Saturday, July 26, 2014

time to taper?

It's one week until we'll be in Colorado Springs, checking in for the 2014 edition of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Bike Tour. Some would say this is the week to taper off from the hard training, and I suppose they would be right. But it doesn't feel like I've done enough to prepare myself. I think I've done a lot, but there are many missed opportunities caused by life getting in the way. Oh well.

I did get in a ride this morning with my buddy, Roger. He had some time constraints, so we did a brisk loop and got him home with 50 miles. I jumped on the trail and road to the end of it, turned around and came home with 72.5 miles. Then I did a little grocery shopping (most of that falls to me now that I'm vegan), and some laundry; bike clothes I want to pack for my trip.

Besides having some mountains in our way, days on CRMBT won't be much longer than today. And one of the things I love about doing a bike tour, is that all you need to think about is: what do I eat? And, where do I ride? So, I think I'm good. I'm shooting for another ride tomorrow, then a couple of short, easy spins during the week. Friday is the manageable drive to COS. And if all goes as planned, 2 weeks from today I'll be posting pictures on facebook of the view from Pikes Peak.

And whatever happens, I'll have lots of pictures, and lots of stories to tell on this blog when I'm back at home.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

colorado roads

Click on the black bars in the sidebar under "road tunes" to hear the music with the video.


Can you tell that I'm excited to get back there?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

viewer discretion advised

OK. I've been a vegan for a year and a half. I want to change the way people think about their food, but I know that it's hard for a lot of folks. I still believe that everyone should think about making whole food/ plant based a bigger part of their diet.

It's better for your health. It's better for the environment. And it lessens the horrific cruelty in the world by lessening demand for the animals in this video. I want to warn you; it's hard to watch! But this is what we support when we continue to make animals part of our diet. And the least we can do is to really look at where our food comes from.

Now, even if you look at this, some people just won't care. Some will feel awful, but think it's too difficult and drastic to change their diet after a lifetime of developing that habit. And some will want to do what they can, even if they can't yet commit to a vegan lifestyle.

To anyone who does care whether you can watch this or not, thank you. Do what you can. Even a small change is better than no change, and maybe that change will be the first step on your journey.

I'll also tell you this; being vegan can be inconvenient sometimes, but it's getting easier all the time. Their are so many resources to help you, and people to encourage you, that it's not as hard as you might think.

If you watch this, or even just imagine what you would see if you did, you would have to agree that this is not right.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


We must realize on the one hand, that we can do little if we do not set ourselves a high ideal, and, on the other, that we will fail in accomplishing even this little if we do not work through practical methods and with a readiness to face life as it is, and not as we think it ought to be.
-Theodore Roosevelt, Jan 2, 1899