Monday, November 5, 2012
So, the positive of this is my back rehab (with the additional rest) is actually going better than expected; still quite a ways to go but positive direction. The other fantastic part is I am having a string of great weekends with Deb and the boys; alot of fun. So to quote Bill Murray "...I've got that going for me, which is nice."
Jake's doing well in his Sophomore year at SBU, Ian is knee deep already into basketball season (undefeated thus far), and the little man is doing great at school and starts 7Under basketball soon. His adoption process is going along and might not be too much further (but who knows, it's a bunch of red tape with dealing with government groups).
World Cup and the rest of the 'cross series in Europe have been great with the past weekend in the sand some of the best I've seen in years. Always impresses me the patience of Nys early on, never shaken when sitting 10-12 deep after a couple laps. Finding it interesting the Euro pro's are still hanging off the disc brake thing and a recent read sounds like they are just waiting for a better system but looking forward to it.
We'll, that's where I am at for now and coming to grips with it. God is good and takes care of his children and I only have to trust it's in his hands.
Friday, October 5, 2012
What historically was 'fixed' immediately for some reason is not happening this time after numerous sessions with my chiro. Not sure if I am ready to abandon this and seek a new approach, but getting closer.
Feels pretty decent when I am in the saddle, but have little mobility dismounted/moving off the bike and for what was a strength for me in 'cross is now my Achilles heal. So, for now, racing is not even a thought for me. We'll see where this goes...
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Couple days rest then it was off to Gateway Cross in STL on Wednesday morning, but... everything changed in a blink of an eye (or crack of the back). Woke up unable to stand straight as there was a sharp catch pain in my lower back. I have a history of this hitting me a couple times a year and typically I go straight to my chiro and later that day I am 100% good to go. The problem that morning was we had to leave early (before he was open) and I went up anyway hoping it was loosen up and I'd be able to race. So off I go with Nate, Ira, and Dale to STL.
Got to a sloppy wet course and after a couple laps warming up and unable to move dismounted I called it a day and became a spectator. Super bummed as I was feeling sharp leading into this and hated to watch my rivals duking it out and not participating.
Not a huge deal, get back to Bolivar, see my chiro and get ready for Boss Cross on the weekend; good plan... Thursday session with Dr. Tweedy loosened things up (but it was the worst he had seen me and wasn't positive about the weekend), but by evening time I was locked back up. Friday he wasn't available so I decided to rest/relax for the weekend staying home and regroup. That was a hard thing to do as Boss Cross is such a great series and I love the EH Young park courses. Oh well, what can you do?
Monday morning session with the chiro has me feeling pretty decent (not great) and was actually able to take a decent spin yesterday and snag a run this AM getting in some stadium/bleacher work. By the time I got back home the back as seizing up again so another chiro session this afternoon is in order. My hopes, fingers crossed, is to keep making progress and be able to participate in the 360 Cup races this weekend in Lawrence, KS; that is my hopes, but reality may say otherwise.
This is jacking with me more mentally than probably physcially as I started the season as fit as I've ever been early on and now it seems so far away. I know I'm not a joy to be around at home and am trying hard to keep it together, but I not doing a good job at that right now (and that frustrates me more than the racing aspect of it). Got to get a grip on myself soon
Monday, September 17, 2012
Received my new ride for the season on Wednesday; went with the Blue SL as I am a firm believer in if it ain't broke don't fix it. This means I have loved every aspect of my 2009 Blue Norcross that I stuck with the same exact geometry and excellent product, but upp'ed it to the SL with Sram Force. I simply love the feel and support I get from SRAM so was really glad Blue had that option. Want to thank Britton at Volker Bicycles in KC for working with me and Blue to make this happen - I am a fan! Bummed I cannot support their Manions Cross races this weekend, but heading to USGP Madison instead.
This past weekend is the Missouri kickoff weekend race(s) for 'cross at Hermann with Jeff Yielding's Dogfish Hermann Cross. It's always been a quality event and a good test to see how the fitness and mostly your bike driving skills progressed (as he likes a 'turny' kind of course).
Ira, Nate, and I loaded up the 'race machine' and headed out Saturday mid-day. We met up with Dale, Ryan, and TJ at the venue and settled in the afternoon.
So good to see familiar faces and chat with friends I hadn't seen in a while. For the most part 'cross folks are so nice and fun (for the most part).
Nate, Dale, TJ, and Ryan were up first in the Cat 4 race and all looked pretty solid. Was fun watching Nate 'experience' his first taste of 'cross race participation.
I was up next in the Masters 45+ event and after a good prep and warm up it was time to toe the line. Quality field had me concerned how it would turn out, but quickly any bits of doubt were gone as I felt really comfortable and in control during the race. Had two mechanicals and one spill (driver error - me), but each time was calmly able to rejoin the front of the group relatively quick. Typical Yielding course layout and after some swapping of paint in the end I was fortunate enough to have good legs in a two-up sprint to take the win (by a tires width). Good racing for the front 3-4 of us.
Ira was up next in the Cat 3 field and after setting 2nd he double flatted (grabbed my pit bike) and finished 7th or 8th. Bummer as he looked pretty good early on.
Although pre-registered, I skipped the Open race in lue of hoping to finish well the following day and hold on to the points leader's jersey.
Uneventful night at the Hermann Motel and Sunday morning the legs were talking to me... sigh, it was going to take a bit to loosen up.
While Dale and Ryan headed by home the night before, it was Nate and TJ lining up in the 4's. Both rode really well and TJ ended up with the win.
|They just kept going up...|
Crusty made it over the Sunday and he and Ira raced next in the 3's. Ira washed out in the first lap rendering his bike unridable; frustrating weekend for him. Crusty rode well and finished mid-pack.
With slightly frazzled legs I jumped in the Open race for a 30 minute bit of intensity and that's exactly what I got. Pulled of after five or six laps (was 6th at the time) as my body was starting to fatigue and little errors were creeping up; didn't want to dump during the 'bonus' racing so packed it up and headed home.
Great two days with friends and racing. Up next Dale and I are heading to Madison, WI for the USGP opener.
|Think there were four dismounts per lap|
|Day 1 Podium|
|Day 2 Podium (and overall)|
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
|Prime parking at State Crit|
- Sept 15/16 - Dogfish Hermann 45+ and Open
- Sept 22/23 - USGP Madison 45+
- Sept 26 - Gateway Cross Cup 40+ and Open (non-elite)
- Sept 29/30 - Boss Cross 1/2 40+ and Open
- Oct 6/7 - 360 Cup 40+ and Open
- Oct 19/20/21 - Ruts n Guts/Showdown at Sunset/Ruts n Guts 2 (Tulsa) 40+ and Open
- Oct 27/28 - Boss Cross 3/4 40+ and Open
- Nov 10/11 - USGP L'ville 45+
- Nov 23/24/25 - Jingle Cross 45+
- Dec 1/2 Boss Cross 5/6 40+ and Open
- Dec 8/9 Jeff City Something/State Champs
This is where I insert (much like with all aspects of my life) how awesome Deb and the boys are to let me engage in this lifestyle and be a goofy wanna be racer; incredible!
Back to present day...
Sunday I headed up to Jeff City for the Masters 40+ State Crit Champs. Needed to grab a handful of these leading into 'cross to get my body dialed to the suffering. I've always heard this was a cool course and just had never done it before; my loss as I thought it was not only a solid course, but a cool venue to let us use the Capital area.
|Like the way the picture caught the falling rain|
**Both race pictures snagged from Don M?; thanks**
Fun catching up with a couple guys I hadn't seen in a while (MFrench displaying his dismount skillz with road shoes - nice) and before you know it I was heading back home.
Up next is the Sedallia Crit at the end of the month then if it works out right a couple days of the Gateway Cup in STL the first weekend of Sept.
MWI is riding Castelli gear this 'cross season and the below is a shot of our regular 'kit' tops. I think they are pretty sharp. The best part of Castelli is access to the San Remo Speedsuits/Cyclocross two-in-one outfits. These things are sick and hopefully will be in before Hermann.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
***Elizabeth Rangle gets credit for the above photos***
Good group of front guys kept the pace decent and steady, but most of all clean (no nutty cutting on turns or pushing folks off wheels - nice). I made sure to keep in the top 5 or 6 and took a handful of turns up front; was able to maintain my place in the group without ever being under pressure. Few digs here and there by some folks, but the top 10 were keeping it all togehter. With three to go a group of six were moving away from 4 or 5 behind and then out of nowhere we had officials on the course neutralizing it all and stopping us at the start/finish line. Quick explanation was a wreck brough emergency vehicles on to render support. I was slightly disappointed to hear how many folks were complaining of the stoppage, but it's a hobby race and when someone is injured it takes 100% priority over pedaling a bike. After close to 10 minutes it was time to race for the remaining three laps, but an interesting this was how many folks reported to being 'with' the front group as there were close to 15 now on the line (while the others were being staged with time gaps). Not a huge biggie, but sort of funny to listen to guys justify their position to the officials. Kuddo's to the officials for doing their best.
Off we go and quickly it was pretty much the same folks driving the race. On the last lap up the final riser I was in the top 7 or 8 when a guy tried to cut the corner (instead of riding the same line as was taken every lap before) and BAM!!! straight into the curb right in front of me and another guy. It was spectactular as his bike shot up one way and somehow he shot up another - literally said 'Awesome' at the moment it happened. Luckily there was room to swerve inside for the both of us and kept rolling. Ended up 7th on the day and have no idea how that happened as I had no zip or pop for a sprint at the end.
Ira rode well and ended up not to far behind; more importantly he had a great time!
Stuck around for a bit to catch some of the Mercy-Kuat guys in action before heading off to meet up with teammates Crusty and Alyssa for a Sushi Feast.
Up early(ish) for a spin from host Crusty to the Lee's Summit downtown crit (8am start) with the Masters. Nice spin of 15 minutes from his house let me grab a handful of warmup laps prior to start. Fast, FAST course with 5 open/wide turns and all flat. Several big boys lined up in the masters field which made for a steadily fast pace with little 'let up' during the event. Surfed without being under pressure at anytime and with 1 to go drifted to the back to get out of the way of those wanting to win (no pop or zip = why even jack up those with). Even at 8am it was warm, but not near as hot as it would be for the rest of the races thru out the day.
Cleaned up back at Crusty's, got Ira up and going for his race at 1:40pm, and enjoyed watching him suffer (just kidding, he did great).
Packed up and headed home with a great check of the system which let me know my fitness feels ahead of where I was at this time last year and with two months of tuning/sharpening the engine 'cross is going to be a blast this year.
Originally planned to hit Tour of Lawrence, but with the temps forcasted and a positive 'systems check' at TofKC, I started a 10 day 'down period' 100% off the bike and any type of excersise. This will let me mentally and physically 'flip the switch' to full on 'cross prep. Fun things equipment/sponsor wise on the horizon for MWI and I don't remember looking forward to a 'cross season so much. Might be I am now 45 ('cross race age) which puts me in a new class or that I just love this sport and it's growth/appear more and more each year.
On a side note: Ian played up in another 7th grade shootout the other day and went off for 27pts (his team scored 36 total) going 7 for 11 from the 3 line - nuts (he's 11)!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The temps were pretty decent and not near as hot as I expected. Good workout on the legs and as always a solid bunch of guys.
My boy Ira is riding the best I've ever seen and reached the last climb with the main group which is just an indicator of things to come in 'cross for him this fall. Him riding at a good level is only beneficial for both of us as we start the turn for 'cross season; I'm crazy stoked!
The Huffster was out on the scooter heckling and giving out some pointers and took the below shot.
Pre-registered for Tour of KC this weekend in the Masters and after last night I feel pretty good about the two days of racing. Now don't mistake 'feeling good' as meaning on the sharp end of the group, but more as hopefully sticking somewhere near the main field...
Ian had a Shootout basketball event yesterday wherein he played up with a 7th grade team for four games and he played really solid. The standout point was in the first half of the 2nd game he went 5 for 5 from the 3pt line and finished the game 6 for 6 and only missed one shot (a little floater). I think for the four games he was 11 for 17 from the 3 line and handled the ball well. He had a blast but was dead tired after a busy day on the hardwood.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Temps were expected near 90* with a bit of humidity in the forecast and they didn't miss it by much. Got to the venue Sunday mid-morning and it was already a little warm. I've raced at Warsaw a handful of times and didn't need a warm-up loop as it's pretty straight forward: fast, rocky, dry/loose, rocky, not much elevation, rocky, but most of all fun every time. Mac and his crew put a lot of effort into their events and this one didn't disappoint.
Debated between marathon, SS, or Cat 1 Masters, but with the temps on the rise and my history of melting in the heat (heat injury in 2008 in NE adventure race still lingers), I figured the shorter the better so it was SS class this time around. The loop was around 8 or so miles and SS was doing 2 with the Cat 1's doing 3. After a quick 20 minute warmup it was time to toe the line.
|Start of the SS Class|
Not a big field for SS, but definitely quality. Right off the start I am sitting around 5th or so and within a couple miles moved into 3rd with 2nd in sight for most all the lap (just couldn't reach him). Pretty routine layout for Warsaw and it was moving along pretty fast, but with every effort I was noticing my HR took longer to drop and my body temp was causing me a little concern. I made a decision early into lap 2 to keep a steady pace, not kill it keeping my efforts limited, and hopefully not 'melt'. This was working out until about a 1/3 of the lap to go I was caught by Dan Fuhrman (solid SS'er) dropping me to 4th. I stayed close to him for some time, but was above my 'heat' comfort level so I let him go. At the end he finished less than 15seconds in front of me (couldn't tell until the very end as the woods were thick) for 3rd (I was 4th) which was kind of a bummer, but I rode decent for the temps of the day.
Cleaned up and headed home for a fun afternoon with the crew.
So, looks like a down/easy week, the Mercy/Kuat Waffle training race next Tuesday, then off to the Tour of KC. That's the plan, but that obviously changes for minute to minute.... I can say with confidence though that the mtb is hung up for the rest of the year.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Got down early enough to jump on the course for a couple loops while the 4/5 race was going on. 200 meters from the start/finish was a 1k climb that was steady and not too taxing, but after the top and a quick drop there was a 20% 'roller' (not too long, but zapping to the legs) followed with a false flat, after that it was a fun descent back to the bottom with a handful of high speed turns (fun!). Little warm early on, but with a 9:30am start it wasn't much of a factor.
Rolled up to the line and found a pretty small field, but not short on quality. Steve Tilford was in my Masters race; guess he was looking for some extra race miles after his shoulder separation, along with a couple other top masters racers. Our race had 7 loops for around 26.5 miles or so.
So off we go and the group stayed together up with 1k climb and then Steve and two others rolled off on the 20%'er and I had to make a decision then and there (note I felt pretty good at the time, but not too far from my limit): dig into the red to bridge across and hope to hang on Tilford's group for as long as possible potentially blowing up or let them go and race within myself and see how it goes racing for 4th... easy choice so I watch them roll off.
|Leading the group toward the 5th lap - seperation time!|
With the temps starting to rise and only 1 (maybe 2) mtb race(s) left that interest me I feel pretty good heading into some upcoming circuit/crit races seeing how I have yet to begin 'intensity' in my training week. Looking at SS MTB Champs on June 2nd, then Tour of KC and Lawrence in June.
After the drive home I loaded up the crew and went to Ira's to celebrate his graduation (PT Doctoral) with some BBQ and laughs. Dale, Nate, and I went together and got him a flask w/bike cage and on the back says "Doctor Brown's Magical Cyclocross Elixir"; look for it this fall.
Saturday Jake took off for a 2 1/2 week mission trip to northern Canada working with the Agibiwa tribes. God is (always has) working in his life and it's great to witness. Before he took off we spent a portion of Friday night working the slackline. Getting better every time, but still so far off of even 'good'. Both Ian and D like working it also, but mostly we love when Deb gives it a go.
In the evening Ian took Deb to a SGF Cardinals game so D and I popped up a tent in the backyard and had a little outing of our own. Woke up in the morning to overly loud birds around 6:15 (way too early). After Sunday school I worked on a little flower box project until it was time to hit the road with Nate, Dale, and Ira for a couple hours. Fun ride on a great evening. Wrapped it all up with the Spurs taking down LA Clippers - perfect!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Got received word ..kuat.. (racks and so much more) have come aboard the My Wife Inc. (MWI) 'cross circus as a partner for the '12/'13 'cross season. This is awesome news as not only are their products top shelf, but the folks there are huge cycling supporters (and do'ers) and all around great people.
This fall and winter drop by the MWI Compound, browse the rack demo's on the ..kuat.. team trailer, sip your favorite beverage from the tap (if that's your kind of thing), snag the world's best after-race-cupcakes, and hang out with cyclingdirts "Best Cyclocross Team (based on fun and not results) of '11". We don't bite so don't be shy and drop in.
Check out THIS (www.kuatracks.com) for more information on their company and products. Now it's time to get Luke, Aaron, and their crew on 'cross bikes and teach them the ways' of the sickness!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Been getting plenty of quality riding in (both on the road and trails), but bailed on the Tour De Tick last weekend as the temps shot up in the lower 90's and I do not have a good history with mtb'ing in the temps when not used to it. I jumped out early Sunday instead and got a solid 3.5hrs on the SS climbing my butt off on the backroads of Polk County. Also skipped the Waffle Training race Tuesday as I was coaching Ian's basketball team.
Getting a little itchy to race it looks like I am heading to STL this weekend for the Greensfelder Challenge mtb marathon race. Expecting a loaded field and no expectation of finishing near the top as I'm cruising the single speed from now on at all events.
Dale and I have been knocking out the miles, Nate's been riding more, and (typed with a big grin) Ira gets back home from his last clinical (in Colorado) this weekend. Will be nice snagging rides with everyone soon.
Last Sunday we went with some friends to a SGF Cardinals afternoon ball game. Little hot at first, but plenty of cloud cover made for a great time. Ian loves going to the ball park (not a huge surprise) and D had a pretty good time (hard to keep a 6yr old focused) as he and I did several trips to the outfield grass to goof around.
The little guy finished up soccer (playing really good) and is really looking forward to baseball. Lately his main passion is kickball and it seems most evenings are spent in the backyard playing two on two two-base death matches - loads of fun. Last week we had a couple neighbor girls over to play and we spent most of the time teaching a 5yr old to play. Pretty interesting as I thought all kids were born knowing how to play.
Yesterday was his latest 'court date' (he does not attend, only Deb and I from our family) and it was a bitter sweet day for all. The official goal has moved from 're-unification' with mom to Termination of Parental Rights (and subsequently adoption). Bitter in that it's hard to feel good about a mom and son being separated permanently, but sweet knowing we can provide a stable and healthy environment to nurture his development. So, now its a several month process moving toward adoption...
Ian is having fun playing on his 'composite' basketball team at the courts and in local tourney's. He is lined up for a handful of team camps (playing up with some middle school teams) and individuals ones (Evangle and Drury). He's been getting a little one-on-one time with SBU's guard Preston Guiot; he's loving it and learning some nifty stuff.
School is wrapping up for him and it looks like I am paying up on an incentive program we put together a couple years ago. This came about in that his Intermediate School gives kids (usually not very many make it) a 'chocolate bar' when the make it three years (3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) with straight A's and he is going to make it. We thought the candy was pretty lame for such a good effort so I told him he could have any pair of Jordan's if he made it the 3 years. So off to the mall we went the other day to make sure they are there when he walks off the stage and turns out he went with the Kobe VII instead of Jordan (tough decision since we are big Spurs fans and hate everything to do with the Lakers, but the shoes are sweet).
Jake is wrapping up his freshman year and can't wait to get thru finals and take a short mental break before doing it again next year. Recently he bought a Gibbon Slackline and we have been goofing around on it here and there (actually I practice some when he's not around so I don't look so bad when we are together). Working on the line is tough stuff, but a pretty solid core workout and I can tell my balance on the longboard is substantially better.
He's heading to Canada right after he finishes finals on a mission trip with SBU to spread God's word/work in tribal communities of northern Canada. He has a great heart and understands our responsibility to share with others.
Monday, April 23, 2012
|Chatting with Marathon winner Mark Gullet before the start|
Like most of my endurance mtb races I try not to start off too fast, but getting into a decent pace and build on it every lap a little faster. I spent the majority of the first couple laps in 4th place, but liked my HR and pace and knew it was only going to get better and it did. My 3rd, 4th, and 5th laps (out of 6) were my best as I was pushing the pace more (keeping a close eye on the HR) and my flow was much better. During this time I caught 3rd and 2nd places and was able to ride the last lap with less pressure on the pedals just making sure to run it clean. 2nd place to Mark's dominating win (expected) and I was happy with that.
Friday, April 20, 2012
I took in some light riding Friday and Sunday and started to feel somewhat normal again. This week has been better but still not good. Tuesday I got out on the road for some hill intervals and they were ok, but nothing stellar. I've had a pretty decent late winter/spring riding/fitness run of it and like where I am at for the most part, but until you spin the cranks at a race you never really know where you stand.
Well this weekend is the Omba Caramba mtb race at Sac and if all goes as hoped it will be my first race of '12. Haven't decided to race the Marathon class or the Cat 1 Masters, but I do know either way I'm riding the SS and here's why. Yesterday I pre-rode the course (BTW its typical Sac and pretty fun) with my Trek Rig donned with gears (1st time on any single track this way) as I figured if I was going to race Cat 1 I would need it for the opening (long paved section leading to wide open downhill run into the woods) so out for three laps and I didn't enjoy it near as much as what I do on it as a SS. Matter of fact I hated it and felt a little lost. I like the simplicity of just focusing on the trail and not running thru gears. IMO Sac is not a place that will make much difference geared or SS (except for the start) and since I realistically understand I have little chance of a top 5 in either race (Cat 1 or Marathon) I might as well enjoy my ride while I'm out there. I'm leaning marathon even though it will cut into my LBL viewing Sunday morning...
Saturday evening the Mercy-Kuat guys are putting on a short track event at Sac with the 'A' race going off around 6pm. Not sure I'll make this and will have to see how the day goes.
Saturday is a busy one as Ian has three basketball games at a local tourey and the little guy has a soccer match. Busy, but fun
On the MWI front our group/team is growing and part of the new blood includes my training partners Ira and Dale. It is so cool to have these guys on the team and look forward to seeing both don the jackalope attire. How long until 'cross starts...
Monday, April 9, 2012
Been riding a bunch (both road, gravel, and mtb's) and enjoying every day of it. Dale and I are logging the miles when he's in town (work travel has him out and about often) while Ira is off in Colorado finishing up clinicals. Wish he would stop texting me pics of his rides... Weather has been crazy good this late winter/early spring and I am trying to take full advantage of it.
Jumped down to SGF the past four weekends and ridden with the Mercy-Kuat boys, a few of the OCC gang, and B Huff here and there. I love my Bolivar crew, don't get me wrong, but group rides have been a thing of the past (8 years since San Antonio) and I greatly miss them.
Couple Sunday mornings at Fellows Lake for some non-racing races that turned out just the right mix of intensity and efforts. That loop has a little bit of it all when your at the limit (in my case mostly over all during the sessions).
Most recently (this past Saturday) I met up with JB, Skip, CMac, JimmySTL, and Hogan for some Sac Trail fun for a couple of hours. Fun mix of pace as one second we would all be chatting and cruising then the next it was 'game on' for 7-8 minutes, then back to cruising. Fun morning.
This weekend I am heading to Bone Bender at Clinton State Park in Lawrence (same location as last year). Running the SS bike/class again this year and have no expectation of defending my 3hr SS win from last year - no idea how that happened). Feel pretty decent, but the goal is to have a blast riding on a pretty cool (and tough) course. Chris Locke and crew always do a great job with their events.
After that it's local SGF OMBA race at Sac Trails then who knows. Thinking about Joe Martin stage race, but I'm on the fence.
Family life is so much fun as we are huge 'outside' folks and it's been so nice every evening that we hate going back in as the sun heads down.
Over the boy's Spring break we took a quick run to STL hitting the zoo, the Arch, City Museum, little chow for Jake's b-day (he is now 19), and the big boys & Deb catching Hunger Games on opening night (they have all read it). So much fun taking the little guy to new stuff and having the big boys giving him so much attention.
Jake is cruising through his first year of college and is doing well. 18hrs this semester is keeping his pretty busy. He got a new longboard (48" Loaded) for his birthday and he kindly handed me down his 40" Bustin. He and I have hit the Bolivar streets after hours a handful of times and I am loving it. Jake's pretty sweet with his footwork and abilities; fun to watch and do. A couple Sunday's ago my day pretty much consisted of riding all morning, baseball with Ian and the little guy in the yard all afternoon, then after 11pm Jake and I hit the streets on the longboards; as a kid I would have never thought of doing this at age of 44.
Ian is playing with a new basketball team at The Courts and I'm coaching it. It's a composite team (3 from Bolivar, 2 from Stockton, and 2 from Ozark) with quality players so it's mostly a 'play only' team with no practicing; 2-0 so far and it's going to be fun. Ian's skipping baseball this year as he wanted to focus a little more on the basketball.
The little guy is doing so good and every week it's apparent he is feeling more and more secure in our family. We can tell he is still trying to figure out exactly where he belongs, but it's getting better. Speaking of which it's still in limbo as our next court date isn't until mid-May and who knows when they will start moving toward adoption. Even though we are frustrated with the system, we fully believe it's doing a fair and decent job (considering there are over 21K kids in the Missouri system alone). D is playing soccer and absolutely loves it. Hard to believe he's been with us 10 months (as of Saturday)...
Deb is Deb and always awesome. Love watching her playing and taking care of our boys and spending each day with her. She and I have snuck out on the tandem lately which we both enjoy a ton.
Been doing tons of yard/garden work this spring and the place is looking great. As much as being on the bike is my therapy it's even more working in the yard for me. My new cherry tree had tons of blooms, growing well, and hopefully there will be some this summer for snacking (along with the blackberries and raspberries).
This past Sunday our family, along with Deb's dad and mom, joined the Jones side of the family for a great Easter service followed with a sunny afternoon of play at my folk's casa. Super good day.
Friday, March 9, 2012