Traveling with a 3 year old doesn't lend itself to really long drives, so we broke up the trip into 2 days. That didn't leave enough time for me to race short track race on Friday. But it did give me a chance to pre-ride part of the xc course. It was really hot on the course so we headed straight to the beach afterwards! I took a very quick dip in the ocean. The kind of dip that takes your breath away because it's so cold, I love those moments! I just couldn't drive so far and not get in, I'm not sure when I'll be back to the ocean!
Less than 24 hours after standing on top of Mammoth Mountain, I was back to riding in the desert. If you've ever ridden at Blue Diamond, you've seen this Yucca with rubber ducks tied to it.
After my spin I hassled some burros at the Blue Diamond park while Kirkham practiced riding his Strider. Good family times.
It's official: I am the luckiest girl on the planet! My husband treats me like a princess. He takes such great care of me and makes sure I have everything I need for racing my bike. He is so thoughtful and kind and knows exactly what I want. This year it was a bike stand. Honestly, I had been talking about getting one off of craigslist. But this beauty showed up and I've never been so excited about a birthday gift. It is exactly what I wanted, except it's even cooler than I expected. I didn't even know you could get red bike stands. This present will be used & abused almost daily from now on. Thank you Johnny!
|Even had a red ribbon tied to it!|
Round Valley dried out enough for a spin on Saturday. These two fellows were on their rigid single speeds. I did some proselytizing and preaching and let's just say that by the end of June they will both be on the Cannondale Carbon Flash 29ers. My bike is that good, seriously.
|Carl & John|
|John, Erica, Carl|
But even more importantly, our Memorial Day weekend started out right...with a trip on Thomas!
It warmed up considerably at the end of the week, enough that the road became ridable. That also meant that the snow was PERFECT for building a snowman. So instead of a boring core/floor workout, I shoveled as much wet, heavy snow as possible. Building an 8' snowman is a full body workout! I rode up Emigration to Little Dell afterwards. Repeated the ride again today with a little loop up pinecrest.
Little Dell on Day #2
Music: Born on the Cusp by The American Analog Set
There is beautiful smooth single track that parallels the road from the town of Mammoth Lakes up to Mammoth Ski Resort. We've seen from the car and I finally had the chance to check it out. I rode from our hotel to the resort to explore what I hoped were trails similar to Park City or Deer Valley. Not quite. It was really pretty, but this resort is completely tailored to downhillers. In a very serious way. They have built features all over the mountain that, to me, look insane. I rode one short bridge, but at the end there was a 3 foot drop, can you guess if I rode it? Ya...no. In fact, I am ashamed to say, I walked my bike down much of the mountain. Even walking around some of these features was hairy.
There is another berm built a few feet off the ground in the distance, it's hard to tell just how huge these are from this photo
When I rolled back into town Kirkham was celebrating his birthday with Johnny by swimming in the huge hot tub at the hotel. No other hotel guests were around, so we all played the pool for the next few hours. The weather was so ideal and we thought we work on getting rid of our biker tans, no such luck, that'd take days and days in the sun!
Post ride plunge
Soaking up the mountain sun
Next up was a quick drive through Yosemite. We made it to Toulumne Meadows, then went for a little hike on Lembert Dome.