Friday, October 17, 2014

Into the Woods.

With the wind picking up as the day went on yesterday I decided to jump back into the woods for some mountain biking.  I've put a lot a time in at the North Loop but still not sick of it...yet.  Currently the trail is covered with leaves and/or pine needles.  It takes a lap to figure out how well they will hold up in corners, etc.  I managed to fair pretty well, meaning no crashes!

Instead of doing continuous loops I did sections a couple times in a row, Sport Loop, Maxx's Option, Lay It Down, .3, etc.  I also did Twisted Sister.  I've become to like that section.  If I go into it with the right attitude It's a blast.  I made it through without dabbing!  For me that's a big deal.  Not Charlie Schad big deal but a big deal nonetheless.

Ended with 2 hrs 15 minutes.  I'm really, really, longing for some longer rides but holding off till cx is closer to done.  I have this weekend and then the Nov. 8-9 weekend.  Short and fast season.  Then it's go time.  I will start some next week as my schedule appears to allow for it!

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Missed sleep.

Not much happened yesterday.  Hit the gym up, warmed up on the elliptical, stretched, hit the sauna, showered, then off to work. Worked, picked up the kids, took the kids out to eat, met my folks and my sisters kids at the DQ, and that was the night.

I had somewhat planned to get up early and be out riding by 5:30 this morning.  Of course now I wish I had done that.  But with the kids on break I took the opportunity to sleep in a bit.  I was tired!  So an afternoon (and windy) ride are in my future.  Not sure what bike will get the call.

70 degrees today!  While that's super nice I'm hoping for 50's as highs.  But I'm weird like that.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


While still fun, I was mountain biking after all, some nights I'm just off.  Last night was TNL at the North Loop.  My solo lap was fun and fast.  I hit up every section of trail, Twisted Sister included, and rode it all well.  But as the light slipped away seemingly so did my skill and energy.  The hardest I ever bonk is usually on a mountain bike, mostly because it requires more focus and more of your body.

During the second half of the first group lap I felt myself fading.  Anytime I looked to see if we were all together I rode into the woods.  I started to clipped trees with my shoulders and even crashed a couple of times.  Finally at the end of the lap I downed some energy stuff and felt myself spring back.  Always amazed how fast a gooey mess of sugar can spike the energy levels so quickly.  I was good for the lap but anything more and I would have had the sugar crash requiring more gels.

Another good group of riders: Jeff B. (Cadillac Jeff), Bill L, Fitzharris Mike, Mark H., Brian I., myself.  Double digits still allude us.

Taking an easy to off day today.  Sometime tomorrow I hope for a 2-3 hour road ride, most likely in the dark of morning.  Then it's time for Green Acres CX!  This will most likely be my last CX until Velo CX November 8-9th.  Then that's it.  Ski Swap's and our Team day at the shop start up and life just get's too busy.  Plus I'll need to start putting on the Fat Bike miles at that point too.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sore Legs.

My legs haven't been this sore after a cross race yet.  They aren't terrible but the hamstring and inner thigh definitely are letting me know they are there and they are tired.  Not so sure what it was about Theo Wirth that would cause this.  Maybe the hills, the mtb like sections, dehydration, or a bit of everything.  In an odd sort of way I like the pain, as long as it's not debilitating.

Nonetheless it's Tuesday Night Lights tonight.  7:30 at the North Loop.  Come and get some.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theo Wirth CX

Yesterday the family and I made our way to Theodore Wirth Park for some more cx action.  I should have learned from the last time I did this race that it's not too family friendly.  Too bad as I really enjoy the course but part of the reason I like CX is my family can be involved.  But enough of that...everyone has opinions.

Usually I get pumped up for a race but I was just kind of blah before the race.  I had no idea what to expect from the start.  Well I had my best start ever.  Not sure if there was hole shot but if the top of the start hill was it, I got it!  I was quickly passed by Fast Freddy and Owen, shortly followed by Monte.  It takes me a few laps to find my groove and get things situated.  I was feeling good.  Per normal we started to hit lap traffic but Theo Wirth uses some single track and other features that make it hard to pass.  They had an awesome switchback climb that enviably we ran into someone.  This is hard on a single speed to ditch your momentum.  But that's racing.  I'm super timid passing and I hate if I piss someone off.  I just need to learn to pass and go for it.  I'll probably crash!
Each lap I felt I was making ground, well maybe on on Fred or Owen but I could see Monte.  I thought I about had him caught when the lap traffic thing happened and I chickened out on passing several times.  So I rolled into 4th place and loved every minute of it.

Next weekend is Green Acres CX.  I've been told several times this is one of the best.  I've yet to do it.  Can't wait.  Hope to make both days but the logistics are still being hashed out.

Remember: Tuesday Night Lights tomorrow, 7:30 at the North Loop.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Jay P's Fat Pursuit.

It's been awhile but I have a race report up on the Salsa Blog.
Check it out.

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

A Ride Not To End.

They happen every so often.  Yesterday was on of them.  A day you wish your ride could just keep going and going.  After getting the kids to school, daycare, and school #2 I was home putting bottles on the Colossal, ready to ride North.  I did the Pirate's Cove Road to Rice then proceeded up to Royalton.  Here I had to start my way home, but everything in me wanted to head over to the Swanville/Grey Eagle area and explore the rolling hills.  Man I could have put on the miles yesterday, but as it stands I did turn for home and was home in 3.5 hours.

These cool mornings that lead to brisk, sunny afternoons are my ideal riding conditions.  Last Thursday I had off and it rained...wish I could flip Thursdays!  I have a short day today, till noon, but that sounds like 1 and I am on kid duty so time will be an issue.  No all day rides but hope to hit up Warner for a few laps and barrier practice.

The plan it to race Theo Wirth CX this Sunday.  Till then nothing big is planned.  Hopefully a 2-3 hour ride Friday afternoon or morning with nothing or a spin on Saturday.  Once November rolls around I hope to put more hours in for ITI prep.  I'd still like to get out on the Fat Bike this week but days are dwindling when that may work.  Next week....!