The van is packed and we're off to Montana. Don't even have the full route picked out yet, but we'll figure something out. I might get a few pics up here but for the most part this blog will go dark for a few weeks.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
First, as always, my other ride is your mom!
I had been lusting over one of these bikes for years from following various bikepacking blogs and websites. But the somewhat affordable ones had been sold out forever. But while on our way to the Flyathlon, I got an e-mail, conveniently right before we hit Soulcraft Brewing, that the bikes were back in stock. Ordered an x-ray IPA and then ordered a new bike.
Two weeks later this arrived:
And I immediately tried to cut my thumb off while getting the bike out of the box. So for ten days I had an incredible new bike, but I had to ride her one handed.
Monday, August 30, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Pikes left me a bit more beat up than normal. Had trouble walking until Tuesday, and was still a bit sore on Thursday. So it was a lot of riding this week and not a lot of running.
Saw Chris Duarte last night at Stargazers. Tonight and Saturday it's the Trombone Shorty/Gov't Mule show at the Dillon Amphitheater, my first show there. Might visit a brewery or two as well.
Wanna feel old? Pearl Jam's Ten was released 30 years ago today.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
3:32:11 for the Ascent on Saturday.
5:49:32 for the round trip on Sunday, with a 3:38:34 up.
About what I expected. Pushed hard, happy with the effort, would have liked a sub 3:30 on either day but it just wasn't to be. With a bit better weather on Saturday it might have happened, but we'll never know.
I think of myself as a climber, but on Sunday I had the 150th best ascent, and I ran pretty hard. My downhill, which I purposely didn't go all out, was the 57th fastest (2:10:58).
Got a rare win over Gerald. He was a good sport about it.
Really great seeing so many awesome people out there. Let's do it again next year!
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Sunday, August 08, 2021
Took the van down Friday evening to the lower lot of the South Colony Lakes trail. Got to watch a pretty impressive storm roll by.
Dropped by Florence Brewing on the way home in time to watch the GOAT Kipchoge dominate the marathon.