Friday, September 19, 2014

MMCC Race Weekend.

Last night a very solid crew of workers showed up to pound out some trail work.  I went out after work at noon to replace some broken boards on the bridges, weed whip Granny Hill, and do some stump removal.  At 5:30 we cut back some whippers and cleared the passing lanes.
Today at 1:00 we mark the course.  We're getting there!
I plan on racing the Marathon class but dang getting ready for race is taxing.  I'm bushed!  It's a super fun weekend however and well worth the work.
Now if the rain could miss us...

See you at the trail!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Better (much) Better Ride!

OK yesterday's mtb ride made up for, and more, the previous nights ride.  Got out around 8 and rode the North Loop for about an hour till Nate showed up.  We rode some more so he could warm up.  Then it was time to do some Hot Laps!  We did the race course so the perimeter of the parking lot and parts of the ski trail.  I was stoked I was able to keep up with Nate in the open areas, I was on my single speed.  Once the single track hit Nate progressively rode away from me.  But that was to be expected.  Nate lives and breathes mountain biking.  He makes it look easy.  Nonetheless I had a blast and was super excited.  It also confirmed how much Saturday's race will hurt!  Single Speeds and open, flat spaces are tough when everyone isn't on them.  It'll be good for me.

The race work is coming along great.  But it wouldn't be me if I didn't stress about it.  Hell I don't even have much to do the day of the race as I'll be riding most of the day.  Ugh.  It's all the little things that lead up to the race that really make or break the day.  Thinking we've got 'em all covered!

Hopefully we'll see some of you out for trail work tonight at 5:30 and/or race prep on Friday at 1:00.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Just a Bad Ride.

Last night's ride, at the time, seemed like the worst possible ride ever.  But this morning it was just a bad ride.  Time.
Maybe it was I was't feeling like riding but I don't a lot of the time, but once I get out there I'm glad I did.  Not so much last night.  My hydration pack was leaking, which I stopped a few times to fix.  But it continued to drip down my backside.  About the time I needed to turn on my lights I went to tighten the strap on my battery as it was moving around.  The strap broke leaving me no way to secure the battery.  Down to my helmet light which is old and not at bright.  Then my iPod died.  Really?!  Plus everything was getting to me.  The helmet light cord was bugging me, the roots pissed me off, my skill level sucked, and on and on.  So I did a lap and half or so and called it at an hour.  Not worth it.  I felt if I kept riding I'd surely hurt myself!
I'm going out again this morning.  Take two.

Then the rest of the week will be race prep for the Single Track Escape race on Saturday.  Trail work on Thursday at 5:30 and course setup on Friday at 1:00.  Plus all kinds of general running around for this and that.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Not Our Typical Monday.

I'm not one to usually complain about "Monday's", but yesterday kind of sucked.  Started off normal enough.  I got Avery to school and hit the gym.  I was 13 minutes in on the rowing machine when the receptionist told me the phone was for me.  Great, now what?!  The van was acting all crazy with the power going in and out.  Well I got my 13 minute workout in!  Time to get Jen and Brinna.  The rest of the day was spent figuring out how to get the car to the dealer, how to get a loaner, how to pick up the kids, and how to get the kids to gymnastics.  We figured it out and bikes were involved but when you're not planning on it, it sucks.  So the evening mtb ride was spent driving to Little Falls to get a loaner.  So that was Monday.

Hoping to get a night ride in tonight.  Not sure if mtb, road, or gravel will get the call but something!  In the end I guess it was good to not ride or do much yesterday.  My legs are a bit tired from running on Saturday and I did get a solid week of riding in.  My plan is still to race the Marathon Class on Saturday so legs with a bit more snap should be nice.

Ok...happy Tuesday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zoom, Zip, Zap...Monday.

A pretty good weekend was had.
Friday I worked at noon so I got the obligatory ride in prior!  Yep, 3 hours.  Seems to be the trend once school starts.
I worked Saturday too, plus Jen and the older girls did the color run so I was on Harper duty.  Thus I was out the door for a 45 minute run in the dark.  I'm not a runner anymore and I'm still stiff and tight!

Sunday I was off and had a jam packed day.  Jen signed us up for a scavenger hunt hosted by a local jeweler.  Top prize was a $10,000 ring.  This started in the later morning so I was once again up and out the door riding before sunup.  Just a bit over 3 hours.  It really was a great morning for a ride.  It's the "getting up" part that sucks.
I did not want to do the scavenger hunt but will have to admit it was super fun.  You get a clue that tells you where you need to go.  Once there you have a puzzle of sorts to figure out to get your next clue.  All this was done on bikes for 1.5 hours.  They had us biking all over!  No ring but 6th place out of 70 or so teams.  Not bad for some rookies.

Later that day we made pesto.  That always takes way longer than anticipated but mid winter it's worth it.  Then we cooked a great meal: salmon, kale, and potatoes.  Once all cleaned up it was time to get the kids ready for bed.
Wishing Monday was a day off!

But nope, it's race week.  MMCC and Revolution are hosting the Single Track Escape this Saturday.  Trail work 5:30 at the North Loop on Thursday and course setup 1:00 pm on Friday.  Please join in if you can.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Warner Lake.

Yep, yesterday was my birthday...39 years old!  It was also my short day at work, till noon.  After work I made my way out to Warner Lake to meet up with Tom.  He showed me his ideas for this months Metal Cross.  As suspected I'm currently not in any kind of cx shape.  Meaning, it's going to hurt!  He also took me around the entire park, something I haven't really done before.  It was surprisingly bigger than I thought.  After an hour or so Tom had to leave.  I took to the road and gravel for a bit (just a little loop) then back into Warner for some laps around the lake.  I got a solid two hours in of different riding.  It felt good.

Of course we had to go out to eat so I chose Mongo's, and because of it's proximity to Cherry Berry we topped the night off there!  It was a great day!  Thanks everyone.

Potential frost tomorrow morning!  Crazy.  I work plus Jen and the two older girls are doing the color run in the morning so tomorrow may be an off day.  We'll see how things lay out.

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Soft Gravel and Smiles.

Despite the rain, wind, and cold I went for a ride yesterday morning.  I took the Fargo and headed North and East.  As suspected the gravel was soft and slow going.  But I was riding and having a good time.  Even when my mph dipped to 8 I smiled and pushed on.  I essentially did my Gillman route with a few detours here and there.  Once I was going with the wind I was rewarded but even then I was working since the gravel was so soft in spots.  Ended with almost 4 hours.  The Fargo is in need of a good cleaning!

I started to type something about Fall being my favorite season for many things but one of my least favorite at work...but it started to get too long and boring.  Essentially I love fall and I just have too many things I want to do.  Having to work weekends tosses a monkey wrench into my life.  I stress easily.  I stress about getting too many weekends partially or fully off...doesn't seem fair to others at work that don't want to work every weekend too.  September-November are tough.  So retail goes.
Then next two weekends I'm involved with the Revolution Single Track Escape mountain bike race followed by Metal Cross cx race.  Then Oct 4th is the Heck of the North plus every weekend will have cx races.  Plus I have a family I'd like to hang out with too!  I'm thinking racing is the root of a lot of my stress.  May be time to rethink some of this...or start buying lottery tickets.