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.