4 Laps of Motherly Love
Short post here. I'm sure I could blather on, but I'm bit tired, hungry and thirsty right now. I needed to get some long single track tempo work in. No roads, no dirt roads, JUST single track. So I once again went up to MMCC to ride. I would have like to have gone somewhere else with some folks to ride, but everyone was racing the sold out Dirt, Sweat & Beers race today, and I have husband/dad duties tomorrow to celebrate Mother's Day with Wifey and B-Man at the Loons game. So I had to go solo today.
The goal was to do 4 laps of the 10 mile loop, at my endurance race pace, get the body used to the pounding that riding single track at length does, and of course enjoy the incredible weather day that we were blessed with today here in central Michigan. 60ish and sun... The best!!
Sadly the woods have not really started to green up yet. I guess that's what getting snow until the end of April does, but the trails were hard pack and fast (God bless Michigan dirt for sucking up the wet!!). The Ignitors were a little much, I could have got away with a much lower profile tire if I had one. Of course I still have a pair of CrossMarks...
I cranked out 4 laps in about 3:35, a nugget's hair under 40 miles, and didn't stop except to drain the chap, and to lower the rebound speed on the Spearfish. There's not much climbing at MMCC but it is NON stop single track, and you're on the gas the WHOLE time since no major ups, mean no real major down hills to chillax.
In the end I was happy with my performance except that my low back continues to be a problem when riding. Not sure if it's fit issue or just an old, fat and out of shape issue? But it is an issue. I would have liked to have felt a little better after 3:35 than I did considering that there is a 6 hour race next week that I am supposed to do. Has me rethinking if I want to skip it and make the Hanson Hills 100 the first race on the 28th. Hmmmm... Not sure. But for the type of non stop single track I rode I was pretty stoked with me and the bike.
OK I said this would be short, but it appears I blathered on as per my usual. Sorry.
I had planned to grill chicken on the grill tonight, then I decided to make Mexican food, now I think I'm tired and we are just gonna order pizza. Yum-freaking-oh!
Happy Mother's Day to all you mother type folks out there, and to mine. Sadly she passed back in 1999. Still miss her like hell though, and she is STILL a huge influence in my life (except for my trashy mouth, beer drinking, gawking at lady types, and a few other thing I won't mention here! LOL!). But big, giant props to my fave mother type- Wifey!
She baked us up one fine kid and we both love him more than anything. On top of that she is a SUPER mom to B-Man (plus she makes sure that I don't do anything TOO stupid). Big thanks to her and all she does for him, and for our family. Wifey = BEST!