Bicycle

Dec. 31, 2019

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A classic Pisgah ride, glad I finally got to do it!

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12+ switchbacks up

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3 miles of downhill

Nov. 3, 2019

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A busy day! Grocery shopping at Wal-Mart, oil change on the Tacoma, bottom bracket change on the cross bike (after finding it frozen after last week’s race), tennis with Sean, bike race and indoor climbing gym.

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This week’s race was Winston-Salem. Because it was also the state championship, we had a bigger field

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I made the decision to start more aggressively, and had a top 6 spot through the first turn

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But I faded quickly to 9th, where I stayed till I had to dismount on a root (first picture)

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I finished 10th!

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After the race I was only 1.5 miles from the climbing gym.

 

 

 

 

Oct. 27, 2019

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I finally made a start (and finish) in the 2019 North Carolina Cyclocross season.

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After a lot of overnight rain, the course in Boone was muddy again!

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I had fun, didn’t race well, fell a couple of times, but it was great to be back on the start line this weekend!

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After the race, I explored for fall colors

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The light wasn’t great, so I went for a hike

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Goshen Creek is a pretty little waterway

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not much color on the trees

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but fun to rock hop

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a just enjoy the silence

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then I tried another HDR of the sunset

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Oct. 7, 2019

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A foggy start to my ride.

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The BRP Linn Cove viaduct was even worse. It was an awesome morning on the bike!

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Then it was time to explore… a Forest Service Road I heard about….

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pictures never do it justice and I quit taking photos as my stress raised and the obstacles became tougher… this was no joke; several washouts, ravens and wheel lifting later we were halfway through. Each time I walked a route, I was looking not to make sure I could get through it, could I get back up it if the road was blocked a or a closed gate.

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An awesome camping spot for a lunch break. My truck is the minimum I would have wanted to take, 33 inch tires, 2.5 inch lift, armored with bumpers, sliders and skid plates… anything less would have resulted in damage!

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A good day!

 

Sept. 15, 2019

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‘crossiscoming is now ‘cross is here!

First race of the year, an open Cat 2-3 on a very bumpy course, including this multi line minefield.

I started on the front row, and stayed with the lead group for a while, it’s a training series and no matter how hard I want to train, I can’t duplicate the effort racing takes. There were over 20 racers and I finished top 10 – I think. When I finished, one of the experts yelled nice job keeping the young guys honest…. umm fuck you! ; )