in town that is closer that carried this beer in the bottle. So… enought about my pumpkin ale addiction.  (I may have to go to Kay’s in Sellwood for lunch… they have it on tap.) Saturday, I got to sleep in, then helped my buddy Stalker (it occurs to me that I will probably soon have to write a blog post about who all these people are and how they got their nicknames) transport a vehicle and discuss fishing.   Saturday night we had  a get together planned with a bunch of friends.  First we were to start at Foster Burger, because I love burgers and they have poutine!  Poutine, for those of you that don’t know is the...

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Zombie Apocalypse Run 2013

Zombie Apocalypse Run 2013

on Oct 13, 2013

The Zombie Apocalypse run this year was awesome!  Pictured above in order from left to right is Biker #2, Princess, NotSoFatty (me), and Heisenbaker (my awesome wife)!  We all went and had a great time. As the last blog post stated this run has a special importance to me since it is the first actual official 5k that I have paid for and run.  Last year we were all survivors and had a great time but since Biker #2 and Princess are both avid runners (the jerks) they decided they wanted to be the zombies this year and chase everyone down.  Princess was especially excited to catch me, push me down and steal my flags.  I told him I was going to take a pellet gun and make sure to shoot him in the head.  DOUBLE TAP!! I was worried yesterday about running this race and wondered if I would even do any good.  I had been sick the last week and a half and had not had a chance to get out and do any training runs due to the black lung.  That on top of an IT Band injury I have been nursing and refusing to admit that I actually have since spring made me a bit nervous, but I was determined to run and best my time from last year. We were all excited to go this year and learn from last year.  The first learning experience was getting to the race.  It is in Dayton somewhere, which is a bit of a drive for us but worth it.  Last year we left with what we thought was plenty of time and then found that there was a ferry that we had to cross.  We made it just in time last year, so this year we left plenty early to accommodate for the ferry ride and get there early so we could hang out and not feel rushed.  So, Biker #2 and Princess got to our house to pick us up and we left.  We got about a mile down the road and I realized I didn’t have my race bib.  Have you ever had something in your hand one second, set it down and then...

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ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE… RUN!

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE… RUN!

on Oct 13, 2013

For a long time I have been wanting to start a blog.  I set up my website a couple of weeks ago and have since been trying to figure out how to start.  I finally decided, I will just start! So… as the title states,  ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE… RUN! Tonight is the annual Zombie Apocalypse Run ( http://www.zombieapocalypserun.com/ ).  This is my favorite 5k to run.  I suppose that is partially because I love horror movies and zombies and things of that nature, and this is the 1st 5k I ever ran, so it holds a  special place for me. I suppose a little bit of background is in order here so you understand the importance that this 5k has actually played in my life.  To me it is a bit more important than just a fun run with an awesome, scary, zombie theme. Last year, I  I decided that I was fat, lazy and generally unhealthy.  I wasn’t morbidly obese or anything, but I couldn’t run to the end of the block feeling like I was going to die.  My 2 best friends, Princess and Biker #2 (There is a story to the names that we will tackle in a later post) were runners and were constantly running marathons, and half marathons and doing things like Portland Fit and talking about running and how much they loved running and how running was so great and running, running, running, blah blah blah.  It was really quite aggravating and made me want to Nancy Kerrigan them. (my term for hitting them in the knee with a pipe) Princess was talking all the time about how before he became a runner he always swore he would only run if the police were chasing him and I could relate to that sentiment.  The other day I saw a quote that said, “If you see me running, you should start running too because it means something bad is headed this way!“  That is how I felt.  Running was a means of surviving by escaping from something bad coming to kill you, or eat your face off.   Like a zombie!  That being said, I couldn’t have outrun a zombie if my life depended on it...

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