Legs are feelin good
Light dusting of snow on Green Mtn
Scottish Export rolls swell
Falling while track standing
with 100 cars all around
Posted by The Evil MGE! Friday, January 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM
Posted by The Evil MGE! Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 5:48 AM
Its been a few years since my tires have seen the race scene and the little bug inside has been itchin to get back out for a challenge. Last year I thought about doing a few races but something always came up and even the free race, The Crested Butte Classic was out due to having the flu the week of the race. Its actually a good thing I missed out on Crested Butte. I was dreadfully under prepared with inconsistent riding habits, poor diet, and mentally I wasn't into it.
This past Christmas though, when I saw my bathroom scale top 211 lbs, I knew I had to do something. Sure I could ride just to get into shape, change my eating habits, and go explore some more of Colorado's high country with no goals in mind. Understand I will still go explore more of Colorado's high country this year I just need a few races to shoot for to keep me motivated.
I'm not interested in winning any races, with the competition in the 1st one you may understand why. Heard of Travis Brown anyone? I just want to finish and finish strong for me. I've been disappointed in more then a few of my performances in the past, not just in the race itself but how I felt afterwards.
So it was to the drawing board. I'm not a huge guy but at 6 ft tall and slightly muscular I carry some weight. Best weight I hope for is 180 lbs and I'm already down to 203 since I've started eating better, doing core exercises every other night, and riding at least 5 days a week...usually in four days of an hour and half each and a weekend ride of 3 to 4 hours. This will ramp more once spring hits, I'm currently just trying to build a base of fitness and not burn myself out to early.
So the races I'm considering...
1. The Original Growler..May 30th, Gunnison, CO 64 miles
Registration opened last night at 9pm MST and there are already 225 people signed up for the Original Growler and the Half Growler. The field limit for the both races combined is 300 people so if you want in, you'd be sign up quick. It was here that Travis Brown set the course record of 5 and half hours...just to be clear that's 60 miles of singletrack and 4 miles of pavement at an elevation over 8,000 ft. Check out Jeff Kerkove's Report on the race.
2. Spikefest Como, CO Sometime in July...date kept secret to keep it safe
Ok...not really a race even though its supposed to be a time trial. I don't know maybe the guys will actually want to time trial it this year? We'll see. More of just a great excuse to get together and ride with friends, camp, and drink beer in the middle of the wild. There will be options from 55 miles, 85 miles, and 115 miles. Most of the riding occurs over 10,000 ft and reaches close to 12,000. It was a blast last year and I'm sure it'll be more of the same this year.
3. The Laramie Enduro Laramie,WY July 31st
Wyoming's grand pom ba. The 111k is supposed to be the premier event to hit with a 4 hour drive of Denver, CO. Everyone says you have to try it once and then you'll want to keep coming back. This is assuming I can get registered quick enough because just like the Growler...it fills up fast.
4. Crested Butte Classic 100 Crested Butte, CO Late September
I've been dreaming about doing this one for years and what all this years training will accumulate to. For some nice pictures and a little race report from last year check here.
There is a few more throughout the year I'm thinking of but I've promised Mrs. Goat that I wouldn't go to overboard. Races like the Firecracker 50, The B68, The Stone Temple, and maybe even a 24 hour race on a 4 man team with PBR and friends.
We'll see, all these races have their allure but for now I'm concentrating on getting back in shape, losing weight, getting faster while trying to maintain being a good husband and father. The last two being the most important.
Posted by The Evil MGE! Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 6:12 AM
I know the new header doesn't show a wintery Colorado as you'd all expect to see but, it is Colorado in the winter. Just a little more south. Pueblo that is. I had once heard that Pueblo was compared to Fruita and the first time I rode there I scoffed at the idea. The more I ride there though, the more I see that comment as being true. Its dry and dusty trails are mostly the XCish stuff of the flatter sections of the Bookcliffs with a few rollers and short climbs thrown in, while the Canyons are a technical playground of rocks, drops and ladders. Oh yeah, thanks to AV Boy for the header and constant mechanical that allowed so many shots that day. Next time you'll remember that bearing preload on your crank, eh?
Posted by The Evil MGE! Monday, January 25, 2010 at 10:01 AM
Bragging rights have to come first and foremost.
My oldest girl, Ayla(4 year and a half) has learned to ride a bicycle without the need of training wheels and without the need of daddy's helping hand.
Though Sophie has a two wheeled Glider she still prefers the trike. Time and hieght will help with this one.
On to the Falcon...who is now complete
She has been man handled, roughed up
and proven to be a machine capable.
For all the detailed high res pics, check out my post on the MTBR 29er Forums.
Posted by The Evil MGE! Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:20 AM
Flaming skull inspired by Donnie Darko?
True Temper Platinum OX handbuilt by Hugh Black
Seat tube badge
That is all...till Monday
Posted by The Evil MGE! Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 5:05 AM
The latest addition to the Falcon has arrived. My local REI had them on sale cheaper then just a set of BB7 mechanical calipers and I've been wanting to go back to Hydro brakes for a while.
Posted by The Evil MGE! Monday, January 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM
This past Saturday Bad Andy and Lubes joined me for a trip down to Pueblo.The Soma must be realizing I'm replacing it as its starting to treat me bad. First off, its cracked. I hate to even admit it but this is the third Juice I've cracked in a year. Soma and the Merry Sales Co have been great about replacing the frames and now we have worked out a deal on a Double Cross instead.
Lets see what else..
I lost my camera...ending up finding it within the confines of Skull Canyon, my front brake went out on my 5 year old Hayes HFX 9's, and I ended up breaking two rear quick releases which made four hours of driving into about an hour and a half or so of riding. I let the fellas go on without me, no sense in killing every ones day. Bad Andy and myself made up for it Sunday morning with a Heathen's FIFO in Lair O the Bear from 5am till 7am and I met the Ameoba Light Guy and friends this morning from 5am till 6:30am for a ride at White Ranch.
I did make up for Thursday night's fiasco by switching the drive train on the Soma over to a 34x22 singlespeed. 45 gear inches is just right for what the Front Range can throw at me.
Pics from Puebl0
Startin the day
Bad Andy on the Duke
The bottom of Skull Canyon
Hooters at South Shore
Lubes in Hooters
Bad Andy in Hooters
Posted by The Evil MGE! Friday, January 15, 2010 at 12:14 AM
Posted by The Evil MGE! Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 6:20 PM
Posted by The Evil MGE! Monday, January 11, 2010 at 6:14 AM
Posted by The Evil MGE! Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:20 PM
With a storm a brewing on the horizon bringing temps with the lows of -8 degrees Fahrenheit and more snow tomorrow I decided I needed to get my ride fix in tonight. All the local trails are a gooey mess so it was to the bike paths and the REI in downtown Denver. Maybe next time I'll check out the paths in the daytime as on my trip out to Downtown Denver I got lost once but quickly figured out where I was and on the way home, lets just say the neighborhoods got a little dicey.
The Sanderson Gulch Trail offered this stretch of creepy tunnel
Then the South Platte dolled out this beast. Yeah, looks like a insane asylum to me. Even has the creepy sky behind it...Scarecrow anyone?
Denver and I-25 lit up
Have ya heard of the Broncos?
Posted by The Evil MGE! Monday, January 4, 2010 at 6:20 PM