Sunday, March 18, 2018
Awoke at 4:15 and easily found myself eager to hit the trail, once I got rolling by 5am I was not so eager. As I pearled on it got downright negative, my mind was flooded, ambition growing weaker, legs barking. I held in there for quite awhile but threw in the towel a few miles early, still better to have it in there though before the week was over.
Well this has to be some kind of record, found myself headed back to South Mountain this time with Ryan. I had planned some stuff I haven't ridden in a bit such as Javelina but had a change of heart and ended up riding the classic...... Really really nice day out, the air is clear and vegatation growing vibrant.
Feeling more ambitious than normal I was in desperate need of some spice. With my pass needing renewal and no extra time I looked to South Mountain for a beat down. I changed out my gear for 32x22 and surely it made climbing soon much better up Mormon and onto national. I cruised up it pretty easy to be honest, got to the lookout and dropped into the parking lot to make my way to Corona De Loma. Enjoying my first dose of tech I was feeling slightly off my game and wasn't paying enough attention to how serious the features are. None the less after a few sketchy moments I was down the mountain with a big smile on my face, got to love that on a rigid bike, nothing like it. I guess my brakes are 100% back since I got them contaminated with brake fluid, it took 200 miles but happy to report the oil is all worn off and I did't even need to buy new pads. I will say those stubborn 200 miles had some slippery moments but know I am 35$ richer :)
Saturday, March 10, 2018
I was told to be home by 7am, she 4:30am my alarm went off and geared up and headed for South Mountain. Forgot my phone, ran back to the house, decided to keep it closer to home so it was going to be another Hawes ride. In the dark I was feeling fine, enjoying my music and the peace of having the place to myself, I find it odd how often these morning rides I am the only one in all the valley out there riding, I guess that was sometimes the case when living in Utah, am I really that bonkers?
Off to and into March in a hurry here. Weather has still been very nice and I have had a great Arizona winter thoroughly! I was in need of something different Monday so to Gold Canyon I went. The lot is way busier than it has ever been and luckily all those people are hiking one or two trails out of a huge network for us bikers. Even with a lot full of 30 cars, I only saw 2 people on the actual trails I rode for 90 minutes, you got to love that. Good ride went off without a hitch.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Me and my Bother in Law Francisco found some time on Friday to go out for a ride. He can ride fine and hasn't done much Mountain biking so we went to Usery for a tame spin. As we started it was that golden time of the day 5:30 and it was absolutely great out. We calmly made a 9 mile loop and it was really relaxing going at a slower speed and taking in fully the beautiful surroundings.
Back from California, it was absolutely awesome trip, some great memories were made. My legs were kinda sore and funky those few days and I was glad I was off the bike. So when I did stretch them out they felt funky, they worked for me of course and the ride didn't really start feeling great until the end. Good to be home, big day ahead of us as LuAnn gets here white coat on Saturday and family starts flowing in Thursday/Friday.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
I have Ryan the opportunity to use my backup Trek Superfly so he could experience rigid single speed for better or worse. I finally got it setup tubeless and it was ready for cactus thorns. As usual he was hot on my tail, showing no signs of weakness on one speed, he handled that bike very impressively, he made many climbs and rode it definitely like it was not his first time. My legs were there but little weak. Great ride, it was refreshing to have company.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Saturday I found myself awake long before the sun was planned to come up, as the normal I had biking on my mind and South Mountain is where I ended up. I went most the morning in the dark, saw no one surprisingly until after the sun was up. Standard trails and wondering when I will make my way back up Mormon and National trail one of these days.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The rains had come! The day was cloudy and as I was headed for San Tan I was delighted to see it in the clouds, I was slightly unsure of what trail conditions would be like. As I geared up I was really taken in by the scene, it was more what I was use to in Utah and getting it in AZ was a real treat! As I pedaled in the conditions were looking solid. It was a very good ride with lots of different sights and sounds, loved every bit of it.
Well after a rough time on our little vacation our poor son who was already sick got more sick on the trip. We lasted two nights and then packed up headed home without Disney and bummed out. When we headed out we brought the weather with us, it was cloudy and windy as we headed back for AZ and even looked like rain. Looks like good weather for the week ahead on the bike.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
We had big plans to head to California Saturday, and so before we did I woke up at an absurd time and had myself a jolly ride in the dark before the sun rise. Loved sneaking in juts one more ride and ended a good week on the bike. Off toe California, kinda wish I could bring the bike.
Beautiful day for a nice ride, came across quite a few packs of folks out there, the snowbirds are armed with badges bearing they're from Minnesota. Not sure why they badge themselves but had a pack of 20 walk by me as I waited for them, they were all very kind and lead me to believe Mid Westerners are very friendly people.
Ran out on the other Superfly, it sure is nice to be on 32x18 on those flat trails at Usery, sometimes being a single speeder your not in the right gear but 32x20 is about perfect for me from Az flats to Mountain filled Utah. With that said it was a good spin and eventually lead to a deflating tube, haven't converted it over yet, awaiting extra cash for tubeless ready tires and strips. Soon, for now it sits flat, that tow tubes in two rides........
Monday, February 5, 2018
Very fortunately I have gotten in a better mindset after the last few rides and even though I was at a pretty bland San Tan ride this one was good. Tons of people out there still, waiting for the heat to drive them off in a way, but dreading the heat on it's way too.
So I have long been playing out in my head if I found another 2015 superbly SS I just might buy it. Well the day came after a recent search on Craigslist turned one up for sale in Tucson. It was a size bigger than mine but the numbers actually showed it would fit just fine. The price was unbeatable. Excited and nervous I drove down to Tucson to check it out, it was bone stock and felt great so it came home with me. Now I finally have a backup bike and also parts for the Belltown. Not sure which way I am going with the belltown just yet but plenty time to decide. This ride was overdue so I took it to Mcdowells for a shakedown. I chose some different trails and forgot how good it is when your not wasting all that time pedaling Pemberton. With a very very nice change in scenery and delicious trails I was stoked. The bike felt good too, was missing my wheel/tire since the Bontrager Mustangs kind of suck and on narrow 2.2 tires on narrow rim it was rigid but just fine.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Been really struggling with some ride desire, I want to ride, but I find myself less interested when I start pedaling, it's an odd thing for me really, I chalk it up to just run down on the ride locations, I guess riding so much might have taken it's toll, however riding is riding and I got to not fuss about it, enjoy it while I can, especially when others can't. With that said, this day was the normal but just no power under my legs, less than when I could last remember, hoping tomorrow will be stronger and better.
I saw the new Long Horn trail some time ago and meant to put tires down on it, left it for another day. On Thursday it was time for action, I headed for Gold Canyon and into the quiet trails I went. LOVE that about this spot, always quiet, rarely see another person and that's the way I like it. I made it out to Long Horn on a fast route, the trail was powdery with horse traffic, not great conditions but it's a new trail so it needs to go thru the paces of rain and riders. It turns out to be a good little trail, short with only .5 miles. At the top I missed the next new trail Owl's Nest. I dropped down the wrong trail and then realized and went back up to find it. That trail skirted the ridge in a scenic nice way, enjoyed that thoroughly. Look forward to those trails getting worn in and adding it to the extensive network.
With traffic in most directions it was down to the standard options per the normal, looking for twenty miles I opted for the loop around Hawes. Pretty good and well around the mountain, mission completed happily. Check out the green grass, felt the sun getting hotter by the day, spring is here........Ugghhhh
Thursday, January 25, 2018
I was anxious to ride Saturday, they are always hard days for me mentally, not sure why but I held off asking for a ride Friday night. When the wife woke 5am to study I asked if I could go out and be home early, I was massively relieved when she came in after thinking about it and gave me a go. I gathered my things speedily and off into the dark I went. I very much enjoyed the ride, it was refreshing to do it to the beat of the sun rise, thank you my lovely I needed that!
Risked a hiker fest and headed for San Tan, it was a mess but no horses so I could deal with the hikers. Lots of Excuse me, hello, good morning and thank you, but mostly pleasant folks out enjoying their day. I must say when I got down I was a little bugged at why we don't have more trails in our regional parks, they require extremely little maintenance and they are full with plenty people and we pay quite a fee. I chalk it up to how Government works but I could be wrong. But seriously more trails please!
Decided to go back with the wife and kiddo to the preserve, kiddo took a spill and caught his finger between the bar and the ground, fingernail took a hard hit but we were all lucky it was nothing serious. I feel really bad for Landon, I went and grabbed my car and picked them up and all was ok.
A breeze hit me hard right out of the gate, Usery is one of those places if the winds blowing it's the worst of all the spots. With flat and fast trails I felt it hard going East or North. Once the legs warmed up I felt no difference, just another tame spin in the desert for me.
After kiddos school we headed over the Riparian Preserve, knew it was a good place to ride but busier than most spots. Turns out we had a great time! Love spending evenings on the bike with my boy, tensions arise and it's not perfect but we come out smiling.