2008 started out with 2 laps at Hurkey Creek. No snow on the ground, and temps were good for riding. I cleaned the rocks for the first time
We trained pretty hard for VQ, and rode in the rain
We did the SRC races
We finished VQ with Steph
Raced at Keyesville in the All-Mountain category
Raced at NMBS in Fontana and Santa Ynez
We got in some quality social time
We rode Noble a few times
Raced at Sea Otter
Did some more races...
I went solo - twice
We hit up SJT
We went to Downieville
We went to Brianhead
We rode Vail a LOT
We got new bikes
Rode SART a few times
Got in some quality road riding
Went to CO on an awesome road trip
I chose XC over DH at Bootleg Canyon
2008 ended with the start of training for 2009. My weekend volume feels a lot lower than the past 2 years (probably cause I'm not training for a local mini-endurance flog-fest), but the time and miles don't lie - I'm pedaling more than ever. Even though about 3 days a week are on the trainer, it's still quality time.
I'm trying to motivate myself back into yoga for the stretching and relaxation. Damn TV keeps getting in my way.
Next year looks to be interesting. I'm keeping my love affair with Ergon Grips and also with SRAM components. I should be building up one new bike, and maybe another. I should be selling one bike, and maybe another.
Yesterday - I started the year off right with a singletrack ride with friends to send Hagerty off in style.
Today - the sun is shining and soon I'll be outside for a regen ride.
It's hard to tell what 2009 will bring, but I hope I continue to pedal circles as much as possible and keep on learning.
Late edit: I'll be honest...I didn't think I was ever going to finish this post! From start to finish (less than a work day) the following has happened:
I got word that my 2009 race bike was in (yay!), I've burned as many calories as I've eaten, and I got stung on the forehead by a bee. The pain has finally subsided, but that sucked. Otherwise, totally looking forward to watching the pieces of my bike hanging out in my garage! Or the house. Or, wherever.
Until I get some trail 411, may be all road riding for us this weekend. Wouldn't be a bad idea, anyway. We spent way too much money in fuel the past week!