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Amazing Night w/ Romeo y Julieta and Glenmorangie


So Erin and my sister Ashley are out for the night at the Miranda Lambert concert.  My brother Drew and I decided it was time to relax so we went up to Bevmo and got Scotch, beer, and cigars.  What a perfect night.  Drew and I bought Cigars (I got a Romeo y Julieta 1875) 

This was a very nice mild cigar.  I have not smoked many cigars and I did enjoy this one.  I also had some of my favorite Scotch (Glemorangie).

The combination was amazing.  Drew and I had some great conversation and just relaxed in the Phoenix heat with the misters on.  Drew enjoyed a honey flavored cigar and a Decade Imperial IPA which was to die for.

We were even listening to Sound Tribe Sector Nine or STS9 which my sister in-law is in love with and was so proud of me for listening to.  After the Scotch it was time for one of my favorite beers St Peter’s Cream Stout.

I think this is as good as beer gets.  It was a great ending to a relaxing night.  I also am finishing off with some Elton John on Pandora.  Sometimes life can be so simple and simple can be amazing.  Cheers to simple.

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Mother’s Day


Mother’s day is May 13th. Have you decided what to get your Mom? Well I just sent my Mom some Shari’s Berries. I have always wanted to send these to some one and got the idea while listen to Sunday School, Penn Jillett’s Podcast. Everyone sends flowers and that is great but it is good to change it up. Here are some other great ideas for Mom.

The Fitness Mom
Lulu Lemmon clothes or gift card
Icebreaker Clothing
Lucy gift card
Yoga
Merrell Barfoot Shoes

The Holistic Mom
Spa finder gift card
Whole Foods Gift Card
Acupuncture
Fresh Produce delivery
Burt’s Bees Products

The Boojee Mom
Coach Purse or even better Louis Vuitton
Cruise
Norstrum or Barney’s gift card
Jewelry from Tiffany’s or Better
Sprinkles Cupcakes

Normal Mom
Body Shop Gift Set
Flowers
Edible Arrangements
Shari’s Berries
Jewelry


SBP Cruising


I was up bright and early to get a workout in before a day of fun, I mean work, umm, well what ever you want to call it. I am overnighting in San Luis Obispo, CA. After and awesome breakfast that consisted of an omelet, red skin potatoes, a grapefruit, and strawberries and cream my Captain and I took the cruisers out for a spin.

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5K and Food


On Sunday I agreed to participate in the Optimism Run for Parkinson’s Disease 5K that my wife helped create.  I was joined by my friend Natalie who really ought to have a running blog because she is obsessed.

I placed 1st in my age group and 24th overall with a time of 20:48!  NICE!  This  was 2:30 faster than my goal.

Later I had to make dinner for myself because Erin was working.  I made the best fish sandwich I have ever had.  I grilled Snapper and some onions and pablano chilies, and put fresh tomatoes on top.  I also grilled up some asparagus to go with it.  It was amazing.

I think that a big part of eating healthy is learning to cook.  Erin has turned into a great chef and it has defiantly changed how much we go out and helped me getting into better shape.


Race this Weekend


So I forgot that Erin’s charity 5k was this weekend and I was expected to race.  I went out and did a hard 5k yesterday after not running for 2 weeks due to a mountain bike crash.  Now my hip hurts and my foot feels better.  I think that I am getting old.  Next I will have sciatica.

Today I am back in Monterey, CA living the hard life and again was back at the London Bridge Pub for some awesome fish and chips and an IPA.  I took a nice walk to the Warf  with my flight attendant and tried a few clam chowders.  Along the way we saw this:

$99.99

WTF  Who in their right mind would ever buy a $100 dollar lollipop.  If you buy this you’re an idiot!  If you buy this for your kids, they should be taken away from you.

 

 

 


2 Bikes 1 Day


This morning my friend Ryan let me borrow his Ducati monster.  Bob and I went on a nice breakfast ride and had breakfast at Cave Creek Coffee Company aka C4.  C4 has the best coffee and chorizo breakfast burritos in Phoenix.  What an awesome feeling having an Italian machine back between my legs.  I can’t wait till I can go back to GOAZ and buy a new motorcycle.

Around 3 o’clock Drew and I got on the Gnar Gnar shuttle at South Mountain and started off riding Geronimo.   The 1st ride could have went better.  I broke my rear brake lever right at the beginning.

Luck for me there was still enough left to ride.  We then moved on to Holbert which is a chunky mess.  I did have to walk a few sections but overall it went great.  This was very encouraging.  We decided to do Geronimo one more time and it went much better.  We got to ride with Gene Hamilton from betterride.net.  What a pleasure he was a great down to earth guy.  No big crashes today.  Tomorrow back out on the cross-country trails.  I am loving this bike it does everything.


Into the Wild


This past weekend we went backpacking in the Superstition Mountains.  Friday was supposed to be the easy night.  We stayed at Canyon Lake Campground and Marina.  Cooking the hamburgers on a grate (that we had to supply) was not as easy as it looks.  We lost many hamburgers to the fire.  The bathrooms here were disgusting. Oh an did I mention there were street lights that never go off.  That being said we were on the water, the beer was cold, and the s’mores were delicious.

Saturday morning we loaded up our packs and were off on Boulder Canyon trail into the wild.  Hiking is very different with a 40lb backpack.  We picked one of the hottest days of the year to hike in.  Erin says it was 95.  We encountered some wild life along the way and the girls flipped out.  I am not saying I love rattlesnakes but you would have thought a mountain lion was ready to strike.  5 minutes later another one rattles at us and this one was a giant.  Now even I am like this could be ugly.  I mean I don’t care that they are there but are they really everywhere.  Rob and I went ahead and checked for  snakes on the path down to the dry creek.  We hiked up the creek and finally stopped for some rest.  We set up some tarps that provided a bit of shade and were thinking of camping there.  Luckily 2 other hikers walked by and said that there were pools of water up ahead.  They even gave us some iodine tablets so we could drink it.

One the way to the water my shoes gave way.

This is where we set up camp.  

We boiled water and made our freeze-dried dinners as well as hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps.  In the middle of the night I am told that there was an animal rumbling around the camp site and Drew thought the mountain lions was there for him.  We never actually saw any animals around there except a box turtle earlier that was very mad that I picked him up.

The next morning we were up early to try to get back before it got hot.  We got back a lot faster but I am not going to lie my legs were trashed along with my shoes!

What a blast!  Guys always think that we are capable of living with nothing out in the wild but for most of us we would die.  I would maybe last a week if conditions are perfect and I didn’t have to rely on the survival guide that my brother downloaded to his iPhone which even included what to do if zombies attack!


Nice Ride in Scottsdale AZ in the Snow


So I went out to explore a new area in Scottsdale called Brown’s Ranch.  It was a muddy sandy mess.  First off there are quite a few trails and I was not sure which to ride.  I ended up on a lot of dirt bike trails which are normally not exactly what you want to mountain bike on.  Basically there was a lot of deep sand.  There were however some fun downhills with nice banked corners you could rail.  It was a muddy mess but the highlight was that I got to actually ride in the snow for about 15 minutes.ImageImage

Now that I finally got all the squeaks and creeks out of my bike I am loving it.  The suspension is very efficient is doesn’t bounce like a lot of the other bikes I test rode.  Also the RockShox Revelation is great.  It is so nice to be able change from 120mm to 140 with the flip of a switch.

Back to work tomorrow but going to lift and possibly hit a little swim before I going.


Getting Back in Shape


So I have Been working out hard lately. Yesterday I went mountain biking about 12-13 miles followed by a 4 mile run. Today I lifted legs for an hour followed by a 1000 meter swim. I am feeling good. Tomorrow I am looking forward to a nice ride however I am going to be sore. I am positive of that. I signed up for the Warrior Dash on April 28th. I am pumped about it. I am also considering an Xterra triathlon race or 2 later in the year. Deuces Wild Xterra will more than likely be one of them.  I am also looking into these new All Mountain Enduro races but I don’t think there are any in AZ but there is one in Moab called the Whole Enchilada!


First Day Back


Well it’s my first day back to work in a week and my first 4 day trip in like 2 and a half months. I have to show at 8:10 am but I wanted to get a workout in before work. I set my alarm for 4am and only pressed snooze 1 time. Since I got my new mountain bike I have been neglecting to gym and boy did I feel that.
I did a full body workout which kills me. I like split routines but generally don’t lift enough to do them. I got a long day ahead of me but feeling good now that I started my day off right.