Early Recovery – RTR Archives

Early Recovery

9/29/08

 

Placement and proximity affect our choices direction and activity.   A situation can be willfully subverted, but often the most immediate presence dictates the follow through. Obvious, but easily overlooked, or more accurately, it is hard to project what the best setup should be.
What is the smart way to go, the optimum route….

In the compromised limited and healing body, audibles and basic location changes are extra challenging.  Setting and surrounding take on new relevance.     That is a way of saying, where you choose to recover is a big deal.   For anyone, surgery and the following period of pain, meds and inactivity are a grind and for people with athletic programs, the lethargy is compounded.

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Programs (2/11/08)

Who do you listen to and what do you base your findings and assumptions on?  These are questions filled with variables and variables that shift as we acquire knowledge and skill.    The new rider is a clean slate -  amped on finding a new discipline and thirsty for ways to harness the excitement into results.

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Information comes in many forms.  Some plunge headfirst into an endeavor and start wailing, while others take the pragmatic approach looking for cues to clear the runway.  How do we sample the methods and find what’s best for us.
We need to establish what we respond to and mesh that with an existing system or adapt it to one of our own design.
There are templates and there are fundamentals but there is not one ‘way’.

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Happy New Year

From RTR!

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RTR/Unison to RTR/Lost River

Garmin Data:

It’s not that we’re tough or gluttons for punishment even though we are.   And it’s not about having something to prove even though proof now exists.  It is more about something presenting itself and us wanting to be in it.  The word adventure maybe comes to mind.  Motivations and outcomes are peripheral.  At the heart some effort and some unknown are required to ultimately and often only vaguely get to the quote-unquote, fun, but with completion the details that are acquired and the terrain that is now embedded more that settle that tab.

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RTR Cross Camp Vid

Check the Guns Grits and Gravel action at RTR.  

Real Earth Productions.

Music courtesy of the Rambling Shadows.

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Fall Riding

River Road Loop:  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52324136

The roads remain but the scenery changes.  Routes change, surfaces change, conditions change and we change.

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Apple Orchard Loop

Garmin data:

Note:  Garmin mapped version goes to a vaguely marked but rideable dirt road and an unopened interstate.   Good terrain but maybe hard to find.  This is in the early section coming from Moorefield on Walnut Ridge Road heading west.   If you continue on Walnut to Patterson Creek Road the ride maps out similar and maybe more logically.

The Apple Orchard Loop comes off the back side of the barn and heads west crossing the next ridge beyond Moorefield and landing in a lightly traveled valley on Patterson Creek Road .

Heading north on the state road it’s a smooth riverside glide.  Scenic stuff: old schools, barns and mills.  There is usually a prevailing tail wind.  This section follows the ridge that will be traversed back to the Apple Orchards and Twin Mountain Road .  A bonus is that once up top and heading back or south the wind isn’t as big or noticeable.  What forms a current in the lower valley seems to skip across the ridge top, especially since, in what is a unique feature, the mountain road is actually in a valley.  It resembles a bowl on top of the mountain, thus ‘ Twin Mountain Road. ‘.  Not something I’ve seen before.

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Troublesome Valley Road

Garmin data

The valley routes imply a reprieve from the sometimes relentless WV hill poundings.  These are generally north south in direction while any east or west bound excursions confront ridges lined up like waves, starting from Skyline drive before quieting in Ohio to rolling terrain and ultimately the central planes.

There is the valley foot hill which is a fork off the low line going to a ledge but not up and over. A parallel that drops back to the bottom further along.   And then there is pure valley.  The river meanders beside, giving way to smooth measured farmlands as the ridges beckon to the left and right but don’t impose their force.


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RTR Cross Camp Recap

FACTORS

When you schedule an event in advance there are variables.  When you do anything there are variables.  In the case of the Guns, Grits and Gravel Cyclocross Workshop, beside the logistical planning that comes with the turf there is the fact that the professionals lined up to instruct are what the whole thing hinges on.

Both our experts not only had races to do leading up to GGG, they had major stage races.

For Joe Dombrowski of Trek Livestrong, it was the Tour of Utah, a five stage event one week prior, while Jeremiah Bishop of Cannondale was defending his title in the high altitude Breck Epic in Colorado, a six stage mountain bike endurance test that finished the day before our cross camp.

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RAW CX

Raw  Talent Ranch in conjunction with CycleLife USA is proud to announce the ‘2010 Guns, Grits and Gravel Cyclocross Workshop’  August 28th and 29th.   This is a fully supported two day extravaganza offering detailed instruction in a relaxed and expansive setting.

Last weekend after an extensive field recon analysis session with young expert and instructor Joe Dombrowski we were fortunate to secure a 25 acre multi terrain area that includes high meadow, low meadow, a very green virtual rain forest section, a pond, a stream and a route the overseer as well as musician made famous in the Rapha video likes to call the ‘Tarzan Trail.’

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