Monthly Archives: April 2018

This time I don’t feel like puking

Me on Strava on Monday¬†planning the Thursday night ride: Ooh, I like this road. And this one. And this is a fun descent. Ooh, ooh, I’d like to ride over here too. Okay, that’s 30ish miles. Publish the ride invite … Continue reading

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Ride with a Guide

Last Sunday, I finally rode mtbs with Mark. We’ve been social media friends for years, and we’ve ridden a few roads and skied together, but this was the first time we hit the trails. We rode Gussy, a park that … Continue reading

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Where’s my Phone?

I rode yesterday before work, planning a 15 mile gravel grinder. It was around 40F, and it was cold until I turned off the pavement and onto the dirt of Grassy Hill. I kept my pace just below the point … Continue reading

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Mark’s Ride Went to Eleven

At the dead end of Valley Road is a chain-link gate protecting the Shepaug Dam and reservoir, the main public water source for Waterbury, Connecticut. The land is posted emphatically¬†against trespassing. To the west, a sign optimistically indicates the existence … Continue reading

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No-Hopers, Jokers, and Wildlife

Heading fast down Judd’s Bridge Road at the start, hip-steering my bike around the potholes in the dirt, my mind briefly turned to how different my legs felt riding up this same stretch at the end of last week’s 30 … Continue reading

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Skills Aren’t Free

Jason passed when I took the ride-around and he hit the drop. I fell in behind and the ride turned into a Red Bull video – At every dirt hump or trail-side boulder he had both wheels off the ground. … Continue reading

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Spent, Bleeding, Sweaty, and Hungry

When I got to Waldo last night after work, the parking lot was full. Paula was there on a NEMBA PR mission, circulating and encouraging people to come to this week’s meeting. A youth team was there for a practice … Continue reading

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