Archive for May, 2012

Good Effort

Just finished up another 2 weeks of “on” or what passes for that in my life nowadays. Mostly pretty standard stuff, got to do some group rides, did some solo rides and a couple of easy rides. But I also did back to back long rides this weekend on my Salsa 29’er, singlespeed style, fully loaded for bike camping.

B Ride Cheesehouse by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

My first group ride of the year was quite spirited, and is one of the longer loops we ever do. I was happy with how it went.

Edens Loop B Ride by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Second group ride, not quite as spirited, classic Edens Loop, also happy with how it went.

Sugar for breakfast by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Saturday morning I got out early again for another mountain bike ride. Rode a bit more of the trails than the last time out, and felt a bit better after, too.

Sunday Frytown by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Met a small group for a ride on Sunday, the basic Frytown loop, at a basic pace. Feeling pretty good at this point.

B ride Cheesehouse by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Tuesday night another group ride. I was a bit more annoyed with some riders this night, people were rotating the wrong way, guttering the ride while looking over their shoulder for help, playing cat and mouse 2 miles away from a sprint. I won the “classic” sprint finish of the ride and then sat up before the hilly denoument, enough was enough!

For the weekend, which I got off work, and to finish up my 2 weeks “on” I took a down and back tour to Burlington to watch Snake Alley.

Loaded Salsa SS to Burlington by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

I rode my 29’er, single speed 32×16, loaded. I bought Revelate bags for the saddle and top tube, and a sling to carry a tent on the handlebars. It is pretty cool stuff, and I am very impressed with the weight of it, and how it rides. If I were going to take an overnight bike trip to a friends house I don’t think I would need anything other than the seat bag. I also had a big hydration pack on that was stuffed with the tubes and tools and sandals and toothbrush and what nots.

I was awakened early by screeching owls and thought what the hell and got up and was rolling at 4:30 in the morning. It was a nice ride down. I know the way to Columbus Jct just fine, took the Gritty Brevet course for a while. From there down I used googlemaps.com bike there directions, which kept it mostly gravel. There were a couple of trouble spots, but mostly it went smoothly and I got to ride some cool roads every once in a while. I had thought to try and get a century in, but I wanted to watch some Snake Alley so when Burlington was close I just went in to see the action.

Loaded Salsa SS home by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

I stayed the night in Burlington and left early again Sunday morning to ride home. It was hot, 80 at 7 in the morning as I rolled out of town. There was a good south wind for me, with a bit of west to it. So mostly I had tailwind except for when jogging west. It was a tour of convenience stores as I was not in a hurry and had time to stop at every one I passed for gatorade and ice cream sandwiches. Past Riverside I turned west for 10 miles on the Gritty Brevet course to see if I could come up with 100 for the day. As I was laboring out into the wind I considered that I don’t much enjoy riding 29’ers on gravel, just because they are slow. And I don’t recommend loaded single speed touring. But here I was doing both! It all worked out okay, once I turned for home I basically had 20 miles of tailwind. I thought I might not quite get the 100, but it clicked over just a few blocks from my house. Whew! Rode out for a burrito later, so I padded it nicely. I took a bunch of pictures, will try and get them on here soon – much more interesting than the words. I did find a tool, and saw a possum, and a raccoon, and a deer or 3, and a turkey, and a wild cat, and some dogs, and a bunch of run over snakes, and got pestered by lots of red wing blackbirds.

So that is what I have been up to, rest week time for me! 2 more weeks of on, then another week off, and then – dun-Dun-DUN – the Chequamegon 100!

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Rest Week Activity

All over but the resting. Had a good week off, got in some quality active recoveration. Slept. Ate too much. Drank too much once. Rode my mountain bike on trails for the first time this year! The Chequamegon 100 will fall to the forces of the 30ยข Squad!

Hills recovery ride by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Sharon Center easy by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Sugarbottom SS cruise by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Frytown by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

The other days were townie bike miles, usually an hour or so. And that is it, I am rested. Tried to pick it up a bit today on the Frytown loop, get the legs moving before doing group rides this week. Six more weeks to peak, hope I can keep it up!

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Cramming

Another good week of riding behind me as the Cheq 100 gets ever closer in front of me. Got a couple of hours of recovery on the townie on Monday, then a couple of good rides during the week.

Sharon Center by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Morning Solon by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

All in all a good week, after a different good week, is encouraging.

Frytown in the morning by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

And a solid weekend, 8 hours riding!

Gritty Briefet by gpickle at Garmin Connect – Details.

Sunday I went out on the MASI SSCX for the first time in a while. Set out on the Gritty Brevet, and it was going smashingly well until I left Riverside after lunch. The wind picked up and switched a bit, a big storm looked me right in the eye before blowing by, and the gravel was often fresher than it had been. So, I rode 70 of the route and then turned for Iowa City to watch some Old Cap Crit.

This week is rest time, which I love, then next week is back to work, and Cody is done with her semester so I can start doing group rides again! Wonder how that’s going to go?

 

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