This was my first Endurance race for '08 and it was a time to be had. We met at Willow Springs at 7:00am. Another cold start, you gotta love it. We rolled down to the local coffee shop, The Station. They opened up early just for us, how cool.The race started off right at 8:00am, we had about 3 or 4 miles of road before the start of the AZ trail. The End.
Well two day's before the Swizzle, I broke my little toe. I thought it might be an issue, but that had nothing to do with my poor performance. I entered this race just to see how all the training I've been doing is coming a long. We rolled out of the park at 7:30am. It was freezing out, hands and feet were numb on the road to Lemmon. When we got to the bottom, I thought I would go off the front to get some pics of the group climbing up the road. After getting a couple of pics, I just fell back in with the group. Things went really smooth on the way up to prison camp. John, the over all winner, broke away about two miles before Prison Camp. No one made a move to go with him. I think we all thought we would catch him(I know I did anyway). At Prison Camp, I made my move only to get a flat tire. While changing the tire, I got passed by about 8 riders. After P.C., came the chase up Molina, a 900 foot climb. About 1/4 of a mile can you say switchbacks. On the decent, I caught 2 riders; one of who was Scott Morris. Scott and I rode together up Bellota ranch road to Reddington. That's when I made the mistake of going off alone when I wasn't sure about the course, well that cost me 2 to 3 miles of climbing the wrong way. Once I realized I was lost I began to back track. I wouldn't catch Scott again for 10 miles. When I rolled up on him he asked me if I had made a wrong turn, I told him I was just putting in some extra miles. Now that I knew I was back in the chase I put the hammer down only to pass 2 riders on the decent down Mili. All in all it turned out to be a good training ride. 49 miles 6th over all with gears and added miles
Well what was suposed to be an all day epic turned out to be a 35 mile road commute. my excuses: Had to adjust front brake 3 times on the way out there. Have a slight cold or some allergy? Had no legs. Total Mileage:36 Year to date:332_______________
I'll be doing the AZSS course Sat morning,if anyone would like to join. I'll be riding from home Speedway/Country Club at 7:00am. So I should be at the bottom of Redington by 8:00am (give or take 15min). lots of bail out ops.I won't be going at race pace, but with other things to do I won't dilly dally either.So come do the whole sha'bang or whatever you have time for.
Well today I was going to do my normal 11 mile commute to work, then after work the plan was to ride to Starpass and do my loop backwards.But instead I left work and rode to Albertson's to meet up with Ben who just happened to have a nice new pimped out 29"er. I left it up to Ben to decide which loop to do. So he decided we should do the climb up and over Golden Gate. (I haven't cleaned that climb without dabbing in four or five years) So I jokingly said "With the new bike mojo, we'll clean everything today". Then it was off to test our luck. Anytime Ben and I ride together, it's pretty much heads down hammering it out, each of us trying to drop the other one, but not today.We were just out having fun, the ride over to the climb was pretty uneventful. When we got to the bottom, there were no words spoken but we both knew that each us wanted to be the one to clean this climb. So I let Ben lead, thinking good and well that he'll never make it. So as I followed him up, every time he would get to one of the spots that have stopped me time and time again, he would just roll right though it with me right behind him. Ben never said a word and kept silent all the way to the top. Once there, I asked Ben," Why so quiet?" He said he never thought we would make it. To put things into perspective, it felt as though we had got hole in one the same day. It just doesn't happen, but it did and it felt great. (Upon further inspection we realized they had done some trail work and made the sections just a little easier) Total mileage: 52 Year to date: 141
Well after the APC pre-ride I took a day off .Woke up today feeling pretty good, so I decided to ride my mountainbike to work.Just an easy eleven mile commute oneway, felt great to spin the legs out.The plan for tomorrow is to commute to work then ride from work to Star Pass and do my normal route, but backwards maybe get 40 to 50 miles in.
Well me and Chad set off to pre-ride Antelope peak challenge course. http://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/antelope-peak-challenge/ This ride is about 67 miles of very rustic trails with a few abandon ranchs along the way. We started out at mile post 105 in the town of Oracle.The ride took us up tiger mine road for about 1.5 miles then we hit the AZ trail, this has to be some of the best unknown single track in the state.We followed this sweet single track for about six miles then we hit the gas line road for ten miles of rollercoaster climbs and decents.During the gasline road we came upon some cattle that needed herding and since I left sprocket at home I had to take matters in my own hands( NO CATTLE WERE HARMED).To see videohttp://chadfbrown.blogspot.com/ After gasline road we took a wash called blood sucker, this is one of the fastest washes I have ever ridden. I guess who ever named it must have came from the other direction.We took this about seven miles then came upon the cholla forest. This is where we stoped to do a little trail clean up.Then it was on to Antelope peak once there we decided to hike to the top of the peak and sign in. I rode the course a week earlier and missed a turn and never got to sign in so (REDEMPTION)Then it was back on our bikes for another few miles till we hit Freeman road with the wind at our backs. We cruised about ten miles to Willow springs road ,thats when things took a turn for the worst.The wind that had pushed us all day was now in our faces.Gusts of 15mph made for a tough ride back on willow springs.We should have turned on a trail called june bug but with heads down fighting the wind we passed it.It was no big deal I rode that section last week and its only two or three miles then it pops you out back on Willow springs rd.After four+ hours on the bike, I was getting hungry.It would be eight more miles to reach hwy 77 which took one hour because of the head wind.All I wanted was to get to hwy 77 thats when I was hit with what felt like 30 mph winds my average speed for the next nine miles was between walking and 5 mph.Ive been known to say I like to suffer so with that said I can say it was a great training ride!