Saturday, September 22, 2007
He was the first animal I ever loved. We will all miss him so much.
Friday, September 21, 2007
2. Toyota Sequoia - 533,124
3. Jeep Liberty - 149,605
4. Nissan Altima - 140,582
5. Hyundai Tuscon - 128,300
6. Dodge Nitro, Jeep Wrangler - 80,894
7. Suzuki Forenza, Reno - 75,697
8. VW Passat, Passat Wagon - 58,800
9. Chrysler Sebring, 300, Dodge Caliber, Magnum, Charger, Nitro, Jeep Compass, Liberty, Commander, Grand Cherokee, Wrangler - 50,665
10. Infiniti G35 Coupe - 23,934
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
deanna and i started the weekend off by dragging the kids to the local parade saturday morning. i'm not one for crowds, but we found a nice parking spot next to the road and tailgated from the freestyle. hanna and tyson had a blast, while mrs k and i fought to keep eli engaged in something other than running out into the street. i walked the older kids over to the bakery next door and got some yummy stuff to tide us over until the parade was over.
after that, we parted ways. i went to do some off-roading, and the girls and eli headed west for the finish line at st. charles. i rode for a couple of hours on the top fuel, then added a couple of 15 minute threshold intervals for good measure. of course, that meant i'd be getting to st. charles for the finish of saturday's TOM stage just in time for the finish. actually, i missed it. i had to park so far away, i listened to the announcer say that danny pate won. woe is me. i met the family at the awards presentation anyway, said hi to a lot of people i knew, then high tailed it to some hot wings place for dinner. hanna and her friend paige helped me chase eli around the parking lot while mrs k waited for the check. he yard saled a few times on the pavement and just kept going.
sunady, we all got up, however slowly, and went to church. eli has been working on staying awake 24 hours a day, and has nearly succeeded, only sleeping a few minutes here and there to recharge his considerable batteries. we parted ways again in the afternoon, as mrs k and hanna took off for katie's wedding shower. i took tyson down to forest park to check out the TOM. we parked on lindell and rode our bikes over to the hot corner at deboliver.
i hope this works. i've never uploaded video before. this is from the median on forest park parkway. i'm laying down on the pavement so i can get a view of the riders as they go by. i think i utter an explative, so use your volume at your own risk. they were CLOSE!
we watched several laps go by, then we called it a day. well, not really. the beautiful mrs k was still at the shower. i picked hanna up and drove her home, then came back to the house for more chores. the freestyle was at the 5000 mile limit for the oil, so after letting it cool, i changed it, then took out the trash. add in a little laundry, some dishes, and chasing eli around, i was ready to drop.
i look forward to work!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
i jumped onto the dogwood first, down the greenrock, and crossed allenton road to do the old declue race course. it was dry as a bone, and lots of loose gravel greeted me everywhere. as usual, the trails served up more than a little white-knuckle action. the kaiser and i have a saying about greensfelder. any ride at greensfelder without incident is a great ride, because sooner or later it's going to bite you on the ass. you may get 2, 3, 4 trips out there and not have a scratch on you. but greensfelder always wins.
i avoided the inevitable today. no falls. but i did bang pedals a few times. i'm super psyched about the top fuel's climbing prowess. it flat out hauls uphill! great grip, fantastic out-of-the-saddle pedaling, and pretty comfy. great choice as a race bike. i lament the loss of the bmc because it was so comfy and confident. it never was a xc race bike, but it could go fast and do it with more poise than any other bike i've ever had. but i figured if i was going to be racing, i need a racebike, not a fast trail bike. the top fuel does fufill that role in spades.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
since i wimped out on saturday's mountain bike race at greensfelder, i knew i had to do something worthwhile. still raining, i had no choice (no choice in my mind!) but to ride-----the trainer! i sort of looked forward to it, since i have a power tap. it's like i have a way to quantify the effort, which makes the effort more worhtwhile....i guess. so i did intervals, which were quite satisfying, not quite exhausting, and sweaty. i was quite pleased that my 5 minute power was in the 330's, and repeatable. maybe that's not good, but it's good for me.
sunday was another chance to ride. the weather was dodgey in the morning, so we went to church and came out to glorious sunshine and humidity. eli was rolling on very little sleep and lots of piss and vinegar, so when he fell asleep in the car, we went with it. we drove around a bit before meeting my brothers and my sister for lunch at bandanna's. it is very rare that we get together, so it was a welcome gathering. after ingesting enough barbeque'd turkey to choke a horse, we all headed out. i wasn't riding for a while, i tell you that much.
finally, around 4pm, i saddled up and determined i would do the sunset south loop. pardee, eddy and park, old watson, robyn, rott road, weber hill road, kennerly, tesson ferry, down wells past suson park, meramec bottom road, heintz, baumgartner, telegraph, fine, becker, christopher, telegraph and back on the grant's trail. about 45 miles and 8 good power climbs.
it's a cold morning! well, not really cold. relatively, i guess. it's not 81 degrees at 8am, it's 61 and that's cold, darnit!
the TOM will be heating the day up, of course. be sure to catch it live any way you can. cyclingnews.com will have live updates if you have no other way to follow it.
look, folks...it's on the news, in the papes, all over the web, and everyone is talking about it. if you can't get excited about cycling now, you may just be dead.
my biggest disbelief is that he was gone before my kids were born. i like to imagine what he would think of them. i'm sure they would drive him nuts, but he would be crazy about them anyway.
i didn't want to have kids as late in life as my dad. i was born when he turned 49, and he wasn't exactly pedaling around with me in a trailer. but, make no mistake, he drove me and my brother to just about the ends of the earth so we could do our thing. he made us breakfast before the sun came up. he was our personal alarm clock and pack pony. all without saying more than 10 words a day.
i write this as eli is keeping us up yet another night, as he has nearly every night of his short life. i'm guessing now that i did the same to my dad. kept him up nights. ruined his carpet. broke his expensive knick knacks. spent his coin collection. kept him up worrying where i was. wrecked his car.
i guess that's just what dad's do.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
do you know how hard it is to race a full weekend worth of racing? tough. add in kids racing, trying to keep a household under control, staying on top of one crazy baby, and juggling work...well, deanna and i can't do it alone.
grandma, grandpa, keith, kevin, katie, and a lot of other people really helped us hold it all down so we could participate. not only that, but they were the core of our fan club. i don't know too many people that would shout and hoot and holler EVERY lap for 2 hours, 3 days in a row, no matter how bad i was doing. or how many people would cart kids around in the heat and humidity, complaining and all. they did that and more, and i'm sure some of the strangers standing around watching even got into the act because of their enthusiasm.
whatever. i'll be a name dropper for a little while.
"oh, that bmc guy? yeah, i know him. that's dan."
i don't have a problem with that.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
i may try to find some other races this month. it's so hard to fit in already though.
ug. life wins this round.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
they really don't seem big anymore. in the 80's, as all cars downsized, the cars of the 60's and 70's seemed so big. now that suv's and such are so popular, they appear downright moderate. i know that the freestyle is a bit longer than the galaxie. i bet the freestyle gets better milage, though...