Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pre-Season Pain!!!

Its February, which means that the rides are getting harder and the travel time is about to be on the rise. February started off amazing with some sweet weather and the press release of my team, BMC MTB Racing. I am so grateful for the chance to be apart of the awesome program and receiving this great level of support.

My training this year so far has been stellar! In the end of March I raced another pre-season training race and it was killer. I won the cat-1 open and took 3rd in pro. It was awesome to incorporate some race training to mix up the gnarly workouts that have been included in the early season. I also have shot down to Tucson, Arizona for a few weekends now to hit up the awesome group ride on Saturdays that always included a ton of pro roadies and MTBers resulting in some super fast riding!

I received my new BMC Race Machine a few weeks ago and have been putting in some serious miles on it. The acceleration, stiffness, and comfort it provides is absolutely insane. In this last month I’ve put in some crazy multiple 5 hour rides and the bike keeps me feeling comfortable and fast way past the 160 km mark. This is also my first season on Sram and I couldn’t believe how smooth it shifts while still being gnarly light. I am especially stoked on my new Fizik Antares saddle that does the impossible by being sick light, yet so comfortable you feel like your sitting on a cloud even in that 5Th hour in the saddle. 

My Sundays have usually been spent on the mountain bike doing some good epic hard riding resulting in some awesome improvement in my technical skills while putting some rad time in the saddle. The Mellow Johnny’s Classic is in less than three weeks which totally came out of nowhere. It seems like just last weekend I was racing Cyclocross and jumping barriers. I totally stoked on mountain bike season starting and I can't wait for all of the amazing adventures this season will bring.