Monthly Archives: November 2012

Midnight Run (almost)

A quick history so it will all make sense.  On Thanksgiving I went riding with Mike Both.  We rode the Juniper Trail, then the 220 Trail.  I did the 220 drop in, and I had my best run on the 220.  I was feeling good and the weather was great.  I talked Mike in to taking my picture on the big jump.  I landed the jump, but something went wrong and I crashed about 10 feet passed my landing.  I thought I might have broken my collar bone, but once I stood up I knew it wasn’t broken.  I have some good scrapes and bruises, but nothing serious.  I did break my derailleur hanger, so I couldn’t go back and do the jump again.  Today I was finally able to get a new hanger, which I installed myself.  I rode up the street to see how it was working, and noticed it was a warm night with a full moon.  I promptly turned around, change my clothes, and headed out for a night ride with my Rad Racing T-shirt.  I didn’t have any other light besides the moon, and I put down 8 miles, finishing at 10:30 pm.  I don’t think I’ve ever done a November night ride before.  Awesome.

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Red Bull Kluge

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How I know God knows me

I have been blessed to ride over 40 miles of mostly trail this week. Today’s experience showed me that God knows me and is aware of the things that are important to me but not necessarily Him.  I have looped a large valley every day this week in an effort to extend my rides to at least 10 miles.  It isn’t the most exciting trail in the area, but it adds up the miles.  Today I had the thought of riding through the Juniper trail system before heading to that valley.  After riding Juniper and looping the valley I was at 7.5 miles.  I debated finishing the way I had all week, or riding the Flintstone trail, which might be my last good chance this year.  I still wanted to hit at least 10 miles, but I decided to head for Flintstone.  As I left I realized that the thought to ride through Juniper had added distance that would most likely give me what I wanted.  I had not considered riding Flintstone when I started my ride.  I was over 30 minutes in when the thought appeared.  Riding Flintstone and hitting 10 miles in the same ride before the weather turns bad has no effect on God, but it was important to me.  I feel very blessed for the quality and amount of riding I have been able to do this year.  I conquered jumps and teeter totters that had bested me, and found the courage to try a jump that has scared me for two years.  And I got to ride in Grand Junction with Mike and Tim.  It has been a great riding year.  I am definitely riding on borrowed time with this good weather, which is why today came together the way it did.  I don’t think I would have ridden Flintstone if I hadn’t added the miles in Juniper.  It is a simple thing, but it reinforces the truth that God is never to busy or disinterested in our lives.  My ride today did not carry any eternal consequences, but he still directed my actions.

As I rode the Flintstone downhill trail I discovered that my balance was off.  I did not know this during my ride through Juniper and the valley, but I almost fell off the wood structure just before the skinny jump, the skinny jump and the teeter totter.  But I did make it through and hit the gap jump better than the last time I rode it with James Hoffman.  I didn’t do well on the jump that day, but today I was fine.  No lingering memories of near-failure.

This is what the teeter totter looks like from the approach.  It’s a pretty steep angle, which is what gave me fits the day I fell off.  Even though I had balance problems today I stayed on my bike and committed to the laws of nature and survived.

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More Juniper jumpage

After work I took my daughter to the bike park for a quick ride. I had her take this video from a different angle than this morning.

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Videographic proof

James Hoffman and I rode the Juniper Trail this morning. It was a little cold to start, but it felt great to ride in November. I had James take this video of me on the jump I first hit on Halloween.

This was my second shot, landing on my front tire first. Not the best way to go, but I still rode it out.

It kind of looks like a Nancy Boy jump from this angle, but those who have been out to the bike park know how big it is.  Anyway, I did it and now I have proof.

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#300 (+1)

I was going to do this for my 300th blog post, but hitting that jump on Halloween had to have a place in my records. So here it is:
For my 300th (+1) blog post I will list the titles of the previous 299 (+1) posts:

#300 and The Year of Living Dangerously
Kokopelli
18 Road
Lunch Loop ride
Why doesn’t my wife like this?
Benchmade seatbelt cutter
Energy bursts
Leatherman PST & PST II
Keen Targhee II hiking boots
I love my life
Indexing
Finally 12
Changing of the guard
Commitment. And conquering another smoky monster.
It’s time to go
Hitting my goal
Brigham City Temple dedication
It kind of sounds like life- a recent conversation
September weather
Sweet day of biking
Bands I used to just dislike, but now hate
Happy birthday Raquel Welch
121
My cool birthday cake
Bacon maple cupcake
Independence Day
One year ago
iPhone
Damage
Great Balls of Fire
My Dad
Liquidation Team move
Pony Express Days century ride
Hote
Blowgun Alley
Sweet 16
Final week of training- Tuesday ride
I just rode 44.5 miles!
Be Still, My Soul
Don’t try this at home (or anywhere else)
Things I used to believe revisited
My bike rules
Western Bluebird?
Things I used to believe
Car show
The dark tunnel
Screwdrivers
Black Jack
Shelf life
Conquer the smokey monster
Jazz vs. Mavericks
Dad’s green toolbox
Easter Sunday
Give Me Mountains To Climb
Lambert Park
The Hunger Games
Casio G-Shock
Thomas Kemper Ginger Ale
Favorite Android Apps- My Fitness Pal
The Fearless Mind
When I die
Two years later
Happy birthday Chuck Norris
Science project
Rustico leather journal
I swore I’d never…
Eagle Scout Mentor pin
WordPress conversion
Gotye cover
2011 vs. 2012
Muddy January ride
Ghost of days gone by
Background change
45 times
Temple Square
Finished product
A new skill?
I Still Remember
50/20 Hike
#40- My 40th blog post of the day
#39- 40 front rolls
#38- 40 Wheelies
#37- Shoot my Glock 23 .40 S&W
#36- 40 movie quotes
#35- Open a butterfly knife 40 times
#34- 40 bounces on the trampoline
#33- 40 Tornado kicks
#32- 40 best experiences
#31- 40 punches
#30- 40 roundhouse kicks
#29- Eat 40 M&Ms
#28- 40 Sudoku squares
#27- 40 awesome things
#26- Hold breath underwater for 40 seconds
#25- 40 times on a swing
#24- 40 meters on a long board
#23- 40 yard dash
#22- Kill 40 zombies on Stupid Zombies
#21- 40 knuckle push ups
#20- Hit speed bag for 40 seconds
#19- Tie figure eight knot 40 times
#18- Run up 40 stairs
#17- 40 favorite movies
#16- Throw a Frisbee 40 times
#15- Type 40 WPM
#14- 40 body weight squats
#13- Knee a soccer ball 40 times
#12- Dribble a basketball 40 times
#11- The 40 oz. protein fruit smoothie I made after #2
#10- Jump rope 40 times
#9- 40 best Chuck Norris facts
#8- 40 crunches
#7- balance on one foot for 40 seconds
#6- 40 Jumping Jacks
#5- 40 pull ups
#4- Count to 40 on my Vibram toe shoes
#3- Count to 40 in Italian
#2- 40 mile bike ride
#1- 40 verses from each of the Standard Works
The best ride ever?
Camp Helaman
Independence Day
Scratches
Theron’s obituary
Goodbye my friend
Pony Express Days Century Ride
This Is The Place
Thanksgiving Point
Teams I hate
ESEE 4
Finally!
Immortality
Twenty years ago
Blog changes
Fruita wrap up
Fruita links
Fruita part 2
Fruita
The right friends at the right time
Gossling Rescue
How to avoid paying taxes
New choke hold
General Conference
QR barcode
My Tracks
One year ago
Happy birthday Chuck Norris
Washington funeral trip
Compulsion
Fezzari
Change
I love this song
Why I love penguins
December ride
Disturbing behavior
The State of The Union
Upgrade
Happy Truckers Day
Hello, old friend
More stupid sayings
Top experiences of my life
Stop saying stupid things
MMA beats Boxing
Good thing I’m not a doctor
MRI
Girls Camp at Mutual Dell
Moab
Pony Express Days Century Ride
Fathers and Sons outing
It’s a special kind of pain
Anza knives
Juniper playground
81%
Steve vs. The Really Big Teeter Totter
The End of An Era & My New Suit
Chuck Norris
Maunaleo
Proof
285,000 vs. 103,000
Noelle’s Olympic run
Noelle’s first runs
Olympics
Energy drink
Michael Stuy Photography
2009 Goal Trifecta
Awesome Christmas gift
Shelves
Shelves- Day 6
Shelves
Skeleton
Boise bike park 2
Boise bike park
The BRG Trifecta
Sam’s Toy Box
Garett’s wedding trip
370 days
38 = 251
Moon landing was fake!
Skinny jump
Bike Park action
Goodbye, my friend
Hiatus
A sad farewell
Sweet Saturday
One year later
2k9 List update
I love my bike
Change is good
St. George bike trip- Day 2
St. George bike trip- Day 1
Defensive Handgun
Chuck Norris
Jack Bauer approves of my new phone
Journal #56
The Best Inventions of All-time
The Worst Inventions of All-time
Broker Training
2K9 List
Bike park work
Back to Iraq and stray thoughts
Did you get your tickets to the gun show?
100 days
Election 2008
I suck
Summary- Boise and 169 days later
General Conference
Meltdown
Ricordi
CPR certified
Catching up
106 days later
Success update
No more
Things you need to know about Chuck Norris
Cheesecake Factory
37ish
Boise
Independence Day
Micargi Falcon GT
Supreme Court affirms individuals’ right to own guns
50 days later
Celtic Pride
37 days later
DEWmocracy
22 days later
Eight days later
Recovery
Cabana
The last hurrah
Nuked
Back in the saddle
2nd Dan Video
2nd Dan
Countdown
Snowshoeing
Court, indexing and the snow cave
Snow cave
New First Presidency
Change
Merry Christmas Max = PC sucks
Stuck in an elevator
Monsters
Time Stand Still
Soccer star
Jello and school experiments
Aloha
Fear killer
Mike Both is glorious
Never give up
Fountain pen
The Art of Shaving
Hard work
My quote
Corvette Summer
Gooseberry Mesa. And God wins.
Failed Moab trip
Doublefortnight
Ten days off
Almost Christmas
Casino Royale
Agent Peck’s super cool ramp
Fire quote
Election Day and other things
1st Dan
10-4
New shift
The end of the graveyard shift
Slay the dragon
Mohawk
Casio G-Shock
Cool products
People I want to fight
UFC 62
Bands I hate
Versaflex
Fortnight
Energy drinks
Agent Peck is super cool
M&M’s
Night shift

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