Sunday, January 25, 2015

Base Miles

Practicing the Cue Sheets

Fat biking with the Mike and Ryan

Riding on the moon

Frozen Snow Drifts

I have maintained a training log for the past few years, for my Trans Iowa attempts especially.  This is week number 7 of my 20 week plan.  On week number 7 of 2013 and 2014 this was a very bad week as far as mileage goes.  Maybe I was to busy or sick or tired or whatever, this year is a completely different story.

For 2015 I have been able to meet or exceed my goals every week.  That makes me happy, it also makes it much easier.  Falling short on one week and trying to get back on track the next is tough.  Yesterdays 105 miler was noticeably easier than last weeks century, I hope to just keep building from here.

I have some pretty big changes coming up in February but those changes also bring vacation time so it may not affect the plan too much.  We will see, lifes about balance right?   

Sunday, January 18, 2015

5 Stages of a Sunrise

Stage 1 
Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5 and daytime

Lack of hills and trees = abundance of wind

Yesterday was the first day of spring around here.  36 degrees in January?  I'll take that any day!  It came at a cost though, strong winds.  I had plans for the afternoon so if I wanted to achieve my goals, I would have to get out early.

I have never done a century in January.  I don't think I've ever attempted a century in January.  I started off with soul crushing headwinds for the first 40 miles, heading straight into the wind to get it out of the way.  Then turned around and flew back north for fifty miles.  At mile 91 I started to get some hunger grumbling, and reached for my sweet and salty nut bar, but it was gone.  I must have dropped it.  I had no food, 3 empty bottles, and 9 miles of headwinds left.  

All I could do was smile and take it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kettle Moraine - John Muir Trails

The Kettle Moraine Trails do not get groomed for fat bikes but they see so much traffic that it really doesn't need it.  As of 1/13/15 the shorter loops were in good shape with a wide packed path to ride on.  The longer loops are a hit and miss right now, some have a decent rut to follow, others need more tires to pack things down.

Sunday, January 4, 2015