Only $99, which is cheap enough to make it dangerous.
So, the second item here is Bjarne Riis getting purged from the TdF guide for admitting to doping during his 1995 win. While I’m not in favor of doping, this opens a can of worms, as some of the big names in the Tour have admitted to amphetimine, etc use
So, I’m sitting on the couch in the Q, eating strawberries and drinking beer. There’s a slightly bloody towel in the bathtub, and a bloody sock in my dirty clothes pile. I’m exhausted, and absolutely loving life.
Here’s the deal – A while back there was a Chris Carmichael (Of Lance Armstrong fame) article in Bicycling magazine. Carmichael suggested that breakthrough training could happen by an overload week. Or, at least that’s what I remember someone said sometime.
Plus, I’ve got not a whole lot going on outside of class, so I may as well beat the snot out of myself.
I’ve been swimming at lunch – but I talked about that yesterday.
Evenings – I rented a mountain bike from Sun’n’Spokes here in Sierra Vista. The first night, I rode up a canyon here on base – mostly jeep trail, but I did find some singletrack on the way down the canyon.
Tuesday and tonight, I went down to Brown Canyon. What a sweet ride. It starts with about two miles straight uphill, and then a GREAT downhill for about three miles. It’s similar to east coast trails – babies heads and roots, but different, cause there are FREAKIN’ MOUNTAINS!.
The climb is wicked tough. I cleared it the second time I tried, but barely. I was at 100% pretty much the entire way up.
The downhill – phenomenal. THere’s a sketchy section with lots of loose rock, but other than that, it’s good, do-able stunts, and a lot of good, smooth hardpack where I flew, baby. Flew.
Tuesday was awesome. Legs were fresh, and I knew the bike. The first lap was tricky, ’cause I’d never ridden it before (Go figure). The second lap – exactly why I ride.
This afternoon, I parked in a different spot to let me add a couple miles to the loop. As I was doing the climb up Ramsey Canyon road, I could feel that I didn’t have the ‘pop’ that I had on Tuesday. I didn’t walk as much as i did the first lap Tuesday, but I did walk some of the toughest stuff.
The downhill was good, but it was later in the day, so it was getting dark in the valley. Plus, I was tired. Anyway, on probably the toughest bit of the trail, I hesitated, locked up the front wheel, and did the proverbial endo (as in ‘end over end’) onto some rocks and tore up my knee. Helmet tested sat. Blood everywhere. I felt cool.
No permanent damage, and chicks dig scars, so I finished the ride down the canyon with no further problems. Exhausted, happy, and starving, I headed back to the Q for the aforementioned strawberries and beer.
Oh, and I found some pistachios, too.
Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.