Sunday, February 19, 2006

New Addition(s) to the Family

Aah, puppy breath... Greetings web-friends. Yes, the long awaited day finally arrived and we brought home a little brother for Ally last week. His name is Ryder and he is in the adorable "fluffball" stage right now. What a cutie! He was born on Christmas Eve, which has special significance to Alicia and me, as you may know from my postings about the loss of Dutch. Ally is getting along quite well with the little guy and they are quickly becoming buddies. I have created an index of pictures online if you want to check out some more shots of the little guy. Visit www.eggott.com/ryder and check 'em out.

But you said "Additions"... Yes, I did. In preparation for my June 100 mile mountain bike race for charity, I decided to upgrade my equipment and replace my 10-year old mountain bike with some new technology. My new Cannondale Rush should be here by March and am looking forward to throwing my leg over the new ride and taking it out for a spin. This is the same bike that Cannondale's David "Tinker" Juarez is now riding for his endurance events, so if it's good enough for him, it's got to be good enough for me! Thanks also to Steve & Mike from Team Active, in Battle Creek. They took the time to help me pick the right size and make sure that it's gonna fit me perfectly. A hundred miles is a LONG time to be on a mountain bike, so a good fit is very important! They are also supporting my Pedaling With A Purpose event in June with $25 Team Active gift cards for anyone that donates $100 or more. You guys rock!

However, those of you who have been in my basement know that I'm kind of a bike junkie. Some would say that it looks like a bike shop down there, with four (soon to be five) mountain bikes, three road bikes and a road tandem. Of course, my wife claims one of the mountain and road bikes, but still, we have a lot of bikes. Well, I figured there's room for one more and we have an addition to the stable. I've brought home a LeMond Poprad cyclocross bike for winter road training. While it looks like a regular road bike, it's designed with a beefier frame, better brakes and can be taken off road on trails. The tires are wider than a traditional road bike, making it the perfect training bike for Michigan's crappy roads (gotta love potholes if you're gonna live in Michigan).

So, can't type much more, I have to go play with our new puppy and then get out on a training ride. I've got a big race in June, ya know...
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