R/R-"Reflections"

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by Dave, Jan 27, 2003.

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  1. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Remember when you mom used to harp at you about the merits of a well balanced breakfast? And of
    course, you just thought that it cut into your sleep time before school, and that it wasn't that
    important. Well guess what Sparky, she was right....( isn't she usually?)

    Slept in late....well, as late as a very rambunctious 6 y.o boy would allow! Got up at 09:00 fed the
    little monster so that he would quit jumping on my head. My girl like to sleep late, she'll eat when
    she stirs...

    Get all my gear together and shag ass to Jackson, 1 hour away. Passing several fast food
    establishments, as well as some good ol' fashioned sit down and eat restaurants. Nope, no time,
    gotta hit the trail early. It' going to be a beautiful day. and I don't want to miss any saddle
    time. Besides I had an orange with me, and some protein bars (2) a bottle of Gatorade, and my 'bak
    full of H2O. I was good to go.....

    Or so I thought......

    I hit the trailhead at 1130, and the lot was full. Barely could get to my usual parking spot. It was
    a cool 35 degrees. Supposed to get near 40. Didn't matter what the temp was, it was on....

    I hit Bootleg flat out smoking, trying to build my body temp to help combat the cold. Onto Fern
    gully and I was still cookin...then came the climb on Wagontrack. this is the part where I started
    reflecting on life, I started reflecting on things that life has taught me, things my mother tried
    to teach me as a child. Things like wear a jacket when it's cold, don't talk with a mouthful of
    food. Be kind to the elderly. You've all heard it. But the one that stood forefront of my memories
    after the climb out on Wagontrack was, "Don't forget to eat a good breakfast everyday" "You'll need
    the energy"

    She was right.

    I started feeling it then. It was subtle at first. A little more winded than normal at this stage of
    the ride. Legs feeling a little heavier, slower. Arms felt like lead weights. I ate a couple protein
    bars. Drank some of the Gatorade, and pushed on. The down hill side of Pine mountain was a welcome
    respite from the climbing. I've wrote about this before. Suffice it to say, one can haul ass down
    this stretch, grabbing waterbars all the way throughout, down, down, down I flew, feeling good from
    the speed. But it's not all about the downhill. There are a few more climbs to drain your energy on
    this ride. After making the Sandy Creek loop I came up into The newly formed Brown Lee loop. 1.4
    miles of mush. This place is gathering a lot of attention thanks to all the e-tards over at MTBR
    (thanks for the designation JustaDick!) and the newer trails are still being packed in....I feel
    lucky to be able to help blaze new trails. Or at least help them to be the well packed trails we all
    yearn for. But right now, there a bit mushy. Now I happen to love a good wet trail, I love getting
    muddy. But I don't love walking in it, and my energy level had become too depleted to be able to
    pull it....I couldn't get it done.

    I bonked. Hard.

    Dejected, I decided to pack it in, today just wasn't my day. I skipped the Huff-N-Puff loop. There
    was no way I could pull the hardest, recently extended nut crusher that is Huff-N-Puff. But I did go
    ahead and try the new extension of moonshiner, that was recently cut back up to the cars. Kudos to
    Ike and the gang. No more fire road back to the trail head. More singletrack! Nothing wrong with
    that! I slowly rolled back into the lot, dragging ass. Beat. Wore out. Couldn't ride another block.

    While I was putting my gear away, a few of the local LBS contingent showed up. the Sun was out, and
    it was getting warmer. I told em' of the soft spots on Brownlee. Wished them a good ride, and asked
    if they had all eaten their breakfast, They all said yes, save for one. I felt sorry for him.......

    Dave (eat a good breakfast!)
     
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  2. Cleanbean

    Cleanbean Guest

    "Dave" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Remember when you mom used to harp at you about the merits of a well balanced breakfast? And of
    > course, you just thought that it cut into your sleep time before school, and that it wasn't that
    > important. Well guess
    what
    > Sparky, she was right....( isn't she usually?)
    >
    > > Snip good lesson
    > Dave (eat a good breakfast!)
    >
    I enjoyed reading that. Good advice to reflect upon. Cleanbean
     
  3. Michael Dart

    Michael Dart Guest

    "Dave" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Remember when you mom used to harp at you about the merits of a well balanced breakfast? And of
    > course, you just thought that it cut into your sleep time before school, and that it wasn't that
    > important. Well guess
    what
    > Sparky, she was right....( isn't she usually?)
    <snip lesson relearned>

    Never underestimate the amount of calories your body burns just trying to keep warm.

    Mike
     
  4. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On Mon, 27 Jan 2003 12:04:40 -0500, "Dave" <[email protected]> wrote:

    [snip good RR]
    >Dave (eat a good breakfast!)

    Eat good period!

    Peace, Bill The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind
    should give an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  5. Sorni

    Sorni Guest

  6. Bill Wheeler

    Bill Wheeler Guest

    On Tue, 28 Jan 2003 01:02:19 GMT, "Sorni" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"Bill Wheeler" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]...
    >> On Mon, 27 Jan 2003 12:04:40 -0500, "Dave" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >> [snip good RR]
    >> >Dave (eat a good breakfast!)
    >>
    >> Eat good period!
    >
    >Let's see Shaun leave THAT one alone!
    >
    >Bill "eeewwwwww" S.
    >

    Don't encourage him, you sicko,

    bill

    The mind serves properly as a window glass rather than as a reflector, that is, the mind should give
    an immediate view instead of an interpretation of the world.
    :-]
     
  7. Shaun Rimmer

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    Bill Wheeler <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > On Tue, 28 Jan 2003 01:02:19 GMT, "Sorni" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >"Bill Wheeler" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > >news:[email protected]...
    > >> On Mon, 27 Jan 2003 12:04:40 -0500, "Dave" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> [snip good RR]
    > >> >Dave (eat a good breakfast!)
    > >>
    > >> Eat good period!
    > >
    > >Let's see Shaun leave THAT one alone!
    > >
    > >Bill "eeewwwwww" S.
    > >
    >
    > Don't encourage him, you sicko,

    Heheheheheh - ya pair o' buzturds! Too much for me that one - black pudding is good though......

    Shaun aRe - Gravy for breakfast....
     
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