Monthly Archives: March 2017


I do not know if you have seen this or not, but if you have not, I would like you to contemplate this.

First, you have to do an experiment.
– Go to the local football stadium or just a really big tall hill.
– Run up the stairs all the way to the top or to the top of the hill.
– Take your heart rate at the top. You can do the simple thing of counting the beats by putting your fingers to your neck. Count for 10 seconds, then multiply that by six (6x).
– I suspect you were at about 150 or so – right?
– Do it again. This time, I suspect you were at about 160 or so.

That is pretty good stuff right there. It is how you get fitter, by taxing yourself and then doing again. Over time, you can probably improve that.

Now, I want you to imagine going for a sustained period of say 30 minutes at that high rate that you hit. Maybe you could even try that on a bicycle or while running… It is pretty friggin hard, eh?

Now I want you to contemplate this point.
At last weekends GNCC race, which is a 3 hour race, Kailub Russel averaged 180 beats per minute for the entire 3 hours.

Holy Cow, is all I can say to that. I have not missed thinking about that every day in the last week. I almost cannot even think about how he did that.

3hrs X 180bpm!!!

Wow!  There are no words.

That is a max of 193bpm. But more astoundingly, an average of 18bpm for 3 frickin hours straight! 3X180!!!

I will just leave that there.


The New Phone Books are Here!

That is exactly how I feel.

After months and months of, scraping windows, wearing puffy jackets, snow boots, shoveling snow, seeing your breath, waiting in the cold by the back door for the dogs to go out and poop and then demand to be let back in the house because their paws are too cold on the ground, glasses getting fogged up when you come in from the outside, eyelashes frozen together so that you almost cannot get your eyes open, paying massive heat bills, driving with the windows up – always, dreaming of flip flops, riding the trainer only, spending to much time thinking about ski wax, driving home in the dark from work…  It is finally here.

Exactly like Steve Martin in the Jerk – Things are going to start happening to me now!

After about 10,972,800 seconds of the winter thing, with the short days and all… magically, it all comes to an end when the clocks move forward in March.   Somehow, we all forget about winter and start to talk and think about how great it is to live here.  How great it is to ride your MTB and race your motorcycle, and be outside in flip flops, and to do all the other great summer things.

It is a new year!  Time to get revved up.

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Preview of new graphics for the bike this year!  My friend Russel at Rock Hill did these for me.  The thing is going to look fast!!!!

Stay tuned for more.

I am all about March 12.  The day the sun stays up later in the evening.  Today it got too dark to be in the woods at about 6pm.  On Sunday the 12th, that will be 7pm.  If we add about 1 minute per day to that, it will be almost 7:30 by the end of the month.

It is on!



All good now!