Spring into Spring

Last week was daylight savings switch, and even though it was earlier this year, the weather was still as good as it ever is for the switch.

I had a nice ride over Suncrest and up AF Canyon. Did it all fast and felt pretty good.

End of the Road - AF Canyon

This weekend I did a little riding in Corner Canyon yesterday - the lower stuff is all pretty dry - and then went out to 5 Mile Pass with my Dad, Scott and Ian today. Seems like every time I go out there I think, "Oh ya - this is more fun than I remembered."

5 Mile riding in March

Lots of dirt at 5 Mile



This winter has been crazy - no snow. I haven't shoveled yet, and it isn't looking like I ever will.

The side effect has been reasonably nice riding throughout the year. I've done a few nice rides at fairly easy paces. This weekend it was the Tooele loop. Windy and almost chilly, but warm enough.

The Long Road - Near 5 Mile Pass


First Ski Day for 2012 Season

This year we got season passes at Alta. 28 F, but windy and snowing, it felt pretty cold. Took a while to get all the kids clothes straightened out so they were warm and comfortable - it is hard to be aggressive when cold. After we got that figured out, it was great.
Snow is still pretty thin on the big slopes, but fine on the groomers for the kids.



November Storm

Started the morning with a final bike dawn-patrol on the Shoreline before the coming storm.
Salt Lake - Ride before Nov Storm


Racing Weight

I don't know who wrote this, but it is funny enough:

The trick is to keep losing weight until your friends and family ask you if you've been sick. then you know you're within 10 pounds. if they start whispering to each other, wondering if you've got cancer or aids, you're within 5. when they actually do an intervention, you're at race weight.


Its Fall of 2011.

Long time no see. Occasionally I look back at my old blog entries and think, "Wow, I need to get back to writing that." Not that I think anyone else is interested, but lots of good memories that I like to be reminded of.

This cycling season was a total bust for me. I never managed a good race. By good, what I mean is one where I felt good while riding, finished the race, and thought, "Wow, that was great!" In fact, I only had about 2 training rides like that during the season either.

There has been plenty going on though. First of all, we moved. Our other house is awesome, but not really enough rooms anymore. I could have finished the basement, but then this house came up, and the street is called, "Trailrider", and well, the rest is history.

More exciting, we are oh-so-close to having our 7th and planned-to-be-last baby. She should come any day. This one (photo by Katie) will soon be obsolete:

The Kids. 2011-Oct.

Occasionally (though not very often), someone will be bold enough to ask me why we have "so many kids." It was not really according to any plan, we have just taken it one at a time. Often the question carries with it some between the lines questions.

Our soon to be daughter will be approximately the 7 billionth person in the world at this time.

"How will we pay for their education?"

"What will happen to our over crowded world?"

"How we will we feed everyone?"

"What about the environment?"

I think I understand their concern, but I happen to believe that the real lesson of history is that people are net producers. What we (meaning both the world and the country) really need is more intelligent, hard working, producing people, not fewer. We need contributors.

Sometime maybe I'll write more about that.

Anyway, the fall weather has been fantastic. Lots of Corner Canyon riding, and a couple weeks ago I finally got up to the Crest/Mid-Mountain trail and took a few photos.

Mid Mountain Sun

Crest Fall'n


Watch out - the season is coming. Betterride.

My blog has been falling victim to the same death as my training -- too much going on. I just haven't been able to make it fit very well so far this year.

There have been a few reasons. We switched to a 9-80 schedule last year, which means every other Friday off. This seems like it should be great, but so far it has meant longer days with less training time and more to get done on the off Fridays. As the kids get older I've been more busy with them too. Other things, but anyway...

I did get a new bike about a month ago, and finally got to ride it last weekend. My new Superfly 100 is awesome, and it was a blast to ride. I didn't get to really hammer on it yet, but that'll come. Thanks to Ian and BikeFix for setting me up! When I lived in Bountiful there really wasn't a good bike shop up there. Now there is.

So last weekend was also a weekend in Hurricane with the Gene Hamilton and BetterRide. My parents went down, and it was fun to spend some time with them.

Gene has been an effective advertiser (which I think it a good thing, BTW) and I've been impressed with how many people have heard of him or even taken his courses. I ran across him last summer and tried to set something up last fall, but the scheduling didn't work out.

So I guess a lot of people will be interested to hear my thoughts about the camp, and the first question is, "was it really worth the $600?" I almost laugh when people ask me this. The 24 hours of Moab cost me more than $600 last year by the time I paid entry, gas, supplies, mechanic, etc, etc, and all I got was a good time and a temporarily blind eye! Honestly, if any one thing I learned at the camp helps me get better, it will have been worth it.

So that is the real question - will anything I learned help? I expect so, but it remains to be demonstrated. His camp is all about breaking down the various components of riding a bike, and then practicing specific drills to work on each of those individual components. The goal isn't to push the limit in the drills, but just the opposite, to do them in a controlled manner that allows precisely correct form. The drills need to be repeated, over and over, until they become reflexive and no longer require distracting and conscious thought.

Josh Waitzkin, in the Art of Learning, talks about becoming an expert in chess, and proposes a concept he calls something like, studying the numbers until you see through the numbers. That concept has really stuck with me. He then recalls practicing a martial art called pushing hands where he did the motions slowly, exactly, over and over. Anyway, Gene is teaching the same method.

So I've been riding more or less the same way for 20 years now, and I've gotten a lot better at riding that way, but I haven't gotten any better for several years. So here comes Gene saying, "hey - I have found a better way." For now, I'm worse. Practicing, drilling, but still focused on the numbers and hoping that I can get a lot better by getting a little worse first.

Was it worth it? Ask me in a few months when I can see through the numbers.