Thursday, November 29, 2012


On Dec 1st 2007 Lance Andre said this.
Winter Race Anybody?   I'm contemplating hosting a ~60 mile winter race (from Dubuque Iowa to Dyersville and back) on January 12th or 19th
If you’re interested in participating in this crazy winter bike race please send me an email with the first line being something like “ABSOLUTLY”, or “MAYBE”. Please don’t email “ARE YOU CRAZY” and “NO #&@*’N WAY”.
And Triple D was born. Now in it’s 6th run Triple D has become one of the funnest, bestest, well run races  in the Midwest. 
This will be my 4th round at Triple D. I don't like the lack of shape I find myself in. Injuries  this year kept me off the bike way more then I would have liked. I have had a bit of a weight gain as you can see by the picture below along with the 3 previous Triple D pictures of me. But I got 8 weeks and it is time to hit it. I did get out on the Fat Tire Bike 6 of the last 8 days. Not high mileage 30-50 miles each time, but good enough, with hills included.
So I shall see you there. More training info on my lard removal to follow.


Friday, November 23, 2012


He is 89 years old. After living through the depression, he then spent his 21st birthday as a Marine in the hell hole of WWII on the island of Guam, preparing for the worst. Watched his business that his grandfather started, falter, and fizzle and became jobless in his 50s. Found employment again from selling tombstones to painting church steeples not wanting to rely on handouts. Lost his woman, his sweetheart, my mother, who he raised 5 kids with, awhile back. Has dealt with and is dealing with Cancer, boldly, without fear, without backing down. Today he is grateful, today he is thankful, like he was yesterday, and will be tomorrow. He says life has been good to him, he has no complaints. He is my father.
Some days in life we find ourselves in situations where we have extremely difficult decisions to make. Today was not one of those days. It was a no brainer. I choose door #2.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Four Score and Seven Years ago...

Abraham Lincoln boarded a train on Wednesday  November 18th 1863 to travel from Washington D.C. to Gettysburg Pennsylvania. The location of a horrific battle where Americans slaughtered Americans for 3 days straight earlier in July. There were 51,000 Civil war casualties,  American men, women, and children from both sides of the fence each believing they were right in what they were doing.

This tore this man apart; he was deeply saddened seeing his country that he loved more than life itself destroying itself from the inside out.

His words that day still ring true today, as he began one of the greatest speeches that human ears have ever heard. It lasted slightly longer than 2 minutes. It was not intended to be the message for that day. There was a hired professional for that purpose. Abe would go on to say......

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure”

Fellow Americans whoever wins Tuesday's election we've got to get back together to work out our problems together, collectively.  Left wingers, right wingers, liberals, conservatives  capitalists, and socialists. I suspect we were often a joke to many of those that have made it their life's goal to see this country fail as we fought each other, slung mud, and pontificated to prove our point. Just like us who ever is elected to be our president on Tuesday will sometimes make wrong choices. We have the freedome of speech, to speak out, with the right motives, to keep and open mind to want what is best for us and the rest of America. 

Let’s now move forward to get this country back so again we can be the greatest nation on earth and an example to the rest of the world and that freedom wins. It can be done. Stop looking for faults and start looking for solutions.

"that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln.