Friday, March 24, 2017

I almost forgot that I was training for the upcoming stage race.  The air was cold, but the sun was warm.  My legs felt good, and I was able to maintain my pace up all of the climbs.  Nice and steady.

It was definitely a confidence boosting ride.  If I can squeeze in a couple of long rides next week,  I'll be feeling really good and might not suffer too bad at the race. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Inconsistently Content

 I was off the bike for 7 days.  I finally got a ride in.  Only 1.5 hours though.  My "training" has been so inconsistent this year.   And with the Pisgah Stage Race coming up in only 2.5 weeks.  I'm doomed...... to enjoy the ride instead of "racing".

I'm ok with it though.  I have sacrificed a lot of my ride time doing other things I love.  Spending time with family being at the top of that list.  I had a bikepacking trip planned 2 times this winter, but they were postponed.  One due to butt cold weather, the other due to sickness in the family. 


It happens.

Early this winter I set a goal to have fun on the bike.  I rode the rollers 2 times, and decided never to do that again.  I don't enjoy it.   I don't have the drive to and commitment to endure that boredom anymore.  I just want to have fun and ride my bike.  I also determined to do some long rides. I've checked Stoney Fork off my list, but I want a rematch.  I have a new gravel weapon,  it rolls fast.

But first the Stage Race.  I'm going to go my "race pace" on day one and then see where I land.  If I'm in the competition, I'll continue racing.  If not, I'll enjoy the ride.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Like a Freight Train

 Life,  rolling by like  a freight train.  Can't stop it, so might as well jump on and go for the ride.  Things are hopping on the work end and I don't have a lot of time for long adventures.   I am getting out for rides and have had a couple of good days of windsurfing this year.   I'm hoping that the spring brings some steady wind. 
The Pisgah Stage Race is in 6 weeks.  I'm looking forward to it.  But sickness is running through the family.  I'm hoping to dodge it,  but just gotta wait and hope I guess. 

I finally figured out the perfect multi day loop in the area.  I have packed up and gotten ready to go twice, only to be thwarted by life,  one time was freezing temps, the other time was the sick family...  Just waiting for that ol' window of opportunity to open for me!