When I first laid eyes on the brochure for this race, I knew it was the one for me. I mean, to heck with the “real” cyclists who are doing training rides up the Alpine Loop to prepare for their double century (200 mile) ride from Logan to Jackson Hole. Let’s see if they can handle doing three 7 mile laps, eating as many donuts as possible between laps. That’s how the real men ride. Continue reading Utah Tour de Donut
So I finally purchased a road bike. My Dad rides, several friends in my neighborhood ride, and now I can join them. I’ve been wanting one for the last several years for fun and for exercise. And, now that gasoline prices are nearing $4 per gallon, commuting by bicycle will save me serious dollars at the pump.
I spent several weeks visiting the local bike shops learning about different road bikes and shopping around. I found several potential steeds, but I kept one eye on the online classifieds for a good used model to avoid the cost of buying new. I found one that looked promising, even though the initial asking price was more than I was willing to pay. After a week or so of negotiations I finally purchased a 2007 Cannondale Six13 Team 3.
The Six13 is a pretty sweet bike. For those in the know, it has the standard carbon fork, aluminum frame with carbon drop-outs on the top and down tubes, 105 components with an Ultegra derailleur. For my non-cyclist friends, all that cycle-jargon above means the bike is fast, lightweight, and cool.
My bike shopping experience taught me that bikes were not cheap, so I was able to set aside some fund for the purchase. However, I wasn’t prepared for the plethora of accessories and additional equipment any decent cyclist should have. And, surprise, surprise — it doesn’t come cheap. So if any of you want to become official sponsors of the Super Elite Seth Johnson Cycling Club, you can purchase me some cool accessories from my Amazon wish list.
I’m looking forward to becoming an actual roadie (you have ride several hundred miles before you can move out of the wannabe class), getting into shape, and riding with my family and friends. Manina has also been suspiciously supportive throughout this process — my only guess is that she’s looking forward to seeing me in lycra.
The next several weekends will be jam-packed with our kids sporting events. Jacob is currently doing double-duty, playing in both a soccer and baseball league. Megan is also on a soccer team and budding into quite a star.
Here are some clips from the games last weekend (I couldn’t get any highlights from Jacob’s soccer game because the wind was blowing too hard — it was too cold to break out the camera). Megan scored a goal in her soccer game and was easily the fastest person on the pitch, and one of the clips in the video proves it. Jacob played well in his exhibition baseball game, going 2 for 2 at the plate and making some good defensive plays at first base. Come see them play if you get a chance.
Our beloved BYU Cougars finished as regular season champions for the second year in a row and were ranked #24 in the country heading into the Mountain West Conference tournament. The tournament is in Las Vegas, so we figured it would be a short drive from Manina’s dad’s home in St. George. Continue reading MWC Tournament
So far basketball has been going really good. Our team name is the Wildcats. My friends and I did not like it at all, but these other kids on my team liked it so we compromised and made it into the Kentucky Wildcats. Even though we’re not from Kentucky we like the name a lot better. My first game was 1/8/o8. The team we first played was a pretty good team. The kid I was guarding was good — man, that guy was good. He got away from me which usually doesn’t happen. I scored 8 points that game. The first shot was a beautiful swish. I haven’t done a layup yet — just wait, I’ll do one.
Last night we had our second basketball game. I made the last shot before the buzzer. We lost the game though and I wasn’t very happy.