I worked from home today, and got out for a little head clearing ride to the Headlands. I dropped down into Coastal, but made my way back up to the road. The wind was blowing pretty hard, and I didn’t want to burn any matches prior to Sunday. It was a beautiful afternoon and a felt rather spry afterwards.
Skeggs in the mud isn’t that bad. It was pretty sticky in spots, but you can really throw the bike into those corners and let the dirt slide. My legs were feeling the fade from yesterday’s race, but my friend David and I decided early on that this was a fun ride. Hard pushes or pressure to climb the Strava ladder.
Keeping the dream alive with our weekly Harvey Bear Fridays ride. I spun it out with my friend Eric. I showed him the northern loop, the one with a long gradual fire road climb followed by a bombing single track descent. The weather was absolutely perfect. I needed to double check my rig before the race tomorrow. All dialed in.
Driving down to the Fresno area to pre-ride and get ready for tomorrow’s Big Sandy race. Looks like it’s gonna be a fine and fun day.
Fun dirt cruise at lunch time with my friend Eric from work. I showed him the south end of Harvey Bear park. He and I are racing this weekend so we kept the tempo rather smooth. He’s racing up in Lake Sonoma while I’ll be crushing it down in Fresno at the Big Sandy. My bike and legs are in tune. Let’s do this!
I worked from home today. Just needed some time to run a few errands while staying hyper focused on a few projects. In the afternoon I got out for a quick spin around McLaren Park. My bike needed some TLC, so after getting it all washed up I wanted to make sure everything was dialed in for this weekend. I’m racing The Big Sandy, just outside of Fresno. I raced the point-to-point event last year and won my category. This year the course is a lot longer, and I couldn’t have a more perfect bike for the course ahead. Fitness-wise I’m feeling a lot stronger this year. I’ve been having a great season so far, and hope to keep my winning streak alive.
I rode Demo with my friend David and crew. It was his birthday so he called the ride together. It’s been well over a year since I’ve ridden Demo, the last time being on my Open hardtail. I was aboard ‘Baby’ this time, and what difference a big squishy bike makes. It was so much fun. We had a great crew joining us. We had a couple flats in the group, one of which forced him to hike back. Ouch. We descended Sawpit, and looped around to do Braille. It was a nice ripping downhill followed by a gentle fire road climb. My legs were still fried from yesterday, but it didn’t stop me from having the time of my life. (more…)
On a last-minute whim I joined my friend Jeremy on an epic adventure around Skeggs, over to Purisma and back for even more Skeggs. In five and half hours we covered 50 miles and climbed 12,000′! Quite possibly one of the biggest rides I’ve ever done, next to Leadville. Jeremy was on fire from the start, but having had a tiring week of work I didn’t have the legs to match. I hung in there, but eventually cracked, bonking in the last 10 miles or so. The weather was absolutely perfect and course conditions were near perfect. I rode my Epic, which saw a flat early on, but beyond that it was a solid performer. I’m now wrecked and on the verge of calling it a day to my weekend of riding. Tomorrow I’ve got Demo lined up, so hopefully I’ll feel better in the morning and that the group rides at a sensible pace.
The sun was shining, and I couldn’t help but get out for a short spin around my hood. I’ve got a race tomorrow morning up near Auburn, so I didn’t want to burn any matches and conserve some pop in my legs. Last weekend I made the mistake of going too far, but it didn’t get in the way of my win, but I sure didn’t feel like I was on top of my game. I rode around McLaren park on my Stumpy FSR just to spin out my legs. I had fun ripping around the short course as well as the other side of the park. I wish I stayed out longer, but I knew I’d be putting my legs at a disadvantage come tomorrow morning.
I was born on a leap year, so my day doesn’t really exist. I went for my usual birthday ride, but it was pretty uneventful. I needed to get out and spin my legs a bit in preparation for tomorrow’s race. I went a bit too hard, and hope I didn’t burn any matches prematurely. Regardless, happy to be alive and well on my non birthday.