Monday, March 02, 2009

Bailed Out

I bailed out of going to Eagle River because the rain that turned to ice last Thursday night / Friday morning. Figured it would be best to stay home, do the breakfast ride, and some home improvement projects. I didn't want to go up to the anvil trails and bail out on my skis and re-injure the finger that I broke. Andrea bailed out 2 times on the breakfast ride! I didn't bail at all. I was riding the old Merlin! I think I could hop on that thing and do a World Cup MTB race I'm so comfortable with the geometry!

After the ride Saturday morning we decided to have some real fun and scrape layers and layers of what is most likely lead based paint from our register covers! It was almost as fun as scraping the tile & tar off of the hardwood floor in the bathroom. 3 down 3 to go....then we have to paint, sand the molding and mitre the quarter round. We also did a few other energy saving home improvement projects over the weekend. Easiest of which was insulating the hot water heater and pipes which rest on our frigid basement. We walked through Home Depot Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. Everyday we came up with 10 more projects that needed to be done!

On a good note official training for the 2009 season started today! Therefore home improvement projects must stop! I always start official training with a recovery day! So this morning was Yoga and a few push-ups and sit-ups. I'm happy my home improvement project season was a short one this year. This year I am taking less time off the bike than in the last 6 seasons....we'll see what happens.

I don't have my mountain bikes and road bike yet this season as I am waiting for a few sponsorhip deals to click. So the riding will be on the Merlin for a while. I would ride the Blue cross bikes, but have a hard time justifying riding a full Dura-Ace bike with Easton tubulars in the middle of snow storm through 2 inches of salt on the roads.

I am going to be hosting an end of season re-cap / beer drinking festival at the Highland House in Sheboygan this Thursday Night at 5:30pm. All are welcome, I will show a few photos from the European cross scene and maybe share a few secrets & sacrifices, a few stories, answer a few q's, and say a few thank you's to all who donated and my sponsors.


Anonymous said...

There will be NO stopping of home improvement projects any time soon!!!

THE WIFE!!!!!!!

Tim D. said...

Yeah you tell him Andrea !!