Spring Forward

Fresh off of a strong performance at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo in February, I was eager to recover fast and hit it hard. My race schedule for March was tenuous at best. I had a couple of races tentatively scheduled. I was really hoping to get down to St. George for the True Grit Epic, but life happened. Short version:

  • work trips to UT, CA and CO (x2)
  • kids’ Birthday parties
  • soccer tournament,
  • kids’ Spring Break (10 days)
  • a cold that turned into Bronchitis (2 weeks)
  • Hugged a tree.

For those that follow me on Social Media and like to think that I have endless time for training, read the full story below to learn otherwise. I’m just a regular dude like you. Granted, daily life is easier when you have a mobile office / race headquarters / kids homework station.

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Airstream Interstate

February ended on a good enough note with a chill weekend of riding with my kids in Tucson.

 

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This kid.

I managed to hammer out a few strong road rides as well, but nothing too inspiring.

 

#cyclingaz #graffiti A photo posted by Rich

Maines (@richmaines) on

 

I had a great work trip to Utah the following week to kick-off the month. Always inspired by the gorgeous scenery in Utah, I managed a couple of days exploring the area around Big Cottonwood Canyon on snowshoes before and after work.

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Gorgeous Utah!

 

This looks like a nice spot for dinner. #EFR #snowshoe #Utah @ergonbike A photo posted by Rich Maines (@richmaines) on

 

After returning from Utah, I had a work trip pop up that took me to CA for a couple of days.

Window Shopping

Window Shopping

 

Fun enough, but I managed to come down with a pretty nasty cold. I landed back in Phoenix on a Friday night and had a small window to ride. My son had his annual Spring soccer tournament that weekend and I had to fly back out on Monday for an 8-day trip to CO. Despite feeling pretty crappy, I decided to push through and headed out to South Mountain for a 3hr ride that Saturday. Below was the result.

 

Have you hugged a tree today?! I did. I’d recommend

first dismounting from your bike. Lucky enough to walk away with just bruises and scratches. #treehugger

@brokenriders #howihug A photo posted by Rich Maines (@richmaines) on

10:04am PDT

 

Here’s the link to the video if you’d like to watch me hug a tree. Feeling pretty beat up, that Sunday was spent watching my son’s team take 2nd place in their weekend-long tournament.

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My 8-day work trip to CO commenced that Monday. My kiddos have 10 days for their Spring Break, so it was a given that they were going to join me in CO!

 

Downtown Boulder. Daddy and Daughter approved. #boulder #happyhour A photo posted by Rich Maines (@richmaines) on

 

Not yet fully recovered from my injuries, training in CO was not an option. Snowboarding with my kids however, was something I was not going to miss.

 

 

Now back from CO and just one weekend left in March, I’m ridiculously excited about April.

 

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Looking forward to seeing this road again soon enough.

 

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Now excuse me while I take my kid to soccer practice, hammer out a 3hr night ride and get ready for an 8am flight to CO tomorrow.

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