Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Hello old friend
I spent countless hours in rain, snow and freezing cold this winter building my base on this bike and then put it in the basement. After deciding that I was only going to race on dirt and selling off all my road equipment I decided it would be good to get this ready for CX and to commute on... I love this bike. It needed a FULL overhaul and the BB and headset were barely turning. After a little love it's ready to go. Euro bend bars, TRP carbon brakes, Cosmic Carbone SL's, super-pro Concor Light saddle and Full DA 10. That's a 50t big ring, but I'm going even more super pro and putting a 46 on there as well as some Dugast Rhinos...
The legs started to feel normal again this morning... I was playing with fire all last week, increasing the work load one last time until I start to taper for Nats... Hopefully I have some legs for this weekend at the DINO AMBC race, it's going to be a fast one... I kept telling myself to train through it but didn't realize my legs were still going to feel like rubber yesterday. Switching back and fourth between two new bikes and one I haven't ridden in a couple months will make some muscles react as well. I think I'm getting them pretty close at this point though.
I'm going to go see how the OIZ feels today. I really want to ride the ALMA at Muscatatuck, but in the back of my head think that since it's my last race before NATS I should race on the bike I'm going to race on there. The course would be pretty well suited for the big wheels though...
I ordered up a BlackSpire 38 tooth chain ring for the Alma. I'm going to run a 38/28 or 26 2x9 on my XTR cranks. I'm thinking about maybe putting a 40 or 42 on the OIZ as well... It's hard to pry those purdy XTR rings off though, especially when they shift so well.
Eat lots of BEETS and Blueberries. They are good for you.