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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Good day sunshine

First things first. I need to give a HUGE shout out to . If you haven't read his blog I highly suggest it. He has a huge passion for running and on top of that he does it barefoot. This brings on whole new levels of respect, oh and he lives in Calgary so in climate weather is a factor at times I would imagine. He also is a family guy that plows snow (to say the least) check him out.
A couple weeks back he was reviewing a pair of clear lense glasses from He gave an honest review and was not to stoked on this particular pair. I made a reply comment that I too like Ryder products. I almost jokingly asked if he would just PAY THEM FORWARD to me. I made the statement that if I didn't like them I would do the same and just pass them on.
He was using them for cold weather running. I would use them because most of my run and ride training starts well before day break.
Well Neil they showed up yesterday !! I got an early present. I have to say I was pretty damn touched and taken back that he would spend  $ xx.xx on shipping something to a guy that he doesn't know.
We have followed each others blogs and made comments at times but that was it.
Perfect timing to receive them. I wore them today on my ride, and sorry for the ones that might have wanted them.
I'm keeping them because they ROCK !!
Thanks again Neil. Unselfish and good deeds in my world deserve payback. So ??

The sun has reappeared back in So Cal today. "HELL YEAH".  LEAVING MY GARAGE.
I felt like a kid the night before Christmas. I was up by 5:20 geared up and out the door by 6:00 a.m. sharp. front and rear lights flashing. I knew I would have a little hell to pay, but oh so worth it to turn those cranks over.
It was everything I thought it would be, flood signs everywhere, debris scattered from side to side. I fully expected to be changing a flat today.
By the time I made it down some back roads to further my trip south, the sun was cracking.
 OH GLORY, Good day sunshine is back for a few.

I'm not going to lie, this was a love,hate ride today. I was so excited to be out and riding,no matter what the recent weather had done. I dressed right, but didn't fuel right. I didn't take the time (not that I had any excess) time to eat this morning, I opted for a Gu and I would take another at my turn around.
SOOOOOO I forgot the other Gu. I was bonking hard at 20 or so miles.
Like dead wind and only being able to hit 18/19 mph. I was getting nauseous and could do nothing more than laugh at my pathetic self.
Really ? I'm not a rookie at this.Cycling has been a passion of mine for years and this was just another lesson learned. Your never over prepared, and you should always double check what's coming with you.
The funny thing is that I took the time to sneak back into the house before I took off and grabbed some chap stick. I think I actually looked at the Gu sitting on the counter.
Anyways, I was super happy to get some true road miles in. And another 28.6 miles off of Luke's I'm still not sure how this is all going to play out,but I love competition and Ive actually lost 2 pounds this week.
 FYI for those involved, I had my company  Christmas lunch yesterday and brought 4 home made cakes that my wife whipped up, 1- red velvet with whip cream frosting topped with cherries, 2- lemon bunt, 3- Chocolate chocolate chip, 4- some pumpkin cheesecake swirl thingy. I DIDN'T TOUCH THEM.
But in the closing hours of the night a had a yummy piece of honey drenched Baklava :-(. I penalized myself a minute.
Please be safe people, it was quite nasty. And yet I thanked the heavens above more than once on that ride, that I was able to be there.


  1. I would have been crossing my fingers that I didnt get a puncture. As for the Baklava - YUM my favourite - no penalising myself for that. It is soooooooo yummy.

    Have a Merry Christmas.

  2. Nice gift from Neil, glad they'll help in those dark hours.

  3. Dang! Your wife can cook! Those cakes sounds amazing!

  4. Italian, thru and thru. But this is the most baking Ive ever seen her do. Thankfully most of it has gone e/w.