I also ran for and won a seat on the Manitou Springs City Council
Running & Rambling
On occasion I like to write something down. Here are just some of my ramblings
One of the best ways to learn html is to use it to write some games.
Yvonnes and my running wedding
Yvonne and I met at an Incline Club workout
so it was only logical (to us anyway:-) that we get married at an Incline Club workout.
So during an otherwise normal Sunday long run we, along with 96 others, took a break at the first scenic overlook
in Waldo Canyon. To read about the race for the Best Man and Bridesmaid, the 76 piece kazoo band and the
great snowball conspiracy just go here.
This is my Trek Y5 mountain bike
When I first got my Y5 I thought about just hanging it on the wall and calling it art! Basically, I did not want to take it out and get it dirty.
Looks like dirt was the least of my worries because I picked
these up on my first off-road ride. I got 6 in the front tire and 5 made holes! The good folks
at the bike shop tell me that the RR department plants these evil thorn bushes on purpose and they told me
that before I told them that I was, in fact, riding on a trail next to RR tracks by Sinton pond.
They are called Goatheads look at the one on the lower right to see why and they are
prominent in the late fall/early winter.
One fast Training Partner
One of the fastest ways to improve is to train with someone better than you. My Quinton Q65 Treadmill
with a 645 programmable controller can easily hum along at a 3m20s per mile pace and can even
do so at a 25% grade so needless to say I wont be
out running it anytime soon. It does not care what the weather is like, what
time of day it is or even how I feel. Without exception my best seasons come
after I spend the winter running with Q on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I cant stand
to run on a treadmill for my easy stuff but for the hard stuff nothing can beat it. Besides, it is
hard to be bored when you are hurting!
To date, I have only beat it one time. The victory was short
lived however when I found out I won due to user error after cleaning it I forgot to
attach the controller cable lock and during the workout it worked its way loose.
I am often asked why I got a treadmill that goes so insanely fast.
The answer is the same reason you would not buy a car that only does the speed limit
you would max it out all the time and it would not last very long. I have tripped circuit
breakers on health club treadmills because I ran at their max speed (often only 6 min pace) for too long.
However, even when I am running at my max Q is solid as a rock!
Some of the things I like to collect (besides wins and records)
Anything related to Pikes Peak is fair game. However medals, books, postcards (steam era COG or Incline related) and brochures (again
steam era COG or Incline related) make up the bulk of my collections. My Pikes Peak book collection and my Pikes Peak medal collection are both online. Believe it or not the medal collection is for
the most part non running related.
Another hobby of mine
I am really getting into R/C airplanes! Here are some of the modifications I have made to my RTF (Ready to Fly) planes in preparation for finishing off my kit built glider. As you can see it is in skeleton mode now.
Just a baby, a tot, a kid growing up...
I started out in an incubator because I was born breach feet first would
figure and had some problems. The doctor said I fought very hard to survive.
The paint is peeling off the walls of the incubator but I guess it worked.
Not afraid of cats at age one and a four-year-old Matt working on his baby fat
round out the top row. Sorry, I can not remember what I was eating but I see some
lettuce a well balanced diet is important for a runner! When I was nine
I had a cool mini-bike I rigged the governor so that it would go
faster than normal. I broke a couple of bones during these years falling off of
a bike, a skateboard and a fall out of tree that bent my arm backwards
at the elbow:-( That works out to two broken wrists and an elbow that was bad enough
that it had to get a couple of pins put in after a piece of bone was taken out.
I caught this snake when I was about 11. Now are those pants cool or what? OK, my high-school picture is not that great but whose is?
Fresh out of college and already climbing the ladder of success! If you can stand it
here is a larger version.
Gotta have a cause...
Nothing pushed my buttons like the DOJ case against Microsoft. I spend quite a bit of time writing letters to people
that probably dont read them. Senator Hatchs office even sent me a generic form letter admitting he would not read my letter
because I was not from his home state! However, this one got published in the Colorado Springs Gazette. To relieve a
little stress one day I created the Janet kiss kiss
Reno page. Bottom line, this whole nonsense is not about browsers but a bunch of jealous people who want to whine their
way to the top. However, just in case you are wondering here are some of the reasons I prefer Microsoft Internet Explorer.
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