Sunday, April 26, 2015


Well since my last post in July of last year I have gained 25 or more pounds. And that is despite cycling thousands of miles and doing half marathon and trail endurance runs. My diet is out of control. I eat what I see or if I don't see it and think about it I go find it and devour it. I really, really hate wanting to be athletic and wanting to be a good runner and cyclist and yet my inner self will not let me respect food. Should I give up.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


So in a slight funk lately. Work has been stressful for the last few months.  Since the 2d week in June I’ve about halved my exercising, yet I’ve doubled up on calories.

The calories were supposed to go up about 50% and the exercise the same…but those funky psyche times can put a number on best laid plans.  That and it seems for the 1st two miles of every run I do, and then for a day or more after, I really have pain.

So today after moping around not exercising either Thursday or Friday or Saturday I got up at 11ish and before noon thought---I just cannot do this. No matter how much I want to feel sorry for myself and the dark side of me want the scale read a BIG gain, I need to get out and do something.

Stepping on the scale before the shower, fully expecting to see 208 or something and then getting mad and feeling even more bad AND giving myself reason to lose all motivation, I was very very surprised to see 200.  Just a 5 or 6 pound gain after just not doing as much and eating waaay more…and for the past 40 days almost.

Wow that made me very happy and I thought so it IS ok to get in a psyche and have a bad time---not all will be lost !  Now knowing this has caused me to say YES YES YES I am ready to get back with it and BREAKAWAY from the bad psyche.

I headed to late breakfast:


Oh yes this from a Austin tradition near campus that will move soon:


The off to BREAKAWAY for some good vinyl music for a good psyche:


I hauled away these 10:


And then it was time for the 15 minute drive further south to Slaughter Creek:


Bike wants shade bad…



It is hot---109 in the sun.

Officially at my fan aspirated and shielded device it reached 101 in south Killeen today; our 2d day of the season of temps at or over 100F.

I managed 2 laps, as usual at Slaughter the 1st lap was get reacquainted with the rock creeks and ledges and take some pictures, and the 2d lap was ON Smile

Was a GOOD SUNDAY and I’m ready to get back with a routine and be ready come August for Wichita Falls Hotter than Hell 100 road and trail endeavors.

Stats at:

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Ride Saturday

Yesterday I decided to embark in a full day of fun away from Killeen/Fort Hood, traveling the hundred miles down to Bastrop county.  Order of fun: MTB @ Buescher Sate Park, then switch shoes and bikes to the road machine and ride the Park road between Buescher and Bastrop State Park. Finally knock the dirt off and head to play some disc golf on a nearby course.

I loaded the Pivot and Orbea atop Subie and left shortly after 6 AM.  The trip was shrouded in fog much of the way and I was really hoping to maybe mountain bike in some fog for the first time ! Have ridden through clouds before on the Big Island, but never mad the bike meet fog. Well I guess the bike may have met fog on the trip down (both bikes) but I was stuck in the car :(  ha

Arrived around 8 and placed a tenner in the courtesy pay box and shortly was on the trail.  This trail was expanded to solely attract mountain bikers and give us a choice in this area other than the ultra lengthy Rocky Hill Ranch (a favorite by the way).

Now the word of the day was HUMIDITY. There was the occasional spider and toward the end of the day I did note a nice bite right on my right hand wrist under the glove enclosure strap. Not too bad and it hasn't swollen much.  This trail seems rather unique to what I usually ride on.  Why ?  Large stretchs of one type of trail surface, and then bingo, magically switches to something else. For example not a rock to be found for the initial three miles, then bingo, a third mile climb---and with ROCK.  Another stretch has sand, another smaller marble sized pebbles, another baby smooth dirt--well you get the idea ! Not at all like our usual Centex trail that is covered start to finish with rock, root and drops and ledges.  In fact the trail reminded me a lot of the trail that I had the pleasure off riding the past two years in the Mount Ida, Arkadelphia, Hot Springs areas of Arkansas.

Anyway it was a pleasurable lolipop shaped 8 mile route of which the GPS track recorded 6 or so because of operator error--lol.  The non-stick, or loop, portion of the ride was the nicest with some great views. The stick portion was ok on the way back because it was downhill---so of course that means on the way up was some climbing suffer-age.

Pictures:  (Hey....don't go--there is more write-up and a vid after the photos !!!!!)

                                                                         The video:

2013 10 05 Buescher from Pete K on Vimeo.

So it probably took me an hour and a half or so to get around and then I switched shoes and bikes and had Subie ride behind me as I pedaled from park to park.  It was cloudy so no sunscreen ! Well almost..half way through the road ride the greyness finally wore off so I stopped in some provate driveway in between parks and applied sunscreen and drank an iced cold tea and an bottle of water from the cooler that had marvelous ice chiplets folded in (wait that's for food--how does one say for drink...infused maybe ?)...anyway it was a much needed short respite because....

The warnings about the rides in between parks is true. EXPERIENCED cyclists only.  Now I rode it all but here's the thing.  It might only be 10 to 12 miles in length ...but the CLIMBING !! Now I know that for many of my friends at Spinervals this little 10 miles climbing might be how their entire ride routes are ! But here in Centex we are not used to it.  I went to the last of my several centuries' data on RideWithGPS and the climbing I did on this park to park ten mile route was, well, wow. 800 feet in 10 miles; we do not have centuries here that get much past 1500 feet in total climbing.

I was so glad when I came to this:

A scenic over look just before the exit of Bastrop State Park ! Now amazingly it was 20 degrees cooler in that open air structure and although the parking area was loaded with cars (hikers I suppose) there was no one around and I took the opportunity to change right there !

Whew rides survived (although tis was about the time I first noticed the itchy spider bite on the wrist).  And the park exit is a quarter mile from:

NIRVANA   >>>>   
Home to the best danged Burgers for miles around--no counties around..  :)

A burger loaded with lettuce and cram cheese, tomatoe, and fresh jalapenos on a Jalapeno Bun is always a TASTY treat...and I was ultra-good by having a side salad instead of fries.  The Roadhouse is always the place to dine after a ride at Rocky Hill or a visit to the area state parks.

Just down the road 10 miles or so from the Roadhouse is Smithville, TX. Nestled on the side of the Colorado River is the Riverbend city park, complete with 18 disc golf baskets.  Now fatigue was slowly starting to creep in so I decided to avoid any baskets near the river. Basically I played baskets 1 through 5, 18, and the practice basket.

Here is a shot of a basket and also a carved tree and this beautiful park :

After disc golfing, I decided, instead of jumping back on Toll 130 North to Georgetown to get home, I'd drive into South Austin a ways (near Slaughter Creek trail and also corporate hq of the contractor I work for) and visit one of the premiere disc golf supply stores in the nation.  I picked up this really nice gear crunch bag and another 5 discs to toss about pretending I know what I am doing. haha.

So wild card Spinervaling Super 6 day accomplished ! A quick stop in Round Rock to eat some bbq at Smokey Moes and I was back home right around 6 PM sharp.

Yes, I know I am not supposed to be on a pedalling machine on a wild card day. HA--I am incorrigible and not cycling is not always going to happen :)  Hey I can get around the rules and rent a peddling paddle boat out at the lake...haha...always away to get around rules even if I did follow them :p

A final few shots:

                                                      Yes the riding was inspired.

                                                       This is my new camera bag I got
                                          several weeks ago at the Austin Camera Shop.
                                            For a sweet messenger bag size it swallows much
                                                                           gear !!

 Oh I think the wrist will be ok. I completed a 2 hr 20 minute spin this morning and had a few yummy BLTs here at home for lunch.  Now ready 4 a new work week and Spinervals 17 tomorrow after I escape the desk !

Thanks for reading....and I really like comments :)   :)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trifecta Weekend of Rides: 27 and 28 July 2013

A few friends from Team Road Kill and the Spinervals Cycling Members group have asked for ride reports and photos for rides I participated in or undertook over the weekend. I like doing this sort of thing and it turned out to be a perfect weekend so here goes. (There is a link to a complete set of high rez photos and a link to a video).

First off I had never heard of Tour de Goat Neck until my friend David Landmann over on Road Kill posted it as an alternate group ride.  When I realized it was near really good mountain biking I immediately began the campaign to get household 6 to buy in to a weekend out of town, with me cycling. After receiving approval I immediately planned everything to the nth degree which I always do, ....and actually then follow 85% or more of the time.

Friday night we were off to Cleburne, maybe a two hour drive or so from Killeen. Dinner was at Vitek's BBQ. If you've never had a gut-pack you are missing out !  It is like a frito pie except it's a "layered"  bbq combo plate on top of the fritos. So delicious. Also I thought what the heck, I'll be riding a lot this weekend, so also got a delightful serving of turtle cheesecake.

Saturday morning arrived and the way was made several miles down the road from the hotel to Cleburne High School for the Goatneck ride.  Registration was inside and was very well organized and I was in and out in literally less than a minute.  After 45 minutes or so of slowly "getting ready" I made the way to the start/finish line which was set on the main road right in front of the school.  Grey clouds and cool temperatures greeted every one.  As I recall it was mid 70s most of the ride and never made it past the mid 80s.

I went off with the 2d group--the 41 mile participants.  The route was not the most scenic or memorable I have ever ridden but three things stood out as memorable. dogs !! Not chased even once. That was a welcome change of operations there !  Second... my power to climb hills must be improving as I big ringed, grinded it out on a nice hill where photographers were set up; I was able to pass a dozen or so other riders and don't recall any passing me.  Looking at power data later it said I  generated well over 700 watts for a goodly bit on this hill. What did not change is later on in the ride my legs tired. Third... the last rest stop had a misting shelter ! Always very nice to see one of those...and pretty rare that an event has one.  

Speaking of rest stops all were well staffed and maintained. Was vey nice that they were 5 miles or so apart rather than the standard 10 to 20.  If one needed to stop it seemed like a sign was just up the hill or around the curve that stated "rest stop one mile ahead" !

Right at the two hours of riding mark my average speed increased enough throughout the ride to hit 18 MPH...also meaning 36 miles in and only 5 to go. Here's where my legs rebelled, no cramping or twinging BUT the route got decidedly more uphill prone in the form of what could best be described as false flats.  Although on the home straight away to the finish I passes several, a peloton of organized club riders zoomed passed me...and I ended up finishing with only a 17.6 miles per hour average. Yup those last miles took the zip right out of the old pistons !

So it was an awesome ride all in all and I did not stick around, being very hungry and wanting to get on the road toward Dallas County and Cedar Hill State Park to mountain bike.  Lunch was at Grumps Burgers and I was not impressed. Way average food was presented after a lengthy 45 minute long line to place the order. The burgers after ordering came out quickly but was what I would consider below average in taste. I guess it was extremely crowded owning to the fact it was only on the 4th day open.

With temperatures starting to rise and it approaching 1 PM or so it was time to make the way up the road toward Cedar Hill.

Winding one's way on US 67 toward the metroplex one is greeted by factory after factory..concrete plants, pipe fitting and metal fabrication seem to be the industries of choice.  It is not long past the Dallas County Line that one approaches Joe Pool Lake and the adjoining Cedar Hill State Park.  After paying a nominal entry fee per person, and after a several miles drive, we arrived at the trailhead parking lot. It is nicely equipped with parking spaces, picnic tables, a playground for the kiddies and a rest room.  We were told to park "on the far side" of the restroom due to an endurance riding event starting at 6 PM hosted by the North Texas Mountain Bike Patrol.

After noting much more intense heat radiating upon skin I slathered on sunscreen 80 SPF and geared up.  I really did not know what to expect from this trail except it was supposedly way easier that Cleburne or Dino Valley State Parks.  It consists of 3 segments, short green and red segments, and an 8 mile blue or intermediate route.  The patrol had cordoned off the red and green loops as they were not going to be used for the event.  I rode the blue loop and was amazed.

My average speed on this ride was only 6.6  MPH...but that was because of the nature of it. Climbing and very tight turns were featured.  What was so enjoyable, was, that unlike any other tail in Texas I've ridden on, there were no rocks to speak of !  All smooth, buff dirt with the occasional root or tiny drop.  Very scenic views of the lake cropped up among the break in the trees on occasion. A good mix of open riding and riding "in the woods" were presented.  I stopped quite often for pictures or just to soak in the awesomeness. It seemed like I was back to the park lot in no time and I was impressed enough to give a small donation to the mountain bike patrol. Temperatures for this ride started in the mid 80s and topped in the mid 90s. Not bad at all for this time of year in Texas where we often see temperatures well above 100 degrees.

There are also several hiking trails in Cedar Hill State Park and we stopped on the way out to hike for maybe a mile out and back to a scenic lake overlook. You can tell that the pictures taken on a manual setting with my "good" camera has a blue tint.  Likely it was (and still is..ha) set for indoor lighting. After this nice hike it was time to bid adieu to this nice destination and go scurry up some dinner. 

Into the Subaru's GPS device I entered the address in Godley, Texas for Norte Del Tacos. The route took us back to Cleburne, through its small industrial area, and on north of town for several miles after which we arrived.  All I will say is I hit the culinary delight jackpot with this choice.  The chef is Culinary  Institute of America trained and the food preparation  and  taste shined  through.   The smoked Chile Rellleno with bbq pork was a  pleasure to eat. I  decided  to spoil myself by having an accompanying pineapple soda.  So glad my prior planning led me here !  After eating it was time to call it an evening and head back to the La Quinta to review photos and call it an early evening. 

Thus concluded a nice Saturday.

Sunday the alarm blared at 5 AM but did not really wish to arise. But up I did do (lol) and managed to get ready and the car packed and bikes loaded and down to the lobby for 6 AM breakfast and check out.

Solovaca Ranch is not far down US 67 in the other direction and very shortly past Glen Rose on a Farm to Market Road (many of our state highways here  are called FM or Farm to Markets).

Ready and riding before or shortly after 8 is unusual for me and mountain biking adventures. Usually when my biking pals from Houston visit the CenTex to bike we are not on trail until after 10. It was so nice to start and finish this 7 mile intermediate route in "cool" weather.

One other group arrived but were waiting on other DFW (Dallas Fort Worth) riders before riding. So once again, like Cedar Hill, I had the trails to my self.  And the spiders and accompanying webs !

Now I had rode here once before. My excel chart of rides show it to be three years ago I believe. At that time I had described it as easy intermediate. I would say that description still holds as there are plenty of advanced features; all but one area had an easier bypass.  This area was steep downs with a less than desirable "start lip drop" --there were two choices, hairball or catnip. I selected one to gingerly "walk" down.  Other than that and not clearing the famous technical "hill climb" I did well and averaged faster than at Cedar Hill . There are a lot of rocky down hill straight aways to make good time on. Some of the route traverses along a creekside and there is even a wooded structure one rides under and then, later in the ride, goes over.

Once again it seemed too short of a ride when I rolled up to the finish at the trailhead.  But I was not about to tempt anything as I had 3 solid rides in about 27 hours.  We took our time chilling for a bit and then headed back toward home at what I like to call The Centex.  Shortly after departing the ranch we did see an ambulance screaming down that FM. Hopefully the riders that finally started their ride as we were departing were/are all okay !  There are some very technical areas out there if one chooses to try them.

Around noon we arrived back to the Killeen/Ft Hood metro and thus finished a very nice riding weekend.

Please enjoy the video which is the perfect length at 12 minutes to cool down after a "Spinervals" workout. Excuse the music as one finds what one finds when perusing the "free" community commons licensed music.

All photos in this story, plus an expanded selection, can be found at my flickr site:   then select "Weekend Trifecta".

Wow, I am at my desk at work and it is almost noon. Yaaayz :) Lunch time !

Until next time...happy riding !  :)


2013 07 28 Weekend Ride Trifecta from Pete K on Vimeo.