Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Training wheels are off!

Tyrine spent the weekend at Shevagas learning the course. We met up with Team Pedal Moraine for some weekend fun on the trails. Some of us have been riding the course prior to this ride and had some really radical skills going into the single track and it was scaring the shit out of me. First, my tires were at 40 PSI thanks to Captain Candy and on top of that there were tubes in them to make riding the roots more like bouncing guitar strings. I always have to learn the course before I can go balls to the wall but everyone else forgets, including my husband. I know we went out to the Sheboygan course to ride with the others, but if I can't keep up, I CAN'T. After taking that nasty spill the other night when I got scared by MAN BEAR PIG and nearly cracked my head open, thanks to the helmet for saving some of the blondness :) I was a bit on edge on my first lap at Shevagas and I am not afraid to admit it. MTB Girl was taking corners and flying down the roots like butter as I was trying to stay alive behind her. I finally gave up and decided I wanted to ride by myself until I get this course right on my own time and not race pace. Even Captain was upset with me telling me to go faster and stop whining but I was just not having a good day until I was warmed up and I don't know why everyone else did not understand. Needless to say, after a lap or two I was warmed up and ready to try some new things since I would like to move up to expert in the near future. I might as well suck it up and practice my technique now or never and that is what I did to make my self feel a bit better on Saturdays ride.

If you can conquer this part of the hill it is a breeze after that.

I would not try this if you have hemorrhoids.

It is not as bad as I thought and you really have to concentrate on what you are doing. The most unpleasant part is the seat if almost in my throat and it makes pedaling a bit tricky. Saturday's ride was very quiet and Sunday's race will be a whole new ballgame. We will see if I can repeat these efforts.
After wards, we headed over to Kevin and Amy's for some Two Buck Chuck and a tire change. Although Kevin gave us the two cent tour of Grafton with the five hundred thousand dollar condos that align the river and the new Alterra Coffee Shop just around the corner. We drank to our expensive weekend and better times ahead! That's another story you can ask Captain or Kevin about.


MTB Girl said...

I'm sorry if I made you angry on Saturday's ride. I didn't think I was going that fast....but I know the course pretty well so I'm sure it was faster than I thought. :-(

Awesome job on the equalizer. You're one up on me. I hope you're able to ride in during the race too. :-)

regina said...

So jealous of the fact that you climbed the equalizer. I'm going to give it a try this weekend during preride...didn't make it up it last year.

Christine said...

Actually, Ty coached me and was right behind me on the first few tries. I did wipe out once or twice but once I got the feel of how to not let my front tire pop up off the ground and position my butt forward more it became easier each time. Gearing is the most important before you get to the climb. Try it, more than a few times and don't get discouraged