|1995 Schwinn Frontier|
It's been on the John Muir trails and the Milwaukee River trails - it was my bike and it was fun.
Giant Anthem 3 Upgrade
|2006 Giant Anthem 3|
Vacations were now going to be upgraded. In spring 2007 I started making annual trips down to Moab, UT to ride the infamous slick rock and trails in the area. Amazing. Any where I went I brought my bike with me. I loved riding this bike. Every weekend you'd find me at the trailhead.
I did that til about 2012/13 and then I hit a wall and burned out from riding. I still rode some but managed to not look at the bike like I used to. I pretty much put it aside and picked up a new sport - rock climbing. I kept looking at the bike thinking I should really get it out but just didn't have the desire. I almost felt guilty for having it and not riding it.
In November 2014 I started talking to and hanging out with someone who rode mountain bikes. These discussions revived my guilt feeling for leaving my bike hanging in the basement. In December I finally pulled the bike down and took it to the trailhead. I'm so glad I did. My burnout period was over. It was time to start riding again. But now what - winter was coming.
Winter Riding - Fat Biking
With winter coming and finally getting beyond my burnout period I wanted to keep riding. To do so I bought a Fyxation Blackhawk fat bike. It was awesome - riding in snow. I was able to ride all winter. And I even decided to try racing - something I was always afraid to do. It was fun, I took home a few 2nd places and I was addicted.
Spring 2015 - Back in the saddle
This spring I took the Giant Anthem 3 to my local bike shop - Fyxation and had a tune up done on the bike. New tires, new rear shock, new derailuer hanger. Back in the game - it was time to head back out to Moab, UT and ride. I didn't realize how much I had missed riding the slick rock. But I did realize how much I needed to work on my riding to get back to the level I used to be at. And I think my Giant Anthem 3 was starting to show its age of 9 years old. Even with the tune up - I managed to do something to the rear brake when I was out there and had the brakes replaced upon returning home. Then the next trip over Memorial Day weekend to ride the CAMBA trails I started to have issues again with the gears jumping all over the place. I finally decided it was time for the next upgrade. And that this bike would become my project bike. Something to use to learn how to work on bikes and drive trains.
Salsa Spearfish Upgrade
|2015 Salsa Spearfish|
That conversation ended up going in a direction I hadn't thought it would and I happened to contact him at the exact right time and had an opportunity to upgrade the original upgrade I thought I was going to do. I ended up getting a custom built bike that was built to race in the WORS (Wisconsin Off Road Series). It was actually my dream bike. Wow. But now - I have a bike built for racing. I've never raced a mountain bike. And WORS is a pretty big series with some pretty serious competition. Not like the fat bike races I did during the winter. Do I do this? This is crazy. Do I do this? I guess I knew deep in my gut the answer. As I said above racing the fat bike was addictive. Yes - I will do this. Starting this August - I will race my new bike. It's a little stressful, but if I could do the fat bike race, I can do this. My goal for my first race - finish it.
I'm so glad my burnout period is over. I've been training by riding as much as possible. Riding on dirt as much as possible and getting out with other people to get used to riding with a group. Riding my road bike when I can't get out on dirt and working to push myself as hard as I can or as hard as riding in the city allows. Yes, I'm nervous. But I'll let the nerves drive me forward and get over my fear.
"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world." John Muir
I'm going to keep exploring between the pines and looking for new worlds to explore whether it be hiking or biking.