Sunday, March 27, 2011

Kracked

That's how I'm feeling now, tough week of training, made tougher by the persistent sub zero temperatures. I think the only thing that saved me from curling up into a ball on the side of the road was the sun which did a great job of making things seem warmer than they were.

Had a bike building party at Norco with Kev, where we salivated over all the new gear. Phaser is in but the focus was on the hardtail. I hope to get an "inside the semi-pro's bike" up soon. but the frame has some nice refinements over last years, and the new XTR is sick. May have outsmarted Kev on a shifting issue we had, but he'd never admit to it so ill leave it at that.

Friday was back on the road, for some start simulations. Headed back out to Cassell after a long warmup, MTB on gravel would have been nice, but the powertap came in handy for the efforts. And to be more specific these were world cup start efforts, 20 hard pedal strokes, haul on brakes come to stop, repeat 3 times then straight into some longer efforts. some reps of that and an easy spin home feeling cooked.

Yesterday was a straight 3 hour road ride, hitting all the good climbs in medonte, basically Jamie's hilly ride but without Jamie. Bumped into a few people heading out for a MTB ride and I got super jealous, I got asked what I was doing riding on the road, I couldn't come up with an answer.  Rolled in after a couple weeks of freezing cold road rides decided to park the crr and get the new bike out on the trails today.

Headed down to mecca of Bradford MTBing Coulson hill to check it out. The parking lot was muddy but once you got in the trails they were in great shape. Hardpacked with a little snow cover, the new bike is awesome, rides similar to last years no surprise there, but close to 2lbs lighter. And 6 lbs lighter than the bike I had in California, climbed so effortlessly. New XTR brakes are crazy, I couldn't imagine what the "trail" versions are like. The new 2x10 is going to take a little getting used to. 

AWI jerseys are looking awesome, can't wait to get my hands on one, big thanks to Elizabeth for all the work that went into them and getting them ordered.

Watched skyline, horrible, Watched Due Date, not bad,

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