Quick list for the day

…with more to come later. Right now I’m busy rehydrating before I pass out. 7 hours on the bike.4.5k vertical.Cold hands and feet.Lots of wandering around to find an obscure FS road. Stellar climbing and descending on said road.Unique trail conditions: slippery sand and hard cow-postholes?! (simultaneously)Lost the “road” 50 minutes of bushwacking with the…More

Reload

Always tricky, as Chris has noted, to switch gears after you spent most of the week gettin’ psyched to ride in the cold. This AZ morning, however, its crisp and sunny and blue. I woke up in my very nice bed (we finally found a proper mattress last month at a thrift store, $60 got…More

Dinner out is a go

Anyone care to identify the Rob Redford film in question? Just read Chris P’s tale of his WRIAD trip last February. Weird. The trip itself sounds epic, what’s weird is that I’m almost exactly a year older than him. My bday is in fact 2/10, but my AZ license says 2/11 because Meredith misrecalled it.…More

Plato

The ancient Greek philosopher, interpreter and recorder of Socrates, and as such the single most important author in the history of western thought. Apocryphly sourced for the quotation; “He was a wise man who invented beer.” Anyone want to point me towards a dialogue for that one? Not that we’re doubting, really reading the Symposium…More

Psyching Up

Right now I’m waiting for the weather to happen, to find out if I’ll be riding the White Rim this saturday with Chris and Dave. Waiting, and waiting…… I’ve never been very patient. In any case, I need to track down some better shoe covers, if the ride goes on it’ll be COLD. I do…More

Feeling Good

Hauled myself out of bed at 0505, ate breakfast, and rode up to work. Making this a habit will be fabulous training, in the ~15 miles up here (a very rough guess) there’s almost 1.5k of climbing, and about 4oo’ of descent. My legs are still roughed up from skiing saturday, and never really loosened…More

Kaibab maps

Found the north Kaibab FS map at a new outdoor store in the area, one which nicely is open on Sunday. Some good options for the northern part of the loop, it’ll be a bit until I can check it out. This is turning into a fun project.More

Kaibab Monstercross

(Yeah I’ve got a lot of energy this morning. No training, maybe a hike later, and I really am not keen to start the days necessities of grading and laundry, ergo lots of posts. But that’s why this thing exists anyways.) In the interest of hoping on the diy/enduro/curiakstyle race/ride bandwagon, I propose the Kaibab…More

New World Order?

One of the small pleasures in life I’ve adopted recently is following national politics on television. There have been numerous times in the last few months when I’ve lamented missing The News Hour while on a ride, and I try to catch This Week sunday morning whenever I can; sundays usually being slow or off…More

Damn.

Just read the Dave Harris and Lynda W cranked a 4:26 double lap of THE LOOP near Hurricane. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t match their split for one lap, though I think I’ve done it in 2:30ish early last year. Good to know what’s possible.More