Saturday, September 27, 2008


After a great consult with Dr. Terry about 2 months ago, we concluded that there were several things missing in my diet. For one, I wasn't eating hardly any protein which was why I was consuming 3000+ calories a day and never feeling full. Over 50 grams of protein per meal has now been integrated on the menu and I now feel much more satiated after eating and have lots more energy. The other component that needed to be addressed was supplements and vitamins. I've never really taken any kind of vitamin, medication (antibiotic/over the counter) or supplement because I eat so many fruits and vegetables and figured that was good enough. I now consume one serving of this green mix stuff (which includes 20 servings of fruits and vegetables) every morning with a plant based multivitamin. Yes, it is breaking the pocketbook like none other, but I can honestly say that is has increased my energy levels like crazy and I have yet to feel any kind of sickness coming on whatsoever. I know most people could care less, but this Greens First is amazing and would recommend trying it for a month or so and see how you feel :)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Totally random...

...but, this is the note I found on my motorcycle about a month ago when I was coming out of work. People crack me up and Shep has definitely started a killer trend in the Boulder area with bike rack invention :)

On another note, I will be leaving for Tahoe a week from today and I cannot wait! It's going to be so fun to see the XTERRA crowd along with my family whom I haven't seen since mid-June back in Richmond. Much more to come on that.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Toys, Toys and more Toys!

The Subaru is finally completely accessorized and lookin' good. A set of roof racks and an all-around window tint makes her pretty flashy on the road!

Also, Shep was a huge help in getting the new tires put on the BMW...what a difference :)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

RIP Franky

As of last night, my 3+ year old gerbil, also referred to as the 'Everlasting Rodent' is no longer with us. Poor thing was pretty tuckered out but the little guy was super fun to have around and quite entertaining. He'll definitely be missed :(

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I bought this yesterday...

Hehe...more pics to come when I finish accessorizing it :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

What a day!

Started with a splendid early morning swim then over to Shep's to rally the troops. After getting some breakfast and packing up the motos, we were off to meet the Torrance boys and our friend Paul who is visiting from Trek so we could drive up to the mountains together. It was an absolutely beautiful drive to Ned with beyond perfect weather. The ride was super fun as well and we even found some new trails that we tested out and others that we can't wait to explore next time!
After the ride, I threw on the running shoes and headed back up the trail for a killer run. Even though my legs were really tired, the fact that the scenery and weather were so amazing made it go by very quickly. Ahhh, it hurt so good...I LOVE trail running :)

Once the training was done, we re-packed the bikes (or should I say Shep packed up the bikes while I was running) and headed down the mountain back to Boulder. After a sketchy ride with idiot drivers, we finally made it home and pedaled over to the Southern Sun for some dinner with the clan. Mmmmm, I devoured an entire plate of nachos that is currently sitting like a complete rock in my stomach...yes, over 12hrs later, but it was soooo good at the time and well worth it.

After dinner we decided that since my rear tire on the moto is completely bald to quickly change them up and do a few other maintenance things while the bike was in the garage and already being worked on. The whole tire thing didn't work out so well as the stand to balance them wasn't quite big enough. However, we did manage to re-weld the kickstand so it's much more stable and the bike doesn't fall on top of me in the garage anymore...don't ask. During the process, I was in charge of putting it back on the bike and completely screwed up the censor that kills the engine when the kickstand is down to the exact opposite. Yes, the bike would only turn on when the kickstand was down and shut off when it was up...can we say MORON?!? Yes. In the meantime, it began pissing rain and Shep lives a good 20min from my place. You can only imagine what's going through my mind right about now as the wheels of my commuting device are on the ground!!!

It all ended up just fine as always. Gotta have interesting days filled with the good, bad, ugly and's all in good fun, right?!?!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Minor Bike Change

After being heckled about running a super aggressive setup on my MTB (i.e. flatbar), it wasn't until my trip to Durango that I finally decided to make the change. Yea, yea, yea...I know, I don't listen very well, but it's okay...right Tom?!?

Anyway, Shep put on a riser bar that has not only allowed me to get into a much more comfortable position, but has made it soooo much easier to control the bike on descents. Thank you Shonny and Mary for pushing the change, I couldn't be happier :)

Now if it would just stop raining...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Madness has arrived!

But in a good way...

It's been super busy since the start of September with trips to Durango, getting back into a more consistent training regime, making sure things are in control with my clients and well, just trying to live every day with the biggest smile on my face possible :)

After an amazing MTB trip to the high country, I was supposed to come home for a few days then head out to Ironman Wisconsin to cheer on a bunch of friends and go play at some sponsor's headquarters. Unfortunately that didn't work out as planned and I ended up staying here in Boulder. However, it was a great day out there for several people. Lara Cooper was a total studette and had a solid all around day and Keith Meyer of Timex rocked a killer race as well. Congrats to both of you and wish I was there to watch!

Although IMWI wasn't on the agenda, the big mountains along the front range were calling my name. Shep and I did a great ride on the Sourdough trail that totally kicked my butt on Saturday then drove the motos out to Buffalo Creek on Sunday for a 140 mile round trip. It was super fun watching heads turn the entire duration of the trip...As Shep likes to say "We're such badasses"!!!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Update from D-town.

Let's just say that if I didn't have obligations or responsibilities back in Boulder, I wouldn't be leaving here anytime soon! pretty much all I can say. It couldn't be a more perfect place for an endurance off-road athlete. The mountain biking out here is beyond amazing and there are some seriously rockin' people out here to train with :)

I've been staying with Shonny and Mary in their gorgeous condo overlooking the river and mountains and getting some great technical lessons from both of them. After several great rides, I'm already so much more confident on the bike and ripping through sections I never thought were possible. All in all, it's been spectacular so far. We're heading to the 6am masters swim session in the morning then for a moderate ride before Will and I head back to the Boulder Bubble. More pics to come, but figured I'd let ya in on the fun times of the past few days :)