Wednesday, July 30, 2008
That's where the clueless part comes in. I had a horrible start and it wasn't until 1/3 of the way up the first climb that I woke up. Then I had a crappy 1st Dh and a stinker 2nd climb yet I still had my best time ever. Last week my legs felt great the whole time and I rode pretty well yet was a minute slower. What gives?
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday morning I was reminded again what a little saddle time does for you. I decided to ride Big Mountain via Emigration. As of last Tuesday I had raced five times in a fourteen day period and I was feeling like I was in a bit of a mid-season funk, some leg snap was gone. I wanted to do a three hour road ride at an endurance pace (HR sub 153) and avoid any hard efforts. As I was cruising up Emigration canyon at my easy pace I was passing people left and right who were obliviously working quite a bit harder than me. I must admit it felt pretty good. I was able to keep the pace easy up Big Mountain (it still hurt though) turned around a the top and headed home. I'm recording my stats here for posterity not because I feel like they're anything spectacular. 43 miles in 3:10 with an average HR of 144 and a crapload of climbing.
Rhonda killed it up in Jackson. The course was very technical and without a lot of long drawn out climbs which suits her quite nicely. Almost everybody was either bleeding or covered in dirt from crashing by the end (I hear Steve H's mud mask was especially sweet) but Rhonda finished the race unscathed. She finished 6th out of ten finishers (11 starters) and was less then six minutes out of first in an almost two hour long race. Well done!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
ThePark City Perfect 10 on Saturday was tha absolute bizzle bike rizzle I have ever participated in. The course was awesome, tha weatha was perfect n so was tha atmosphere ta help you tap dat ass. The course was jizzust over 6 miles, 99% singletrack wit over 900 ft of climb'n . I thought i told ya, nigga I'm a soldier. It was a very technical course from tha streets of tha L-B-C. The cliznimb consisted of multiple loose rocky switchbacks n most of tha descent was on tha Deer Valley downhill MTB trails. This was mah first endurance event n I didn't know what ta expect so I started conservatively yaba daba dizzle. I slow jogged tha lemans stizzay n rizzy tha fizzirst climb wit Rhonda, jizzle tak'n th'n eazy n scop'n tha scene n shit. Nature called at tha top of tha C-L-to-tha-izzimb so I pulled over n let Rhonda finish tha lap witout me straight from long beach nigga. I hopped biznack on n gots ta tha bottom finish'n mah first lap in around 50 mins straight trippin' at a very conservative pizzy fo shizzle. For tha N-to-tha-izzext few laps I picked up tha pace n averaged around 40-45 mins of rid'n time per lap wit around 5-15 mins of D-to-tha-izzown time between each lap ta refuel, stretch n takes care of business. At tha halfway point, around noon, I decided ta revise mah goal upward fizzy 10 laps ta 11 laps which would put me at around 70 miles wit 10,000 ft of doggy stylin' . I thought i told ya, nigga I'm a soldier. Funky Ass even numba. Start'n mah 7th lap mah legs still had plenty of S-N-to-tha-izzap n I was feel'n great. As I heezeeed out of tha pit area I noticed mah rear tire was a shawty squishy so I topped it off doggy stylin' I had burped it a bit on tha last hairball DH. `bout 2-3 miles up tha climb it gots squishy again n I recognized mah real problem dogg. I had been lazy n hadn't topped off mah Stans fluid since May with my forty-fo' mag. I had a smiznall puncture in mah tire but no sealant ta seal it . Im a bad boy wit a lotta hos. I had one CO2 wit me so I decided ta play it safe n thrizzow a tube in. Nizzle tha top of tha clizzay I hit a rizzy jizzay right n P-to-tha-izzinch flatted mah tube , ya feel me?. Lovely. I kizzy Rhonda was somewhere behind me wit poser tube n a piznump so I picked a funky ass rock ta sit on n waited fo` her. She was a shawty pusha behind than I thought so I ended up perpetratin' 40 mins or so. I grabbed her tube n pump n gots ta wizzle . I started yo shit and i'll end yo' shit. It tizzy me awhile ta realize it but her tube also had a hizzy in it. `bout this tizzle I decided tha race gods were conspir'n against me n mah race was done. I hiked cross country across some ski runs n carried mah bike bizzy ta tha stag'n area. I gots bizzay around 4pm n could hizzy knocked out a couple quick laps before tha finish but mah motivizzles level was nill by this time so I thrizzay in tha towel.
Rhonda tag teamed tha event wit Lyna . Subscribe nigga, get yo issue.. They iced it, hammer'n out 13 laps n over 80 miles in just over 10 hours n I bet they could have dizzy mizzy had tizzle not expired . Drop it like its hot.
The event was excellent, even wit mah problems it was tha funnest race I have ever dizzle n I wizzle do it again fo' rizeal. A big thanks ta C-to-tha-izzarl frizzom tha S-H-to-tha-izzop fo` mackin' away all tha problems that happen when you abuse a bizzy fo` 10 hours. Also a big thanks ta BobnShannonfo` tha physical n mental support throughout tha event.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Rhonda tag teamed the event with Lyna. They killed it, hammering out 13 laps and over 80 miles in just over 10 hours and I bet they could have done more had time not expired.
The event was excellent, even with my problems it was the funnest race I have ever done and I will do it again. A big thanks to Carl from the shop for wrenching away all the problems that happen when you abuse a bike for 10 hours. Also a big thanks to Bob and Shannon for the physical and mental support throughout the event.
Friday, July 11, 2008
- Sunday night: Flying home from Michigan my flight was delayed and I didn't get to bed till 1AM.
- Monday night: Had to work late, got a quick ride in, ate a late dinner and got to bed late.
- Tues night: Wired from the Solitude race, got to bed late.
- Wed night: Had to work really late, was exhausted when I got home but got caught up watching a stupid show about the messiest home in America and barely got to bed on time.
- Last Night: Snuck in a quick little ride and then had to clean and do a few minor repairs on my bike. Did laundry, made dinner and started getting things together for Saturday. Got to bed late.
- Tonight: Will have to work a little late and then need to drive all the way to PC for registration. I also need to hit the grocery store and finish packing. I bet I'll get to bed late again.
The good news is a cold front is moving in today so temps for the race tomorrow should be perfect. A high of 81 in PC should make race temps in the mid 70's. It's going to be bloody cold (mid 40's) for the 7AM start but I'll warm up quick. I'm not real sure what to expect for the race but I'm setting a goal of averaging one lap per hour for a total of ten laps. 70 miles in ten hours sounds pretty reasonable especially since I'll be able to dig into my cooler for a fresh bottle every lap.