Sunday, April 30, 2006
I took my dad out for the ride so he could get in a fast hammerfest for him while I pulled his ass around. I am sick of ILRA and Kensington so I ventured off by riding out to Wixom Rd then taking it around to Duck Lake and Atlantic Rd. I rode into the center of Milford via Commerce Rd and took that all the way back to Hickory Ridge Stobart(GM Loop) and eventually ended up back on Kensington Rd. My dad was whipped after the string of hills so we didn't ride into the parks at all. Rode in the driveway at an even 40.00 miles and 19mph average.
The wind was in my face the first half of the ride and then it was pretty calm the rest of the way. My legs were burning the first 8-10 miles, but once I got in the groove, they felt snappy and I was riding well. Someday I will ride with a group of fast people, see how nice drafting is then probably get my ass kicked when I am not paying attention. Good training ride today. If I hadn't spent the last 3 hrs doing homework than I would have mapped the ride out. It's Ok. Only 19 more days left of school, Custer Race Sunday, Camping/Training Trip in 3 weeks and then 24 Hours of Boyne. Speaking of that I have to find some people to ride with. Maybe 2 or 4 man team. Only 1.5 months from Lumberjack...Hoping for under 9 hrs?!
Saturday, April 29, 2006
I have to do a little make-up school work in the morning, then I am off for a nice 60 mileish road ride where I am going to pull my dad from our house to ILRA and around, then out to Wixom and ride out through Commerce/Milford area and sweep around back to the GM loop then back home. Maybe a few loops of Kensington will go good at the end of the ride!!! I need to figure out when I can take a recovery day. I will need one but it is hard to take. I hope it rains Wednesday.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Race day was a great way to come back to Michigan. I go t to see all my race friends and meet up and talk with everyone again after the long winter. I was able to test my winter training skills out on the course, and I think it payed off. I rode my geared bike to a 3rd place out of 7 in Expert Men 15-19 with a time of 47:15. I was happy with my time, but a little more training and recovery I will be faster. I beat most of the people who had beat me last year. About half-way through the race it started raining. It felt good, but I had the chills afterwards even though I was in dry clothes. A few hours later and in a steady rain, I pulled the SS out for the second race of the day. I rode good, but braked more and took the downhills and technical stuff a little slower. I didn't want to injure myself since I have a busy schedule in the next weeks of...Custer camping/riding trip(Thurs), Custer Race, Training week, Custer training weekend, 24 Hours of Boyne, Hanson Hills, GRADUATION and party, the LUMBERJACK 100. That spells out why I didn't want to kill myself. I thought I was going soooo slow, but I pulled a time of 50:05. Not bad, but I know I could have done better. I came 11 out of 16 in all Men Elite/Expert SS.
Today was a recovery day for me. I went from a long day at school, out to REI!!! I ordered some stuff that I needed when I was out west. I put on my new AVID JUICY 7 hydrolic disc brakes. I installed, cut, and figured out how to get them going all by common sense...It works for now. I didn't even have to bleed them!
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Here is my mom clearing some rocks early on in the trail.
Me navigating my way around some large rocks.
My dad riding his way around the singletrack.
Riding down the trail in a nice scenic trail.
After the ride, we went to downtown Grand Junction to puts around. While we were there, I was caught in a picture wearing street clothes around a bike.
We are going out for an early ride tommorrow morning at 18Rd., coming back to the hotel to clean up, then heading out to downtown Boulder to check out the city. We will be eating with relatives then driving the night and into Friday ending at a hotel near Yankee Springs. Pre-ride Yankee on Sat, clean the bikes, the race the geared and SS Sun and come back home! Not ready to leave yet:-(
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
We went out and rode Slickrock this morning and then my dad and I went out and rode Amasa Back this afternoon. We are closing up shop here in Moab and are headed back to Fruita tommorrow morning to go ride some more SWEET singletrack!
Monday, April 17, 2006
My dad climbing part of the 4 mile hill. This is very tame. Some parts we had to hike a while up 2-3 foot steps that are impossible to ride.
Here I am at the top of the climb. It took us much longer than expected and we had a time limit, so we rode downhill on the trail until it hit the rode and we flew back down to the trailhead.
Today was extremely windy=not good for riding in moab, so we went for a hike in the Arches National Park and saw the famous arch. Tommorrow should be better and good for a ride at Slickrock and Amasa Back.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Here I am with an amazing view over the Colorado River
Me riding down some Slickrock steps on Moore Fun before a switchback dropoff
My mom riding arounda scenic cliff
My dad riding up a step
My mom riding up a slickrock step
A look at some of the rocky desert terrain
Tommorrow morning my dad and I are going to ride at the Monument and then drive the 100 miles over to Moab and do a ride later in the afternoon over there!
Friday, April 14, 2006
A nice family pic...we don't have too many of these.
Some of the rock we rode over
Some of the first Slickrock we hit
Me riding up one of the steeps on Mary's Loop
This is how you endo people. And yes, he did crash!
My mom coming off of a nice downhill on Lions Loop
A nice view from atop Mary's Loop looking down over the Colorado River and other singletrack
We climbed 1680 feet today, but the trail was more tech than climbing. Tommorrow is off to the Monument to ride some hills and rock. The cool thing about the trails out here is that the terrain is all different and nothing is the same.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
So the 23 hour drive was much better than I thought. We made it to Fruita at 1:30ish on Wed. and got a nice little 7 mile ride in at 18 road.
The drive was much more interesting once we hit Colorado.
Here is my Dad riding Chutes and Ladders
My mom clearing a nice boulder on the trail
This is what it is all about. Seeing the trails miles away!!!
Me climbing one of the steeps. Cameras have horrible depth perception
Some of the downhills are really steep and fast, but they are smooth.
Here is my mom and I after a long climb up to 5600ft.
The weather has been great. Both days have been in the 80's and the biker tans are starting to take shape. Tommorrow we are off to meet one of my mom's relatives (Craig) and go ride the Kokapelli trails. These trails are supposed to be a little more technical and rocky. The riding here is awesome, fast singletrack. We will be riding in the Colorado National Monument Sat then somewhere in Fruita Sun morning before heading off to Moab after our ride on Sunday morning.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
To see most of my route without trails and the ride back home, Click Here. The elevation looks weird because there are two spots where it dips to 0. I found out that that was water where I went over a bride on Garden Rd. and somewhere else. Work and a light spin tommorrow then off to Yankee Sat morning.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Tommorrow its going to rain, which is good because I need a recovery day and if it was warm and sunny I would end up riding again. I find it hard not to ride on beautiful days.