Thursday, November 09, 2006

i made it

this is what i had to look at for most of my day. boring ass road in the depths of ohio. i don't care for that state much. the toledo area and the other cities can be fun if you dig around but everything in between is something i can do without.

during my trance like state, of course i was kicking myself that i had to travel to such places rather than take advantage of the warm temps and sunny skies on the bike. i knew every other friend was likely spinning some awesome miles while i was stuck at 55mph in corn ville. finally i got back to ann arbor and jumped into my riding clothes faster than an ohio cop writing a ticket for 5 over.

yea the shadows were long since the time changed but i was soooo happy to be riding. sometimes when i ride alone i get more work done than when i'm punched in and on the job. its amazing how calming the bike can be. its my therapy.

i have this really cool little park near my house that i like to train at. its the perfect cross course. its just about 1 1/2 miles. its a nice combination of wood chips, sand, tight gravel and paved road. i did 7 laps tonight and practiced getting on and off the bike. what i really focused on was my acceleration out of the tight corners. 90 degree corner and explode. really fast accelerations and cornering in loose grass and greasy mud. carrying speed over the spongy grass is also something good to get used to since we have so much of that. the tires worked great and i really tried to lay into them in some corners to make sure things were sticking ok. they seemed fine. a couple more light rides then race day.


Blogger sworksredace said...

Yeah Don and I did a couple of laps at Pontiac 2 get ready to race...Steep hill...recover...tight singletrack....Rocks...Roots...but no dismounts!

8:05 PM  
Blogger Crawford Tillinghast said...

If you think driving through BF Ohio when you could be riding is bad, try working in cubicle-world from pre-dawn to dark.

Driving sux, tho.

10:09 AM  
Blogger rachel said...

Yeah, Jamie and I practiced our gaming last night too...but not on the bike. We were practicing drinking for the upcoming off-season. You wouldn't want to get caught off guard come January!

11:28 AM  
Blogger Jason Brake said...

That's strange, I spent the whole day yesterday driving to Greenville Ohio and back. It sucked watching the sun set quickly in the west as I sped home to salvage any daylight left for a ride.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Echelon said...

jason, sounds like you were in the same boat as me. driving in ohio, what a drag. luckly i was able to find the last shred of daylight to ride in. see you in monroe!

no matter what i do i'll get caught off guard in jan!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, the Tailwind series is mentioned AGAIN on!!!

Wow, Roberts getting a ton of press this year,,,

Good job whoever is submitting these articles!!!!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Crawford Tillinghast said...

Btw, Jay,

Do you HAVE to get home before you can ride? Of course, I have no idea how much space you have in your car to take your bike(s) with you.

8:25 AM  

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