Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sheppito & Mommy

I got so many comments on the cute pic of Lavinia and little Sheppito (in the belly) earlier that I wanted to post another picture for you all to see. As you can tell Sheppito is getting bigger. We are almost out of the 2nd Trimester. The time is flying by.

We've not really decided on a theme for the room yet. Mostly we've picked a pale light blue for the walls. My brother and I are making a frame from some fun comic book covers for the wall. If we have any theme it would be "double doggies" in memory of Jac & Tito who we know would love having little Sheppito around. Tito would make him a new lap dog and Jac would hire him to walk the perimeter to complete the security protocols he had in place.

All in all, we're having a lot of fun.



Monday, June 25, 2007

The revolving door on family guests

This weekend Lavinia's Father left for Panama after visiting for 2 weeks. The poor guy had a cold the entire time he was here, but Lavinia and he managed to spend some good time together. It was a week of salmon eating, which is one fish he doesn't get too often in Panama. We had dinner out with his brother and sister and mother for Grandma's birthday while he was here.

As Skip leaves this week we replace him with more family. My Dad's sister and brother, Aunt Ann and my Uncle Tom, are visiting and staying with my parents. On their heels comes my brother, you know that dude who like sometimes posts here, and he'll be staying with Lavinia and me. I've got big plans for all the height that he has when we tape and paint Sheppito's room.

Later in July my Aunt Jeannie and Uncle Palmer from Salt Lake City will be visiting. It's going to be a fun and full summer here in Seattle.

Lavinia is doing super, although she did manage to catch a cold from her Dad while he was here. Bad luck on that, but nothing serious. She's not sleeping very well because, and yes we know that is just a taste of what is to come, but still it's annoying to her.

Can't wait to see Mark again!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Little Sheppito

Thanks to the marvel that is the 3D Ultrasound I wanted to post a picture of little Sheppito. Boy the little boy and mommy are doing well these days.

Popp = Ironman

Today I'm working in the house, doing chores I've put off much too long. I'm using Coffee as my "recovery" drink from yesterday's 100 mile ride with my buddy Joan. Before you think that 100 miles on a bike is something special let me tell you that I'll also be tracking my two friends progress at the Ironman race in Cour d'Alene today.

Jason Popp
Charlene Popp

I've done some cool things in my time but an Ironman is beyond impressive. I'm so excited for these two I can hardly sit still today.

You Can Do It Duffy Moon!

Lavinia and I just watched Jason come over the finish line (butt first) at 12:19 and change. We were sitting here shouting at the computer as if Jason would actually hear us. We like to think he did. We are so happy. Can't wait to see Charlene cross the finish line!

And now she has crossed the line at 13:52. What an amazing display of personal motivation and fitness.

I'm now renaming them both to Mr. & Mrs. Duffy Moon.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Funny Link


just here long enough to put in a link to something funny. Since Jeff has been talking about roids (fortunately the steroidal variety and not the other roids associated with biking) and such so much lately, I thought this would be funny. Heard it on the ride home last night.
Imagining Barry Bond's Record-Breaking Moment
by Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
All Things Considered, June 21, 2007 · Satirists Bruce Kluger and David Slavin take aim at slugger Barry Bonds. They illustrate a scenario in which Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's home-run record.

Hope to post more. Been wicked busy. (Yeah I say wicked now, I know it's werid, but everyone here does it!)



VH Frontmen make the news today

It will be an age-old battle, Sammy vs David (and if you mention Cherone I’ll never be your friend again, just like I’m not friends with Eddie and Alex anymore). You decide which story is really news worth



The only thing about this story that bothers me is that he fails to mention the high percentage of Cabo Wabo sales in the Seattle area that can be attributed to me. Now Cabo Wabo will be world wide! I think I’ll go shake me one right now… “salt shake, lick of lime! Take me down, down to Cabo…” c’mon you guys know the words.



This story is not shocking nor as revealing as they would make it seem. Um, he was a lead singer in a rock band.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cycling Update - Jeff, not racing

Well, you've read my post (or at least skimmed it) about my ride up Stevens Pass and what a challenge it was. I thought I'd do a little follow up post about how riding has been treating me. Since that weekend I've completed an 85 and 102 mile ride and on both of them I've felt a lot better than that day. I've now concluded that it was indeed the heat, and what that exhaustion leads to, that messed me up at the end of the ride that day up the mountain.

The 85 mile ride was on a day that was really windy here in Seattle. I like to call those type of days my "Dutch Hill Days" in reference to the Pro riders out of Holland where there are no hills and the head winds serve as resistance training to a degree. Granted most of them fly south to train, but I can't be so lucky.

The 102 mile ride was last weekend and it was a cooler day, with sun breaks and some head winds but not as bad as the weekend before. Joan and I rode from our house out to Marymoore Park (30 miles) and did the 50 mile loop (advertised) in the Cascade Flying Wheels ride, which turned out to be 42 miles. Then the 30 miles back home. The 43 miles was very hilly, but a good ride. Previous Cascade rides always had some rowdy rude riders and this year things were so much better. Hats off to Chuck and all the great volunteers and staff at Cascade Bicycle Club for hosting a great ride.

RAMROD is July 26, only 5 weeks away. So we need to get a ride in that is closer to 130 to be ready and a few more hills for training. I'm hoping I'm more ready for the heat this time. We've talked about the ride with Joan and we decided an early depature that day will be best for both of us.

In the end I feel better than a Pro Rider because I didn't turn to doping to boost my performance, meet expectations or appease sponsors for good results. That is unless they are testing for Tequila these days in which case I'm as guilty as Verinque.

On your left,

Monday, June 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Mark

Even though he posts very infrequently we still love him. Mark had a birthday this weekend (6/17) and I just wanted to let everyone know. Special events come, like the holidays and the Tour de France, when I really miss having my brother in Seattle. Luckily for me he’s addicted enough to home that he travels here often. He’ll be here in a few weeks and I can’t wait to see him.


Hope your day was great little brother!




Friday, June 15, 2007

Bad Basso

Ivan Basso was handed a 21 month suspension from professional cycling.


My personal thought is that this is fair. I don’t trust his admission that he never actually cheated, just looked into it but it can’t really be proven either way. I hope this puts a scare into other cheaters and it’s a positive step. I’ve noticed a lot of cyclists with “stomach” problems this year pulling out of races and such. My first thought is that this is a masking attempt, but I’ve got no real science behind that.


Here’s to a clean Tour de France and future racing. The fans and sponsors deserve it.


On your left cleanly,


Thursday, June 14, 2007

A new countdown

Our friends Joey & Erin are coming home on June 20th. They have been traveling the world and their blog is an awesome read,


So Lavinia and I have mini-countdown now to train us for the Sheppito countdown.

Joey & Erin come home in 6 days!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Dream of winning for Sheppito

In many sports you will see the winner dedicate the moment to their young child. Shaun Alexander had the touchdown celebration of "burping the baby" and "Hugging the pregnant lady" when he scored touchdowns. Italian football star Totti would suck his thumb after a goal to celebrate his little bambino.

Well, I would love to win for Sheppito some day and this is how I would do it.

Today Christophe Moreau (Ag2r Prévoyance) capped a dramatic ride on stage two of the Dauphine Libere to take victory and the overall race lead on Tuesday. He dedicated the win to his new baby daughter.

On your left,

Friday, June 8, 2007

Do you cheat?

Answer a question. If you could win any sporting event in the world and reap the rewards of winning, but you had to cheat to do it would you?


If you answered yes, please stop reading forget about ever being my friend. If you answered no, then my thanks. To me this is the fundamental question about doping in bicycling right now. Take away the science, take away the pressure to perform and boil it down to the simplest element. Would you cheat? I can think of no other way of taking drugs to boost performance that would not involve the word cheat.


If a sporting participant at the 800 in track n’ field started ahead of the group and only ran 600, participants would scream “cheater!” The idea of doing this is laughable. Yet, anyone who is using performance enhancing drugs is essentially doing the same thing and justifying it to themselves.


Cycling is being rocked this year. It’s hard to follow the sport and not wonder who’s doped up. At what point did it ever become okay to do this? Did Eddy Merckx just beat everyone up so bad in the 70’s that this was how people got around it?


If you are going to use science, use the science of training smart to achieve your goals. If you dope I hope you never win a race again. If you don’t I hope you win them all. Long live the clean.


On your left…cleanly,



Thursday, June 7, 2007

Celebrating 20 Years of Safe Bicycling in Washington State

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington turns 20 years. Founded I believe in Jerry Baker's living room to tackle state wide cycling issues and affect change in the Legislature the Northwest Bicycling Federation was formed. In 20 years the name has changed (props if you still call us NowBike) and we've had 3 Executive Directors.

Over 20 years we've accomplished a lot, more than I could possibly list. As a recreational cyclist, then a full-time commuter I wanted to find a group that shared my interests, that I could help affect change with. I've been a Board Member for 12 years now and I'm very proud of our track record.

If you are cyclist in Washington State you should be a member. If you don't cycle, but support me in my efforts you should be a member. If you care to see alternative transportation options succeed in Washington State then you should be a member. Join the Bicycle Alliance at

On your left,

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

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Stevens Pass - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Thursday May 30th I climbed Stevens Pass on my bicycle again. This was the most audacious attempt at the pass as I started in Seattle and rode there. The ride was so many things and I hope that I can capture it here for you. I had been looking forward to the ride so much that I think I ignored my fitness a bit. Lavinia and I scouted the route to Sultan, WA the weekend before and we knew it was going to be a pretty ride through the farm country.

The Start (the Good)
8:45am Joan, Danielle and I rode out from my house. The sun was already shinning and it was going to be a hot day. We had enough food and water to make it to Sultan, WA, which we estimated was about 50 miles away. The ride started off along the Burke Gilman Trail to Woodenville, where we jumped on highway 9 and turned off at Maltby and then on to Broadway. The traffic was not too bad. We turned off Broadway onto Elliot Road. This started the pretty part of our ride and I've got a few pic below. always has a picture from each stage race that shows the beauty of the ride and they say "where did you ride today?" This is my best pic of that.

Sultan - midway (the bad)
We arrived at Sultan, mile 50 or so right at 11:30. That was pretty good time for 50 miles (2 hours 45 minutes). Our pace into Sultan was high as we were feeling good.
We waited until 12:15 for Lavinia and the road crew to show up. Jean Studley (Joan's sister) was riding with Lavi and Aron was driving his car (Joan's husband). The were going to be our road support for the rest of the day and boy did we need them later, but I get ahead of myself.

We stopped at the Sultan Bakery for some quality treats. The temp was getting warm for sure and we knew we had a hot day in store for ourselves. We shed some clothing, lathered up the sun screen and restocked our water bottles. We were each adding NUUN tablets to our bottles and eating a lot. I was eating so much I was actually feeling full.

We set off from Sultan and started the last 40 miles to Stevens Pass along Highway 2. The highway is busy but during the day on Thursday it was not too bad. I've ridden highways like this a lot, but it took some time for Joan and Danielle to get use the big rigs buzzing past us. We made even better time along the highway. It took about 20 minutes to warm up again and the heart rate was a little high but it settled into place and we just cruised along.

Skykomish - the mountain looms ahead (the Ugly)
We ran into Skykomish and only had 16 miles to go. It was mostly all uphill, but that was just a trifle detail. We all felt pretty good. I was not tired or hungry, but I was very hot. I'm not sure how hot it was, but probably over 80 degrees (to which I know my Nebraska relatives are laughing at me for stating that is hot, but heck I'm NW). We quickly had a nature break, got some more water, ate again and saddled up.

On the way up we snuck off the highway and climbed up a side road for 3 miles, which was a bit more steep, but the lack of cars and the scenery were worth it. The picture to the right is me climbing up through the forest. Jean took this picture from the car adn it shows how nice it was. The black parts of my jersey are a mesh outline that is suppose to help me vent a bit more.

It was at this point that I started to not feel good. You've all heard about hitting the wall, and I've done this several times to know what is happening to me when it comes on. All of sudden my legs were not ticking over the pedals fast enough and my heart rate started dropping. I had no energy and was essentially bonking. It's hard to see in that picture but I'm actually a little scared. In fact, had I not had a support crew I would have stopped soon, but I knew I was safe so I kept pushing it. Joan and Danielle danced away as I pedalled slowly along. I was really struggling. I was so hot it was suffocating me a bit. At one point I just wanted to stop and hurl, but I got past that. I kept telling myself, "make it to the corner" "catch Joan again" "breath slowly" it was really good.

We turned off the side road and back on the highway. At this point we saw something that made me realize I was not going to stop on the hill. Three cyclists, each with at least 30-40 pounds on their bikes were caravaning over the top. They looked about as bad as I felt. But seeing them there on that hot day making the same climb made me decide I was not going to stop.

We started up again on the highway and after about 15 minutes I needed to stop and cool down. I was too hot. I just couldn't continue. The picture below is how it looked to dump ice cold stream water on my 100 degree head. I look miserable but it's really just the shock of the water and quick sensation of losing my breath.

After this point Lavi was every 500 yards or so for me. She had cool water from the hill side run off that I just dumped on my head to cool me down. I felt like Flyod Landis on that remarkable day in the Tour last year. After suffering like I did I'm now not sure he was clean, but that's a different blog post. My cadence was so low that I finally just shut off my computer. I even tore off my heart rate monitor strap so I could feel like I was breathing better. It was so hot. I just couldn't understand why I was climbing that poorly. It was frustrating, confusing, comical and agonizing all wrapped up. Find a word for that and insert it here.

After a little bit I started laughing a bit as I recalled a story from a book my buddy Joey had me read. It was about a common Brit who decided to ride the Tour de France route before the race and in doing so he discovered a lot about himself. On one ride up a mountain he retold the story of British racer Tom Simpson that died while climbing the mountain stage of the tour. He fell off his bike and the spectators swarmed to him. He simply said "put me back on the bike." Which they did and he died soon after that. Now Tom was hoped up on some stuff and it is just a tragic story for sure. But the author recalls saying that the likelihood of him saying 'put me back on the bike' was about as good of odds of him saying "someone ought to teach those ostrichs a lessons."

After laughing about what my last words would be and how I'd explain it to my mother I kept pedalling. Finally reaching the top. I was exhausted. I was demoralized. I was happy and giddy. I was a bit shamed by my lack of performance. I think my pride must have jumped off the bike and been hit by a semi. I still can't seem to find it. For those that have ridden with me you would have relished in the chance to stick it to me.

I have a big hill climbing objective in late July. The only positive is that I remember Lance saying "you don't win the Tour in July" and by that he meant you win the Tour by training months in advance, suffering through things and getting stronger. I felt like warm dog poo but I know that I was stronger at the end for making it.

In the End:

  • The good, was the scenery and the support crew.
  • The bad, for me the heat.
  • The ugly, how I felt and looked as I climbed.

I think the picture to the right sums it all up. This is me at the top. I'd like to think I was in deep prayer thanking any diety that would hear me for not letting me die. But I think I was just this tired and hot that I couldn't move. This picture will be a good motivator for me as my training goes forward.

I'll post a bit more about this ride and the weekend later. That's all for now


New Zenfolio Account

I set up a new on-line account to store our photos. Check it out, I have many to upload.

It's a good price point for unlimited storage, $40 a year. The slide show for guests is really nice and the drag and drop upload feature is great.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Stevens Pass Pics

I’ve posted pics to my new Zenfolio account. Check’em out. A blog post will follow in the next day or two