Uping the Ante

The Kestrel.. photographed in Kitsilano, on “the jobsite” since I would ride to and from painting contracts.. sometimes, I’d even pass co- workers sitting and waiting (patiently?) for the bus to pick them up.

Finally took the time to fix The Kestrel yesterday. It wasn’t a big fix.. but since I have the Felt.. I wasn’t in a rush at all. But- for use on the trackstand the Kestrel is rarin’ to go. So, strapped in and spun away for 120 minutes.. 60 mins in 6th.. 60 mins in 7th. Perceived intensity was upper edge(s) of moderate, nearly difficult. But that’s my perception compared to riding on the Felt.. the nice- ish thing about the Kestrel is that she’s got 700c wheels which fit my trackstand better. The Felt, with her 650c’s, has the resistance roller dialled almost all the way up which means there’s little room  for modulation- it’s either just making contact or.. not making contact at all. With the 700c’s I can dial it in and make the workout a nice difficult one.

Training Log 06/03/22

Ahh… my awesome Felt S22.. 650c wheels and triathletic angles.. a whippy and quick little ride that was puchased for my wife for her own triathlon endeavors that kind of got waylaid by pregnancy and the birth of our daughter.

Training.. it can be a hard thing to do especially when you’ve got a small company that demands a lot of your time. Trying to “eke” out an hour here, an hour there.. and trying to increase stamina can be worrisome and difficult.

Today while I was on my 120min spin I remembered something that was mentioned in an article generally about the boat Vakita and her captain. Specifically, he mentioned that pedalling the boat was akin to spinning on flat ground in third gear. Third is pretty easy.. I’ve logged 14 hour days in harder gears.. and uphill.. both ways (j/k),.

So, today I checked out what gear I was in.. 6th. And I train indoors on my trackstand/ friction trainer. And the friction is a bit harder than “regular” or flat road work. So, my guestimate is that I’m in about 8th gear spinning for 2 to 3 hours.. 

I also have a guestimate that if I can spin for 3 hours here in training I’ll be good to go for spinning full days around the world. I feel this because I have so much *other* stuff I have to do I can’t sacrifice much more than three hours.. and I’m also pretty well aware that you don’t have to train at full volumes for competition.. I never did as a triathlete. So, training for fractions at higher intensities.. BANG ON!

Long and short of it- I’m pretty solid on the cycling part of things.

And I’m pretty psyched about the mod’s I’ve gone and done to all my websites. The future is looking positive.


I’ve recently migrated the site from an old XOOPS layout to WordPress. I realize much of what I had with XOOPS is missing.. it’s not gone- just awaiting replacement. It’ll all take place shortly.

Andre Roussell

I tried to post this over at my former sponsor “Youpic” but.. their infrastructure is really crappy. The site is promoted as having everything you want and nothing you don’t want but their blog functionality.. the (in)ability to functionally post videos and the fact that only if you pay will you get recognized means~ to me~ the site isn’t all that grown up.

But.. what did I try to post?

I discovered that Andre Roussel, also known as Beloqa (? I’ll have to double check that) passed away early in 2019.

why did this come as a surprise to me?

I’d been kind of “out of the game” for a long time.. the more I delved in to the world of commercial painting, the less time I spent behind the lens.. the less time I spent doing things that meant something to me. Prior to that, I would almost wait for a new photographic post from this artist.. over at “deviantart.”

So, just before I posted the attempt at YouPic.. I decided I wanted to do a “series” that tried to examine the old guard and where they went. If they went anywhere.

I knew of several Vancouver shooters who were gone.. WH Henning was gone, that I knew. And the photographer that has the initial “E” .. gone. They all bought in to early era digital gear and spent thousands on the equipment.. printers, camera bodies, lenses.. the only thing I thought was worth the money being the lenses of course.

I remember the last time I talked to WH Henning.. he was worried that he’d have to go back to “regular” work as photography just wasnt cutting it and he had sunk a pretty penny in to the gear.. the studio.. and it just wasnt giving him the payday he sought.

Anyhow.. I decided to look in to Andre Roussel to see where he was. I knew him from Deviantart so I started there.. and that’s where the annoucnement was- right on his profile. He’d passed away early in 2019.

It kind of brought me back to a more sober aspect of reality I guess you could say. He wasn’t old.. and he did have a certain style of work.. and it was no more. The fact that he passed with little or no fanfare was kind of surprising.. the company “Deviantart” didn’t make note of it anywhere.. and I can’t find any notices online. I do know he was in Montreal and I am planning on being there next year so, I hope to visit his gravesite and do my own memorialization at that time.

It’s reality and now that I’m growing closer to the end as opposed to the beginning I’m seeing it as such.. no fanfare will be made at my passing. I don’t think.

Some day perhaps someone will write something like this about me.