Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dylan Buttering up Mommy

Here is a line Dylan used on Linda this morning:
"We're like puzzle pieces, we belong together"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Zoo, Lasik and New Furniture

On Monday Dylan and I went to the zoo to enjoy the great weather. For the first time he really enjoyed the play structure they have there. Here he is walking a suspended bridge with vertical supports. The slide was a hit as well, it would send him rocketing off the end across the floor.
It was Valentines day so the polar bears got frozen hearts with 2 fish in each that they were chowing down on.
So as many of you know I got Lasik about 5 weeks ago. It is pretty incredible though I still try to take my glasses off before I go to bed or get in the shower, wonder how long it is going to take to break those habits? So we have "new" (they are actually about 8 years old for me) Oakley's and "old" Oakley's.
Finally used a piece of wood that I've had for about 10 years after pulling it from a 100+ year old house in Colorado Springs. I think the coffee table turned out pretty nice, the base again is courtesy of our friend Pat Barr of Specialty Manufacturing, a radio tower and welding company, but they can do pretty much anything with metal.
Of course Dylan thought that maybe it would make a better bed than the one I built him at the end of last year so he could move out of his crib/day bed.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Swimming and Fondue

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY, for all of you that love to see Dylan, here you go.

Dylan loves Dragon Tales, here is a video of him imitating the little boy at the start of one of the episodes where they go to Dragon Land to swim with their dragon friends.
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So we had valentines dinner here at the house, just ordered from Whole Paycheck, actually not that bad, and Linda got some chocolate fondue. Here is Dylan after we had cut him off.
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and as always Dylan wants to see the results of the video instantly, not something you could have asked for 10-15 years ago.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saguaro 300km Brevet

So last weekend Chris and I headed out to AZ to do the Saguaro 300km brevet. It took us a lot longer to get going in the morning than we remembered and we ended up getting to the start with only about 20 minutes to get ready. Chris had an issue when the zipper on his jersey split and that added extra time to us getting ready. I ran over and checked in and as I was headed back to see how Chris was doing someone called out 2 minutes to start. So I headed back and just check Chris in as well and grabbed his card. He was rollong into the start area as the group was rolling out and just turned around and joined the flow.
There were between 45 and 50 riders at the start which is more than ever show up for any of our local NM brevets. Everyone sporting some sort of light, some quite bright and others barely visible, for the 6am start with a 730ish sunrise.
This year the start was much more casual than last year and a good group formed of about 12 riders. After about 25 miles I was feeling like the little sister and sprinted ahead to pull over while letting the rest know what I was up to. As the group rolled by I heard someone yell to soft peddle and when I finished my business and got back on there were 4 or 5 others taking advantage of the break as well. So we regrouped and chased down the rest of the group that had continued on and rode into the first check point at about 45 miles.
Everyone took care of their business and we all got don to work grinding out the Pinal Parkway, which is one of those "climbs", 1 percent grade for 25 miles or so and into a light headwind. As we neared the top it becomes more rolling and couple of the guys could not help but push the pace a bit and the group broke up. Chris and I probably could have stayed with the three in front but decided that with 100-120 miles still to go it was not the best idea. Lucky for us the guys that popped earlier where big, meaning that once things leveled off they went steaming by and we hopped on for the free ride up to the front three. We entered the outskirts of Tucson in a group of 8 or 10 and rode to another convenient stop at a gas station at about 90 miles to refill water. This section had some roads that were different from last year or at least repaved and was quite nice.
After toping off bottles we were all back on the road still together. Eventually we turned onto Silverbell Rd and followed it passed Ina Rd at which point the pavement gets terrible and the terrain becomes rolling. This naturally lead to the group breaking up again and this time pretty much for good. The ride up and over Gates Pass was longer than I remembered and narrower as well. We picked up one guy that fell off of the front group on our way to Gates Pass and rolled into the lunch stop will him to see the front 3 or 4 sitting there eating.
We probably could have hurried out of the lunch stop to leave with the lead group which were a bunch of Canadians, how are they in shape to hammer for hours coming from Canada?, but again decided to take our time and make sure we got enough fuel in our bodies to survive the rest of the ride. We ended up leaving the lunch stop with Roger Peskett and having a third to share the work with was nice for the return trip.
We ground around until we reach the I-10 frontage road and I had to stop to give my legs a break. I always go through a bad patch at some point on rides of 300km or longer, it just depends on how bad. A quick stretch and we were back on the road. The frontage road is pretty good to start but eventually the pavement deteriorates, it is like they tried to chip seal over the top of the old road surface and it did not all stick and in places the whole surface looks like checker board due to cracks. Through all this your scenery never changes, you are staring at Picacho Peak which looks oddly like a rumpled cowboy hat sitting beside the interstate. Luckily the road surface improves and you get to stop at Picacho Peak to refuel.
From here it is a series of long, straight and flat roads until you are only a couple of miles from the finish at which point you have to fight with traffic on Florence Blvd for a mile or so to get to the finish. We rolled into the finish a little after 5 in the evening, checked in and headed off to get some food and start driving back.
All in all it was a good ride for me, any ride of this length in which I don't have issues with cramps or an upset stomach is good, but I also managed to do my share of work on the front through out the day as well. Now it has been a week and I have not been on my bike since, not by choice though. NM got hit with the winter storm and temperatures of -5 to -10 for a low and in the teens for a high will put riding on hold for most, maybe not the Canadians that we rode with though. Hopefully I will get in about 60 miles tomorrow in 25-35 degree weather, riding when it sucks just makes the LONG rides so much easier when the weather is nice.

Dylan Sledding V2

We took Dylan up to the crest road to do some sledding this morning. Last year I tried and he was not into it. I don't think he liked not being in control. This time he was a bit better, still hesitant and wanted to watch more than participate to start. He eventually went several times down a small slope that was not too steep.
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Of course his desire to try the steeper slope was stopped when he saw Linda crash at the bottom of it. So linda had to try a few more times to get over her fear of it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Dylan and Rock Art in Hueco

Here is a shot of Dylan from last year when we were out at Ponderosa doing some bouldering with the 5.10 rep and his friends.
and this is from our trip to Hueco last month that was essentially to celebrate Linda's 40th birthday. He is enjoying his snacks while everyone climbs
Hueco Tanks State Historical Park is renowned for its native american rock art. Here are some guys dancing,
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The sunsets are hard to beat out at Hueco even if it can be a royal pain to deal with getting reservations to get into the park.