Wednesday, October 12, 2011

off the grid

I thought about starting off this post talking about my lack of blogging but that's kinda boring and I think I talked about that in my last post a couple of weeks ago so I'll try and think of something a bit more entertaining..................................

Ummm................... I can't really think of much.

I've tried to ramp up my riding as much as possible in the last couple of weeks in order to get the most out of my fall season. Starting Sunday I'll be off the bike for a little over 2 weeks. I won't be laying around on the couch that's for sure. I'll be working 12 hour days, outside standing on concrete and climbing stuff. By the time I get off work and get home I should be pretty much worthless and won't feel like doing much of anything that doesn't involve sitting on the couch or sleeping. If I seem distant and don't return phone calls and emails it's not because I'm mad at you I promise. I should be back on the grid by the first of November.

All the pre-hell at work riding took it's toll on me. I might have pushed it a bit far and wore myself down but it was fun. Most of the rides I did last week, I started out sore. My legs are starting to come back around but my lower back is still a bit tight.

Hopefully once November rolls around the weather will be cooperative and I can't get out on the trails and achieve my goal of 1500 dirt miles for the year. Next year my minimum goal will be 1500 with 2000 on my mind.

I tried to get the rest of my video footage edited but it just didn't happen, time constraints got in the way so I'll hold onto it and hopefully get it finished once the weather turns colder.

Unfortunately it doesn't look good for me and CX this year, as always I talk a big game with plans to attend a few races but never make it out. I just checked the schedule and realized there will be only one race left after my hell at work shift is over. I guess it's a good thing I never bought the Surly.

Earlier this year a couple of us decided to sign up for a cruise, yep big fancy boat and all. I've never been a fan of cruises, they just didn't seem exciting enough to me. Until I saw an ad in Bike Magazine where they would be hosting a Caribbean cruise with guided mountain biking on 3 different islands. Now that sounded like my kind of cruise! We signed up, paid our deposit and started planning. A couple months later we got a call that our cruise which was supposed to be in January got bumped back to March by the cruise line. No explanation as to why but they did refund us our entire deposit. We waited a while unsure what to do but after a couple of weeks we decided to sign back up. Well that never actually happened, we started thinking about other better mountain biking destinations. Now a plan to head out west this spring is in the works. I still would like to go on the cruise but I have a feeling going out west will produce a better singletrack experience without having to put on a coat & tie just to go to dinner.

This will probably be my last post for the month of October, hopefully by November I'll have a renewed sense for blogging.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

a Saturday at work

LOTEK/GARRETT REEVES from Lotek on Vimeo.

Hmmm... If I could learn to ride like this I might not have to work a real job.