Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Worked Over

Last week was big - bigger than expected. Somehow I ended up with 20+ hours on the bike, but don't worry I'm making up for it now....

It started with a big commute to Trek Bikes of Tucson last monday to finish up the pre-inventory audit. Tuesday was a solid 50 miles w/ Brian Rach and Andrea out to Collassal Caves and Saguaro East to test the time/distance of a route for the upcoming camp with the crew from Detroit.
Andrea & Rach in Saguraro Nat'l Park

Wednesday I wanted a good jam session with Trav and the GoPro so we hit up Mt. Lemmon and the Bug Springs trail. Anytime you do this ride its big, but rolling from home, to Le Buzz, up the Mtn, down the trail, and then back home is big...especially when you have to finish up The Alp de Ridgeside. Its actually a nice neighborhood road with a great bike path along the edge and lots of nice homes. It winds back and forth as you climb a gradual 5% back towards the home on Old Spanish Trail. No matter what kind of ride you did though Ridgeside manages to kick your ass .especially at the end of a 55 mile mtb ride. It was all worth it though...see for yourself! And don't forget to switch to HD!

After the big ride it was a bike build session for the crew and then a delivery trip to the Jeremiah Inn.  Thursday camp started with a good jam session out to Colassal Cave again for a solid 60 miles and Andrea took Mary Ann mountain biking at Fantasy Island.  Friday was another mountain bike session with Andrea, Mary Ann, and Wayne hitting up Fantasy Island again while Tom and I rode the AZ Trail.

Sam & Emily w/ 26 inch wheels!!!
Friday was non-stop action - as soon as camp ended for the day I was off to Trek Bikes of Tucson, Oro Valley for "Meet The Pros Night"  We had an awesome turn out with 30+ loyal TBOT customers and superfans.  Sam Schultz & Emily Batty covered the MTB/Nutrition side of things, while Linsey Corbin talked about Tri's and Training.  I touched a little bit on Cross, Sponsorship, and we tied it all together with how to race "Fast" and a really fun Q & A session with everybody.  It was a blast, but by the time I got home at 11:30pm I was wasted, but not finished yet...still a whole slew of e-mails and files to analyze for my day job at Momentum Endurance!

Saturday was the big day up Mt. Lemmon - one trip up the Mountain and I ended up with 70 miles and 8,000+ feet of climbing going back and forth between the groups.  The girls were joined by Candice from Trek Bike of Tucson and had a blast while the guys were on a mission to make it to the top.  Everyone had fun and we finished the night off with a good dinner at El Charro with guest appearances from a few of the Kenda 5 Hour Pro roadies.
The big climb up Mt. Lemmon

By Sunday morning I was really hurting.  Already 18+ hours on the bikes and another day to go...luckily the gang was feeling it too and we took an easy ride out to the end of Tanque Verde Rd. and finished off with an easy cruise to Le Buzz for some coffee.  The campers took off Sunday, but left me with a slew of work.  Swapping wheels, cleaning bikes, trading pedals, and then boxing them up to ship back t the Motor City.

Taking care of business!
Andrea flew home Monday morning for a job interview so we went for a nice Valentines dinner Sunday night at Zona 78!  Rosco and I have been bachelors for the last 2 days and haven't really accomplished much!  No bikes - 3 movies - On the road to recovery.  This weekend is the big inventory at the shop and then vacation really starts one month later!


DMC said...

20+ hours Damn I was feeling good about 13+ but now I have make up a few.. I miss the desert... Enjoy your time there..

Paynful said...

You were just thinking that riding with us would be like recovery time since we are MI flatlanders... LOL!!