Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dirtbag Energy Drink


Companies make money by the dump truck load selling us athletes drinks that are supposed to help us ride better . Especially during the hotter times of year or for those long 4 plus hour sessions.

 Sounds good in theory till you think of a couple of things. First that really most of what these are made from is not natural or we have no clue where it actually came from. The second thing is stuff like HEED and PowerAde costs lots of money and it racks up quickly.  And I lost my taste for things like Gatorade when I found what the actual formula for it was compared to what they sell us now.




 Few years ago I found out that  Coconut Water has a lot of good things for you in it. I won't bore you with endless facts, numbers, and stuff like I was trying to sell you a 650B mountain bike tire. Just sharing what I have found works for me via the scientific method of trial and error to discover what works for me.


And let us face reality. These days we all talk about aiming to take in stuff that is much more natural. And as you see in the photo above you can pretty much ID where all my ingredients come from.





The recipe is pretty simple. 1 Can of frozen Lemonade and instead of water I use Coconut Water. And add as much as the juice instructions say. Then add in a large dose of salt which if you are interested is Kosher Salt which is a more natural version. Stir well. Then fill water bottles I will use and then stick in the fridge to use during rides and races.



Keep in mind though this recipe is a rough guideline as you will have to adjust to your personnel tastes. And what my stomach will tolerate may not work for others. However it has been working as I have been trying rides with and without over the last year and a half. It seems to work well and even helps drinking it say 4 days out in the lead up to a race or epic ride.


It worked well at a 135K training road ride this year and during other long rides on a hot day this year.




Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Racing For My Wife

 In 5 weeks I will be riding 60k for my wife  at Paul's Dirty Enduro . The insidious thing called depression tried to take her away.

 A year later and things are better. I see more the woman I love. But one can't forget that it will always be a work in progress. That while I am fortunate to have the wonderful in laws that I have many don't have that family support. Many have nothing at all and no where to go.




Unfortunately this is not like Cancer where it goes into remission. It is always there, there is no remission from Depression. It is always going to be there under the surface. Some days are good and some days are not. And even the smallest thing can cause a relapse when it comes to Depression. It is a constant battle. And I admit it can be hard some days as you don't know if things are going well or not. So some times a relapse goes well and the next not so. Unfortunately the world only discovers how bad the relapse is when as in the case of Robin Williams it can't be recovered from.



While Clara Hughes has done a great service to bring Mental Health out of the shadows with Clara's Big Ride. There is still a long ways to go as 

I don't want the relapse will occur. To have to worry if today will be a good day or will it be a bad day. To end the walking on egg shell when talking about depression and to be able to talk with others as freely as we would if it was Breast Cancer. Not just for those who suffer from this illness but for the loved one's who try our best to support them. Because those who are in that role need help as well.

That is why I will be racing the 60k at 2014 Paul's Dirty Enduro to raise funds for CMHA. You can make a donation to support the CMHA and Mental health here... 2014 Ride For My Wife

Thank you for your support.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fishing Lake Road Part 2

Today headed out to the ride Fishing Lake Road again. Last ride in the area was a bit not doable as Fishing Lake Road was still buried in snow. So today was another attempt to get to the gate on the Monstercross.

Fishing Lake Road Part 2

 
 
 
 
Getting Ready
                                                         

                                                                              

And It Begins
                                                                            


The Left Turn
 
The Beginning of The Gravel
BC Like Hydro Tower

Aggressive Foliage

The Gate
Turn Around

Rum In Celebration

Big Ring on The Way Back

Cooked

Done

Next trip out will be a exploration of the same hydroline from Battersea road. And with that another check off of a ride for 2014 off the list.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monstercross to Highway 38




 Last year explored a section of Hydroline to Highway 38 from Unity Road. And I thought it would make a good out and back route. Unfortunately this year things where delayed as the ground has been incredibly wet. And doesn't seem to be wanting to dry. But finally was able to get the ride in.

  Monstercross ride to Highway 38 was fun and interesting.








  The section north of Unity was a wee bit overgrown. It was a positive as it turned out to making it a bit more of a workout.  Which is always a good thing when training the legs.



 It has been a little damp this year around Kingston. So if you are into the whole Cyclocross mud thing you will be a happy individual. Maybe as happy as Dicky with a Poptart.



  Made it to within sight of Highway 38 but knowing how wet it has been. Didn't feel like dealing with any excess swamp like muck.




 In the end while it was about 36K was still a good ride and got to check off a 2014 ride item on the ride s for the year. Next will be the Gun Lake Road ride in the next few days.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Turbine of Pain

Last year in the lead up to Paul's Dirty Enduro was looking for spots to ride both to add in mileage and do something new. Decided to see if there was a way to connect the hydroline track to the old county road that used to connect with Jim Snow Drive. Got part way there but ran out of time snow wise. 

Today decided to try again and see if I can get through and this would take a bit of exploring.




                                                 Beginning of the wet feet.
                                         
 Of course being the Spring it is required that there must be a minimum of 2 creek crossings in the first 15 minutes.



 And this was the beginnings of a ride of wet feet and bog and water.


  Just after the water was the slog across the farmers field then up to Brule Rd.


  And  a classic but of hydro line gravel





  The second half past Odessa road is better in Spring and late Fall as the Wild Parsnip is not around. When I came out last year there was lots of that stuff dead around.



After hopping the fence it was the grass covered track slog  heading towards Ernestown and the Wind Farm. I was hoping that the already finished wind turbine would make a good land mark to find a way to connect the rest of the track.




 And I was right that I could see the turbine and now had a point of reference I knew. Continued straight though to see how far it would go....dead end.


 Back tracked to a quad track I had spotted and headed in the direction of the turbine. Thus began the Mephisto's Bog Trotters phase.


 Lots of carrying and mud was involved. Something a Mr Cranwell was commenting on there being a lack of this weekend.



 After lots of bog..mud..carrying...creek crossing.... about an hour and a half later.....Victory. Connected to the old county road. And it turns out the route I was looking for is the snowmobile route. Just had to finish with a slog along the edge of the farmers field to connect to this track.


                                                Deserves a reward of Rum.



  At this point it was almost 6. Was low on water and killed of the last bit of Dr P left so headed back via Millhaven road. Had a beer in the pack waiting for the look out near the 401.


 Got home after a bit more then 5 hours with a now completed route making a loop. Or if I am in the mood a out and back. Think I will try that version before the Wild Parsnip starts growing again.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Monstercross Thinking

Now that the snow is starting to disappear have been able to ride a bit more.  And in doing so noticed some problems with the current build. First one being the tires.
 
Riding Exi Wolf's on road on a monstercross feels sluggish as hell. And knowing that to increase the effectiveness of the ride need to mount some tires less mountain bike like. And after putting out the question via Facebook and thanks to a buddy in Hamilton. Mounted a set of Nano Raptors.
 


 Next problem is gearing as now with the Nano Raptors the gearing is a wee bit lacking. While the 32/42 is okay for off road trails it comes up a bit short on the Monster side. And am thinking that going up to maybe a 36/46 or 48 might be a better gearing in the front.
 
 

  And of course I need to get a different saddle as the white stands out a bit. And The Rules clearly state that colours should match...in this case be black.


 Other then that am getting pretty comfortable on the thing and thoughts are turning to more pricey items like Retroshift and wheels.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Monstercoss Wench

 Last fall made the decision to swap the Kaffenback for a Inbred 29r frame. Simply it would allow me to explore the tracks around Kingston and go farther. And keep in mind that a few years ago tried the same idea with the Peace 9r but it was to small a frame size over all.


 But it was the first attempt and if I had been paying attention would have realized that it was the right direction to go. And when we had to CX races at Westbrook and I couldn't race because didn't have the right tires for the Kaffenback which turned out to be a good thing. The frame was broken.

 Pulled all the parts from the Kaffenback. Sold off the Bontrager wheels and bought a On One Inbred 9r frame for the project.


Will have a parts spec and full details later as it is continuing to evolve as a build the Monstercross Wench. But thanks to getting a second Inbred 9r frame this has evolved into a second long term project . As having two 29r capable frames gave me a idea which will talk about later. 
 
 

 But that second frame is a long term project as there is no rush to build. But this will be fun.