Monday, December 25, 2006

Back in the saddle...

I have finally been able to get back on a mountain bike and ride some true singletrack!! Riding around the neighborhood just was not cutting the mustard.

I took the Black Sheep out to a place in Fayetteville called Smith Lake and rode the mountain bike trails there. There were green beginner's trails as well as many blue and black trails. I rode every trail I could find even rolling over an elevated skinny bridge and stopping to take action pictures (kinda hard to do solo). The terrain was very sandy (duh it's not called "The Sandhills" for nothing) and full of fallen pine needles.
The trails were mostly flat and fast. The pine trees were very close together so the big challenge came in trying not to hit my handlebars on any of the trees in the narrow gaps on the trail. I was instantly impressed at the 29er wheels, they rolled over everything roots, rocks, dips, and bumps. The other thing that caught my attention was how well the front tire, a Panaracer Rampage, hooked up in the loose sand!! It had rained the day before so the sand was pretty hard and crusty but sand none the less! After taking some handlebar mounted video on trail I rolled back to the truck. I then proceeded to realize I had locked the keys in my mother-in-law's truck (I had keep the ignition key but forgot there was a seperate door lock key). I had to have the keys brought out to me and I called it a day. My leg felt solid and strong throughout the entire ride and was only slightly sore that evening. I do believe I will go back to Smith Lake on Tues or Wed depending on the rain....

On Sunday I got up at 5am and was on the road by 5:45am on the way to Charlotte, NC. I had arranged to meet up with Rich Dillen (Team Dicky) in Charlotte and ride some local trails. It too had rained on Friday complicating the decision as to where to ride. As luck would have it the rain disappeared and Sat was a nice balmy 70 deg and sunny helping to dry out the one local place that is more sand than NC red clay, Colonel Francis Beatty Park. I met Rich at his house and we readied to go ride. I actually got a chance to meet "The Pie", Rich's wife, and his son "The Boy". We took Rich's "dirty little box" to the park and started to ride with plans to meet one of Rich's friend, The Big Worm (Bill), on the trail. I fell in behind Rich and we hit the trail, FAST! The trail was very simular to the trails at Smith Lake but with less sand and more rocks, roots and ups-n-downs. We went relativly slow so Rich could show me the trail and we could chit chat along the way. We stoped every once in a while so I could catch my breath. There were a few sections that we could really rip it up and all-in-all the trail conditions were perfect. A few wet spots but nothing that was crazy muddy. Near the end of the first lap (each lap was about 6 miles long) we ran into Rich's friend, The Big Worm, who had started in the reverse direction and met us on the trail. We finished out the loop and took a short break. Back into the woods and the three of us really started ripping up the trails!! As the day went on we started to see more and more pedestrians and dog walkers out on the MOUNTIAN BIKE trails so we had to slow down or stopp when we passed them. We even witnessed to young kids riding the trails on MOTORCYCLES of all things. They not going crazy tearing up the trails just scootin through the woods, but obviously not suposed to be there. I could tell Rich was clearly aggrevated by their precense as his eye started to twitch and I could see the gears turning! We rode a full second lap stopping to talk and rest. When we rode we rode hard and fast. I was again amazed at how the 29er just rolled over the obsticals in it's path. I let out some of the air in the front tire (not really sure what the starting psi was probably around 30psi) to the point I could mash it between my fingers. That made a world of difference in how it not only rolled over thing but more hit the clawed it's way over roots and rocks. I only hit it hard once and that was coming off of a small deep dip into a rooty climb out, but the Ti fork/big volume tire/at speed 29 inch wheel combination took it like a man and kept me rollin' along! After the second lap I was pressed for time to go see other friends in N. Charlotte and the Big Worm had only done one lap so we started the full lap again completeing the black diamond loop and finishing it off early by coming back in the reverse direction on the green starting loop. After the ride I asked Bill to take a picture of Rich and I (so I had proof I went on a ride with the 24 hour SOLO Singlespeed World Champion) the picture came out great except that it makes me look like a giant and Rich look like a Christmas elf... Thanks Rich I had a blast and I hope to ride with you again soon!

I drove up to north Charlotte to visit with some old college friends Trey and Tara Adams. We talked and caught up and watched the Panthers just bearly hang on to win their first game in weeks. I got to meet Trey's folks again I had not seen them since Appalachian graduation in 2000. I then drove back to the in-laws and was home by 6:30pm and totally exhausted!

Two days of mountain biking and I am itching to get out and do more!! I have the bug again!! I may not travel very often but knowing that where ever I go I can now take a bike for free will help to push into traveling more often (I hope!)...

Friday, December 22, 2006

Sheep are awesome!!

I recieved my new Black Sheep 29er mountain bike this week and I posted a bunch of pics here on my Track Daddy Everything Bike blog along with a parts write up. I intend to go for a trail ride this coming weekend with Team Dicky in NC and I will also post a ride write up. I do believe this is the most awesome bike I have ever owned!! WOW!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

AWESOME news!!!

We are pregnant!!! We are due in August!! We are SOOOooo excited!! Christie is feeling great and I can't wait!! We are going to do the same thing we did with Abigael and opt to not find out the sex of the baby until he or she is born!
(This news was confirmed by our doctor with a blood test!!)

Oh yeah school is over yeah!!! I think I did ok, but we'll see...

(I checked my grades and it looks good!!!
COURSE ID ---------- TITLE ---------------- GRADE---CREDITS

ANP 213-------------ANATOMY & PHYSIO I-------3.4------- 5.0

MAT 085-------------ALGEBRA II------------------4.0--------5.0

NTR 150--------------HUMAN NUTRITION--------2.3--------5.0

Qtrly: Gpa Cr 15.0 Cr Earn 15.0 Grpts 48.5 GPA>>> 3.23 !!!)

My Black Sheep frame came on Sat and It is sweeter than I could have ever imagined!! I will post pics in the other blog here soon!!

Oh a more somber note, I found out from my mom that my 92 year old Grandmother fell last night possibly due to a stroke and broke her hip. They didn't find her until this morning at the home and she is critical at the hospital in Chico, CA. I wish I could go see her but it is never that simple. God bless her soul, I love you Grandma.
(Late edit: My mom went up and is with her mom. It looks like possibly a hip replacement surgery.)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Finals in a week!!!

Well it's that time of the quarter!! We have one more week of instruction before finals start!! Actually my Anatomy & Phisiology 213 Lab final starts Thur the 7th from 5:30 till 7:30!! Then my Math final is Tuesday the 12th from 10:30 till 12:30, Nutrition final is Wednesday the 13th from 10:30 till 12:30, and the Lecture portion of my A&P final is also Tuesday the 12th from 5:30 till 7:30. I have talked with my algebra instructor and I may be able to take the final early so I can concentrate on my A&P exam on the 12th which would mean I would take it on Monday during one of her other classes final exams.... We'll see? And then freedom for a few weeks before School resumes on the 2nd of January! Next quarter Chem 101 from 10-10:50 am M-F with arranged lab on Mondays, Math 98 Intermediate Algebra from 11-11:50 M-F, and Anatomy & Phisology 214 from 1-1:50 TWF and 1-2:50 MTh!!!! Whew Mondays are gonna be busy!! Good news is that Abigael will be in "school" while I am in school and I can (if I don't have any studying to do, yeah right!) go have lunch or help out from 12 till 1! Good news, no night classes at SCCC! I will be going back to Skyway KCFD 20 fire dept which intails going back through their fire academy which is held every Thurs night from 7-10 and Saturdays from 8-5! I am hoping that since I have already graduated ONCE from this academy they will be forgiving if I have to study of put my real school first. I do want to come back to the Dept real bad!! I want to take and pass my Firefighter 1 certification ans become a sworn King county firefighter! I also hope that the physical demands put on me with start slowly as I will be healed by Jan but still not a full 100% (hopefully I will be 100% by mid year?)...

Thursday, November 30, 2006


What have you done for TEN years straight?? Me?, nothing except stay married to a wonderful woman from North Carolina. Never thought I would have done anything for tens years in a row... I love Christie as she truely completes me, sounds corny but it's true. There isn't anybody else that truely knows me or understands me or would put up with me the way she does. Thank you babe! Ok enough of the sappy stuff, Christie made a nice post with some pictures from WAY BACK HERE. And since I had class tonight we went out to the travelling Banff Mountain Film Festival last night, woo hoo a evening without the kid/minion!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?!?!?!

That's right MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Seahawks crush the Packers!!! My good friend Bryce Weaver, season ticket holder, had an extra ticket and invited me to go tonight! It was colder than you know what but TOTALLY worth it!! Thanks Dream!! Here are a few pictures of the field at game time!! Can you believe it snow on the Seahawks playing field and the Packers lost?!


We recieved a little of the cold white stuff last night!! Abigael had a blast in it you can check out Christie's post here. Up north in Ferndale and Bellingham they got almost 24" of snow!! Temps are at or below freezeing!! I love this weather!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Doctor's appt...

Went to see my Ortho docs yesterday morning and all looks well! I had x-rays which according to the docs didn't show any significant change from my Oct 18th visit. The docs did say that there was a considerable amount of conective tissues in the area of the bone graph but it just has not calcifide yet. The good news is that the bone graph is still there! Some graphs of this type can just dissolve/wash away and they have to start all over again. It is just going to take time! They did seem impressed with my range of motion and activity level. I asked if I could start doing some gym workouts with my legs and I got the ok to start a weight traing program. I was told to start with low weight, of course, high reps but in regards to my left leg I need to start with "E"ccentric exercise. Eccentric is the controled lowering of weight vs. contracting and pulling the weights up. Erik Moen my PT has explained this to me also, as lift the weight with both legs, mostly with the right, and then slowly and controlled lower the weight with my left leg only. The ortho doc said to also include some strength training as well to include higher weight lower reps slowly building the weight up to the point that my left leg can handle the same amount of weight the right leg can. Other than that I am down to the next lowest level of pain meds, only when I need them, I will see them again in THREE (3) months, and continue with intensive Physical Therapy!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Long time no write...

So I have been busy as I am sure you can tell by my lack of writing/posting. Yes, I may have been alone last week with the girls outta town but I was VERY busy with school and family friends visiting. The Chocholak parents, John and Dianne, were up to visit with their daughter Wendi and soon (I hope!) to be son-in-law Sam and meet Sam's family. My best friend Julian, Wendi's brother, tagged along and we got to visit and hang out together. I built him his dream mountain bike, a Santa Cruz Blur LT with full Chris King and XTR build! Julian was able to take delivery of his bike with an ear to ear grin! We got a small chance to ride a little up at the park behind the house. We rode on a few bum trails in the overgrown section of the park (an area I have been thinking about doing some minor/small trail improvement...) and dropped the big ledge. We were having a great time until we realized we had rolled through some rouge dog poo and it was every where! So we went home to clean shoes and bikes. On Thursday of their visit I was able to arrange through George Westbrooke, a friend from Skyway fire recruit academy, a private tour of the Renton Boeing 737 assembly plant! John Chocholak was my high school shop tech teacher and he sits on the California Industrial and Technology Education Association
executive committee as the Advocacy liaison. We had the opportunity to not only see every step in the construction of the 737 but also walk through a few of the planes as they were being built. It was an awesome tour Thanks again George!!!

And of course the weather has not let up much so everyone is starting to get ill. We have tickets to NC leaving on the 20th and returning on the 28th of Dec! I'll try to keep up to date with my entries....

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A new link blog about my passion

So I have started to create a new blog (LINK) that I will link to often from here about my bikes and not bore the few of you that read Track Daddy with bike stuff all the time... I will soon have a link off to the side>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Black Sheep Ti Highlight 29er

So I just received my CAD rendering from James at Black Sheep Bikes last night. I am SOOOOooooo excited I need to call him and talk to him about it, but then he did make this CAD drawing based on a BUNCH of custom measurements taken from me. The only measurement I am concerned about is the 24" Effective Top Tube measurement. This bike will be suspension corrected so that if I want to throw a Reba on it I can. This would make the head angle steeper from 71.5 deg to 72-72.5 with fork sag, BUT James says that everyone that has ridden one of his Ti rigid forks and switches to a squishy front end always swaps back to the Ti. James will be making a Ti unicrown fork with a heavy duty steerer and thin walled legs to lighten it up and give it the suppleness that Ti forks are known for! I can't wait James also said he could deliver by Dec 1st!!!! As long as I can get it by the 20th so I can take it to NC for the holidays I will be stoked! It will be a great chance to test out the S&S couplers and not have to worry about which airlines we will fly on (We used to have to fly United because I could fly my bike for free through USCF).

These are my Fitup Measurements:
1. Height______________180.6cm
2. Inseam______________86.2cm
3. Deltoid to hip_________42cm
4. Hip to ankle__________104.5cm
5. Hip to knee___________61.5cm
6. Knee to ankle_________45.5cm
7. Deltoid to wrist________66cm
8. Width of palm_________10cm
9. Foot Length__________28.6cm
10. Sternal notch to ground_147cm

These are the measurements of my current or former mountain and touring bikes.For the most part I ride with a 90 to 100mm 5 deg Thomson stem some times 110mm

My current Mountain Bike is an 18” 2004 Kona Explosif Maybe FOR SALE when I get my new 29er
HA 70 SA 73.1 TT 23.1” SO 28” 100mm fork; stem 90mm x 5 deg

The bike I ride a lot (and my touring rig) is a 56cm 2005 Kona Sutra FOR SALE $1200
HA 72 SA 73 TT 56cm SO 30.4” stem 100mm x 5 deg

I had a 19” 2004 Kona Unit which I felt was TOO BIG for me??
HA 70 SA 72.1 TT 23.6” SO 28.8” 100mm fork 100mm x 5 deg

My cross country race rig was a 19” 2003 Kona Kula Primo
HA 71 SA 73 TT 23.5” SO 30.2” 80mm fork stem 100mm x 5 deg

Sunday, November 05, 2006

New DeSalvo Team Cyclocross bike!!

I took delivery of my long awaited DeSalvo Team Cyclocross frame and fork on Friday the 27th. I quickly, with the help of Adam at the Counterbalance, built it up in time for the "Meet the Team" group ride the morning of the 28th. Man is this frame sleek and beautiful!! She turned out just as I had imagined her!! This is a frame I had asked Mike DeSalvo to build for me when Jeff, Todd, and I put in the FIRST team frame orders back in May of 2005! Mike built me a beautiful track frame instead which I am very greatful for!! But I still wanted and needed a cyclocross frame. I had race the previous season (2004) on my Surly Steamroller which is by design a track frame!!
And the I went and broke my leg and the cyclocross frame went to the back burner:( Even though I will not be able to race any 'cross races this year, still not strong enough and Erik my PT won't allow it, I still wanted to have Mike build this frame so I could ride it and get ready for Cyclocross season 2007!! The frame is made from Columbus Zona steel tubing and it is VERY light. The rear dropouts are horizontal with a derailleur hanger drive side and a bottle opener non-drive side so I can either ride it singlespeed, fixed (rear brake mounts are removeable for a cleaner look), or in it's current configuration Geared 1x8! The bike rides like a dream!!! It is painted Matte Black with Blood Red panels and lettering!
Very stealth like, MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm......!Mike built the fork with a 1 inch steerer tube even though the frame has an 1 1/8 inch head tube. He included some headtube reducers so I can use the 1 inch fork. The 1 inch steel fork is about a pound lighter than the 1 1/8 inch steel fork and Mike did not have any 1 1/8 inch available so it all worked out. It also afforded me the opportunity to use the 1 inch Ti Chris King headset I picked up at the Bike Swap for $40!!! In it's current build it has Salsa Bell Lap 46cm bars with interceptor levers, a left front Dura Ace brake lever and a right rear 8 spd Sora shifter/lever. Salsa 1 inch cro-mo stem black 1 inch CK Ti headset Paul cantilever brakes front and rear. Thomson post and Selle Italia Flight saddle. World Class Ti 113mm bottom bracket and Ti SRP bolts. White Industries ENO crank 170mm with a 38 tooth chainring and Time ATAC pedals. Rear XTR short cage derailleur, SRAM 8 spd cassette, and currently a cheap Bontrager rear wheel and my Dura-Ace hubbed front wheel off my road bike with Ritchey Tom Slick tires. I believe the weight comes in around 21 1/2 lbs without Race Blade fenders, saddle tool pouch and a black waterbottle cage. When in cyclocross singlespeed mode it will have my fixed/free Phil Wood rear wheel with a White Industries Dou freewheel 16/19 tooth and a Mavic fron hub tubular wheel both with cyclocross tires. Nice stainless steel head badge!! I do believe this bike might usurp my old school 1989 Specialized Sirrus road bike as my main all around bike for training and road riding!

I have also been working with James at Black Sheep Bikes on my new Ti 29er mountain bike. It's gonna have S&S couplers so I can take it on the airplane with me where ever I go!!! SOOOoo if you know of anyone that wants to buy an 18" Kona Explosif mountain bike totally tricked out to the nines and/or a sweet 56cm Kona Sutra road/touring bike also fully upgraded shoot me a line at brandon448 at yahoo dot com! I am slimming the stables down to the '89 Sirrus road bike (had it since high school and I'll ride it till it breaks!), DeSalvo Track (racer), DeSalvo 'Cross, and Black Sheep 29er Mnt Bike. Can you believe Brandon with only FOUR bikes!?!?! Abigael was a scurvy pirate for halloween this year! She deffinately lived up to the part and would throw down an "AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!" at the drop of a hat. She went to school on the 31st in her costume and her class went trick or treating around the campus as well as that evening in the Magnolia Village. Check out the Lockwoods blog for more. I am doing VERY well in school aceing my math class, solid B+ (87%) in A&P, and doing ok in Nutrition....

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

New AVA/CBB Racing Squad website up and running!!

Special thanks go out to Rob Remmington and Kelsey Wood for putting this together!! We are going to kick ass this year!! Check it out!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

2006 Messquerade

This year the ol'Messmann is touring Europe but the Messquerade will go on in the capable hands of 32 Rob Kittlson. This year the race will be a fundraiser for the AVA/Counterbalance Bicycles Racing team!! Please come out Sat and have some fun and support a kick ass team!! If you want to help post here Pictures from years past are here and here

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Papa Visit

BFF (Best Friends Forever!)

Christie's Dad Tom came and spent the weekend visiting with his grand daughter and us. We had a gret time and it all went by WAY too fast! I know that Abigael misses her Papa VERY much! But without much time to think about it we had a very busy day today and will also tomorrow and Friday. Ortho appt today, ID appt tomorrow, and PT appt on Friday all at 8am with school at 11am. The ortho doc appt went well Dr. Taitsman said that my x-rays today looked REALLY good. The bone grafts are healing nicely! Back in 4 to 6 weeks and time will tell the tale. I still have a very small scab on my main incision that will not heal and continues to drain! I will most likely have to stay on the antibiotics until that heals up fully.

Below are two ankle x-rays taken on Sep 6 06 and Oct 18 06

Sep 6
notice the top screw in my Tibia is straight then look at x-ray below
some healing...

Oct 18
the top screw is bent! Doc says its fractured?
could explain some of the ankle pain I've been having?
Do YOU notice any significant bone growth? I do!

This is a slightly more lateral view

Monday, October 16, 2006

1st A&P test "Bones and Articulations"

Well here ya go not bad but I can do better....

PIN Bones (lab) % Bones (lec) % TOTAL % PIN

1012 47 94 57 81 104 87 1012

49 98 67 96 115 96 HIGH

42 83 55 79 97 81 AVERAGE

22 44 24 34 58 48 LOW


So I hope this is somewhat clear... Next up Muscles!!!

Talked with James from Black Sheep Bikes today and I should be recieving the bike fit sheet in email tomorrow!! As well I am hoping that my Desalvo cross frame arrives this week!

Friday, October 13, 2006

First A ever in Math!!!

So I have this history with math, we don't get along. In high school I would take a semester of algebra and get an F then retake it the next semester and barely pass just to go on to fail the next level. I had two math teachers in high school that, only through a bet, got me to pass math in order to graduate HS. Gary Cavender and Sid Bishop were two of the best teachers I had at Ukiah High school and they motivated me to not only pass algebra but show me I could learn stuff I had no desire to learn. I took a compressed semester of College Algebra at Campbell University and got a 3.00 (read B) but I had never really cared to work hard enough to get an A. I transferred into Appalachian State University and worked it out so that I specifically did NOT have to take any more math classes. I only had to take a computer class to fufill the graduation requirement in math to get my B.S. in Recreation Management (VERY little math and science required!). Now I have decided to go back to school to work on my nursing prerequisites. Funny thing is, I now need to take math classes and science classes!!! I placed into Math 084 which is the first half of Intro to College Algebra. I convinced my adviser that I could hack Math 085 (one less quarter to get to the prerequisite of Math 098) and he put his name on the line for me and allowed me to take Math 085 this quarter.

I say all of because even though it is only going into the third week of the quarter I have the HIGHEST GRADE in the CLASS so far!!! I got a 96.5% on my first test, the highest grade! I have gotten perfect scores on all of my homework (I've actually been keeping up with and doing my homework!!), quizzes, and in classwork. I intend on keep it up and I hope to update you all as to my final grade somewhere around Dec. 16th or so!!! Stay tuned...

Oh and by the way even though I have not yet recieved my, "Thanks for applying don't call us we'll call you." letter yet I know I did not make it to the next round of hiring with Seattle Fire Dept. The CPAT is this Sunday and I have not recieved a call so, OH WELL.... SFD has re-opened their application period I don't even know if I want to re-apply why waste my $25...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Happy Birthday to ME...

So as of right now Blogger seems to be down so I will start this post thru performancing and see how it goes. Yes, today I turm 33 and while I feel young at heart my body feels like it is 100 years old! The stupid leg is still attached and hurts like a SOB most of the time, but I guess I am hoping it will go away with time. I am also celebrating ONE year sober today! I want a real beer SOOOOOoooo bad (thank God for Guinness Kaliber non-alchoholic beer!!) but not until I am healed up 100% and off the antibiotics. Speaking of which, I still have THREE months to go, but man I have been on hardcore antibiotics since April 8th and you wouldn't even begin to know what that does to your digestive tract!
So, I am going to send in my deposit to Black Sheep Bikes today and hopefully around the New Year I should have my new Big Wheeled bike frame!! I will be chopping at the bit and 100% ready to go rip up some trail next spring and summer!! I will have all winter to get back in shape. I have been riding to SCCC for A&P class Tues and Thurs nights, about a 10 mile round trip, and it's a good regular break-in for my legs and my fitness. I have a habit of starting out too hard and too fast and then either getting burned out or injured, so I am just takin' er easy this time!
Yesterday was my, long gone from this world, totally awesome Grandma's birthday. And my sister Gabrielle's birthday was on Tuesday the 10th, she's 29. WOW I can't believe my baby sister is 29 that means you're almost 20 ten!!! Abigael is doing better with sleeping in her big girl bed but she was up at 4am this morning (not the way to wake up on your birthday!) and of course she is now passed out on the couch...


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A New Look...

So I decided to go with a new look just cause... I got bored of looking at the same old thing so I found a really cool blog page template maker site and used it to create what you see now. I tweaked it a little on my own but all in all I like it for now. I have THREE exams this week one in each of my three classes. I took my math test this morning and I feel like I aced it! I have my bones and articulations exam in A&P tonight, it's a doosey!! And on Friday I have a test in Human Nutrition as well as a quiz tomorrow! I am feeling pretty good about where I stand in all my classes so far and I am loving it!

I am looking to reshuffle my bikes again (I know I'm obsessive but atleast it's bikes and not drugs or muscle cars or womens underwear). I have ALWAY admired the look of the old cruiser style bicycle frame. There are a few custom frame makers that specialize in this form of ridable art. Retrotec, Jones, and Black Sheep Bikes are just a few that come to mind. I have also ALWAYS want a Titanium framed bicycle! So I figured it was time to slim down the stable and put it into a bicycle that would last me the rest of my life. I decided to go with a Black Sheep and I have talked with James the owner and we will start the process soon! Here a few pictures of his work Here, Here and Here. I am having this frame made with S&S couplers so I can take it with me ANYWHERE I want to with out having to pay extra for shipping or excess baggage fees for airlines! It is also going to be a 29 inch wheeled mountain bike which means I can also through road tires on it and tour on the road!! Stay tuned for more tid bits on the BS Project!

I found out that my good blog friend Rich (Team Dicky) won the Single Speed class WORLD Solo 24hour Championships this weekend! Way to go Viking! I will be out there in the dirt with you soon brother!!

Christie's Dad will be here on Thursday and we are all looking forward to some quality Grandpa time!! Tom is going to watch Abigael while I am in class Friday and Monday, "Will he have to change a poopy diaper??" Well he should if it needs to be done! All apart of be a grandpa!

Until next time...


(Late edit: I think I aced my math test should find out tomorrow and I felt pretty good after my Anatomy and Phisiology exam tonight. I think I only missed one out of fifty on the lab portion, as well as caught an instructors labeling error!, and the written essays and multiple choice went pretty well should know by Thursday night!)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

What a night!!!

So, yesterday when I went to pick Abigael up from kid school she tripped over my feet and took a header into the corner of some wooden furniture. She wailed and developed a pretty big welt on her forehead right down the middle of her poor little head! She was ok. Thank God for rounded corners otherwise she would have split her head open!! She fell asleep in the car on the way home from school and I put her on the couch so I could watch her to make sure she didn't have any "head injury" signs or symptoms. She slept like the dead for about three and half hours waking up around 3:40pm with no ill effects, just a nice black and blue lump on her forehead! The rest of the evening went as usual. Christie came home and Abigael was her normal bundle of CRAZY energy. We put her down to bed, in her crib as she won't stay down in her "big girl bed" if she is still awake, around 8:00pm.

Now let me tell you about her crib. With the sliding side up it is a good 3 feet from the top of the side rail to the floor. A few weeks ago, while I was in Colorado, Abigael decided she wanted to climb INTO her crib with the side rail down but could not get out. She yelled until Mommy came to get her out, yelling "OUT!!" as loud as she could. She then repeated several times until Christie put the side rai; all the way up and even then she attempted to crawl in but couldn't swing the leg high enough. We decided to go get Abigael a "Big Girl" bed that sits much lower to the floor but in doing so she now won't stay in bed at night if we put her down awake in that bed. She has slept in her "big girl" bed a few times but only when she has already fallen asleep on the couch or in the car. And even then she usually wakes up around 3 ish to wander around the house (she learned how to use the door knob and light switch long ago!) until she wakes one of us up and we put her in her crib to keep her from getting up.

Last night we put her in her crib and she actually went straight to sleep as she was just plain tuckered out from school and the fall. That was until about 2:15 AM!!!!!!

We were awakened to the sound of Abigael yelling for Mommy and Daddy!! Usually we just let her do her thing and she settles down and goes back to sleep. Finally around 2:35ish she said, "Mommy! PEEPEE!!" So Christie bolted out of bed and went to check on her. I hear Christie down the hall and on the baby monitor say, "You're naked! Where are your clothes and your diaper?" Abigael responds, "Abigael nakkie, and Mommy nakkie too!" (Chrisite was in night clothes) . Abigael had to go pee and she knew being naked that she had to use the potty. So she went pee. Christie put clothes and a diaper back on her and put her back in bed with a stern warning to go back to sleep. Christie came back to bed and we thought that would be the end of it, no prob right?

We were awakened again around 3:30AM when our door was shut abruptly, something she likes to do first when she gets up in the middle of the night, and we heard her milling about in her room through the baby monitor. Christie says to me, "I think she's up." I say "I think she is too!" and I mumble something about " You put her in her crib, right?" Christie says, "YES!" I walk out to Abigael's bedroom to find her darting for her crib and attempting to crawl back in as I open her door. She is sans clothes again but still in her diaper. I pick her up and tell her that she should not be trying to climb out of her crib! I make it back to bed in time to hear her crying out "Dadda help STUCK! HELP!" I run back in and turn on the light and she is perched on top of the side rail one leg over and one leg stuck in the bars. I picked her up and put her back in the crib with a VERY stern warning about crawling out of the crib and of course she mimicks me back and looks very cute. I turn out the light and stay by the door and by the time I close the door I hear movement and I open the door and turn on the light and she is on the floor. I put her back in and tell her "NO! climbing!!" I turn out the light and leave the door open and she again vaults the rail this time I catch her in mid air as she lands on her butt on the floor! I pick her up with a swat to the butt and very upset dad voice I tell her "NO more escape attempts" and I think she gets it this time as I waited for a while with no noise or movement. I go back to bed to try to salvage some sleep....

Then around 4 something AM she is out again and Christie gets up this time and puts her in the "big girl" bed (just for safety-sake knowing that she won't stay in bed) with a swat to the butt and again a stern NO and warning not to get up. We get back to bed thinking she may just have had enough getting up. NOPE! Up again. So then we put the baby gate up in front of her door and we figure that she can just play in her room. The first attempt the gate was not secure enough she topples the gate and is out!! GGGGRRRrrrr I fix the gate and then she just opens the door and says "Mommy" about 173 times and then starts opening and shutting the door loudly! I am just about fed up when all of the sudden she is at the side of my bed! I take her back to bed again and she gets up again. This time I am standing outside the door and as she attempts to hurdel the 2 and a half foot baby gate I scoop her up and smack her butt enough to actually get it in her head that she needs to listen. She crys and lays in bed for about 15 minutes and then tries to get up again!!!! At that point I just get up because its 5 AM and I am not going back to sleep and neither is Abigael.

While up and out in the living room, Abigael lays on the couch and almost falls asleep but then decides she want the TV on. With my back turned, she gets into the A/V cabinet, turns the reciever to the radio with the volume turned all the way up!! I have to vault the couch to get it turned down and off with again a NO! and a michevious Abigael wanting to watch Dora... She is still up and so are we. Christie called in sick because she has a splitting headache and we are now getting ready to go to school.. So what do we do??!?!?!?!?!?!? Tie her into bed at night?? The crib is out now and we are at a loss as to what to do!!

A&P class should be fun to night from 5:30 till 9pm uhgg!!

(Late edit: Abigael was wired, but exhausted, until about 10pm when she passed out on the couch. I put her in her "Big Girl" bed and SHE SLEPT THROUGH THE ENTIRE NIGHT!!! That is until I was awakened at 6:35 AM once again to my door slamming shut. When I finally decided to drag myself out of bed (I was up till midnight doing math homework!) she was in the bathroom sans diaper trying to wipe herself after peeing. Which is great if she hadn't had a poopy diaper that was hucked in the bathroom trash can and a butt still covered in poop!! NOT THE WAY I AM SUPPOSED TO WAKE UP!!! Needless to say I got her cleaned up no harm no foul and we're off to another day ;) )

Friday, September 22, 2006

Abigael pics

Sorry for the delay of pics of my best gal but here ya go...

Best of friends!!

Future track star??

All set and ready to roll Kiddie Kilo

Tuckered out!!!

New rain boots for school!!!

29er on the horizon??

I got a chance to ride the new Redline Mono-cog Flight 29er pre-production prototype Reynolds 853 steel fully ridgid mountain bike, Thanks Bryan!! Here are a few quick snap shots of it, soooo sweet!

The production model will be green and made from Japanese Sanko tubing like this
. Man I cannot wait to be able to ride again, fully healed and without pain! Soon so soon! post

Due out for production Nov. 1st!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Liv'in life on a bike...

I was looking through the Craigslist bicycle posting this morning and I came across this guy. His plee struck a cord in me, probably the same cord that wants to just ride the country or just be able to ride period!! And since his CL posting won't last forever I will re-post it here:

hi, thanks for taking the time to read this post. my name is jayme, i have been ridin around the west coast for the past 3 years. i started on a trek 7000 that did me just fine until it was stolen in santa cruz. i hitch hiked for a bit, then i built a cheap single speed cause i couldnt afford any components. one day, just before a small 5 day loop tour in the redwoods, i was given an old brigestone touring bike that i quickly tore down and got all tuned for a tour. alas though i have parted ways with my good friend. but not before puting a few thousand miles on it. curently i am visiting family here in WA and ive been plotting my return trip. the biggest problem is my complete lack of transportation. this is hopfully where you come in. ive been working for a little and have some money, its not much, but id gladly trade it for a nice mountain bike that would take me and about 50 pounds of my favorite things back down to california for the warm season. a BOB trailer would be useful too. id buy one of those if any one has one. im looking for somthing around $200-300 but i can go a little bit more for somthing especially nice. ive also got a snowboard that i dont ride, and would glad to trade. its a rossingnol 158cm, no bindings or boots just the board, but its pretty clean. i really like specialised and cannondales, im kinda picky, but id love to look at any serious offer. sorry, im the choosiest beggar youll ever meet. thank you sooo much for taking the time to read this post.

His CL email address is: If you can help him out shoot him a line.

My best friends Julian's mountain bike frame arrived Monday night!!! I have been stock up on choice parts for him for almost 6 months and now it is time to start the build!! Here is a pic so far... Man this thing will BLING when it's done!! Hopefully next fall, when and if I am fully healed up, Julian and I can join my good friend George Santucci from NC down in Sedona, AZ; Moab, UT; or some other mountain bike mecca for a week of hitting the trails!! I did this a few years back with George here in WA for 10 days and almost 200 plus miles of awesome trail!! Wow what a trip and we NEED to do it again!! Here is a shot of George riding at the base of Mt. St. Helens...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Go Seahawks

These pics were taken with my camera phone sorry for the quality...

I was invited to go to the Seahawks game today with my good friend Bryce Weaver. Thanks Dream! I had a blast screaming and yelling till I had no voice left!! Man the twelve man is for real!!! We won easily 21-10 over the AZ Cardinals and now sit 2-0 and lead the NFC West!!

This is the halftime Sea-Gals show:

My interview went well on Saturday with SFD. I was super relaxed and approached it with an "I am done with the testing game" attitude. We'll see if I move on they interviewd about 170 people and they are narrowing it down to 50 for the CPAT on October 15th.

I am selling my Kona "A" full suspention singlespeed mountain bike. Fox Talas RLC fork, Fox Float RLC shock, Chris King headset, Race Face cranks, Avid disc brakes I am asking $1100 and I will put it on Ebay on Sunday. I have a new bike project brewing and with my leg I will realisticly never be able to ride singlespeed again (or at least not for quite awhile!) The frame is an 18" and has never been off road due to my stupid leg injury!! Please take it off my hands I have 29er dreams.....

(Late Edit I sold my "A"!!! As a complete bike!! now I am looking at either the above Redline Monocog Flight 29er or a custom frame and fork?!!!)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

been awhile

Sorry to all few of my faithfull readers. I have not posted in quite awhile. I have been busy with this and that but mostly that is just excuses. I just got back from Utah/Colorado having gone there to help my friend Eric time the Kona Global 24 hour #2 mountain bike race! Man it was fun we flew into Salt Lake City and drove the timing van to just outside of Granby, CO. We took US40 and we saw some beautiful country!! I stayed up from 7am Sat morning till we got on the road Sunday night at 6pm. I got to meet Nat Ross, Mark Hendershot, and Christina Begy all outstanding endurance racers!!! I met Chris Fuller, the new co-owner of Genuine Spot Brand bicycles and I feel like I have a new friend in him. Eric and I gave a guy by the name of Fred Wilkinson a dry place to sleep Friday night, he stayed in our room as opposed to his tarp tent as it poured down rain!! Fred rode his bike from Moab, UT to the race then raced SOLO and the rode home 300 miles one way!!! I also saw Steve "Dr. Doom" Fassbinder there, he came out to race in the solo catergory. Steve in a former Portland messenger and endurance racer nut now living in Colorado. As well as the boys from FSA that drove out to this race from the Seattle area!!! The course dryed out throughout the day Saturday, but from what I heard it was an awesome, fast and at time very muddy 14 mile loop!! I enjoyed spending time with Eric Ewing a true true friend and brother, I only wish we weren't seperated by the state of Washington.

My dad is in town working on a local mountain bike trail project. And my cousin Chris will be in town for a few weeks from Japan! I have heard good things from my doctors as to the healing of my bone graft!! But alas my ankle has become so painful that I am off the bike once again for atleast two weeks!!!

Lets see what else??

School Starts Sep 25th!!! I am so ready but nervous as hell!! I got Abigael into all of the hours at the Childcare center that I needed to get her into, YEAH!! We are going to take her to the open house this Friday, we will be calling it "ABIGAEL'S SCHOOL, for her benefit"! I have all my books Thanks to mom (Pat!)! I have recieved my first VA payment which payed for books and Abigael's Childcare!

I have my SFD employment interview this Sat at 8am. We'll see how it goes, not really to excited about it seeing as how I will most likely get nixed due to my bum leg!! But I have had close friends write very awesome letters of recommendation so I am not giving up all hope yet?

I am super jazzed to get back on the bike and start working out again!! I even went to the gym yesterday and did a core body workout!! I talked with Mike Desalvo and my cyclocross frame/fork is getting built as I type!!! I hope to see it by the beginning of Oct. just in time for my birthday!!! I requeste the paint to be matte black with clear metal panels and blood-red lettering!!! Even though I will not be able to race cyclocross this year I have been waiting for this ride for over a year!! I am so excited to want to participate in some endurance mountain biking event and I am even looking to help organize a local PNW 100 mile race for '07?!? I just wanna be able to go mountain biking again, PERIOD!!

I was so excited to be back home and spend some time with my wonderful daughter!! She is such a dare devil!! We are going to spend so much time in the ER!! Daughter like Father I guess???

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Timing n' stuff

My good friend Eric Ewing came to Seattle yesterday from Spokane to time the skate for MS event today. I helped him time the event and earned a little money as well as learned the system even more so that I will be ready for the trip to Colorado in two weeks to time the Kona Global 24 hour mountain bike race. It was really good seeing Eric again (went to the OR coast with him and his family) after we were done today we all went to the Seattle Center and watched Abigael play in the fountain and Eric bought her some ride tickets so that she could go on the carnnie rides. Abigael was so exhausted that she fell alseep on the couch this evening with her bottle in her mouth and petting the cat. My leg seems to be healing up? It still hurts but it's either less and less or I am just getting used to the pain. I have a doc appt on the 6th will know more then. The team is meeting this week and I will be handing over the Captain's position, there is just no way to run the team effectively, goto school full time and raise Abigael. It will be hard to turn over my baby but it is for the best. I can concentrate on healing, training and learning. Pictures of sweet Abigael to be posted soon!

Monday, August 21, 2006

It's over!!!

Well the weekend is over and I am still alive and mentally stable!! The weekend started with the many hundred question psychological and personal history test for Seattle Fire Department. While at the psych test canadites were scheduled for employment interviews. I originally was scheduled to have my interview on Sept. 9th at 9am!! I will be in Colorado helping my friend Eric Ewing, who works for Miliseconds Timing, time the Kona Global 24 hour mountain bike race that weekend from Sep 7-10. I was able to change my interview date to Sep 16th at 8am with no problems! The psych test was 4 part and consisted of many personal history questions and the a personality exam that was 434 questions long!! All in all the test was about 700 questions long and took about 3 1/2 hours! I left the test pretty drained but confident about the test.
Saturday night we took Christie's mom out to dinner. We wanted to take her to experience a true west coast Northwest tradition, SUSHI!! We took Pat to Shiki, which means four seasons in Japenese. Shiki is in my opinion THE best sushi resturant in Seattle! I have really grow to know the family owned and operated resturant as it is located right next door to the Counterbalance Bicycle shop. Ken Yamamoto is a master chef and super nice guy! We had a sushi combo plate, salmon teriyaki with tempura (breaded fryed vegetables) plate, rice, and some extra nigiri (tuna, salmon, yellow fin tuna sushi) and some extra tuna rolls!! We ate and enjoyed every last melt in your mouth piece of food! Pat tried just about every thing and really liked the salmon sushi the best. It was quite comical to watch her use chop sticks but she did it! Abigael sipped miso soup straight from the bowl and ate her rice. Se tried a few small pieces of sushi, she didn't like it, oh well?!
Which led to Sunday. I have been dreading and looking forward to Sunday for over a month. Why, you ask? Sunday was the day our cycling team AVA/Counterbalance Bicycles racing hosted our team event, Sprints to Nowhere. The team met at Workshop 30 at the Sandpointe complex around 9:30 and we started setting up. Every thing and everyone gelled and it all came together!! We were more than ready to go at our 2pm openning time and we waited for the racer to flood in to race indoors on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.... We had a ton of messengers and bicycle enthusiasts turn out for the event and all told we had 23 racers show up to throw down on the rollers!! Only a small handful of non AVA/CBB racers showed up, PROPS to Recycled Cycles Racing and Byrnes for coming out to support our race!!! Every racer waled away with atleast a $20 to $40 prize top prizes were $100 plus! Beer flowed thanks to Bike Works and Anthony Vega of AVA Real estate!! Every team member and friend of the team helped to break down and by 9pm polo was on in the building!! Thanks everyone from team members to sponsors who helped make it happen!! It was tons of fun!!!

I feel drained but at peace with no dread. We basically lost our ass on our event but that's ok because it was a first year event and a learning experience!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

"The Bike Room"

A view from outside the door

Right side

Center view

Left side

Center floor

Clutter I don't see any clutter? I see organized chaos! But not clutter! This is the small, roughly 6' by 6', closet known in my house as The Bike Room. Granted not all bike and bike related things are stored in here, just not enough room, but there are other things in here not bike related that take up space. Like the water heater, the file cabinet for the apartment manager, and our cleaning supplies. It is always in varying states of cleanliness and organization. This is in response to The Old Bag's "clutter" post you have a long way to go before you get here! The best part is Christie dosen't mind as long as it stays in the room and the light is turned off when I' m done!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Time to blow off some steam...

We're off to the Oregon coast. Lincoln City to be exact. We are going to spend the next 4 1/2 day with our good friends from Spokane Eric and Nickie Ewing and their three boys. We have been looking forward to this for quite some time. Christie REALLY needs to blow off some steam and DE-STRESS. I have a Dr.'s appointment this morning and I will be getting some x-rays as well as a how I am doing in my recovery from the doc.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

It's almost here the one year anniversary...

Less than an hour till the one year anniversary of what I have come to call, "It's what happens when you bring a Bicycle to a Car fight." in reference to my still healing broken leg. I thought about going to the scene of the accident but I decided, "Naaaww, I'm good" no need to mourn. What's done is done....
These pictures are from last year after the accident:
Coming up to the intersection
Looking left up hill, the direction which the car that hit me came from.

I got a packet from Seattle Fire Dept today which included the fire department employment application and a scheduled time for the written Psychological Exam. I have to have the application filled out and turned in by August 21st and my psych exam is 1pm on the 19th of August. They also state there will be a timed PRACTICE CPAT (Candidate Physical Aptitude Test) exam mid September. So what does this all mean? Not really sure I thought they might sit on the list till 2007 but sounds like they might want to push a class through this fall?!?! Probably won't have the real CPAT till Oct? Either way I am out once I get to the Medical. When it rains it pours....

Friday, August 04, 2006

Dead Baby Downhill and Messenger Challenge tonight

So the race that changed my life forever is tonight. I will be attending just so I can hopefully show some people that the race is not worth what I have had to deal with for the past year! This is one of the last photos of me with leg intact, CLUELESS!

Photo courtesy of

I wish everyone racing tonight a safe and fun time.

PS Crutches SUCK!!

Tomorrow I will go out to 40th Ave SW and SW Morgan St and have a moment of silence to mark the ONE YEAR anniversary of get demolished by a car!!

Monday, July 31, 2006


It has recently been brought to my attention that only blogspot bloggers could leave comments here on Track Daddy. Well I have rectified that situation. Despite all the spammers in the world I have changed my settings (my wife just showed me how to do so) to allow all readers to leave comments !!!! So let them come I anticipate getting all kinds of comments Good, Bad, and the Ugly, just no spam please. Thanks the management.

This is an email I received from a guy named Tom alerting me to my non-inclusion status on the blog. Thanks Tom I am glad that you have found Nirvana AKA bicycles again re-welcome to a glorious world where you too can be a kid again!

With out further adue...

Hi there,

I stumbled upon your site and thought I would email a quick hello (seeing as you aren't allowing non-"bloggers" to post comments). Firstly, congrats on your fire exams, they're notoriously difficult - I hope they don't drop you during the medical. If they do maybe you can
re-apply once you're fully healed.

Secondly, I hope your leg isn't aching too much. I broke my left tib-fib falling 25 meters down a waterfall in January. Like you I was ridiculously lucky not to receive more serious injuries (especially spinal, head, ribs and so on...). Your story of infection, nail swapping and bone grafting made me feel sick.

If it's any consolation, which I think it will be, I know EXACTLY how you feel - cold aching and tenderness, sore feet, stiffness, frustration at not being able to run etc... etc...

The one great thing to come out of the whole deal is that I've rediscovered bikes - I've built up a fixed gear ( from an old beater and have been riding it as much as possible (which is about 20-25km at a time). My left leg is small and stick like, while my right is more muscular than it ever was :) My friends and I call August the International Month of Domination - everyone sets some somewhat unachievable goals (like
riding 500km in the month, writing two thesis chapters, catching a trout on fly in Tasmania, organizing a postdoc and seeing 50 new bird species), and then 'dominates' in order to achieve it.

All the best,

Thomas Rayner
School of Tropical Biology &
Rainforest CRC
James Cook University
Australia 4811