Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
About 45 of us did the White Rim in a day on Sat. 100 miles of dirt. Most of us drove down on Friday night, camped out on the Rim, and ate brats until the late hours of the night. Others arrived in the morning. We rolled out at about 7am. The weather was perfect. Mid to high 60's. I kept my vest and arm warmers on for most of the ride. The cool temps kept me from cramping and allowed me to do the ride with bottles instead of a Camelbak.
I wasn't super social. I wanted to ride this at my own pace and get some base miles in for Leadville. But here are some of my thoughts:
- Kenny, Brad, and Adam - Share the Alpha Male award. They did the ride twice. Friday was a TT around the loop and then they rode w/ the group on Sat. Kenny and Brad posted a 7:39 and did this on rigid single speeds.
- Kenny- maintains his spot in my book as the World's nicest guy. He organized the ride, cooked the brats, made homemade bread, and made sure everyone made it out alive.
- Brad K. - wins the cheerleader award. He hung around at the top of the Mineral Bottom climb and yelled at everyone as they made their way up the switchbacks.
- Dug- Needs to quit his job and become a full-time sheppard. Not a single lamb would ever get lost. He's also like a crack dealer but with mountain biking. He has introduced more people to cycling than anyone I know and manages to keep them hooked.
- Elden- Was available for photos for all who were interested and intimidated everyone with the Leadville 100 jacket.
- Eric (Sleepy) - Gets the MVP award. With minimal saddle time so far this year, the guy threw his leg over a borrowed rigid SS and knocked out a 100 mile ride.
- Jon- Seemed like he could have kept riding for another 1o0 miles. After the ride, polished off a burger from Ray's Tavern in Green Valley and managed to stay awake and drive my tired body home.
- Dan (Botched)- Needs his own survival reality show. He slept out in the cold desert night with nothing but a plastic tarp (wrapped up like a tortilla) and pushed himself to the limit on the ride. On the way home, after spending some time face down in a ditch on the side of the road throwing up (more than once), was able to regain his strength and continues to live.
- Chris H- Cleaned the Murphy Hogback climb on his SS. Probably the most impressive move of the day.
If you haven't done RAWROD, you are missing out. Hope to see you there next year.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The weather was great. Mid 70's and sunny. A great way to log some dirt miles before RAWROD this weekend. Yep, I got the hall pass for yet another weekend of MTBing. Like I said, Husband of the Year.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
The Sundance/Soldier Hollow weekly race series starts up again on May 7th at Soldier Hollow. I like these events because:
- The races are in the evening which means my wife and kids just think I am working late that night.
- Each race is just $10 (Actually, I think $12 this year). Essentially, the same cost of a movie and drink gets you on the start line.
- It's a very casual setting yet even some of the local pro's show up.
- Some of the best single track in the state (Sundance)
- After each race, they hold a raffle for prizes. You don't even need to be a top 3 finisher to bring home the goods.
I hope to see you there. Maybe we can exchange elbow jabs as we pass eachother on the course.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Dug and I met at 5:30am at the base of LCC and hooked up with another skier- Dustin. Getting up at 4:45am to go ski sounds fine before you go to bed but when that alarm clock goes off and it's 20 degrees outside, it's not always easy to make it. Dustin's friends didn't show up as promised. Not interested in skiing alone, Dustin decided to hang with us for the morning . He has one of those dream jobs. He works in Sales & Marketing for Voile (Tele skis, bindings, & first to come out with the split board).
We piled into Dug's car and headed up. We decided to ski Scottie's and get first tracks on the North facing aspect.
It was a perfect clear morning with no wind and a lot of light dry powder.
Here I am almost at the top and it wasn't even 7am.
Monday, April 7, 2008
When I saw Saul on the start line at the Porcupine Hill Climb last year, I didn't realize how much he had to ovecome to get there.
It's a very cool story.
Warning: If you like to go 55 MPH down Suncrest 4 days a week, I don't recommend you read this book. Now, every time I go past that guard rail on the North side of Suncrest and the cross winds start pushing my rims, I think about what it would be like to be feed through a tube.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
After the first lap, I had to have more. I did a second lap and was seriously considering calling in sick for the rest of the day and just riding laps on the course. Maybe it's just been a really long winter and I forgot just how good some tight, buff single track can be. Or maybe the course is in extra good condition (just moist enough to be be able to rail through the turns but not wet enought to get dirty). Maybe both, but I just couldn't get enough.
After making myself ride back to the office, I decided to top off the ride with a Big Mac. Every 6 months or so, I'll get one of these. Today seemed like the perfect day to do that.
Tomorrow (Friday), I plan to do the same route but maybe add a 3rd lap. 11:45 depature time if anyone is interested.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Things I learned on this hike:
- Cheetos and Fruit Snacks make you go fast up the mountain. Ben must have put away 3 or 4 bags of each and he is a mountain goat on the climb. A direct result of his choice of fuel
- It's important to stretch your Uterus before skiing a chute.
- When you are climbing 4,000 + vertical ft, just about anything on your ipod sounds good. Just find the zone.
Here we are at the entry. Dug is in red, Jon in black, me in the blue boots, and Ben in the green boots. Mike is on a cliff band about 50 yards away taking the pics (thanks Mike!).