Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Candy Land Wins.

Not sure why but I struggle to ride Monday afternoons.  If the mountain bike trails had been dry I would have hit the trails no question but they weren't to I asked Harper if I should ride.  She said no so we played several rounds of Candy Land and some card games.  Not a bad afternoon.

I'm up at 4:30 this morning to meet Mike around 5 for a morning ride.  Brinna has a choir concert this evening so no TNR.  Avery has an orchestra concert tomorrow night followed by a school picnic/graduation thing for Harper on Thursday.  Friday and Saturday I have events I have to tech (bike mechanic) at and I work Sunday.  This week will be fast!

Next Thursday I head down to Kansas for the Dirty Kanza 200.  Can't believe it's already here.  Not much I can do now for fitness.  What I have is what I have.  I feel ready.  The weather will be the big deciding factor.  Hoping it's not super hot as I haven't had much warm weather to ride in.

Time to ride.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Is It Done Raining?!

I guess I should feel lucky I got the riding in that I did.  With life and the weather it was a hectic week.  Despite all that I still got about 14 hours in.  Not what I wanted but good enough.
I did bring my bike to Madison hoping to get a ride in but there too, like home, was inundated with rain.  On Sunday I thought about getting picked up somewhere along I94 but the logistics of that wasn't panning out so I pushed back riding till we dropped Jen's parents off in Coon Rapids.  By the time we got there it was drizzling, 44 degrees, and a 20 mph headwind.  Yeah I took the car home!

This week looks to be better in the weather department (well at least the rain part) but still pretty busy with kid activities.  May be some early morning rides in my future.  I really want to mountain bike but guessing the trails will need a few dry days before they are ready.  I also need to get my road bike back running (quietly) so I'm not taking the "gravel" bike on road rides.  Ben problems.

Happy (Dry) Monday.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


What a wet week, blah.  Despite all the rain I have managed to get out riding on Monday and Wednesday.  Going to bed Tuesday night it looked like Wednesday morning would be a wash out.  But per the norm the forecast changed and it was dry.  Stoked to have nabbed 3 hours.  A benefit of all the rain is the gravel is running pretty fast and the dust is gone.  Shortly after getting to work around noon it started to rain and really hasn't stopped.

Today was the day I was to start biking to Madison.  That is no longer happening.  I'm still a bit bummed as I was really looking forward to the adventure.  I hope to get a ride in today, weather dependent.  A super big week has turned into a whatever week.  So it goes.
I'm contemplating bringing my bike to Madison but if I do that I will feel the "need" to bike and not sure on how much time I will have.  Sometimes it's hard being a nut job!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Riding When I Can.

I had planned to mountain bike yesterday afternoon as the rest of the week looked pretty wet.  The rain, however, came early and dumped a 1/2" of rain on us during the day.  Mountain biking was out. I was feeling tired so I was ok with the prospect of not riding at all.  When I got home the sun was almost out!  Knowing the rest of the week is up in the air because of weather and kid events I decided to head out for a two hour ride around Briggs Lake.
The legs bitched a bit but a half hour in and all systems were firing just fine.  I actually felt really good.  So much so that at the end of the ride I tackled the KOM at my folk's house.  A quarter up the hill I laughed and sat down.  Not happening!

Tonight is Brinna's orchestra concert so no TNR, if it even happens.  Guessing I'll hit the gym up this morning but I really like getting to work early so I may bail on the gym at the last minute as well.

This humidity is giving me some crazy hair!

Monday, May 15, 2017


I worked Saturday at the shop but still wanted to get a ride in.  Knowing I'm not much for riding after work I was up early and on the bike shortly after 5.  Once again I was on the Evergreen, my favorite bike currently.  I pretty much did the same route as on Wednesday (mini Dirt Bag)...3 hours and 52 miles.  Not a bad start to the work day: 3 hour ride and two repairs done before 9:00!  After work I headed to our house to mow the lawn.  It turned into a long day!

Sunday my mom was up at the lake with the kids and Jen was with her mom up at her Grandma's so I was solo.  I wasn't up super early but early enough, on the bike by 7.  I planned on the original Dirt Bag course minus Franklin Road.  I was really feeling good.  On longer climbs the legs started to bark some but overall I was grooving.  A bit over 5 hours and 90 miles.
Within 30 minutes of finishing my ride I was out back with my dad cutting and moving trees for 3 hours.  I think the tree cutting was harder than the ride.  Finally time for a shower then off to the grocery store to get dinner supplies: steak (I didn't eat), potatoes, veggies for grilling, and salad.
Dang solid weekend.

Just shy of 20 hours and 361 miles on the week.

The weather this week looks to be stormy.  Just have to go with the flow and ride when it works.

I've been planning and getting stoked on biking to Madison for over a month now.  I would have to leave on Thursday.  These plans are starting to fall apart.  I'm pretty sure it's out.  Brinna has a track meet, work is busy (and it's our anniversary sale), and the weather looks to be shit.  I still will go to Madison but most likely in the car and on Friday.

Happy Monday.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Popping out Centuries.

I had yesterday off form work since I'm working Saturday.  After getting the kids to school I jumped on the Evergreen and headed out.  It was a N/NW wind but I headed South first to avoid having to come back on the same route I went out on.  When I made my turn North I was  hit with the wind.  It was much stronger than I anticipated.
I did hit gravel when the opportunity arose.  A lot of the gravel was rocky and fresh.  Toss that in with a headwind and the going was a bit slow.  But great fun nonetheless.  It was a gorgeous day!
Ended with 100 miles in 5.5 hours.
After the ride it was time to get two of the kids, dinner, meet up with Jen, and head out to ColdSpring for another track meet.

Next week I had planned on doing the Alexander 380 but a wedding has come up so I will be heading to Madison, WI.  Routes were made and I planned to bike to Madison in two days, leaving Friday.  This week I've started to second guess myself.  Not that I don't think that I can do it or a lack of desire but Thursday is the day I'd have to leave and It's Brinna's last track meet as an 8th grader, CLC (Central Lakes Conference Meet).  What to do...?!

While I work tomorrow I hope to get a few hours in on dawn patrol prior to work.  That is always an "up in the air" plan.  If I wake up too tired I'll go back to sleep.  Sleep is more important than riding, even if I do regret it later in the day!

Happy Weekend.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Finally I made a TNR, Tuesday Night Ride!  I have to admit I was a bit anxious for the ride.  I wasn't sure how I would fair from taking such a long break from early Spring riding.  There were 11 of us at the start, which is big for a TNR!
We hit up 7 Wonders, Tower, and back home.  On the flats I as fine and on the hills I was ok.  I haven't been in the pain cave for some time so I'm not able to push past it, or unwilling.  That comes with more time in the cave.
Overall I was happy with how I did.  Where I suffered the most, along with the hills, was when I went to the back after a pull, the line was strung out, a gap would form off the front, it was very hard for me to try and bridge back up from the back.  Not always successful.  That will come.

We ended in the dark with 63 miles in 3 hours.  Unfortunately I will miss the next two TNR's due to kid obligations.  Back at work I met up with some staff to stay late and build bikes.  We got over 20 built!

Heading out for a spin this morning on parts of the Dirt Bag then off to work.

Mid week already.