An old tradition of mine, each trip around the sun I do a “triathlon” of multiples of the number. Today I skipped the run and swim, but got a good ride in.
Bike ride friends.
They became curious and walked up to me
social distancing for the win
I did a 2 hour ride on the Erie Canal, as I crossed over this bridge I noticed the Rochester skyline, and said I would photograph it on the way back – but remembered what I tell my students when they get the Photo A Day assignment, take the picture when you see it… as I thought it, I noticed a train was coming.
that meant I had to ride all the way to downtown for another skyline photo
I ran into a Flippac – these are rare as can be, so seeing one on a side street is cool!
It was a chilly ride, but I enjoyed it! Great way to get 30 miles of saddle time!
A snowy evening bike ride
I was nice to be alone in the woods on my bike. The highlight was seeing what I thought was a porcupine, but research says they are not in North Carolina, so I don’t know what it was….
I knew I would finish in the dark but I was having a blast, at least till the last 1/2 hour, I was soaked and cold, as always, great to see my truck and warm cloths.
A classic Pisgah ride, glad I finally got to do it!
12+ switchbacks up
3 miles of downhill
A couple of hours in Uwharrie calls for a post ride beer!
NCCX UCI race #1 Hendersonville
By the time my race started, it was raining, the course was muddy and I was cold. I knew this day was going to suck when I started my warmup, I headed down a hill to turn onto a bike path when I crashed, sliding across the pavement, great… road rash and I haven’t even warmed up yet!
I took my call up, and finally got a good start, as we turned from the long start on the road into the grass (mud) the rider to my right crashed in an explosion of water and mud, it was cool to see!
My race sucked, I kept falling off my bike or it was sliding out from under me. I was still in the middle of the pack-ish when we hit the small wooded section, on the long straight somehow my bike just washed out and I crashed pinning my bad knee under me, I didn’t slide due to the mud, I just stuck like a golf ball. I couldn’t figure out which way to roll to relieve the shooting pain and was worried other racers were going to hit me or my bike.
Finally everyone passed and I could get up, I slowly remounted and rode for a bit to see how I felt. Nothing was broke and I even caught a rider on the next lap.
We had a fun battle for DFL and I had a lead as we hit the woods a final time, I had caught one of the elite women racers and told her to hold her line and stay on teh gas, I was racing for a position. Unfortunately on the last turn, she turned into my line and the other racer came around, as I got around her and started my sprint, my chain sucked up, release start again, same chain suck… race over I finished DFL. I hate muddy races!
Me and the farmers chasing the light in the fall.
Today’s NCCX race visited the sand in Pinehurst. This is not the correct line!
My day started good and I was in the lead group as we hit the sand the first time, the group split and 4, 5 & 6 started our battle on lap two, I took a bad line and fell to 6th before…
my rear wheel came out of the drop outs on one of the sand pits and took me a minute to figure out what happened and reset the wheel.
I fell to 8th and chased hard to make contact with the 2nd group, I finally closed within a couple bike lengths but had popped and quickly got dropped.
no body behind me was gaining and I couldn’t make contact, so I finished 8th. I always like racing here, it is so different and even with a tough day, it’s still better than work! (Thanks Clay for the pictures)