March 2008 - Posts

09 March 2008
Broke The Mountain Bike Out Of Storage
I used to mountain bike. A lot. For some inexplicable reason I stopped a few years ago when other priorities manifested themselves, but recently I decided to start up again. While I'm not horribly out of shape, I'm definitely not the rider I used to be...but I aim to change this soon as the legs start getting used to pedaling again. I never have been much of a weight lifting guy, but the muscle group I've gravitated towards working when I do lift has been legs, and that's also apparent by the sports I choose to do (cycling, skiing). For any mountain bikers who read this blog, I ride a GT XCR 2000 , although mine is similar to the one mentioned in that link in frame only; most of the parts have been upgraded to Shimano XT models, I have a minimalist style seat, and carbon stem/bars/seatpost...the bike tips the scales at about 27lbs and more upgrades for weight savings are planned. While it's an older bike, the system that GT invented, i-Drive (which stands for independent... Read More...
08 March 2008
Heading Back To School, Finishing Up My Degree
After a long round of thinking about the future, my short and long term goals, and my overall level of happiness, I've decided to finally head back to school to finish up my degree. For those of you who don't know, I dropped out of college my sophomore year to pursue my present career track in software development which at the time (the .com boom) was one of the better decisions I've ever made. I've always considered myself a student of life itself and love learning, so the logical progression of things was always to head back to school at some point and obtain my 4 year degree. That time is most definitely now more than ever as A) I'm not getting any younger and B) better now than later when it'll be even tougher given other life constraints. I've been accepted to the local university here in Charlotte and will be starting up classes in mid-May. Initially I'll be doing a light course load (8 hours) since I will be of course working fulltime in parallel.... Read More...