Charity Mountain Bike Ride for the Kids

15 Apr

I’ll get to the training and racing stuff further down the post, but let me start by announcing the Charity Mountain Bike Ride for the Kids presented by The Moon Dog Tavern. Brooks Integrative Training athlete, John Kniesly (Angelia’s husband) is one of the nicest guys and certainly one of the funniest guys we’ve had the pleausre of training with. John has been instrumental in organizing this charity ride to support families and children of the East Tenth Street United Methodist Child and Youth Center. With John in charge, you are guaranteed to have a great time.

The inaugural Bike for the Kids Charity Ride at Town Run Trail Park is Saturday, April 20th.  Brought to you by The Moon Dog Tavern, come ride in the dirt with family and friends, have fun, win prizes, and help families and kids served by the East Tenth United Methodist Child and Youth Center!

$25 includes T-shirt and optional participation in the inaugural “Pound for Pound Strongest Rider in the County” Mountain Bike Pull!  Registration fee goes up by $5 after March 29.

Register online at:  https://www.regonline.com/townruntrailcharityride  or on site the morning of the event.

Training and Racing: Since the last post about Todd Winget’s Cape Epic Tour, many of us have been training through the extended winter. My own riding has been better than ever, thanks again, to Dr. Rob Schroeder and Keith Caskey of Indy Muscle Therapy. Unfortunately, all good things must end. I felt the pangs of fatigue setting in last week and came into this weekend feeling flat. Furthermore, (do as I say, not as I do ;), I broke one of my own rules; don’t race based on a last minute decision.

With a wedding to attend on Saturday afternoon and a birthday party to attend Saturday evening, I did not think there’d be enough time to race so I did not plan for racing that day. As such, I rose early and rode for 2 hours prior to the wedding. But alas, the wedding ended just early enough that I could hustle over to Eagle Creek Park for the 1,2,3 Fast Crit.

Upon arrival to the park I saw Mark Dewart, who was pleased with his pack finish in the Masters 3/4 race. Well done Mark! The 1,2,3 race was aggressive with numerous attempts to establish a break, but nothing stuck b/c the course is  so flat and non technical that inevitibly, someone would take up the chase, spurring the pack to claw its way back up to the leading group. Wind played a hand in keeping things together as well. Normally, the 1,2,3 field averages in the neighborhood of 29 mph on this course. On Saturday, the avg speed was a pedestrian 27 mph.

My own racing was solid, making or bridging to a number of the selections that formed off the front of the group. I snuck up toward the front with three laps to go, but was quickly swallowed up by teams forming lead out trains and accepted the choice to remain in the back, out of the jostling for position to sprint in a race I don’t really belong in. I was content finishing at the back of the field sprint. Of note, Chris Richter (Owner of Motion Cycles and Fitness in Fishers) and Charlie Crouse of Racing for Riley, rode very strong races.

Saturday night passed into Sunday morning and the hammer dropped. Ugh. I’d worked harder than I realized in the previous day’s race (let alone the hi mileage of the past few weeks), leaving me feeling fatigued and flat for the race I had originally intended for the weekend (Masters 40+ 1,2,3). Like the previous day, strong wind and a strong field prevented any breaks from rolling away from the group. Several attempts were made and a few moves remained off the front for a lap or two, but it all came together in the final 3 laps. The mind was willing, but the body did not have the power to battle for position in the final two laps; I rolled across the line in a modest 12th place. I commend Court Maple of MOB Squad for riding a very strong race. Court initated or chased several of the moves that formed yesterday.

Lots of events coming up this weekend. In addition to John’s Charity Mountain Bike ride for the Kids, there is a running event in Carmel featuring a 1/2 marathon and an 8K run, and more bike racing with the Ceraland Circuit race in Columbus on Saturday and the Mooresville Circuit Race at Pioneer Park on Sunday. And finally, there is also that event down in Bloomington, the Little 500. Women race on Friday and the guys race Saturday. Best wishes to all who compete next weekend.

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