I’ve been “training” for the Tour Divide Race for about a month now. I
wasn’t really slouching in my physical condition, but the year started
out slow with my knee injury, ending in very successful physical therapy
and a wonderful summer spent in Colorado riding bikes and discovering
the fun of doing all the walk up hikes up 14ers.
I managed to crack the frame on my Surly Steamroller again. Same place as before, when John was kind enough to weld it back together. The weld held for years of me
abusing the frame. I have no money for a
comparable frame, especially since I want to buy an MTB to end all
MTB’s, so we’ll just have to see what happens and troll CL.
1/24/11: Rest 1/25/11: I thought it’d be fun to see how fast I could
go from REI, around Cherry Creek and back, time trial mode. My road bike
is out of commission with a broken shifter and my touring bike is too
slow to really make this any fun, so I just used my brakeless fixed
Did a nice 100+ mile bike ride, down the cherry creek bike path, West on
E-470 trail to Deer Creek Canyon, up High Grade Road and to HW 73
through Evergreen and then took the turn to Morrison and back home via
Jewel until it hits up the Platte River bike path and then home.
Bike Ride @ moderate pace around Cherry Creek Res and back ~ 35 miles? (I forgot to check the computer)
Should have been less moderate, but turned more moderate as it was slightly windy and I just *had* to catch up to some actual Cat 3-ish bike racers, who seemed to be on a recovery ride from this weekend’s cyclocross stuff.
“A venturesome minority will always be eager to set off on their own, and no obstacles should be placed in their path; let them take risks, for godsake, let them get lost, sunburnt, stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive under avalanches – that is the right and privilege of any free American.”
— Edward Abbey
These few paragraphs comprise my personal Letter Of Intent in racing the Tour Divide:
Upon waking up at 5:30 am, I turned back over to, perhaps, wake up at a more agreeable time. Waking up was becoming an increasingly larger problem in my life. My mornings slipped to afternoon and then, later afternoon, until I was by last Tuesday, getting up nearly at 5:00 pm. A vampire.
Summer totally flew by for me, but I was able to take a few little trips out and about to check out the, “backyard”. I’m moving soon, so it seemed like a good idea to see what’s out there. Here’s a small 4-day trip to Leadville and back, with a little side-step hiking.
First, here’s where we’re going:
Starting in Denver, we’re going South East on 285 to Leadville, CO, where we’re gonna climb Mt. Elbert, the highest point in Colorado. I’ve been scheming to do this for a while and finally found time to do it.