Sunday, October 26, 2008

Ringwood Still Glowing in Color

A vine reaching for the sky, takes help from a tree.

Fading maiden hair fern against a vibrant forest floor.

After some well needed rain, another beautiful day comes our way, and the woods at Ringwood are alive in color. This has been a wonderful year for color in these parts. Besides people out enjoying the day, I came across two snakes out for one last romp and few turtles basking in the sun on top the pond rocks. We all enjoy these days.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

IMBA TCC at Ringwood

The IMBA Trail Care Crew event on October 17,18 &19 at Ringwood State Park and Sterling Forest brought together more than 60 people to learn and share ideas. Advocates, trail builders, mountain bikers, hikers, equestrians, and New York and New Jersey Park managers spent three days learning about managing clubs and volunteer sources, building sustainable trails and building trails that can be enjoyed by multiple users.

Kelly and Collins Bishop of IMBA gave a very professional and informative set of presentations that many of us can apply to life. Plus we got to go out and rub elbows in the dirt with some non-mountain bikers that were equally as passionate about trails.

On top of that, a new trail is complete for many to enjoy. It is so satisfying to see mountain bikers flock to the new trail smiling. Hopefully many more to come out of this weekends foundation. ..... Thanks to Jorba and all the volunteers. Now go out and enjoy!!

Riding some of the new section ....

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kaleidoscope Color Day

While riding at Wawayanda today, a kaleidoscope of color was singing to my eyes. Tis the season. Get outside.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Campmor H2H Chain Stretcher at Blue Mt

It seems like just yesterday that I was sitting here typing my first race report of the season, and now my last race of the year has already passed. The Chain Stretcher Race at Blue Mt is one of my favorites, and this year I was glad to have it at the end of my race calendar. I was pretty excited the night before in anticipation of the race. I was completely surprised in the morning when I woke to the sound of rain, as rain was not predicted.

Although the rain washed away my excitement, I wanted closure on the season, and closure on the Lyme disease, so this race was significant to me. I took the start line, with all the usual ladies I have had the pleasure to race with though out the season. The course was unusually slippery, and the technical nature of the terrain made it very treacherous. My rear tire was slipping out on rock faces, and wet roots took me down on the last sweeping turn out of Stinger. I can’t say anything broke or hurt after the fall, but it mentally slowed me down. I was having one of those "not too confident days", and I eventually gave into a methodical, safer pace. I even got off and walked a few things.

After one lap, I checked my lap time and had a moment of doubt where I questioned whether I would finish before dark. I had a little pep talk with myself, and I managed to stay with it, and although the mud smeared rock gardens seemed to get worse each lap, my riding seemed to get better. My second lap was much faster than my first and I tired very little for the long race it was. Three hours and 45 minutes later, I came across the finish line in my big chain ring with a big grin on my face.

So, although I am a little disappointed that my technical riding was not my best at my last race of the season, I felt like I beat the Lyme at this race. This was by far the longest ride I have done in months. My energy levels were good and I felt stronger than I have felt in quite some time. Looking forward to enjoying some casual autumn ridies and returning to normal riding habits.