On February 4th 2010 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I was completely stunned. I'm starting the "Scope That Colon! Initiative" to help others feel more comfortable dealing with this disease.

Monday, February 28, 2011

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Ask Ben Buttson... He'll tell you to get checked!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Be like me...

Want a couple of free bikes?
Want to go to Sea Otter with me?
Want to live the Flight Crew life you've been jealous of?
If you answered yes to these questions, here's your opportunity...

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

Yep, that's the date today.....
I haven't written in awhile only because well, there hasn't been much to say. It's hard being a writer when there's no news.

One thing that is exciting is the fact I've been officially picked up for the 2011 Airborne Flight Crew! This is going to be a really fun year working with them. As most of you know, I've been working in bike shops and the like for most of my adult life and it's been interesting talking with Jeremy over at Airborne and learning how things go "behind the scenes". From the outside it looks like a fun kick ass job, but I've learned that there are ALOT of headaches that go along with designing and then implementing cool bike ideas. You have to patient and thick skinned. Maybe if/when I go back to being a regular bike shop rat again, this knowledge will come in handy.

Still working out pretty regularly, until sickness or life stalls me out. Still trying to eat better more consistently. That seems to be my weakest link. I was able to actually get outside last week for a couple of rides, but that was just a cruel tease on Mother Nature's part. Back to our regularly scheduled 20 degree weather....I think it might be time to try a video of me working out... Kind of "Rocky/Eye of the Tiger" style....

DoIt4Others isn't really taking off like I'd hoped. Companies are really slow at getting back to me on sponsorship opportunities. I'm going to give another push in the next couple of weeks and then get it up and running officially. We'll just have to keep it "grassroots" I guess. I have a few people traing for marathons and such asking about it, so there is interest there.

My bike is stripped and back at Airborne for the "pimp my ride" decal treatment. Can't wait to see what it looks like.

On another note, 40 years ago today we were blessed with a wonderful girl who grew up to be a beautiful woman and loving wife and mom. Happy Birthday hun!

Well off to go find something really worth writing about....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

What a Difference a Year Makes...

Well it was one year ago yesterday that I got the news that I had cancer. It was a dark and trying time for us with my wife away attending to her dad's affairs due to his death and me up here waiting for 'the call"... it's really hard when you need to be with your spouse and you can't. Thank heaven for all the great friends and family who we are fortunate enough to have surrounded ourselves with.

So what has changed?
Well I think Connie and I much closer and more tolerant of everything in our lives. We realize how fortunate we are.
I'd like to think I have more tenacity when getting things done, but unfortunately it isn't really showing lately. I'm having a hard time dealing with the tedium of things I need to get done and accomplish. Something I REALLY need to work on.
If anyone has any suggestions on overcoming this, I'm all ears....Cabin Fever isn't helping.

My goal this week is to get all the sponsorship requests out for the new website and get that going...again, it's the tedium making this process so slow. Airborne has stepped up with their support so I owe people to add to that

Like everyone else, I'm TIRED of all the snow.... enough already, the novelty has worn off. I need to get outside and do something besides shovel. Can't even hike or anything. If anyone wants to donate a trip to someplace warm... I'm available.

Well I don't have much to write about right now, but I had to say something to mark the anniversary.
I promise to do better next time....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow, Strep and a Quiz....

Miss the summer yet? This snow crap is getting ridiculous. Here I am typing and it's snowing AGAIN, and the kids have a snow day AGAIN and I'm starting to go stir crazy AGAIN. Looks like that except for a short break tonight, it's going to snow right though to Wednesday night. So that brings the snow total to what, close to 7 feet and it's just now February?

On a related note, strep throat has ravaged our house this year. Noah just finished up round #4 and Luke is on #2. Wifey and I each have had it once. Between snow days and strep, I don't think Noah has put in a full week of school since Thanksgiving.

On the bike/fitness front, working out has been limited to indoor stuff. Not the most ideal way of doing things but when life gives you lemons.... Maybe a video of the work outs are in order.
I'm still determined to get racing again this season and do some things to "pay it forward". I owe alot of people so I need to keep plugging away at it.

Now it's pop quiz time. The Livestrong Foundation has written a quiz to test your knowledge about cancer awareness. Take the quiz and pass it along. Taking it also gets you discounts on really cool Livestrong gear! Follow this link

Well that's all I got for now...See ya!