Roller Coaster Loop – fun days on the trails!
In my happy place
until another flat tire
Spanish moss and mountain bikes, I camped and raced at Poinsett State Park in the Spring but it was fun just riding the trails, completing the South Carolina trifecta, Harbison State Forest, FATS and Poinsett State Park a great weekend of riding.
While waiting to see where I was riding, I decided to figure out why I was flatting so much… looks like a hard hit to the rim at some point, I did bend it back.
After riding I decided to explore the dirt roads in the Manchester State Forest for a while.
So happy to wake up in my Flippac again after it broke a couple of weeks ago!
Ride #2 FATS (Fayetteville Area Triathlon Society) visit FATS (Forks Area Trail System) ride was cut short after I double flatted, used 3 CO2 cartridges, 2 tubes, 2 patches and a CX tube to get out. Great trails and I had a blast on Great Wall and Skinny Loops
An afternoon and evening at Bill and Shanda’s, low country boil, swimming in the rain and an evening boat ride for Purple Martins (if we had enough gas in the boat)
Weekend ride #1 Harbison State Forest
20+ miles, just over 11mph average, 94 degrees – I love riding here, so fast and flowy, parts feel more like a pump track than singletrack.
A big day…. Sam enters UNC Chapel Hill
This was not a pretty dorm room! Luckily she only has to spend 1 night here!
After breakfast with Sam as she waited for stuff to start, I rode a new trail system for me, Brumley Nature Preserve in Chapel Hill. Just like when Steph went to Kent State, I will get a ride in when picking up/dropping off. This is a flowy and fast system and a lot of fun!
Dinner – lettuce wrapped lamb burger…. I may have missed some important carbs today! My USTA singles match went 2.5 hours in 90 plus degrees, I won 7-6 and 7-5 to remain undefeated this summer, but it hurt.
This was a “reach into the hurt locker” ride. I did my Reedy Fork & Blue Heron out and back with the goal of negative splitting the ride. I wanted to push the pace a little at the start, I normally average just over 9mph…. opps 11.2. That meant the negative split was going to hurt, it did, average 11.4 on the return.
I did a long ride at the Sherman Branch Mountain Bike Trail in Charlotte.
here is a short video – Click to Watch Video
Father’s Day started with a long mountain bike ride, and a nap in the Flippac before heading home.
Since it’s “my” day, I choose a family hike to the top of Little Long Mountain for a supper time picnic.
That makes a good day!
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!
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!