What a great ride today!
In spite of the threat of rain, and me just getting over four days of a nasty stomach virus, I set out this morning not quite knowing what lie ahead. And I had an awesome ride!!
First, for those of you that remember that I bent a tooth on my middle chainring last week...I brought my bike to work with me and had our service mgr check it out. We not only fixed the bent tooth, but we also fixed my squeaky bottom bracket and added a link to the chain.
WOW!!! What a diff. Everything worked and sounded 100% better. The Scalpel is truly an awesome machine.
*And* my skills are improving.
Highlights of the ride:
I was able to clear an obstacle (twice!!) that until today I had always chosen to walk around or step over.
I rode with exceptional confidence today. My max speed was 9 MPH faster than my last ride, and my average speed is up 5 MPH.
I didn't fall. Not once.
I hit my first stream crossing today. Twice, of course. My ass got soaked and the water was way colder than I expected. But the bike got a nice bath. I estimate the water was only 2-3" deep - Not nearly close enough to the BB to cause any problems.
I did two climbs which up until now I always chose to walk. I nearly passed out on the second.
Finally, I broke my single trip maximum off-road miles. Today I did 15 miles without hitting the paved trail (except to *cross* it to get to the next singletrack). I did stop a few times to catch a breath, call my wife, enjoy the scenery, chat up a couple off-road hotties.
Anyway, thanks for reading my little progress report. I'm still on a euphoric high from my ride so forgive me if I rambled.