2014 Trek 8.4 DS – My New Commuter Bike

by | August 6, 2015 | no comments

2014 Trek 8.4 DS

’14 Trek 8.4 DS

Color: Lava Black/Sparkling Silver
Frame: 17.5″ Alpha Gold Aluminum
Wheels: Shimano RM35 center lock alloy hubs w/Bontrager AT-650 32-hole double-walled rims
Tires: Bontrager LT3, 700x38c Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 700x35c ($100/set)

Drivetrain

Shifters: Shimano Alivio, 9 speed
Front derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore
Crank: Shimano Acera M371, 48/36/26 w/chainguard
Cassette: SRAM PG-950 11-32, 9 speed Shimano XT M770 11-32, 9 speed ($50)
Pedals: Nylon body w/alloy cage Shimano A530 SPD – Dual Platform and SPD ($50)

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Claire’s First Green Run

by | March 9, 2015 | no comments

February 1, 2015
Ski Cooper, Colorado
Samsung Galaxy S5, HD

A giant thank you to Aagje and Tina Barber for helping Claire learn how to ski. Here she is working her way down Molly Mayfield, a green run at Ski Cooper.

The Dawn of Understanding

by | August 16, 2013 | no comments

It has been passed down in lore from the elders of endurance races that it could take weeks to fully process what happens during an endurance event. I can now verify this as truth with myself. Of course, in my case I’m referring to my recent experience at the Boulder 70.3 that I finished 12 days ago.

The beautiful thing about longer events is you have more time to let your brain go to places it doesn’t normally go. In fact, I’d argue in normal situations, most people – short of the Dalai Lama himself – couldn’t will themselves to this level of enlightenment. (Taking LSD doesn’t count.)

No, I’d imagine that most people are like myself. After an entire day of literally working your ass off, one would expect to have their “aha” moment as they cross the finish line and reconnect with their loved ones while having a gigantic medal placed around their necks. Let’s face it, those last few hundred meters are crazy intense. It’s like Disneyland energy. You are caught all up in the moment and have no idea what’s really going on. Perhaps for some the finish line actually becomes their “aha” moment. Maybe for others it’s looking at the photo that does it. But just maybe, for some of us, it’s more subtle than that. Something like, having the realization that the universe of things too hard for you to do is a lot smaller than you thought.

That’s the thought I had when I crossed the finish. But I had this nagging feeling that there was something else there if I chose to dig deeper and capture it.

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2013 Ironman Boulder 70.3

by | August 5, 2013 | no comments

Event: Ironman Boulder 70.3 Triathlon
Date: August 4th, 2013
Location: Boulder, CO
Distance: 1.2mi Swim, 56mi Bike, 13.1mi Run

Flashback to when I was signing up for this race with no idea what to expect…borrowing some words from Pink in her song “Try”:

“Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame

Where there is a flame
Someone’s bound to get burned

But just because it burns
Doesn’t mean you’re gonna die

You’ve gotta get up and try
You’ve just gotta get up and try”

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Toid.net Version 4.0

by | August 1, 2013 | no comments

After basically abandoning my website for the better part of a couple of years, I finally had a night to put some effort into resurrecting it. (yay!)

The problem was that what I wanted to accomplish with my blog wasn’t yet readily available as HTML5 hadn’t really gained full web browser support and Google web fonts were also not fully supported by a variety of operating systems and browsers. It became difficult to try and get these items to work so I relied third party plugins and hacks in order to get things to work the way I wanted them to work. However this didn’t help anybody else because my website probably didn’t work on their computer. Furthermore, the slideshow program that I decided on for my pictures got dropped by the developer for a different project which meant the rest of us were left holding the ball with no source code to work with.

Seems how I was in the middle of selling my business while balancing other healthier habits such as working out…I had to abandon my old pattern of sitting in front of the computer for all hours of the night trying to optimize this site. I still refuse to give in and use Facebook as my website where I upload all my pictures and videos and let them “be responsible” with all my data. No thanks.

While there are still many things that I want to improve with my website, I’m going to officially upgrade the version to 4.0 because I figured out the following things:

1. HTML5 native support in WordPress 3.6 allowed me to remove my dependance on JWPlayer and I updated all videos to reflect this change.
2. Google Web Fonts now have better support and I updated my stylesheet to include more versions of the font to work across browsers.
3. I solved this problem where my theme was causing a problem with the javascript in the WordPress editor; basically not allowing me to do anything.
4. Removed unnecessary plugins that I no longer used.
5. Search and Category view disabled background pictures and search tool.
6. IE10 support.

Some things that I want to work on next:

1. Comments. I want to implement a better solution than the standard one, or at least make the standard one look better.
2. Lightroom -> WP slideshows. I need to figure out if I’m going to go a different direction with this.
3. Get all posts updated to current standards for uniformity. (Some pictures just go to the picture itself)
4. Rotate homepage background image.
5. Go through my mounting list of drafts and finish writing them and adding pictures and get them published to my blog.
6. Stock Android browser does not like my site. Chrome and Opera on Android work fine. iPhones work. Oh well…adding to list of things to do.

Ok, that is all the nerdiness I can handle at the moment.

Publish.

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