sit back and think.
let the med rare strip
w/ baked potato, three
portors and chocolate
cheesecake settle in.
riding again. on the skinny
tires for two out of three.
lapping lifts in between.
centered again and confident.
today we earned it, rolling
sustainable softness. not
the experience of others,
but a quirky personality
for Christmas, mom got
me the traditional weekly
calander. but changed it up
from the Far Side, to the
Peanuts gang. Will be a nice
change for the journaling
I've always liked Snoopy.
sit back and think.
expecting carvable hardpack/crud conditions.
step onto the Bro's, wanna really learn this ski.
legs still no snap, the wknd lingers. no snap
to the first turns, narrow defensive stance.
lack of power, not aggressive, these skis need
to be driven, not ridden. messed up let 'em run
then crash attempt off the RR headwall, try to
find a groove down low. round two, not following
thru, too much slippage for my taste, exit to Exhi
to find a two footed carve rhythm.
stick it tight to the snow gun crud,
snap from edge to edge,
do a little dance,
let these skis run tonight,
uh huh, run tonight.
open up into the falline a bit,
making a righthander and the
ski won't release, into the backseat,
don't fight it, don't wanna risk a knee
right now. ski loops out and I see my
trajectory into the slopeside trees.
not going tooo fast, but ain't no
shutting it down. land sliding
headfirst, did spot a gap before impact,
definitely not hitting the blue barrel.
start trying to rotate my feet around,
feel some deceleration, wondering when
I'm gonna hit, and what and where,
sliding blind at bone breaking speed.
wham! shit, that fucking hurt. no sharp pain,
toes still work, arms still move, eyes still see.
shoulder is stiff, probably have some nice tint
to it in a day or two. confidence is rattled.
merry christmas everybody,
thanks for all the good times
shared, those to come.
Posted by Tomi on Wednesday, December 24, 2008
that's the spirit!
NWS three day record was accurate,
the post storm "freezing mist/fog"
resulted in a sturdy zipper crust.
line, without hard edging speed
Posted by Tomi on Saturday, December 20, 2008
stumbled upon this last eve:
Posted by Tomi on Thursday, December 18, 2008
Heard a Bush excerpt this morn on the radio,
he was in Carlisle, at the Army College.
Said that we have not suffered a domestic
terrorist attack since 9-11....praise for the
troops, freedom, blahblahblah.....
Why are the anthrax letters always forgotten?
Posted by Tomi on Thursday, December 18, 2008
Posted by Tomi on Monday, December 15, 2008
The itch is beginning, the need to
Posted by Tomi on Friday, December 12, 2008
that he prefers the east over
Posted by Tomi on Tuesday, December 09, 2008
two of three pics today.
Totem Pole to Snowy Mtn
& back, appropriate. 2 chilly
but comfortable hours w/ old man
Withers & Bobby'sBoy, no need to
push it, for now. Avoiding exposure
to NWwind was best.
Where were the 'cakes?
bike becomes novelty,
skis take over? too early
to make the call...good times
were had, tedious pinballing
rock to rock two wheel slip & slide,
snow and leaves, definitely not a
high speed day. (they were
happy to let the fixy lead!?!?!)
keep warm, keep an eye on the weather,
fingers crossed, please Ullr, pleazzzzze.
Posted by Tomi on Sunday, December 07, 2008
ski season, picked up right where it left off.
Followed my nose to the goods on Friday.
Rinse and repeat on Saturday, but with
new stix. Canaan Valley was a ghost town,
I took advantage, fully. More pics here.
Friday, natural love:
Saturday, rinse & repeat:
Posted by Tomi on Sunday, November 30, 2008
so, we've gone from bikes to skis
Posted by Tomi on Monday, November 24, 2008
from NWS, fkna!
This Afternoon: Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 29. West wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow showers. Low around 18. West wind between 16 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
Friday: Snow showers, mainly before 4pm. High near 20. Northwest wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
Posted by Tomi on Thursday, November 20, 2008
here we go....I should be prepping ski gear,
Posted by Tomi on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
(photo c: thanks Branch!)Invitational/Unis = good times.
Posted by Tomi on Monday, November 17, 2008
must. stop. twitching.
Posted by Tomi on Tuesday, November 11, 2008
the aborted MeeshowHundo.
the aborted two night trip.
the aborted 9hr attempt.
I heard that Danny Brennan turned a sub 9 fixed up in
Michigan, props, nice work. I cracked, and stoked the
ego instead, Mohican was tough, it was a long year.
100 milers from April thru Sept, a stage race, a super
fatty supported overnight, two unsupported overnights,
two new to me Classiques, handful of other Classiques
and too, too many to count Epiques.
The MeeshowHundo will happen, that's just matter of
swapping an ego stoke pay to play for a solo mission.
The aborted tour, just wasn't in the cards that wknd,
unexpected weather, flat legs and better option for after
the bail won out. Was reaching kinda far and I knew it,
9 hours. man, that one gnaws at me. From what I know
of myself, it'll need to be a great day for it to happen.
I'm just not that dedicated. Normal trial and error will
get me close, as it has before, just need a bit more special
aligning of the stars. The route? I think the 101, it's
practically my backyard, the terrain feels like home, is
home. 25 to 30minute efforts with an immediate fall line
hammering, tempo the rest. ran 8:20 free, 9:20 fixed,
drop a tooth and split the difference. Stage race in early
July to set the table, normal prep for that leads to traditional
strength in early June. Time that for the Meeshow effort.
Want to bag few tours early, tighten up that game.
The big goals remain semi-unspoken, more beta
needed. 9hrs? If it happens, it happens, not a focus, ya
know? Short term....those new trails at Raystown
are looking sweet....anybody wanna shuttle me home
from the grand opening wknd next spring, I'll leave
here Thurs eve, meet ya'll out there sometime Saturday.....
Posted by Tomi on Thursday, November 06, 2008
In part of this interview,
"not..vote...no nigger..." is what Iheard as I walked thru the door.whawhawhhuuuut? "Well, you're justfucking ignorant. If that's your solereason, then you're just. plain. ignorant.""Well, then I guess I am ignorant,cuz ain't no way I'm votin' for no nigger.""Then you're just fucking ignorant."
had an interesting conversation the other eve.
Posted by Tomi on Thursday, October 30, 2008
Bought my season pass yesterday.....
Today: Rain showers, mixing with snow after 11am. High near 44. Breezy, with a northwest wind between 17 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Posted by Tomi on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Added up the numbers
that I keep track of.
From some point in Feb
to last week, the 'season.'
Peaks and valleys, along
with scribbled notes.
The spreadsheet goes back
a handful of years now, stack
of journals grown by one, my
'manifested artifactual evidence.'
Riding with purpose,
'training' on instinct,
this year's total was
457.5, last year was 455.
interesting that it came
out so close.
didn't count the commute
though, that's another 35ish,
it's just a short spin....
Posted by Tomi on Monday, October 27, 2008
Relative silence, no clanging banging shifty bits to disrupt. Bit of brake squeal into a corner, the buzz of the Eno and the stern plunk of rubber on rock, knobs chewing up crunchy leaves. Keep winding that gear out, chasing gravity, ramping closer and closer closer to wide eyed blurry oxygen deprived sweetness. Swooshing thru the trees, nip and a tuck with a hoot and a holler, bike is brakeless flow and there's that perfect little hit. An inviting ramp of rock with a sweet downslope landing.....then it's silent, and you're no longer connected, taking flight for those few bike lengths. Don't forget to breath.
Is it any wonder that the inventors the magical flying machine had their start in bicycles? Wilbur prefering long rides thru the country, Orville being more of a scorcher on the track. Their shop in Dayton was the foundation for the aeroplane works, where they repaired bikes, where they designed and built bikes, where they experimented with flying. Did you know that the Wright Brothers were the 'inventors' of the left handed thread on your non-drive pedal? That the propellers on the original Wright Flyer were driven by a bicycle chain?
freedom, in so many ways.
Posted by Tomi on Saturday, October 25, 2008
ripped this from Fuzzy's site......
Dear Red States:
If you manage to steal this election too we've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.
To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Dollywood.
We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom.
We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.
We get 85% of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama.
We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22% lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.
With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80% of the country's fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation's fresh fruit, 95% of America's quality wines, 90% of all cheese, 90% of the high tech industry, 95% of the corn and soybeans (thanks Iowa!), most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools plus Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92% of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100% of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
Additionally, 38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62% believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the war, the death penalty or gun laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61% of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
Finally, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.
Posted by Tomi on Thursday, October 23, 2008
got together with the extended family for bit of mountain bicycle freedom celebrations down in WestByGawVirginny over the wknd. Full effect two day shuttle maximized the trail lovin'. Gaggle of fifteen fools of Foof, 'burgians, 'cakes and even a native son on hand for SpruceBerries-High Meadows-Horton-SpringValley-Allegheny on Saturday, 40 in 7.5. Lose a pair, add a bunch and you get 22 of us traversing the GnarlyNorth on Sunday, 5hours of quintessential east coast ridge love. Team ACL Buck & Martino were missed. Awesome to see Sue's HUGE smile talking about her fresh tastes of pedal freedom once again.
Posted by Tomi on Monday, October 20, 2008