October 2004 Archives


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43.64 miles. 14.6 average mph/148 average hr. 2 hours, 58 minutes 50 seconds cycling time, and a fifteen minute break in Elgin. One great ride.

I'm already looking forward to next year, as well as the next time I can enter an organized ride. The bar has been set very high; the organization, route, and weather will be difficult to top. The only negatives were trivial. I wish there had been a few more video screens (or at least speakers) near the outside starting lanes; I had a hard time hearing Lance's introduction as well as Robin William's "pep talk." At least Sheryl Crow's rendition of the National Anthem came through perfectly clear.

We started out pretty slowly, only averaging 13 mph for the first five miles. A few riders had an accident on FM 3177 very early on, I felt horrible for the man who was being prepped to load in the ambulance. Once we turned onto Hwy 290 the crowds started to spread out and we picked up our pace a little.

At our rest stop in Elgin, I met my second Brian Raley - a rider from Alexandria, LA that was part of a group of four. Every participant that I met today was from out of town; two girls from California (LA and San Francisco), the aforementioned Brian, and a couple from Springfield, MO. I also noticed a Minnesota license plate in the parking lot.

I'm tired of attempting to write paragraphs, so here's a bunch of bullet points. Pretend I'm a manager giving a presentation or something.

  • I really appreciate Rott riding with me and mentoring me as I'm getting into cycling. It really helps to know what "car back" and all that pointing means.
  • Thanks to Oscar of the UT Cycling Team for setting me up with my jersey this week, even if he did try to give me a women's jersey first.
  • My unofficial sponsorship by my mom led to a great set of pedals and shoes. I was much more comfortable and efficient because of them.
  • The "In Honor Of", "In Memory Of", and "Survivor" tags worn by riders were a great idea and inspiration. The most amazing rider I saw was on the the 40 mile route with us - she had an artificial leg. And she was one of hundreds of equally strong survivors.
  • I wouldn't want to be a raccoon in the Decker Lake/Manor/Elgin area. We must have passed a half-dozen or more road pizzas.
  • I'm glad to have Mary Alice as a cheerleader. She really wanted to come watch me cross the finish line, but I was worried that the Expo Center traffic and parking would be a madhouse. I also had no idea how long I'd take to finish. So, she made me a great congratulatory sign that was waiting for me on the door when I got home.

Today was the most fun I've had in a while. I'm really enjoying cycling - sometimes I miss my organized sport days, but being able to to cover 40 miles under my own power is a great feeling. I must say that I'm pretty happy with where I am after two months. Now I hope I can compete in a few UT Cycling team events in the spring and continue to increase my distance as time goes on.

New Morphine Box Set, Nov 16th

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It is with great pleasure to announce the release of Mark Sandman - Sandbox on November 16th, 2004.

This release is a collection of 31 tracks, many of them unreleased on 2 CD's, a DVD of rare footage, and a nice booklet, all bundled together as a box set.

You can pre-order the album online and find out more info here.

We will be servicing "Tomorrow" to radio and have made it available as a free download for your listening pleasure.
Mark Sandman - Tomorrow

Please spread the word and let your friends know. I feel that this is the most signifigant album released in 2004. The uniqueness in Mark's songwriting define him as one of the best singer/songwriters of the 1990's. This unreleased material is an insight to his genius.

Hi-N-Dry has been curating this release and have done a fantastic job in selecting tracks, video footage, and artwork. This is one special album and we look forward to getting it out there.

Brady Lahr
KUFALA Recordings

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Colby spelled out everything I'm feeling post-OU. I was going to quote him, but this deserves to be read as a whole instead of taken out of context.


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== Shoal Creek Shootout.

I had a lot more fun on yesterday's ride than I did watching the Red River Shootout today.

Take from this what you will, but when I got my first "Shoal Creek Shootout" email from the UT Cycling Team, I thought it was a Friday ride from campus to the Shoal Creek Saloon for happy hour.

No such luck, but just about as enjoyable. As it turns out, the SCSO is a ride from Gregory Gym to the real Shoal Creek, and a series of sprints down Great Northern. Yesterday I learned that I am not a sprinter. I got smoked by everyone on the ride - Ernie, Chris Case, and David. I couldn't even catch Alfonso on the last go-round. Hopefully after a few months/years of practice and training I can be competitive, but I can tell I have a long way to go.

I also forgot my HRM strap and the head of my cycling computer, so I have only a guess on the distance - ~25 miles from campus and back.