VT50 Training: 7 weeks from launch

I am now 7 weeks from the VT50 Mountain Bike Race in Brownsville, VT. Training is progressing, mostly as planned. Another heatwave is upon the northeast, and that does change volume and frequency of some riding, but I’m doing enough that I can be flexible and have an easier week now and then. About 8…

The Roundabout Brattleboro Bikepacking Adventure

This is a post I’d never thought I’d write. Last year, Laura tried to rally a bunch of us to do a bike packing trip. That trip was supposed to be this route – the Roundabout Brattleboro Bikepacking Route from Bikepacking.com. I think she got some initial buy in, but as I started to assess…

The Slow Build: VT50 Training Update

I’m now about 3 months out from the VT50, which seems to be coming up fast, even as summer has barely begun here in New England. I’m so glad I decided to begun training early, and things are going as scheduled. I’m doing 4 hour rides presently and about to step up to 5 hour…

Spring Training. Bikes not Baseball

I’ve been pretty single minded every time I ride this year. I’m not sure it’s 100% a good thing, but this is how my personality works. Make a goal, then I’m a dog on a bone until it’s achieved. So all year its going to be VT50 on the brain until it’s done. You’ve been…

Trajectory

If you shoot for something, it’s important to get the arch right. It’s May and I’m already logging bigger rides, a lot bigger than I expected this time of year. I did a metric century a couple of weeks ago, 63 miles and 4,500 feet of climbing, and 6 hours on the bike. I honestly…

Training Plan for VT50 – Pre-Training Days

It may sound early for a late September event, but I’m already preparing for the VT50. In my head, anyway. Riding consistently has been tough between work demands and lousy spring weather. I’m averaging about 50 miles a week, when it really need to be closer to 100. This weekend is Easter, but I think…

VT50 in 2022

Winter is yo-yoing itself along the calendar with a series of deep freezes and spring like thaws. I’m in maintenance mode with my fitness until the days become longer and warmer and more agreeable for consistent training. I’ve been mixing it up with some fat biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Also there have been plenty of…

Wrap ups & Looking ahead to 2022

We’re in the final days of 2021, and I’m enjoying a little time off. It’s a perfect time to reflect on the year past, and the year ahead. Ice Weasels 2021 So Ice Weasels was as fun as it always is and always will be. I raced 2 races, the women’s non-Jedi and the women’s…

It isn’t over until the Ice Weasel Sings

So I’ve pretty much concluded my race season, with the exception of the Ice Weasels Cometh season-ending race-party. This year, the venue is moving to “The Wick,” a motocross race track in Southwick, Massachusetts. I’m familiar with the venue after watching my little brother race motocross at age 15 and 16 there, and having 2…

Mid Season Cyclocross Reflections

I’m 6 races into cyclocross season and it feels like a good time to pause and reflect as I take a weekend off from racing. I started the season telling myself that anything could happen and that things would be unknown after everyone had a whole year off from racing due to Covid. I told…