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Race Morning: SpartanCross

Headed down to Spartanburg, SC for a training race this morning. Many thoughts running in my head, and yet nothing substantial to type out here. Unprepared, rain, mud, coffee, prep, switched my brakes, hope I don’t endo. Meeting new teammates and bonding with my brother like, George. Here’s to the 2nd race of my season, more unprepared than the first!

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Arleigh Pain Cave

Visiting the Pain Cave

Back in May I started conversation with a guy by the name of Steve Weller of Bell Lap Coaching. With my crazy schedule of juggling so many things I needed to find someone that could negotiate my available timing to give me the best quality workouts which would in return give me the best quality results. This is a long term investment, in myself, my…

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Finding the White Line

When people ask me what time of rider I am normally say a mountain biker. It isn’t true though. I started out fascinated with road biking and racing, and happened to enjoy the adventure of mountain biking a lot over the past 5 years. Recently I picked up a Foundry Auger B1 as a rep sample. Built as a cyclocross bike I took the knobs…

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Tree Shaker 8 Hour MTB Race

Next Race on the Calendar: Tree Shaker 8 Hour

As I look back at this spring and my two “A” races it makes me rather frustrated that both of those races ended in tears. Both gave me motivation after looking through the dark very, very hard! Warrior Creek 6 Hour ended with me so wrecked from my crank seizing up and having to walk/struggle. Burn 24 Hour ended with me wrecking myself out 9.5 hours…

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Foundry Auger

Happy Legs on the Foundry Auger

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…

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Confidence

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…

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Last Good Ride before Burn

2.5 hours were on tap. Not really tempo but harder than endurance. I did lose about 20 minutes of data as I stopped at Fisher Farms for a couple laps where Neal Boyd was setting up for tonight’s mountain bike race. Tomorrow is recovery, Friday is one last pre-ride and pit setup!

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Burn 24 Hour

Preparing for Burn 24 (Plus a Light Promo)

Over the next few days I’ll be posting rambling post, maybe gear setup thoughts and simply going a bit bonkers prior to my 24 solo race next weekend at Burn 24 in Wilkesboro, NC. (Ladies sign up, I need people to ride with in the middle of the night!) A few more last decent rides left before race day. Tonights ride will be to test out…

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Friday Ride at Lake Norman State Park

The goal from my coach today was 3.5-4 hours on the bike I’ll be racing next week at Burn 24. Every 30 minutes do 5 minutes of tempo leading into 5 minutes of threshold. My personal goal was to do 45 minute loops on the various trails at Lake Norman. Swinging by the car to dial in my new shoes and test out the 4…

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