Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Joe Younkin Video

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Check out what Wes came up with from our SuperBowl weekend trip "in search of Epic"

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Breakthrough Run!

KaleRunning Puts on an early season XC running race series called Mud in your Eye! This is it's 4th year of doing it, and it is my second year of doing it. I know these guys very well from way back, and they put on great events all year long, and use electronic chip timing technology, and have a great core that makes it happen. I love getting my results and any other information you could think of emailed to my Blackberry before I even get home from the event! Here's the email from today;

Congratulations Kevin Horvath on finishing the Mud in Your Eye Cross Country #3 on February 23, 2008. For your records, the weather that day was rainy, 39 degrees F, calm wind. Now that was a Mud In Your Eye race wasn't it??

There were 17 finishers in the Male 35 to 39 age group and 247 finishers in the 8K division.

Your overall finish place was 47, your age group finish place was 3 and your gender finish place was 43. Your time 36:17.00 gave you a 7:18 pace per mile.

Thank you for coming out to the final race in the 4th Annual MIYE XC Series. For a full listing of results including series results, please visit www.mudinyoureye.kalerunning.com. Event photos will be available tomorrow at www.photoreflect.com.

Happy Running,

Team Kale

So before todays finale race, I was sitting in 5th overall for my age group, so I pretty much gave up hope of moving up the standings and hoped to beat my friendly competition of Dinsey! We have nicely been going at it tooth and nail even before this series.
To his credo, he was not feeling well today (cough, cough).

And with the help of my new running partner Mega, I have been able to improve all of my runs from last year except for today. Today, and pretty much the series as a whole, has put mud in my eye (literally). But none like this one. Today was very much like a cross race with chilly temps, mushy grass, huge puddles, MUD, and I loved it!

I started out the gate in usual fashion which is faster than I should but I settled in, and cruised till the last of 5 miles and really picked things back up to have a strong finish. I got 3rd in my age group, and for the series I landed in 3rd for my age group!

I hope the legz don't feel too bad tomorrow for the first bike race of the season at The Virginia Beach Sportsplex...
I will be representing team Pepe Le Pew!

Chucky Monkey

That Chuck is so silly! And at over 13 years of age, he still likes to play...
Here we have monkey giving Chuck a nice happy hug, but monkey (i just said butmonkey) wouldn't let go. So ol Chuck broke out. And the Blackberry caught all the action...

Come Baaaaaaaaack!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Spring is in the air!

I know it's been a while since i last posted, and I apologise...
busy busy busy!
Just not too much blog worthy.

Hit this link to see a little album of the early signs of spring Judy and I saw today on a late afternoon ride...
And the log crossing was inspired by Silly!

Judy sees signs of Spring

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

Beer Me!

Could it be that one of those works of art will have my name on it? Or will two of them be mine? Hmmmmm...
Decisions will be made while cracking open some Dales Pale Ale by Oskar Blues...

It's so Racer X looking

In the meantime, go here to check out some Hotness!spotbikes.com

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Mud in yer eye XC #2

I can't thank The Hupp's and kalerunning enough for putting on top notch running events locally, and giving me something to do other than cycling in the winter months! They find great places for the races, and offer up the fastest results posting I have ever seen. I am enjoying meeting new people and rubbing elbows with little girls in sprint finishes. This is one time that I hope the photographer didn't catch me! I really wasn't sprinting her, it was Dinsey I was trying to get away from. He got me good at the last race, and I was hoping to change that this time. I almost messed it up by misjudging the finish and laying everything I had about a quarter of a mile too soon (oooops). So I crawled it on in, and took a gander behind me only to see him closing in. I found a lil sum sum to kick into the finish and not let him beat me. It's a great little competition (friendly) we have and it's really motivating! Jerry showed up for this one and finished very well in my age group. Who knew he could run? Turns out he's run a few marathons back in the day. Cockrell was out there too, and he didn't disappoint! Two of our peeps were not there---
Marco had a hockey game (go figure ;-) ) and Meaghann who got really ill the other day and wasn't well enough to get out there.

AFter the run, Chris, Jerry and I got changed for a bike ride, and rode down Cedar to the infamous PLT course, and boy was that wind a howlin!!! It was a good 30 (?) ride topped off with a little bucks at the end.
This was my first ride on my road steed in over 5 months! And I must say, the Sram Force Carbon setup is very nice! I'm already used to the difference in shifting.

I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely weather we're having!!!

Below is the email I got at Starbucks post ride from Kalerunning.

Congratulations Kevin Horvath on finishing the Mud in Your Eye Cross Country #2 on February 09, 2008. For your records, the weather that day was mostly sunny, 43 degrees F, calm wind.

There were 19 finishers in the Male 35 to 39 age group and 271 finishers in the 6K division.

Your overall finish place was 59, your age group finish place was 5 and your gender finish place was 51. Your time 25:34.95 gave you a 6:51 pace per mile.

Thank you for coming out to race in the 4th Annual MIYE XC Series. It looks like some good series competition is developing...

Friday, February 08, 2008

more supa bowl pics

from Dinsey

a new fragrance

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The morning after


Monday, February 04, 2008

Super Bowl Weekend ride...

Some people go to Florida for "pro" type training camps filled with long boring miles.
I did just that two years ago and thus missed out on the infamous ride weekend known as the Superbowl Sunday ride. I won't be missing this weekend for anything but a family emergency. As a matter of fact, I overheard the girls saying that it won't be long till the Judster joins us on this ride!

Typically we make this into a weekend by staying in the area and doing an all day ride in Sherando, and drive a little bit up to H-burg for the Super ride that's been going strong for over 25 years!

We all shack up in one place, and bring plenty of good food, and beer.

Last year was a frozen tundra, but very good. All we had to deal with was frigid temps, slick ice, and snow...

This year we had it all. It wasn't very cold so picking out the ideal clothing was tricky but key.

And the conditions covered just about everything you could think of, really...

We got in two great and long rides.
Sherando was great. The creek crossings were interesting. The switchbacks were awesome. I climbed well there. I didn't for some reason climb well on the road climbs.
I keep in mind that I'm slugging around an unlocked rather heavy full suspension bike, and the fact that I'm off the bike a lot this time of year. What's important is that I feel good about myself, and am having the time of my life ! It truly is a weekend of cycling that I really look forward too, and reflect upon all year.

There's always a core group that goes, but its interesting to see others come along and interact and get to know better. I like to see rooks come along and watch them endure the weekend for their first time. Its got to be pretty easy going with a bunch of vets that know how to do it right.