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I'm still lusting this past Saturday's course. All twisty it was. You lean over and let the tires bite. Bend them into the trail side as the cotton sidewalls do their job and flex keeping your rubber contacting the dirt. Let the treads chew into the earth. No washing. Constant pedal pressure as you apex through up over and around trees. Railing. Flow.

There's no better feeling in biking.

This upcoming weekend is Boulder Racing's final race in Louisville. We're past the mid way point and as I said so long ago, I'm am smiling. No goals, just flow. Faster hopefully each race. Every one cleaner than the last. That is an incredibly tough thing to OK, I do have goals. Cleaner. Improve. Flow better. Stay on top of the pedal stroke. Be supple. Spin faster. Hands stay on hoods. Head never drops. Every barrier cleaned. Every port perfect and smooth.

OK: now I am starting to sound like Private Pyle describing how cleans and reassembles his M-14.

The training went well to day at the lunchtime ride. Pete Webber and I pile drove each other into the ground on 'Dubba's Course'. More tomorrow. Then rest.

When is a 37 year old supposed to get tired of all this and go dormant.

Never methinks.

Reader Comments (4)

OK brutha, give it up for us commoners back here in steerage, what is Dubba's Course?

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbocomike

As I rapidly approach 40 I can tell you that I still haven't seen the end of my enthusiasm for biking racing in general and the end is nowhere near in sight at this point for cross. Keep on flowin baby, it only gets better, though a touch slower.

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

The beauty of waiting until you're already old to start racing is that you may actually get faster as you approach 40. At least that's what I'm hoping.

November 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike

@ 45 all I can look forward to is the 50 till death category in the CrossCrusades. Somebody forgot to tell those guys there old...
The lust for cross never leaves you, it doesn't subside. You still hunger for that perfect race, it won't leave you with age. I've yet to experiance "flow" I get little pieces of it, that's it. But I'll keep chasin' it till I do.
thanks for the comment on the blog yo'

November 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpack fodder

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