Friday, February 15, 2013
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
the genius of rick is! at 8:08 AM
Monday, January 28, 2013
How do you know when a kid needs friends? When she starts making her own. In this case, she used a rolled up yoga mat and a foam roller. At least these friends don't eat much and you don't have to worry about them coloring on the walls.
Not at all creepy. I just hope I don't wake up one morning to these bastards sitting next to the bed.
Speaking of coloring, I just came across this book that B made me for christmas.
Notice the "bike race" shirt I'm sporting. not sure why I'm wearing a toupee...
and a surprisingly good drawing of our living room as I fly her like a plane.
the genius of rick is! at 7:48 AM
Monday, January 21, 2013
This weekend, I made it out on the Mukluk 3 days in a row. Each time for less than 1.5 hours but damn it felt good. I'm starting to feel some semblance of fitness coming back ever so slowly and my hip flexibility is steadily (and very slowly) improving as well.
the genius of rick is! at 8:43 AM
Friday, January 04, 2013
For how many years I can't remember, I've bee using a pair of trusty Gaerne winter riding shoes on both my mountain bikes and road bike to keep my toechies warm and snugly during winter riding. They served me well but after what must be ten years of considerable use (if you are a reader of this blog, you know that my typical riding volume only slightly decreases over the winter) they have finally shit the bed. First, the outers got cut which allowed snow and water to enter the inner sanctum so a pair of Pearl Izumi shoe covers were added. As we all know, shoe covers for winter mountain bike riding are about as durable as Lindsay Lohan's nose in a coke house. First, the toes ripped out from walking in the snow so much (as one is required to do a fair amount of in the winter) so duct tape was added, multiple times. Then, the arches ripped out so yet more duct tape was added. Then, the zippers shit the bed so velcro straps were put to work. And, all this time, the shoes seemed to be losing their magical feet keeping warm ability as the inner liners disintegrated.
Sooooo, in walk my new Lake MXZ303's. These bad boys sport a rugged (and soft) Vibram sole so the winter trudges should be more enjoyable, a Boa lace system that is super easy for me to operate given my flexibility issue and a wealth of impressive sounding words about how they keep your feet warm.
"water-repellent PITTARDS"? Is it getting hot in here? "OUTLAST liner" you know all the right things to say. "water-repellent AIRPRENE shaft" my shaft is getting more water-repellent by the second. "toe box with THINSULATE insulation" Holy Shit! "THERMASOL insole interrupts the cold bridge between pedal/cleat" Ahh, that was nice.
Time will tell how these new togs treat me but their maiden voyage was sweet so I've got nothing but high hopes (and soiled underwear).
the genius of rick is! at 8:33 AM
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
If you follow me on Strava! you probably noticed that I've spent a bit of time out on the snowshoes packing down the loop at the house. I had over a foot of powder to work with so it wasn't easy - powdery, mealy snow is tough to ride in.
The plan payed off though with a (mostly) successful, albeit slow, snow bike ride yesterday and then, when I went out again to pack this morning, things had firmed up nicely. Rejoice! At least until the next frickin snow hits us.
the genius of rick is! at 8:08 AM
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Ha! See what I did there? Super clever huh? I slay me...
My brother and I have taken the plunge and started down the popular road of brewing our own beer. We brewed our first batch a couple of months ago. Things went pretty smoothly except the brewing instructions blew (at least for actual noobs) and we ended up with a bit of a stuck fermentation. After thinking we'd have to dump the batch, we salvaged it and had a successful bottling.
On Christmas day, we tried our first bottle. Because of the stuck fermentation and a slightly low FG, we were afraid we'd be spitting the beer on the floor after the first sip but, thankfully, it wasn't horrid (no worse than Bud) but it wasn't exactly revolutionary.
the genius of rick is! at 6:39 AM