Short and sweet may be my new theme because I can't seem to get myself to sit down and write blogs these days but perhaps I can try and work on that a little harder. I also need to get through the hours of video that I need to edit.... ugh but it will get done sometime.
Anyway, what have I been up to the last two weeks? Since the weather was nice I put in a huge ride last Saturday with the Trek Store Cycling team and some of the U23 Trek Livestrong professional cyclists. Ben King and Tim Roe a couple of Australians did the whole ride with us and they are awesome kids with amazing talent. Super fun to ride with till I fall of the back. Some of the guys on the team are able to keep up with them (since this is a recovery ride for them) the whole time but they are always super enough to wait for everyone to catch up and make sure we all make it back together. Makes for a lot of fun to ride with the group not to mention the great teammates I have!
Sunday Ellen and I went up to Keystone and the weather was horrible. Terribly windy and cold and the trip was short lived. We spent much more time in the car than on the mountain because they started metering traffic at the Eisenhower tunnel which made a 1.5 hour drive.... 3 hours... lame, but the way it goes.
I got in several rides at work this week and the weather was great... 60s and 70s. But then Friday Boulder was hit with a foot of snow (its almost gone again though since it warmed up Saturday and Sunday). Ellen and I headed up to Vail yesterday and the conditions were great and the weather was super sunny but freakin cold. It was about 4 degrees when we started the day. I was a grump all day because I didn't get much sleep getting up at 5 am to drive to Vail but Ellen was a sport and put up with me. I am just over snowboarding this year I am in biking mode for sure.
Today I put in 4 hours and 69 miles up around Carter Lake north of Boulder. Super good day and put down a really good pace by I was cooked with about an hour left in the ride and crawled my way home. I feel like I am getting stronger but I believe I still feel the affects of Mono with tiredness. My body just doesn't seem to be happy all the time. But I'll get there.
Thursday night I am heading out to Moab to do an early morning hike to Delicate Arch with Lincoln and some of his friends for his 30th Birthday. Delicate Arch is one of Lincoln's favorite places on earth having grown up in Salt Lake City which is reasonably close to Moab and Arches National Park. It truly is an amazing place and is an excellent place to spend a 30th Birthday. I am going to make a long weekend out of it and get in some big rides on Saturday and Sunday after spending Friday with everyone. After this weekends ride I will begin picking up the tempo on my training adding in much more climbing and more high intensity intervals. We'll see how the strength in the legs builds from there.
Hopefully the training goes well in April and May 8th the mountain bike season begins for me. There will be a team training camp in Fruita starting April 16th for a long weekend which I can't wait for! Then my mom and sister Reagan will be out visiting me which is good to look forward to as well!
All for now hopefully updates more often with how the training is going etc.