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Nice Sunday Ride

I told Alisha about my adventures in riding not easily like I should yesterday and she suggested a relaxed pace ride out of Apex Cycling Spoken Here this morning. If we finished in time (we didn’t), we could head over to Bond Park and spectate some of the cyclocross races.

Out of Apex, we headed [...]

Pumpkin Race?

So the crappy, wet weather cleared just in time for the Pumpkin Ride, replaced by temperate, but gusty conditions. The turnout wasn’t very big, but several wore Halloween costumes, which was a kick. The most memorable was the jelly donut. How do I know he was a jelly donut? Well, my friend Amy Slater and [...]

Test Run

Just got the new trail shoes.

The DS Trainer X’s are insufficient on rocks and roots, and I didn’t have anything that worked quite right. The Timberland’s that I ran in last year are too narrow to provide adequate stability. I really don’t want to hear that crunch sound again of my ankle flopping awkwardly [...]

Back on Company Mill

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Company Mill Trail that is. For those of you familiar with the Umstead circuit, that’s the single track lollipop loop that heads out of the Harrison parking lot. The map says it’s 5.86 miles, although it sure seems longer. I’ve heard people refer to it as 7 miles, which may be true. I don’t [...]

Wet Recovery Ride

This morning I woke up feeling like I’d been run over by a truck. Not the tri truck, but like a semi. Ouch. And it was cold and raining. Ugh. Yet, I know a nice, easy ride is the best thing to work out the soreness. Finally, I feel a little looser and the rain [...]

NCTS Invitational Triathlon

In it’s inaugural year, this race is modeled after the Lifetime Fitness triathlon where you have to qualify to attend and the women are pitted against the men by giving them a 14 minute head start. Bill Scott, the race director, calculated a 14 minute equalizer. There was some debate whether it was too much [...]

New Truck in the Driveway

We did it. Finally. After researching, test driving, comparing and haggling, we ended up with a 2005 Mazda B3000 for under $12k cash, out the door. The truck was the dealership’s parts delivery truck, but they fixed it up with new tires, a full detail, and are fixing the cracked bumper. The mileage is a [...]

Iron Cross IV – Long Distance Cyclocross

Billed as the “longest cyclocross in America”, this race seems to have an increasing cult following. In it’s fourth season, the race garnered double the registered entrants of last year’s race. Having now done it, I will say this—it’s EPIC.

For the 9am start, my husband and I set out to the race site from [...]

Iron Cross Lite Cyclocross

Today was the short, normal cyclocross version. I signed up for Women’s A, which rolled at 1:30pm, which gave the day time to warm up to maybe 50 degrees with some gusty winds. The leaves are changing here in Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania. Yellows and reds are cropping up set against bright, sunny blue [...]

Which Way is Up?

What a crazy week it’s been! I met a couple of friends for an open water swim Tuesday evening, but we ran out of sunlight pretty quickly and only swam for 20 minutes. Water’s getting colder at Jordan Lake– must have been close to 70 degrees, which is chilly to start but nice with a [...]