After nearly two weeks of sunshine and warm temperatures, we returned home to sub freezing and snow. More snow was on the way as well. Before, that would have set me to the trainer or to a run. Not this year. I'm thinking except for targeted workout where I have specific goals in mind, the trainer isn't gonna see a lot of use. Nick was right last year with his trainer killers article. There's no excuses to get out and play in the snow now.
changed? A new bike of course and Sunday morning was the maiden ride. We got it
just before our trip and had enough stuff to do without trying to get a bike
fit as well. So when the snow started falling Saturday night, I was jonesing to
go. Nick gave it the once over and did the fit Sunday morning while I made
breakfast and then it was time to ride. We dressed for the freezing yet sunny
weather and headed west towards the mountains. Fatso (yes - nicknamed after my cat Isis..) was going to get a proper
shake down ride for the first pedal.
A few things
I noticed - that bike is a lot of work to pedal. Its big and heavy and looks
utterly ridiculous underneath me. People
notice the fat bikes - took the same route to Stratton that we normally do and
instead of getting ignored, everyone was commenting on the big tires. It's back
to basics riding. No suspension means using my body much more intelligently
even on the easy trails. And even though the huge tires do provide great
floatation on the snow, it's still up to me to keep them turning. Traction is
an even bigger issue and any weak spots in the pedal stroke are easy to
|Nick heading up into Stratton - no first tracks there. Someone had beaten us there|
|But we did get first tracks on Spring Creek!|
|Coming down Spring Creek - not enough snow, but enough to be fun!|
|On Columbine - man that bike looks huge under me!|
Plenty of things to work on! All while having fun and challenging what most people consider riding conditions. That and the winter bike series means this is going to be an exciting winter.
|Coming up the Chamberlin extension - winter workouts are going to be awesome this year|