Same last last week’s route, only hopefully this time Paul and I can make it.
Meet at yellow gate on Langley Parkway near the hospital for a loop of Winant, St Pauls, and Bow Trails. 6pm.
Been a little quiet since the Pats Peak race. It’s been crazy busy with installing new flooring in the bedroom in anticipation of our new bedroom furniture. My riding and running has suffered a bit.
Last weekend was the floor install, wall painting, baseboard painting, and general hard labor. In truth it took about 7 days of work. Instead of tackling it all at once, I ripped out the 25 year old carpet and carpet pad bit by bit and Mia painted the walls over 3 days. It was less daunting to do it this way.
Our furniture arrived this past Thursday and was setup by the Bernie & Phyls people. Now the task of getting everything back in order and emptying out the old dressers and nightstands commences.
Now that we finally have a decent looking Tuesday Forecast, the Tuesday ride for 6/19/12 will be riding the hospital trails, St Paul’s, and Bow trails. Meet at the yellow gate on the Concord Hospital side of Langley Parkway for 6pm.
Paul and I once again participated in the Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival. So far we have done the 2009 6 hour 2 person, and in 2011 we did the 5 person/coed 24 hour race. This year we decided on giving the 12 hour 2 person relay a shot. What did we have to lose after suffering through 24 hours of rain last year, this year would seem like a breeze (hopefully).
The forecast for Saturday was upper 70′s and sunshine with night time lows going into the 50′s. This was the perfect forecast for me. I had already told Paul after the 2011 Rain-fest I had no intentions of racing for 12 hours in the rain. It was looking pretty glum all week too. We basically had rain almost every day between Tuesday and Friday. Luckily Saturday was looking beautiful.
The course for 2012 had a few additions to it. They eliminated 2 sections of ski slope climbing and replaced them with some switchback glade climbing. The total course is only about 5 miles, but it gains almost 900 feet per lap. Not too bad if you were doing a 2-3 lap event, but throw in 12 hours of relay, and it really starts to wear on you. Most of the course had dried out except for a few of the open ski slope crossings. The couple downhill sections seemed a little rougher this year too. All in all a very difficult course, but not impossible.