Weekend in Jeopardy

I havent been taking any pictures of late. It goes in spurts. One week I take a hundred, the next zero. That said I do have a lot in the archives to use when I need to.

Frozen beach. 1\13\17

Yesterdays LRW was only 35 miles but a year ago that was a long ride for me. I’m pretty sure I have more road miles to date this summer than all of last year. or at least close. The weather continues to be amazing. 70’s and sunny. Except for this morning. Storms rolled thru about 6am and now it high humidity and foggy. I have another ride planned this morn that got rained out.

Today I turn all my thoughts to the weekend. An hour a go I was figuring out what to pack for Marquette. And as I type this Im not going. Checking the weather has 30% chance of rain Saturday and 40% on Sunday. I just can’t spend the money to go up there with those odds. So I thought maybe Hayward. It’s a couple hours longer drive but still worth it. But same thing there. Rain Saturday and Sunday.

Im still handing on to taking the weekend off but I really dont know what to do. Now Im looking at a day trip somewhere to ride but I have to be careful as most trails are pretty wet right now. Such crappy luck. Betting odds will just have me scrapping the entire thing and working. And if i do the silver lining would be being able to attend Downer Ave. I’ve been to that one many times. I guess I’ll just consider it a consolation prize.

Maybe I’ll try the Saturday roadie group again. The one I didnt last 8 minutes in last month. Or maybe do my own Saturday morning ride. I’ll need to do something as its not fair to my employees who changed up their schedule for me to do something this weekend, just to tell them to forget it.

I just gatta figure out what it is Im going to do.


Weekend Report


My weekends are getting pretty boring. Mostly work with a few short rides thrown in. Saturday morn was a short hour and a  half on the road before the store opened. Sunday I did think of a bit longer road ride but the huge winds (up to 30mph) told me to stay on the woods so I grabbed the MTB and headed to our local park. However it was still a bit muddy from the storms a few days ago and that ride was just under an hour. I guess better than nothing. Lets see what else is going on…

The Tour of Americas Dairyland is in full swing. This is a 11 race series that took the place of Superweek, but can’t really hold a candle to Superweek when in its prime. I considered going to the race on Saturday after work but that didnt plan out. I might try and catch one during the week this week but wont get to see any next weekend if I go to Marquette. I used to try and get to at least 3 or 4 of these but just dont feel the same way about them anymore. Back in the day many ProTour teams sent riders here. Lance raced here. Cadel Evens raced here too but that was back in the Superweek era. Those caliber of teams and riders are long gone. Its still a bike race tho. If I get to one I get to one and if I dont then I dont.

So I’ll have Marquette on my mind all week. Should I go? Should I race? Should I camp? Today they have released the downhill runs for the Enduro…


The only one I’ve done before was Flow and that was like 8 years ago on my cross country bike. Also, I checked last year’s results and only one person did the beginner so I might have to consider doing sport and do three runs. So I will go to sleep pretty much every day this week thinking about this.

Best case scenario: I dont crash and I dont take last.

Worst case scenario: There are many ranging from taking absolute last with embarrassing times to ending up in the hospital.

Im a pretty smart guy and would hope that I will know when to say when and stay on the conservative side but not being even on the same page as everyone else would be pretty embarrassing and would not consider it a good experience. And a waste of 65 bucks. Not that I’ve wasted 65 bucks before on some race…..

So thats whats on my mind today. I do have some things cooking in the store, one being the building of my new Crockett with hydro eTap. I just have a few small pieces to go and its complete. Actually hope to take it up to Marquette with me.

Lets see how this week goes first.




Long Ride Wednesday seemed to be another success. 50 miles in the books. With that ride yesterday I now have done more 50+ rides this summer than all of last year. Which is 4. I used to do one a week all summer long. But Im not complaining. More is always better. At least for bike riding. I really like the new route Im using too.

A huge storm rolled thru yesterday afternoon putting MTB Fridays in jeopardy this week. I dont think the trails will be ready in time so most likely a short road ride tomorrow.

I guess with less than a week and a half to decided I need to make some decisions on the Enduro up in Marquette. But today it seems like a lot of work. Im thinking I will have to put the dropper post back on. Maybe I can get away with just dropping the rigid post before a run. Not sure. I will need to pedal back up the mountain so I could just bring a wrench with me and put it back up? I’d hate to crash and land on a wrench in my jersey pocket.

Putting the dropper post on would be at least an hour to run the cable and housing thru the frame and hook it up. That seems like a lot of work for 15 minutes of riding. Also, I will need to borrow a set of nice platform pedals. I dont own a set. You need those when you’re bombing downhill. And I guess I’ll wear my hiking boots. Their heavy enough to be able to put my foot down if I need to. Again, seems like a lot of work but I keep telling myself I need to do at least one of these. Just to say I did. When I start thinking I should maybe pass on this I watch this video.

Anyway. Will I or wont I will be the focus in the next few days. Moving on.

The last few weeks has me only posting twice a week. Its busy now but the main reason is Im riding more too. I only have so much downtime when the store is busy and I need to spend it wisely. So if i ride in the morning this could be the last post until next week.

If so have a great weekend and get outside. You know I am.


3 Ride Weekend


For some reason its getting harder and harder to find the time to write these. Sure, the store is busy but really I think its me just getting to the store not as early as I used to. Sometimes its due to a bike ride which is an excellent trade off.

Friday morn I headed to a local trail system called New Fane. Ironically in New Fane, WI. It’s about a 45 minute drive for me. I try to get here at least twice a month. I like riding here. The only bummer is the hour and a half I spend in a car to do so.

Saturday morn had me on the road bike doing my usual ride to the Park and back. This hour and a half ride is about all I can do on a Saturday before work now that its busy. I must have done this ride at least 500 times in the last ten years.

Sunday I once again grabbed the MTB and headed to our local trails for some nice woods riding without having to go hard. Just a nice tool around the woods for an hour before work. Yup… we are now open on Sundays too.

The news this Monday has been the heat. Almost 90 the last two days. Air conditioners running full blast both at the store and at home. It takes me awhile to deal with that. 

So starting today Im thinking about going up to Marquette over the 24th\25th to do that Enduro. I have two weeks to think about it. Today I will get a campsite up there as I think I will try to “rough it” if the weather look good to do so. Otherwise a hotel room.

As far as the Enduro go’s… Im on the fence about that. Im sure I can do it but at the beginner level. Just as well as it will be my first time. I just like to experience different things on the bike. Attending an Enduro would be a bike bucket list thing to cross off.

Here is some info on what an Enduro is.

In a nutshell you do timed runs downhill. My beginner designation will have me do two runs. You are only timed on the downhill parts but you only have three hours to do them all. The time it takes you to get back up the hill is not timed. Just that you have 3 hours to get them all done.

Im assuming the two runs for the beginners will not be that long and could be less than 15 minutes combined. But more than an hour more to get up there twice for me. I could even walk it up the hill if I wanted to.

Then they add together your two runs and shorted time wins. Im really pretty OK going downhill and Im pretty sure I won’t embarrass myself with last place. But Im not going to hang it all out there as I have to go to work the next day. My fear is hitting a tree and not being able to drive home so I think I need to have another person go with me just in case.

Anyway, thats whats in my head the next few days. I have time to think about it. Even if I ditch doing the Enduro myself but just go up to watch\ride would be a good thing since I have the store covered that weekend anyway. I hate to waste that.

I guess I’ll just see what happenes.