I started out the week well, with a singletrack ride down at Beaver Creek. It was just a short ride, since my weekday riding time is also short - but at least I spent an hour riding the dirt. Then I set myself up for failure by not riding for the next two days, which meant I had to ride the next four days straight or not make my goal. Way to plan out your week, Steve.
But there was a chance to pull it off, since I had the weekend available to fit the next two rides into. I got in a ride on the rail trail on Saturday, which does count even though it's pretty boring. Then on Sunday I got Diana to accompany me on a drive down to Beaver Creek, where I got in another short ride while she napped in the car at the campground. So that was good - five days past with three rides down. Still could work...
|Beaver Creek State Park|
Tuesday would be the last day of my week long cycle. When I got home from work I was thinking about a ride around the neighborhood for a little while, maybe even a ride out on the rail trail. But my wife, who knows how much all this riding contributes to keeping my questionable sanity at least tolerable, suggested that I take the time to head on out to Moraine and get in some dirt riding before dark. And with her encouragement I packed up food, gear and bike in record time and headed on over to ride. And it was a great ride, too. Not too long, but sometimes you don't need a lot to feel good. I hit some of my favorite tech sections, including a stretch I call The Big Rock Downhill. Here the trail leaves the ridgetop and heads down over a hundred feet to cross the tiny brook in the valley below. And on the way the trail builders have routed it over about 6 or 7 really well built rock features, using the huge boulders littering the hillside to make an unbelievable challenging and fun route. I've ridden each feature successfully, even making a no-dab ride from the top almost to the bottom before. But on Tuesday I was clearing the rocks with a combination of technique and power, not the bounce-n-bash style that I usually display. After clearing the third tough section in a row - and doing it RIGHT - I realized the groove I was in and just pushed it as far as I could take it. Don't be fooled into thinking that I'm extreme mtb guru, but for a 49 year old with not so great breathing I was pretty satisfied.
|Moraine mtb trailhead|
So I did make the 5 out of 7 for that week, and I'm going to try again for this week. I started writing this up on Thursday, and I've managed to get in an hour on the rail trail Wednesday and 10 laps around my block (7.5 miles with 400 feet of climbing) on Thursday. That gives me hope that I've gotten past my latest motivation drought and will continue to push myself at the level that I expect. And Kenny is back from his summer camp experience, where he had a good time with his fellow fifth grade lunatics. I'm glad that he got to go, but I'm even gladder to have him back home. He's wanting to go for a canoe trip this weekend, so it looks like I'll be checking some water levels for the local waterways. Might be an excellent chance to get some paddling video on the GoPro!
|This one is for Diana|