Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Second Opportunity

Last week presented another opportunity to ride all 3 bikes.

Rest week on the road bike- I love those weeks. Cross practice on Wednesday. The Cannondale is feeling better and better every time I ride it. Still struggling with the barriers a bit, but I am determined to get them down.

Tammi set up a sitter for Sunday a.m., so it was Judson Saturday, Palos Sunday and Judson Monday. Palos was crowded even at 7:00 a.m. when we got there. Lots of riders asking about the course for next week's race. If you look at what's out there, the race course options are pretty limited. In order for the course to loop nicely and had around 6-8 miles per lap, it almost certainly has to use 3 ravines and the trails on that part of the area. Since everyone else was going to ride there, we decided to ride the cemetery loop and avoid as many riders we could. There's almost no way that the race could use the cemetery loop as the course would have to cross 95th St. to get there. You can there from Bullfrog, but that trail is not really conducive to racing.
So we basically just did the yellow to get to the cemetery and then mile and half laps. Since I don't know that trail very well, each lap was a little bit different. It is my favorite piece of trail out there. Very well thought out, using the natural flow of the land to combine enough up and down and tight, twisty single track. If you squint just enough, you can almost forget that your just outside of Chicago.
Then we took Elora to the Kohl's Children's Museum and let her run around for 2 hours on sensory overload. It is a pretty cool place. Got back in the car and she crashed out for a couple of hours.

Of course, when it came time for face painting, she had to be a kitty.

1 comment:

Soupy said...

ha.. I was there on Sunday as well.. according to friends we rode last year's course. I agree, I like the Cemetery loop the best for the flow as well...