Wednesday, February 29, 2012

IF again

Haven't been on the fancy bike in a month. It had a bit of front mech issues, but that was solved and I ran out for a training hour during Z's soccer practice (breaking the usual Monday-during-L's-soccerprac). I had a headache and a bit of Afib for some reason, although Z pointed out that I had regular coffee this a.m., but I still got in a solid session of 16 in an hour. My February mileage was under 200m, which I suspect is one of the worst full months in a long time. Oh well. Life gets in the way.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

pocas millas

No riding since Sunday. All tennis.  Hope to tennis commute tomorrow.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Holsclaw S24O

OK, I'll admit it. While it seems a bit surprising given all the different kinds of cycling adventures the past three or four or more years, this weekend  I completed my first S24O, the vaunted I/Grant mini-tour.  I just got up about 5 minutes ago from a couch nap trying to relieve a bit of the tiredness accumulated from both the hard ground and the brisk temps. While our northern brethren would, I'm sure, relish the 32F night, I am wholly unaccustomed to sleeping outdoors in it. In retrospect, like other hardy endeavors, it proved well worth it.

Via the new social medium of G+ we had divided our labor- I think to good effect. I got the permit for a group site at Jefferson Memorial Forest camground where my family had stayed a couple years ago (and where I mountain-biked now 20 years ago). Asher was in charge of fire, Dave breakfast, Patrick supper and Timothy, beer, a good balance. The day of, Asher, who lives more in the vicinity of Jefferson Forest, went directly to the office to pick up the permit and get the fire organized and the rest of us met at the Loop for coffee and lunch. We ended up cutting our time short a wee bit and ate Breadworks snacks instead. Afterwards we hit the road for an uneventful transpo leg save a *long* train which we had to detour around and a particularly vicious orange and black Mustang which passed as closely as possible. Ass.

Train break. Time for water.

Timothy and Patrick coming to top of Holsclaw. I made it first and contend that I did so b/c I had the lightest bike set-up, even though it was the Ute. Timothy was carrying beer, Patrick food and pans, and Dave, a microwave.

We chose the Group #4 site mostly because it has a pavilion in case of rain, which was forecasted. Additionally, the adventure was made more interesting by a forecast of snow, varying from none, a dusting, or up to 4" of snow. You're welcome to study the previous pics of Holsclaw to understand that I was trepidatious of descending that hill on the Ute.

The #4 site was very large and could have held many, many more people. By happenstance another group of Louisville types including Ben and Marcus, whom we've done RCCS rides with, hosted a Bikepacking Facebook Event for the same evening. Ben and I discussed- via "new" media again- whether they wanted to jump into our camp or get their own, which they ended up doing. After seeing the amount of room available we should have all saved a little bit of money. Huge.

Pretty soon after arrival we got down to business. Patrick, Timothy and I set up our tents while Dave had to fix a flat tire. After that it was fire time, oh, and don't forget the libations. Dave brought a 6-pack, I a couple large beers and Timothy 16 pints iced in a dry bag! From there it was camp lounging for a good while. The Ben/Marcus crew showed up a good while after us, saying that they have left "late".

Of note was Marcus' Nishiki, with fattish tread, and more impressively, something like a 52/48 front chainring combo. We all stood in awe at him ascending Holsclaw on a 48/25. Geez!

After social hour it was down to eating business. Patrick's wife had pre-cooked some amazing homemade meatballs and he brought pasta, sauce and bread. We warmed/cooked the meatballs over the fire as an appetizer while he warmed up the other foods. It was an excellent campside feast.

Meatball Buddha warming yet another. He brought plenty as we all had our share.

Fire swirl

Purples and oranges

Louisville city lights from up on the hill. The lack of foliage gave us nice views of the lights and star views at the same time.

Dave and Asher. Shock! Dave playing with his iPhone.

At some point after our meal the other crew came along about to do a night hike. Dave was up for it while there was zero chance I was leaving the confines of the fire. We drank a bit more and settled in until the crew got back where there was some general frivolity. For a change, I was not the animator. I went to bed around 11.00 because, well, because I wanted to. I was ready, as was Patrick, the other current parent of the bunch.

Night lights. I suggested maximizing this pic to see the strange light trails in the middle. I'm not sure what it was.

Crappy pick of night bikes at rest.

I survived a night of tossing and turning which began around 3.00 according to the watch, but I throw a  special thanks to Patrick for loaning me his bag liner. Without it my 45F bag might have had me end up a frozen popsicle. And I don't sleep well while camping, although others wax poetic about how well they sleep outdoors. I don't have too much gear envy given that I don't camp much, but one thing I *will* buy before the next outing will be an expensive, well-worth-it new pad. I'm going for the gusto.

The pics express that no snow fell, much less rain. We woke up to temps right around freezing, with all us generally twitching to get out of dodge. Dave made some campstove coffee, but we denied him the opportunity to make eggs over an open fire. In hindsight, it was probably a spurious decision Campfire eggs would've better finished off the morning than our breakfast decision.

Big Dummy


Newish Motobecane 'cross of some sort.


Newish Fargo

We left the campground dreading the chilly descent but looking forward to a massive, warm breakfast at Shoney's. The return was uneventful save Dave's Dummy, which was having some problems again with the tire. A few of us had gone up ahead a bit only to find, when Dave and Asher pulled in a while later, that he had stopped to fill the tire. After breakfast he availed himself of one of Pat's CO2 cartridges to get himself home. From Shoney's (bleh! won't do that again. good going down to to hunger, but...), Patrick, Timothy and I headed towards the Highlands where I watched Timothy's bike for a moment at Heine's and then to home for all of us. Literally I hit the door within 10 minutes of exactly 24 hours. Sort of funny, really.

Looks nice, doesn't it? This is only a brief section leading back to the campgrounds. Imagine if it was miles of forest or park road. Alas.

Dave down there on the cold descent.

Gear thoughts to come. Otherwise it was a fun-albeit-chilly S24O. It was probably a good time to pull one of due to lack of bugs, noise, busyness, etc. As stated, I don't sleep well on the ground, but I'm certainly interested in trying one again, maybe in a new location. I wonder what Mrs. Patrick will create this time?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

S24O 1.0

Interesting decision, to undertake a S24O in the heart of winter. Lows are only going to be low-30s. Not bad at all. More interesting will be the weather outcome, either a bit of rain, a decent amount of rain, rain/snow, more snow, or a fair amount of snow (4"+). In effect, TBA in every way.

Story, pics and scintillating insights to come.

New Blue LHT

OK, I'm going to add a smidgen of content to the semi-dead, non-very-interesting 2012 blog. Last Monday L had soccer practice as ever. Dave forgot to ride- really, he told me he forgot to ride- so it was a solo 1hr for me on the LHT. We're speeding away from the depths of winter, so I had a bit of light to use to take a couple shots before the SON kicked in under fading conditions. It was a nice 14m, although I didn't cover as much ground as I wanted. I think me and my LHT go the same speed all the time, whether it feels slow or fast.

 As to the bike, as you can see there have been a few alternations. Mounted now are pretty, blue Ortlieb Classic Backrollers, which mom picked up at REI (Xmas gift). Slowly but surely I'm getting used to a few of their different features and am growing to like them a lot. And they're capacious too! They sit on a new Tubus Logo, purchased from PeterWhite. It was supereasy to mount and the Backrollers drop right on. I also added a rear B&M taillight, which does the German "stayonallthetime" thing. The front has changed, or reverted, back to drops, the Nitto Rando bars that previously graced the LHT before the Jones Bar experiment. I think I'm done experimenting with front configurations on the LHT. I've ridden many o' mile on these drops and they'll stay.  If you look carefully, just behind the first pic there is a deer trail. I almost rode down it to see what would happen, but instead stayed the course.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Not there

I'm very blog uninspired. My riding is mostly a mix of transpo and short fitness rides, so there's not much to report. I lost 10 in January and have gained 5lbs back. How? Valentines cupcakes. Ice Cream. Cheez-itz. Cheeseburgers instead of salads. Shock of shocks!

Tomorrow the "posse" is heading to Jefferson Memorial Forest for a S24O/"bikepacking" trip. In previous years I would be blogging my every move. Now, the crew gets on google+ to make plans but I don't have the computer interest to sit on the desktop by myself elucidating my every move. It's just not there.

Today I had my first tennis commute of the season. I'm coaching both boys and girls and had staggered tryouts for both under 50F sunny skies. Nice afternoon. As a group they're good kids. I don't look forward to the time drain, but I do to working with them.

A young man missed the first day of tryouts on Wednesday; I don't know why. He only came to 2 days of conditioning, and he's not in shape. His dad was an HOUR late for pick up. A teenager's dream.

Friday, February 10, 2012

No Action

No Action.

Weight is sort of plateaued, mostly because ice cream is so yummy.

A good cycling week last week but this one has blown.

Snow is a-comin', but on the weekend so no snow day.

Mood not flat, but Action is.

No Action.

Monday, February 06, 2012


I'm amazed at how long it takes to whittle down a few pounds and how easily they jump right back on. January was great for loss. From January 3rd to January 31st I love just short of 10lbs. February has been very unkind. Or really, I've been unkind to myself. Back to work.

Thursday, February 02, 2012


I checked the "calendar" function on for January and to my surprise found an interesting factoid.

January mileage: 256.84

and then...

December mileage. 256.10

Within less than a mile. Two different months. Strange, for whatever reason. I wish I had hit 300 for both of them.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Warm Tempo

I know our Great Northern brethren are suffering the lack of the playground white stuff, but we're mired here in a pattern of 60F mild weather here in early February, and again it provided amazing conditions for two wheeled pursuits. I had grandiose plans of how to spend the afternoon, but I was delayed by meetings and such. Finally around 6.00 in the encroaching darkness I suited up and took the SON Blueridge out for a very satisfying 1-hour fitness ride. I've lost around 8-10lbs since the start of the year, depending on water, intake, etc., and these shorter, quicker rides in addition to walking and a bit of jogging have done me quite well. I'm ready to stretch things out a bit, but I'll gladly take 70 minutes of almost too-warm tempo.


FS Bridgestone RB-1-DONATED

*Donated to a young bike-hungry friend. Good luck!* And to acquaint yourself with the Cult of the RB-1: