Tuesday, December 22, 2009

triple d training

loaded the jabber and headed down to iowa city on sunday and met up with adam blake and aaron robnett for some gravel goodness that ended up more closely resembling triple d than i would have expected. after some chastising along the route i've decided to provide adam with this half-assed attempt at a post-ride recap. the temps were somewhere in the low to mid 20's and very mild, wind was noticeable but not devastating by any means. we started in the midst of a gorgeous snowfall that was making driving somewhat tricky but simply added to the aesthectics of a mid-december gravel ride. in order to keep this some what concise, here is a list of the things i learned on this ride:
-otter creek is the only gravel road around iowa city that is not 100% straight
-b roads, when rideable, can be tricky
-sometimes i sound like i'm dying when i crash
-adam can ride a bike sideways
-aaron can ride a bike while hopping on one foot
-sometimes its better to ride in the neighboring cornfield rather than the impassable b road you're walking
-ice-filled beards will always look funny
-walking miles of knee deep snow while pushing a bike isn't for everyone so choose your company wisely
-BACON!!!!!! bacon is my new favorite endurance ride food. pre-cooked and edible straight from the package. doesn't get all frozen and hard to eat cause there's just too much glorious fat.
-fenders...when riding through iowa city in the snow a fender is a good idea
-total ride was around 50 miles and about 5 hours. think we hiked probably 2-3 miles of the maybe 5 or 6 b roads that we ventured on to. snowed at the start, turned to sleet, ice under the snow was fun.
-between the walking, ice, snow, bonks, pizza and beer this definitely qualified as triple d training. thanks to adam and aaron for an awesome day.
-no pictures cause i suck and forgot my camera


Charlie Farrow said...

I am picking you to win it (the triple D) and then next year you are gonna win the Arrowhead!!!!

shockstar said...

thanks charlie, unfortunately i'm pretty sure there will be somebody out there that's been training a little more regularly and will deserve it more than me. i think i need a good kick in the ass to get my miles in for transiowa...