Friday, May 29, 2009


If I weren't headed directly to Italy, I'd have stopped for more than pictures... I think I'll be returning to ride here in the next couple months...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A few more shots...

Pasta, olives, fish...  A great way to end the day in Como.

It's great to make friends...  Cycling can bring us together.

My buddy Mike getting fit to a Colnago by Ernesto himself...  A rare treat.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

First shots from Como/Bellagio/Bergamo...

There is nothing as enjoyable as riding sans casque...
However, it's reserved for uphill on hot climbs when I'm feeling spicy...
The climb to Madonna del Ghisallo begins...

Enjoying a little time in Bellagio...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rest in peace...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Business travel...

Tbilisi, Georgia
President Saakashvilli
Standing on Stalin's doorstep...
Baku, Azerbaijan

I had the great honor of spending the week guiding a delegation from the Council on Foreign Relations through Stuttgart, Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), and Kiev (Ukraine).  Here's a snapshot of the week:
1.  Met with 2 Presidents (Aliyev and Saakashvilli).
2.  Ate dinner at three different Ambassador's residences.
3.  Met with key leadership in 3 countries (Foreign Ministers, Ministers of Economic Development, Opposition Party members, and many others).
4.  Visited Gori and Stalin's childhood home... It's pretty amazing to think we were fighting the Soviets in the Cold War 20 years ago.
5.  Enjoyed 1 morning of culture in Kiev (this was a seriously intense work week).
I thought I'd provide a few thoughts:
1.  The members (minus one real jerk) were an impressive group who have accomplished a lot in their professional careers.
2.  Having police escorts while traveling is really convenient (NO STOPPING IN TRAFFIC:-).
3.  The Caucasus will continue to face significant challenges.  It would be great if the U.S. was a little more aware of these critical countries.
4.  We need to find a way to ensure our Ambassadorial posts are manned soon (many are about to be unfilled as current Ambassadors complete tours or retire).
5.  Russia understands strategy and it will take adept diplomacy by the U.S. to ensure the needs of these countries and our own can be met.

Monday, May 4, 2009


Geez... Out of nowhere my Achilles Tendon has flared up... I can't do any "real" training right now.  Hopefully, a little time off and I'll be back on track, but I'm going crazy right now.