Thursday, June 11, 2009

Brick

Today I did a brick, but I went back to my roots and rode some sweet ass singletrack. I took those pointless slickers off my mtb and hit the trails. Oh how I miss you singletrack. So. much. fun. It brought me back to a a couple of years ago when I started training for this psycho triathlon. It was so fun. I was literally in the back of my field, but it was so fun and hardcore I didn't care. My proudest moment was when a guy was on my tail during the bike and I asked him if he wanted to pass me and he said no. He was actually following me because he was so scared. It was awesome. Totally chicked him.
I have only done one other xterra, but the course wasn't as good. I ended up getting sick and vomiting on the bike which resulted in me having a long hiatus from Gatorade and probably never being able to stomach the orange flavor ever again. Kind of like when you puke off tequila - it takes a long time before you can go back. I didn't have any water on me and I waited for someone to come around so I could beg for some to get the nasty taste out of my mouth and wet the whistle, but nobody came around and I had just get back on the saddle. Once I finally made it to transition I got lost on the run because the course wasn't very well marked. Long story short, it wasn't a good race but nonetheless when you complete something like that you can't help but feel accomplished because it's so sick.

Playing around

I think this is what the hubbs was doing most of the time -- waiting for my sorry ass to come around the corner.
Very glad we didn't see this guy
"The Look"
We also met this cute old man breaking a little horsey when we were at the trail head. He was so cute and we got to watch him handle the horses a little bit.
Overall it was a fantastic morning and a fantastic ride despite the "use it or loose it" technical abilities to handle obstacles. I am definitely rusty (a.k.a - a pussy) when clearing roots rounding corners. I lost a lot of the skills and quad muscles necessary to climb over roots and rocks etc...
Hopefully I can work this into the summer routine at least a few times a month. There are some good trails around here, but it's kind of scary going alone. At least the first time on a new trial. I worry about injury and being stranded in the woods by myself consequently being eaten by wild animals.
Oh yeah, the run was only about 15 minutes long. My legs were hurtin'!

9 comments:

Jamie said...

Sounds like a fun ride! Great job on the brick. Love the pics :)

D10 said...

Hey 15 min after a ride is still good.

I have friends who mountain bike all the time. I am way too chicken to hit the trails like that. Looks like fun though.

X-Country2 said...

Biking like that is HARE CORE! I'd love to be that girl some day. Nice work on the brick workout too.

Alisa said...

SCARY! I need my paved road...I'm waaaaaay tooooooo scared to try a single track. I'd end up in the bushes in no time.

I'm working my way toward a max brick run of 30 minutes. 15 is great. I'm going to shoot for 12 next week.

P.S. Yes, Cutting Edge is correct! We have the same favorite scene! Another fave is him trying to do ballet--LOVE IT!

P.P.S. I will have to think about a marathon training name for you.

Amanda said...

I am a too big of a chicken to mountain bike, but it looks like a blast. I cringed a little thinking about vomiting up orange gatorade, or tequila...yuck!

the gazelle said...

I haven't been on my mt. bike in waaaay too long. I think I might have to start working that into my schedule! I miss it - but probably have lost a lot of skills. Everything's better on the trail, right? :) Sounds like an awesome hard core time.

aron said...

ohhh that looks like so much fun!! love the pics :)

Missy said...

I suck at MTB! I cry, it's a baaaad scene all around! Nice pix.

Amy said...

Um, I am deathly afraid of mtn biking you so are my hero! Great pics!

Now, on to read about your race....