Sunday, June 22, 2008

Doggies and Crits

So this weekend was the AMLI Crit in downtown Austin. It was also my first weekend with my new dog, Dante. I've taken lots of pictures of him and posted them HERE. Before he came home Friday night, I decided to give the cats a bath so they would look all nice and fresh for him... they weren't too excited. Saturday morning I immediately took him out to Reimers for some climbing and he did really well with the other dogs and hiking. Saturday afternoon he had to stay home while I watched the AMLI Crit downtown. There were just too many people, and he was already a bit stressed from getting a new home.

As a side note... on the way downtown to the crit, I tried to jump a curb on my new bike, and ended up face first on the pavement with the rear axle of my bike crashing down upon my head. Fortunately, I had a spare shirt with me to soak up all the blood, and eventually about 6 hours later, it stopped bleeding. I probably should have gone to the hospital, but I was really excited about watching the crit. Above, are two pictures from the race. The picture on the left is from the pro race, and the picture on the right is from the mens cat 123 race. It was an awesome day, besides the head cut, and all the racers did really well.

On Sunday, Dante came with to the Austin St. Hospital Crit, and he enjoyed being outside with the other doggies. He's really such a sweetheart, and loves other dogs. This crit was a little more low key, so he did very well. I also took him to the dog park and let him play in the water for a few hours. Man, he loves the water!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Crits All Weekend

So, I wasn't going to post again until after I got my doggie, but I wanted to tell everyone about the AMLI Crit this weekend. It's downtown near 2nd and Lavaca and will be packed with people and riders from around the country. Be sure to check it out. The Jrs. race starts at 2pm and the Men's PRO race at 8:15, with lots of other categories in between. It's really a lot of fun.

Also, the Thursday night Crit series will be having a PRO night this week, due to the AMLI Crit on Saturday. See you there!

UPDATE: There will also be a Crit on Sunday at the Austin State Hospital. The eRacing Stigma Crit starts at 9am with the Cat 4 Women, and the Pro 1 Men's group is at 1:10pm, with lots of other races before, after, and in between.

Friday, June 13, 2008

New Doggie!

So next week I will be adding to my family... I'm getting a new dog. Well, a puppy really. He is 7 months old and has been training for the last 4 months at the Triple Crown Dog Academy here in Austin. He's a rescue dog from the Blue Dog Rescue group. I'm very excited to have him in the house, and I've already got lots of fun toys and treats for his arrival. This Sunday I'll be going up to train with him at the academy and then next Friday I can bring him home! So far, I've got new pet names narrowed down to: Dante, Diego, and Max. What do you think is the best name for him?

Friday, June 6, 2008

My New Bike

So it's only been a few days, but I thought I'd post a quick picture of my new bicycle. It's a 2005 Bianchi Pista Concept track bike. I'm really excited to take it out and ride. Currently I only have it set up with a free wheel, but it's got a flip flop hub and in a few days I'll probably flip it over to a fixed gear.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Some yard work...

A lot has happened in the last few days. Last Saturday night I found out that there was a leak in my main water pipe under the house. No good. So over the next three days a trench was dug in the front yard so the plumber could come replace the pipe. Also during this time, there was no water going into the house. Basically it was like camping but without the stars or campfire. I choose to take showers at work for those few days. But now the new pipe is in, and there is much more water pressure in the house than before... and no leaks under the house. While the plumber was here he showed me the inside of the old pipe. It was all clogged up and nasty, and you couldn't even see through it. It's amazing I even had any water pressure to begin with.

Also, the city decided that today would be a great day for them to dig up the gas line on the street and replace it. The nice thing about this, is that the city is going to replace the main gas line to my house too... for free! One less thing to worry about in the future.

Finally, this weekend is my friends baby shower. Stay tuned for cake pictures and stories!