I'm prone to migration in the heart of winter....searching for warm weather to get in the riding I desperately need. I'd call it training, but honestly, I haven't done much real training in the last 3 years. I like a good hard week of slummin' to find some form. Only since I started hanging out in the cycling capitol of Virginia have I learned the name for the feeling. Slummin' is hurting. Bonking. Feeling it. Dragging. Getting worked over. Being cross-eyed in your granny gear. Working it for every inch. In over your head. Feeling like shit. Oh yeah, that's me.
I kicked off our little block with a weekend training camp in Virginia. We put together a little shin dig at Chris Scott's Stokesville Lodge, home of the SM100. With an ample supply of world class mountain biking trails, we stayed busy all weekend. Knocking out 11 hours over the weekend with a cool little crowd was a great time!
The lodging at Stokesville was so nice, that we decided it was too nice for us. Rocky Balboa went back to the streets to defeat Clubber Lang...... so we hit the road to get hungry. We pointed South for some #vanlife......a phrase that our friend Matt Miller embraced as he spent all last year traveling around to races in his Astro Van. Joe decided he had to one up Matt, and he got a new Transit Van! All was going well, until the weather changed and a winter storm hit us. We decided we weren't fighting for the heavy weight world title, so it would be okay to get a hotel for a couple nights to stay dry and warm. We got a small amount of snow, but mostly freezing rain. All was well with freezing rain, but after several hours at Isequeena, it turned to the real thing. Ouch! Ceasars head was our staple ride with the best road conditions. The week was capped off with a 2.5 hour ride turned 5 hour tour. Again....OUCH! Although not an ideal week of weather (very cold and wet), we got in good some riding and even had one nice day of sunshine. My legs even came around by the end of it all! Success.
So its back to the highlands with snow piles taller than I am to get ready for our next adventure: another training camp! We need to have 5 people signed up for this, so check it out and come get in some riding with us.