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Speed racer

Last year we got waxed. Our car was so bad it jumped lanes and took others out. Nothing like a kick in the teeth to motivate some research and design improvement. We did our best to come up with a fast car that would stay in its lane. At one point Wes said to me "I hope we don't get shamed like last year!"

The big night came. There was nervous excitement in spades (mostly mine).

Finally they go.

Wes' car is far left. It went a little faster 3 runs in a row as the graphite wore in.

Nothing like notching up one in the 'W' column only 4 days into the new year!

Blue Dome Racing

Kenny Jones and I have been chasing each other around for years, but usually just a bit too far apart to converse.  I've long admired his grit, quiet poise, and downright bike killing abilities.  Call it a man crush if you must.  Can you blame me?

So after the Park City shindig we cooked up a plan to race the 25 Hours of Frog Hollow on a 4 person SS with Heather and Lynda.

And then Heather stepped it up a notch.

"Let's go as missionaries of the Blue Dome!"

It all spun wildly out of control from there.  Name tags were made.

Deseret Industries received visits to acquire the proper kit.

Racing 25 hours in a tie?  Really?

As it turned out, everyone received the power of the Blue Dome with open arms and spinning legs.  It was such an easy sell at this crowd.  I think it was about a 50/50 split between folks that thought we were actual missionaries, and folks that got our little pun - but regardless, all seemed to love it.

The night is long in November - be prepared.

The days were warm which also took special preparation.

Appropriately, Zion was our constant backdrop.

The race was fantastic. The course was perfect: mixed dirt road/singletrack/wash climbs, down the rippin' Jem trail, then a few minutes of techy ledges on Hurricane Rim just to keep you honest. There was a new snack surprise every time I got off the bike in the timing tent. If you missed it this year don't miss it next year! Super fun, good vibe.

Post race meal rocked!

Oh, and we did make great bike race.

Kenny drilled it on his second lap trying to shake a persistent guy from the Idaho team and in the process nailed the fastest SS lap of all time on the course. Lynda drilled her first lap and got both the fastest female SS lap and fastest female overall lap (and only 2 min off Kenny's ripping lap to boot!).

Heather killed it on every lap. I went out after her...she told me she would be doing 1:15 laps and then turned a 1:02...guess who wasn't there in time? Doh! Didn't make that mistake again.

My last lap was nearly my fastest. I was locked an a duel with a geared rider and we were both loving it. It's been a loooooong time since I've had that much fun on a bike.

Lynda rode a lap inches off Greg Martin's wheel. She came in giggling about it, said it was sooo much easier cause it was a windy lap and Greg pushed it all out of the way for her (and also had some very kind things to say about his bike handling). Then Kenny came in off his lap was pissed that some dude wouldn't get off his wheel (it was the same team). LW and I busted into hysterics immediately ;)

In the end the Idaho boys opted to drink beer instead of get wrapped up in a drag race. They appropriately received beer mugs for their prize. Jon from Sabrosa captain'd a strong team for 2nd.

Look out for the Blue dome tour in 2011.

The Dixie’s in 2011

The Dixie 311 and Dixie Lite will morph into a single event for 2011:  the Dixie 200.  The route will be similar to that taken by Scott Morris last year http://www.topofusion.com/diary/2010/07/09/fleeing-to-dixie/.  The preliminary route is here.

Essentially it's the 311 minus the Sevier and Tushar  sections.  Using the Lite route as a reference point, it now includes the entire Paunsaugunt segment of the 311.  The full Paunsaugunt is a real treat :)

The recommended start is 8 AM Saturday,  June 25th at Woods Ranch (same location as last year).

The 311 is going native.  It will live on in the memory of all who rode it last year.  I don't plan on modifying the route at all - so last year's files are good to go should you have an urge to challenge yourself a bit more.

Gander on Goose

Below is some more video Dave shot up on Gooseberry Mesa last weekend with his new vid cam. The start is a bit wobbly. After this ride we stopped by Over The Edge and he bought a nice new much better fitting helmet. That makes me happy :-) I like seeing his head better protected.

"Look ma no baseball hat"

I like the part when he had the camera attached to his seat post. Fun to see a different angle.

If you watch all the way to the end you'll see me on film being the dork I am in real life. I might have to censor my behavior more now the camera is around ;-) or maybe not...it sure is fun seeing the videos Dave is putting together. I think he has a real knack for it and each one gets better than the last.

Interbike social ride

Or, a Camp Lynda stoke primer?

A couple of Ergon stars stopped by on the way to InterBike.  We did our best to show them a good time :)  Yuki amazed with his tech skills + bursty power abilities.  His move at the end of the vid is the first time I've seen Collarbone hill cleaned, and it was his second time.  I didn't have the camera on when he did it the first time.

Jeff had no trouble keeping up despite his crushing of the VT125 the weekend prior...and LW's pace setting which was a bit froggy.  New bike love is surrounding her right now!  Jeff reveals hidden secrets in the middle of the video.

This video cam stuff is fun, but more geeky and time consuming than power meters!  When the ride ends the experience has only just begun...

Interbike Social Ride with Ergon Riders Jeff Kerkove and Yuki Saito from Dave Harris on Vimeo.

Expectations

My tagline for the last decade has been "Mom-Coach-Racer-Not always in that order". Usually it all threads together nicely with each taking turns at the front. I didn't expect 2010 to be any different for me. Expectations are funny things when seen with hindsight and curiosity.

2010 started right on target with a great race at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo followed up with some local xc racing to sharpen the speed for Cohutta 100 in April. I DNF'd Cohutta which was not expected and stung. In fact I got hit by lightening during the race... I didn't expect that! It fritzed me good and to the core. I didn't expect the impact it would have and denied it had any effect on me but in hindsight it took me 10 weeks off training to feel any sort of good/normal after.

So racer was shelved and mom-coach took the lead for a while.

Next we spent July in Crested Butte. I didn't do any training in CB but lots and lots of JRA (just riding around) with and without kids, which since has deteriorated into JGA (just goofing around) taking pictures of things I see on rides.

Toadstools

and Buffaloes

Thistles. I love thistles. They are the Scottish National flower full of folklore. A bare foot Viking attacker stepped on one at night and cried out, so alerting the defenders of a Scottish castle.

Rides have been more about big views

and awesome trails

Seeing curious things. This took a photo of me taking a photo of it. Ha, ha. Some researcher is going to have to look at that.

and fresh evidence of things that could eat me and were probably watching me.

and not at all about TSS, IF and watts. FT, VO2max and power. Not at all about "training".

So now here I am, in mid August, not having actually "trained" since March. The last time I took 5+ months off training was 8 years ago and I gave birth...It is a curious place to find myself and was not expected!!

My "Coach" side is laughing because now I get to see the difference between months of JRA/JGA and actual training. To see/feel/be the difference between being fit and being fast, which I preach daily to clients. A visceral confirmation that this statement is true. Always so much to learn experientially as a coach - the good and the other...

My "Racer" side is not laughing so much as in 2.5 weeks time is Park City Point 2 Point race which I expected to race - oops! What am I to do with THAT expectation?