It coming. Soon to be here. Just sit tight and be ready. Are you ready?
I really do not know what to say about this photo.
The season of base training is in full swing. I didn’t have a great ski season and so I was a bit concerned coming into the 2012 season. But then again, it’s only March and we are mountain biking already…so I think the early spring riding will make up for my lack of ski fitness.
Either way I’m pleased to announce that I will be working with Craig Manthe at FitElite CrossFit of Eau Claire. It is nothing secretive or some crazy inside training. The deal is, I feel like I have gotten to where I am today on what I know and now I need that little extra “expertise” attention. And with his biking resume and his personal training expertise, Craig will help me to pay attention to the little things that can greatly improve my season.
It has been about core, core, and more core. Something I have spent little to no time with. Craig takes me through stretching, techniques, and then a ball buster workout that not only works strength but also adds in cardio. The best part of this is that Craig translates what we are doing in the gym with cycling. He breaks it down so that I know what to pay attention to and how it will effect my biking.
Stay tuned…this could get interesting. Either way – if you are runner, skier, biker or anything endurance like, Craig Manthe and FitElite is the ticket to taking whatever your passion is to the next level.
Three weeks till first race…
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Line of defeat…. Ayden’s reaction…
Afton, MN that is. In the Midwest we don’t have those “huge” ski hills that you you find, say, out west. Some would say our down hill ski hills are more like bumps. But when you are MTB racing on a ski resort, it doesn’t matter if it is a “hill” or a “bump,” it hurts no matter what.
The Afton Avalanche was the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series’s #3 race of the season and was only an hour from my front door. Can’t miss an opportunity like that.
The venue is nestled in beautiful midwest country along the St. Croix River Valley. The Avalanche was all climbing, crazy and tight descents, and a lot of rocks.
By the time the Expert and Comp were called up the sun was out and baking us as we started in the bowl of the hill. Standing water from the nights previous storm made it feel like you sitting in a sauna. Announcer yells go and we are off on a three lap climb, descend, climb, descend, climb again, and descend kind of race.
By the time we hit the single track I was eight wheel back and was focusing on a steady pedal stroke as we were being baked in the son on the grassy slopes. I came through the first lap in seventh and riding extremely patient and conservative. I thought maybe I could work a bit harder on the 2nd lap but I was worried I wouldn’t have anything left for the third. I was thirsty, dripping, and tired.
I started the long and fast descent down into the bowl to complete my 2nd lap when I hit something hard and heard the dreaded psst pssst pssst psst psssst. My legs were getting peppered with Stan’s and I new I had a hole in my front tire. I was hoping for the Stan’s to do it’s job but when I came out of the last switch-back, my tire lost so much air that it folded and down I went. Game ever. And that was my race.
We all have em, right? This was my second DNF due to mechanical. My race ends in disappointment but my day ends with a great Father’s day supper back home. Nothing like your son to make the memory of a disappointing race fade fast.
Off to the bike store for another tire!
It is the practical wisdom of recognizing what makes the most sense right here and right now. Laughter, together, riding, swimming, eating, running, yoga, pregnancy, crying, love, pain, school, and peace is our recognizing these days.
I’ve been riding quite a bit and the racing has been picking up. The support from Ayden and Nikole keeps me turning the crankset. Last Sunday was the WORS #3 Big Ring Classic in Wausau, WI. It was fast, fun and a great time with family and friends. Go HERE and HERE if you want to read up on the race.
The Sturgis Family