Sunday, July 25, 2010

We've been getting hit with a lot of rain this past week. Finn is diggin' the new water features in the yard. More of my miles have been spent on the trainer than I would have liked. I did get out for a nice ride this morning for about four hours. I love getting in a solid ride before the day starts. It makes everything else just feel more laid back. Next weekend is the 24 hour race up in Wausau. For the first time in a few years I will not be racing, instead team Carpenter will be crewing for Sean. He has crewed with us in the past and now it's our turn to return the favor. It'll be strange not racing, but I'm looking forward to the new point of view.
Ride on!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What a great time of year if you're a cycling fun. Each morning I wake up and watch the 3 hour coverage of the previous evening's Tour coverage in about an hour 45. Then after walking the dogs and getting some breakfast Finn and I head out to that days stage of Super Week. For those of you that don't know Super Week is actually two weeks of road racing throughout southeastern Wisconsin and the Chicago area. After enjoying a morning of live racing I get Finn back in time for his nap and head out of a ride for a couple of hours.

Here's Fin putting his own touch on cheering for the racers...harmonica instead of cowbell.
Ride on!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just another day riding in Waukesha county. Rural roads, small streams and lakes, no surprise I grew up loving cycling in this area.

Ride on and on!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This past weekend was great. I got my first long ride in on the road bike and it felt nice. The trip was about 200 miles with 5,000' of climbing. Conditions were prefect, nice tailwind, light traffic, and moderate temps. To be honest it was a little too nice, it didn't even feel like training.
The rest of the weekend was spent boating, jet skiing, fishing and just general fun with my family. Finn caught his first fish, and grandpa was there to help. Sunday was a big day not only for our country but my family as another Carpenter took to the starting line. Cait, my brother's daughter, competed in a local triathlon. It's a small low key event that draws some pretty serious folks as well as a lot of people just out for a good time. I was able to ride along with her during the bike portion and her sister ran along with her to the end. Next year it sounds like Cait's brother and sister might compete as well. How cool would that be? Watch out Steve and Connie, a good tri bike will cost you $2,000. Too bad your kids aren't all the same size.

Here is a shot of Cait and her friend that got her into tri before the race.

Here is Cait just after she finished. She should be proud, it looks like she pushed hard.

This next week I think I'll slip back into a routine again. I'll probably get more spinning in as the Tour has started. Not only that but we are in that time of year where T-storms are predicted daily.

Ride on!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I've been starting to settle into a routine and managing to get two to three hours in on the bike a day. Tomorrow I'll get my first long ride of the summer in. We are headed up to Boulder lake for the holiday weekend. If all goes well it'll be about 180 mile day. The only bad thing is I'll be missing out on a ride with teammate Brad, Sean, who built up my bike last week, and Rachele who is training hard for Ironman Wisconsin. It's probably best, at my fitness level right now I'd be slowing them down.

Ride on!