Monthly Archives: February 2016

Nice Weekend

Its the beginning of a short week for me. But before I get into that I’ll comment on the riding this weekend. Most successful. All road miles but all good miles. Rode the 920 both days. 55 miles between both days. That’s good in my book. And I felt better after all was said and done. The 920 is filling in just fine on the road for now. I put on lighter MTB wheels with 32c road tires on. 100 pounds of pressure makes for a bit of a harsh ride but still acceptable.

The bike is heavy by road standards but thats just fine. On the group rides I struggle on and off but thats nothing new. Forces me to put in intervals when I would not do it myself. Im pretty sure Im in better bike shape than I thought I would be heading up to Hayward in a few days.


So as far as the impending weekend. I just might do something on Thursday that I never have done before. My first help on Thursday fitst comes in at 230pm. I was going to wait until then to leave which puts me up in Hayward only to sleep. So…. Im thinking of just opening late when help gets here and leaving Thursday early morn. Store opening at 230 instead of 11. Just 3 and a half hours.  I kinda pride myself on not doing that kinda of thing but then I think back to last year when I put in a million hours here and think I can use the extra time for sure.

And I keep telling myself its only three and a half hours. And my weekends available to get away are few and far between. So just put a note on the door and go? Maybe. If I do that I will picture some dude stopping in to buy a Madone and ditches cuz Im not there.

So I have three days to do a week’s worth of work. Pay bills, do payroll for next week, get my orders in and make sure the checkbook is in order. I have a few service bikes to get out too.

But in my head I’ll check out sometime late tomorrow. If I leave early Thursday I’ll get a ride in the afternoon when I get up there and maybe a ski Friday morn before the others get there. Then pre ride the short course Friday aft. At least thats the plan as of this morn. Subject to change.

Id better get to it.




Just got to the store from picking up the new car. I dont get to excited about that stuff. Its nice. That’s about it. Now I’ll spend most of my free time today putting on the roof rack and putting all the junk back in. Now when you pick up a new car its all hi tech and I gatta spend time figuring things out like I do on a phone or computer. Its got a app to remote start. Just like my new Garmin, I most likely won’t use half of the stuff that car does. Or maybe just settle in a little at a time. Moving on.

I did get my help all settled in for next week and it looks like I can hit the road as early as Thursday at 3pm. And I will do so. Its a 5 and a half hour drive to Hayward so I’ll get there about 9pm. But there’s still a chance I might just leave early Friday. You can’t preride the course until 10am anyway. If I left at 5am I could be on the trail by 11am.

Most everyone else is getting there in the afternoon. If I go Thursday I might wait for them to preride and maybe ski a little in the morn. That’s a week away. I have time to figure it out.

Tomorrow will be the group ride in the morn. On the road. About 30 miles for me. I hope people dont start dragging out their road bikes yet. That would make the group a bit too fast. I do have the 920 but its not a fast bike by any means. Its a tour bike.

Temps again will skyrocket. 50 degrees it talked about for Saturday and Sunday. So maybe a road ride both days on the tour bike. Right now it doesn’t matter what or where you ride. Seat time is seat time and I’ll take it anyway I can get it. Even if it has to be on a bike that doesn’t move. But with this warm weather I hope it doesn’t come down to that,

Have a good weekend.


Another great ride this morn. One lap soft and another I rode pretty hard. Im feeling better on the bike every  ride it


seems. Lost a solid 10 pounds in the last month. While I will never be fast at least that scenario is getting better. I forgot my HR strap this morn but I will wear it ongoing from now on so at least get a base to work off of.

The trails are still in great shape. Not as fast as before the thaw but still pretty good. Some icy spots but still tons of traction and my skinny fat tires with 12 pounds in worked just fine. You really dont need much float on ice.

I dont run studs either. Im sure there is a time when they would help you but really that maybe 3 times a year. I used to run them but I just dont spend the extra money anymore.

Really these are the only trails around with snow. Our local park is all ice. Right now these trails are worth the 40 minute drive for me (one way).

I’ll lay off the bike tomorrow and hit it again Saturday morn on the group ride. That will again be all road and I’ll ride the 920. Im going to take off the touring wheels on the 920  and put on some lighter ones for the next month. The bike wont go back to touring mode until April anyway.

I bought a new car. Pretty much like the one I have but bigger. I had a Hyundai Accent and upgraded to a Elantra. Its bigger inside. I pick it up tomorrow.


Saying goodbye today. I’ve practically lived out of this thing for four years and its quite the job to clean our. I just bring out a big box and throw everything in, then sort it out later. I do have to take the roof rack off. One of the great things about the Accent and the Elantra is they have roof rack bosses in the roof. You just screw in a stud and the foot kit bolts onto the stud. It’s hard mounted. Very nice.

The new car has all the same options, nicer wheels and stereo. Also 17in tires to roll down the road  better. I’ll get it lettered but not quite as much as I did with the Accent. The new car will be nice to have next week when I drive up to Hayward. I’ve had this Accent four years and put 61k on it. It was great on gas and I did like it a lot. But I’ll be pretty happy with a little more room on the inside.

So that’s it for today.



Yesterday I skipped the nite ride. And felt bad but not so much after I heard the conditions. All day melt had things soft and slippery. I think the nite rides in the woods are close to done. With the temps in the 30’s all day its just not the time to ride anymore. And thats fine by me as I was getting a bit tired of the nite ride.


So I hit the trails this morn and the overnite freeze had the trail back to pretty firm. So in the warmer temps of March its always going to be a play with the Freeze\thaw cycle. Any riding had to be done early morn. Skiing too for that matter but those guys already know how to time it out.

I did two pretty good laps and felt better on the last again. One thing I noticed with age is I take so much more time warming up. Like 40 minutes now. I’ll have to get out on the bike early for the Birkie with the race at 9am. Im going to have to be on the bike at 8am I think. That’s a early alarm for me.

I might get out again in the morning. If I do I will wear a heart rate strap. So you could say things are getting pretty serious.

Considering my lack of movement the last few days I felt pretty good. Hope that continues. I havent weighed myself in a few weeks and thats by design. When I do I hope to be pleasantly surprised.