Saturday, November 14, 2009

Before and After

Cross Crusade Race #8, The big finale for the series. Before the crash... Everything going well, in a good place, maybe top 20???
After the crash... Blood and mud cleaned out of the cuts, flapper on my knee cap cleaned out, hopefully it will all be ready for the next race! 26th place out of like 150 or so. Not too bad.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cross Crusade Race #7

I got a little muddy this Sunday during the cyclocross race. It was a fun course though and I did really well. It was probably my best race of the year in terms of how I felt during and after the race. The mud was really deep in places though and that made it really challenging. I fell three or four times (hard to remember) but I managed to ride fast when I wasn't rolling around on the ground! Can't wait for next Sunday.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alaska Photographs

Although Clare and I went to Alaska in August, I'm embarrassed to report that I am just getting around to editing the photos that I took during that trip. We had an epic time up there, visiting friends and family and getting out into the wilds. I started the trip with a little bit of volunteer work for my friend Erica who is running my old research project. We we're catching Kittlitz's Murrelets to put satellite tags on them (see image below).

More Alaska Photos...

Here are a few more images from our Alaska trip:
Yumi Arimitsu and Liz Labunski, two old friends who I had the pleasure of working with again!
Lili, Clare, Andy and Tchau - the pooch. Lili and Andy are two of my absolute favorite people. Just being around them makes me happy, but picking blueberries in the mountains with them is fantastic!
Ammanita muscaria, the magic mushroom from Alice in Wonderland. This one is growing in my buddy Andy Alvarez's yard.
The view from near the Savage River in Denali National Park.

Monday, November 9, 2009


Sunday was the third and final edition of the SSCXWC, the single speed cyclocross "world" championships, held here in Portland. This race has become a huge spectacle and the stuff of legend. Basically, 250 costumed riders, race around a muddy cyclocross course on singlespeed bikes, for glory, fame, and a free tattoo! The start was crazy (see above), with 250 bikes laid out in the center of a field and all of the riders lined up 50 meters away, 125 riders on one side and the other 125 opposite them. The race course featured the ususal cyclocross obstacles like wooden barriers to jump over, hills to run up, and a mock up of the "Thunderdome" from the Mad Max movie with Tina Turner (hence the poster advertising the race, below).
Oh, and most everybody was in costume, including this cross dressing nun!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween Cross in Astoria

The Annual Cross Crusade Halloween Costume Party/Bike Race was another smashing success this year. I raced on Saturday and did pretty well (24th) despite crashing into the side of a barn on my last lap. I sat out the race on Sunday but I was there to cheer on teammates and dig the costumes on all of the riders. The weather was unseasonably beautiful, the beer was flowing, the races were competitive, and a good time was had by all.
The costumes were really good this year but my personal favorite was a pack of oompha loomphas that I think were worn by the Veloce/Felt team

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My New Computer!!!!

Well, I've gone and done it! After resisting it as long as possible I have given into the temptation and bought a brand new Apple iMac. I've been a PC user forever, but after struggling with Windows service packs, endless updates, ridiculously slow start up and shutdown time, and all sorts of adware, malware, trojan horse etc. I finally had enough. All I can say now is that I love my new computer. It's the best purchase I think I've ever made...