Saturday P.M. Post
Went to the local rail trail today to get some time on the bike outside. Not a fan of the R.T. but it's pretty easy to just spin at tempo without testosterone getting the better of me. I mean who gets off on blowing by the "golden agers"?? It was supposed to warm up to near 60 but not sure it ever got over 50. With the wind coming off the river it felt like 40. Ended up riding for 3 hours and went 50 miles.
I tried to use my iPod but I have f*cked up ears or something. Unless I still on the trainer the ear buds ALWAYS fall out. So I just stuck it in my jersey and forgot about it.
Disappointed 'cause the WORST part of riding bike paths like the rail trail is the unending boredom. Oh well.
Watched Off Road to Athens last night. What a great movie! It's done so freaking well. It's a must see for anyone into XC racing. It was cool to see racers like J. Bishop who I raced against down in Davis, WV this year (to which he beat me by like 2 hours! Hey dude gets paid... ha!) and Sue Haywood who I rode with at one of the Dirt Rag "Punk Enduro" races a few years ago before she even raced for Trek) compete for Olympic spots. Makes our community seem so small.
Adam Craig comes off like a really cool guy. He has a great outlook and attitude. As does Mary McConnelough. These two personalities remind you of why you got into the sport to begin with (all the riders do, but these two stand out for me). Just nice down to earth people who just happen to be SUPER freaking fast on a mountain bike. They make you want to ride.
It was also a hoot/sad to see Filip Meirhaege going on about fairness etc. knowing how he got busted for EPO that year. It was also funny to see the riders reactions to him being busted. Some had parties to celebrate!
I also have made a pledge to myself never to bitch about the cash I layout for racing again. Seeing and hearing these racers talk about some PROS who have to deliver pizzas and work in gas stations to get money to race is a real eye opener. It's tough all over and very few are getting free rides. So my pie hole is officially closed on that subject.
Later. Hope you all are getting some weekend miles in.