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Weekend Off.

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Sunday test ride.

Some days I have nothing to write about. Some days too much.

Lets start off with my decision not to head up to Marquette. That was a good one as I think it hasn’t stopped raining there since Friday. I saw a few pics of the races up there and it was a mud fest. Glad I passed.

Saturday, since I was off all weekend I decided to give the local group ride another shot. This is the one that I lasted about 8 minutes on last month. I had planned to ride solo anyway so getting dropped would be no biggie this time. When I pulled up to the lot I was as nervous as if this was a race. That feeling in your gut that you have no idea what’s going to happen. It’s been a long time since I had that nervous race feeling and I kinda miss it.

Then I was even more worried when 4 out of the 12 or so bikes were CAT 1 riders. No doubt the fastest bikes in the area. I was prepared to ride on my own in short time.

But it was not as bad as I thought. Sure, I got dropped a few times and even butt pushed up a few hills but for the most part they waited up enough for me to only be a few minutes off when we stopped for breakfast. Well over an hour into the ride. At least I got to eat with them. On the way home it was a bit faster but thats to be expected. The last 10 miles was just me and another guy who rode with me. But I’ll take it. Some of the guys were still in the parking lot when I got back and thats pretty much a win for me.

Sunday I went in to work just for a bit and took the new Crockett home with me to test ride. I put about an hour on it. My first ride with eTap. I’ll have more to say about that in a day or so. I have just a couple tweeks to do yet before I call the bike done but I’ll have a separate post on it as with all my personal builds.

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Monday morning.

Another amazing day here. Coffee by the lake was nice this morn. I’ll have more to say about the Crockett in a few days. All in all a nice weekend even tho I didn’t get to head up to the UP as planned.

DLD

Staycation

So… another morning ride foiled by rain. Pretty huge storms once again rolled thru early morning. It looks like the MTBing here is out for awhile. Pretty wet right now.

I havent said much about my current bike build. 2018 Trek Crockett. I was lucky to be one of the few here in the States to get a set of Sram Hydro eTap. And I mean there was less than a couple handfuls released. I have a few more sets on order and they show early Aug to arrive. So I got pretty lucky.

Here’s a sneak peek and the bike. Its not entirely done but will be soon. Actually Im just waiting for the rear caliper mounting bolts and thats it. I’ll announce the bike next week when its done. I didnt ride it yet but Im pretty sure I’ll be happy with it. Big 40c tires mounted tubeless. Remember, gravel is all the rage these days. Anyway, more on this later.

As I expected yesterday, Im staying home this weekend. You know I did want to change my mind this morning but a quick check on the weather up there had rain chances go from 40% to 60%. So its officially over. No first enduro for me. Im kinda bummed about that. But again, to spend the money to go up there for a weekend only to rain would be a bummer. Save the money for another day.

But I will still take advantage of the store being covered as I will put in at least a 50 miler in the morning. And then hit up the races in the afternoon\evening. Should be a nice day. Sunday most likely another road ride as Im sure the woods will still be too wet to ride. But I’ll check to make sure. So I’ll get a little “staycation” this weekend. And if Im not headed out of town thats the next best thing….

DLD

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.

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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.

DLD

Weekend Report

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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…

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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.

DLD