Sunday, September 06, 2009
Plenty of thoughts
It has been now a full week after Kangasala 24h and I have done some rethinking about the race. After all, it wasn't a real suprise that I had those problems with the lights and difficult conditions. I knew that with Sigma Sport Mirage Evo lights it was like bringing a knife to a gunfight. So, I'm already looking for new lights and this time they will be much much better. At the moment, the lights from Lumicycle (LED3 system) is a strong canditate. Before that I will be using the old Mirages, putting all of them (two 5W and three 10W) to use. A short report of that in the coming week...
Despite of the slight disappointment of Kangasala 24h, this year has been a good year as far my cycling goes. LEVI24 was a huge success, and the improvements with the course of Paimio's Revenge is another great thing. But at the same time this year has been very hard. A full time work, home and family and this pretty insane cycling hobby is a tough combination. It's time to make some changes and I'm starting with my bike commuting. I have really good opportunities to ride it differently. A longer course with a lot of singletrack is very close to my home and I did a test ride today. It takes about 45-50 minutes, as the road-only takes normally 20-25 minutes. Now, doing this in the morning and dark will be great training as the trails have also lots of slippery roots and rocks. Generally I will be riding it with the singlespeed, like I did it today, because that bike is easy and fast to service in the autumn/winter time.
A view from my new bike commute route.
The goal is to ride this once a week, sometimes maybe twice. I feel I'm very lucky that I have these opportunities. The trails of the new course are really fantastic and fun!
There are going to be some other changes as well but I will write more about them some other time.
All eyes are now on the weatherman as Paimio's Revenge is next Saturday...