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My Cycling Log

2008-03-31 12:18:28 841

Baked the best bread ever yesterday. To make the yeast happy I mixed it in with warm water and put in a shot of coconut cream for some sugar. After it foamed I used a 1/3 cup as a scoop and put four scoops of bread flour and two of whole wheat flour. Mixed in enough water to make get it to the right consistency and let the KitchenAid have its way with it. Plopped it out on a cookie sheet and put it in the warm oven for about 20 minutes. Then I put it in a bread pan and back into the oven for a while. When it rose over the pan I put the oven on 400 and cooked it for 25 minutes. It is so good. I guess that yeast just like coconut that much.

2008-03-30 22:38:22 840

March has certainly been a fun-filled month. I have not been posting anything because of a silly extra $ in my php that had some things broken, namely being able to make new posts. Of course I am way to lazy to insert it in mysql manually.

Back at the first of the month Emily and I traveled to Cabot to see the Waldroup's. My brother and Deb met us there and we had a nice dinner party with other friends participating in the Little Rock Marathon. David and Emily both ran the 5K with Emily being the fastest of course. The Waldroup's and I got to watch them pass. Cory ran a blazing second leg of the marathon relay and I miraculously managed my 8.7 mile hilly leg in 1:08:44 somewhere around a 8:48 mile. Afterward I had my usual (yes it can be my usual since I have had it twice) shrimp and grits at Bosco's.

After the race Cory and I went into bike tour prep mode. We postponed by a day to avoid the monsoon that came through on Monday. Tuesday started out with snow on the ground but we set out anyway when it stopped snowing with a heavily modified Arkansas leg of the trip. Day one ended in Brinkley at a decent hotel. On day two we managed to make it through horrible headwinds and crossed the river at Helena to stay at the Isle of Capri. Had fun crossing the Delta on day three. Early on we scrapped our planned Mississippi route completely for a direct route to keep in front of another approaching front. Managed 80 miles that day. Camped at a lake in Tillatoba that night. Setting up camp was fun even though we were exhausted. Ate our MRE's and got into bed around 7:30. Slept very well until about 10 when the wind started. Almost felt like it could pick us up and throw us into the lake. After a few hours of wind, the rain started its nice pitter patter for a while. At about 2AM the wind came back even worse. To say the least we did not sleep very well. Waking up to temps in the 30's when it was 70 the night before sucks too. On day four we limped toward Coffeville. Poor Cory managed to hurt his mouth on a Snickers Marathon Bar because it was frozen. We had breakfast at a shady gas station right outside of Coffeville. From there we headed toward Bruce the best we could. We made an executive decision to go ahead and call for a pickup because the weather was only going to get worse. Kevin made the drive to Bruce and got us. We only made it 30 miles that day but it was the hardest miles I have ever ridden. So in all we managed 240 miles in four days, making it within 50 miles of my house. We learned that staying in hotels is way more easier than camping and that you can eat way more than you can imagine on a bike tour.

Cory had a good stay with us in Starkville. Sarah tried to head this way more than once but had issues because of backups on I-40. She eventually made it and we all had a great time in Starkvegas.

So now this month is my first 500+ mile month biking ever! After today's crazy ride with Kevin and Ryan I am a mere 34 away from making my first 600 mile month! Completely doable if I ride home for lunch and make it to the bike shop ride tomorrow...

Piggly Wiggly had Radiohead's Nude playing tonight. Seriously.

2008-03-11 21:07:19 839

Boo, the Fark headline for Obama maybe winning Mississippi is "Obama wins a primary in some other unimportant state."

2008-02-26 05:51:37 838


2008-02-24 07:21:32 837

Parents came and visited Emily and I this weekend. Brought me all of the crap that I had left in the Camry. They went to Birmingham yesterday to visit my uncle Royce. We went to Tupelo with the main reason of buying scrubs. Of course the first place we went was the bike store because I really needed some chain lube. Also picked up another patch kit, new bar tape, and a Park Tool allen set. While Emily was scrub shopping I went into the pawn store next door and got the new Shek for Wii. Ate lunch at the Santa Fe Cattle Company. It was decent, just another generic "roadhouse" steak place with fake crap on the walls and peanut shells on the floor. Took a trip to the mall and I scored a Wii nunchuck so now Emily and I can play Rampage together.

2008-02-10 23:05:22 836

Was a great weekend. Cory and Sarah made it here right after Emily got off work. After a tour of the house we went to Mugshot's for old times sake. Then we took a tour of campus to show them my new office and the Union and then headed back home to get our Wii on. Got up Saturday morning to cook bacon and egg quesadillas with a side of garlic parmesan grits that turned out great. After some more Wii time we got the car packed and got on the road to Birmingham. Check in at the Sheraton was ridiculously quick; Cory told her who we were, I handed her my card, and she handed it back with the keys. Checked out the room and then did the normal expo thing and looked at all of the stuff. Later on we went to Bongiorno in Mountain Brook to eat. It is a tiny restaurant and was completely packed. Great thing that we had reservations unlike last year's adventure. The food and atmosphere were great and I would definitely go again, with reservations of course.

For race day the weather was great. Somewhere around 50F. Got up around 6:00 and got breakfast down. Left the room at about a quarter till and made it to the start with time to spare. Cory and I started together in the 9 minute coral and Sarah went a little ways behind us. The race started and we had a nice leisurely stroll to the start line to take off. Emily got a few pics of us after we ran for about a block. I was slow and I finally talked Cory into leaving me somewhere after mile 4. Somewhere around then I decided to scrap my under 2:00 goal and go with a under 2:10 instead. So I managed to finish in an official chip time of 2:09:50 which makes my slowest half marathon ever out of four. Crazy thing is that I managed to run the first 10K a whole 19 seconds faster than last year. But unlike last year, I slowed down a lot for the second 10K instead of speeding up. Wah wah I'll train some for the next one. Cory and Sarah did great! Cory managed to speed up for the second half and Sarah was really close to maintaining the same speed.

After cleaning up after the race we did our traditional Cheesecake Factory lunch and it was great. I had the chicken madeira and it was excellent. Ate every bit of it. The waiter said people seldom finish the mashed potatoes. Took out most of a piece of turtle cheesecake too. Turns out Birmingham has a Whole Foods on 280 now so we checked it out after lunch. Coolest grocery store ever. It was so busy that it was hard to find a parking spot. Got out of there and headed home. The trip home went really fast compared to the way out with no stops. I felt sorry for Cory and Sarah who had to drive way back to Arkansas.

Poor Emily didn't feel 100% most of the weekend and by last night she was not feeling very well at all. I was not feeling my best either and we went to sleep around 7:30. We both slept horribly last night and now we're both super sick. Boo on the flu.

The power blinked in Starkville. Boo because Allard had been up since October 3rd.

2008-02-04 21:53:05 835

Sheldon Brown died today. If there ever was a man who knew all of the intricacies of near any bicycle ever, it was him. Over the past few years I have scoured his website to help put my fixed gear bikes together and to research old bike parts. He was even a frequent poster on bikeforums and always had great advice. He is certainly going to be missed.

2008-02-02 21:03:12 834

Done with the floor! Started about 10 this morning in bedroom #3 moving the last of the stuff out. Got the pad down and then started putting down floor. Most of the pieces went down easily. Had fun getting around the closet doors bit I got it to work out. Seemed like I made it to the eastern side of the room in near record time. Took me forever to get the shaved down boards against the wall. Took me a dozen forevers to get the two pieces in the hall to fit around all three doors. All of a sudden it was 7:00 tonight and I am done!

2008-01-30 21:50:10 833

Riding home after work today I had a nice blowout right after turning by the Bike Shop. I turned into the Palmer Home store lot and started patching the tire. An older gentleman witnessed my blowout and came over and talked to me as I patched it. He was amazed that the hole was so small for as much noise as it made. I got it patched and pumped back up and headed on my way. After crossing Jackson it blew out again. I realized then the problem was that the rear brake shoes had drug enough on the rear tire to wear through it. Pumped it up while massaging the patch and it seemed to hold. 200 yards later not so much. Locked the bike and my helmet to a pole and walked about 1.5 miles home to get the truck and go back and pick it up. So tonight I threw away one of my ProRace2 Michelin tires. Kinda sad since it was one that I have ridden every single bike race on. I'm going to save the other one as an emergency touring tire backup.

2008-01-28 21:25:44 832

WTF AP top 25 poll? Ole Miss still #24 and we are not ranked? Maybe next week...

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