This is not a green light to piss & shit all over my new thread. I have been blogging for years. Here. Or on the great big Internets. Various forums. Who the hell else knows where. And for the most part I just go. I produce, and some subset of people consume. Some consume a lot. Some consume a little. Some throw it out and order someone else's pizza. So this is my newest installment of verbal Internet pizza. But this time, I invite you to steal it. I invite you to steal it in 1 of 2 ways. The first is to add your own content, based on something you read here, or that you tangentially thought of, or that you just have no where else to put. You had a great ride, but don't know where to put it. You had a shitty ride, and don't know where to put it. You played chess, and feel like talking about it. I invite you to add it here and maybe it will drive me to respond in kind. All I ask is that you make it some form of narrative. It doesn't need to be long. It just needs to relay the message coherently. The second way that you can steal this thread is to ask questions. To make me tell you something of your choosing. This, of course, is bound by the limits of my knowledge & experience. I cannot, as an example, tell you what Tenzig Norgay thought when Sir Edmund Hillary got all the credit. But if it's in my wheelhouse of experience or thought, I'll do my best to answer. Pretty much anything goes here. I did think of a 3rd way just now. Offer yourself to be called on. For instance, Martin maybe says he is willing to be called on. And I ask Martin a question to which he has to reply, or be banned from the game and publicly tarred & feathered. I sit here and look out the window, thinking that I really should ride today. This involves a little work, setting the cross bike up with the non-tubulars, which isn't too hard but needs to be done either way. Then it involves getting dressed for the worst possible conditions. Raining and 35-40 degrees is the worst weather to ride in. Absolute hell. Moist, cold, hell. I also sit here and think, only 5 months of this. Then I think, I need to get through it this year, and avoid watching 5 months of OnDemand while sitting on the rollers in the basement. Maybe this will help. Maybe not. But I'd like to make this thread slightly different than my so-called training threads have been. As a final request, I ask that anyone who is a regular on these threads to try and add to it somewhere along the line. You only get out of it what you put in. I think we have enough interesting people and stories to make this really interesting. So with that, I invite you to do as Abbie Hoffman suggested, and Steal This Thread.