SPEEDYDOG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPEEDYDOG SPEEDYDOG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Body Mass Index "BMI" - Is Stupid! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185370 Part 1: What is BMI? <BR> <BR> There is some notion that a person's weight relative to a person's height can predict health problems and perhaps, early death. Besides ourselves, who else really cares about a measurement that predicts health problems and death? <BR> <BR> Answer: Insurance companies! <BR> <BR> The search for an index of relative body weight happened when insurance actuaries in the late 1940s noticed that overweight policy holders had an increased mortality rate. The relati... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:57:33 EST First Ever Group Road Bike Ride With Strangers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181417 Part 1: I Am Particular About Riding with Other People <BR> <BR> Most often, I ride my bikes by myself. Whether I am riding a road bike or a mountain bike, I tend to like a style of riding that suits me, but does not seem to suit a lot of other bicycle riders. <BR> <BR> Over the years I have found good riding partners. My oldest son and my 3rd son are great riding buddies. They are both strong and athletic. Of course, they call me "old man", which is pretty accurate. <BR> <BR> I also ha... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:28:05 EST Mountain WiIdflowers - Running and Bike Riding in Paradise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954852 Part 1: Water, Water Everywhere, that Cause the Flowers to Bloom <BR> <BR> "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." Alphonse Karr <BR> <BR> I rarely put quotes in my blogs. However, I like this quote from Alphonse Karr because of the optimistic attitude. <BR> <BR> Often when I am tearing along on my bike, or running as fast as I can go, I lose track of the beauty of my surroundings. I live in the Colorado high country on purpos... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:36:10 EST Rookie Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944634 Part 1: Buy a Fast Bike - Tear the Bike Apart - Rebuild the Bike to go Faster <BR> <BR> I used to hotrod cars and motorcycles. When I was 8 years-old, I hot-rodded a toilet! I timed how many times the toilet could flushed in minute. I found that the toilet cycle time was actually over a minute! Without going into details, I modified the toilet so it could be flushed every 20 seconds! <BR> <BR> I am a natural born optimizer of mechanical things. Uh, yes, my chosen profession is enginee... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:15:35 EST Run in the Florida Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921789 Part 1: Trip to Florida <BR> <BR> I traveled to Florida in on March 16th to attend a professional symposium. I suspect conference organizers schedule winter events just to sucker people from attending that live cold and snowy places. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l564141257.jpg"> <BR> This is a photo of the plane that took my to sunny Florida. There was a break in the weather and the plane was not covered with ice. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 3 May 2015 11:42:04 EST Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 3 - Are You Trying to Kill Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842456 Lost Blog(s) Introduction <BR> <BR> During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of these "Lost Blogs". <BR> <BR> This blog, "Are you Trying to Kill Me?" is the third and last in a series. The emphasis should be as follows: "are you TRYING to kill me" <BR> <BR> The entire blog is now in three huge parts: <BR> <BR> Great Outdoors Part 1: Moderately Fit <BR> Great Outdoor... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 02:58:27 EST Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 2 - Disaster Strikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840164 Lost Blog(s) Introduction <BR> <BR> During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of these "Lost Blogs". <BR> <BR> This blog is the second in a series. However, the three "Great Outdoors" blogs are really an enormous blog that I composed as one unit in June 2013. When I posted this entire blog, SparkPeople only allowed less than half this blog to be posted. <BR> <BR> H... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 21:29:01 EST Lost Blog: Great Outdoors Part 1 - Moderately Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839411 Lost Blog(s) Introduction <BR> <BR> During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of these "Lost Blogs". <BR> <BR> The original “Great Outdoors” blog was almost a miniature book. When I attempted to post the Great Outdoors blog on Friday, December 26th, 2014, less than half of entire blog was actually posted. Evidently, SparkPeople has a size limit on Blogs. I decided t... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:03:53 EST Lost Blog: I spend most of my money on bikes and beer. The rest I just waste! - deleted sections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832442 Introduction <BR> <BR> During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of the "Lost Blogs". <BR> <BR> The following lost blog is really the lost introductory sections of a blog I posted on August 12th 2014 called: I spend most of my money on bikes and beer. The rest I just waste! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758141 ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:31:52 EST A Few of My Favorite Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826089 Part 1: "I would just DIE!" <BR> <BR> I had just stepped into the elevator in the lobby of the building where I work. I saw a young woman slowly walking across the lobby heading for the elevator that I had just boarded. She was furiously texting. The doors began to close. I realized she was not going to make the elevator. <BR> <BR> I reached over to the control panel and hit the "door open" button. She never took her eyes off the screen of her phone. She absently-minded walked throug... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:16:33 EST Just Like Peddling a Bulldozer – Fat Bike Riding in the Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818251 Part 1: No Offseason <BR> <BR> Most of my riding buddies have put away their bikes and are doing offseason conditioning. You know, boring stuff like, elliptical trainers, treadmills and indoor cycling. I have a good indoor cycling trainer and an elliptical machine. <BR> <BR> I only use my boring indoor trainers when there is no alternative. In the Winter I prefer to snowshoe, cross-country ski, downhill ski, and most of all, ride my 9:Zero:7 fat bike. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:10:30 EST Lost Blog: Weight Loss Gimmicks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812544 Introduction <BR> <BR> During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of the "Lost Blogs". <BR> <BR> <BR> Lost Blog: February 9, 2010 - Weight Loss Gimmicks <BR> <BR> It is always nice when someone notices you have dropped a few pounds. I saw and old friend a few weeks back. He complimented my on my weight loss. He then asked, "How did you do it - Adkins?" I stammered... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:26:13 EST Monarch Crest Trail System - Mountain Biking on The Ragged Edge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784632 Part 1: Planning an Epic Ride <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, September 17th, myself and my three mountain biking buddies, Jason Andrew and Steve, lost our collective minds and decided to ride Monarch Crest. More specifically, our plans included: <BR> <BR> (1) Taking a shuttle from Poncha Springs to the top of Monarch pass. <BR> (2) Riding Monarch Crest Trail to Green Creek Trail <BR> (3) Blasting down Green Creek Trail back to Poncha Springs <BR> (4) Driving to Salida to get a burrito and a co... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:39:15 EST Drug Dealers for Bike Junkies - Santa Cruz Bronson Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770840 Part 1: One Percent <BR> <BR> Not so long ago, I was thinking a Pivot Mach 6 could be a good addition to my stable. The Pivot Mach 6 is a bonafide mountain ripper. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453484448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Pivot Mach 6 is made for fast descents on technical terrain. The bike climbs well enough to get a gonzo crazy rider to the top of a mountain; where said rider can plummet down the mountain at extreme speeds. This somewhat dangerous fo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 01:47:47 EST I spend most of my money on bikes and beer. The rest I just waste! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758141 Part 1: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes <BR> <BR> I just have to face facts. I am a mountain biker. I like the smell of a pine forest. I love the feeling of dropping like a rock down steep trail. I enjoy the challenge of switchbacks and the wonderful feeling of a flowing along winding single track. <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of some fast easy single track: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197724763.jpg"> <BR> This trail is at Elk Meadows in Evergreen, Colorado. This i... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:27:48 EST Official Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748026 Part 1: Football Officials Fitness Test <BR> <BR> Although I am not sure why, I have been a high school football official for 16 years. For the first 14 of those 16 years, the Colorado Football Official Association ("CFOA") pretty much ignored physical fitness. I suspect that the Colorado High School Activities Association ("CHSAA"), which is the governing body for all high school sports in Colorado, decided that sports officials should be in some semblance of physical shape. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:09:35 EST Of course you hurt, it's supposed to hurt. So keep pedalling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734027 Part 1: A Bicycle is a Unicycle with a Training Wheel <BR> <BR> When I was 14 years-old I decided I wanted to work on my balance. I bought a Schwinn unicycle with proceeds from my paper route. I had no idea how to ride a unicycle. I had even less of an idea on how to learn to ride a unicycle. <BR> <BR> My older brother taught me how to ride a bike, which in retrospect, would constitute cruel and unusual punishment in any court in the land! <BR> <BR> I was on my own trying to learn h... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:49:45 EST Bike Ride Back to the Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724542 Part 1: A Little History <BR> <BR> On January 29th I had reconstructive ankle surgery that took a lot out of me. I was in a cast for 6 weeks, which seemed like an eternity. After the cast came off, I had 8 weeks of physical therapy. I finally got the okay from my doctor to run and ride. <BR> <BR> I have always been very active. I found rest and recuperation like being in prison! <BR> <BR> <BR> Part 2: Riding for Fitness <BR> <BR> I have a lot of bikes. Each bike has is different... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:42:43 EST Rehab, Run, Ride, Lift and Track - Sounds Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717883 Part 1: Fighting to Lose Weight and Get Back in Shape <BR> <BR> I know exactly the time and date that I was last in great shape. On August 19th 2011 at 12:00pm I was standing at the starting line of the Leadville 10k. This race is billed as "The Highest 10K Race in America". The starting line was at 10,152 feet of elevation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l66986337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the start was botched. The Starter was supposed to go "1-2-3 B... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:16:44 EST A Bike Trail with No Name - Riding Big Nimby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708479 Part 1: No Name Trail <BR> <BR> Glenwood Canyon was cut by the mighty Colorado River. Years ago there was a town of "No Name", which is now a rest stop. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1109274544.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In Spaghetti Westerns there was a man with no name. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1377739043.jpg"> <BR> <BR> About 2 miles from my house is a beautiful trail that has no trailhead sign, no trail markings and no name. Best of al... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:30:24 EST Part 2: Renewing a 2007 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro Disc - Little Stumpy is done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706396 Background <BR> <BR> In 2012, the major bike manufactures stop producing high-end 26" wheeled mountain bikes. Currently, 99% of mountain bikes for sale in 2014 come with 29" or 27.5" wheels. <BR> <BR> Bike industry experts predict that even tires for 26" mountain bikes will go out of production in the next decade. <BR> <BR> In 2009, I bought a 2007Specialized 26" Stumpjumper Pro Disc as a leftover. In 2013, I bought a 2012 Specialized 26" Camber as a leftover. Both these bikes are rea... Thu, 29 May 2014 22:45:24 EST Part 1: Renewing a 2007 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro DIsc - Little Stumpy Touch-up Paint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695310 Part 1: Justifying an Irrational Decision - Rebuilding a Bike Ready for the Scrap Heap <BR> <BR> I tend to write very long blogs. I really appreciate when my Spark Friends can actually make it through one of my meandering blogs - and still have the energy left to leave a comment. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to make this short. <BR> <BR> I am in the process of rebuilding the first good bike I ever bought, which is a Candy Blue 2007 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro Disc. "Little Stumpy" is nea... Wed, 14 May 2014 23:39:31 EST Bike Junkies Fest - You Have to Be Tough if You are Going to Be Stupid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690194 Part 1: Favorite Bike Shop <BR> <BR> I have never been in a bike shop that I didn't like. But some are better than others. My favorite bike shop is in Golden, Colorado. The people that work there remember your name. They only stock bikes that they like ride. <BR> <BR> Here is their logo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2008838790.jpg"> <BR> It actually took me a while to realize that the outside circle of the logo is a mountain bike tire. The Golden Bike... Thu, 8 May 2014 00:54:32 EST Death Throes of the 26 and Little Stumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681827 Part 1: The Epoch of the 26" Mountain Bike (1981 to 2011) <BR> <BR> ep·och (noun) A particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, all mountain bikes had 26" wheels. The first production mountain bike was the 1981 Specialized Stumpjumper. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l497254093.jpg"> <BR> The first "Stumpy" is displayed in the Smithsonian Institute. Prior to 1981 mountain bikes were expensive custom creat... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:56:00 EST Physical Therapy and Mean Little Stumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645823 PART 1: Six Casts in Five Weeks <BR> <BR> I had reconstructive surgery on my right ankle on January 29th. On March 3rd I went into the orthopedic office to get refitted for a cast. My 6th cast had cracked. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695107267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I slyly brought along my support boot. Once the tech had removed my pink cast, the doctor examined my right foot and told me it was OK to wear the support boot. <BR> <BR> I am now going through phy... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:16:53 EST Counting Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627889 Part 1: It Can Always Be Worse <BR> <BR> On January 29th, I underwent a two and half hour surgery to fix the damage to my right ankle. My ankle was injured on May 22, 2013 when a Toyota Forerunner pulled directly in front of me while I was riding my road bike. <BR> <BR> I was lucky that this monster SUV did not run over me. Had I been a tenth of a second earlier, a would had been crushed under the tires of this massive vehicle. I am just counting my blessings. Slamming into the side of... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:02:00 EST Walking Cast and Building a Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619851 Part 1: Sixteen Hours <BR> <BR> In about sixteen hours I get my walking cast off. The walking cast has help me get around better than the support boot. The boot had the virtue of being removable and adjustable. The swelling has gone down since the walking cast was put on my leg, ankle and foot. The result is that my foot is quite loose in the cast. Here is a shot of the walking cast: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1110779184.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have never ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:26:48 EST Ankle Surgery Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611446 Part 1: Little Background <BR> <BR> On May 22nd, 2013 a Toyota Forerunner turned in front of me while I was riding my Specialized road bike. I slammed into the side of the Forerunner at around 20 mph. In a blink of an eye I was injured pretty badly. <BR> <BR> I had surgery on Wednesday, January 29th, to rebuild my injured right ankle. Here are links to my previous blog on the accident: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368254 </link... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:24:13 EST Scared http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605436 Part 1: Afraid of Nothin' <BR> <BR> For my entire life, as long as I remember, I was risk taker. As a kid, I was curious about everything. I was fascinated by things that were dangerous. I quit counting stitches at 172, which was 30 years ago. <BR> <BR> When I ski, I view blue runs as a necessary evil to get to the good terrain, which is steep, deep and bumpy. I mountain bike the same way. I look for gnarly trails to hone my skills and get my blood pumping. I like speeding along windin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:10:42 EST Indoor Bike Trainer - Going Nowhere In A Big Hurry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582427 Part 1: Cold and Dark <BR> <BR> I had been toying with the idea of getting some sort of indoor bike trainer for some time. I live in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and winters tend to be cold and snowy. When the roads are slick and icy, riding a bike can be a bit challenging. <BR> <BR> Now, I don't really shrink from challenging bike rides. However, sometimes it is just hard to drag myself out the door into an icy nightmare hell just to get some exercise! Here is a photo of my weather sta... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:37:45 EST All About My Bikes and Clobbered by a Car Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555832 Part 1: First Road Bike Crash - Update <BR> <BR> I have not blogged since May 26th. I have not had the heart to write an update to the Road Bike Crash that occurred on May 22nd. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to my last blog about the crash: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368254 </link> <BR> <BR> This story has gotten ugly. We are talking about incompetent insurance adjusters, the other party changing their story, 8 weeks of physic... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:21:43 EST First Road Bike Crash - Clobbered By a Car - A Rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368254 Warning *** <BR> <BR> This blog is a rant against stupidity and negligence and may contain material not be suited for younger family members. <BR> <BR> Part 1: Bikes, Bikes and more Bikes <BR> <BR> I keep my Specialized Allez road bike at work. I can grab a quick bike ride during lunch. Or go for a longer ride after work. There are networks of really pretty bike paths accessible from Downtown Denver. Denver streets have well-marked bike lanes. B-Cycle rental kiosks are all over the pl... Sun, 26 May 2013 09:33:00 EST My New Bike - Surly Cross-Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361330 Part 1: Road Biker - Well, Not Really <BR> <BR> Last July I bought a road bike. I went to the bike store with the intention of buying a Specialized Tricross Elite Disc Apex Compact. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118207663.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This bike was pretty and very comfortable. The gearing was well suited for the mountains where I live. The Tricross could handle dirt and rough pavement, which are abundant in the Rocky Mountains where I live. This bik... Sun, 19 May 2013 17:27:09 EST Fat Bike Ride Up Webster Pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246141 Part 1: Red Cone and Webster Pass <BR> <BR> One of my favorite places to ride my mountain bikes or run is Webster Pass to the top of Red Cone Peak. Red Cone is not a particularly high peak for a Colorado mountain. At 12,801 feet, Red Cone is dwarfed by the nearby mighty Mount Evans. <BR> <BR> Here is a shot of Red Cone in the 6-week period during the summer when there is not much visible snow. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2020316549.jpg"> <BR> This is a good ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:17:02 EST First 907 Fat Bike Ride - When In Doubt Go Higher! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231446 Part 1: I Got my 907 Fat Bike <BR> <BR> Finally, I was able to pick up my beautiful orange 907 fat bike last Thursday. Every 907 fat bike is a custom build. <BR> <BR> <link>fatbikes.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Sitting near my fat bike was a small-framed black 907. The buyer of little black 907 had specified SRAM X7 shifters and derailers. The crank was a mid-level Race Face Evolve 36/24T. The bike had a nice white Bontrager saddle. The pretty fat bike was topped off- with a Bontrager ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:46:15 EST Fat Bike is Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220402 PART 1: Dropped By The Shop <BR> <BR> I dropped by the Golden Bike Shop last night. I wanted to change the saddle selection from the WTB Rocket to a WTB Pure V Pro. The salesguy was jazzed! He says "Bruce, my man, the spokes are in and your bike will be done late tonight!" <BR> <BR> I was driving my Toyota Corolla commuter car. I was not expecting to pick up a bike. Rats! The bike shop guy took a photo of the completed bike with his phone camera. Here is my 907! <BR> <BR> <img src... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:10:10 EST Waiting for my Fat Bike and Cool Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216787 PART 1: Waiting Patiently For My Fat Bike <BR> <BR> When I put a deposit down on a 907 Fat Bike, I knew it would take a few weeks to get all the parts and get the bike assembled. The only items that the bike shop had on hand were the Surly Holy Rolling Darryl Rims, Surly Nate Tires, Surly light tubes, and Surly Rim Strips. Every other component had to be ordered. The bike shop started ordering stuff immediately. <BR> <BR> A beautiful orange 907 frame arrived from Anchorage, Alaska, i... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:55:33 EST Fat Bike Blog #3 - Building My Fat Bike - Fast, Light and Pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202644 BACKGROUND <BR> <BR> I took a lot of days off from work during the holidays. During my break, I demoed fat bikes. Firstly, I didn't even know if I wanted a fat bike. Secondly, I wanted to test all the available fat bikes to see if there was one that suited me. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to my first fat bike blog. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191443 </link> <BR> <BR> Here is the link to my second fat bike blog. <BR> <link>www.spar... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:29:23 EST Fat Bike Blog #2 - Test Ride Report - Fast and Furious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196725 RECAP <BR> <BR> My previous blog reported on my testing of two sport utility fat bikes, that included the Surly Pugsley Neck Romancer and Salsa Mukluk 2. Here is the link to Fat Bike Blog #1: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=SPEEDYDOG </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> PART 1: Fat Bike Trail Testing <BR> <BR> I have demoed four popular fat bikes, including: <BR> <BR> 1. Surly Pugsley Neck Romancer <BR> 2. Salsa Mukluk 2 <BR> 3. Salsa Beargrease <BR> 4. ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:29:05 EST Fat Bike Blog #1 - Test Ride Report - Snow and Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191443 INTRODUCTION <BR> <BR> I decided to make my fat bike saga into a series of blogs. I tend to write very long and detailed blogs. But even I have limits on blog length! I am venturing into the esoteric world of fat bikes. I am finding that the people that ride fat bikes are somewhat crazy and like to personalized their bikes. <BR> <BR> Fat Bikes are cool and strange machines. I am trying to educate myself so I can (1) decide if I want a fat bike, and (2) if I want a fat bike, which one i... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:26:59 EST Bike Buying Advice and Cool Bike Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179992 Part 1: Ask Me the Time and I Will Tell You How to Build a Watch <BR> <BR> My SparkFriend Andy_54 related to me on a blog comment that at some point she wants to get a bike - “not a trail bike, though”. She asked if I have any good bike links she could look at. <BR> <BR> Boy, do I ever! I am full of advice! <BR> <BR> I started to leave the following hefty verbiage on Andy_54 SparkPage. I realized that I couldn’t make the links “live" or leave any photos on Andy_54's SparkPage. I d... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:48:10 EST Snow Ride- I Want a Fat Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176231 Part 1: Cold, Wind, Snow and Me on a Bike <BR> <BR> Yesterday, December 24th, I wanted to go for a bike ride. I was getting really tired of doing my Cardio workouts inside. The snow was deep near my house. I hoped if I drove to a lower elevation I could find a few clear trails. <BR> <BR> I loaded my squeaky clean Specialized Camber Comp mountain bike "Little Cam" on my Thule bike rack and headed to Beaver Ranch in Conifer, Colorado. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 23:56:57 EST The Saga of Little Cam and Death Plunge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165342 Part 1: Bike Accident Investigation <BR> <BR> On Saturday, November 15th, I was cruising along the Colorado Trail on my Specialized Camper Comp, which I call Little Cam. All of a sudden I was launched off Little Cam and landed face first into a nasty shrub called Buck Brush. Here is a link to my blog about the event. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142769 </link> <BR> <BR> I have healed completely from this crash. I am as good lo... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:38:12 EST Pulmonary Test Results: Not bad - Not good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154850 Part 1: What The Doctor Said <BR> <BR> In October 2012 my doctor of 17 years decided that my breathing issues required further testing. Although most of my symptoms come and go, my doctor decided I needed cardiac and pulmonary tests. My symptoms included: <BR> <BR> • Chronic cough with large amounts of sputum <BR> • Coughing up blood (for me this is just occasionally) <BR> • Cough that gets worse when lying on one side <BR> • Fatigue <BR> • Shortness of breath that gets worse with... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 14:23:58 EST Horribly Wounded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142769 Part 1: Flowing The Trail <BR> <BR> Last Saturday Little Cam and I went for a ride at Buffalo Creek. I am fortunate to live right smack in the middle of some of the best mountain biking terrain anywhere. I picked some flowing single track along the Colorado Trail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l206517466.jpg"> <BR> Little Cam is a pretty bike. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of videos made by somebody else but this is exactly where I was riding Little Cam. <BR... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:25:16 EST Breathing Test and Running along Cherry Creek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123516 Part 1: Yet Another Breathing Torture Test <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday I was subjected to a bronchial provocation test. This test is used to determine if a person has hyperresponsive airways, also called twitchy airways. Of course, they had to put me in the dreaded plastic box again. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363035172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The person that administered the test was a young woman. I noticed she had an enormous scorpion tattoo on her ankle. <BR> ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 11:40:41 EST Pulmonary Function Test and HAPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112352 Part 1: Indian Summer and Buffalo Creek Ride <BR> <BR> On Monday, Oct 22nd, the weather was gorgeous! I grabbed Little Cam and headed to Buffalo Creek. Buffalo Creek is listed as "Epic" by the International Mountain Bike Association. Here is a link to the IMBA site describing Buffalo Creek. <BR> <BR> <link>www.imba.com/epics/buffalo-creek-tra<BR>ils </link> <BR> <BR> Buffalo Creek is hilly to say the least with a 2,000 feet elevation change. I started riding at the lowest point and ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:13:48 EST Asthma And New Bike Brakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099328 Part 1: Visit to the Pulmanologist <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been experiencing some tightness in my chest. Ocassionally, I would run out of breath while running or riding a bike. <BR> <BR> This doesn't happen to me! My legs give out. But I never run out of breath. I went to see my doctor. He ordered a EKG stress test. The result of the EKG was that my ticker is in great shape. <BR> <BR> My doctor then referred my to a Pulmanologist. This took 6 weeks to get into see this lung doc... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:35:40 EST New Bike - Well, Sort Of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086415 Part 1: Specialized Camber XT Pro <BR> <BR> I got a call from Green Mountain Cyclery yesterday. They had completed installation the installation of the new Shimano XT. I dropped by the shop on the way home from work. <BR> <BR> I walked in the door of the shop. One of the bike techs ask, "May I help you ?" I see a pretty white bike hanging from the ceiling by the back wheel with about 30 other bikes. "I am here to pick up my Specialized Camber Comp." The other bikes hanging near Little ... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 10:37:46 EST Ultra Stumpy and Me - Return to Bergen Peak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083541 Part 1: Theme Music <BR> <BR> My SparkFriend, KA_JUN, often has theme music for his blogs. Here is my theme music for this blog. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr1bz877zE0 </link> <BR> <BR> Although this song was written and first performed by Bob Dylan, I like the 1967 version by the Byrds. <BR> <BR> Part 2: That is Going to Leave a Mark <BR> <BR> On July 25th, 2012, I had a really bad mountain bike accident on Bergen Peak. I was seriously injured. Here is a link to m... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:46:58 EST