Packed snow on the well traveled trails gets me out at 10-15 psi, watching out for a burped too soft tire...softer the better. As always snow is great, ice is bad. Anyone have a 2.1 x 29" studded tire? Letting the front go where it wants in the sled tracks, getting more comfy with the drift. All proper winter. Big ski tour tonight, We'll see how the first ski of the year on the last day goes.
Even a bland countryside like this looks good if you need time in the legs. It wasn't that chilly either. Better this than struggling to develop the tendonitis to keep you off the bike when it's 22 degrees and your pedaling in the wind. Jackass, get your skis out!
Tied up packages are my favorite thing this time of year, Holidays, (which I don’t entirely like) and the happiness it brings (that part I like). Some other packages too; as the season is wrapped up and the end of racing for a little while brings a chance to take a deep breath and evaluate what needs replacement, overhaul or re-design. I think right now I am leaning toward re design as the season brought not a whole lot of joy on the skinny knobbies. The joy was only on the road and mountain bike. Riding older stuff that is questionable isn’t the best thing if you care or are just plain super fast where it doesn’t matter. I didn’t fall into those categories this year. I am doing my part to stimulate the economy, not everything is free, and I don’t mind making a contribution.
This is what home looks like for the next 5 months. Maybe more. It will be a lot of this, it brings twisted joy to ride the singletrack that is smoother in the Winter than the Summer. I have plenty of options. I just need to get there. Skis play a part too.
Driving today is like riding yesterday, the tires contact but lack grip. Fun if you're the only one out, not fun if you have all of the metal things around you.
I went up to the attic and rode the trainer for almost an hour. It wasn't bad, at all. Just the iPod and a fresh episode of This American Life and I was golden for the time I needed. Fresher legs getting off the bike than when I started. 3 races left, then a break before a little New Years fun. If it happens...