Well, that streak lasted a long time. I’m really going to try and keep up this time. Maybe a five day streak?
I went out to WyCo today. Got eaten alive by oak mites. I’m probably going to contract some horrific disease. I’m running wider bars on the mountain bike (560mm vs 780mm, I think) and I keep hitting crap with my hands. Only crashed twice, though.
Saw my buddy Nick out riding today. I haven’t seen him since I met him out at the downtown airport about 5 months ago. In between then, he got held up by 6 teenagers outside of his house. They stabbed him and stole his truck and went joyriding. He had a collapsed lung and was beaten up pretty badly. The human body is a pretty amazing, resilient piece of work. The fact that he was out riding (and fast) is awesome. I asked him how to get over these tricky set of boulders and he did it pretty fluidly. Right after seeing it, I hopped on my bike and chickened out right before the middle.
Most of the time, if you have a problem with mountain biking, the key is to just go faster.
I’m feeling strong these days. It’ll be interesting to see what my first FTP test shows. It’s going to be indoors, so I know it’ll be low regardless.
I did a full 2 hours of trail riding out at Wyanndotte County Park today. I thought I was going to do 4 laps each way, but I think I did 4 counter clockwise and 3 clockwise. On the first one, I would take it cautious and try and absorb as much as I possibly could. The second time I would ramp it up just a bit and the 3rd & 4th time I would just hit it hard. By the end of the day, I was a pretty happy camper.
There are two spots that get serious on the WyCo white loop. One is a 180 degree hairpin into a rock garden with some tricky parts and the other technical spot is four large boulders with no clear path through. There were a few other riders out there today and I again considered waiting to watch how others navigate it. What if they were also newbs and dismounted too?
Pretty sure I should just practice track standing and little front hops to navigate the rocky hairpin. I think the other obstacle is just practicing and having the balls to fail. I flipped and slammed the stem, moving the seat up a bit, too. Now, I’m on the prowl for maybe a shorter stem and some wide bars. If I’m going to be riding this thing for a while, then I need make it comfy and fast.
I’m 13th on the Strava leaderboard for the White Trail Clockwise segment. Pretty stoked since I just started a couple of weeks ago. I knew power wasn’t going to be a problem and now that I’m feeling more comfortable hitting rocks and navigating roots, hitting top 10 shouldn’t be too far (It’s about 30 seconds). I even tried an additional loop. It has a pretty technical section, but it’ll be a good addition to work on skills.