Saturday, February 28, 2009

US Cup

It would be fun to see or participate in a US Cup event, however, the organizers didn't bother to schedule any races in flyover land.  The closest event to Minnesota would be in Colorado Springs, CO.  In fact, the Colorado race is the only non-California race in the Kenda Cup West.  Wow.  Thanks guys.  

I am confident the authorities will see the error in their ways and bring some action here in 2010.  Lutsen could re-open for a weekend to make this happen.  Wishful thinking, perhaps.  Maybe Minneapolis will get the Olympics, too.  Ha!

Monday, February 23, 2009


Congratulations to Scott Johanik, 16, of Washburn, WI.  On the heels of qualifying for a 3rd straight Junior Olympic team, he crushed the Korteloppet 25 K.  Skiing for Team CXC, he came in finishing 1st in his age group by over 2 minutes, and 5th overall.  Of course you come to expect this kind of thing from Castle Guards.  Somebody get this guy on a mountain bike!
Photo courtesy of the Ashland Daily Press.  

Monday, February 16, 2009


This time of year, a bike rider around this area will inevitably ride past some outdoor hockey games.  This got me thinking:  "Hey, don't you have a working computer now?  And hasn't it been, like, 3 weeks since you updated your fantasy team?"  When I went to update my roster, to my surprise, I jumped up to 3rd place out of 8 from second to last.  Having Ovechkin will do that for a person.  

I'm currently watching the Rangers vs. Blues on Vs.  Looking for some Tour De Cali coverage, I found this and ate mass quantities of pizza to it.  Close to the second intermission was an awesome fight:  Janssen (Blues) vs. Voros (Rangers).  Janssen handily beat down Voros in front of his home crowd, and the Blues proceeded to score a few minutes later.  As a friend of mine says - it doesn't go on the scoreboard, but it matters who wins the fight.  Also, you need to mind your manners when a 210 lb. forward is on the ice.

There might fewer serious road rage incidents if fighting was allowed in driving.  Someone cut you off?  Pull over and fight it out!  Of course this means I'm going to have to get someone big to carpool with.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The iPhone as a bike computer

I wanted to check the wheel diameter setting on my bike computer.  So I used the GPS feature on my phone to map my commute.  It appeared to go well, until ...

So instead of being 13.5 miles like I thought, the phone says I rode 17 miles!  I rule.  My battery was half drained when I got to work.  I don't think this device is a legit replacement for a Garmin, yet.  For now, my taped on watch device will have to do.

I watched Klunkerz on Netflix today.  It was great for me to see, but I don't see anyone that's not into biking liking it too much.