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Fun day on the trails with a fellow JSF member (one scary moment); AM training.

Monday, October 25, 2010 by  
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Yesterday was a fairly warm, but otherwise incredibly beautiful day. I decided to load up the bike and head over to the trails at Soldiers Creek for some fun in the dirt. I was excited about putting some of my new biking gear to the test, and I got to meet and ride with the April 2010 Transformation Spotlight of the Month recipient, forum member “Malnar” (Ian). Ian’s an experienced road biker, but this was his very first time on the trails. I thought Ian rode very well, and we both had a blast! The only truly scary moment of the day was when Ian (on his very first lap, no less!) attempted to make a low skinny ramp – the exact same style of ramp I faceplanted from earlier this year. I watched helplessly as Ian’s tire crested the upramp, hit the middle log, wobbled, and then completely missed the downramp. The Ian/bike combo dropped like a rock and slammed into the ground – mercifully not face first. There was no bloodshed or shattered bones, but he banged up his hip a bit and is probably feeling it this morning. The thing about those skinny ramps is that they are deceptively mild looking… but if you miss the downramp then you and the bike are going down fast and hard. When I fell I remember being shocked by how fast it all went down. I mean, before I even realized I missed the downramp I was crawling around in the dirt looking for my teeth and wondering what the hell happened.

All the new gear performed really well out on the trails. I was especially impressed with the shoes and tires. I’ll be updating my Favorite Things thread with quite a few new items sometime very soon.

Today is leg day, and I’m going to get my workout in this morning instead of my usual afternoon time. I really enjoyed working out in the morning last week, and I’m strongly considering moving my workouts back to early AM. If I continue to have good morning workouts all this week, I’ll probably make the change indefinite.

Train hard and have a great day!

Registration for the Novemeber 2010 “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 9:00 AM (EDT) on November 1, 2010 if you plan to participate – NO EXCEPTIONS! To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. It can take up to 24 hours for your account to be activated, so don’t wait until the last minute to register! For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the November 2010 “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part!

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