Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What's in a name?

Changing my name.
P38Pilot... was appropriate.

Lately, I'v not been riding the P-38.

Thus, one of my other aliases.. Marburg.. will have to do.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

New ride.

Pulled the trigger on a new bike today. There's no high quite like buying a new bike...

I've been working with Walter from Green Gear AKA BikeFriday. What started as a simple curiosity turned into better understanding of what Bike Friday does. This coincided with an epic ride in which I had to ship my beloved P-38. Very few things in life are a nerve wracking as shipping a custom/rare bike. I had put a considerable amount of time and effort into training for this one specific event, and the thought of my bike being damaged and the ride being undoable was more of a worry than completing the ride itself.
(Not to downplay how much I feared this ride..)

Walter has put in countless hours chatting with me about the options, and walking a newbie thru the process of buying a custom bike.

The man's a saint.

The bike has been ordered and I'll post again when I get it.. pics too.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A New Cycling Hero?

Printed without permision from http://www.roadbikerider.com/248t.htm

"With Lance Armstrong retired, I've been searching for a new hero.

Not that I ever completely identified with Lance. I mean, c'mon:

---He's a genetic freak whose body is practically incapable of producing lactic acid. I'm a lactic-acid exporter.

---He battles cancer, and wins. I battle acid reflux, and lose.

---He hangs with Bono and Robin Williams. I hang with guys nicknamed Geezer and Wheezer.

Still, everybody needs a role model. After much research, I've settled on Floyd Landis as mine. Not because he's the fashionable Tour dark horse, having already won this year's Paris-Nice, Tour of California, Tour de Georgia and Tour de Southeastern Manitoba. And not because he pops wheelies on the Champs Elysees, although that's awfully cool.

No, I selected Floyd because of what I discovered about him while reading Lance Armstrong's War, Daniel Coyle's riveting book about the 2004 Tour.

For instance, one key to Floyd's success is that he is "very, very good at sleeping," says Michele Ferrari, the Italian sports-med wiz affectionately known as Dr. Evil. Floyd naps 2-3 hours each afternoon. This aids recovery -- a point my boss can't seem to grasp.

Then there's Floyd's weight-loss program: He stops eating for 2-3 days. "I get pretty grouchy," he says, "but it works." I'm not in Floyd's league -- my record is 2-3 hours -- but what an inspiration.

How about the time Floyd showed up at his first road race wearing a garish jersey, visored helmet and bright argyle socks pulled high, then proceeded to smoke the field by 15 minutes even after stopping to fix a flat. Not that I could detonate a peloton, but I do own some ugly socks.

How can you not root for a guy like that? Allez, Floyd! "

P-38 Pilot

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

New toy in the works

Sometimes life gets in the way of living.

On another blog, I have talked a bit about the twists of fate that I have navigated.
In the effort to live and not just go with the flow, I will be purchasing a new bike.

What could be more wonderful than a new bike?
How about a bike that easily fits into the trunk of your car. Well not your car. A travel bike that rides as well as a 'normal' road bike? Rubbish you say? Humph. I've done my research.

I've decided on a BikeFriday New World Tourist.
I'm excited beyond all belief. I love buying new bikes. It is entirely possible that I can get enough training in to ride the HBL Century on it! Possible, but not probable. I will need to do some serious training to be able to do the ride at all, let alone on a new bike.

More info in a few weeks.

P-38 Pilot