Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I'm weak and went biking!

Big surprise...I ended up riding!  I had written off riding but the threat of rain a good chunk the rest of the week pushed me out the door.  I didn't get out till 7 so lights would be needed.  I headed over to the North Loop since the coming rain would limit my ability to mountain bike the rest of the week.  The trail was running great.  Even Twisted Sister had dried up from our previous rains.  Near the end of my first lap I had to turn on the lights.  The next lap I spooked several critters: raccoons, opossum, deer, owl, mice, and something I wasn't sure of as I only saw glimpses of it's back end.  I ended up doing 2.5 laps for a bit over 1.5 hours.  Perfect.

I had hoped to mountain bike this morning as well as the winds are to pick up early out of the W/NW.  Last night, however, we had two rounds of storms roll through dumping lots of water.  Looks like the road bike will get the nod.  Nothing crazy, maybe the Rice Loop since the River Road blocks lots of the wind on the way up.

The RiddleBox race in Sioux Falls is December 9th.  I've done it the past two years.  It's a great low key event with a smallish turn out.  It was announced yesterday that first place will get $1000!!!  That's pretty nuts.  I wonder how many more people this will bring out.  Not many like to race 100+ miles of gravel in December (in South Dakota!).  Prize money or not I plan on going.  I just hope the money doesn't change the vibe of the race.  I also wonder if that $1000 was spread out over the top 5 or so if it would entice more to come.

Time to shake the kids out of bed.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Biking and Interbike.

Last week was another solid week of riding, a bit over 21 hours.  As such the legs are a bit tired.  Despite having the green light and the perfect mountain bike weather (cool with a fine mist) last night, I opted out of riding for rest.  I tentatively planned a night ride tonight but I'm half hoping rain moves in.  I'd actually take it off if I knew the weekend was going to be a rain out (currently looking so).  This week will be a "go with the flow" type of week.  If it works and moves me I'll ride.  Recovery is good too!

The bike industries big trade show in the United States is this week in Las Vegas.  This is so far removed from my radar.  I have most of my preseason orders for the 2018 season already done.  Plus we have most of the 2018 bikes in and on the sales floor already!  I haven't been to the Vegas and Interbike for over 12 years if not more.  I just don't see the point other than maybe a vacation and to geek out on bike stuff I will never carry in the store because it's so esoteric.  Plus many of the big boys (Cannondale, Trek, Giant, Specialized) and many of the smaller guys have their own "mini" shows months before Interbike.  Also Eurobike happened a few weeks ago or more spoiling many of the soon to be released products.  Good 'ol internet!

The shop is starting to get the Nordic Ski buzz.  I'm so not mentally ready for that.  I'm stoked to fat bike but ski...not so much.  I'm sure if we actually get some good snow this year I'll jump on the skis. But first I'll have to replace what was lost in the fire...blah.

Time to make some lunches.

Friday, September 15, 2017


6 hours, 250 oz. of water, lots of sweat, and 107 miles...not a bad afternoon.  It was hot and I thought humid but I was left with a salt stained kit, which usually only happens with high heat.  The wind was strong so maybe that dried me off leaving streaks of white behind.  I've done 6 hour rides where a 100oz. bladder of water is enough.  I drained 2 of those, 2 24oz. bottles, and a Pepsi from Lanto's in French Lake.  I'm still thirsty!

I did do a mix of Dirt Bag routes once again.  I should stray away from the same 'ol thing but I've yet to tire of it, it twists and turns so I'm not battling the wind till the turn for home, and it's just a good route overall.
My iPod died a couple hours into the ride.  It was really nice not having music, contrary to what I would have told you previously.  Just the sound of gravel, wind, and my creaky bike.  It needs some bottom bracket work for sure!  Hopefully this morning so Saturday's ride is quieter.

Jen is at an event this Saturday so I'm on kid detail.  The plan is to get up dark early and start riding to be home before noon.  But I've been known to snooze a time or two.

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Summer is Back.

Having not been on the road bike very much the past month, or summer really, it's always a pleasant surprise how smooth, fast and effortless in can feel.  Yesterday was such a day.  After getting Harper to school I was on the bike heading South by 8.
I have a pretty solid 2.5 hour loop but thought I could extend it a bit to make it 3.  The road I thought I had to go to was further out than I remembered.  Turns out I went one county road too far.  I had planned to pop out in French Lake and ride around Lake Sylvia but with a time crunch (I worked at noon) on I changed plans, shifted gears, and made use of the now tailwind.

Going fast isn't always necessary but sometimes is just feels good.  Having a tailwind helps!  I made it home in 3 hours 40 minutes and about 75 miles.  Quick shower, slap a PB&J together and off to work.

I have a shorter day at work today.  Guessing the Evergreen will get the nod and we will find some gravel.  Out of ease (and I still enjoy it) I'll most likely hit up the Dirt Bag route.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More Dirt!

I really wanted to ride mountain bike but I felt I should take a couple days off, at least.  But on my way to pick up Brinna from swim practice I decided it was just too nice out not to ride.  Plus it was my Birthday so I was entitled to a ride!

Over the weekend our trail hosted a high school mountain bike race.  About a 1000 racers!  I was excited to hit the trail up after that many riders blazed a path on our trails.  It was so nice!  We actually could use some rain.  It's getting a bit dusty.  Because it is so dry I was able to hit up a complete "Twisted Sister" a few times.  The section of Twisted Sister we use in the race course is fairly easy to navigate but the last section on the South side is a bit gnarly with tons of roots, rocks, and turns.  I finally made it through without dabbing....thank you Salsa Deadwood!

I don't think I ever just did a lap but did sections a couple times in a row to break up the monotony of doing laps upon laps.  Thus I was able to rack up a bit over 2 hours.  Even needed to turn on the lights!

Today is an off day.  I was planning on going to Brinna's swim meet in Brainerd but Jen has a memorial to attend and I need to get the other kids from their activities, etc.  Parenting.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Salsa Ride Camp!

I made it...finally!  I left early Friday morning for Salsa Ride Camp near Cable, WI.  I got there in time to set up my tent, change, and get ready for a long single track ride.  Both Friday and Saturday they shuttled us to our starting point and we biked back.  They were group rides so there was some waiting up but really it wasn't too bad.  Having biked too much on Thursday my legs liked the down time anyway.  I opted to ride my Deadwood both days and not take out a demo bike.  I just love that bike so much.
The CAMBA network of trails are absolutely amazing.  The fact that they are only 3 hours from my house and I never make it there is sad.  It's a great combination of old school (rocky and twisty) to new school (flow) trails.  So, so fun.

While biking was a major part of the weekend the Salsa crew had all kinds of stuff going on: pack rafting, fly fishing, bike demo's, movies, speeches, and more.  I had to leave Saturday after my ride but hope to make it back next year.  Hopefully it works to bring my family as it's very much a family oriented event.

Thanks Salsa.

Sunday I got out for a gravel ride.  I was pretty sluggish at the start but I came around and felt good.  Well that is till I got my 7th sting in 2.5 weeks.  This time in my helmet.  It still hurts this morning!

It appears summer isn't dead just yet.  80's a good portion of this week with a side of humidity tossed in.  It's my Birthday (42) today so I think I may celebrate with a night mountain bike ride.  However I'm a bit tired (23 hours last week) so I may take the next couple days off.  The day will let me know. But knowing my neurotic self I'll really want to ride!

Happy Monday.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Mountain Bike Weather.

Man I'm waiting for the day I detest the North Loop!  After getting Harper to school I had a few hours before work at noon.  I headed over to the North Loop for a couple laps and then maybe Sand Prairie.  After a couple laps I decided to keep rollin at the Loop.  I ended up doing a bit more than 4 laps in 2.5 hours.  I did switch it up however.  I would do certain sections two times in a row versus the whole loop.  And the weather was perfect for mountain biking: long sleeve jersey and bib shorts, the best!

I finally am able to attend Salsa Cycles Ride Camp this year!  Three days in the woods around Chequamegon National Forest in Wisconsin.  They just happen to have over 200 miles of single track!  I'll be there Friday-Sunday.  Salsa will also have bikes to demo...I wonder how many new bikes I will want when I get home?!

Time to go wake the kids.