It just goes faster and faster!

•January 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It hadn’t really hit me that we’ve already come to the end of one decade and the start of another. I was used to thinking of the year-end stuff that news organizations traditionally do, but wow, with the start of 2010, yep, that’s another dacade down the hatch!

Having just turned 35, I’m halfway into my fourth decade of existence. I was too young to recall the start of the ’80s but I do remember hearing about us having a new president by the name of Ronald Reagan. And I do remember all that talk about what happened in the ’80s as we approached 1990.

But the ’90s never really got summed up as its own decade, at least to me. As 1999 started and went on, it was all about the last century and millenium, and the start of a new one. (And fears of Y2K mayhem.)

So with this decade quickly winding down, here are my highlights of it in a nutshell:

-Spent the first five years of it in Seattle, in a new job (my only non-journalism one). Got married!

-The last five years of the decade we’ve spent back in the Midwest, but traveled around Europe for several weeks (in 2005!) before settling back down. Resumed a career in journalism.

Interesting how this decade really consisted of two parts, the Seattle and the Midwest eras. So what will next year (and the next decade) bring? A little bundle of joy, due in late February! Followed by maybe another bundle of joy, followed by fatherhood and parenthood adventures. I also hope there will be a lot of good news for everyone else, as many of us know how tough the last decade has been.

I for sure am going to need a good decade, because by 2020 I’m going to be the father of a ‘tween girl. I’m already kind of worried.


Getting better at that cyclocross thing

•December 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Boy, does fear make for a good motivator!

After suffering through last year’s JingleCross Rock, where I came in second-last (to a guy who ran while carrying his broken bike) I made it a point to do more training for this year’s race. And it was a success.

Read my whole blog post here. Michelle also writes about how fun and successful JingleCross in her post.


Ready to race at Jinglecross

•November 24, 2009 • 2 Comments

This is at the Jones County fairgrounds, where I've been practicing. The real fun will be at Jinglecross in Iowa City this weekend!

Well, it’s official: I’ve signed up to race at JingleCross. My race starts at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Read my full blog post on VeloDuo, and come out and enjoy a day or a weekend of bikes, mud and fun!

A great day full of cyclocross racing

•September 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Had one of the best sporting experiences of my life last weekend when I went to see some of the best cyclocross racers in the world in Madison, Wis. Read my full post at VeloDuo!

INCOMING!!! Baby on the way!

•August 15, 2009 • 8 Comments
Our little bundle of joy, at 10.5 weeks old!

Our little bundle of joy, at 10.5 weeks old!

This is a post where words really can’t describe how excited I am for me and Megan. Just wanted to share the good news for now! Our little bundle of joy is due to arrive on Feb. 27, 2010.

I know this blog has been a little slow of late as RAGBRAI, work and working on my family restaurant’s new Web site had taken center stage in my life. 

But now I’ll literally have a lifetime of great stories to tell from here on!

Newest post in VeloDuo about training for RAGBRAI

•July 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Check out my newest post on the VeloDuo blog about our ride in the Tour de Brew. Made a new friend and learned I have a ways to go to get ready for RAGBRAI!

Does watching the Tour count as training?

•July 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

With less than two weeks before RAGBRAI, the quality and amount of my training has dwindled down to nearly nothing.

I blame the Tour de France. (It’s always something else, and never me, apparently.)

Read my full blog post at Thanks!