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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Another time we rode to the Silverlake skatepark for some skills building. Of course I didn't call it that to her. To her we were just riding around the skatepark. She really loved that. It helped build her confidence, and helped in her controlling and handeling of her bike. It took her a while to build up courage to roll down and even ride up the steep banks of the park. But once she really got going, she was jammin'! I would take her more often, but I want to keep her exposure to vulgar language to a minimum, so take her on weekdays before school is out. Of course that limits the time because then she'll usually be at school now too.
So Sunday we headed up the Douglas trail, she was wearing her "Crush Gravel" shirt, so it was only fitting to take her off trail, and onto one of the many gravel roads that cross the trail.
Now the Pork Chop is a bit of a talker. Whatever is on her mind usually comes out her mouth. So she's talking about how gravel is much different the pavement. Much harder and how much her arms shake. She talks about how she can shift into easier gears and spin.
We had just finished watching the movie "Ride the Divide", and she says she'd like to do that (the race - Tour Divide) with me some day. She asks a lot of questions about the length of the Almanzo race and how you do that, and how she wants to crush gravel more.
We climb a hill, she stands out of the saddle and makes it over. There's a small bit of rest and a bigger hill to climb. The goal was to get to the top of the climb, turn around, ride down, and get back on the trail for the return ride. After a couple stops to catch her breath, she's climbing up the hill, in the saddle, trying to spin the cranks as best as she can, when she blurts out "Come on legs! I know you have been sitting on the couch these days, but now you got to work!"
Seriously, that's what she said. Out loud! to her legs!
Needless to say, she was determined to make it to the top of that hill. It took some work, and a little bit of help, but no matter what it took she was making it to the top. There were some cows fenced in gathered near the top, and she really wanted to show those cows that she could make it. And make it she did.
After taking a breather at the top, we coasted down. She was a little nervous to let the brakes go and coast down, she could tell that gravel is a bit more skittery to ride on, but eventually she loosened up an let it roll.
It looks like I may have a new training partner in the next couple years. At least until she becomes too fast for me (afraid that will happen pretty quickly), and my fast days are her recovery rides.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Anyway, the field is limited to 105 riders, weighted to those who started and finished all 3 previous versions more then likely to be picked. And if you've ever entered and pulled a no-show, good luck with that. Sounds like they may burn your entry upon receipt. Maybe that's not true, but I'm sure it's pretty close.
Once again, like the Almanzo, it's a free race with a postcard registration. For more info on registering, visit this link: Ragnarök 105
Thursday, November 4, 2010
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I really hope I feel good and don't flat again. I think I'll keep my pump and seat bag on the bike this time.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Is your name Gunnar, Boom or Cannon? For the second consecutive year, John Gatch, half of the Two-John’s Podcast and promoter of the Gun Club Cyclocross, will give a free complimentary entry to his race to anybody with a name that can be connected to guns. The Gun Club Cyclocross takes place on November 7th at the Sycamore Gun Club in the Cincinnati suburb of Miamiville, Ohio.How cool is that? Alas... I'm not gonna drive to Ohio to race 45 min for free. At least not this weekend.
Last night Melissa and I attended the first meeting for the Minnesota High School Cycling League. The national association seems to be very well organized. There are maybe 200 teams set up and there is excellent process documentation available to help us.Maybe I'll attend the meeting in January. I think It's great that they will put on a race series (within a series) next year. Unfortunately I'm not sure about joining a committee, as I'm not good at that type of stuff. I'll help out at skills clinics, training, possibly even assist a coach. But in now way can I run something. Is that wrong?
There were about two dozen people there last night, primarily from the southern parts of the cities. The Minnesota league is in the very early development stage right now. There's quite a bit that needs to happen to get to the racing. The plan is to form five committees to take care of the following: fundraising, race venues, program development, team development, and connecting to existing leagues. Any volunteers? The next meeting will be in January.
Now for the racing part. The league racing will most likely be a fall sport begining in 2012. There will be 4 or 5 races in September - October. No one wants to wait that long, so the tentative plan is to have a high school team series within the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series in 2011 (next year!). This series within the series will take place at 4 of the races from late May - mid July. More info will be available after Thanksgiving.
Anyway, many mahalos to Brian Gregg for posting this on the RASC board. And become a fan of Minnesota High School Mountain Bike Racing League on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=154720991215519.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Almanzo 100 site has an official invitation for the 2011 race up.
Racers, riders, event promoters, industry professionals and everyone in between or otherwise, I would like to extend to you a most sincere invitation to what I believe to be America's greatest gravel road bicycle race. On Saturday, the 14th of May, 2011, riders from around the USA will join together in the small hamlet of Spring Valley, Minnesota to ride the beautiful, yellow rock roads of the Upper Midwest. My hope is that with your presence, we could build upon the great history that is American cycling and further promote the bright future that I see for cycling in the years to come. I extend to you my services in making your visit a reality.I am currently planning to attend. Maybe you should too. It might be fun.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Not only is he good, but the video is done with style.
Follow the above link for info. Hopefully some Rochester people will attend. I would, but have some family stuff going on that evening. If anyone goes, please email me and let me know what I can post here.
Pizza and refreshments will be served. Come learn more about how NICA works with state leagues to build sustainable high school mountain bike racing programs, including camps, coaching and licensing programs, venue selection, sponsorships, team development, etc. Members of Minnesota's Development Committee will also be on hand to talk about immediate needs and how interested people can help. For more information about the meeting, contact Minnesota League Founding Chair Gary Sjoquist at firstname.lastname@example.org.If anyone goes, please email me and let me know of any info that I can post here.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Yes, I will say that this is awesome. I don't really think it's a cyclocross race, in the sense that I think it's a long loop, and not multiple short laps. But I do think it's pretty rad and hardcore. Look at the way they are chucking bikes across the stream crossings. Man... and I was worried about walking across the stream at the Almanzo. What a wuss!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Just a video to keep some motivation to maybe go out and ride in the morning. Seriously, I think I need to find a way to really get out in the morning. I had full intentions to get out this morning, and even woke up (eye's were open at least). Just couldn't get myself to drag my sorry butt out of bed.
Monday, October 18, 2010
During this time, I think I was passed by every other rider in the race, making me at least a lap behind. In fact I think Drew (correction: Drew and Charly) passed me twice.
Anyway, my race was over. I picked up my stuff and continued walking to the start finish area and fixed my flat. I cheered on the racers as they continued.
|Laps, avg heart rate and avg speed per.|
All in all, it was fun while it lasted. I considered riding on after I fixed the flat, but my brain just couldn't put forth the effort.
Anyway, I know the title says "life lessons learned," but honestly, I have no learned lesson. Except maybe to double think the spare tube and pump situation for a 40 minute race.
Friday, October 15, 2010
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Thursday, October 14, 2010
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Scratch what I posted yesterday about the Almanzo Micro CX race. Location changed. Update your calendar and GPS.
ALERT!!!! The start location has changed due to some possible property issues. NEW START/FINISH LOCATION: THE GAZEBO BEHIND THE RECREATION CENTER. Start time is the same at 5:30. There is (as always) no entry fee and please, ride what ya brung. RASC post
If it's the same course as last years Saturday post Thanksgiving CX, then it was a fun course, with a paved climb that actually allowed for some ground to be made at times.
|Elevation (I think the barometric pressure was dropping as we were riding)|
Of course he could surprise us and run it differently. Either way, it should be fun.
Updated from: filatura l'anello grande: Looks like we have a meeting place for the Almanzo Micro CX race
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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Info from this post.
Start time for Saturday is 5:30 sharp. The course will begin in the gravel (look for the people & bikes) off the paved trail across the river from the Hy-Vee north gas station.I hope I got the map right. Either way, just look for people on bikes. I'm guessing if I leave my house a bit before 5 I can make it in time. Should be fun.
UPDATE! View this post: filatura l'anello grande: Updated meeting place for the Almanzo Micro CX race
See also: filatura l'anello grande: 5 insane but true things about Almanzo's Micro CX
Monday, October 11, 2010
- It's put on by the creator of the Almanzo 100 gravel road bicycle race
- It's a cyclocross race
- It will be somewhere near, in, or fairly close to Rochester, MN
- It's gonna be this Saturday Evening, October 16 @ 5:30 pm.
- It'll be the most fun you can have while heaving up your lungs.
Info can be found on Facebook and the RASC forum.
Update! See also: filatura l'anello grande: Looks like we have a meeting place for the Almanzo Micro CX race
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