Motivation from Grizzly Adams
A great post from grizzly adams over here.
“I can’t go on, I’ll go on.”
Next time you want to stop pedaling, don’t.
Next time you want to quit, don’t.
When you think you’ve had enough hurt and dirt, you haven’t. You can take a little more. And then a little more after that.
Mountain biking is what we do. We are mountain bikers. When we lack finesse, we use force. When we can’t do that, we shift into the little-ring and spin away our pain.
No matter the hurt, no matter the long climb ahead, we can go on.
We can’t go on, we’ll go on.
Princeton Tec – Crash Course in Making Lights
Princeton Tec designs, engineers, manufactures and assembles our own products at our facilities in the great state of New Jersey, USA. The technology and products have evolved since we started in 1975. This is what the process looks like today.
After we made this video, it became that much more apparent that it takes a ton of energy, knowledge and skill to do what we do. What we do requires a fast pace and rapid mind. Hold on tight while this video takes you inside the brain of PTEC HQ.
Southern Spokes Bicycle Festival
Sorry for lack of posting over the past couple days. I’ve been a bit busy…
This is the first festival of its type in the Southeast. The goal is to create a weekend around southern cycling. One of the last weekends before school hits, and a great weekend to spend the weekend in a gorgeous park with some of your best cycling buddies. Location: Lake Norman State Park, Troutman, NC Demo’s from Salsa Cycles and Surly Bikes Exclusive first look for consumers and most bike dealers for the 2013 Salsa Cycles, we will also have some Surly Bikes on hand. Group Camping at LKN State Park – Friday & Saturday Nights Friday Night: Open house and food at Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology (MOMBAT) in Statesville. Roughly 10 minutes north of the park. Saturday & Sunday : Salsa & Surly demos, southeast cycling vendors on hand to show off their goods there is no SALES of any sort allowed on the state park property. Saturday events: Specific ride times leaving out of the parking lot, including mountain bike beginner, intermediate, advanced and kids, and a couple road rides. Suspension Experts on hand to help people properly setup their own bikes and the demo bikes Saturday evening a movie showing at either the group campsite on a big projector screen or at the community building. • food wherever the movie is • raffle wherever the movie & food is Sunday: Scavenger hunt around the LKN area, a kid friendly version in the park and a longer version that will take cyclist outside the park. Other notes: Weekend passes are limited to 110 people. All proceeds will be going to our local SORBA chapter who has built the trails, Tarheel Trailblazers and the local Trips for Kids Charlotte. Website: SouthernSpokes.com Registration: SouthernSpokes.Eventbrite.com $35 for full weekend of camping and awesomeness $15 for Saturday
Happy Legs on the Foundry Auger
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Legs were moving much better today on the road bike. A good mellow 2 hour endurance pace with some spin up intervals towards the end. Really enjoying the Foundry Auger. Full write up will be coming soon as I finally snapped some decent pictures during my ride today.
Tomorrow starts the build phase of the summer with goals of cyclocross in the fall. Roughly 15 hours on the training plan this week from the coach, my main goal this week is to get back on the pony and find that confidence in my legs again. Mixed with a ton of prep work, phone calls and meetings with dealers to prepare for 2013 product…this will be a couple busy weeks!
A Setback of Confidence
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. – Helen Keller
After last weeks race I can tell you I didn’t do everything right. I didn’t get back on the horse and I didn’t do recovery rides. My legs and thoughts are paying for it.
Yesterday’s 2 hour endurance mountain bike ride at my local trail was a total mind game. Dabbing on sections I haven’t dabbed on. Legs feeling like lead. Brain occupied on how the bike wasn’t responding right, that my rear end felt loose. I hadn’t ridden this trail with the installed tires for a couple months, but that doesn’t give reason for what was loose in my head.
A Setback of Confidence and Momentary Fitness
All things reasonable I did hit the ground pretty f’n hard last week. Knocking the sense out of me and keeping me off my bike for 5 days. My will was weak and I shoulda, coulda, woulda gotten on the bike sooner.
My soul knows this a momentary setback. In a week or so my coach will have my legs spinning around properly. With the right about of trail riding my confidence will be back as well. For now I’ll go for a 2.5 hour road ride, returning home to take apart my Spearfish, check over everything from the crash (shoulda done this before my ride yesterday) and hope that nothing is broken.
Confidence on a bike can take years to build. Feeling safe crossing bridges, logs, and going down steeps. It takes only one good hit to knock it out of you and make you feel human.
Today I am feeling fortunate to feel human. Allowing myself to put my realities in check and find the next thing to work on. We aren’t perfect and being able to find our flaws is part of having confidence too.
Saturday Night Bikepacking Thoughts
I have a mental list of things to start conquering. A few of them we have talked about (or I have typed about and you have read) including more consistent training, getting into routines, work habits, etc etc. Every once in a blue moon I may start talking about bikepacking and short over night trips. There’s bigger plans behind it but for now to simply add a basic adventure to everyday life without needing to rearrange and create a big ordeal to get out and have that adventure.
Backpacking + bike = bikepacking. Normally sans the pannier or tow behind trailer and you pack the gear ON your bike with fancy frame bags.
Inspiration for Bikepacking
Here’s some folks that inspire me with their blogging and photos of bikepacking
Big Wheel Building
Dirt and Dogs
The Adventure Monkey
True Love Health
Photo credit- The Cyclist Site