Saturday, November 10, 2018
Gold Canyon popped into my mind on Wednesday so it was the ride of choice. I love the drive out there and the fact the trails are glorious and always completely empty! It really is amazing to have such a good network that gets so little use. So with thats said I coudln't help but think about how snowbird filled San Tan or South Mountain or Usery was so I gladly enjoyed 90 miinutes without seeing another soul while riding in the Supersition Mountains, what a treat!
With my wife home to be on duty for the kiddo if a problem shall arise I went for McDowells for something more less ridden by me. I must say when I did put the rubber down my back was bothering me, legs were lifeless and the appeal of a ride was just not there. I just kept pedaling on easy beautiful trail convincing myself to get some miles, by the time the first loop was over I was feeling a little better and it got better from there. Nice day and ride out there for sure, love me some fall!
Saturday, November 3, 2018
I took som excedrin Thursday night as I started to feel my worst, I started to feel noticable better and by the next day I flt much better. So with time on my hands I went for the big loop, so peaceful and pretty out there, until I got to Usery Mountain, lots of hikers was mildy annoying but no big deal. Mission complete, onwards through November!
Plans to do a big loop round Hawes fell short as I decided shorlty in that this was going to be a bit of a grind to just get the stadard done, I wish I could say I was out there getting a workout for Halloween candy but I am over candy the last few years and glad.
Oh man Tuesday is here and still my legs feel like crap, I also noticed some congestion and head funk, due to my swollen dry eyes I know allergies are back around and thats whats knocking my spirit down but why the legs. Pedaled this one out easily, cased a rock so hard on my front wheel I could not believe it made it through that unscathed. Testament to lots of PSI and a older stans flow ex :)
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Well Thursday I did a long overdue brake bleed. I have done it successfully once and was prepared to do it again. When it was all done I was getting and awfully lot of pad rub. I messed with it a little but I knew going into fridays ride that I was going to have drag on the rear wheel or switch over to the steel frame. Lazy got the best of me so Friday started off a bit noisey and heavy as me and Ryan went for our ride. With pads rubbing and slowing me down it was still a fantastic ride, very very much enjoyed! Ryan cleared some technical on this ride and he is really progressing fast, oh yea and he got a flat no biggy.
I will admit it, the legs felt wonky on thursday morning, with nothing left to loose I chugged along up a pretty good climb from the car, they warmed up slowly but they did eventually make it to the top of the climb, the rest was an easy breezy spin through Usery. Great stuff.
Holy smokes that was overdue, got my box in the mail with my new 510 Impacts! My dad got them for my birthday and man I have anxiously awaited their arrival. They fit wonderful and it was hard to let go of my old shoes, they have years of miles and memories and I may have to throw them in the trash but I am finding it hard to. With the new shoes on they felt great on the trail, so good that I was feeling pretty quick on the trail. SHoes or not I was pedaling pretty quick around Hawes that morning on a great new pair of shoes, thanks dad!
After an absolutely beautiful weekend of nice temperatures and clouds, Monday happily brought more of the same! The trail even got a sprinkle or rain when I got there in the morning. I will say despite all this desert beauty and nice conditions as I rolled into Brown's I was feeling unusually sour. I was dealing with some mental boogers for no apparent reason, almost cut the ride short a few tims but I kept on moving planning the loop in my head. Things did get better, it was hard not to, it really was absolutely beautiful of a day out there. I started at the new trailhead adn rode new to me trails and did a new to me loop and I loved it! By the end of the ride I was grateful and stoked on it!
Friday was going to be the last ride to the week, I started off as I normally do with a morning stroll through Hawes neighborhood, I opte for the pavement climb cause it's just a nice way up the mountain and a different thing. I was bombarded my the fastest headwinds I have ever felt, at times I was slowed 90% as it tried to stop me in my tracks. It was annoying but realy not affecting the mood of the ride. It howled the entire ride whenever the bike was pointe east or north. A Nice loop for a Friday morning and now I'm ready for Landon's birthday weekend!
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Saturday was my birthday, I had asked to ride flagstaff for my birthday, that wish was not granted but this ride was. I got out before the remnants of a hurricane hit us hard here in AZ. I was really watching the weather the day before and was going to ride soaked or dry. Turns out The trails were glorious and there was heavy rain for the end of my ride but it was enough to put a smile on my face. After the ride we went to Rodizio for a meat party and then a cupcake for my sweet tooth :)
Oh my goodness, the weather is incredible finally the rewards are being reaped. I went to Gold Canyon since my wife is home alot more this quarter and she can be on for any emergencies that may arise with the kiddo shall there be one. I must say Gold Canyon is in very very good shape, I don't know if its the rains smoothing the trails or humans doing trailwork but the place is in great shape. I really enjoyed the scenery and everything is green from all the rain.