Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Winter Biking Team

Can't believe you made it all the way to Jackson in this weather! You guys are amazing!

Fresh snow

Sweet skiing
Happy birthday kathy
And unbirthday to clay!
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Anyone up for a lake lap??
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Anyone recognize where

This open water is flowing freely
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Thursday, December 24, 2009


This message could be for you, Spiderman! Although the video of you riding in the middle of the street is a nice addition to the blog.

Enough snow for you??

Easier biking than skiing today...the snow's pretty sticky out there!
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Winter downhill--is coasting a sign of distress??

Should we ride or ski tomorrow??

i was stopped today
and was asked if i was ok...
it seemed to the passenger
(an elementary age student)
in the car that had just passed me
that i was in distress. she noticed i was coasting
instead of pedaling...and was concerned
that i had broken my chain!

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Help! I've fallen, and I can't stop laughing.

It took me about twenty minutes to untangle myself
and to stop laughing long enough to become upright.
What kind of person would photograph a hapless fellow skier
so evidently in desperate need of assistance????

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday greetings from hogsback!

First day back from Luther!
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The First Dummy? [bike and ski content]

So I returned to Hogsback yesterday for my second dose of ski induced humility and it was actually a little better. There were moments when my oxygen-debt tunnel vision cleared up enough to notice that there are trees out there! The only odd thing I saw was that there were times that one ski track seemed to veer out very wide from the main trail. I didn't think much of it, mainly because I was busy trying to stay upright and conscious, but then I got to a part of the trail that had not been skied yet... most likely because it was ridiculously drifted... and there was that one single track running right through it. I stopped for closer examination and noticed that it was not a ski track at all but appeared to have been made by a set of 240 count Nokian studded bike tires. You may not know this about me, but I used to be a pretty fair tracker, so I bent down and tasted the snow (aka fell on my face) and quickly concluded that the tracks most likely belong to a very fit male, mid 40's, around 160lbs and maybe about a size 9/10 shoe, most likely riding a titanium bike of some sort that was pretty light and well made.

It would also appear that even Dr. Webb occassionally has to get off the bike as I found evidence he carried it up one especially nasty steep deep section on the backside.
So while I may have been the first knuckle-head to try skiing it, I wasn't the first one out there. Strong work James.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nice reminder winter backroad can be dangerous

Enter and ride. let's just get Back to cycling the lakes!
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also, in case you missed it--today the route for the vuelta was announced

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

You forced me to do this!!

Okay, I vowed to play by the rules and only post cycling related stuff here. But when the recipe showed up....well, I just couldn't take it any more......I had to roll out the bellows. I just wish there was a way to download some sound to go with the picture.....use your imaginations and put a catchy tune with it.

I will admit it--i know next to nothing

About cooking and must have been zoning out during my med school nutrition lectures...but this I do know. Winter riding in the frozen tundra is fueled this week by black bean riding salad!
3 cans black beans
2 cans corn
2 groupings of cilantro
1 red onion
1 carton of grape tomatoes
3 tablespoons each of rice vinegar, olive oil and a special vinegary subatance that has a particulatly nice rimminess!
Served hot or cold
Hold the parsley...
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Is Spring here yet?

Since this is now a multi-sport blog I feel ok about posting a ski report on my first outing of the season. Two observations... A) The DNR somehow figured out a way to make Hogsback longer? and B) There's a reason that the expression for not forgetting how to do something is "It's like riding a bike," and not, "It's like cross country skiing." I felt as smooth as cottage cheese. But at least I compensated for my complete absence of technique with my total lack of fitness! I'm thinking seriously of hibernating... would someone mind waking me up when it is time for lake laps and shorts?

Monday, December 14, 2009

photo for the cabinet

do i get extra credit
if i find THE bike shot
that the rest of the collage
should be built around??

i also like how the blog moderator
has changed the color theme
to match my latest post!
wow! what kind of salary
do you command for that kind
of innovation???

Decorating with Emma

Emma and I spent a day or two going through old magazines and printing online pictures of cycling so we could decorate my bike cabinet downstairs. She decided where the pictures would go and my job was to staple them in place. Here is the result! I think she has a pretty good eye.
I'll try to post a cleaner, non-phone pic but in the meantime... bonus points for identifying riders and bikes.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cross country ski season begins at the lakes

Anyone grooming their own drifts out there, too??
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Friday, December 11, 2009

Wish my bike had a snow plow attachment

Since I last posted a picture of the new bike tunnel on Hwy.86 they've added the yellow sign. In winter we get excited about even small changes in the neighborhood

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Check out pikes point
Plenty of bike parking
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But maybe

I could put in here!
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Sadly kayak season is over

But cross season is in full swing!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Open water on West

Never know what you will
Find getting out around the iowa great lakes!
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Monday, December 7, 2009

For those of you keeping track

There is a little open water on big spirit and conditions for riding hogsback are perfect!
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Look what I found

On the ride to work!
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

hey, the other kathy

since no one else is on this blog
or has anything to say
i thought i would send you a shot
from my bikeride yesterday!
can you believe the difference a day makes?

also, the fixed gear in the picture
is the one that will be with me
at least for awhile.
i had a shot at a candy apple red fixed spectrum
but it was sold last night
to a guy who won out
because he lived closer!

december bike rides indeed

glad to see there's someone else out there riding.

...not many bike tracks out there today

on the way to work or back home to check on minnie

and to have some lunch.

but i did see the sun shine this morning...

wouldn't have taken the time to turn around

and notice this in the car i'm afraid...