Monday, June 4, 2012
Bike hub/Specialized team mates for the handups, couldn't have done it without em. So now I am not sure what I am doing next? I might not do another WORs race until Kewauskum. Maybe some TOAD? Maybe somebody will talk me into something? See ya Outside...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Since I spent money on a new cross bike this spring Ihave to keep trying it out on diffrent rides. It really is a jack of all trades bike. Mostly I ahve taking it on my long tempo rides and trying to find some gravel roads to enjoy. I have occasionally taken it down the Mountain bay trail. Today I decided to ride it out to the Reforestration camp and do a lap. I really wasn't sure how well it would handle the singletrack. I gotta say I was pleasently suprised. Granted the Camp is nowhere near the roughest singletrack out there. But, the bike handled well on the roots, I never felt like the bike was about to wash out in the deep sand. Wish I could say I was going to race it for WORS but, have to get out of the saddle to float of the rough stuff just slows you down too much. It is much faster to sit and spin on my full suspension. I also noticed you need to ride in the drops, I felt like my hands were going to vibrate off the tops of the hoods. Ended up with a mostly easy 2:10. Shameless product plug alert. The Crux is an awesome bike and, it climbs like nobodys business. I am looking forward to embarressing myself on a cross course this fall. Another great turn out for the Hub ride on Thursday. The ride seems to be getting bigger and bigger and faster than before. The wind was out of the east which meant a super fast run into Wrightstown. A little more mellow on the way back into De Pere for some reason. As a group we weren't doing a good job riding two abrest. Not calling anyone out, I was guilty too. Just think we may ned to address that at the beginning of the ride. Guess I will see everybody at Iola in a few weeks. I was thinking of do a road race this year in madison but, just didn't feel like spending the money. Nothing is set in set in stone as far as races go. Just going to see what races I can make. I did get get into the cheq 40 again (thanks Jesse Sharp). That was just to get the Brisket at famous daves though. Hope everyone is enjoying our awesome spring.
-See Ya Outside
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Sunday, February 26, 2012
I went and paid a visit to The Bike Hub of course. Finally pulled the trigger on a cross bike for training/racing. Not sure how serious I will be about racing cross but, I am willing to give it a try. When the bike comes in I plan on getting some fenders on it for early season riding. I also bought Some better Neoprene knee warmers and shoe covers to keep me warm. I wasn't sure how much I wanted to race this year but, I am riding like I want to be competitive. So I guess thats where my head is at. Thanks to Tom and Rebecca at The Bike Hub for answering all my questions.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Had the day off from work. No compliants here, I felt like I needed a break after the last few weeks. I decided to go skiing today which quickly turned to a bike ride after realizing how nice it was outside. I headed down to Wrightstown and felt so good. I decided to ride all the way to Kaukauna. The sun was gently wapping me in the face thru the hazy January sky. It was a good day for a ride. The headwind was a little tougher than I thought it'd be but it wasn't bad. Toes and fingers started getting really cold. FYI if your toes go completely numb just get off and walk for 2 minutes. They perk right up. Got some good saddle time and more importantly outside enjoying the spring like weather. I have no complaints about the winter so far. I would like to ski more but, I haven't had to shovel much. Took the skiis up to Marquette last week for work and I might do so again next week. Lately just been spending more time with my Family. More than I would usually but, things have been a blessing in disguise. I have really enjoyed some of my visits. So what do you do if a Muskrat crosses the road in front of you? Take pictures of course! Thought those things hibernated? Hope life is treating everyone well.
Monday, October 31, 2011
This the Third year of this event and every year it seems to get a little bigger. It serves as a fundraiser for the local cross county ski club. It also has a little bit for everyone as there is also 5k run and a 10 mile run. The 5k run to start the duathalon is mostly flat with some pretty steep kickers in there. It follows a part of The Maples skiing loop. It just serves a warmup and some burning in your legs before you start the bike portion. It took me 22:30 for the run and felt ok at the Transition. For me it always seems to take a few minutes to sort out how hard I can push the peddles after the run. My legs just want to take it easy for awhile. Eventually I convinced them to start moving and started catching people. The nice thing about a Duathalon is even if a runner kicks your butt in the run, you will almost always catch them on the bike. Especially a mountain bike race where I know the trails pretty well. I managed to catch 3 or 4 people before the first section of singletrack. For some reason I went into the singletrack and just felt like I was on fire. Carving the corners better than I usually do. It was a good thing too because my legs really didn't have the power today. I was ok but, I was passed by at least two elite guys and I knew I wasn't going to be pulling them back In. The first lap went well and I was feeling ok starting the second lap. By about the middle of the second lap I was getting tired and my low back was almost shot. I rode with a guy to the last section of the singletrack and jumped into it just before him. i was able to ride away from him in the twisty stuff after that but, didn't get much of a gap. I kept pushing it in the the corners trying to increase my lead. I noticed that another rider had caught the guy I had passed and they both were about 75yards back. The very last section of singletrack had some wide sweeping turns I couldn't really make any time there, so the gap stayed the same. I knew as soon as I got out of the single track I had to go as hard as I could. It was about a mile to the finish and I went as fast as I thought I could maintain. I looked back and the new guy was catching me. I just put my head down and kept pounding. I got on the finishing straight and the guy was getting closer and closer. There was a short hill the finish line was on and I just stood up on the peddles and cranked as hard as I could. I felt like I was going turtle speed. I crossed the line and he came flying by me. I beat him by 5 feet or so, whatever .5 seconds is. I literally had gray lines at the corner of my eyes. That was the hardest I went on a bike this year. So I ended up with 6th place overall and 2nd in my age group. Pretty happy with the result since there was some pretty tough competition there. Won a sweet Bottle of Maple syrup and enjoyed a great post race baked potato. Results are here. So thats it for bike races this year. Next up is the Turkey Trot and off season cross training. My Teammate Tyson Schwiesow did great taking 2nd in the Team Division with his Daughter. Results for them are here. Some other Members of Bike Hub/Specialized were off doing Cross Races in other parts of the State. Shoemaker continued his domination of the Cat 4s with back to back races wins. Good luck to everyone doing the Iceman. See ya outside...