I was excited this week when I heard it was going to snow this weekend. As much as I don't like winter and snow in general, I actually love riding in a snowstorm. And since it was more like a spring snowstorm (temps were actually above freezing the whole time it was snowing), I figured it would be a really fun ride on some snow-dusted trails.
Well, it was a really fun ride, but the trails were anything but "snow-dusted". The trail was a mess of standing water and mud, and within minutes of the start of the ride, so was I.
|Camouflaged to blend in with ... well, a buttload of mud, I guess.|
|Playing in the mud on my bike|
So another day, another training ride it he books. I had a great week -- four rides and some solid training. Conditions were perfect all week (today notwithstanding) -- I had solid rides on both Tuesday and Thursday nights, both about 20 miles and, at least in the case of Tuesday night, a pretty hard ride. I finished Tuesday night's ride completely spent. That was an odd night because it was relatively warm (upper 40's), completely dry, and a full moon and yet I was the only person in the entire park all night, at least as far as I saw.
|The full moon made night rides a little brighter all week|
Anyway, training continues and the 2012 season is just around the corner. I'm getting psyched now. Don't have any specific goals or targets at the moment, and don't know if I will this season. I have a bunch of races I'm planing to do or already registered for (SSAP and the DH40 both sold out in less than a few days -- SSAP in less than one! -- but I was in and registered for both less than 20 minutes after registration opened.) I'm basically just looking forward to having some fun, riding some great courses and feeling that unique "race burn" in my legs again!
|The path forward for 2012 continues to take shape.|