After some thought and consideration, I’ve decided to sell my entry for the Lumberjack 100 this year. I realized that I had already started to stress myself over it. Anytime I thought about riding, I was concerned that I got a good “training ride” in, with lots of miles and hours, because LJ is right around the corner. Same whenever I thought about doing work around the house/yard instead of riding. The need to train for it was starting to sap the fun out of any riding I was doing. When it comes down to having to choose between training rides and fun rides/house stuff, I decided I didn’t want to keep making that decision. So, I’ve made it for the season.
I think it was the right thing to do, because after I decided, I headed out to Stony to just bounce around with some friends. Not having to think about getting miles in was a great weight off my shoulders, and I had the first really fun ride of the season. I think I made the right decision.
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The weight is being stubborn.
I’ve started to get back into the biking for the season, mostly spinning, but a couple times outside this month. I’ve trimmed back on the intake too. Not full out veggies and water, but a noticable scaling back. But, the weight is not going much of anywhere. It’s like an unwanted house guest. I think I need to turn up the intensity a bit and drop the 20# I’m looking to get rid of.
I think I’m going to start getting outside more, trying to get in some longer rides. I need some 2-3 hour rides, to start to get the legs in shape. The strength is there, I need the endurance. Especially since I’m on the hook for the Lumberjack this year. I think I have a shot.
Speaking of which, I think I’m going to be back mainly on gears next year. #1 reason is that I know I need gears to have a chance at LJ. I don’t have the legs for 100 miles of that course with a single gear. If I complete it, I’ll consider trying it on SS. I won’t be off the SS completely, but I doubt I’ll touch it much before LJ.
Tried out my new AmFib bib tights on Sunday night, and they were perfect. I think this will help me get out more while its still cold. But, I don’t think I’ll be joining the WRC just yet. But, the paths around here are more then good enough for some riding. Well, once they get the snow off them…again.
Getting some riding in this weekend…heading to Ray’s in Cleveland on Saturday. Probably stop at the Buckeye Beer Engine too, of course. And the Super Bowl party @ Mike and Kim’s on Sunday.
Perhaps I’ll shoot for once a week outside till it starts to warm up a bit. I hope it’s not a wet spring….again.
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Been itching and scratching to get a decent road bike for quite some time. I had a couple of reasons for this:
- The current road bike I have is a Giant TCR, which is a stiff, harsh and severe bike. Not the most comfortable bike for a mostly MTBer. But, I got it used and cheap, and it makes a great roller/trainer bike.
- Last year, I had two bikes setup on trainers. One at home, and one at my friends house (where I train 2-3 days a week) This is because hauling bikes and trainers back and forth is too much hassle. Last year, I had a franken-bike to ride on one trainer, but I don’t have the parts to build one up this year.
- I’ve really wanted to have a decent and comfortable road bike for nice long road rides.
So, I’ve been looking at a Surly Long Haul Trucker, and just finally tossed the money down to order one. I’m looking forward to having a nice, comfortable and buttery smooth steel bike to ride. I can not wait.
Coming soon in Olive!