Monday, December 24, 2018

Getting Braver ,,,,,,,,,,

Yep, been riding at least a few times a week by myself in the woods. Not that bad at all to be honest! Still haven't tried to go to Uhwarrie yet but I am making progress. My biggest discovery this night riding season has been my light set up.

Up until this year I have always used the million lumina rechargeable lights. This summer for my total failure of a ride in Colorado I had to do something different. Since I wasn't gonna be able to charge them, I bought battery lights. so I had them I decided to try them the first ride.

They are only 200 lumina each and I have one on my helmet and one on my bars. Guess what? Works out great! Plus I have'nt had to mess with charging a light all season. That makes a big difference. I now can go at any given time whenever the time becomes available, no excuses! I don't have to worry about charging my lights, just go.

Makes life a lot easier, I'm all about making things simpler. So now we are on the door step of Christmas and new years is a week away. Next post I will get to my new plan, Colorado is a gonna be 2020 instead of 2019. 2019 is gonna be a couple of east coast bikepacking events. Within a few states away radius and probably the training I should have done before last year.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Do You,,,,,,,,,,,,

                                  Ever have something that just sits in your head. Right now I do.

Lost a week, rain everyday. I did get out today for a 42 mile road ride but thats been it for the last week. Tomorrow will be my first mountain bike ride of the week and hopefully next week will be back to normal.

Gonna start with a night ride Monday night. By myself! Have ridden by myself as in far enough gap between me and the group it felt like I was all alone. But never just went by myself. Gonna start with Steve's trail and hopefully work my way up to Uhwarrie trail. If I can make that happen I will be a stud!

                                       As I have said before I am scared of the dark!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Just Wanted to See If I Could Remember My Password,,,,

Wow, it's been 2 years! In that period of time it seems Blogs have lost their status, like very few still get updated. Everybody had this idea they where gonna get rich and make money just talking about what they do or have done. I never really had that illusion, I just enjoyed the writing aspect of it.

                                                      Then i just quit!

Why am i here today? not really sure, maybe i just need to talk. This summer i really trained and spent a lot of money getting ready for something that was so far out of the normal for me that I was honestly scared, scared of the what if. Then after a 2 day drive and a few days getting ready I hit the start and within 3 hours all that planning and training and money was over. I feel like I failed! Failed miserably!

I lined up for the Colorado Trail Race, a fully self supported multi-day endurance event. I had a mechanical, my rear cassette broke. 20 miles into a 500 mile bike race I was done! Long story short, after back tracking to the last road I had crossed and by the grace of god I ended up back at the same hotel I had left that morning.

I don't think people understand when I say I cried. Hell it still upsets me now! You see during this race you are tracked via satellite through a spot beacon. Everybody I know who had a interest in me was watching from 2000 miles away. I still feel like I let them down. Really i didn't let anyone down but it sure feels that way.

Overall it was a great trip I got to spend a week with my wife in Colorado and a week with my youngest son out west. I got to see a lot of family i hadn't seen in years and it was awesome. Colorado is amazing and western Kansas still holds my heart.So what do I have to complain about, not much beside the fact I didn't get to do a bike race.

Willi go back? Not sure yet, I want to I need too. It's all in my head, but I aint getting any younger! life is short and it gets shorter everyday. If,, if I go back it will be for me and no other reason.