The weekend after the St. George race I traveled down to Moab with my road bike. I can probably count on both hands the amount of times each year my road bike gets to go outside~it lives on the trainer~and I am 100% certain that it has never traveled out of Salt Lake City to be ridden. But, it was the Skinny Tire (read: road bike) Festival in Moab and a big fundraiser for local cancer organizations. I went to Moab and met up with the Above & Beyond Cancer RAAM (Race Across America) team. Above & Beyond is a cancer foundation based in Des Moines, Iowa and I had been communicating with them about joining their team to Race Across America in June. And while I have since decided that my body is just not quite ready to race (and then recover) from 7-10 consecutive days of hard effort, it was a fun weekend meeting inspiring new friends nonetheless. I admit, it was a bit melancholy to be in Moab without a mountain bike~especially because we rode past many of my favorite trailheads.
Day 1: We rode to Dead Horse Point. Funny. I had never been there before.
Photo: Jim Kirsner
Day 2: Cruised along the Colorado River with some cool girls. Stacy, Me, Carrie.
Photo: Jim Kirsner
The following weekend, Shannon and I traveled to Southern Utah for the True Grit. True Grit is a 2nd year event held on some pretty classic St. George, Utah trails. There are three race length options: 25 miles, 50 miles, and 100 miles. While the 100 mile option seems just crazy in March, Shannon opted for the 50 mile race and I stuck to the even shorter 25 mile race. Although it would have been fun to mix it up with the 50-miler girls, I feel that March is a little too early to push my body at race pace for 50 miles.....especially this year! My race was pretty uneventful. I ended up riding by myself the entire time with the exception of when I decided to turn around and climb back up a downhill because I was convinced I missed a turn. I rode back to the next racer and he reassured me that I hadn't missed a turn so we proceeded down the trail once again. The trails were stellar, the company good, and I ended up with the win. And despite the gloomy weather forecast for Sunday, Shannon and I snuck in 3 hours on Church Rocks before heading home.
Which brings us to last weekend. My first weekend home in a month. I was pretty tired from all of the traveling/racing/training of the proceeding weeks so my weekend mountain biking was relatively mellow. I also had the opportunity to ride bikes with a great girlfriend who I probably haven't ridden with since 2005!
Stacy, Me, Cathy. Stacy and I were teammates on Team Sugar in 2004.
Next up, back to St. George for Intermountain Cup #2. I get to try to race the fast girls again....