September 30, 2009

Race across the Sky-Leadville 100

On October 22nd, experience a One Night Event in movie theatres nationwide, yes, even here is Sioux Falls, featuring the debut of "RaceAcross the Sky" a documentary covering the 2009 LeadvilleTrail 100 bike race!

September 29, 2009

The Treadmill................

This is pretty cool!

September 20, 2009

Tamron Road Series Workshop!

What a great photography workshop this past weekend. A lot of info to digest and a lot learned!

Below are a couple of my favorite shots that I took messing around with the Tamron 180mm macro demo lens. Pretty fun. I only wish the flowers would have been not past their prime. So, after demo-ing the lens, I now have one on order and it should be here the end of the week! I also tried out a gimbal tripod and a 200-500mm lens. WOW! The tripod was in the $800-something range and the lens was in the $1999 range. Lots of money I was carrying around for a while. They were really nice but I would have to save a LOT to afford that!

If you like photography take a workshop. You do hands on work and learn a lot from the pros! Of course, I go to the zoo and still find flowers and bugs to photograph, go figure!

Cycling Cathy did an AWESOME job with her pics. I hope she will post them on the blog! She also had fun demo-ing her carbon fiber tripod! Yup, not just on bikes but tri-pods also. They were SUPER light!

September 18, 2009

Ankle and aperture

Well, what is new in my world?

Some frustrations and some up coming fun stuff.

First the frustration. As many of you know I have a bum wheel, ankle that is. I think it all started when I was in 6 or 7th grade when I sprained my ankle one of the first of eight times over my life, so far. Then a few years ago, I broke it. I guess, yes, you can call me a klutz, but at least the time I did brake it, I was walking down the stairs at home in December and my shoes were wet. So I slipped and fell. The good thing is that I had just opened my first bottle of beer, yup, Newcastle, and had taken two sips out of it when I did this. I never spilled a drop. Klutz or not, you decide! Anyway, the old wheel has been bothering of late and so I decided to seek out professional help. After a few trips to the Dr, loads of x-rays and an MRI, it was determined that my ankle is bad but not bad enough to do anything to it yet. WHAT? Yup, that is what I said. The last trip to the dr I was to have a cortisone injection but since my ankle was not as tight as it was, he decided against it but they did do more x-rays called stress x-ray where they literally twist your ankle to see how many degrees they can twist it. YUP, LOTS of fun! Anyway the news is that I have no anterior talofiular ligament anymore, the posterior calcaneofibular ligament had some superficial fiber damage, basically a bone spur off the inside of the ankle bone and a possible fusion of some bones. YIPPEE! So after all that, we wait until it gets worse. Then the plan will be surgery and it will be a non-weight bearing (no weight on the surgerized ankle)for 6 weeks! So nothing else, no restrictions only that if it is sore take anti-inflams and wear a brace especially when on uneven ground. So, living with a physical therapist, she has some different ideas. There will be more strengthening of the ankle with exercises! OH YEAH, goes on!

(One of the stress x-rays, ignore the neon lines on the x-ray as they were moved out of place so he could show me the bone spur, not suppose to be there, by the cursor arrow)

THE GOOD NEWS! I am excited for another photography class that starts tonight and goes through tomorrow! Cycling Cathy is even coming up to take this class also! Harold's is the host of the event but Tamron is the main sponsor and they call it their Road Series Event. They are bringing in a nature photographer from Florida that will teach a class tonight for three hours and then tomorrow we hit the local zoo for hands on learning! With Tamron being a sponsor, they are going to let us try out their different lenses! I am jazzed about this! There will be a little class work tomorrow plus at the end a photo contest for the "students". Lots to learn!

And, yes, I will be wearing my ankle brace!

September 14, 2009

Marg ride Vlll

Had a great weekend in Bridge City (Yankton) and Verm-town (Vermillion)!

It was the 8th annual Lane Hogs Margarita Ride. Let me just say if you never have done this ride you should. It was well organized, well attended (150 riders), a lot of fun and the added bonus is the profits from the event ALL goes to the MS Society!

Kudos to Christi for her longest ride ever, 30 miles! WOO HOO! It was a bummer Kris didn't feel well. Her cold kicked her in the butt so she was only able to ride 15 miles. Next year kiddo! (thank you Mrs Biking Brady for rescuing her at the rest stop!) Had a great time chatting with Pat and Ed along the route also. Pat and I had fun talking to the cows although she was a little distracted as they are expecting the arrival of their first grandchild SOON!

We hit the Eagles club after the ride for Mexican food and of course Margs! It was all good. Glen, one of my fellow USAC officials also made the ride up from Sioux City to Vermillion but since they were fogged in down there they didn't make the Marg ride but enjoyed the food after! Great to see you Glen!

After the Eagles we hit Carey's for a beer and talking cameras with Sieversma's Smattering of Stuff and Cycling Cathy. Well had to go check out Charlie's Torino that was in the car show! Nice car Charlie! Then on to Mr and Mrs Ride Vermillion's house for some "fellowship". Yes, I had the maggots at their house and of course had to find them in Sioux Falls when we got back on Sunday! They are good and now Kris is hooked on them so I have to share...DANG IT! haha


Thanks to the Lane Hogs for an awesome event! We all know there are unsung heroes that help make this possible and run smooth! Thank you, to all!

Monday morning humor!

1. A day without sunshine is like night.
2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
4. 90 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.
6. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture most people have.
10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?
15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?
20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?
21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, 'What the heck happened?'
22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.
23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

September 6, 2009