I had a hankering to get out on two wheels and with rain in the forecast I knew this would be the last chance for a bit to hit the trails. I’m sure glad I did. I started with the Area 36 trails. As I noted last week on my ride, I haven’t ridden much lately so I wasn’t planning to do anything crazy or super hard. I felt like I was in a good groove and only needed to dismount once or twice which is an improvement!
After the Area 36 trails I headed to the Back 40. As I tried to enter them I was stopped by this deer. She was in the middle of the trail trapped by me and the fence on two sides. As I stood there waiting for her to move, the Buck came walking out further up the trail (can you spot them both?) It was a pretty cool break in the ride. They both moved along and so did I.
Nothing else exciting happened in this section, I just kept cruising along enjoying the solitude of the morning ride and the brisk fall weather (upper 30’s). Everything is still pretty right now with all the colors on the ground and some still in the trees. As the leaves have fallen we get some cool views now too. After finishing this loop I headed on South and did the skinny section north of 55. I struggled in my usual spots, but kept on going. I didn’t see another rider until I started climbing into the Glenwood section (between Glenwood and 55). I felt the climbs and tried to enjoy the flowy downhill. I still struggle with relaxing into it and letting go. I continued my southward journey and did the Bog trails. There are some tough climbs and easy downhills in this one. I did okay except the one major downhill. I tried harder to relax into the rest of the flows and did pretty well. I started home and back climbed up the Glenwood section. I was able to manage the flow sections back out of here fine! They aren’t as steep and fast. About halfway into the skinny section I ran into the turkeys (see main image). They didn’t want to move so I had to help them a little bit. I almost made it through the uphill + turn rock garden here! And then I just hit the paved trails all the way home.
It was 10.45 miles in 1:26. Not too shabby. But wait…
I had 26 achievements and 10 of them were segment PR’s. Pretty sweet for a no-frills ride!! Can’t wait to get out there again.
I would have been okay with not doing anything today. But when Todd mentioned maybe going riding at Wirth, I decided that could be a fun option! So we went out and hit almost all of the trails at Wirth including two new to me sections! It was mid-80’s, humid, and still smoky from Canadian fires. The trails were super dry with lots of dust to coat both us and the bikes!
We started with the Karate Monkey trails, the harder section of new event trails made by the Loppet. They have some tight flow sections and hairpin turns without banks so it isn’t an easy trail. Plus a tough uphill climb to start. The last section is relatively easy and is right next to the creek for a nice ride.
We decided to go to the Bog trails and work our way back up towards the Back 40 and Area 36. We rode the Southbound sections and then turned around and headed back hitting all the areas but the Expert Brownie Loop. It was fun to have somebody to help push me along more than my usual casual pace. Some of the harder elements of the Bog trails require me to get off my bike and I could probably do some of them if I practiced more and got out of my head and fear.
In the Back 40 we took a new trail that had some interesting asphalt and debris sections. It also had some tight squeezes and was a little technical. Things were going well until I crossed the bridge section a little too fast and my back tire slipped on the edge. Somehow my bike actually stayed on, but my balance shifted too fast and I fell off. So I had one leg still on the bike and one standing on the ground. Fortunately the bridge is only a few inches off the ground!! Shortly after that I saw a doe and fawn on the trail so in my mind that made up for falling. The ground had finally dried up enough for the short duck pond section to be re-opened. It seemed shorter than I remembered, but it had been closed for about a year, so who knows.
After finishing the Back 40 we refilled water at the Trailhead and hit the Area 36 trails. There is some tough climbing and some fun pump sections and we had a good time here. Todd did The Tube and I opted to skip it this time around. We finished up and headed home. After hosing down our bikes we relaxed and realized we both got a ton of Strava segment PR’s.
It was a great ride and I’m glad it worked out to do it.
I got up and headed to Solcana to begin our new 9 week cycle. Monday will be Sumo Deadlift Day! I have only done them one other time, but have seen the coaches talk about them with other athletes as a way of adapting the Deadlift.
We had a pretty long warm-up before the 3×7 Sumo Deadlift. The idea was 65% of a traditional deadlift as a starting point. I opted to do my sets with 135# on the bar. That felt heavy, but not super heavy. It is definitely a different movement than the traditional deadlift and I felt it more in my quads than hamstrings.
The MetCon was a doozy. The Platinum was Chelsea, instead of Chelsea’s EMOM, I opted for 10 Rounds of Cindy with a 15 minute time cap. I didn’t make it very far. Cindy is three movements: 5 pull-ups, 10 pushups and 15 air squats. That seems relatively easy, right? When you look at needing to do that 10 times it becomes more of a challenge! Given the time cap I didn’t make it through. I did almost all of the pull-ups as kipping, but only completed 1 round of the push-ups from the floor. I knew that there would be no way I’d complete all the push-ups so instead of going to failure I switched. The pull-ups were obviously getting harder and a few times I finished my last 2 or 3 as jumping pull-ups on a shorter bar, but that only happened a couple of times. My counter said that I only completed 6 rounds and 16 reps in 15 minutes.
That was a solid day at the gym! A few hours later I had a meeting in a part of town that would be easier to bike to than to find parking at. So I biked 3 miles there and then took a longer and more fun route home and hit 2 sections of Wirth Mountain Bike trails with my Motobecane. The Motobecane is technically a CX bike and I’ve used it a few times on the Glenwood sections of the trail and that hasn’t been a problem. The other section I tried was the Bog section and for the most part that was ok. I had some trouble on a few of the steeper uphills and I didn’t feel super comfortable on some of the steeper flowy downhills. I probably won’t do that section again, or at least not at the end of a ride! That was 7.58 miles.
So a total of 10.5 miles of biking after a CrossFit workout.
As a big group we took out 3 canoes and 3 kid’s kayak’s and paddled through 3 different lakes. We ended up finding an amazing sandy saddle that we played at for a few hours. It had a rope swing and was a great place to play and eat our lunch. We took a short cut back to the cars, but it was a delightful way to spend the morning.
When we got back Joe and I had a window to go for another ride. We probably should have driven over to the Rally Center to get more time on the main section of trails, but we still had a great ride. We rode from the campground on Drag Line, to the new Switchback Trail and then onto Easy Street near the Rally Center. As this was my second time through it felt a little easier and it helped having Joe in front of me too! I had 8 segment PR’s for the whole ride! We didn’t have quite enough time to hit all the trails in this unit but we went up a few of them including Mucker Mountain and Sand Hog. I got to ride on some new to me segments of Easy Street/Sidewinder that I bypassed the previous day. We then headed back to the campground and took a quick dip in the lake to cool off. It was a great day for riding and canoeing! Our ride was just over 10 miles.
On Saturday after some quality time with the families playing around and doing some paddling Joe and I were able get a ride in. We opted for the Yawkey Unit so we rode the Drag Line to get there and the Haul Road to get into the trails. We did Man Cage, Manuel, Skip, and Grizzly before heading back on Haul Road and taking the Man High option before ending up at the campground.
I think Yawkey is some of the best trails in the group. We did Skip twice before coming back down and doing the whole loop a second time. I can’t really describe it, but you end up at the top of a mountain in a pine forest (see top picture) with some pump track on some narrow turns and cliff edges! Manuel is a hard climb but totally worth it!
Total ride was 9.5 miles.