01.15.2017: The Outer Loop-A-Doop

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The Outer Loop-A-Doop is a slow grind when wet or warm, but man it’s fun when it’s frozen!

After a 2.5 hr indoor Sufferfest on Saturday I was really hoping to get outside today, so when the brain-trust was trying to decide on where to ride today I threw out the idea of the Evergreen/Comlara outer loop. I think this course is mostly used by long distance trail runners and some hikers more often than by mountain bikers.

I had only ridden it once or twice before so I was glad when Fader and Wolford said they roughly knew the route. It was cold enough so most spots were frozen on a trail that is often very slow and dragging. It was much faster today and safer than all the frozen single track with questionable wooden bridges.

We got in about 13-14 miles on the outer loop and then got in some cautious single track since two of us had regular mountain bikes set-ups and Wolford had studded tires on his single-speed set-up. Best quote of the day by Wolfod “these studded tires on this frozen ground is like hero dirt bros, hero dirt”.

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The amount of trails at Comlara are much more than most mountain bikers know about or even use…, this year a small group of us is hoping to ride a lot more of the outer trails and explore other training options as we build up the the Lumberjack 100 mile mountain bike race in June.

Special Guests: Mike Woldford, Aaron Fader

The Data: Ride on Strava.

01.14.2017: Wolford Pain Cave….again

When freezing rain hits a day early we slip and slide our way to Wolford’s basement pain cave and he fires up some Sufferfest videos on the big screen.

We did these three in a row… gulp.

This is only recommended with other bros in the room, noone should do this many solo… haaa… no really.

Special Guests: Chris Daniels, Mike Wolford, Aaron Fader

The Data: Ride on Strava.

12.31.2016: #festive500 Day 08: No Ride, Called in Sick!

Day 8, I’m roasted, toasted, spent and worn down… womp womp waaaaahhhh… but this is my first successful Festive 500 so Ted and I celebrate with a fresh new Rapha cap and a photoshoot!

Can’t decide, do we go with bill up like in the movie White Men Can’t Jump…. Ted looking very Wesley Snipes here!
Or do we go very flatbill and undercover… very low profile as to not alert the media when Ted is on the race scene?
No matter how we wear it, we already decided that Ted looks better in it than my big old melon does!

12.30.2016: #festive500 Day 07: Fatty Urban Playtime

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The week was starting to catch up to me so tonight was just about getting out and having some fun on the Big O(aka my Specialized Fatboy)!

Rode to Bloomington Cycle & Fitness to catch up with the shop crew and then took the Constitution Trail to Uptown Normal to be a punk kid and practice riding all the stairs up and down. I had a blast and even though I wasn’t feeling awesome I was still glad I got out and rode.

The Data: Ride on Strava.

12.29.2016: #festive500 Day 06: Ride Everyday.

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When does an easy spin ride on the Constitution Trail become more heated? Easy answer is just add one teammate, and it pops off even faster each additional teammate that gets added, haaaa.

This was my first day back at work this week so it was time to hit a night ride with the fellas. We met up at Bloomington Cycle & Fitness and decided with the wind we’d ride the Constitution Trail all the way north and then all the way east. Things were rolling smooth until we hit a patch of glass out east. We all stopped to check our tires… all tires were fine but then I noticed I had a broken spoke…time to roll it home smooth and easy to avoid it getting out of true and having to call sag… aka the wife for an embarrassing pick up!

Special Guests: Mark Tank, Jon Kiner, Dan Boser

The Data: Ride on Strava.

12.28.2016: #festive500 Day 05: 500k & then some!

As the Festive core crew rolls out… three of us will pass the 500k mark today, three days early to our delight!

This was an exciting ride… one of those days when you know you are going to hit the mark, not worried about performance or how you feel. Spirits were high and the conversations were up as well. This was my first time completing the Festive 500 in three attempts. Year one had 2-3 days or freezing rain and ice. Last year we traveled back and forth to Canada during the festive and nothing like 8hr days in the car to kill your effort level combined w/then having to ride solo at night… naaaah.

Left to right: Myself, Chris Daniels and Mike Wolford all well over the 500k mark on day 5. Now off to scout out the Cold Roll course.

Special Guests: Scott Davis, Chris Daniels, Mike Wolford, Matt Wilcoski

The Data: Ride on Strava.

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Next I drove out to the Timber Pointe Outdoor Center to do some fatbike recon for what the Cold Roll 2017 course could be with Scott, Dave and Gina.

While out on the Timber Pointe trails my GoPro Session caught a fun little whiteout by Scott Davis so I had to put a quick edit together… enjoy!

Special Guests: Scott Davis, Dave Osnowitz, Gina Mandros

The Data: Ride on Strava: Cold Roll Recon!

The Data: Ride on Strava: Cold Roll 2015 Course: Ripp’n Rad!

12.27.2016: #festive500 Day 04: 3 Musketeers Ride

Day 4, tired legs, tired mind and body… but according to Wolford, the key to Festive success is to ride everyday & take off work… so that we did!

This day was a struggle. Energy was at an all time low… everything was sore & tired. So we met up at the Constitution Trail spot we call the Y and the ride route and distance negotiation began. We decided on the Nasty Nate Recovery Route… aka the Nathan Bridges go west in to the wind then cruise back to town and duck back in to the CT for a easy spin home. Mission accomplished… and then an epic nap! zzzzzzZZZZZZ…

The Nasty Nate Recovery Route: go West my friend!
The spin back with the tailwind was glorious… the conversation and clowning really picked up then!

Special Guests: Mike Wolford, Chris Daniels

The Data: Ride on Strava.