Sunday, December 21, 2008

best ride of my life...

Last week was busy. I had a bunch of stuff to finish up at work before heading out on vacation, a big data center cut over on Saturday (nailed it!), and I did plenty of riding. I laid off the running and rested my foot and it's feeling a lot better. At this point I don't even know if I can find my way back to the pool... i'll have to google directions. (Sorry Trevor). After I was done with work on Saturday morning I was stoked... I don't have be back at work until January 5th!

Last Thursday I surprised Beth with an early Xmas present. A new bike... Specialized Safire.

Since last summer she has been going on and on about how she wanted to start mountain biking. I told after the season that I would help her start looking for a bike, but I already new what I was going to do. So I kind of kept blowing her off or told her that I had the guys at B&L looking for a bike for her. She wouldn't let up and then started hating on me for not really helping her look and telling me, and everybody else, that I didn't want her to mountain bike... and I continued to blow her off knowing I had already bought the bike. To say the least she was pretty shocked when she found the bike in garage and I was stoked (check her blog for all the hater details). I am really looking forward to getting her out on the trails and teaching her to ride.

Saturday afternoon Beth and I headed out to Lake Hodges for her first ride. We cruised some fun single track, got in some climbing and descending and had a good time. Beth killed it! So much fun.


Oh yeah... near the end of the ride I asked Beth to marry me... and she said yes. Stoked.

I am probably the luckiest dude ever. I popped the question while she was still wearing her helmet and shades. Classic. Our first date was a bike ride so I thought this was the best way to do it... and I knew giving her the bike would throw her off.


After the ride we headed for one of our favorite meals. Good wine and Ciopinno.



holy decanter.

35 comments:

Jeff Kerkove said...

Excellent man! Congrats!

GZ said...

Now that is as sweet as it gets.

Stephanie said...

So glad it went "according to plan". Drinks on me when you guys get back from the Artic East. I will send you daily weather updates while you are gone...

FatDad said...

Good job, man. Congrats!

runninggunner said...

James,

Congratulations!!! Great job on the bike and the ring.

Enjoy your christmans.

Jim Vance said...

Well Done.

Vance

guentherishere said...

Damn dude... Nice...
Smooth operator.
Congrats!

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

Dude! Congrats!

What a romantic ride:)

enjoy the holidays

cheers from Brazil!

Sean Crichton said...

Too cool -- Congrats to ya'll both.

Mark said...

Congrats man! So cool. You two will be the fastest couple around - well, I guess you already are, but you know what I mean ;)

Sam said...

It's been fun following you guys. Congratulations!

XTERRA 29er said...

Congrats!

Flatman said...

Congrats, man...you two deserve each other! :)

Carolina John said...

Congratulations, dude. excellent job fooling her with the bike! that's a nice touch. we've been married for 10 years now, best of luck to you both!

sbrtv said...

Congrats JDub!

And nice job throwing her off. I know when I decide to do the same, I want it to be a complete surprise. Well done and all the best.

stronger said...

Way to go- that's awesome

Stephen Jeffrey said...

Congrats to both of you!!!

I am a new reader to your blog -- keep up the great work!

Stephen

Matt said...

Boom. You killed it!

"Best ride of [your] life."

Zach said...

Congratulations to you both!

Benson said...

Holy effing Mr. Sly Dude!
That is really wonderful.
All the best for you two forever.

Rodney said...

James that is amazing...I am very happy for you both. What an awesome thing to do and what a great couple. You two seem so happy and so into each other. What else is there. Happy Holidays! Happy Life!

JP Flores said...

Congrats to both of you!

That's awesome that you popped the question after a bike ride. Perfect.

Zippy said...

Dude! Sweet!

ramon said...

JW Congrats man..It will be an exciting fun ride. You guys rock.

Dan said...

*Outstanding* What a great trip you two have been on, and looks like it just got a whole lot better. Congratulations!

Jim said...

Can you say sly dawg! Way to pull it off totally unexpected.

Couldn't be happier for the both of you.

You will have to provide a few more details when you get here.

See you both Sunday. Cold beer and the Charger / Bronco game to celebrate.

emkruse said...

All right! Congrats!

Drew Holmes said...

good call!!!! congrats

brian said...

Congrats and way to go!

barndog said...

You took 08 to the next level in ALL aspects! Definitely the capper. Did you happen to be wearing the HR monitor, love to see that data.
wish you guys all the best, what a match! Merry Christmas!

Alan said...

Congratulations James & Beth from a blog reader from the UK!

D a v e P said...

Congrats James (and Beth)! Now comes the fun planning part, where you have to shelve out half of the wedding costs up front...

Sarah said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

I've already gushed over on Beth's blog but I think it is so sweet the way you asked her and I just love the way you guys are so good to each other and so great together!

Hope you're having an awesome holiday...

j.p. patrick said...

Congratulations to both of you!! You seem to have found love and a best friend which is an unbeatable combination! I wish you both a great '09 and future!

BreeWee said...

CONGRATULATIONS James! I am so happy for you both! Cheers to a WONDERFUL lifetime of smiles and love together! ALL the best!!