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Age, Cowbells and Honesty

Posted in Flow, Pedal with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2010 by Pip

I can’t begin to explain how truly out of shape I am. I somehow forgot that 3 years of my life have passed and I kinda forgot to..ride, run, or just keep in shape in general. I am not saying I am throwing in the towel give me the sweatpants and a bag of chips while I watch you ride kinda out of shape. I am more at the it was ok to joke about being out of shape but damn maybe I should put in some effort.

As a yoga teacher I often talk about judging..don’t compare, keep your eyes on your own mat..blahblahblah..But, I also give my students 1-3 minutes of competing (usually girls against guys)..before anyone freaks, it is not very yogic but, yes it is very human. The competition: jump switches (mt climbers)..we go by hang time and ninja like silence…it is not really about who in the classroom is the biggest is more about “trying easy”…something that a student assumes they can’t do..realizes the following 1) I might as well try it…2) Let me try it again 3) this is kinda fun 4) I can do it..not perfect but I don’t mind practicing

The competition becomes a noncompetitive become a group of folks trying and enjoying the community which develops around it. By the end of our jump switches everyone is usually laughing ..not because we are judging more because..honestly, I don’t me it seems like there is an earned respect between all the students..You tried..You are a badass!

Back to my honesty of being not what I always type. I think I have become a person who used to be really athletic and started riding a lot..over the years that amount of riding has dwindled (in a big way)..but, in my mind it is still 3 years ago and it is ok to take a few days off..only problem a few days becomes a few months. So I am still talking about my 2 wheels of freedom..but the tires are flat and my saddle once again hurts.

So…(you knew I was getting to takes me awhile) I need to step up to the ol’ honesty plate..I need to practice what I preach and I need to let ya’ll know where I am…I need to “try easy” instead setting up 8 million excuses and road blocks as too why I can’t do it or why I am out of shape..excuses and road blocks make things hard and is a lot to keep up withJ

Trying just that…do this cx season in small bites. Don’t expect amazing results if I have been too lazy to earn them…

I signed up with Training Peaks…This was the first step in my road of “holy crap I am getting old and damn I am out of shape”..I have changed the start date three times (made excuses)..last night I was supposed to ride 1.5 hrs and I could only ride 30 min. I am supposed to do “rows” and I swear my bike has gained 20 lbs.

Today I am supposed to run and do hills for 30 min…So, my blog is my new coach…I will be dead honest with what I do everyday for training..I will be dead honest how I race and I will be dead honest when it is not going well..but, gotta keep plugging away… Feel free to leave me pointers or if you want to meet up and ride….

And now the debate of posting this or not….I am truly embarrassed as to where I am in my fitness. But, like my yoga students I gotta just keep doing might not be pretty, it might make folks uncomfortable to watch…but at least I am going to ride CX this season…


I mean..I gotta represent Black Sheep Cartel….My KC teammates need a little CLT love.



***grammar and spelling …sorry, if I reread I won’t post***

Pressure Drop

Posted in Pedal with tags , , , , on July 17, 2009 by Pip


As promised the truth!!! The truth about how much I have been riding….out of 23 days I have rode 21 days…some days two rides. I am still on my Vanilla with hard to push gearing..over the weekend I am taking apart my fuji and switching out with the Vanilla. I have 10 pitch on the V and I can’t find easier gearing to make it for a 24 hour ride..

I did a little yoga this morning and went on a short ride..I love riding in the morning and seeing the same folks walking in the neighborhood..the same dogs attempting to drag their owners to my bike. My all time favorite thing to do is attempt to get grumpy non-wavers to freakin’ smile or at least nod. There is this one guy that I pass and everytime he hears my bike he suddenly finds something on the ground super interesting. This orning he actually looked at me and grunted and then tripped (I guess two things at once is not his thing in the morning).

It was nice to get out this morning it was 77 degrees at 6 a.m.

I figure by the time Chad and I ride this afternoon it will be hot as hell and humid..I will have to think of my happy place during that ride.

random mix this morning:
1) Crazy for you: Ulrich Schnauss
2) Gives you Hell: AAR
3) Suedehead: Morrisey
4) Nothing Lasts Forever: Echo and the Bunneymen
5) Pressure Drop:Toots & the Maytals
6) Shanti,Shanti,Shanti: Shelia Chandra
7) Ganesh is Fresh: MC Yogi
8) Motel:The Connells
9) Hope She Falls in Love:The Blue Dogs
F*@% You: Ani Defranco

I am sitting outside at a coffee shop and there is a group of guys in their late 60’s who meet every morning and shoot the breeze. They are worse than a group of high school girls! They are first talking about who has died or been divorced..then the market..then I take a deep inhale and I swear all 6 of them lit up at the same time..blah..I can’t believe I ever smoked…15-20..nasty..then again after my Dad died of CANCER pretty smart..last time I smoked was 9 years ago..

Where is my alarm

Posted in Pedal on June 29, 2009 by Pip


I could not find my alarm clock this morning..I did find I have the super power of knocking things over to find my alarm clock.

have u noticed when you are IMing you feel rude when you have to go because of the message delay

It was an awesome ride..Chad is a great guy to chat with-not to mention he openly admits when his legs burn. We both love hills about as much as road rash.

Just got home from seeing Leisure, gogoPilot and The Lemonheads at the some good pix..I’ll write more tomorrow..I smell like smoke, gotta get a shower and I need to crash so I can do early a.m. ride..

motivate..forced post

Posted in Pedal with tags , , on June 28, 2009 by Pip




I am ready to crash out




5:08 a.m. I am looking at the worlds brightest screen and attempting to motivate..I figure I need to ride my CX bike..heavier,slower and damn it it makes me feel like I am working more:) not to mention the looks I get from some folks.  You know, “what sort of Frankenbike  bike is that”


I am soooo out of shape. I rode and I rode slow..I am going through the..saddles suck phase…I haven’t been on a bike in so long I can’t figure out where I need to be…as I was riding people kept passing-at first I started getting pissed with myself..Then I realized I am working towards getting back to where I was…being out of shape sucks..but it is a good reminder of..why staying in shape is so important..I worked on photo stuff from 10:00 until 6:00..I feel so tired but it is in a good way…I am riding with Chad at 7:00 am’ll be nice to have someone to chat to and pass the time..we will see



Ashamed,Booty..”Cue the Deer”

Posted in Pedal on June 27, 2009 by Pip


Mum and Dad

Mum and Dad




After looking at my calendar I feel like I might possibly die during 24 HOB.  I can’t believe I am about to admit the following..

I have been on my bike 3x since January 

I have been to the gym only 64 times

My yoga practice is not the best at the moment 

I have been full on lazy.  

I honestly can’t believe I have gone from full on fit to the mom in sweats in the carpool line. I don’t even feel better sharing this..I feel ashamed…ASHAMED I tell ya. I do have a game plan to fix this..I’ll share it as I go..sort of;)  


DAY 2/30




Best ride ever…It was short and late but I did it…I’ve been crammed in a dark room working on photos all I uncurled myself and grabbed my bike. Today has felt hectic and complicated..hoping on my fixie changed that.

Monks and H

Monks and H-Bomb at sunset


 It is one of those nights where everything is like a movie…The temp was perfect and there was a slight breeze..don’t get me wrong my pigtails are drenched but the weather was perfect.  As I am riding along and there are people sitting on their porches…chatting and hanging out…it created the sound of a streams gurgle (or the announcers voice in golf)..As it grew darker little flickers of light began to multiply..there were millions of them


 When I was a kid we used to peel their butts off and stick them to our forehead (you wonder why I am now vegan..).  further down the road there were kids running around in the yard catching fireflies (I am not even kidding)..To finish the perfect movie night..I slowly pedaled down my street and 100 feet in front of me a deer walks out (total Funny Farm moment)Cue the Deer

he ( the deer) trotted over to the grass and he watched me pull into the driveway. 

I swear tonight was the perfect ride…


Just wanted to let you know I am typing this while sitting on my bed with my kit,helmet and shoes on..




Little Kicks without brakes

Posted in Pedal with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by Pip

IMG_1943I woke up and walked Monks over to LAX camp. On the walk home..I was in is 9:00 am and I am not sweating my ass off!! It was a sign..a sign to get my ass in the saddle and ride! I walked through the door and grabbed the pump..I looked at my back tire and it was shredded..not just a wee bit but a ton..last ride my bike wheel slid out from under me, but due to  my  upper body spaz out, I managed to recover. Need less to say I was not about to take it out. Then I saw my Vanilla out of the corner of my eye. I haven’t taken it outy since my 2 month break…I was switching my pedals out and Ethan reminded me that..I haven’t been riding and I haven’t been riding with out a brake in awhile. I told him I would be fine ( as soon as I said it I had the fear of eating it and proving him right)..I walked back to the bedroom and started getting dressed..couldn’t find my HRM..then I found it under laundry. I am not sure if anyone else knows the HRM dance..But, I am the queen of it. You know the moving around and trying to find your damn heart beat. Guys, ya’ll don’t have to worry about the second part of the dance..the sports bra placement twist. Then there is the which crap goes in what pocket..Getting dress makes me feel like Elaine’s Dance in Seinfeld (Little Kicks).

I am riding later on tonite… we will see if my gearing needs to be changed..I have already had several young riders inform me my gearing ise easy..”Look at the size of your chain ring…” Then I have to let these kids know it is 10 pitch..I still am old but at least they give me a little street cred…
I mean that is the only reason I ride…..




If you haven’t me you haven’t..I am begging for your help..I am even making a new duct tape skirt..send me stickers !!! DONATE




happy in quicksand

Posted in Give, Pedal with tags , , , , on June 10, 2009 by Pip






Ever since the whole cancer scare I have felt moments of utter amazement of the world with moments of panic. The amazement usually hits when I least expect it. I have found myself with my windows down listening to The Cult loud (and I’ll be damned if I will turn it down at a stoplight). I will be sitting in a coffee shop, watching a kid bobble as he drinks his box of milk, with a huge grin (might look creepy-not sure yet). At times I look in rearview mirror and watch as Monks dance and raps his own version of “Channel Zero” (it is a clean version for all those who are worried). I feel like I am a lucky woman who has a lot of things to be thankful for.


The panic seems to blow everything else out of the water. What in the hell have I been doing all this time. I feel like I have gone through the motions to do things..but, I don’t pay attention to how I got there. I keep thinking,” holy crap, I am almost 35 and I still have no clue what path I am supposed to be on.”

I am also freaking out about riding in 24 HOB I haven’t been on my bike in 6 weeks..I am hoping I will get the OK to ride this week.

I feel like I’ve been living like I am trapped in quicksand. I am happy my head is above the sand, I can still breath, I can chat and smile- but if I move I sink deeper

so I just hangout in the same spot: happy but stuck in the exact same place each day.



Posted in Pedal on May 15, 2009 by Pip

Listening to kidz bop is as bad as an “office space” moment in traffic.

. With our kids we act like yeah..this is awesome I could rock out to this all day….as those words come out a small bit of your soul is eaten away by the cavity of sugary sweet music that you once listened to to feel like a bad ass..

Is it the bad commercials or the kids who bounce around to “head like a hole” and make it sound like “your head has a whole lot of love and knowledge to share”..maybe kidz bop is a way of brain washing..

and then I discovered the article about how Kidz Bop left the FBomb in the Lyrics..this better than find the dead body in wizard of Oz..( it was a bird not a munchkin hanging)..

I am sitting outside at starbucks watching cookie covered kids dance to jazz..not the kind you can dance to but the..hey, I am in college and I am supposed to start drinking red wine and listen to music I’m not a fan of but..I am now mature so I can only listen to jazz and long as I drive an SUV with at least two of the following stickers: Widespread, The Dead, Phish or DMB…
Back to the kids..I am always amazed by how kids could care less about what they are doing and who is around. It is like they have no need for liquid courage..they are willing to bust a move. I love the arm pump kids do..I also call it he muppet dance




The Weight from the Wait

Posted in Pedal with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by Pip




I haven’t chatted to folks online much..everyday life and not everyday life took over.

I have a lot to say but you will have to wait…as I am waiting and hoping the weight will be removed.

Think of this as a riddle..sometimes it is the only way you can look at things.



on another note TWIZZLERS my favorite plastic to eat! I decided if I was stranded with only one thing it would be..Twizzlers.




I have come up with reasons why..they should be the Macgyver choice of candy.


  1.  use as straw
  2.  use as snorkle
  3. make clothing
  4.  braid a rope
  5.  weave a basket
  6.  thatch a roof
  7. write out SOS on the ground
  8.  fake mustache
  9.  spare tube (ok, that is pushing it)
  10.  piping for a small irrigation system 
  11. general arts and crafts


Twizzler Dress from Project Runway

Twizzler Dress from Project Runway



Twizzlers never melt..hmm(don’t want to give out false info)..I might try and nuke one today and get back to you

Feel free to add other uses!


Oh yeah, Liz and the convict Kittens..Thanks for the text vent:)

Hopefully I will see ya’ll at the Dilworth Crit.













Posted in Pedal on April 18, 2009 by Pip

Heading out to the Cotswold Starbucks to read