Merry New Year

Posted by SuperClydesdale on January 1, 2011 under Commentary | 4 Comments to Read

It’s been a great year!   To the thousands of big & tall, and/or just curiously twisted readers, thanks for all the e-mails, recommendations, and amusing stories.  Keep them coming.

Welcome to 2011.  My year has started off with a bit of a fizzle.  I woke up to heavy rains, and decided to forgo the New Years Day hill repeats that my cycling club had scheduled.  We started this in 2009 with nine repeats up the dreaded Beatty hill in Folsom, CA.   We did ten in 2010, and had announced eleven for 2011.  The idea of ascending Beatty eleven times in a row, even in good weather, is incredibly unappealing.  Doing it in a cold rain would be worse than riding an indoor trainer.

Okay,  maybe not worse than an indoor trainer, but still pretty bad.

I’m sad to see 2010 go.  It was a great year.   The blog readership has exploded, which is fun to see.  There must be a lot of people out there with low standards.

Some great cycling milestones for me in 2010:

-          Discovered mountain biking.  I wish I had done that a long time ago

-          Earned some great scars to remind me of Summer 2010

-          Discovered the benefits of longer cranks for my road bike, adopting a 195mm crankset, which made a huge difference to my road biking.

Downsides:

-          Nobody has contributed anything worth Cialis a crap to the Clydesdale Glossary.  Very disappointing.

-          I’m about 8 pounds heavier than I was this time last year.  I think this is related to my discovery of fine tequila.  After discovering tequila, I’ve had to compare it to other spirits just to make sure that it’s as good as I think it is, so this pretty much required additional tastings of single malt scotches, bourbons, and rums.

-          Fitness has slipped a little as I’ve been doing mountain biking over road biking.     And, of course, the tequila.

Some of my wishes for 2011:

-          More words for the Clydesdale Glossary

-          More manufacturers sending me things to evaluate.

-          Massive participation in my on-line surveys for big & tall riders:  the Clydesdale Shape & Size Survey, the Clydesdale bike survey, and the Clydesdale mountain bike tire survey.

-          I want to beat the lying, cheating troll from Ellsworth on the Interbike watt challenge at Interbike 2011.  If they don’t have one, then I’ll arm wrestle him, or better yet, challenge him to a weigh-off.

-          Do some significantly longer and more difficult mountain bike rides.   I need to get my fitness level back up to where it was when I was just riding the road bike.  I’m invested a lot of time on my basic skills, and I’m ready.

-          Oh, and uh… peace on Earth.

  • Targo said,

    Stop whining, I suggested “Warmblood” [large/athletic sport horse as opposed to The large comparatively ponderous draft horse breed 'Clydsdale'] to the glossary to describe a large but not overweight rider.

    6’9″ 227# <10% body fat here………..

    xxxoxoxox

    Targo

  • Targo said,

    Stop whining, I suggested “Warmblood” [large/athletic sport horse as opposed to The large comparatively ponderous draft horse breed 'Clydsdale'] to the glossary to describe a large but not overweight rider.

    6’9″ 227# <10% body fat here………..

    xxxoxoxox

    Targo

  • SuperClydesdale said,

    I saw that. I do like it. And, I’ll add it but you have to stop bragging.

  • SuperClydesdale said,

    I saw that. I do like it. And, I’ll add it but you have to stop bragging.

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