Friday, November 19, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stem Captain

Stem Captain makes cool things that you can put on your bicycle's stem cap...picture frame, thermometer, clock, and compass. I think I'm going to get one...maybe I'll wait and ask for one for Christmas.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pick #215

Josh Ritter - "Bright Smile" from Hello Starling

Collegiate Nationals in Tallahassee?

I was talking with a representative of Visit Tallahassee who told me that he'd been in contact with a representative of USA Triathlon and that the city is interested in putting in a bid to get the 2013 and 2014 USAT Collegiate National Championship triathlon races hosted here in Tally. I was asked if I'd like to be on board...possibly as race director.

I read over the USAT booklet describing what they are looking for in a host city. I think that we have everything it takes here in Tallahassee. If the city gets behind this 100%, then we can have shuttle buses (if needed), closed course, cooperation from permitting agencies, etc. Tally's also ideal due to weather concerns (way warmer here in April than in farther north places). One disadvantage I see is that we are kind of in a corner of the country instead of the center. I guess that doesn't matter much for people who will fly anyway...Berkeley isn't going to drive to Kansas, so why's it matter that they have to fly here?

I'm looking around town at a few different possible venues. I'm obviously going to see how we could make this happen at the Rez before going on to other places. With the city's backing, I will be able to close roads and get into places that otherwise wouldn't be possible. I won't have to worry about my organization covering the cost of the race. This sounds like it would be a big next step in my race directing career (not that I want to turn race directing into my main source of income).

Of course, if FSU rocks this year's USAT Collegiate Nationals, then we will probably have a way better chance of getting the bid. If this happens, I imagine I'll stay in Tally for a few more years.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Super Glue Band-Aids

A while ago, I wrote about liquid band-aids. I have since started using super glue instead. It started gradually, but I think it was when I started rock climbing and had things ripping open on my hand (and I still wanted to climb) that I began using super glue regularly. Right now it's on 2 different cuts on my left hand.

Super glue burns a little more than the Band Aid brand stuff, but it is way cheaper. It doesn't come with the handy applicator like Band Aid brand, but you can use the spout to spread the liquid glue over the wounded area. Probably not as sanitary as the individually sealed, sterile liquid band-aids, but I don't mind.

If you're a little skeptical, I recommend you try it somewhere. Some areas of your body will appreciate the versatility of the super glue more than others. A cut on your thigh will be happy enough with a regular bandage. A cut that's on a joint (especially knuckles) will be an ideal test spot since regular bandages fail miserably on those locations.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bulking Up By Riding Fixed

I heard that this happens, but didn't expect to notice it on myself. I've found new muscles in my arms, legs, and back since starting to ride a fixed gear. That's the only change I've made in my exercise regime. I'm not swimming more or lifting or climbing more or anything. I think all the growth is attributable to the fixie. I've paid special attention to the muscles I use on a steep climb and they match up with the ones that have grown since I got the Uno. I wonder if I can get even more buff by increasing my ratio.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I got a shirt on Saturday from Micah that says on the front and the back. It lacks sleeves and has a silly design on the front. I'm totally going to rock it.