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    So, How has Your Spring Been?

    I'm in a ruminating mood.

    I just got done with a local early morning hill ride, and the truth hurts...I'm in poor shape. I blame skiing-It's all I do for exercise during the winter, and while thrilling...It just ain't the exercise that mountain biking is. And each Spring I seem to be further behind the curve than the one before.

    PLus this weather is pretty tough-

    All that said, I've gotten a slew of good, hard working rides in over the last two weeks. The trails are all in surprisingly good shape. With all the snow this season I really thought It'd be May before the trails would shed all that muddy-melt. Slowly but surely my legs are coming back to life.

    I've been a bit of a nervous Nelly for some reason on the more technical trails, but that seems to be coming around as well.

    With some sunnier weather right around the corner, I'm ready to really step it up.

    Oh, I have a new bike this season (well, new frame, wheels and fork anyway) that I like quite a bit.

    All in all, in spite of the weather and an excess of long-winter sloth, I'd give my early spring riding experience a solid B.

    How has everyone else's Spring been so far?

    (Oh and more power to you guys who never stop riding, I used to be a winter warrior, too---just can't get that motivation anymore, especially not with a ski season like the one that just passed!).

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    My winter & spring has been kind of craptacular. Haven't ridden much at all & almost had a quad cramp after 12 miles or so at Earls last week. That's not good. On the other hand, snowboarding the trees at Mt. Tom during the winter was awesome!

    I got a motorcycle that I knew needed work, it is now in 100 pieces or so & the problem isn't what I thought... Boo!

    I have to move again for the 2nd time in 7 months (I am getting a divorce which is actually finally going well) & that is stressful. (What am I going to lose this time?!) It looks like I can be at the next place for as long as I want, however. The new place is at the top of a bit of a strenuous climb so my fitness will be back soon. It's also quite close to Camp Shepard & I hope to contribute more to that project this summer.

    The steering rack on my car sh*t the bed last weekend. I hate cars.

    In March, I counted my empties I'd been storing since late Dec. & came up with 148 bottles. Bad news, it was all mine. Good news, I didn't put on 20lbs.

    Oh, I'm still digesting food from Rossi's Mere Mortal Epic. I trace my increased appetite back to that day. Must have stretched out my stomach or something. That's ok, I needed room for the beer.

    But... the weather is getting better (right?), there is a full slate of riding & trailwork ahead for the summer & I'm feeling great. Looking forward to seeing you soon Liam!


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    I've been feeling great. I'm in the best shape I've been in compared to the last few years, so I feel a lot better on the bike. No trails for me, yet but I have been meaning too. So far I've just stuck to the urban riding / BMX that I really have found to love.
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    I have gotten out a few times thus far, mostly vietnam, but I have gone out a few times on some easy trails and bike paths because I just bought my girlfriend a bike haha so I have been having fun teaching her how to ride and she is enjoying it, hopefully the weather the past few days sticks around minus the showers...

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    I started riding at the end of March and have been riding as long as the sun's been out since then. Most of April was riding mid week and skiing Stowe on the weekend. Mostly been riding Wompatuck but hit Vietnam a few other times.

    Getting stoked about the consistent warm weather.
    Vermonter - bikes, beers and skis.

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    skiing is great training

    if you earn yer turns.

    do most of my skiing on washington to stay in shape. 47 days and 247,000 vertical feet climbed since december 20th for 6-9 hours on each of those 47 days. lots of xc and lift served skiing as well. should get another 10-15 days on george through june.

    been mostly bike commuting 28 miles per day to work. a bit of surfing a few days a week as well. no mtb yet, maybe in a month or so. no rush on that. the good riding season doesn't start till september.

    get on it y'all!

    see ya on the one track!

    rog

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    Well, you are right about that, Roger-I really need to get a solid AT set-up for next season. I spent a couple of great days at Cannon (the new mittersill area is great....I suspect you hard core skinning types liked it the old way, however ) and at Wildcat. We were set up to try a late winter assault on Tucks, but they had rain to the top and issued high avalanche warnings. Oh well, maybe next year!

    My ride today was pretty good, the hills are getting just a little smaller...

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    new england, the beauty of it

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    Well, you are right about that, Roger-I really need to get a solid AT set-up for next season. I spent a couple of great days at Cannon (the new mittersill area is great....I suspect you hard core skinning types liked it the old way, however ) and at Wildcat. We were set up to try a late winter assault on Tucks, but they had rain to the top and issued high avalanche warnings. Oh well, maybe next year!

    My ride today was pretty good, the hills are getting just a little smaller...
    AT equipment really opens up winterworld.

    last friday 4/22 skiing pow up high george. 5 laps and over 6000 vert climbed before my afternoon work shift started. GOOD MORNING!

    getting started, nobody else around:


    back up sun, mon, tues, and wed...........

    rog

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