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Was surprised to meet some old high school buddies at the Iron Maiden concert in San Berdoo a couple weeks ago. Haven’t seen or talked to some of them in decades. Good Times
I drove 6 hours up to Lakeshore, CA this weekend to race in the China Peak Enduro. Race #3 in the California Enduro Series. I was a scorching hot weekend all over California, but fortunately we were at an elevation of 8000 ft, so the temps were a bit cooler than elsewhere.
I registered Saturday around noon, and was able to get in 4 practice runs. The trails were really fun, and fairly long with lots of pedaling. The berms were mostly soft and deep, there were some tight trees sections, some rock gardens and some flat out speed sections. Overall I would say the best course I’ve raced so far.
Sunday was race day. I was in the second wave of riders to leave the start, so I had a bit more time in the morning to get ready. My brake magically decided to stop working. I messed with them, debating whether I should bleed them or not, and decided I didn’t’ have time.
There was only one climb during this race, right in the beginning, up to the start of stage one. After that, everyone rode the chairlift. At first I was pretty disappointed, but after actually starting the climb, I changed my mind. It was long and steep, with several hike-a-bike sections. Though it turns out we could have avoided those sections if we stayed on the correct road. Regardless, it would have really sucked to do that climb more than once.
I did pretty well on stage 1, no mistakes, but I did get caught behind a slower rider for quite a long way. I probably should have been more vocal about my desire to pass. For some reason I just felt bad.
Stage 2 I had a pretty big wipe-out in deep and soft turn. I got a mouth full of dirt and my goggles were hard to see out of after that. Probably lost about 10 seconds. The rest of the run was clean.
Stage 3 was a lot longer than the first 2, and I had a good run, except for getting stuck behind several other riders. Still I don’t think I lost too much time. But looking back and realizing I only won my class by 9 seconds, I realize how important it is to get by other riders ASAP.
Stage 4 we epic. I wiped out in the first turn, and from then on I was just all over the place, overshooting berms, clipping rocks with my pedals, getting off my line. I hit a rock really hard with my rear rim, it made a really loud ping sound, and I though for sure it was going to pinch flat and my race was over. But to my surprise it held, and that gave me some extra motivation to ride faster. From then on I was in the zone, and really had a fast clean run.
In the end I was able to hold off the competition and stand at the top of the podium. It was a good feeling. The competition was pretty stiff, and I haven’t been training as much as I had hoped to. But I think my technical skills made of for any lack of fitness.
One race left in the series, and I’m in second. There is only one point between each of the top 3 guys. Santa Cruz will be the showdown.
This has got to be one of the best bike videos ever!
I deleted my Facebook (and Pinterest) account last night. I’ve been contemplating it for some time, but finally pulled the trigger. It’s not that I didn’t like Facebook, it certainly has its value. I was just over it. I wasn’t spending as much time on it as I used to, but it was still more than I wanted.
The entire Watchtower Library is now available online in and HTML version, which, means it can be accessed using any web browser, including mobile devices such as phones, e-readers, etc.
A mobile version of the Watchtower Library was introduced officially several years ago, but only for the Windows platform. User of Android, iOS and other had to purchase 3rd party reader software, and obtain the library through unofficial channels. This new, online version will drastically increase the accessibility of the library to all.