The Road to Somewhere

xc62701

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Thank goodness my toddler has gotten back to sleeping like normal the past 2 nights. We put a night light and a sound machine in her room and so far so good. Maybe she was just afraid of the dark?

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So I’m on day 59 of consecutive riding and still going. I picked up a new road bike and I had my second ride on it tonight. I’m looking forward to a 2+ hour ride tomorrow. So far it’s light, agile, rock solid and super responsive when you put the power down. I also picked up a set of actual road shoes and the Garmin Vector pedals. I haven’t had a set of road shoes in forever so it takes a little getting used to but so far I’m liking it.

I need to get a few more good rides in because soon enough I’ll be back to teaching. I’m looking forward to going back but I have a couple more adventures to take care of before I do. .
 

xc62701

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I made it to day 73 and pulled the plug. 124 hours, 1670 miles, 103,000 feet of climbing. I ended it with the Rocky Point 50 race which I didn’t feel was horrible but I was DFL in my category. Lets just say I wasn't as snappy and energetic as I could have been after 72 days of consecutive riding. It was a good run but time to recover relax and refocus.

It’s been 4 glorious rainy days off the bike and I feel good but am ready to get back on the bike and start thinking about cross. I will be racing next weekend and I want to do some specific drills to help me get ready it really this will be a fun cross season. I will want to do well but I have no high expectations other than to have fun in the mud. First thing to do is setup the cross rigs. They have been doing gravel/road duty and time to get them into CX form. The weight is high, fitness is ok, but the fitness I have has no top end so there’s that. I’m hoping by mid season I may be feeling ok out there but my season is only the NJ CX Cup series and that’s it.

Most of my time lately has been consumed with getting back to work after a summer of not teaching, being a new daddy again, and also getting this new Cyclocross race off the ground. Lucky Charm Cross will be an amazing event but it takes a lot of work to get these things going. In the past I’ve helped out with my previous teams races and it’s been great but now I’m the ringleader and it’s definitely a lot to take on. I’ve got 15 days left til the event and I hope it goes smoothly and people show up!

If you want to check out what I've been working on it’s here: www.bikereg.com/39513
And sign up!
 
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thegock

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How many miles? 24?

Always liked more than 10, but less than 18 for a commute. My 18 is probably your 24. Deserted roads early always a plus.

Edit: also the baby wipe showers were always great.
 

xc62701

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How many miles? 24?

Always liked more than 10, but less than 18 for a commute. My 18 is probably your 24. Deserted roads early always a plus.

Edit: also the baby wipe showers were always great.
Yea 24 miles. It took me 1:42 to get in. Not too bad going home I can make a little quicker or longer as it’s less climby.
 

xc62701

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In case you’ve been wondering where I went to I’ve been inundated with the Lucky Charm Cyclocross details and putting on this event. It’s been 18 months of planning to pull this off and while I know there were a few things to address I think the overall consensus was that it was a fun event. We wanted to make it stand out and I think we got that across. It was hard. Our team is mostly mountain bikers and that came out in our course design. It’s not supposed to be easy but it was never more evident than racing it myself.

I did some preride laps after setup Friday and it seemed good but in the race day Saturday it really came to life. The slick conditions made it a blast but a lot harder. I know I was fighting “promoter legs”, but damn that was hard, and I wouldn’t change a thing! I’ll be looking forward to doing this again next year with a few tweaks to make this a blast.
 

xc62701

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Just in case you were curious all of the cobwebs we’re cleared out of Stephens last night by 11 PM. I think I ingested half of them and the rest are still stuck to my kit somewhere. Out of the gate things were not good from the start as my hanger must’ve been bent and it threw my chain immediately into my wheel and got stuck behind my cassette. Thanks to whoever stopped and asked if we were OK, but I eventually got it out and was able to ride. The trails are in great shape I was good to get back at the dirt!
 

xc62701

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Its now early November and I'm getting itchy to pull the plug on racing for the year. It's been a long year and although it hasn't been very productive as far as cycling goals, it has been extremely productive on the family side. I've been getting better and better with my priorities and riding just has to lose sometimes. It doesn't help that the cross season has been a mud pit for every event. I've been heading into each one hoping my bike survives with no real prep and hopefully a ride or two beforehand to clear out the legs for race time. I think my strategy has been to see how well I can do with the least amount of effort put in. So far it been decent. I get annoyed knowing I can do so much better but at the same time I have to realize I'm not putting the effort in. I'm more happy with eating(probably a bit too much), drinking good beers, spending quality family time, and working on house projects and having a better life balance. I think back to 2013 which was probably my best season, all I had was cycling in my life. That's great but that's not what it's all about.

I've been sad and upset the past few days as it's the 1st anniversary of losing my great friend. I was talking with my 2 year old daughter and telling her that she keeps me happy even though I may be sad. Then she replied with I love you dude! That made everything instantly better. It's amazing how kids can be insanely annoying sometimes and then absolutely precious the next minute. The good far outweighs the bad.

Anyway as my son is now 5 months and my wife is back to work I'm going to try to work in a more regular riding schedule as things get back to a routine that I haven't has since last year. I'm also not coaching skiing this winter so that should help free up some time to get out and ride and get some fitness for 2019. I've gotta start focusing on food again and cutting some weight for 2019. I know I can it's just a big commitment and sometimes on those rough days it feels good to stuff some crap in my pie hole. But I want to keep my eyes on the races for next year. I'm already thinking I'll probably do the Fat 50 as a nice long training day, then some short track races and then the H2H races. I'd like to do some endurance races as well but that will depend on the fitness. I'm not doing any of the 100's without some big fitness gains. It's just not worth it. I'm also debating if I'll take some time off from racing next summer and focus on cx or maybe race the mtb deeper into the season and forget about cx. I'm not sure. It'll all depend on how the early season goes really.
 

xc62701

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Yesterday was one of the worst races for me this season. Maybe ever. I had zero motivation and energy out there. Couple that with a course that is all horsepower and no technical it wasn't for me. It didn't help that I've been doing pretty physical work the past few days leading into it, a 4 hour hilly road ride on Thursday and mourning the 1 year anniversary of my good friend made me not want to even get out of bed that day, let alone ride my bike. I was exhausted just getting up and trying to get out the door. The only thing that kept me in it was the fact that I registered, and am still hanging in for the series points, and my buddy that passed would have never given up after he started. I kept that going through my head as I wanted to walk off the course on lap 1 and 2. With that being said I stuck it out and just rode my bike. There was no race in my body that day. I picked up the pace a little just to get the two small climbs over with but that was it. 6 laps of misery. DFL by a mile.

After this I realized that I really need to get my shit in gear. If I want to have a decent 2019 then it starts today. It starts by stopping the excuses and trying to get a better training, life, work, and diet schedule going. Things would have been totally different if I had all this stress and fatigue and was a lot lighter. So I'm going to give this another go and try to get some fitness back. I just wish I wouldn't like to eat so much. I've been teetering on the edge of just saying F it and give up racing to be a dad, get my home projects done, and just ride for fun but that's not me. I'm way too competitive for that and it's a choice that I can't make at this point. I still love to ride, race, and travel and if I backed out then I really wouldn't be happy. Maybe I need to mix things up a bit and try something different. I haven't been happy on the bike but I've been content at home. I just need to be more efficient at being happy with both somehow.

Any way with all the work I got done I did get some projects completed like this chair. My dad was a woodworker and made probably thousands of these over his lifetime. Here's one of my firsts which I need to make some more of to complete a set for my firepit. Nothing is like sitting in these with a nice cold beer and a roaring fire.

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choop

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Dude it was a ton of fun racing with you this season. Any time you are looking for a pedal, pedal, pedal ride at Allaire, let me know.
 

xc62701

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Dude it was a ton of fun racing with you this season. Any time you are looking for a pedal, pedal, pedal ride at Allaire, let me know.
Agreed I've had fun chasing you! I'll hopefully be back again next year - hopefully with an earlier timeslot. It's really hard being away from home and my 2 young kids for a bunch of hours to race 45 minutes. That's the tough part.

I will definitely let you know if I'm in the area for an Allaire ride that would be great!