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N. American Cutoff

N. American Cutoff

I was planning on doing a weird loop up Stagecoach and around N. American Cutoff. But Stagecoach was totally overgrown, and some lunatic built a wall across N. Amercan Cutoff.

I dug up something years ago indicating that the local parks district owned an easement guaranteeing trail access between Rocky Peak Park and Sage Ranch Park. Oh well. I guess nobody told the guy who put up the wall.

My new tires felt a little stiff on my last ride, so I set them a bit lower this time: 23r/20f. Perfect. I might find that 25/22 rolls slightly faster, but last night felt smooth and grippy. Just awesome.

And especially if I'm going to take a stab at Johnson in 30, I'll want a little more cush.

Sandstone Hills, Hidden Meadows

Sandstone Hills, Hidden Meadows

I started this ride three times. The first time, I went back for a jacket. The second time, I got up the switchbacks before realizing I'd left my phone in the car. I finally had my act together the third time.

The sun was setting, and on my way up Hidden Meadows I pulled over to let some hikers pass. They were friendly, and when they heard I was headed for Lang Ranch, one said, "I hope it stays light!" I answered, "Me too!" and headed off chuckling: I guessed it would only take me 20 minutes to get back to my car, so I had plenty of daylight. One of my favorite things about mountain biking is how much territory you can cover.

Hidden Meadows Loop

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Quick (For Me)

Fourth place on the Strava leaderboard for the Big Sky loop. Feels pretty good. Feels even better to have taken four minutes off my time from last week. A huge part of that is simply staying on the Strava route. But I'm also getting quicker on the clibs and the downhills, which is awesome.

This loop is basically a 15-minute interval session followed by a fun run home, and that's doing exactly what I'd hoped it would. I can feel my legs lasting better on the climbs, and they're recovering better between climbs.

I'm itching to taking another shot at the First St. Steeps. But that's going to have to wait. I need to focus on real life the rest of this week.

Big Sky Loop

Rebalancing

Rebalancing

This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away... to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing.

-Yoda

And that, in a nutshell, is what I'm working on.

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So... yeah. That feels pretty good.

So... yeah. That feels pretty good.

Crazy day. Lots going on. Had a little energy to burn off after work, and not a lot of time to do it in. No reason not to go all-out. Feels great to be posting consistent new PRs again. Part of that is that I'm doing shorter rides. But part of that is that I'm legitimately feeling pretty good.

I'm still doing my rehab stuff, still trying to take better care of myself, and still trying to find the right balance between the time & energy I spend on cycling and the time & energy I spend on the rest of my life.

It's nice to do a quick lap and then get back to real life. Feels like the right balance.

Big Sky Loop

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