LRW

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.

DLD

3 Ride Weekend

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Friday

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.

DLD

Its Thursday

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Yesterday for Long Ride Wednesday (LRW) I had a good one. 50 miles in the books before I was done and what a change from Sunday’s disaster. First off it was only 70 degrees which is pretty much the perfect temp for me. Sunny and 70 all year round I say.

Three of us headed out on a nice pace. Not too slow and not too fast. On my crappy ride Sunday I averaged 14.2 and felt like crap. Yesterday it was 14.6mph and felt fine. We could have went faster yesterday but what would be the point? I hope to have many more LRW rides like that. 

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Lots of Pelicans.

This morn I headed out to my favorite bench along the lake and was surprised to see a ton of Pelicans there. This year there are hundreds more than ever before. So I just sat back and watched them. And took a few pics.

The weather is amazing right now and looks to stay that way for awhile. It looks like a great weekend coming up. Not sure what I have planned just yet. I do have a MTB ride planned for the morning so this again could be the last post until Monday. It looks like Im setting Friday morn as MTB mornings. It seems to work out in my schedule.

But for right now I just wanted to enjoy my time in the sun on my fav bench looking out on my fav lake that just happened to have a boatload of Pelicans hanging out on it.

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And this dude. He was way out there and was moving along pretty good.

Also, I am contemplating a visit to Marquette on the 24th\25th for the Trails Festival. Right now its just a thought but I do have the store covered so I almost have to go I think.  I am once again considering doing the Enduro. Just to say I did one. More on that next week. Have a great weekend!

DLD

One Ride Weekend

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With Saturday a huge rain out my only chances of miles was on Sunday. So I planned a bigger one down to Port Washington and back. A 65 miles turn. I knew my time in the saddle was down from a few weeks ago but I was hoping this ride was the turn back in the right direction. And with the rain out the day before I thought it would be a pretty good sized ride.

But before that I did get an hour in the woods on Friday before work. A very nice ride. Very low key. I need to do more of those before work.

So Sunday I woke and was ready to go. We had six bikes, I thought it was going to be more but 6 is acceptable. We headed out to a slight headwind, if any, and knew it was going to be just as nice on the way home.

But things went kinda south for me. About 3\4th the way to our destination I started to get an upset stomach, or sour belly as we called it when we were kids. So I had to slow a bit. If I was to make it home I needed to pull back on the effort and I did so whenever it was possible. I sat on a wheel as much as I could.

When we got to Port we found out about the Pirate Fest going on there. Huge turnout with the weather so nice. Anyway, we stopped for lunch and I was feeling so bad that all I could muster was a fruit cup. I was afraid I could not keep a sandwich down.

Then, add in a little dehydration to my sour belly with a temp of 88 degrees. That’s about 30 degrees warmer than anything I’ve rode in to date this spring summer. I did have water along but it was not long before the water was too hot to drink. Now I was in real trouble.

I did pound down a Poweraid at the restaurant. And off we were for the 30 mile ride home. Pretty much knowing I was going to suffer. On the ride back I would stop just for a minute to rest, and felt better but just 10 minutes down the road I felt like crap again. Not sure if I was going to puke or what.

We all stopped with about 13 miles to go at a mini mart and I got yet more Poweraid and a Snickers and agin I felt better for awhile but with about 5 miles to go I hit the wall and at that point I was riding about 10mph max and swerving like a paperboy. I didnt say anything but I was light headed too. At that point I just put my head down, stopped talking and concentrated on the task at hand.

Of course I made it back to the store. Pretty much threw the bike in the door and jumped in my car. After a long cold shower in which I could barely stand up I hit the couch for a couple hours. I still felt like crap Monday morn. Dehydration? Flu? Not sure.

Its now Tuesday morn and I feel better but still feel a little weak. Tomorrow I have LRW (long ride wednesday) and I won’t overdo it. Temps have now backed of 30 degrees and is much easier to ride in. This happens to me every summer. The first real hot ride beats the crap out of me and it takes a few to get used to it.

Tomorrow’s ride should be much better.

DLD