Friday, February 25, 2011

Blue Mountain Skiing

Quick video from a couple weeks ago when Nigel and I hit big Blue Mountain; kinda rough footage but thats because it was a Flip Video strapped to my helmet. Enjoy!


Friday Week 5 vs. Friday Week 6

As my previous updated pointed out last Friday I was able to enjoy the endorphin induced euphoria that the beautiful weather and riding with two of my good friends provided. Even though we came in from our ride covered in road grim and mud from all the melting snow looking something like this...


Ok maybe not quite as muddy as Big George is here but we felt just as badass. To give those of you who haven't spent an extended amount of time in Syracuse a view into how unpredictable the weather really can be whereas last week it was a beautiful and sunny 64 degrees here's what my commuter bike currently looks like parked outside of the Physics building...


A total opposite and very unpleasant view compared to the beautiful sunshine of last Friday. However, as I often say "You win some, you lose some" and living in Syracuse the unpredictable weather is part of the thrill of everyday life. Although, currently thoughts of warm weather, shorts and t-shirts is but a figment of SU Students imaginations only 2 more weeks and the team and I will be jumping on a bus and heading to, what is hopefully, sunny Clemson, South Carolina for a week. Be excellent.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Val's Magic Embroidering Machine Video

So maybe magic is a little unrealistic but with the way the my cousin, Valerie, operates the embroidery machine with such expertise it's like a conductor's prowess for directing a 40 piece grand symphony. Check it out! 

Spring Weather Scones and 8% Gradients

Last Friday in Syracuse it was an unheard of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 17.77777778 degrees Celsius for those readers in Canada and abroad, and there isn't anything like warm weather that gives me a hankering to get outside on my bike. After months of riding the rollers and stationary bike when comparison to riding outside for the first time was like eating english muffins plain for 3 months straight and then finally enjoying a beautiful fresh out of the oven vanilla bean scone (for those of you who don't know Sconology is a hobby of mine; it basically consists of enjoying all things Scone related, You could probably call me a Sconologist). 

Given the good weather AzarKen and I decided it would be a superb idea to jump on the saddle and go for a ride! However, despite my exuberance for being back on the road, riding the rollers/stationary bike and running dome stairs does not make it easy to jump right back on the saddle and start by climb 8% gradients for a number of miles the first day back. Needless to say by the time we got to the top of our second climb of the day after fighting 28mph winds on the way up all three of us had visited, what I like to call, the pain cave: all of our heart rates were up around 180bpm, our legs were filled with lactic acid, sweat was gushing out of every pore and the 2 cups of coffee I had that morning were no longer seeming like such a good idea. One of our days groupetto members, I wont mention who, was kind enough to leave a good part of his breakfast on the side of the road (The kid's still got a serious set of pelotas on him though). Thankfully, as Sir Isaac Newton once stated what goes up must come down and as we stood at the top of the hill and looked out over the town with all the adrenaline pumping, we hit the decent and were flying down at wonderful speeds, thats always when the thought hits you "that climb was totallly worth it dude." Although Friday's group ride gave me that taste of spring that I've been longing for, ultimately, the big benefit is it was the kick in the rear I needed to push my training plan's intensity up a bit so when the 17 degree Celsius days start coming 7 days a week I can tackle the climbs even faster. Till next time be excellent, keep that swag on and check out the preliminary Team Budmen Jersey design.



**I know that teaching is spelled wrong inside the collar; the whole thing is still under revision**

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Team Budmen Everywhere

Some photos from friends and myself of Team Budmen stickers stuck in some cool places

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chip's Blog

Check out my good friend and teammate Chip Keyes' Blog over at: 


Filled with wonderful insights to modern and classic fictional literature.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mail Delivery: Team Budmen Gear!

Just opened up a box full of Team Budmen T-Shirts that my cousin Valerie embroidered for me and let me say this: These are AWESOME! She did a fantastic job!! It took me all of about 2 second from when I opened the box up to when I had put one on! As if the shirts weren't awesome enough she also sent me this fantastic coffee mug with a sweet cozy as well! If you need embroidery done please let me know so I can put you in touch with Valerie, the quality of her work is fantastic, her turn-around on these was something like a day and she's an incredibly easy person to work with! Enjoy this sneak peak, I'll post more pictures later!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blog Updates this week

I know it's been awhile since I have updated on a regular basis but I plan to try and get more into the swing of it here this semester. I'll be doing some adjustments this week to make that easier for me. I also have something very cool coming in the mail this week I can't wait to share with everyone! In the meantime check out my professor's company Enormous' Blog it's got some very cool content on it