Monthly Archives: August 2006

Low Hanging Limbs

No, the subject line does not refer to gorillas, orangutangs or apes..not even monkeys. It explains why I didn’t get my last hurrah bike ride in yesterday. I picked up my buddy’s bike and put it on the roof of my car…a freshly rebuilt Gary Fisher Sugar, double suspension, SID front shocks, brand new brakes, bottom bracket and who knows…

Retired Nurse Ranger

Normally I don’t enjoy talking to the families of patients in the ER about non-medical stuff. The families are usually filled with nervous energy, I’m usually focused on making a diagnoses and keeping up my press-gainey scores while not making any horrendous mistakes. The conversation that ensues is therefore usually shallow chatter to pass the time. So when the elderly…

Johnny Park Ride

THis is a ride I did a few weeks ago. In a guidebook for the area, it is listed as an out and back ride…I don’t reccomend it that way. Set up a shuttle or plan for a 30 mile road/mtn bike ride and do it as a loop. The scenery is great, the trail conditions for the first 3…

The bartender and the musician.

So I’m sitting at the bar sipping a margarita and engrossed in this month’s CME from New England Journal fo Medicine on Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus infections. There is a large group of tourists at the endof the bar, who knock a full glass of beer on the fllor, shattering the glass. “Don’t pick up the pieces,” the bartender admonishes.…

Bouldering

I can’t believe that I live within minutes of the world’s greatest bouldering playground, and I havn’t gone bouldering until today. It was a beautiful afternoon, warmish evening temps with an autumn smell to the air. the setting sun cast shadows across each of the boulders highlighting every seam & crack. Although my strength, weight and conditioning are not ideal…

Let my Patients Go Surfing

I have just finished reading Yvon Chouinard’s outstanding book titled, “Let my people go surfing…the education of a reluctant businessman.” In Chouinard’s world, there is a constant battle of escape vs. committment. His early days of forging pitons for personal use in climbing blossomed into a small business in which mail order was only for those climbing buddies that couldn’t…

Heil Ranch

What a pain in the butt this ride was. I much prefer the massive bedrock slabs and contoured grooves to this trail, described as “smooth singletrack” in the guidebook, itwas anything but. Endless miles of 3 foot wide sand trail smothered in loose, square sided softball sized rocks. Every single rock required a muscle or balance move to roll over,…

Hall Ranch

Wow, this was an awesome ride on Hall Ranch, > 3000 acres of Open Space close to Lyons, CO. I had the worst side cramps in the world, that almost turned be back in the first mile. I kept biking/resting/biking/resting. Once the first 2 mile, uphill rocky switchbacks were over, the view was spectacular, and then riding packed singletrack, it…