Today, I am probably going to go skiing. I know that sentence does not line up very well with the title of this blog entry, but bear with me through this and maybe I can make it make sense.
Winter is a thing here in Wisco. We have winter, and it is tough to get around that. There is snow on the ground, and the average high temperature this past week was in the single digits. It is hard to be thinking that you are going to do some sort of 2 wheeler thing in those conditions. I did ride the trainer yesterday, but that is hard to say that you are actually on a 2 wheeler while doing that. (You are, but the wheels are not moving so that is more like doing a track stand for an hour.)
Yesterday I spent the day sorting gear for next season, building up 5 pair of Oakley Airbrake goggles with fresh foam, fresh lenses etc… I inventoried all my parts and made orders for parts to get me through the season. I pulled my suspension to send it back to Fox Suspension to have them rebuilt, and I planned the full rebuild for the 250F (frame painted, bearings, motor, new plastic, new wheels, new seat, new bars etc…) This year I will be running the 250F for WIXC races and GNCC races. I picked up a 2014 200XCW, and that bike will be for Enduro races and the D16 series which tends to be a bit tighter and more enduro like. That bike will get the same treatment as the 250F and I will effectively have 2 fresh bikes for this season.
This is where Cross Country skiing comes in. It gets me outside, it is an amazing workout, and it makes all the white stuff out the window useable. But still, I do it because it ticks off the weekends towards the 2 wheeler season.
I always publish a list of 50 goals. (Actually, that is not really true. I create a list of 50 goals, but I only publish the non work goals.) Most of those goals are focused around 2 wheelers. I published the complete personal list on my other site, here I am just going to revisit the 2 wheeler list. Here is the parts of the list that were about 2 wheelers, with gaps where the other things were. As you can see, most involve 2 wheelers. (Not very dynamic, I know)
3. Ride the Strade Bianche citizen race.
5. Ride Moab or Whistler or Fruita or something iconic
6. Do a MTB trip with Lloyd.
7. Learn to take tight switchback turns on my Slash. This was on my goals last year, and I failed. So…it remains.
8. Wave at all cyclists that I see.
11. Do a road bike trip. I do like riding my road bike, and more importantly it is what Liz really really likes.
12. Master small and medium double jumps on my mountain bike.
13. Learn to wheelie on both my favorite mountain bikes and my motorcycle. I have said before that this is a genetic skill. I am going to take the year and learn to wheelie, or at least just about kill myself trying. By the end of the year, I will either wheelie or it will be a lost cause.
15. Change all my mountain bikes to 1X drive systems. Time to move into 2012.
16. Ride Copper Harbor.
17. Ride at least 3 MTB Enduro races.
18. Ride a race with Noah.
19. Ride a race with Russel.
21. Ride the State Championship CX race in Wisconsin.
25. Preseason off-road training camp in late March before South Carolina GNCC
26. Ride the Loose Moose Enduro.
27. Finish on the podium at Ironman GNCC in my class. In 2011, I was 4th at Ironman GNCC, then 5th at the first Loretta’s and won the 2nd Loretta’s race. In 2012 I notched a 6th at Ironman and then 5th at Loretta’s. In 2013 I came 5th at Ironman. In 2014 I was again 4th at Ironman. Close, but not quite there.
28. Learn to use the rear brake while using the throttle on my 250F. I am still struggling with this skill. I think it is imperative for me to get this skill if I have any hope of winning a GNCC race.
29. Master flat corners on my 250F.
39. Build a little 2-stroke for tight woods races.
40. Go to a World Cup DH race.
41. Go to a World Cup XC race.
42. Go to a WEC MTB Enduro.
43. Go to Flanders and Roubaix pro races.
Today there will be 9’16” of daylight where I live. (Lake Mills, Wi.) That isn’t very much. Means there are actually 13’44” of darkness. That is why we are so covered in snow, we are way north and we are tilted away from the sun. Makes it hard to contemplate a 2 wheeler ride.
But, each day we are gaining about 1.5 mins of daylight, and tilting back towards the sun just a little bit. By the end of the month of January, we will be gaining 2 minutes plus per day of daylight. By the end of February, we will have 11’11” of daylight (kinda some magic right there, eh?). Magically, on March 17, we will hit 12’01” of daylight. Think about it – the halfway point. Just as much daylight as darkness for the day.
That has to equal some sort of 2wheeler celebration On March 17. I think I will go ski now and contemplate that.