Monday, March 23, 2015
I've been getting in some 3 hrs rides over mixed terrain, and some shorter rides on single track, and even some slower recovery type rides. But, my legs are missing that snap. That good feeling, that while it sometimes hurts to get over the climb, it still feels good. I've had the hurt, just not the good feeling.
I ran into David Noletti the other day and we talked about kids, cookies and intervals. I realized after that discussion, that intervals just might be the missing link. I might be strong, and have endurance miles built up, but without intervals...... aaah, the missing link.
So, 3 weeks from my first race of the year, I did my first set. And it felt so good. It even felt great, and terrible all at the same time.
I'm feeling excited about riding again, especially during this time crunched time of year, when I don't have time for long rides.
Posted by Stephen at 7:28 PM
Sunday, March 01, 2015
I headed down again to explore some of those roads that I had linked together on the map. I was excited when I turned left on the first bit of gravel about 2 miles from the Sedalia Campground and the northern trailhead of the PT. I headed down excited about the day, then came to a gate.
On to the next section of "unimproved" road, and it turned out to be paved. I continued following my planned route looking forward to the next road which would take me through a ford across a tributary of the Tyger River. I crossed SC 176 from Eaves Rd to Mikes Rd and dropped down. 200yards later, I was in what looked like someone's driveway: clicke here for the Google Streetview image. There were dogs barking and 2 guys standing near the single wide looking down at something. As far as I know, they didn't see me, and I decided that I didn't want to be here, or cross this property. Again, I turned around and rerouted. After several more miles of pavement, I decided to scrap the plan for the route. Even if I was able to find some gravel, it would not be worth all of the pedaling on pavement to get there.
Back on the road, and pedaling, I formulated another plan. Why not just park at the northern trailhead at Sadalia Campground, ride the shortest pavement route to the southern trailhead and then follow the Palmetto Trail back to Sadalia? 35 miles of pavement, and 36 miles of back country single track. Sounds like a fun challenge.
Enoree Challenge anyone?
Posted by Stephen at 6:56 PM
Friday, February 27, 2015
I'm loving my Salsa El Mar! It was super stable in the 2-3 inches of snow and forgiving when I wound up in some ice ruts. A couple of hairy moments and I slowed down.
|Megan Archer cranking up the hills with the added resistance of snow.|
|Freshly plowed Parkway= booo|
Now the snow is slowly melting. Hopefully the kids will have a full week of school next week.
Posted by Stephen at 7:46 AM
Sunday, February 22, 2015
After searching around Weather.com to see SE area temps, I realized that temps would be around 55 on Sat. I was set, invited friends and headed out for an adventure.
We got to the Brickhouse Parking area and saddled up after paying the $3 day use fee. We got on the Palmetto Trail heading south, hoping to make it the 14 miles to the next trailhead and then back. My only goal was to be out in the woods for 4 hrs. Other than that I was determined to have fun, and Jamie was on the same page.
We meandered through the woods, hooping and hollering and loving the 50 plus degree weather. Pretty soon I was stripped down to shorts and short sleeves. So refreshing.
We decided to turn around at the 2 hr mark to make sure we would have the energy to get back without turning the day in to a death march. When the time arrived, I took a look at the map and realized that we were only 1.5 miles from our goal. We decided to keep riding, tired as we were.
The only problem is that now my mind is racing. So many options! I'm thinking that I could route a 60 mile route with a mix of 50% single track 50% pavement and gravel road. Gotta go explore some more!!
I ordered a map of the forest and can't wait to scour that and get back down for some more adventuring. It is going to be a great winter riding area, with temps 15-20 degrees higher there than here in Asheville, and only a 1.5 hour drive!
Posted by Stephen at 5:49 PM
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Posted by Stephen at 7:06 AM
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
I'm going to have to go see Eddie at WN Precison in ATL to get my fit dialed in, but all I can say is that I am not disappointed. The first little drop in out of the parking lot I got a taste of how smooth and stable this bike was going to be.
I ground my way up to the first down hill, and stopped to catch my breath. The wind was blowing the big storm clouds overhead and occasionally I could see a patch of blue sky. It was chilly and I was a hair overdressed.
The bike climbed the gravel road well. Then I dropped in to the longer downhill section.
Smooth. I hit a line that was not really the best choice. The bike rolled through and brought me out on the other side. Wow! I couldn't believe that I had just rolled through that and not gotten pushed around. The only non techy way I can describe it is smooth and stable.
Looking forward to some more adventures!!
Posted by Stephen at 6:57 AM
Monday, February 09, 2015
|Little Ripper and Proud Dad|
I'm proud of him. He is ripping it up. Second time out and he taught himself how to carve. Ate it hard one time but got up and kept going. That's life. We eat it hard sometimes, hopefully learn to slow down a hair, then get up and keep going!
|Edge of the World|
The next to last run, I told him to take off while I got buckled in. I would catch up, that way we could squeeze in one last run before the lift closed. I couldn't catch him.... little ripper!
Posted by Stephen at 9:06 AM