30 March 2013

Grand Ridge, Duthie Hill MTB ride

Another milestone! Today I went for my first mountain bike ride since hurting my ankle and it went well.

I had let a friend borrow my van so was not able to drive to the start of the ride but luckily it was an incredible day and Bill Huggins had room in his car so I rode to Mercer Island and met him there. Turns out it's just three miles and takes just 20 minutes to get from my house to the Mercer Island Park & Ride even on my heavy MTB with knobby tires! Nice.

In the car I met Chip, Bill's friend. Nice guy.

Having Grand Ridge and Duthie Hill so close to home is fantastic. Grand Ridge has been a staple for years and Duthie Hill just keeps getting more developed and buffed out. And on a day like today when it's been dry for a few days? The trail conditions were perfect.

What was not perfect were my bike handling skills... Oh man was I sucking.

First of all I am on a 'new' bike (old frame but new bars and stem), secondly I have not ridden any mountain bike in at least seven months and third I am riding kinda cautious because of my ankle. Within perhaps half a mile of the climb I fell down because my rear tire spun from lack of traction and I tipped over. Oh well, I didn't get hurt. Oh yeah, my brakes are brand new and the pads are not broken in yet so they were not stopping me super well at first.

But I kept getting better throughout the ride so that was great. I didn't bring a camera so had to scrounge for photos online... this place is just so much fun.



Riding home from Mercer Island in the sun was so nice. Just the ticket.

Sleep 6
Waking HR  
Body Weight  
Body Fat  
Breakfast 6:00 AM - apple sauce, 2 scoops Perpetuem, banana, Udo's Oil, walnuts, tea
7:00 AM - Hammer Bar
Workout Food water, Promax bar
Time of Day 8:30 AM
Workout Type endurance
Weather mid 40s - 60, dry, sunny, calm
Equipment Performance Access XCL, Garmin Edge 500
Clothing baggy MTB shorts, Craft Active Classic Short Sleeve Baselayer, short sleeve jersey, thin full finger gloves, cap (I also had on a Brooks Podium LS shirt for the first few miles)
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