Monthly Archive for July, 2014

Kuli Oh Oh

I think Kuliouou is Hawaiian for eternally sucks on a mountain bike. This Sunday when ride plans fell apart, I found myself awake and ready to ride before 8:00 in the morning.  I decided to go do Kuliouou although its universally hated among us. I figured the rain showers overnight had pretty much missed this area so it had a good chance of not being a muddy mess. By the time I decided and rode out from the house, I got to the trailhead a bit past 9:00. The street was already lined with cars and a number of hikers heading up. Yes, it was hot already, and getting hotter.

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Triple Down

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

OK, there was a one-day gap there, so maybe it doesn’t count, but hey – that’s still 32 km this week! I dropped the fork pressure a bit since I still wasn’t getting full travel.

D = 11.0 km, Vavr = 15.8 km/h, Vmax = 33.3 km/h, T = 42-minutes, A/D = 149 m

Got Unagi?

In case you don’t know, today is this year’s unagi day. In Japan it’s a day when you’re supposed to eat unagi to fight the dog days of summer. Unagi is regarded as filled with nutrients to fill you with vigor and power, so to honor that tradition I made this unagi kabayaki don for dinner, and while I waited for the rice to cook, I went for a ride. Worked out just right as the new “smart” cooker takes almost an hour. OK, the asparagus with mayo isn’t very traditional, but hey, the mayo is Kewpie! I’m actually happy I got to do this as I was supposed to be at a restaurant first day tonight, but it got postponed. Everyone get your unagi on?

Can I Have Another?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Weather was great, so even though I rode yesterday, I took an afternoon spin. With the unstable weather, I figured I should get in as much riding time as possible when I could get it.

D = 8.78 km, Vavr = 16.1 km/h, Vmax = 34.0 km/h, T = 33-minutes, A/D = 136 m

Weekend Roll

Sunday, 27 July 2014

There was a plan brewing for a weekend ride on Friday, but nothing fell together. I’ll shoulder the blame for that one. I was dead tired on Friday night, so I went to sleep shortly after getting home and showering. Chris and Root were up for something, but because I was out of touch, no plans were made, so we missed a chance to get some trail riding in on Saturday morning. Our subsequent planning discussion started too late and any possibility of a group endeavor on either weekend day fell apart. Still, I had to get out and do something, so I took a neighborhood spin on Sunday afternoon.

D = 12.7 km, Vavr = 15.2 km/h, Vmax = 35.6 km/h, T = 50-minutes, A/D = 179 m

Beer Is Good – Sam Adams White Lantern

Another selection from their current Summer variety pack. Pours a cloudy light gold, light head. Citrus in the initial flavor and aroma, spice mid notes, hint of grain, medium mouth feel. Nice beer for those who like spiced Weiss, but is not as strong on the coriander as Hoegarten.

A solid 3 out 4 Weiss monkeys.

Beer Is Good – Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

Current seasonal, pours a clear bright yellow with small head. Not very strong floral aromas, not a whole lot of aromas period. Barest hint of the honey, a little bit of grain. Light on the bitter, clean tasting, medium mouthfeel. Easy drinking and retains a beer character. While not outstanding, its a solid drinkable beer.

I’ll give it a 3 out 4 summer monkeys.

Turned Back by Rain

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Oh well.  When I got home, the weather looked unhapy, even though everything was fine and sunny less than an hour before on the traffic cameras.  I still wanted to at least get a spin on the modded Moment “A2” to see how everything felt, so I went out for my normal neighborhood spin.  Not unexpectedly of course, within about 10 minutes it started to drizzle, so I returned home.  I did get in the whole loop, but didn’t get to do any sprints or climbing interval laps.  Continue reading ‘Turned Back by Rain’

Rollover Imminent

I saw a woman on the freeway in a 4Runner driving straight with her right hand in the 9-o-clock position on the steering wheel. No left turns for her: Only hard, yanking rights that will put the vehicle on it’s driver’s side.



You end up with a nauseating charbroiled beef fat stink just walking by that Korean snack shop/convenience store on the third floor of the Ala Moana professional office building. I want to change my shirt or take a shower or whatever it takes to get rid of this smell so I won’t have a gag reflex all day.