Monday, February 28, 2011

Epson sucks.

Trek Store Epson timeline:

June 2008 - Epson Fax/Scanner/Printer purchased.

Aug. 2008 - through Jan 2010 - colour cartridges replaced every 3 months despite never having used colour ink.  The machine won't work unless there are new colour cartridges installed.

Jan. 2010 - fed up with the fax machine it was replaced (in anger) with a far superior HP black and white laser unit.  It works perfectly.

Feb. 26th 2011 -
Don - "Check this out, I just got a new colour printer for the store!" 
Jeremy - "You bought an Epson?  What were you thinking?  Do you remember the problems we had with our old fax machine?" 
Don - Yeah, but it was only $40" 
Jeremy - "OK, we'll see".

Feb. 28th 2011- New printer will not work until we replace the yellow cartridge, less than 24 hours after it was hooked up to our computer.  Awesome.

Lesson learned?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Climbing a mountain

Wow, the last few days have been a blur of information to absorb!  The fit workshop went very well and I have dozens of pages of notes and information as well as dozens of photos to go through to remember it all.  Along with the FIST fit we did a short section with the Retul fit guys, including Todd Carver the guy who just came back from working with team Sky and Geox.  Very cool stuff!
Then on Sunday we did a day with aero guru John Cobb, the same guy who has worked with a guy who won a bunch of Tours (and as far as I know he wasn't supplying drugs).  He is a weird and wacky guy who knows a lot about aerodynamics.  He also gave us a bunch of wacky fitting info to go with the info we already got.  Minds were blown!  The weather was pretty poor that day (really windy and raining - one of 5 days it rains there a year) So Austen (one of the other guys taking the course) and I decided to take a drive up the mountain.  It turned from rain to snow about 2/3 of the way up and by the top we were in a full on blizzard. 

Sketchy drive down, but we survived and it inspired me to plan to ride up the mountain the next day.  Ride was pretty uneventful, weather was nice and sunny (about 12 degrees at the bottom) and ended in cold and icy roads about 4/5 of the way up and 2 degrees.  I had to pull the plug about 500 feet from the top because I was worried about the ice on the road on the descent.  All in all a great ride (about 3200 feet of climbing). 

Drove straight to Oxnard, and here I am sipping coffee and looking at the impending storm off the coast.  Going to try to get a ride in this morning to a coffee shop with Matt P, Peter and Watson.

"Kinda hurts is really fast" - John Cobb on 40km TT fit.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Made it to Cali(fornia) safe and sound.  Had a really smooth (compared to last year's disaster) trip down.  Got mistaken for one of the cast of Star Trek (not sure if it was the movie or tv show, didn't ask), said hi to Ted Danson on Abbot Kinney while having a wicked Macchiato, saw the Goodyear blimp, and my rental car has paddle shifters.  All in all a good day.  The place I'm staying is really nice, desert landscape bordering on 10000 foot mountains.  Very cool, I hope I have a chance to explore. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chasing Elephants

Took advantage of the nice weather and went for a snowshoe today.  Andrew and I chased Tammy around Copeland for an hour and a half as she did her PGPD tempo snowshoe workout.  Was keeping my eye out for wildlife, no sign of the mythical Oro cougar or the Copeland elephant.  I was a little disappointed because I brought my camera and was ready to prove their existence.  Starting the countdown to my California ("Don't call it Cali, it's not in Columbia" - according to Watson) trip.  Leaving next Sunday for a Triathlon bike fitting workshop, and then heading up the coast from LA to Oxnard to do some riding.  Peter and Matt P make great hosts and I'm really looking forward to catching up with those guys.

Tammy and Andrew deciding on direction

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Chasing Legends

As the title would suggest, a bunch of cyclists converged on the Barrie Grande for the premier of the Tour documentary "Chasing Legends".  It was great seeing so many familiar faces at the show, the theater was pretty packed (Especially compared to the 6 people who showed up for the "Race Across the Sky" Leadville 100 movie!)  Very well done film, it was nice to see the tour from a couple of different angles. Some great interviews with the cyclists, Jens Voigt was fun to watch.  I can't believe he is still racing (at what, 40?)   I will be picking this DVD up when it comes out and watching it whenever I need an extra dose of motivation to ride.

I'll leave you with a couple of quotes (neither from the actual movie)

"Jens Voigt will never have a heart attack. Jens Voigt's heart isn't stupid enough to attack him."
"I forgot my purse, I was too distracted by the guacamole in my hat"