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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Laps at Upper Paugussett SF - RAW

Day 4 of the 30 days of Biking Challenge and I was jonesin' all day to get on the mountain bike.  With my first mountain bike race of the season less than two weeks away, I need to get ready.  Of course, the diSSent is still not built due to issues stemming from a hydraulic brake caliper issue not fitting properly but fortunately I recently got a nice little gift cert to Amazon and just ordered some 2011 G2 Avid BB7s, Graphite Speed Dial 7 levers, and Clarkes Cables.  Hopefully, the diSSent will see some dirt this weekend and then all next week I will be riding it.

So it appears, based on my harried work schedule and the demands of the family my knobbies are going to be seeing a lot of the Upper Paugussett State Forest.  Monday's ride consisted of two laps on the Upper Gussy trail for a total of 8.5 miles.  Once again, having a sustainable trail which is the Upper Gussy after this winter is paying off in spades.  There is not a hint of mud on the whole trail.  There is a little mud on the forest road in which we call the Poly Brody but that is par for the course.

For race training, I think I am going to have to start at the intersection of Tamarack and Sanford Roads and work in laps going both up and down the Gussy.  Monday evening, all I had time for was two loops on the Gussy but to train harder and ride longer I really need to lap from the start point.  On my second helping of Gussy I did a half superman with a good quick recovery on the log up-and-over that leads into a little , little technical descent in which I just got careless.  In fact, everything else on that second run was better than the first go.

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