Ramblings with Evelyn Dong
the quick and dirty race recap from the past couple weeks: Missoula was
awesome, Colorado Springs was a struggle. But, thatís the nature of racing.
Sometimes you are gifted with turbo legs on your favorite race course and
sometimes the race gods smile favorably on others. Itís the nature of the game.
learned this week? Carry tire leversÖ Iíve been pushing my luck by just
carrying a tube and a hand pump when training on the road, but apparently road
tires are a hell of a lot harder to get off than dirt tires. Halfway through
some fun hard efforts up Pinecrest, my go-to spot up Emigration canyon, I
railed straight into a pothole and heard the telltale hiss. No big deal...
minutes, two tears, and a lot of yelling later, I finally managed to wrestle
the bead off the rim. Good thing I had a couple intervals left to work the
frustration out of my system.
more exciting news, Niner sent me one of their snazzy new Jet 9 RDO frames, a
full-suspension I will be racing at Nationals in Pennsylvania. I was pretty
pumped to ride it after work the other evening, after Chrispy of Endurance
Cycle Service had nicely built it up for me. Everything was dialed in - I even
set the front AND rear shock to the proper pressure, something I usually
decline to do because I just want to get out and ride. Still, the bike doesnít
just drive itself. Chasing a couple of my favorite riding buddies around on
some Park City trails, well, letís be honest here - they were out of sight and
I was getting mildly pissed that I couldnít keep up, as usual. I came into some
tight trees a leetle hot, clipped a bar and sent myself penguin diving into a
pile of scrub oak and downed aspens. Whoops. All things considered, I came out
pretty unscathed, other than a wee scrape on my chinny chin chin and a bruised
also become the 1/9th owner of a school of seven zebra fish. Iíd love to have a
dog, but this is just about the level of commitment Iím ready for. Hope someone
remembers to feed them when I leave again... Itís been a relaxing week of
putting my head back on straight here in the great salty ditch - riding home
turf, celebrating freedom in Utah, weeding the garden, fixing a 30-year old
garage door, and even logging a couple days in the office. Off to the land of
cheese for the Subaru Cup Pro XCT this weekend, and hopping over to Amish
country after that for National Champs.