My Dodo Legs (Can you smell my slack?)
Not sure what happened, but the legs that I had yesterday during my road ride went the way of the Dodo Bird. Work was busy as f*ck, I was a bit stressed at some incompetence that was surrounding me, and I didn't eat and hydrate as well as I normally do. All these could have played a part in the dead legs and the sort of dead brain I had on the ride tonight.
By most folk's standards I DID have a great ride. 1:30 and a quick 12.5 miles of twisty single track. But for a week night ride on single track I like to aim for 2 hours. I just felt all out of sorts tonight. Legs were OK, but not great, and was feeling odd on the bike (Mamasita). I have absolutely NO faith in the Maxxis Crossmarks beyond the rail trail and/or road. I guess I'm just too used to the IRD Fire Pro 29er bailing me out on my bad line choices. If the trail gets the least bit wet or muddy I just WAIT for impact. I can't say I'm happy with their performance on single track. At least on the front.
The Reba felt all strange tonight too. I blame the Dos Niner's Fox fork for that. It just feels SO much better to me. The Reba just felt harsh to me tonight. It's a good fork, but I just wasn't "feeling it" tonight. I also think that I have spent SO much time on the Dos Niner lately that I was way over steering the Mamasita. It's geometry is too quick handling for that. Oh well I still spent 1:30 riding some sweet trails that were 98% bone dry, even with getting a quick thunder storm a bout 30 minutes before ride time.
I also have to comment on the work that the P.T.A.G. and P.O.R.C. folks did on the trails. WOW!! Fallen trees gone, a couple of SWEET bridges put in and some preemptive drainage installed in some real troublesome wet spots. There were also a couple of tricky off camber areas that the did a little bench cut to allow them to hold up better and ride better. The only down side to seeing their work was the guilt I felt for not helping them out. From what I hear they had about 50 folks helping out and I can almost be certain that all 50 were smarter, more helpful and cooler than me. I figure I didn't get in their way and have to deal with the "how lame is this guy?" looks that I surely would have got over the day. Big thanks to them. Outstanding job!! I haven't seen kick ass trail work that since some of my trips out West. Somebody did some serious I.M.B.A. trail building research and it's going to REALLY pay off in the long run for the trails at Boyce Park.
This week has been lllllong. I'll be glad for it to end. No ride tomorrow and if I get out Saturday it will be a quickie in the a.m., since I have a family birthday party to got to in the afternoon (rideous-routineous-interuptous). But that should free up my Sunday for some hours in the mountain dirt instead of the stale road.
8 more hours of mind numbing dross left in this week and then some Friday night chillin' with B-Man, Wifey and two to four Dogfish Head Indian Browns (A.K.A. The Best Beer In The World).