Thursday, December 21, 2006

Front Range Blizzard Photos

Nala enjoying her roots.

What does this look like?

Breaking out the skis.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Bust My gut Update 8

Wow, tough week...they all are.

Rode my bike lots last week (thursday thru sunday) but then came the weekend of party on Saturday and party on Sunday with lots of food and beer.

But the bad news is my riding...I have the excuse of christmas shopping on monday, a work activity on Tuesday and of course ONE ZILLION inches of snow today. Actually I was going to ride to work today, with plans on riding the bus home but didn't due to wind. Well that was a good move since the RTD bus service stopped in the afternoon due to heavy snow.

So the update is simple: Chaos.

Current weight is stable at 192 lbs.
Calorie intake is unknown
Exercise is unknown

least there is not an increase...

On an ending note....Rest in peace Sergio of Sergio's Roofing. He put a new roof on our house last spring in addition to several neighbors' houses....Sad to hear about his passing from some fuckheads who wanted to steal his car. Amy (Rocky mountain Rat Girl, linked from my blog) was his neighbor. Sergio was a great guy and it's sad to see this stuff happen.

The Sky is Falling

The drive home...I swear this describes my vision was this good.

Accumulation in about 6 hrs....and it's still coming down strong.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Integrated Advertising?

It's a magazines dream situation; advertising and content all in one place. The magazine gets content and revenue, and the product gets stealthy, and possibly convincing, exposure. Take for example the shaving cream below. This article is written about all the amazing chemicals and what they do in a particular can of shaving cream. The stated concept is about the miracles of chemistry. The hidden one is that it's a particular brand that, after reading the article, you might appreciate and want to buy it.

Advertisers already work hard to make ads entertaining so that they grab your attention. Several years ago ads were being made to look like articles and apparently that caused such a stir, they are now required to put "advertisement" on the top and bottom of the ad. But this is the next step. The magazine itself writes the article and kinda hides the ad in the context of the article. I don't believe in this article, the name of the cream was mentioned, but clearly, the photo shows it. Since the article is a genuine piece, you really can't complain that the magazine should label it as an advertisement. Very clever. It's done regularly in many magazines these days. I'm guessing it's very successful.

(I edited the photo to not reveal the name of the shaving cream. If the company paid me an appropriate sum of money, I would have gladly not done so)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Bust My gut Update 7

So far I have felt a lot better than the scale is's showing basically no progress. Todays weight 193 lbs after an optimistic 191 on Tuesday. Too much holiday activities I suppose considering I have been riding everyday since last Wednesday. Obviously, I have some error in my eating or in my exercise estimations. I gotta point to eating since that is harder to determine when you eat out.

The positive side here is that when you keep track of it, even in rough manner, it keeps you honest. It makes you think, "why isn't this working?" Thus, I think I really need to crack the whip on my calorie consumption, cuz I know i can't do much more exercise that ride my bike to work over an hour each day.

To summarize:

Weeks estimated calorie intake is at least 2000/ day = 14000
Exercise burning 4350 calories.
Weight today is 193 lbs.

Hopefully my metabolism is increasing so my calories burned resting increases too. I try to stay positive....I've done this before. This is the key to accomplishment--sticking to your goals and having patience.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hurry up SanDisk

Eight GB solid-state MP3 players are out but I need at least 16 to replace my iRiver. SanDisk has the 16 Flash card out so it's a matter of time when the players come out. Of course iPods will be released as well with this capacity.

Lidarman craves this more than a pimply gamer needs his playstation3.

I'm guessing 30 GB solid-state players will be out in 2008. The hard-drive player will soon be extinct. Thank goodness. I'm tired of hauling around this cigarette pack sized hard drive unit.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Bust My gut Update 6

So after a week of no results, followed by a weekend in Las Vegas, a fun time I might add, I'm going to make this a weekly update. It seems senseless to do this daily since I'm reporting more chaos than results.

So today, I give the following update and next week on wednesday, I will give once for the whole week.

Current weight: 194 lbs (thank goodness, after vegas it didnt go up...must be the walking)
Estimated calories consumed today: 2000
Estimated calories burned: 600

Monday, December 04, 2006

Las Vegas

Sorry no bust my gut for tonight....I'm reeling from the devistation.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Bust My Gut Update 5

I never got around to doing an update yesterday. However, since it was snowing all day, I never really got much exercise either.

But here it is:

Yesterdays weight: 192 lbs
Estimated calorie intake: 2200
Exercise: Nothing significant.

Todays Weight: 194 lbs
Estimated calorie intake: 2000
Exercise: Riding to bus stop 150 calories, dog walk 50 cals. EDIT: Turns out I decided to ride home all the way so that is another 400 calories. There were icy spots all over so it was a huge mental challenge. Riding on the shoulder of the road for the last two miles was scary as well with not much room between me and the passing cars. I had a light, but still it was dark and very cold.

Because of a trip tomorrow, I will not be doing an update till next tuesday.

The Hoar frost was beautifu this morningl.

And the effort to get to work.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bust My Gut Update 4

Today was dangerous. Chipotle was offering free burritos. 1000 Calories in a Chipotle Burrito...did you know this? It's true even though Chipotle won't tell you.... Glad I skipped breakfast.

The breakdown

Tortilla :330 cals
Steak: 230 cals
Cheese: 110 cals
Rice: 240 cals
Beans: 138 cals
Salsa: 28 cals

Total 1076


So for the update:

Todays weight: 194 lbs
Estimated calorie intake: 2100
Exercise: Mountain bike ride: 1000 cals, walking dogs: 50 cals.

So far, effectively no change in weight shows how hard this is even with exercise. I haven't been super diligent on cutting calories but you gotta eat, especially when exercising. I think metabolic changes will start occuring soon though. Sticking to it is the key.

Tomorrow might be a disaster. There is a lot of snow already on the ground and the likelyhood of riding to work is slim. A plan to run with the dogs in the morning is in the relm of possibility--and not a bad one since its' a good way to keep warm and burn calories when there is lots of snow.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Bust My Gut Update 3

Todays weight: 194 lbs
Estimated calorie intake: 2000
Exercise: Mountain bike ride: 600 Cals, walking dogs: 50 cals.

Snow is projected for tomorrow, so biking is going to be a sketchy deal. plus Chipotle at 29th street has a free burrito deal tomorrow--900 free calories, whoo hoo!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Bust My Gut Update 2

Todays weight: 195 lbs
Estimated calorie intake: 1800
Exercise: Mountain bike ride: 600 Cals, walking dogs: 100 cals.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


We call it a crime. It is because there is apparent distruction on property when it's done. Does that mean an animal posting on the trail with invisible-to-the-eye urine is doing the same thing?

I do find it fascinating nevertheless.

Bust My Gut Update 1

Todays weight: 195 lbs
Estimated calorie intake: 2500
Exercise: Mountain bike ride: 700 Cals, walking dogs: 100 cals.

Notes: I have actually been riding like this since last wednesday. More tired than normal after todays ride. I didin't eat prior to riding today.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Bust My Gut Project

I can make a million excuses to how work screwed me over in 2006. Crazy projects that worked me seven days-a-week. And fed me as much food as I wanted. Projects that were so stressful that I had to go drink beer with friends to feel alive. I can make these excuses and they might even be valid. But I have to live with the results, and my work doesn't pity me.

My peak fitness, scary enough, was in 2003 when I weight 165 lbs and felt like I could do anything.

I recall that year fondly. The weather on the frontrange was very mild-- a drought I believe. I rode to work every day, did night rides a lot and rode hardcore rides every weekend. I was in a constant bike high were I needed to ride and couldn't eat enough food. It was euphoric. It was even obsessive

However, that year, I broke my collarbone and lacerated my kidney riding my bike. The mentality that made me think and feel I could do anything, got me way over my head. I want to get to that fitness level but not at a cost of injury.

It's amazing the small things that can knock you out of that rythym. Accidents take time to recover from and ruts appear. The weather plays a huge factor when you are in a rut. It's so easy to make an excuse.

So last spring (2006), I started really losing control. I was working all the time and never riding my bike. I ramped up to 185 lbs and lost my fitness. With a breather from seven-day work weeks in May, tried hard riding again but by the time I went on my work trip in July, I really just maintained my fitness. That trip was full of stress and lots of food to make one forget about the stress. I have a personality where when I'm under stress, I seek food for comfort.

So here I am facing the Holidays being 195 lbs. I think this is the most I have every weighed and it sucks. Based on my top fitness, my current weight is equivalent to carrying an extra bike on my shoulders during ride. There is no wonder that climbing is such a chore for me.

I can make the excuse that it's the holiday and put this off, but I decided that I am going to do something starting NOW. If I put it off till January, then I will be in a deeper hole, have one less month of time to get fit for spring riding and show that i don't have the discipline to this. There is no reason to put this off and every reason to do it.

So here is how I will update my blog. Very simple. Everyday I will try to post my weight (which will fluxuate like crazy) , the number of calories I ate (estimated) and any exercise I do. I have a good estimate of 50 cals per mile I use for riding my bike. It's not necessarily accurate but, hey it's something.

I'm posting this on my blog as a self-motivational tool. I hope it can inspire others but it's mainly to put it out there and force me, under the spotlight, to achieve my goal. So throw cyber tomatoes at me when i start slipping! ;-)

My goal is simple; Lose two pound per week with a goal of 170 lbs by March 1. I expect if I make that goal I will automatically be in prime fitness for mountain biking season so that is not really a goal, just a consequence because a large part of my effort will be exercise that I will try to make at least a 500 cal/day workout.

Once-a-week I will look at my progress and try to determine if I am ahead or behind my schedule...and a decision to whether I will modify my goal.

The stumbling blocks will be the week of xmas when I go to visit family and I have a work deployment coming up in February that might really throw a wrench into my schedule.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The sunsets are getting crazy lately

With all the lenticular clouds on the front range of Colorado, this is the season of sunsets.

Looking Northwest.

Looking Southwest toward the flatirons 10 minutes later.

Note: these photos were only slightly enhanced for sharpness and balance but the richness of the sunlight was created by nature and the dust far west of Boulder, Colorado.

To all those who commented on my blog posts

For whatever reason, me being ignorant or what, I never saw the comments that were suppose to be "moderated" until I switched to the new blogger. I hope I retified this and thanks for all the comments.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Classic Optical Illusion

Seems most people are used to light in photos and diagrams coming from the upper light. This is typical of shadowed topo maps.

Here is a classic example. One looks like an imprint and the other looks like it's been molded. It's the exact same photo but flipped.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Bearded Leaf

I have been taking lots of fall leaf photos but realized this one in the house has something special--an eerie and creepy character to it. Half-alive, and half-dead.

Some fall imagery

Close up of the leaves that define autumn.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Crocs R Gay?

These rubber shoes are like cell phones...everyone seems to gripe about them, yet everyone seems to eventually cave-in a get involved.

I wore a pair on a ship cruise for work in 2004 and nobody cared..they just thought they were some goofy footwear. This summer, on a followup cruise, they were all the rage. We would pull into some port and those who didn't own a pair of them, were chomping at the bit to hit the "crocs store." Yes, they are to the point where there are stores specifially selling crocs! WOW!

I was a hard sell on wearing crocs until someone bought me a pair. But after I wore them around the house like slippers, I found they were super light and easy to tie on my camel back for swapping out after a ride to work. They were easy to wash and although they make you sweat when its really hot, they never stink.

What can I say? I don't work for Crocs but I know two close people who do. I'm not going to make money on convincing the 5 people who read my blog to buy them. But I see their merit. They are a great idea and most of the time, great ideas don't come in attractive packages.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Signs of Autumn

The conflict of color has begun.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Eye on Five

As we sail around the gulf, we are watching the progress of Tropical Depression Ernesto.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Gulf Sunset

Out on air quality study on the Ronald H. Brown research ship looking at pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. Nice sunsets and wonderful creatures distract us from our intensive work schedules.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Poor Nala

She has to wear diapers now.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Crested Butte is Amazing

I have ridden a lot of places but Crested Butte is still on the top of my list for amazing riding. Super lush narrow singletrack with lots of climbing, scenery and amazing downhills. It is a riders dream.

A girl and her bike

The Rains it Pours syndrome

Not too long ago, Yeti had to get surgery for a blown ligament. In June, Nala herniated a disc in her back and almost paralyzed herself. So today she had surgery.

She is a pathetic dog at the moment. However, we are happy she will be out of pain really soon.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Riding in the high country

Off the peak-to-peak highway, South St Vrain trail, Colorado.

One of the most technical trails on the front range.

But amazing beauty: the columbine



Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I gotta rave about Noiseware software

Yep, noise reduction software for photos..

Judge for yourself



Sunday, May 21, 2006

Birthday Tattoo

I finally did it. On my 40th birthday, I got a wild hair, and the desire to get a tattoo. It felt impulsive so I stopped myself. A year later, after dwelling on it, I went ahead and did it--at age 41. The theme should be obvious.

My friend Kim did one with me...

Kim and I really like them.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Turning 41 with joy

Tuesday I turn 41. Forty was the hard year, accepting that you can't say you are in your thirties anymore. But it feels good.

So here to celebrate with great friends is this...

Friday, May 12, 2006

Yeti gets knee Surgery

Our Husky, Yeti, tore her cranial cruciate ligament (like a humans Anterior cruciate ligament or ACL). Interestingly, unlike humans who really don't use the ligament unless the joint is overextended, a dogs ligament is used full time to keep the femur from slipping backward on the tibia plateau. Thus, repairing the ligament is almost futile since it will likely tear again.

There is a proceedure that seems kinda radical called Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy or TPLO. In this proceedure the tibia is cut and rotated so that the femur sets level and doesn't need the ligament. It's an interesting proceedure and requires a long recovery time but the dog is suppose to be able to walk and run normally afterward.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Boulder Kinetics 2006

After a wet couple of days, the weather was perfect for the Kinetics race. I got there in time to see Los Lobos and they were outstanding.