10/11/06

Location =  Cibola National Forest  
Distance =  27.03
Time =  3:49:41
Ave. Speed =  7.0
Max. Speed =  26.5
Monthly Dist. =    172.48
Yearly Dist. =  2861.41

This was a shakedown ride for my bike, to make sure that it is ready for the race this weekend. I'm not ready, but I think that the bicycle is. I've been putting it together for the last couple of months. I've got my racing wheels on it, I've had maintenance done on the fork, I had the shock rebuilt, although it broke after one ride, so I put my ebay shock back on, and I'll ride with that. I've got new lp bar-ends that I bought on ebay. There was a hole in the carbon fiber on my previous set. I moved my titanium spindle pedals over from my road bike, and I've got new tires, front and back, new chain, cogs, and rings. Now, if I only had a brain, I'd be doing all right.

I stayed home from work today, to spend a little bit of time with my mom, who was visiting from out of town, and to take her to the airport. When I got back to the house, I headed out to Mars Court, and made my way down to Otero Canyon. From there, I went up the highway to Juan Tomas, and up toward Cedro Peak. A short distance before the gate, I took a trail that I haven't been on before. It wandered around on the east side of Cedro, and connected up with other trails. I took the approach of making all right turns, and wouldn't you know it, I was led up a steep climb, pushing the bike, that turned out to be a dead end at the top of a little crest. Bummer. I went back down to the next trail, and continued making right turns. Eventually, I came to Pinyon Trail, that took me up to Bear Scat Trail, and then to Juan Tomas. From there I cruised up Mahogany Trail to Oak Flat, then back to the house.

I got beat up pretty good on this ride. I don't know if it was the new tires, or lack of skill on my part, but I crashed three times. All three were head first, thrown over the handlebars crashes. The first one was fairly tame, and I was able to catch myself with my hands, and suffered no injury. The second one banged up my arms a little bit, but I was relatively unscathed. The third one really got me. I was slammed down on some big rocks, but luckily, I managed to get my arms out in front of me, and break the fall a little bit. My face then smashed in to my arms, giving me a bloody nose, and bruised elbows. It would have been a lot worse if I had smashed in to the rocks, rather than my arms. I was on Pinyon Trail when the third crash happened, and I had to walk up a lot of steep trail to get out of there, all the while bleeding as I went. Wonderful.

I did make it home safely, only to find out that my crew has abandoned me for the race this weekend. I am on my own, and totally dead. Right now, my life sucks.....



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