Saturday, February 27, 2010

On Alki

This morning, Carol & I were taking a short stroll on Alki before I drove her to the airport for a week's business travel. There, we met a seal-watcher. She was calling in a seal that was lying on the rocks just below the deck where we stood. We were no more than 30 feet away from this one. It was tan-colored. She said that was the color of juveniles, but this one looked like it was at least a young adult. It was not in distress. If anything, it looked like it was trying to find someplace to take a snooze, and perhaps to get away from the divers who were in the coves today.

We also discussed the juvenile eagle that's been hanging around Alki. On Thursday evening, as I was riding past Salty's, my eye was caught by the seeming disproportion of a crow that was landing to take a drink from a puddle that had formed at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Fairmount. It took me a moment to realize this was no crow. I stopped right across from the eagle, no more than 15 feet away. It took flight again as cars approached in the opposite lane, and roosted in a nearby tree. I could think of no more appropriate word for it than the most common: it was majestic.

What a gift.


I am waiting for you, Vizzini. You told me to go back to the beginning. So I have. This is where I am, and this is where I’ll stay. I will not be moved.
So says a drunk and far-fallen Inigo Montoya when he is found by his giant friend and co-kidnapper Fezzik (now gainfully employed in the brute squad).

When things go wrong, you go back to the beginning.

And so, I've gone back to the beginning. I've again made riding pretty much the center of my life. All my projects that have ended up stalled and half done -- frame-building, mechanics, getting into the bike business, bike advocacy -- I've put them aside. Now the measure of my day is how long and how well I ride. Riding keeps me sane and healthy, and I can't afford to have it pushed off-center by all these other things. I've ridden every day since Thanksgiving (on the trainer, if not outside).

And it's a great weekend for riding. Today, maybe Vashon Island in the afternoon. Tomorrow, maybe parts of the Chuckanut Century route in Bellingham. I'm coming off a cold, and am a little weak, so this may be ambitious.

Anyway, I hope you all get a chance to get out this weekend.

Tyler 3rd in Omloop!!

Just woke up & saw the initial reports on -- Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee took 3rd in Omloop Het Niewsblad. Juan Antonio Flecha took 1st in a solo break, followed by Heinrich Haussler, so I assume Tyler won the bunch sprint.
It's going to be a great season!

Your turn, Chad. Good luck in Everett.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Road Racing Season is here!

I hope you all have been riding through the springter we've been having.

It has been so nice, I got to take my fenders off at least twice!

The first races are already going on in Oregon and this weekend marks the start of racing in Washington with the Frostbite Time Trial in Everett on the 28th.
I'll be in it and I hope to ride my bike really fast!