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5 October 2010 No Comment

I just posted some final thoughts on Kona and my recent training.  While that is some reflection and learning this post is all about what I have been up to and what I will be doing in a few weeks…and all next year.

The last two weekends, I have been collecting buckets full of inspiration watching Monique and my friends crush dreams at the seasons first SoCal Cyclocross races.  These have got to be the best bike spectating events!  An adventurous course that wraps around all kinds of cow bell shakin fun.

Watching Allison, StephanieJames, Ryan, Trevor and my friends push til it hurts…and then do another 4 laps has been pretty awesome.  The races are all about RACING!  I love it.  Here is a video I made from this weekends race with a few other of the dream crushing posse.


That is what got me into getting outside about four years ago and the last six weeks without a mountain bike has been the longest time that I have not been on a mountain bike since I started riding.  I could say it is almost worth the wait to get onto the Ellsworth Enlightenment 29er. I love this bike!

I got to ride it yesterday and I cannot express the “feelings” that I had getting back in the dirt.  Our team bluesails just took a spin on our local trails but there is just something about laboring in love breathing hard while hanging onto some wide bars that JUST FEELS RIGHT!  The mix of adrenaline, risk taking fear and heart in your throat pumping fun is out of this world.  Oh yeah..I’m in taper time.  Better hold off on the mountain bike dreams for a few months…  At least I know I have the ride to make it happen now when the time does come.

the love(s) of my life??

and a secret motor built in the hub…POW!

My second bike was a 29er and 5 bikes later I am still rolling the big wheels.  After switching parts back and forth for my last few rigs I was stoked to get this dialed in from the start with all of the components I wanted and there is no other mountain bike I would rather be riding.  Unless of course I want to add a full suspension 29er to the quiver.  The Enlightenment29’s Rare Earth carbon frame is as snappy as it is beautiful.  Super stuff out of the saddle, compliant in bumpy turns, slick lines from the internal cable routing, and the drop outs can be switched to make it a single speed too.  I plan on putting more miles on this bike than any other bike I have ever owned…after Kona.   Two weeks after I will be racing Xterra Worlds on it so I need to break it in quick!

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