Wednesday, November 20, 2019
I was unsure if Saturday was going to provide a ride, after pushing and annoying I got my wish. I was excited with a cloud filled sky and a "bonus ride". I really enjoyed that ride around Gold Canyon, saw a few riders out there, good to see them.
It seems like the snakes have resided to their homes so I was off to Gold Canyon to start enjoying. I rolled around my normal loop in joy, I love how nobody is out there and so many trail options, I always feel so lucky. Just one group of bikers and were loving my bike and it's manliness I guess, I commented that's how I roll :)
As usual about once a week I find myself pedaling up the neighborhood to gain access to the high stuff lazily, love the descent from up there, I cam across an unusual sign and stopped to read it. Someone went quite out of their way to make it and place it, I think its a nifty idea to make someone feel better but I am sure the sign will be down by the end of the day or week. You just can't police people out there, they're all offended or angry or just silly. I will see if it's still up next week I guess, I roll the A line anyway just so you know. Nice ride out there.
I say I needed that only cause it was 3 days off the bike and I needed that. After a morning appointment I was feeling good and ran out with a small window of time but man this ride felt amazing. I was back on the Belltown since I finally bled the brakes and dang I did a good job cuase they are perfect now! The spin was a blast, felt like a new man on a new bike, glad I got it back up and running.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Made it to Friday, got to say I was kinda done riding for the week, no plans for the weekend, my parents had to cancel their trip. Holiday weekend and back to riding next week, Landons Grandma come in Friday, looking forward to gettinga big or different rid in soon.
I had an event on Thursday at Landons school, I was so happy to be there to enjoy and take pictures, after I was left with mixed ideas for a ride. I headed for South Mountain to do some mix of trails. I arrived to find many other people with the same idea. Holy smoked was it busy! Javalina was my first victim, the technical I guess, then some Desert Classic for mellow. What amix of users from beater to hikers to kids to bikers.
I thought it was a joke when they were saying a 10% chance of rain on Wednesday. Well I awoke to find a beautiful cloudy sky, and sure enough driving Ladon to school I could see a few rain clouds scattered throughout the valley and a few drops even fell on us. But that was the most of it, but man on my ride I had some shade and took in some of the views.Pretty and all I pedaled around Hawes and got the job done.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Soooooo I was done for the week and all was good, that evening I got an invite on strava from the Arizon Single Speeders club. I have gotten them in the past but brushed it off due to timing and location. But this one struck my interest, Gold Canyon at 8am. I need more interaction and brotherhood so I asked my wife if it was cool. Knowing her schedule and asking her to hang w the boy was easy and when she thought it was a good idea I was hesitantly excited. I went over the outcomes in my head and decided to just say screw it. SO with 75 miles under me already there I was heading for Gold Canyon with no expectations other than to eb friendly and have fun. I got there and was surprised to see 10-13 in a bike group. I thought this couldn't be the single speeders theres way too many, sure enough as I rolled up it was them. I killed a few minutes of time to save some awkward community time cause I am weird like that and then I joined the pile and had a few hellos and admired the stable f beautiful single speeded bikes. I was with my people, we had a range of people in their 30s and above it seemed and racer lookers down to me the guy in baggies and flats. There was two other rigids and we rolled into Gold Canyon deraileeurless and I put myself safely at the back of the pack. The ride kicked off at a quick pace and I quickly enjoyed by rear of the pack decision. In a trail of dust we tackled technical climbs which some lost and won but immediately I was impressed with each riders skillset. We rolled on and I was really enjoying the ride, we stopped a few times for turns and was glad to be with the group. We lost one guy who just wasn't ready for the group so off we went 12 further into the ride. It was nice to have my mind off my issues and being distracted by brotherhood of "nice job" "whooooooooos" and many other words of encouragement and fun. By mid ride I was moving up the pack, like I said I was enjoying my rear of the group but some were struggling with the technical and definitely not the strength of cardio stuff. After 90ish minutes of stop and go and good company, I was reaching my time limit, I debated asking for more time but I already asked for alot so I rolled out solo relishing in the awesome experience I just had. Hope to ride with these guys again soon. I forget us singlespeeders are a special bunch.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Back to Usery Pass with the horses, saw quite a few this day. I seperated some at a dead end by the road, I stopped for a moment to see if the two horses wanted to pass before I left, this one horse walked calmly just 5 feet from me, pretty cool and beautifu animal to see out in the wild, at that moment I wanted to be the horse for a day :)
Halloween is here, not a big candy guy but I might sneak a few in. I have started my workouts at home again, it's no gym but for now I am going to try to strengthen my core and put on more muscle and weight. Hopefully this will impact my riding and health better. Strava blipped on my tracking again I had to delete and re download to fix an issue I was having, I can't complain the app is amazing and very efficient at tracking.
Monday, November 4, 2019
I dont mind a little pavement to Hawes every once in awhile, usually once a week I do such a thing. I love the DH section once you get to dirt, I keep trying to tell myself to get up to Gidro but I just don't want to hike a bike so I always bail on that plan. This was more of the regular loop, same old.
Monday came at us nice and cool, I amost wish I was wearing gloves it was that good out. I saw at Usery Pass to enjoy some narrow quiet single track. I had a different route in mind but my brain still went the standard way. Good ride, body is good to go mind is coming along. Wild horses were around hanging out, they end up in this area in the winter time as the years pass I am becoming more of a local..... I was shocked mid way to run into that infaous black and white tail of a rattler, he was pissed, I don't blame him.