Bicycle

June 16, 2019

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Father’s Day started with a long mountain bike ride, and a nap in the Flippac before heading home.

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Since it’s “my” day, I choose a family hike to the top of Little Long Mountain for a supper time picnic.

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That makes a good day!

 

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June 15, 2019

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Back to the track

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I love riding the steep banks and this was a racing workshop for new track racers

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There were several college riders in the group and so much strategy to think about

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It is a blast going all out on a fixed gear bike, I just have to remember I have to keep pedaling as I crossed the line.

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Then time to bar hop/eat. We passed a place called The Pump House on the way to the velodrome, so we started there, drinks and wings while sitting on the roof top bar watching tubers on the Catawba River.

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Then following a recommendation, it was a seafood dinner at the Rock Salt in Charlotte (this is a wall on a bike shop)

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a night at my favorite camp spot in Uwharrie National Forest

June 4, 2019

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Back on the road, Kodak must see everything.

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the threat of rain made a change of plans, so I jumped on the bike as soon as we got to Blowing Rock

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All the climbing is worth it with these views, and the screaming descent. (although today the descent had a headwind and I was only able to hit 43mph)

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after dinner at the Coyote Kitchen, we headed to our favorite hill top for the sunset. I had figured out how to download Netflix on the iPad for a trip that didn’t happen, so now I can binge watch shows like Sabrina.

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Kodak kept an eye on the wildlife

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until they got too close.

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good cow!

March 29, 2019

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Great ride today, but I had to take this picture now because I was stopped with major cramps. I only had a Cherry Pop-Tart and diet Mt. Dew before the ride and bonked hard. I was very happy to average over 10mph for a 3+ hour ride and worried I wouldn’t finish after stretching. But I did!

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It’s always funny to me what I think of when physically stressed, today it was Shawarma and Baby Guinness, I was able to quench both desires!

March 24, 2019

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Race morning warmup. 34 degrees!

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with the bike!

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My Race: I never feel good about my fitness and this morning was the same, but I lined up against 12 or so guys in the 50+ Cat 3 field and waited for the word GO!

I got the hole shot and by the first turn in the grass I had a couple bike lengths, by the time we got to the woods I had 25 yards, after the first 1/4 mile I never saw anyone behind me again, I was lucky and rode away from the field. Soon I was catching riders from other fields and passed and dropped them.

I am happy to have won my 3rd Southern Classic Mountain Bike Race in the last 7 years (after a ton of mid pack finishes) and emailed USA Cycling to request my Category upgrade that evening, so bad to mid-pack finishes I am sure!