After a week of stress, lack of Mojo, and a nagging leg injury (yes Aaron, I believe it's from the treadmill, yes I ignored your e mail warning me to watch out, and yes it hurts bad enough that I have to go to the doctor to make sure it's indeed a calf muscle issue and not the onset of another DVT), I was longing/lusting for some quality mountain time.
I got it!
Whilst a bunch of my friend were in Central PA pounding out 101 miles at the Wilderness 101, I headed to the mountain for some "me time." I hadn't ridden the single track at Seven Springs in ages so I did a sweet 30 mile ride that started on the 1st part of the race course, then hopped onto about 18 or 20 miles of forest roads, and then finished with the 2nd part of the race course. It was just what I needed.
The temps were perfect (in the high 70s), there was no humidity, and the trails were in perfect shape! Getting the chance to ride without feeling like I was going to melt and/or sweat to death was so freaking refreshing!
As I was finishing up the 2nd part of the course, and looking for a trail entrance that seems to have moved on me since I last rode there, I heard someone yell "MAHOKEY!" It was my friends Ian, Jeremy and Chrissy. Always nice to run into good peeps. We chatted a bit and then rode back to the cars together. On the way up through Condo-Land™ I found a $20 bill on the ground. BONUS!! Also getting some vague beta on some new trails in the Seven Springs area that I am anxious to get my knobbies on.
On the way home I stopped at the Six Pack Shoppe and scored another homemade pepperoni roll with banana peppers. BONUS x 2!! But the Zen/Bonus didn't stop there. Got home and Wifey and I scored a sitter for B-Man and got to go to Mad Mex for food and drinks. BONUS!!
I really needed a day like Saturday. Felt good on the bike and got to spend the first real quality time with Wifey in over 2 or 3 weeks. Not to mention the way I rode that loop yesterday has me anxious to incorporate part of the standard loop which should take the milage to 50 easy and include over 15 miles of single track, 20 miles of big forest road climbs and a couple miles of pavement.
No ride today, but family stuff as I head to my Dad's to finally celebrate my birthday and my sister's birthday that occurred earlier in the month. Now were did I put that birthday suit?