Ha, so my blog still works. That’s a good thing because it appears that 2011 may bring some good stories, with good friends.
There’s a lot of good friends, good shops, and good group rides in Omaha. Nonetheless, I’m sporting some new team colors this year. These are the guys I train, travel, and race with so much, it just made sense. Also, a bike purchased from John Rokke last fall with a few upgrades.
My 2010-2011 off season was not one for the record books. Well, maybe for certain reasons, but not for disciplined, relentless, structured training. Last fall, I voluntarily took 6+ weeks off the bike– for reasons worthy of a separate post. Also racked up
nearly over 2 dozen hotel stays in November through January as work picked up. Late January I was wondering whether this season would be a step backwards.
Maybe I did something right in February & March.
I blew out the cobwebs on March 12 at the Hot Springs Spa City Extreme 6 Hour MTB event, with a few good buddies. I’m bringing even more friends next year– mark your calendars. With so many teams mixed in, I had no idea how I did. The next day we returned to the venue to discover I had placed 2nd in Men 30-39 with Mike Miles in 4th, and I was 10th overall! Full results made Cyclingnews.
Twin Bing, was well, good. But a road race, nonetheless. Having a a lot of teammates made it that much more interesting and exciting. But nothing newsworthy.
Next up: after a wet and rainy week, the trails at Clinton Lake dried up wonderfully for the BoneBender in Lawrence, KS.
Great traction. I got into the trees in top ten, moved up a few spots, then a few more, and came into my last bottle pick-up right behind Bill Stolte, one lap to go. He had to add air, so I took off. I saw him jump back on course about 80 yards behind me. I knew if I could get into the rocks ahead of him I could probably get out of sight. It worked. I rode my last lap pretty hard, but saving a surge in case he caught me. At the end, I had put about 2 minutes over him on last lap to take 2nd place in the Cat 1 Men 3 Hour. Thrilled.
My one & only Rox made this her first MTB race since last July, when she broke her scapula. And in late December she had surgery on tendons in her forearm. It was a heckuva course to test the surgeons handiwork. Super proud of her, she had a good safe ride, finishing 3rd in Cat 1 Women 3 Hour.
Big props to a number of friends that started to have a great race but suffered flats. This race gave me additional confidence in running super low tire pressures. Much more mtb racing to come, fellas.
Next up: Voodoo Fire in Pueblo, CO; a week of riding in Fruita & Moab, chased with the Rabbit Valley Rally Mountain States Cup race. Oh, and more frequent blog updates. Maybe. Thanks Bryan for the positive peer pressure; and free podium shirt (only available with TrekFest coupon, limit one* per customer).