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Rethinking Things

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Its been a great biking season, but after a few of these in the last 3 weeks…

and this…

it might be time to do this again…

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August 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm

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Moab 2008

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Group shot at the top of Gold Bar Rim in Moab, Utah

2008 was the first year I joined the guys for their annual Fall Moab trip. It was everything I imagined it to be and more.  I will not do it justice by telling my side of the story so you can follow a few links below of others that wrote, posted pictures or video about the trip.  The nights were cold, there was some good company and riding and even search & rescue were called.

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Rick

Brad

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November 11, 2008 at 8:09 pm

Fall Mountain Biking

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I love this time of year.  The trees in the canyon turn to their fall colors and it makes some of the most beautiful scenery the state offers.   I also love, that my wife Jaynann likes to get out for rides.  In fact, she is a much better biker than I am.  Today we went up corner canyon and got lost for a few hours.  Here we are going up Clarks Trail:

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September 27, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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the year of the Jaynann

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My wife started riding her bike again this year. She is very athletic and I never questioned whether she could do it or not, it was more of a question of desire. It has always been her dream that we could go out and ride together so there was a lot of motivation to get back on since I was enjoying it so much. It did not take very long for her to catch the fever. She now gets up early and heads out with sisters and her friends for rides. She comes home happy and excited about biking. In fact, it’s pretty much all we talk about at home now. She recently did a 100 mile charity ride. You can read about it here. I recently completed 100 miles and it was one of the hardest things I have done. She went out with very little training and did the same thing. I’m not a competitive person, but she keeps trumping my accomplishments.

So this is the year of the Jaynann. She is going to go hard, have fun and ride as much as she can. For her reward we are going to upgrade her mountain bike. It’s a sweet ride and we can’t wait to get it. I am a tinsy bit jealous that she’s getting such a nice ride. Not that her IBIS is a bad bike, it just needs to be updated. In fact, when she got it 10 years ago, it was top of the line. Anyone interested in the frame?

Brad just got a couple of Vassago frames for his family. And I really liked what I saw so we are going to get Jaynann the Vassago Bandersnatch. Check it out..

Like I said, I am a little jealous but my bike should do until I crack my Jamis frame again. I love that Jay is back into biking. It makes it that much easier for me to get out and ride.

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June 15, 2008 at 12:44 pm

New Strategy

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We usually get together as a family on Sunday nights to celebrate birthdays or just hang out. Most of us ride in the family, so biking is a common topic talked about at the dinner table. I would not be surprised if the first question was “how was the ride?” instead of “what have you been up to?” It also poses as a planning session for the week so we can coordinate schedules to ride together. We went to Dugs Sunday night and I knew it was going to come up. I have not been on my bike for a few weeks and I was hoping I could get out and suffer alone. I feel like I could use one or two rides to get back into it. That plan did not work and we are headed out tomorrow morning early.
After work, I started thinking about the ride tomorrow morning and how hard its going to be. So I started trying to come up with ways to get prepared. Somewhere in my new strategy session I convinced myself that I could make a difference within 12 hours and I would not feel any effects of a two week vacation. Here are a few things I am going to try:

Fluids- I opted for a glass of water instead of Diet Coke at dinner.

Food I passed on the late night bowl of ice cream. I eased up on dinner and did not polish the plate. Instead I tried to eat just enough before I stuffed myself.

Manscaping- I did a little manscaping on the legs to make me feel like a biker. They are silky smooth.

Sleep- My goal is to be in bed by 11p instead of 12a or later.

So those are the four things I am banking on that will help me tomorrow morning. I know that the guys I am riding with really don’t care how slow I am, but its all mental for me and I hate to slow anyone up. Will it work? I doubt it.

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June 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

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Bummer Dude

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I hate when I can’t get out on my bike. I knew what the weather forecast was calling for since Sunday and the two days that would have been perfect are gone. And here is what the weather looks like the next few days

It looks like it is going to clear on Sunday in time for the Intermountain Cup Race on Monday. But by that time I will be on the road to California for a family reunion until June 2nd. Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy to go see family. We don’t get together very often, so this time around it is special since all of us will be there. The only thing bumming me out is last year when I went home my goal was to not lose the strength I had built during the spring and summer. I was not fast at all, but I was away from biking for several years and started feeling comfortable on my bike again. Once I got out to Merced there was not much to do. I brought a road bike hoping that I would use it to ride the flats in the Central Valley. But instead of doing that, I opted to eat, sit and then eat some more. I really didn’t do anything that would constitute as exercise. By the time I got back, I was not as dedicated to biking as I was before the vacation.

So what am I going to do different this year? Nothing. I have accepted who I am. I know I am going to stop at every In N Out Burger starting in Nevada. I know I will eat a lot and not exercise. So all the folks along I-80 working at In N Out Burger be ready with a #2 and a chocolate shake. To go please.

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May 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm

like a kid on christmas eve

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I remember on Christmas Eve getting very little sleep because I was so excited about getting up early and celebrating Christmas. The anticipation and anxiety of Christmas used to keep me awake for hours and my parents were kind enough to put up with me crawling out of bed every ten minutes asking, “is it time to open presents yet?”

I grew out of that a few years ago. By now I thought I’d be mature enough to go to bed in any situation but I have noticed that I get really crappy sleep when there is an activity the next day. It could be at 4 pm and I would still get worked up the night before. It happened to me last night because we are riding this afternoon. I was in bed at eleven and I was staring at the ceiling for 30 minutes then found an excuse to get out of bed. I didn’t want to watch TV. So I wandered around the house trying to find something to do. I thought about cleaning the garage or doing the dishes, but I gave in and decided to watch TV. Two hours later I roll into bed completely frustrated because I know I’m going to be tired the next day. Once I am in bed I feel like I wake up every 20 minutes checking the clock to see if its time to get up. I finally string together a few hours of sleep and end up waking up 20 minutes earlier than I need to. It’s so maddening!  I don’t know what to do. I feel like a kid again except this time I am saying, “is it time to ride yet?”

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May 11, 2008 at 10:21 pm

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