Dec 28, 2008

My hero (Stupid Roller Tricks)

Dec 27, 2008

New Blog, Come Visit

I started another blog for, well, just go look.

New Music Needed

I have a little bit of everything in my musc library but it seems its never enough. Between just looking for new stuff for no good reason and needing to put spin class workouts together, I am in need of some inspiration.

Here is an example of a 45 minute set for me:

Garbage - Stupid Girl

Lenny Kravitz - Where Are We Running

Dinosaur Jr. - Feel the Pain

Seether - Rise Above This

Gnarles Barkely - Crazy

Foo Fighters - All My Life

Kings of Leon - Sex on Fire

Good Charolette - Dance Floor Anthem

Pearl Jam - Evenflow

The Chemical Brothers - Block Rockin' Beats

U2 - Its a Beautiful Day

I welcome all suggestions in comments.

Dec 26, 2008

First Post

The idea of this blog is a to create an archive of the spin workouts I have created, to blog about spinning and its pros and cons, and to shamelessly self-promote the classes I teach. which I make the rollers my bitch.!tch

Dec 23, 2008

I can almost taste the burrito

The "diet-for-food" contest between Joe Savoie and I continues, as does the SmaackDown(ey) biggest loser contest on

Well, a milestone has been reached: I weighed in at 197.8 this morning.

I'll take a burrito, with guac, and a Modelo, please. Hold the chips: I'm on a diet.

Dec 4, 2008

Commentary - Lance Armstrong, Twitter, and Doping Controls

A little background to start with: Lance Armstrong is, well, LA. He was the Great Driving Force behind Cycling in the last 10 years. Now he is back and being very open about his life via Twitter. Twitter, for those out of the loop, is a micro-blogging platform which makes blogging as simple as sending a text message. (If you can't send a text - how'd you manage get here?) The kicker with Twitter is that not only does that little blog snippet get posted to your Twitter page but gets forwarded to all the folks who are following you.

In Lance's case, that is 8,629 people who most likely receive every random thought that Lance Twitters. He also Twitters photos, like the most recent one of his view of the press corps

Not only does Lance Twitter about the press, he Twitters about training, his kids, about Chris Horner being a redneck, and anything else that comes up. He is a BlackBerry addict so this, if he is anything like the rest of us CrackBerry addicts, helps feed the addiction.

Which leads us to the last topic: Doping controls. Armstrong's comeback platform was that he was returning to cycling to promote cancer research. In doing so, he would be completely transparent posting information about his training and life, and doing his own doping controls which would be made public. This was all in an effort to prove he is clean now and to quash any rumors of his possible doping in the past.

The UCI also does their own doping controls, travelling to wherever an athlete is, unannounced, to get a blood sample for testing in and out of season. So far, according to Armstrong's Twitters, he has had eight blood tests since he returned to training.

Understandably, Armstrong gets a little frustrated by these. But, he is also quick to point out that he has no reason to dodge them, and welcomes them as a means to promote his good intentions and his clean training.

Are eight tests in the last couple months excessive? Maybe. But, if Armstrong can pass each and every test with flying colors, he may be the savior of cycling. To many Lance WAS cycling and, like it or not, cycling lost some of its popularity when he retired. With Lance back, using Twitter, getting tested, we can all have a figure to follow again. Someone we all WANT to like and trust, and believe in. Heck, Nike has even resurrected its cycling shoe division to support him.

If he doesn't let us down, Lance may bring cycling back to what it should be: Clean, healthy, exciting, and competitive. And, hopefully, marketable again. It was hard to market cycling as a sport when things started going south with doping scandals but when Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis were caught, cycling in the US almost died on the side of the road.

Hopefully Lance can breathe some life into cycling again and drag our sport out of the mud.


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