CX: The love and hate

I love racing, love to push the limits with others and try to go fast. Love watching people go really fast and push further. Love racing bikes no matter if it’s for XC, CX, Road, Enduro or DH. The small tweaks, perfectly set up to be ridden to the limit expecting everything to work and knowing that it will work for the cause. Racing like in this teaser:

The thing I have a problem with is the biggest part, the part of being good and do hard training. Like trying to get up this climb over and over again looking strange:

Rode up to the top, straight up twice. The third time it was too slippery so the 8 times afterwards I just rode straight almost up. Really hard and it tasted blood halfways through it. That’s why I only rode 10 times full speed. And then 2 sprints. Home after 29min. That’s a hard effort for me but not such good training when it’s so short.

Can see the small climb here: Movescount

Think I will try once more on thursday, but in an easier climb that I can manage, maybe a bit longer too. Trying to find some speed until the race in Skien on saturday and get some hard training for my back.

up and away CX riding

Too bad to call it training so was out riding my CX today. Fine tuned the handlebar angle and really thinking of changing crankset/chainring. 38t with a 12-25 cassette and bad legs isn’t a good combo with climbs. rode a lot on 38-25 today up to points like this:

And it is cold so had to put on a lot of clothes:

Was up at Teieskogen on the island here outside Tønsberg and checked some running/cycling/walking tracks. Pretty nice place for cx. Tønsberg is really good for CX, many good places, much better than Bergen was for that.

Here I rode today: Movescount

Think I will change crank tomorrow, hopefully with some weightsaving too 😉

back in yellow

Back in my Mavic Zxellium Ultimate shoes again today, perfect 🙂

Rode with my boss after work today, a nice Trek Madone 6.2 couple on the roads. I started with an intervall to try a climb before we met, think I will try to train serious later in august. Then we rode some nice roads, didn’t have any food or any plan so was pretty soft. Felt good riding with an easy pace (for me) that I think is very hard to do alone and feels like you sometimes need to slow down and just ride too.

Happy riding too 😉

So back home after 3h and 17min as you can see here: Movescount

Now recharge for the months last training with the fast people tomorrow.

Exploring the Singletrackisland of Vestfold

Was out riding with 3 nice guys before work today. Perfect temperature at 7 o clock 🙂 Some new and some old nice singletracks on Nøtterøy

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Biggest fail of today was that I rode without gloves. Went great last week and yesterday. But today on tight singletracks with trees on the side I really missed my gloves, got a scar after a tree hit my hand, or how it was 😉 750mm handlebar isn’t always best, but mostly. The Tune Türnstange is really stiff compared to what I expected, worth every penny.

A group picture, all taken by Truls:

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Map and stats: Movescount

Last mtb ride for a while I think as I leave Norway for France on friday and working at Tour de Alsace

still got a mtb, and using it :D

Starting to train a bit more now as the CX season soon starts 🙂 Or just because it’s sunny awesome summer in Norway and I got 5 bikes at home. Today a friend announced a ride on Facebook and as I didn’t have anything proper to do I joined him. First mtb ride since tuesday last week. Got showed some really nice trails with super view:

With me with Tønsberg behind:

Just after this Tom punctured and me pump wasn’t so good so steered our bikes towards his home to pump it up proper. After that we rode some in the Esso forest before going back against Tønsberg on some nice trails. Great ride

Map and stats: Movescount

Worlds end and how to make a super bike

Got out on my bike today after work, with the thought that I can’t just lay on the sofa after riding so much last week. Planned an easy ride to Worlds End and back. Eating an ice cream too.

A little headwind and something wrong with my shoes (sad to say but my Mavic’s feels better than my Sidi’s) made me have a harder time than I planned. But awesome weather 🙂

Came to Worlds End and they didn’t have any ice cream 😦 Took a selfie instead:

On the way back it felt better, never on the small ring in front and even felt fast at some moments. Great feeling and I think that this Fana IL jersey from Craft is the best jersey I got, perfect fit, feels light, a zip pocket in the middle and even opening the zipper in front halfways it sits tight.

Map and Stats of today: Movescount

Talked to a friend about Trek Madone, think the bike can’t be ridden slow. Think I ride it on the edge. Maybe easier with a bike like this:

saving weight or just getting good looking? New helmet

Really like Giro helmets and my Ionos has been almost nice. Used a small which have worked when it’s not to warm or to cold. Size small which is on the edge for me so used it all open and without any space for a cycling cap or anything under. Now when it’s been warm I noticed it more as the pads get more compressed and can’t handle the sweat as well as a normal helmet should.

My boss at Veloshop sorted this out:

Got a Rudy Project Windmax from Veloshop 😀 In a size that will fit with a cycling cap under or not. Pretty lightweight too:

Saved 40g over my old Giro Ionos:

So now I’m ready to ride my bike in the summer, autumn, winter and spring 🙂