In my final prep for the Colorado Trail Race, I came across a momma bear and her 2 cubs today on my ride up Boreas Pass Rd on the city limit of Breckenridge, CO. They didn't seem to be in too much of a hurry.
The higher I went...the darker the clouds got.
Yes, even darker. But, no rain. Yet.
The obligatory pass elevation sign photo.....Great success!
CTR starts Monday!
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
When some of my friends and I made a grand plan on July 4 to have a training weekend up in Steamboat, we were all pretty stoked. After all, what could be better than good times with friends, epic rides on alpine singletrack, and mountains? Not much.
My skis WILL touch down here this winter.
I got in a good little training block before starting the grand taper to Worlds. 3 days. 2 hour ride Friday, 6 hour ride Saturday, 5 hour ride Sunday… almost exclusively on singletrack, and all badass riders.
The weekend can be summed up in photos.
Saturday, there was about 10 of us.
Um, dude. Your bike? Unicycle??? HOW?!?!?! And furthermore, how can I sell you Ergon grips if you don’t have a handlebar?
I was kicking myself for forgetting my helmet cam.
Pete’s communal meat stick. I swear when you bit into it, pockets of fat would seep out. haha
The wildflowers were off the hook.
By the time we got to this lake…I ran towards it lickety split and got in. Chamois and all. At least I took my helmet off.
Kelly Boniface is one of my favorite race buddies. We were working on our game face. She wins.
A looong sweet downhill. Butterflies in tummy.
Massive rewards after 6 hours in the saddle.
Sunday was a smaller group – myself, Dax Massey, Nate Bird, and Essam Welch
The trail was more “underground” style riding. Trail that was not buffed…but loose, technical, and with tons of fallen trees to hike up and over.
Sometimes hiking is part of an epic ride.
I was cursing my short legs.
The group taking in the view at the summit at aha – Summit Park.
Hey boys. These two (Dax and Nate) are racing duo at Trans Rockies in 2 weeks. Git ‘em.
Kids bday parties have pinatas and pin the tail on the donkey. Grown up parties have things like very sharp samurai swords.
Peoples’ bdays such as:
Rob the Carni
Max. I want one.
Couldn’t think of a more beautiful night to end a weekend to remember.
Here is a secret…. my blog is going to have a new look very soon!
I took a couple days off after the epic weekend and headed to short track for my last one of the year. Unfortunately, my race ended pretty quickly. I was stoked that I rode right off the front of the race, but I guess I was a little too excited. I went down pretty hard in a corner and couldn’t pedal anymore. Very very bad timing before worlds. I admittedly was choking back tears of disappointment and frustration. I’m doing a bit of icing… I now have what looks like two kneecaps. Nothing major, but I don’t have many precious days left between now and worlds. It’s not a bad thing I have to rest, but I had some things I wanted to get done on the bike. Oh well. That was my first crash in a short track so I consider myself lucky.
Back to packing and moving…. and packing….
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
making the best
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
I have not wanted to ride on the road at ALL lately. Maybe it's the heat..or maybe I'm just bored with the lack of good training roads in Atlanta. There's not much good scenery close-by and we live in an area with lots of truck traffic and stop lights. Lately, I've been putting more miles on our 2002 Escape which is reaching the end of it's precious life..220,000+ miles on it!!..just because all I feel like doing right now is riding mountain bikes.
Last weekend I joined Team Ergon 24 at Newnham Park for Bontrager 24/12. It’s a fun event where you have the choice of racing over 12 hours or 24 hours either as a soloist or in teams of up to 8. We entered the 12 hour race which started at midday on Saturday and finished at midnight. Our team comprised of Kim Tofaute (GER), Benny Brochhagen (GER), Trevor Allen (UK) and me.
Me and the guys :)
The course was really good fun and incorporated some of the classic singletrack, such as Cottage Return, as well as some that I’ve never ridden before. Rain in the days leading up to the event made the conditions a little slippery, so it was the perfect opportunity for me to test the new Continental X King on my front wheel. The tyre was perfect for the job. It was fast rolling but gave me a little extra grip when needed.
Our team tactics were simple: take it in turns to ride one lap each as fast as possible for 12 hours :) Trevor took to the start line first and after one lap handed over to me, I handed over to Benny who handed over to Kim and so on. After we'd completed 3 laps each the weather took a turn for the worse. We had a clear lead over second place so we decided to double up (i.e. do two back to back laps each). This would be slower but it had the added advantage of meaning that we would all only need to go out and get wet and muddy one more time.
When my turn came around it was dark and the rain really started to set in. The course was still 100% rideable and fun, but there was much less grip so extra caution was needed. This meant that the lap times slowed considerable. Fortunately for Benny and Kim it also meant that they would now only need to do one lap each before midnight. Haha! I wished I'd never suggested doubling up ;)
12 hour mixed team podium
It was great to welcome Kim and Benny to the UK race scene and to race in a team with the guys - something I've never done before, but look forward to doing again soon :) As always a massive thanks to Dave for supporting in every way that he could. You're the best.
1st Ergon 24 12:04:42 18 laps 2nd Torq development 12:20:44 17 laps 3rd AQuickRelease.com 11:50:12 16 laps
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
I definitely can say that I live my life instead of let it pass me by. I suck everything out of it I can, but that usually involves trying to cram everything in that you want to do.
Right now, I am cramming.
Cramming my belongings into boxes, and those boxes into my car, so I can cram them into my new apartment. Most of those boxes will remain unopened until probably the week of Aug 16.
Cramming my work into small packets called very efficient hours so I have time for everything else.
Cramming for my Anatomy and Physiology exam tomorrow, which I have been attempting to work at all along, but inevitably got behind with traveling to Oregon and choosing to get in a fun training block/vacation. (sorry Dr. P!)
Cramming as many miles in on singletrack with friends as I can without tiring myself out.
Cramming all my stuff into a suitcase and bike box by Sunday for a week and a half to jetset off to Germany for WORLDS (!!!!!!!!) + extra. YESSSSSSSSSSS!
Cramming in as much time with people I care about.
Cramming in sleep, and maybe food in my face
Cramming in blogging……
and now back to cramming for my test. Busy? I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Summer time….and the living is easy.
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
With CTR coming up in 8 days, the riding is mellow and short-and-to-the-point. It gives some time to mess around with the Epic HD cam....experimenting with different places to mount the thing. Today, I zip-tied the helmet mount to the seat stay of the Rotwild R2 hardtail. Only thing missing here is a rider in tow. Any volunteers?
Saturday, July 24th, 2010
Today: The day before ORAMM, one of the biggest races on the East coast. I procrastinated registering because of my bruised ribs but once I knew they would be OK for racing I found a last-minute transfer entry. I paid my monies, rested my legs, prepped my Rotwild R.R2 race machine, my nutrition products, and every other little detail that goes into a race like this. I haven't raced since June 19 and I am champing at the bit. I haven't even been nervous for this one..in fact I think I have been trying to find things, like tire choice, to be nervous about.
E is for elevation. A little last minute CTR training prep at Elevation up in Rocky Mountain National Park today. If you can get up there early enough to beat tourist traffic, it is a fantastic place to get in to some ride time at 11,000-13,000 ft. With Trail Ridge Rd under construction, I opted to ride up Old Fall River Rd.
As a dirt road that sees a bit of traffic, it was pretty much as smooth as the freshly paved Trail Ridge Road. The climbing is pretty mellow and gives a lot of switchbacks to get you up to the treeline pretty quick. My legs felt good...I wanted to drill it....but that was not in the plan for the day.
About to top out at the Alpine Visitor Center...Elevation 11,796
I descended down to Milner Pass (10,758 ft)....
Then turned around and climbed back up to 12,000+ feet.
Back up on the top of Trail Ridge Rd....that is where the fun was at! That is until the road construction got going into full effect. FYI, if you plan on driving or riding up from Estes Park over Trail Ridge Rd...wait times are 30-45 minutes due to one lane traffic. Worst part is, you have to wait 2 different times. If you are on a bike, the wait is less. I was lucky....only waited 15 minutes all day.
Quick pit stop to take a picture of an Elk. Highlight of the ride....when a lady from TX said: "Awwwww, hey kids, come over here at look at the moose." Seriously! I set her straight....told her is was a reindeer. Ha!
Continuing on...with tourist season in full effect! Beep! Beep! I wanted to blow by this guy.....but I was under-geared with my 39T SRAM XX crankset.
World Class Hoops
Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
Based on what I’ve heard about the marathon course in St. Wendel, Germany, this will be my wheel set up for the Marathon World Championships. THANK YOU DT Swiss, Continental, Magura, SRAM, and Stan’s for making this set up possible: