Saturday, April 10, 2010

Gravel Grinder

Turned out to be a good day to put in some miles. It started off a little cold, but warmed up as the day went on. Due to obligations I had to bail at the halfway point, but that's all my legs could take anyhow. Road with a few friends, hit some new roads. In the end I had cranked out 54 miles for the day. Thanks to all those who took the time to put this ride together!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Back in the saddle

Ended up taking the single speed out this morning for a slow ride on the back roads. We had about an inch or two of fresh snow that morning. The layer of snow helped with traction since I didn't have the studded tires on yet. Still had a few slips on the roads, but nothing out of control. The only sign of other bike riders this morning were a track or two in the snowy roads. Ended up with a few hours of fun in the saddle today.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Killer B's.. Ouch!

Well, it has been one crazy year this year. Much has taken my focus and time off of my mountain biking season. ...Things have calmed down lately, so I have dusted off the CX bike to cut loose and have some fun. Looks like I still have something in the tank. Time for this dog to step off the porch. After getting my feet wet in the C-class last year, I have moved up a class this year to endure more pain. These guys are way fasterrrrrr. It's still crazy fun!(In a painful way) I definitely have my work cut out for me.

I happened to make it out to both days of the Waterford Double Cross weekend. The course was challenging, and the "Orange Crush" was over the top. I have seen obstacles like this in magazines and misc pictures, but never experienced one until now. That was way cool! I still have a lot to learn and badly need to work on my form when going through the barriers. I'm sure I look like a rag doll at times. With all that said, I ended up with better than expected results out at Waterford this weekend. If I ever get my form together, and keep my wheels planted in the corners, ...look out guys. lol...

Friday, January 2, 2009

10 lbs heavier in 2009

Guess I got a little carried away during the holidays. It's tough to turn down all the food and other goodies layed out in front of you. If anything, it gave me some motivation to hit the snowy roads on New Years Day. The toughest part of the ride was trying to keep the water bottle from freezing up. It was a brisk 19 degrees when I left the house that morning. After a few miles, I had warmed up and stayed fairly comfortable for the whole ride. Layering can make or break these rides this time of year. I am getting better at the whole layering game. I tried to ride some of the local rail to trails, but there was just too much snow drifted over them. I rode a few miles before turning off on some of the local back roads. Not much of a route planned for the day. I just pedaled around Oxford exploring some roads I've never been down.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bloomer CX

2nd Place today...

John Osgood took first by a fraction of a second. I was able to keep on John's coat tails for the full 30 minutes. ...but that's all I could handle today. I wanted to attack on the second and third laps, but just didn't have the energy today. We were side by side giving it our all in the final stretch. We ended up rolling through the finish side by side. Definately a photo finish. I have to say it was the most exciting finish I have had all year.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Another notch in the CX belt

It turned out to be a good day for me out at Stony today. I arrived early so I could do a pre-ride of the CX course. I'm definitely not use to the ribbons marking out where you need to go. Especially on the 180 degree turns. The whole course wrapped around itself several times. It looked much like one of those maze puzzles my kids do. I'm glad I did a pre-ride. There were a few areas where I almost went straight when I needed to do a 180. Another new obstacle for me today was the sandy sections. Some of the sand was easily rideable while I had to run the other rutted up sections. It was an odd feeling to have to run with the bike. Maybe I should describe it as a full on sprint with the bike. The competition was unrelenting today. All in all, I can definitely tell that I am getting more comfortable on the CX bike. Even though it hurts like H@ll, I'm having fun out there.

After the race, Osgood told me that he wasn't going to give me any more pointers. "No more pointers!"... ...come on John. I have so much more to learn. (O;
Thanks to everyone out there that cheered us on! Definitely adds to the rush.