Monday, June 30, 2008
The rest (Carson) of the Arantix team did well. Carson got the Arantix converted over to the 69'r and a new derailer hanger put on and seemed ready for the race at the start. I asked him how he did and he wasn't sure. Well wouldn't you know it he pulled out an AWESOME 2nd place!
So I had to get a picture with him for posterity sake. Way to go!
Chris and KC raced also. Chris place a repectable 7th in a large semi-pro group and KC did awesome in her national pro debue at 15th in a 30+ numbered group.
ARANTIX MILES TO DATE: 888
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It was an unusual start this year in the fact that the whole large group stayed together until the big climbing started. There were no small factions taking off. There did seem to be more of a headwind on the ascent from previous years. Well finally about 1:20 into the race the climbing started and the group broke apart. I was not used to going so slow off the start so my legs were itching to go. The first ascent at Provo falls went really well and I was hopeful but by the time we began the next ascent my legs were feeling it. This tells me the rest of the year will be climbing training. That's about when Bruce Lyman passed me and I never saw him again. (Bruce, you got a time of 3:59 and 5th place). Once I got to the top I hooked up with one other guy in the group and we worked our way down. Once we got past Bear River lodge we took on another rider and a tandem couple. Wow they kicked, Butt! They pulled the group for at least 50% of the time. I hung on until about 7 miles left and the legs gave up and cramps set in. I was able to work them out by doing alternate leg pedaling but I had no power left. I turned in a time of 4:02 and 7th place. All in all I felt I strategically raced it well, staying in the front with the main group and finding a strong group the rest of the way to pull me on. I just wish my legs had a bit more in them. I've never had my quads ache so much as right after this race.
Interestingly, my time last year was 3:46 and 5 th place but comparing the times of the first place finishers between the last two years showed this years times to be about 10-15 minutes slower.
The Arantix got a break this week but we are planning on hitting the NORBA race at Deer Valley this Saturday. Hope the legs recover.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Below: Me going off of it a bit fast. It's a bit short so if you don't go slow it's more like a ramp and a jump.
We head off from my house to start off with Clark's TT. I lead off and blew up half way into it and pulled a 12:25. 3 day before that I did it in 11:38. Carson was behind me pushing me and finally got tired of me and passed. His monitor was broken so we don't have an official time but I suspect he was sub 11 minutes. He'll have to do it again soon. Scott beat me by about 30 sec also. I''ll have to work on my sprints.
We headed over the mountain and hit a great banked downhill gully ride into Alpine. I crashed (the Arantix survived better than I, OUCH!). Then we headed back up Hog's hollow for a nice steady climb. From the top of Corner Canyon we tried the new Ghost falls trail. Dwight crashed and dislocated a finger. I should have taken a picture before I reduced it. All was good and we were at about the 1.5 hour mark. Next, we cut across to BST North and down the fun descent to Orsen trailhead to refill our water. We then climbed Corner canyon back to the BST and headed South. We crossed Rambling road and then went up, Up, UP to the suncrest trail heading towards the Glider park. At this point we were just about 3 hours into it and we were dragging since the pace was NOT a slow one so far. I think the ridge ride to the Glider park is extremely fun so I kept pushing the group. We got out to the point and despite the long ride so far, riders were smiling. We backtracked and dropped down through the golf course section of the race course and headed home. The Ice cold watermelon afterwards tasted AWESOME! I heard suggestions that we should make this ride a yearly tradition.
Picture #2 Brad finishing the Clark's TT. Although, he didn't do the TT part this time.
L to R: Carson- Arantix #2 , Scott- still smiling after 3 hours, Bill-give me some legs, Brad- I think I'll do intervals before my 3 hour ride, Dwight-crooked finger, Tim- I'm spent but I'll keep going, Me-in disguise!
Bueatiful Day, Great course, Good company, Tired legs, Cold watermelon after the ride, What else can a MTB rider want?.....
Arantix logged miles over 800!
Monday, June 9, 2008
I am not sure whether getting passed at the end hurts more or less knowing I could have podiumed.