Monday, March 31, 2008

Winter Hasn't Forgotten

Apparently Tom Boonen made my week instead of my day. It's been over a week since I updated, whatever.

I am pleased to announce that I have formally accepted a Research Experience for Undergrads (REU) summer internship offer at the St. Anthony Falls Outdoor Stream Lab in partnership with the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED). It's a pretty big deal for me, I have high expectations of myself and I want to do a really good job. It's where one of my hydro profs did his post-doc. I'll be helping with the building phase of the Outdoor Stream Lab(OSL). Some days I could be shoveling dirt around, while other days I could be testing instruments. My exact job duties and start date will be figured out soon. But I can fully expect to be shoveling dirt. That's ok I'm not afraid of a shovel. I've shoveled out miles of mtb trail in Idaho. I toured the facility last week and it undoubtedly is the coolest place for a hydrology student like myself to be. I can't wait till we simulate a flood.
Here's approximately what the OSL looks like now:

And then it should look like this when it's finished:



First race of the season should commence this weekend! I'll be racing with my SCSU collegiate team down in Kansas. I've committed to doing the collegiate races, which means missing out on a couple of MN uscf races, but it's not the end of the world. The one I'm really looking forward to is the conference champs in Iowa. It's held in conjunction with the Old Capitol Crit Race weekend. I've never done it before so I can't wait!

It's snowing today. I take all the blame. I finally put storage wax on my skis and see what happens? Snow. Sorry. At least it melts off fast this time of the year.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Boonen for Worlds 08

Tornado Tom pre-rides this year's World Championship's course.
Thank you CyclingNews for all the tasty Tom Boonen photos! That made my day!

Who cares if he dates 16yr olds? I can wait my turn.


Photo credit: BritishCycling.org

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Rasmussen ReTour de France


I discovered a game from SportWereld. Rasmussen ReTour de France is a game where the more you dope, the faster you go. I normally don't play computer games, but I needed something to occupy myself while a excel program for a Physical Hydrogeology lab runs its numbers. It took one particle 2252 years in the Potomac Aquifer to get from point A to point B...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Da Funk

4.5inches of snow yesterday. I'll be back on the xc skis for a couple of days. I don't mind, I love skiing.

One of my rides last weekend I rode last year's State RR course that goes through Avon, Albany, St. Anna. Out in St. Anna at their bar there was a banner hanging up that said 'April Events' on their list was Bologna Feed. I don't know if it was a name of a band or if it's going to be some feast with loaves of Bologna on porcelain platters. I'm tempted to go back next month just to find out.
Then there was this guy in Albany cruising on his bike with a radio in his coat pocket. I was really happy to see someone else out there on a bike. We said 'Hi', then his radio was blaring and I couldn't tell what was playing because he had the Doppler Effect going. All I could think of was Daft Punk's 'Da Funk'. Just a warning, for those of you with short attention spans, the video is 5.5min long. If you're like me I only have a less than one minute attention span for anyone else's posted videos.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Perfect Pushup

I learned how to snowboard this weekend at Spirit Mountain. April the expert snowboarder showed me how it was done. I was on the bunnyhill for 3 runs then I made it over to the big hill. I had the best teacher! Then Jesse, Dan, April and I made full use of the half off pitchers and $1 tacos at the Moosehead Saloon.

The xc skiing has been good to me, toned my upper body some. I wouldn't say I'm rock solid, but I'm doing better than this lady:

I could keep up with the Perfect Pushup. It's just like the commercial on their website, works biceps, triceps, abs, etc. Invented by a Navy SEAL! I used the PP over the weekend making me sore for the last couple of days. If I wasn't such a wuss I suppose I wouldn't be crying about the soreness.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Wooly Bugger

Ski season should be winding down over the next couple of weeks. Soon enough I can stop disappointing people when they ask what kind of wax I'm using. They're using
V Chloro Fe2O3 + 3 H2SO4 ® Fe2(SO4)3 + 3 H2O Fluorine. At least that's what it sounds like to me. I'm kind of a slob when it comes to waxing. I find something within the temperature range and go. The most expensive glide wax I have in my repertoire is $10. I did buy a few more kick waxes for my small collection. They're in the warm weather range, 25F-36F. Not only that Kris and Kyia gave me a waxing bench before they left on their westward trek. Thanks guys!


These are the flies I made a couple of weeks ago at Superior Fly Angler. Front to back left to right is Wooly Bugger, Adams dry fly, X-Legs, Strip Leech. I took a 4hr class to refresh myself for the season. I made a couple of each pattern. It's fun and you can never have too many flies.