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    2011 in review

    So, with 2011 coming to an end, what did you scratch off your bucket list? And what's left over for 2012?
    Faster is not always better, but it's always more fun

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    Finally getting a 29er and riding the piss out of it. 2012, a first race at the tender age of 41.

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    Grand Canyon ride

    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    So, with 2011 coming to an end, what did you scratch off your bucket list? And what's left over for 2012?
    I've wanted to ride the Rainbow Rim Trail on the north rim of the Grand Canyon ever since I saw a video by MTBBill and I did.



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    Wherewolf, do you have a link to the video? I went here but still cant find it: The North Rim of the Grand Canyon - Part One

    That trail looks like the holy grail of impressive vistas.

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    Spent most of 2011 gettin' fatter, but had one excellent trip. Plenty left over for 2012, and I'll be taking more than two months off work so I've got a sliver of a hope of doing some of it.
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    It's gone

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    Wherewolf, do you have a link to the video? I went here but still cant find it...
    It's gone but I've sent you a PM to download my copy. Let me know once you have it.

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    Got it. Thanks Wherewolf.

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    First trip to Bend Oregon (only three days - I will have to go back there for more exploring).
    First time racing the Nationals 50 mile MTB championship (out of Bend).
    Finally made it up Dogmeat without dabs.
    Lots of places left to explore - maybe next year.
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    Dayum JC, it's not over until the fat lady sings. Still 2.5 weeks left in the year, that's a solid 5%. You're like "The Glass is 95% empty" kind of guy, aren't you?

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    Finally got to ride Ashland

    Got to get some crazy riding and beer drinking in Switzerland

    ...yeah, my bucket list just got way shorter

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    Great thread! I hate the term 'bucket list' for some reason. Life is not a death list I guess...

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    in 2011 I rode:
    ashland
    post canyon
    sandy ridge
    moab
    fruita/grand junction
    gooseberry
    bend
    mills peak

    and that is just the new stuff. its been a great year and Im looking forward to an even better 2012. I plan to hit whistler and take some clinics so I can get some actual skills.

    2011 was also my busiest year in terms of racing. being part of a team is fun and motivating and I even managed to snag a few cat 2 podiums. shooting for some wins in 2012, or maybe even not being dead last in cat 1.

    I would also like to thank the wonderful people who invited me along on these trips. mtbr has helped introduce me to some amazing friends and Im grateful for that.
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    This thread makes me sad....I didn't ride anywhere near as much as I wanted too. I only hit Ord (10-15 times) and Toro (1 or 2 times).

    Dude that sucks!

    I want to hit Demo as soon as I get back from my vacation next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plim View Post
    Spent most of 2011 gettin' fatter, but had one excellent trip. Plenty left over for 2012, and I'll be taking more than two months off work so I've got a sliver of a hope of doing some of it.
    Is it too soon to reserve a spot in the minivan?

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    I had a lot of great rides at Demo and Downieville, progressed technically, and got pretty competent riding flat pedals, but otherwise really didn't ride anywhere new, and I'm definitely below where I was a year ago fitness-wise. I went into 2011 feeling like I was in a rut but ready to pull back from riding a bit, for 2012 I'm looking forward to getting out of it. I don't do bucket lists, but next year I've got big plans both for getting faster and expanding my riding horizons.
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    Got myself back into biking at age 33. Last time I rode I was 19. Can't believe I wasted so much time!!

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    This has been a very good year for biking for me, as well as many other things and I realize how incredibly lucky I am, that we all are, for being able to do what we do. I am so thankful for every one of my kickass friends and mtn biking acquaintances for fun times and helping me to become a better rider.

    1) I pedaled my chunky ass up 231,592 ft so far, but I'm still chunky. WTF? lol...
    2) I did not break any bones coming down those 231,592 ft.
    3) Finally rode at Downieville (like, 6 times!) without any major injury crashes and loved it!
    4) Did my first solo 8 hr. race, but I kinda messed it up by not thinking I had enough time for another loop. Next year I will not shortchange myself.
    5) Me & the vegieman rode the dirt in OR for the first time. Hit the major spots - Bend, Hood River, Oakridge, N. Umpqua trail, Mckenzie river trail, even stayed one night in Ashland, but did not ride there. Next time. That place is mtb and beer Nirvana. It should be on everyone's list, every year!
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    1) 3rd in first endurance event (6hr humboldt)
    2) 5th overall for men's B collegiate
    3) Lost 10lbs
    4) Didn't break 4? 5? frames like I did last year.
    5) Was finally not the slowest guy in the world.
    6) First CX race
    7) Managed to keep my 3.5gpa

    And I think I actually drank more beer this year. So win-win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Great thread! I hate the term 'bucket list' for some reason. Life is not a death list I guess...
    lol, every time I hear it I think of Morgan Freeman.

    I definitely do have a list though, except mine is more of a BIHK(before I have kids) list

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    Accomplished: Got back to riding. Got a serious equipment upgrade. Got the kids involved. Dropped 10#.

    ToDo in One Two: I've got a 50 mile race staked out for October. Drop 20 more. Get the kids racing at a more competitive pitch.

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    once again.... this thread is useless without photos. or video. or gps tracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    once again.... this thread is useless without photos. or video. or gps tracks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    once again.... this thread is useless without photos. or video. or gps tracks.
    Part of our Switzerland trip:



    Ashland helmet cam footage is still sitting on my laptop at home... someday I'll stop riding long enough to edit it

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    1) 3rd in first endurance event (6hr humboldt)
    2) 5th overall for men's B collegiate
    3) Lost 10lbs
    4) Didn't break 4? 5? frames like I did last year.
    5) Was finally not the slowest guy in the world.
    6) First CX race
    7) Managed to keep my 3.5gpa

    And I think I actually drank more beer this year. So win-win.

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    Slide, that gives 2.5 weeks to update the thread for your year end accomplishments!! Personally, 2011 was not that great on the biking front. I finally got a road bike to get some short pre dawn rides in during the workweek. Only 2 new places I rode were Sweeney Ridge and Mt Tam (finally after all these years). 2012 will definitely see way more riding in the mountains (Old Donner trail, Sawtooth ridge, and going back to HITG are on the list), and I got 10 # to lose.
    Faster is not always better, but it's always more fun

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