I relaxed in the morning, the hope had been to attend a bike demo event in the evening, but it became obvious that the weather wasn’t going to hold for that to occur. I went out shortly after breakfast and hit some dirt while it was still dry. It started sprinkling, but stopped pretty quickly. I started with Area 36 trails and realized pretty quickly that my tired pressure was too low so I took the exit and pumped them up at the Trailhead. Then I started over on the Area 36 trails and they felt much better! Then I headed to the Back 40 section. The Luce Line is stilled flooded and is better but still pretty high so my feet got wet. By the time that I finished that loop it was raining slightly. In the woods it was still pretty dry so I did the skinny loop that ends at 55. When I got there the ground was pretty wet, so I finished the loop and rode to the Conundrum trails. The dirt in the woods was still mostly dry, but by the end there were puddles in any area with tree cover so I ended the ride. I enjoyed the cool rain as I got home and washed the bike off.
8.96 miles in 1:17 and 3 segment PR’s.
I took my Mukluk out today to explore the trails. I’ve only ridden it in the winter so I wanted to see how it felt on the dirt. Overall it is a newer and nicer bike than my old Giant Iguana, but it is still a fat tire bike. It is heavier and didn’t go up the hills quite as quick, but once its moving it like to keep moving! I did Area 36, 45 North and the two MORC sections North of Glenwood. The North Loop was too wet to ride. Of the 17 Strava segments I had achievements on 11 of them. 3 of which were PR’s! So that’s pretty impressive for the fattie!
Overall 8.74 miles in 1:04.
After the family left, Caleb and I headed down to the trails. We went to the new skills course first to check it out. Its built right behind the Trailhead building and has 3 loops. We did the Easy loop first. I was going to try the Intermediate and Caleb was going to do the Easy but he accidentally started down the Intermediate and didn’t want to stop! He did great on it. He wanted to do the Easy again so he did that and I did the Intermediate. It was fun! We stopped for a quick water break and then headed over to the Karate Monkey loop. He does a great job!! His little legs work hard to keep the bike going up the hills! We did about 2.5 miles together.
A few hours later I was able to get out for a long mountain bike ride. I was actually able to complete the whole trail system (except Brownie). Brownie is RED – Expert so not for me. I did it once and did a lot of walking around obstacles. I hit the MORC trails first – skipping past the North Loop. I did a nice steady pace through all the sections and felt good riding through them and did a few of the harder sections I usually walk or struggle with! I hit the North Loop on the way back and then the Loppet trails. They were setting up for a race so the Area 36 trails were a little different than normal adding in some new things and skipping some others. The new 45 North trail is fully open and I rode it. It will be fun to do, though I was pretty tired at this point!
Total riding was 13.21 miles in 1:42.
Of the 26 Strava segments I got a medal on 14 of them!! 18 of them were PR efforts!! So that felt pretty awesome too!!
My sister and her boyfriend came up for a little visit. We wanted to get a mountain bike ride in, so looking at the weather this morning was our only option! He brought his mountain bike and my sister’s bike could work if it had wider tires. This would be her first mountain bike experience so it was a much better choice for her to use my Mukluk instead. She loved it!!
We rode all the Loppet trails, starting with Conundrum and 45 North first before doing Area 36. The signage on 45 North was a little confusing so we took the early exit – the new section might have been open but it wasn’t clear. We finished by doing the North Loop. My sister enjoyed all the sections and the different challenges that each one brought. We didn’t really talk about any of the obstacles but she did them pretty well for a newbie.
She also really enjoyed riding the Mukluk. It might have been a little high for her and the tire pressure was a little high too I think but she loved the security of the wide tires and feeling like she could roll over everything! After about 90 minutes we decided to be done for the day. It was tempting to keep riding, but probably a good choice to be done before everyone was beat!
About 9 miles of riding.
These pictures are at the turn around point for 45 North.
Summer life.. rode with trail behind to drop kid off at soccer camp – plan was to ride from there to the lake, but I forgot lock. So I dropped trail behind and rode to the lake. On my Motobecane I decided to hit the section of mountain bike trails between Glenwood and 55. The climbing felt easier on this bike, but the cornering not as solid! I actually fell off into the woods because I slipped off the tread. It was an awkward downhill fall that was kind of hard to get up from, especially since my ear bud got looped onto a bush!
I finished the ride to Cedar Lake and the water was cold!! This would be my first swim in forever! There were only a few people around so I suited up and walked in. I did about 200m swimming though I actually have no clue on the distance. I went back and forth several times!
The beard creates some major drag! I got tired fairly quickly. I didn’t want to leave my phone, bike key,etc just laying on the beach. I put them into a dry bag and stuffed it into my wet suit. Not the most comfortable situation and the bag let water in. Fortunately, it wasn’t a lot and nothing got ruined. Though I did lose my silicone wedding ring and the ID portion of my RoadID bracelet. So that kind of stinks. I didn’t even think about taking the ring off, but now I know!
On the way back I rode the mountain bike trails back home picked up the trail behind and the kid from soccer. What a nice morning to swim and bike. I ended up with 12 miles of riding total.