December 8, 2007
It took me a week to clean all the mud and grass out of my wheels and bearings from last weeks races. I think I replaced cables and housing in two bikes, regreased two BBs and two wheelsets, and nothing still feels as good as it did pre Portland. I don't my shifters will ever be same, although it's been so cold here I haven't had the chance to power wash the dirt and grime out of them properly yet.
I think this is the first December in a long time that the ski trails have been groomed with enough base for good skiing. I rode past the trails today and they looked really good, it was almost tempting. I'll bet by January when I'm done riding it will be 35 and slushy or we'll get rain and ruin it all. So far I'm sure the skiers are pumped though.
I'm racing in Illinois tomorrow, they're expecting freezing rain and a wintery mix, should be an interesting drive down. It's their state championship and I'm sure there will be some guys going for it, hopefully it's a good course and the weather should be brutal. This is first year in the last 3 that I haven't raced in RI this weekend, they are pretty fun races but this year I opted to skip the travel and double race weekend to recover and race locally without much travel. I'm hoping it pays off next week in KS with some fresh legs.
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