Shortly after cross season i stopped all activity remotely resembling exercise. This lasted till mid Feb when i started riding again. If this had been a real winter i'd probably still be inside wearing sweat pants and sitting on the couch watching hbo shows but its been warm so i been riding.
The Berryman Epic mountain bike race in October is on my radar (and cross season plus a few other random races leading up to that) so i'm in no hurry to go less slow but i am trying to work up to longer rides.
So far im up to 3 hr rides. Pretty much everything has been on the mountain bike. It needs some major work but i like the fit plus the routes it opens up.
Today i rode north to the levees. I love riding down there. Had fun on the way back going thru Downtown and then some single track.
I dont know if Kansas City is considered bike friendly but i love the riding here.
Then i came home to leftover pizza and the end of "They Live" on cable.
It's March 21st 2017. I'm 37. My son is two. My wife is amazing. Mostly.
I've been noticeably absent from the blog world.
Checking my blog history i see there were 6 posts in 2016. Thats down from the 16 i did in 2015 and the 23 the year before. Not surprisingly the posts per year have been shrinking since year 1. Not counting 2009 when this blog started (in November) I've averaged 54 posts a year but take out the first two years when i had nothing better to do and i've only averaged 30.
I still like blogging. I like having a record of what i was doing. I like looking back at a post in 2010, for example, and being reminded of that dude i rode by on Main St who was smoking a cigarette and we both said 'hi' as we passed each other. I like documenting things.
This new computer i'm typing on may help in that department. Or it may not. I guarantee no more than two posts a year.
As we speak i'm glancing at my 2016 posts. They are, in order...
Urban Dirty race at Rozarks - Hello Travis Donn on fire and primed to head to the Cape Epic.
Pot Pie Odyssey Ride - Hello industrial waste and mud, and a great ride.
Gods Country MTB race - Hello pre and post race Bourgeois Pig stops.
Last Years CX season - Hello the epitome of lazy blogging.
Tour of KC - Hello first lap up the hill at Cliff Drive, goodbye to the peloton.
Wyandotte MTB race/Topeka Road Race/Tour of Lawrence - Hello one good race out of 4.
I see i never blogged about Single Speed KC, which after two additions continues to be super hard and super tempting (i'm signed up for this year) and i also left out all of last years CX season of which i did 11 races and was almost good for a few of those.
If i feel like it ill revisit those in future posts. Or maybe ill leave this post and, like Robert De Niro in Heat hoped, we'll never see each other again. (That movie is seriously bad a*s).
In the meantime here is a crappy picture of my awesome son ringing a bike bell to tide you over...
It was hot. I parked an hour away by bike and pedaled to and from the race. Did crappy in my age bracket but had fun and didn't crash. Or at least I don't think I did (it was a while ago).
By the time I made it back to my car I was 4 hrs in and completely spent.
Topeka road race:
This was two weeks ago and terribly embarrassing. Meaning I got dropped after 18 minutes.
Yes you read that right. I showed up to a 52 mile road race and got dropped after 18 minutes. In my defense we were going single file when I got dropped. (Sarcasm).
After that I intended to only do half the race but missing my turn for that so I did 52 miles solo in windy conditions and I pushed hard the whole time. Partially because I didn't want my car pool buddies to have to wait too long to drive back to kc.
So it was a terrible result but a pretty great workout.
After getting dropped I took a few pics of the surrounding countryside.
(From now on I'm always racing with my phone in my pocket)
Tour of Lawrence day 1:
This was last weekend.
Showed up late and had minimal warmup. Got dropped after 20 minutes. Fun course.
I swear I've been training!
Tour of Lawrence day 2:
Finally a good race. I got caught behind a crash with about 5 to go but I think I was on my way to a pack finish. Or at least a finish where I hang on till one to go and then when everyone gets serious I sit up and later claim I could have hung on but didn't want to crash.
I guess we'll never know.
Truman cup is this weekend.
If you're reading this and thinking "this dude sucks, he gets dropped at everything"... You're right. But I honestly feel like I've done the work necessary to be decent for cx this season, which is the grand plan.
Raced Tour of KC this weekend. Skipped the time trial but did the cliff drive circuit race and the cross roads crit.
In the circuit race I got dropped first time up the goose neck climb but soldiered on until getting lapped at the bottom of what was the lead groups final accent of said climb. Disappointing but not surprising. I stayed positive throughout.
Had my phone on me so took a picture of the group as they lapped me. They were going a lot faster than I was.
Once the race was over I hurried home and little man and I went to watch mom do the Roller Derby. Her team won and they play in the championship in two weeks!
Sunday was the crit. This was the first year at the new cross roads location and the course was awesome. starting at the back was a terrible idea. I should have trusted my abilities and lined up earlier but I was nervous about crashing and knew the back would be less stressful, from a crashing standpoint. And when I say the back I mean the very back. In an ideal world I would have tail gunned for 15 minutes while getting comfortable racing a crit and then moved up during a massive slow down. The world is not an ideal place. Think I lasted 10 minutes before getting dropped.
Still I was pleased to see I had two or three hard efforts in me as I closed a few gaps early on.
Hooked up with some other dropped folks and road around for around 30 min total before I called it quits.
The race seemed pretty blown up. Looking back I'm upset I dropped out but I blew up a second time as I tried to join in when the lead group lapped me and that was enough.
I used a heart rate monitor and 188 was the highest number I saw. I'm 36 years old.
These were my first raced on the road bike since (I think) Tour of Lawrence last year. Hopefully up next is the mountain bike race at Wyandotte and then the Tour of Lawrence.
Since I've been in the blogging mode lately now is a good time to recap last years cx season.
I did 10 races but only blogged about the first two, Buffalo Bill and the first day of Raytown BMX. About the first day of Raytown BMX I wrote something like 'felt stronger as the race went on so looking forward to tomorrow's race'.
Well then I got sick and missed a few races and long story short I downgraded from a 2 to a 3 for the last three races.
It was a good decision.
Before the downgrade I was constantly getting crushed to varying degrees. If it was a turney course I was getting crushed less, if it was a power course I was getting crushed more. Colavita and Boulevard cup were tourney and fun. Shawnee Mission Park and Capital Cup were about power and therefore less fun.
360 cup was my first cat 3 race, since maybe 2012, and it was awesome. Think I finished in the middle. Field was around 30. Cliff drive was next and it was a disaster. I rallied for the fast and furthest but after that I was thru. I had intended to race all the local races but I was getting slower all season so it was time to quit.
(At least the Royals won the World Series!)
Before the season began I was pulling the trailer a lot but once it got darker and colder I stopped. Tried to transition to trainer but it wasn't consistent. So it was a slow decline in fitness all season long.
All in all it was a good learning experience. "How to race and have fun when you have a kid and very little talent."
I'm still trying to figure it out and now I've got one year of experience under my belt.