|Cresting the switchbacks at CamRock|
The summer solstice rolled around the other day which means we are now losing daylight every day. It’s kind of hard to believe but I think the heat this time of year makes the sun shiny hours a little less appealing… to me at least. Until September rolls around!
Since my last update I have been working on getting in the base miles and trying to stay fresh for a little racing. This has been a tough task and I was only able to back off for one race in my back yard. WORS Camrock. Here again I came up just short of my first victory with a 2nd place to Wisco Disco Brian Matter. I was able to hold onto 2nd place for the 3rd year in a row and overall was pretty happy with my ride.
We got half our yearly allowance of mud racing in at Wausau and if you are going to have a rainy race my list of courses that take water very well are:
2. Green Bay
4. Eau Claire
Generally any course that has a rocky/sandy soil type is going to be OK. Once you start getting some silts, clays, and organics in there it can turn into a sticky mud bog.
This past weekend Heather and I headed up north to get one big weekend of training in at my folks place just outside of Eau Claire. Luckily the Sierra Club Century ride is just out the door and I am able to follow the painted arrows almost the entire way. Here is a little data from my Garmin on how the ride went:
Sunday I had the goal of riding each of the 3 Eau Claire trail systems in one big ride and ended up with 70 miles on the Garmin again in just over 4.5 hours. Not bad for the mountain bike. Northwest Park in Eau Claire turned out to be a real surprise and I had the place to myself on a Sunday afternoon. Cheers to the CORBA crew!
The big weekend left me totally smashed but I am on the mend now and hopefully will come back stronger for the next few big races on the schedule. Elite Road Nationals is up first at Blue Mound State park where I will get the rare opportunity to put my sustained climbing legs to the test. Then the next week the WORS Cup Pro XCT is in town at Cascade where I will get to ride against the country’s best mountain bikers here on home soil. It should be a good one!