I’ve been mountain biking almost every day over the past two weeks, and I’m having a blast!
I rode at Wekiwa on Tuesday, and on the 3 mile timed section I turned in a time of 13m07s. At first I was very disappointed that I didn’t break my existing personal record of 12m48s, but 13m07s is my second best time ever, and I definitely rode as hard as I could. Nothing to be ashamed of, I guess, but I felt like I was going to break the record. The trail conditions were less than ideal on Monday–very dry and sandy–and that certainly slowed me down a tad. It’s good to know that my current personal record of 12m48s was such a solid run. That record is not going to fall easily…
I was thinking about how much fun I had when I rode at the Mt. Dora trails last week, so I went back there yesterday morning.
The trails are dry right now, and there are a lot of dead leaves and pine needles on the trail as well. As I rode there was a lot of slipping and sliding, but thankfully no falls. It’s cool because I’m actually getting used to the feeling of the back of my bike sliding out from under me on fast non-bermed corners. I used to hate that feeling, but now I actually look forward to it because I’m able to keep things under control (heh, most of the time).
I wound up doing five laps yesterday, and my average moving speed over those five laps was almost 1 MPH faster than it was when I rode there last week. I was really happy about the speed increase, especially considering that the trails are so dry right now. I feel like I’m getting better at carrying speed through corners, but I still have a long way to go before I’m truly railing them. Learning to find the perfect line though a corner while weighting the bike properly for maximum grip and speed is an art form; getting it right takes a lot of practice. Thankfully the recent improvements to this particular trail system provides lots of opportunities to practice fast corning skills. Riding this trail as often as I can is going to make me a better rider.
I had a scary moment yesterday. I was approaching a ramped bridge over a log, and I was going very fast. Just before I hit the up ramp I saw a coral snake directly in front of me. By the time it registered, I was already practically on top of the snake. Thankfully the snake slithered out of the way at the last second and didn’t strike. That certainly would have ruined my week!
Even though I’ve been increasing my caloric intake each day, all this riding is making me continue to lose fat. You guys aren’t going to believe what my scale weight was this morning: 169.8 pounds. Hah, hey Craig, turns out I did get below 170, but I sure hadn’t planned on it! 🙂
I want to go riding again this morning, but I can’t. I’m stuck here waiting for the A/C repairman to show up and replace the coil in our downstairs A/C unit. The coil is covered under warranty, but the labor is not. So there goes $600 bucks up in smoke. Needless to say, I’m not happy about it. I’m going to go burn off some of my irritation with an indoor cardio session on my recumbent bike.