Friday, August 15, 2014

Back on the Scalpel

Good ride this morning before work, did the same loop as Wednesday.  Here's a shot from near the finish.

Fun to get back on the "fast" bike and ride.  I don't feel at my best, not sure if it's because it's like 5 am and I haven't eaten/warmed up when I ride that early, or maybe it's the time off the bike since the 100.  Either way, I feel a bit rough.  I've decided to work on speed this second half of the season where I can and I'm happy to say that I did a new PR on the loop, about 2min faster than my prior PR from earlier in the season.  I haven't had a full good lap yet and I know I can do a lot of things better to get faster.

It's not just about speed, I have to remember that and just have fun.  I want to be faster, no doubt about that, but I think I'd have a more fun ride if I just relax and maybe focus on a few things per ride rather than focusing on speed over a 10mi loop.  That can be pretty deceiving, considering I could just hammer harder on the easy stuff, or maybe I'm really faster on the hard stuff.  Anyhow, I have a couple parts of the trail that I want to drop a minute or two off of my times through them, I think that will be the focus now for a bit.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Selling a bike is hard

There are two rules of bike ownership.  The number of bikes to have is "n+1", where n = the number you have.  The other rule is "s-1" where s = the number your spouse will leave you for.

I just sold a bike and I don't think I was at "s" yet.  It feels weird.

What I sold was my '08 Redline Monocog 29er.  Real solid bike, rode great, it actually was the bike I rode nearly exclusively from when I got it until '13 when I got my scalpel.  It opened my eyes to 29er bliss and also its rigid, steel frame was great.  I loved the singlespeed, riding it mainly when I lived in Milwaukee at the Alpha trail/Crystal Ridge prior to the Rock days.  Not blazingly fast, but not too slow either.  It was fun building my legs on the SS, gearing the bike up from 32:20 to 32:18 and then being able to ride up everything after a while.  I'd expected over time to have to replace things on it - never happened, it all was just fine, never broke anything, no drama, it just worked.

The other bike I'm selling is my motorcycle - I expect that to be much harder.  The plan is for the buyer to pick it up the 25th, so technically it's already sold but it's still in the garage.  I'll probably cry that day but the yampa makes up for it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Ride on the Yampa

Finally got out on the Yampa this morning for a ride.  Sorry about the pic, I did not realize it was so bad.

Didn't break any speed records, between lack of recent riding and learning the new bike.  It grips awesome in corners but I'm not consistent with it yet - I have to learn to use the grip.  It didn't help that on one of my first 50 corners I leaned hard into a berm which proceeded to completely blow away on me (unpacked sand), it was dark and I didn't realize it was not solid.  First crash for the yampa is out of the way, good news is my body shielded the bike from any damage.

Kind of a bummer this morning is riding this early now needs lights (started this ride at 5:45am). It was just too dark in the woods to not have them, even by when I was done it was still pretty dark in the dense spots and the lights helped. I'm glad I have a nice light.  I'll write more about it sometime but it's a Light & Motion and it's rad.

The bike is good - definitely way faster and easier to manage than the heavier fattie I tried a couple weeks ago.  It's stiff but that is completely negated by the give in the tires, kind of an interesting feel.  I kept having the front wheel further out on corners than I wanted to, need to adjust the riding style - turn-in seems to be where I'm going to have to learn.  Also, I got a lot of pedal strikes, ranging from just barely to hitting hard enough to unclip my shoe.  In the snow this won't be a problem, now on singletrack it's a minor issue I'll have to get used to.  I can say, I didn't miss it having suspension except for a couple spots, the tires suck up plenty of small stuff and keep traction really well.  I still need to play with pressures but I ran 8.5psi for this ride.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time to ride...

So, with kid #3 here and 1 and 2 still needing a lot of attention, riding time is short.  I knew that going into the season this year, I'd get most of my time prior to the Lutsen 99er, then after that it was family time.  Now that #3 is 2 weeks old I'm feeling a big need to carve out some time on the bike.  I'm finding I really miss the time to myself to think, or time to myself to focus on biking.

Tomorrow. 5am. Fat bike on singletrack.

It'll be a great day to be alive when it starts with that.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Starting a blog again.

It's been a while since I've had a blog of any sort that's been updated.  What started as a place to log thousands of pictures of my first kid, then a few of my 2nd, now seems to be pretty defunct as of the birth of my 3rd kid.  Poor guy.

I'm starting this after thinking it'll be fun to capture some of what I'm doing, write about what I like, and share what I've got in my head.  We'll see how long I keep it up or how it goes.  Maybe I'll just write about bikes and beer.