Saturday, December 21, 2013
Also, Gamehaven is flipping fun! We have a loop that includes everything you could want: singletrack, open, bridge (small), fun descents, and lake riding.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Monday, November 04, 2013
It has been awhile since you and I have been able to take time out of your work day and waste time on the crap I may write. It is not that I have layed down and let the world get me, more like I have too busy having fun with the family, Proto, making selfies on facebook, and future plans.
Last things first. The last several years I have come to realize that my fat bike and winter races garner most of my excitement. This year I have been all fatbike. The biggest goal for the coming winter is getting into the ITI, Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Well, I am in. That is about the biggest cycling news I got. This winter I'll be starting an endeavor that hopefully end 350 miles later in the heart of Alaska. Lots of things to stress about with this race, lots.
I am riding Proto and having fun all the way. You can go buy Proto's offspring now. 9zero7 with a 190mm rear is hot stuff. I patiently wait for Proto's replacement as every needs a healthy dose of fiber!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
|New trails are do not make themselves:
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Now, the often asked question is "how much does it weigh?". Honestly I do not know. I assume it is under 30 pounds, but I do not know by how much. Either way, I am fully loving my warm weather riding with proto.
That being said, I have been spending time dreaming of winter adventures....
Thursday, June 06, 2013
From Matt Kurke:
I will be coordinating a trailwork session at Gamehaven this Friday evening. I know it’s not the best day for it but it was the only time that worked with my work schedule and didn’t look like rain this week. We will only work for about 2 hours. The work will mostly consist of completely clearing the trail that was rough cut last fall so that the ditch witch can be used in shaping. So we will be pulling out stumps and further clearing overhang and undergrowth. If you have a chain saw and know how to use it please bring it along. Otherwise axe’s and loppers will be the tools to use. I will have some tools with me as well. Meeting in the scout parking lot. Bring gloves and water with as well. Any questions please email me @ email@example.com. If you know anyone interested please pass on this info and have them email me to be added to the contact list. Thanks.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
|I ride, my bike gets dirty.
Well, after the deposit of the usual amount to my Swiss bank account I got my chain ring and proceeded to thrash it as best I could to prove it was worthy of the Charly stamp of awesomeness. I now have several races, plus hours and hours of bashing including slamming the thing into downed logs as I got my trusty Proto up and over. I have this to report...nothing. With my X9 clutch derailleur I cannot get the chain to move off the chain ring unintentionally. The product just plain works. After many frustrating moments with my MRP and other systems, I am super happy that I cannot not only ride with confidence in my drive train, but I can now remodel my guest house with the checks that are now rolling in. So, if you want a 1x system without shelling out the Sram XX1 costs, I highly recommend taking your business to Wolf Tooth. Also, I am excited for their future products that are to come out, but we'll have to wait for those....
This last 10 days I have been extruding gallons of glop out of my nose and lungs. I think I am dealing with allergies, and some days are definitely worse than others. No matter, my rides have suffered.
Also, is it premature for me to hope that my name will be added to this list? I mean, can I expect people to already be dropping out so that I am no longer wait listed?
Friday, May 31, 2013
I'll tell you, the 20ish person start we had was SOOOOOO much nicer than the huge mess of the advanced start. I led out and couldn't help but notice the 20 person line waiting to get in the singletrack STANDING at the top of the switchback climb as we hit the bottom. The line cleared out just in time for us to start the process of picking through the back end of the advanced field that started 2 minutes ahead of us. Hitting the the singletrack it was me in first, some advanced rider, and then Larry. Not wanting to take advantage of the rider between us, I didn't try to move up until Larry got right on my wheel, then we started passing riders in the singletrack as they moved over to let us by. At some point I heard some tangling behind me and realized Larry had some trouble. Finished out the lap with Larry 10 seconds or so back. After that it was a quagmire of riders that I would do my best to beat up the climb, coerce to let me by in the singletrack, and sprint by on the hill traverses. I never saw Larry again, I rolled in for first, collecting beer vouchers in the process. FYI, my breathing was not perfect, but quite a bit better.
And yes, I did go out for a 4th lap. I did not race it as I was not racing, but I did keep pace with those around me. The oddest thing was dabbing slightly in a corner towards the end and having my upper calf completely lock up for 10 seconds. My calf is in a decent amount of pain still, I limp everywhere I go. Such an odd thing to happen as I have not cramped since last year, much less in such a short race.
After the finish I think there is a new Tri Family tradition. I roll through the parking lot cooling down with Abi my 4 year old on her Strider next to me, and me holding Seely in one arm.
|Abi crushing it right at the start. There were maybe 10 kids total, most out of view.
Abi would then go on to DOMINATE her kid's heat once again, finishing with second place out of view. Brendan was a no show this week. Probably because we had $5 riding on last weeks kid's race and my daughter whooped on his. Will he hide from me all year trying to avoid paying me my money???
Monday, May 27, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Proto and I in a 4+ hour love fest.
Friday, May 24, 2013
|So far this year I have had real problems with my asthma twice, both at Buck. Last week was about the worst I felt in a long, long time. Our little Tuesday night hot lap had me feeling strong as I put in a time close to what I can do on a regular mountain bike, but with a tired body and fat wheels. Buck time I got me a solid 90 second warm up. My start was far from good, but better than last week. I did almost get taken out by a few riders not accounting for the lead out terrain. By the top of the first switchbacks I was heavily gasping for air as my lungs tightened up and I went backwards. I roughly maintained that position while gasping the first few laps and wishing in front of the wheels I had to follow in the singletrack. It wasn't until lap 4 I could breath and off I went. Last week I lost close to 2 minutes on the last lap as I suffered, this week I put a minute in to the closest rider on the 4th lap.
Gun Show, give me at least 2 laps of proper breathing and you'll see what you saw in the Sandwich.
Yes, I used an emoticon. Yes, Lance says grown men shouldn't use them. However, I have 2 full sized testicles after years of drug free racing and Lance has one shrunken one.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
A 120 mile gravel road race, much of it on roads I've been on, some of which I wanted to check out. It was the first year running, things went well, roads were good (would have been better if not for the forced reroutes). I ended up pulling out early after having extreme IT band pain up a climb around 50ish miles in. Up until that the pace was modest and I felt no problems except the tightness in the leg muscles/IT band. I spent the rest of the night stretching and dealing with the knee pain that comes with the tight IT.
Sandwich 50 ENDURO
Might I say, this is the most premier race that is not broadly covered on Cyclingnews.com or Velonews.com. A 50 mile mountain bike race in my home town on the world famous Eastwood singletrack; also known as the MN endurance state championships. I am rolling all fatty 9:zero:7 off road this year, and was unsure of the toll my body would take during a long mountain bike race with lots of accelerations and punchy climbs on a fat bike. My goal was to start steady, and that worked out well as my body did not want to go into 5th gear. I rode, talked smack, and watched the top 2 disappear into the distance for the first three laps. After the 3 lap mark it seemed everyone around me slowed down and disappeared. I was in 3rd place with no one anywhere in front of or behind me. So, I set the body in "cruise", finishing out the last lap with a mouthful bacon and the burn of a bourbon shot from a mid lap pit stop. I came away very happy with the fact I didn't even start feeling tired until the end of lap 5 (there were 7), and ended with plenty in the tank. I am starting to think there is something to this proper sleep thing, as I felt great after a few nights of good sleep leading up to the race. Also, 3rd on a fat bike in a field that contained roughly 10 Pro/cat 1's is not to shabby.
Thursday Nights at Buck #1
Remember that sleep thing I just mentioned? My sleep lacked significantly the 3 nights leading up to Buck. Add in I could tell my allergies were kicking in made me wish I had entered the 3 lap fat race and not the 4 lap advanced. Well, after a getting bogged down way in the back at the start my chest tightened, mouth dried up no matter what, and I only went backwards. I tried to rally, but my body only revolted worse. I pitifully rode the 4th lap as I did not want to dnf, losing several minutes to those around me. Not sure how I placed, but it was way way back. This morning I woke as if I got hit by a truck, so either I am sick, or allergies are kicking my butt right now. It is probably allergies.
Any who, that is that. I got my hands on a cool new product that I'll mention here soon after getting at least another ride on.