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Archive for January, 2010

Warming up

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Earlier this week, temperatures rose to around 30 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s wild how warm that feels when you’ve acclimated to temperatures in the teens. The past couple of days we’ve had highs in the 40s, and it looks like it will stay that warm at least through the weekend. We may get some rain Sunday, but hopefully biking conditions should be very good, overall. I’ll be limited to road biking, as the trails will be extremely muddy, but road biking sounds pretty good right about now. May go hiking as well … we shall see. I hope everyone has a good weekend.

It happens to all of us …

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Both Doug and Tim posted accounts recently of winter rides that were too cold, too difficult, and just not much fun. I had a ride like that of my own on Sunday. I was pumped from Saturday’s absolutely stunning snowy mixed-terrain ride, and I hoped to replicate those successes, only this time on the mountain bike trails at Brown County State Park.

I parked at Hesitation Point and pedaled out toward the campground, on the new trails. The Walnut Trail, an intermediate/advanced trail, had some footprints but no tire marks, and I was sliding around a lot on the four or so inches of powdery snow, but it wasn’t too bad. However, I skipped the really technical part, as it seemed like it would just be too treacherous. I figured the Limekiln Trail, which is generally easier, would be a better bet, but it was worse.

Several people had ridden there before I got there, and they had compacted the snow, making it awfully slippery. Even slight inclines were impossible to climb at times, because I just couldn’t get any traction. My rear wheel would spin out when I tried to climb.  That trail also has more of a sideslope than I realized; you don’t even notice in dry conditions, but with the snow, I kept sliding toward the ravine.

As you can imagine, this was not a lot of fun. I was expecting to have to go slow, but all this sliding around was really dangerous, and not fun at all. That, combined with the additional effort required to push through the snow, had me pretty frustrated. I still had fun, in parts of the ride, but overall it was one of those rare occasions where I did NOT enjoy being out on my bike.

I did, however, see a lot of really beautiful scenery … and I got some pretty good photos, as well. So, it wasn’t a total loss.

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A few goals for 2010

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

A little late, perhaps, but here are some cycling-related goals for 2010.

  1. Ride 3000 miles. This should be very doable, in fact I hope to end up with a bunch more, but I don’t want to ride less.
  2. Ride a century (100 miles in one ride). I’ve been talking about this for far too long, it’s time to step up and do it.
  3. Do at least three overnight bike camping trips (S24Os).
  4. Do at least one longer bicycle tour, two nights or longer.
  5. Ride my bicycle in at least two states other than Indiana. North Carolina will be one, I’m not sure about the other one yet.
  6. Explore new roads and trails.
  7. Continue 100% bicycle commuting.

I do have other goals, not related to cycling, I won’t list them here, except to say that I intend to spend more time on some of my other hobbies, which have been neglected the past couple of years (music, photography of a non-cycling nature).

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