Wednesday, June 21, 2006

time to get my XC on! / cpl cool pics

My endurance racin' season is winding-down and it's time to get those fast-twitch muscles ... twitchin'!? Lots of traveling in the works, glad to be getting-away, but worried about finding the hours next two weeks - quality will be the name of the game. With a smart plan (yeah, right!) can hopefully get through all this travel roaring to go for a six week xc race plan starting July 9th:

(july 9) EFTA, MOODY PARK
(july 16) ROOT66, HOLIDAY FARM (DALTON!)
(july23) EFTA, EASTERN CUP
(july 30) JAY 65
(aug 6) EFTA, MUD IN YER EYE
(aug 13) ROOT66, HODGES DAM

Really looking forward to the trips we're taking, even though they're "interrupting" my little cycling compulsion. Will and Beth decided to get hitched, so off to the West Side (can my skinny racer-ass handle 3 nights of boozing and smoozing!? - challenges, challenges), back home for a couple, then off to Nova Scotia. If you haven't been to Nova Scotia, imagine Maine, then remove like 80% of the people - it's an amazing place to ride. Will get a final dose of base over those four days before settling into what will be the most intense period of racing i've ever done... with jenn so near her due date the last 2 weeks will be touch and go, but it's better to make a plan thinking you'll be doing something than have it sneak up on ya'...

For inspiration, thought i'd toss these photos (once again courtesy of mtbmind) of Thom battling it out with legend Skip Brown on their ss's during the North Shore Classic onto the blog. Downright racer-x inspiring:

and the big red tire appears on the horizon...

skip moves past pushing a massive 36x16 (or whatever insane gear that dude can push).

the focus on these guy's faces is effin' sweet. to say thom has stepped-up this year is an understatement, and with 3 more 100milers planned for the season, he's just getting warmed-up.

i got-out for a mtbike spin this morning and decided to stay in the 34-18, a common SS gear combo. was curious to see if i could hang - and today is a planned hard day. on the first sustained climb was crying fer me mama. got to give these ss freaks a huge shout-out. it's burly stuff.

7 Comments:

At 6/21/2006 1:26 PM, Blogger rick said...

what type of riding do you do in nova scotia? I've been wanting to head up there but don't know if I should bring the mtb or road steed.

 
At 6/21/2006 2:05 PM, Blogger jeff said...

previously all road, but bringing both this yr (need to do some research on where to mtb). we stay on a little lake about 20m from the bay of fundy. great rolling hills, the locals call the area "their rockies" - no super-long sustained climbs, but lots of nice rollers and a couple real steep grades. you can go for a 3-4hr road ride and see only a handful of cars...

 
At 6/21/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger IF Chicks said...

You forgot to mention that Skip usually doesn't wear any gloves
even for 100 milers !(His gearing is usually 36-16)
KC

 
At 6/22/2006 7:02 AM, Blogger rick said...

cool. The roads do look killer there but with all of those hills there has got to be some sweet singletrack. Of course, if there isn't the population to support the trails...

 
At 6/22/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger jeff said...

rick, just realized we don't stay in nova scotia, but on the other side of the water in new brunswick. i always get those confused...

 
At 6/22/2006 11:37 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

Hey ... Not only "No Gloves" but, no squish, that's a rigid fork! For a mountain century, ...and here's some mud in `yer eye for kicks.

 
At 6/29/2006 12:09 PM, Blogger Darren J said...

Great pictures. Any idea why they're not wearing glasses? Safety first!

 

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