Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Frozen Toes, Frozen Nose and a Third Place Finish

Photo Jan 28 2023, 7 01 18 AM

Last Saturday was the Fat Bike Frozen Ididaride, a local fat bike race hosted by Cycle Works that has been going on since 2018. Most years we've had some snow and every year we've had some cold, this year was light on the snow but it made up for it with bitterly cold temps made worse by brisk winds and sub zero wind chills.

Photo Jan 28 2023, 7 42 39 AM

Photo Jan 28 2023, 7 23 02 AM


Photo Jan 28 2023, 7 39 58 AM

If you show up early to lend a hand you get rewarded with a prime spot to stay warm at uncrowded fire pit. And who would want to miss out on a #ricksplanin opportunity about what needs to be done.







Despite the cold once you get going the extra rolling resistance provided by the crunchy snow and the sharp climbs that make up the course really gets the blood pumping and you forget all about being frozen. Team Just Sad Pandas raced, again, and we got third place, again. Third seems to be our spot, we have finished in third place every year so far except the one year we got second place. We might have had a little help in the way of a slight miscalculation by the judges... that year might not have survived a recount of the hanging chads if it were put under a microscope but it's in the official record so it is what it is now. You could say that what we lack in team speed we make up for in consistency.

One of the great things about the Ididaride, in my opinion, is that it can be whatever type of race you want it to be. There are those who go all out and are competitive and then there are those who treat it more like a ride through the snow and neither is the wrong way to approach the event. As gravel events start to get more and more popular, participant numbers continue to rise, registration fees skyrocket and the number of people showing who get paid to ride their bicycles grows each year some of that "gravel and chill" vibe of yesteryear starts to disappear so it's nice to still have local events where the grass still has roots. Even if those roots are frozen and buried under the snow. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

1 Year, 6 Months, 4 Days and a Whole Lotta Change


Some of you may have noticed a lack of posts on here lately, some of you might not have noticed any change at all and that's okay too. In the grand scheme of things this lil ole blog is pretty low on the list of things people probably notice or pay attention to but in case you missed it, it's been a few since I've posted anything here or on the YouTube channel. I hope to change that going forward because I have sort of missed parts of it but it was nice to take a little break also, if that makes any sense at all.

Life's been hectic, started a relationship, sold a house, moved to a new town and all the other millions of little things that can and do pop up. And then there's motivation and inspiration, both of which have been in short supply. Take for example this blog, had intended to get more into things and what's all has transpired between the last post and now but then life happened again today and well, motivation left. However since the title only works for today and I did start it I guess I gotta publish it... right? As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step so maybe this is that first step of a renewed journey here.