To say I haven't been training lately would be a big fat lie. I have been, just not like normal or primarily on my bike. I've been running (starting to feel great finally), rock climbing, hiking and getting out on my bike when people or a particular ride strikes my fancy. But with winter approaching and Denver's lingering warm weather, I'm loathe to spend any time indoors or outdoor time on the same old rides. Soon enough, winter will limit my choices. Give them purpose or give me something new. So we were off to Fruita to ride with friends and enjoy the fall colors.Lots of time to goof around on jumps and work on technical skills. Something that I often neglect during those training binges where getting hurt from a fall is especially bad. Moore fun IS more fun and maybe I finally found a few people who will give it a repeat with me :)Plenty of time to hang around the campsite at night and take part in bike toss and barrel racing debauchery and a few beers.Did I mention we were having fun jumping demo 29ers? In light of this and other recent experiments, it appears I will have a 29er of my own to test out during the winter.But since we can't stay in Fruita all week, we had to return home. Never fear, there is plenty to do near our house. Like climb the 3rd Flatiron which I've done a few times recently.Once with wifey.
Once with Josh.And another time with (another) Dave. I didn't want to neglect the big mountains either so Marni and I climbed La Plata with the pup. Turbo loves the snow as much as ever and so do I. I'm still getting my cold bones for the year though, they became quite fond of t-shirts and shorts weather this summer. Time to buckle down and get my Polish side ready for rides below freezing, snow groveling and brutal winds. None of that however on this day.14,336 feet above sea level with my sweetie! Numero 16 as a couple and numero 14 for Turbo. Plus KNITWEAR (for mom) ;)A little careful off roading with the Element. I really can't ask for a better single car for an active, outdoor Colorado couple. Mountain mobile, hotel, bike hauler, almost 30mpg if I'm nice to it and Honda reliability.And when you're sweetie is at work, a little 103 mile day ride to Rollins Pass (11.6k), is a good substitute for company.If all that makes you tired or you get the sniffles, you can always curl up in bed and get plenty of more stoke reading these. (I need issue 17 plus 0-8 and 10-12 please...)Tomorrow's excitement...the ZOO with Marni's Kinders.