Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Yesterday, blogger gave me the high hard one and lost my post. I was uploading a video at the time so I'm guessing it timed out or just plain shit the bed and the autosave no workey. Oh well.
The legs finally feel like they're starting to come around. I still feel like I'm WAY behind the 8-ball fitness wise compared to most seasons but at least I'm feeling an improvement. I have no way to gauge said improvement but I believe it's there so that's all that matters.
More importantly, I'm now looking forward to riding again. For a while I began to wonder if I even enjoyed riding anymore since I was constantly bagging rides and not really enjoying the rides that I did do. Thankfully, I'm now out of that funk (I think) and am feeling good enough to push again. The hours on the bike aren't great but their improving as well with 6 hours of ride time last week and another 3+ of running and core work.
One weird thing about this winter is that I have zero interest in the road bike. I'm sure that will change at some point but I've just been enjoying the snow bike too much. The trails are pretty much ideal right now. They've been packed, had some rain and a few freeze thaw cycles so they're hard enough to really rip on. You just need to be aware if ice. Take this morning for example, yesterday we got about an inch of fluffy powder. Beautiful stuff that didn't pose too much of an issue for most of this morning's commute except for where it was hiding ice. The current trail consistency is what I call frozen styrofoam. It's hard-ish but still has some give under the tires so you're hearing a constant soft crunching noise as you ride. It's when the crunching stops that you have to worry because you've likely just ridden onto ice. I like to handle ice by screaming "don't panic!, DON'T PANIC! DON'T PANIC!" inside my head while I try to not panic. Thankfully, today, I didn't.
Monday, January 30, 2012
As you can imagine, I had a brilliant post ready to post today and was just waiting for the video to upload but stupid blogger lost everything. Bastards. Now you get nothing.
the genius of rick is! at 10:45 AM
Friday, January 27, 2012
There was a time way back when (I looked for an old post to link to but gave up my search. I'm lazy) that I put in a fair amount of time on the indoor trainer in the winter. That was before I discovered the joys of winter mountain biking. Once I realized how freaking sweet snowmobile trails can be for riding, I swore that I'd never ride an indoor trainer aka "a bike lobotomy". Why waste your time sweating away in your basement watching shitty videos and counting the minutes until your done when there is sooooo much white corduroy outside?
Well, times change, schedules get tougher, bellies get bigger and you finally make the realization that the trainer is the ONLY WAY TO GET A "RIDE" IN SOME DAYS. As a result, Marcy and I decided to pony up for a newer, less horrific trainer. One that doesn't sound like a toaster making sweet love to a bench grinder.
I wish such drastic measure weren't necessary but I've been struggling to get 2 rides a week in and have been off the back on all group rides I've been to so something had to happen. Now it can and I'll hate every second of it.
the genius of rick is! at 6:53 AM
Monday, January 23, 2012
More about the wheels later (tomorrow if I actually remember).
Anybody who has ridden with me for the a while might note that I swore off carbon bikes years ago when I had my fully carbon Trek Fuel. It was a sweet bike and I never actually had any issues with carbon breakage even though I had a massive ding on the downtube when I unceremoniously smashed it into a rather large boulder but I was constantly worrying about smashing it into things. But time passes, technologies get better and I'm not a politician and am allowed to change my mind and soon will be rolling around on 1240 grams of crabon.
the genius of rick is! at 7:56 AM
Friday, January 20, 2012
And then, THEN, we rode our bikes for like 2 hours. Got lost-ish, got less lost-ish, stared at Iphone compasses, figured out where we were and then got back to the cars unscathed and ready for beer.
Great blog post huh?
the genius of rick is! at 8:55 AM
Thursday, January 19, 2012
With the unseasonably warm temps the last couple of days, I decided to try to lay down a ribbon of rideable snow bike tracks on my home trails. They've recently done it in Bath and it was super fun to ride so I figured I'd give it a shot. I got up at 4:20 this morning and headed out with the Mukluk and pooch in tow. I expected to be doing some hoofing but I wasn't expecting 40 degree temps and super wet snow. I ended up walking a good portion of the loop but I did get to ride some and still managed to lay down a nice track in most areas. It wasn't all that fun but if I'm able to get out one more time before it freezes up again, the work will be repaid in luge like conditions. Fingers crossed!
and finally, the opening pic? That was a loop that I made from work to home last week. When I uploaded it, I noticed that it kinda looked like a face. I'm easily amused...
the genius of rick is! at 9:32 AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Things are still progressing here in Racin Rick land (that would be the most awesome adventure park ever with dirty chamois rides, saddle sore lancing, scab picking; basically all of the classics). I haven't exactly started "training" but I have been able to up my riding a bit. I still die after about 1.5 hours but I have to start somewhere and start I have. All told, according to Endomondo, I had a total of 7.5 hours of active time (riding, running and core work) last week. Not outstanding but a good start and something to build on.
I've also started to look at the 2012 schedule. A tentative EFTA schedule has been posted:
20-May NECS - Weeping Willow - MA
3-Jun NECS - Big Ring Rumpus - NH
17-Jun NECS - Pinnacle - NH
8-Jul NECS - Moody Park - NH
15-Jul NECS - Maine Sport Run-Off - ME
22-Jul NECS - Harding Hill - NH
22-Jul Carrabassett Back Country Challenge - ME
19-Aug Hampshire 100 - NH
26-Aug NECS - Treasure Valley Rally - MA
23-Sep NECS- Rock the Ridge - CT
I plan on doing most of the series though I do expect to miss a couple of races as work and life come along. One race of note this year that I used to love but haven't done in a while is the Hampshire 100. It started out as a 100k cross country race but, for this year, they have been added to the National Ultra Endurance series and have upped the mileage to 100. I'm sure I'll suffer like a dog as there will surely be some seriously heavy hitters from around the country there but it should be fun and with the 50-60 mile carrabassett 50 a month prior, I'll have a good primer for the event.
More obsessing to come.
the genius of rick is! at 8:13 AM
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Not wanting to let a good thing go to waste, we made sure that B got out again this past weekend to continue her bike riding practice (and to make sure she didn't forget how to do it come spring). Like a champ, she got on and was riding in no time and me being the blogging genius that I am (obviously), I thought to put my new camera on her handle bars to capture her expressions. To say that she seems happy to be riding would be a massive understatement. Even I don't smile that much while riding and Ricky just L-O-V-E-S riding.
Speaking of making ground, last week I made it out for a ride with the Bathers and just like my recent ride with CDog, I was not too impressed with my performance. Like, next to last in a pack of ten performance. Sad. Just as sad as my on the bike performance was the performance of the groups bikes. I can't remember the exact details but within the first two miles we had three broken chains, one broken derailleur and a flat tire. Two miles of riding in 40 minutes! Yikes.
the genius of rick is! at 9:36 AM
Monday, January 09, 2012
To be a successful mountain bike racer, one needs to develop certain skills. Endurance, power, coordination and if you watch the video below, humility.
It also pays to have some mechanical aptitude. For example, it's always a good idea to know how to install handle bars:
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
The tail end of 2011 sucked mass quantities of monkey ballz in every ride department. As a result, I'm trying to get a good start in 2012. The unseasonably warm temps over the weekend meant that a trail ride wasn't a great idea (sunday at least) so, instead, B and I got to work building a bridge for an endo promoting quagmire near the house. A perfect project for a guy and his best girl.
hand side, a massive 18" drop.