Quiet Sunday in Meeshow. Letting Saturday soak in.
Close ups.


got it.

big fun day at Whitegrass.
lots of schralpa'ge,
turns are where you find 'em,
all skis are rock skis.

early morning pain train. hungry birdy.
Eric milking it.
Honey hole driftline.
Where to now?
how 'bout more turns.one. more. time!another fine day in West Virginia, thanks Chip!



I'm figuring to get more of this:

good times.


like a kid again

went to Whitegrass today. New toys to play with.
Followed my nose and
found good turns.
some solo exploring.
was cleansing
for the mind.

time for sleep.


5 to go

1st week of Troeg's Friday night race
league into the legend of NASTAR racing.
balled her up good on the second run,
off the line crud cookies didn't behave
as expected, tried to crank it around
and the tail of the ski unloaded
me like something else.
airborne for a bit,
then impact.
bent a pole with my hip
and learned that my bindings
really are releasable.
also glad I wear a helmut.
fun times.
I think the ski patrol chick was digging me.
Kept asking how I was doing.....
back on the horse for
NASTAR Silver!
suck it Bode.


pennsyltucky punks

Another fine Sunday
out in the woods
of Pennsyltucky.
Lots of fun bouncing
along Pisgah ridge.



nice way to spend
a saturday afternoon

out at 11:10,
home at 4:20

29,593 into the account
almost 1/3 thru.
gotta get new headphones.



finally looked at a calender:

Dragons Back XXC
Cohutta 100
Michaux spring 50
Giro d'Ville (maybe)
Mohican 100
Hoo Haa XXC
Stoopid 50 (if it's happening)
Tour de 'Burg
Michaux summer 50
Wilderness 101
Wild100 or Fools Gold 100 (same wknd)
Shenandoah 100
Tahoe 100
Michaux fall 50
Revenge of the Rattlesnake Ultra

plus various spring & fall Classiques,
an underground hundo in Meeshow,
and maybe ORAMM if the dates work.

Jimmy C!

love it:

Jimmy Carter Op-Ed


year in review?

ya know, I'm not really interested in doing a yearly review thing. Thought I was, but I'm not. I've gone thru my mental tally of my top rides of the year, thinking of the ones that stick out and why. But that's for me, not really for you. sometme in Feb I'll tally up the training log, it'll be probably be about 10% more than the previous year's, whatever that means. I will say though, that if I had to pick two standout rides for me last year, on the road it'd be the solo BSRR'07 and the 101 on the mtn bike. I imagine that the reasons why vary greatly from the initial write ups, but like I said, not really for you.....

Instead, I'm going to throw up one of my most favorite pictures. 'cuz it tells a better story of where I'm at in the here in now and where I'm looking to wanna go from here.....or something.

(Hopefully you can click on the pic to enlarge, it seems random...)

dammit, click here for a big version

This is the start of the 101 in '03, originally shot with a point-n-shoot onto b&w film. Taken from a tailgate with Mumbles mumbling behind my right shoulder, moments before the motos fired and 3, 2, 1 began. I have this picture blown up to 8x10 and hanging on the wall. I pull it down every so often and comb thru the details.

Getting lost in it, first I recognize all of the familiar faces in their old kit, then the not so familiar faces and then the different mindsets and emotions that you go thru at the start of something big begin to emerge. Bit chomping adrenaline, calm confidence, vacant stares, cocky aloofness....and everything tinted with a tinge of nervous fear.

It's the start of a new year and time to start writing a fresh chapter.

Where do we go from here?


cogs cogs cogs

this year's 'race season.'




The Holidaze is always an experience.
Lots of goings on, pulled in one
direction or the other. Nerves are
raw and worn out from all of the
interaction, ya'll may have picked
up on that. Finally thru it all and time
to let out a sigh and take a step back.

Reflecting on the year off and on.
The expected quiet time to shuffle
and arrange the thoughts is welcome.

Psyched to work regular riding back
into the sched and really start digging
in again, but also looking forward to the
change of pace some skiing will bring,
looks to be another 'get it while
you can' type season.

Which is fine, the cog project looks good,
enough pre-orders to support the start up
batch, then should be self sustaining after
that. A hard push thru the next couple weeks
to cover the initial rush, then we'll see.

NUE here I come!

More later......

It ALIVE!!!!

yeah, TomiCOGs are official.

Shopping cart buttons were added,
and they're working.

Guess this makes it real.


I have a headache.

that was an interesting
walk home last night.
trying to avoid stumbling
thru the crowds.

so glad that the Holidaze
are done. Clean the slate,
time to begin again.

Here's to a rockin' '08.