Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
the genius of rick is! at 8:46 AM
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
This week, for my morning "workout" I've forgone running and started some spring trail work instead. Spring's wet trails have inspired me to rework a couple of sections to avoid the nastiest areas and I'm also reworking a few areas to improve flow and one new section to complete the loop without hitting any trails twice. This week's weather has made trail work primo and will save me a bunch of time come April when I need to be "training" for realz.
The unnaturally warm temps also gave me the opportunity to do something that I hadn't intended for another month. That's commute from Edgecomb to the Portland office. The new shower at the office was just installed so I needed to take advantage. Originally, I had planned on doing the whole 47 mile commute by bike but when I really thought it through, I realized that the 47 mile ride home from work (I'd drive down in the morning) would be fine, the ride in less than 9 hours later would be too much for me this early in the season. Peak summer form? I could probably swing it. Mid-March flabbiness? Not so much. So, instead, I drove 15 miles to Freeport, parked in the municipal lot (changed in the car within 50' of an LLBean security officer) and rode home totaling 33 miles each way. I think next time I'll park in the same spot but lengthen my ride home by getting off of route 1 more but at least that gives me a more reasonable commute in the morning.
Boring post? You betcha but what did you expect really???
the genius of rick is! at 12:35 PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Before the weekend, I hadn't been outside on my road bike all year. I'm not sure why, but I just didn't have the urge to hit the roads. It couldn't have been the temperatures since this winter was so moderate but something was happening in my head that kept me to the trails instead. Maybe it's that damn snowbike that I love so much. It figures that my least expensive bike would be one of my favorites.
Anyway, over the weekend, I dusted off the road steed and did not one but two road rides. Saturday with my buds down in Falmouth and Sunday with a guy who I just met who's working in the Habbah, Greg. Saturday's ride was short and nice. A good way to start the road season. Sunday's ride was longer and much harder. The pace was quicker but not THAT taxing but I was an idiot and had no fuel with me for the ride so with about 10 miles to go I HIT THE FREAKING WALL. Sad really since I was only at about 35 miles but at least it gives me plenty of room for improvement.
spring has also had an effect on B. As yesterday's post showed, she also spent some time on two wheels this weekend. She just started riding in without training wheels in January and has about 3 rides under her belt so I was very happy to hear that she attempted her first curb "hop" on Sunday while out with Marcy. On attempt one, she got her front wheel up but stalled on the rear wheel. Attempt two didn't fare so well:
She's already asked me to take her mountain biking so, who knows, she may hit some dirt this summer.
the genius of rick is! at 8:01 AM
Monday, March 19, 2012
Both 2012 and my svelte(r) body are starting to shape up. As most of you know, at the end of last season I upgraded to Elite in the EFTA series and then got my arse spanked in the season finale. I expect things to be much the same for most of the 2012 campaign. Hopefully I'll have a few standout races that I'll finish well in (mostly because nobody else bothers to show up...) but those are likely to be few and far between but that's ok, it's my first season with the big boys so it's expected.
In addition to the EFTA schedule, I've got a few other doozies in mind. Of course there will be the Bradbury 12 so that Alby and I can try to swat the Freye's again and, if I can convince Marcy that I'm not an overly competitive prick (note to self, don't let Marcy see last post), maybe we'll team up for the Millstone 12.
2012 also sees me returning to the Hampshire 100 now that it's part of the NUE series. I didn't do it the last two years since it's the same weekend as the Off Road Tri but I'm hoping that with a bit more preparation, I can race both days and not completely die as surely there will be some big boys in town to throw down.
SSUSA. I didn't really intend to do the race this year but when I checked registration a while back and saw that it was sold out, I just had to put my name on the waiting list. Just because. Well, last week I got an e-mail from Ms. Wissel that a spot had opened and before you knew it, I was signed up for will likely be my death sentence. I guess I need to start riding SS some again this year.
the genius of rick is! at 6:13 AM
Friday, March 09, 2012
There is a non insignificant part of my personality that makes me a highly competitive person. Not that I'm good at everything, just that I want to be the king of everything. Put me on a bike and I want to be the first person to get to wherever we're going. Strap on hiking boots and I'll try to beat you to the top of the mountain. Want to have sex? Guess who's finishing first??? Well, this whole part of me started when I was a wee lad and my father raced stock cars. Not just raced but won. A lot. That and growing up in a house full of guys (four including my dad who is just a big kid)led to an inordinate amount of competitions. That was a long way of saying that I'll race anything and go-carts are occasionally one of the things. Thankfully, I'm the best of my friends but, sadly, the slowest of my family.
Last weekend for example. Fast carts. Indoor track. Go-pro camera. Fun stuff. For the record, that is my youngest brother who I'm trading paint with. He generally beats me because he's more willing to ram me to get by. Also, he's a dick.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
the genius of rick is! at 6:12 AM
Thursday, March 01, 2012
With the snowpocolypse descending upon Maine, I decided to beat it to the punch this morning and get a quick ride in before the snow accumulations got deep enough to make riding difficult (although, I may try to ride in the new 6-8" tonight as well). Two laps around the home trails had me satisfied (enough at least) that the day wasn't lost. There is nothing like getting out when the snow has just started falling. Everything is quiet except for the crunch of the tires and the hiss of snow (they were almost like small pellets) hitting the leaves on the trees. Good way to start the day.