Why I ride in the Bike for Boys & Girls Club

I am riding agan in this year’s Bike for Boys & Girls Club event. You can sponsor me here: http://www.bike4bgc.com/riders/view/?id=9. This event is near and dear to me because of my own personal experience.

I consider myself to be a very fortunate person. I worked hard to finish college and follow my career, I have met the love of my life, and I have made many great friends. I believe I am one of those lucky ones that had a great family. Actually, I think about where I came from every so often and reflect on how fortunate many of my friends are.

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Moving this site

I just moved my site from my previous host Laughing Squid to WordPress.com. I did this because my blog is not that robust, and the cost for hosting with my current address on WordPress.com for a year costs the same as a month-and-a-half with Laughing Squid. Although I never had any issues with Laughing Squid, I couldn’t justify the cost any longer.

I am in the process of reviewing the changes that occurred resulting from the move. I will likely make some tweaks and such as I learn more about the new service. One thing I failed to do is move my media. There were a number of files, so pulling them from my computer and getting them on the new site will take a little time. Please accept my apologies for any interruption.

Blackbird video on YouTube

I recently posted a video in which I play the song Blackbird on the acoustic guitar and mix in the audio from GarageBand into iMovie. I recorded the audio using a boom mic connected to my camcorder and an instrument mic connected via the Apogee One into my computer. You can view it at the following address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZTBrylldt4. Below is the video itself.

Staying hydrated in the heat

I recently rode in the blazing heat. I was reminded of how I also rode in some really hot weather last year. You can do so much prep when the mercury starts to climb into the upper 80’s and 90’s, but the main things are staying hydrated, balancing electrolytes, and taking it easy.

On a ride last year, a friend and I went for a 25-mile ride in the heat. It was just under 90 degrees Fahrenheit when we headed out. Although it was warm and humid, proper hydration seemed to help us from dying out there. I drank more water than usual to keep my hydration levels ready for the heat. I also took some CamelBak Elixir to provide additional electrolytes so that I could absorb the fluids better.

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No more Bicycle Tutor

I recently took down a link to the Bicycle Tutor cycling maintenance Web site from my list of links. Why? It is now a paid subscription.

I used to review his videos to gain some insight on how to maintain my bike. I found his videos and accompanying transcripts very useful. He definitely seemed to know his stuff, since it also worked for me. However, some of the more advanced maintenance issues could be a little tough to follow.

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My first YouTube video

I just uploaded my first YouTube video. This was an opportunity for me to record some video and learn how to edit something in iMovie ’11 on the Mac. I admit that I’m pretty excited about this.

Click the following link to find it on YouTube by clicking here, or click on “Read the rest of this entry” below to find the video in the full post as well as to learn more about the video.

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Packers win Super Bowl XLV

Congratulations Green Bay Packers on your victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. You overcame a lot of adversity and doubt to make it all the way, and you out-performed a very challenging team. I am glad to have been behind you all season (well, all seasons since I was old enough to know you). Thanks for a great season, and I’ll see you for many more. Again, congratulations Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers!