Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Daylight Savings = Post Work Rides

Losing one hour of sleep is a small price to pay for an extra hour of daylight in the evening. The warmer temps, melting snow, and extending light in the evening are all good things (Dug- yes, this means I am losing interest in backcountry and getting more and more excited for mountain biking. Deal with it).

Yesterday after work, Jamie, Tony and I met for a mountain bike ride in Corner Canyon (Draper). We rolled out of Jamie's driveway by 5:45 and rode for about 1.5 hours.

I was surprised how dry the lower trails were. We only had about 5 or 6 snow patches to navigate and they were only about 20 feet long. The rest of the trails are in great shape.

I lost another sprint to Jamie at the top of the jeep road climb. One of these day's I'll learn how to knock him off his line before I put the hammer down.

With the temps this warm, I'm thinking more and more about breaking out the lights.


Anonymous said...

I look forward to going onto DST more than I look forward to all other holidays combined.


Anonymous said...

If you're sprinting Jaime every time you ride you must be off the training peaks program. Get back on the bandwagon.

Rick Sunderlage said...

Botched- I'm with you all the way. DST should be celebrated with the exchange of MTB related gear.

Brad- I can't be tied down. I did training peaks for about 2 weeks and got so tired of it I stopped. Good thing I only signed up for 6 months.

KanyonKris said...

DST good, changing clocks bad. Why can't we leave the clocks alone and just go into work an hour earlier on DST day?

Good news on the Draper trails! I've been eying them as I roll by on my lunch road rides. I've been so desperate for dirt that I *almost* brought the MTB last week just to ride the Corner Canyon dirt road.

When you say lower trails, what do you mean? If I could just ride up the Corner Canyon trail and jump on the BST going north, I'd be happy. The BST going west along Mike Weir Dr is still buried in snow.

If you want some more company on your next Corner Canyon after-work ride, let me know.

bbanks said...

Met up with Karl riding up CC road and a few pieces of the BST singletrack on Monday; halfway through we ran into Tony. Later talked to Dug and found out that he was there right before us. Yep the mountains are calling out and apparently we are ALL happy to answer! What's up with the U ride?

KanyonKris said...

According to Bob, the BST by the U has some rideable sections:

tibiker said...

BK, that's what I need to remind him about every time we reach the top of a climb, that sprinting is not on his plan for that day. I like it.

Anonymous said...

I wanna go with when K Kris goes, I won't have to take any water, since he'll be carrying enough for all of us in his camelbak.

dug said...

rode all over corner canyon yesterday, it was great. you can get a solid 1.5 hours in without really hunting, lots of it on singletrack.

i don't understand what the big deal with changing clocks is. is it hard? DST is more important to me than my anniversary.

Rick Sunderlage said...

I rode in Orem last night after work. I rode the Bonneville trail north past Dry and towards PG. It was great. Maybe 3 sections where it was a little sloppy but 90% of it is dry and in great shape.

KanyonKris said...

anon: You're welcome to my water if my cooties from the bite valve don't bother you. :-)

dug: If the weather is good, I may try to ride CC after work Friday.

Changing clocks isn't hard, but it is annoying. In my house 13 clocks need to be changed (4 wristwatches, 4 alarm clocks, 1 microwave, 2 cars, 1 VCR, 1 thermostat and 1 table clock - the computers, 1 wall clock and 3 cell phones set themselves). Why is it so hard to start going to work an hour earlier on DST day? DST doesn't make much sense these days as business set their own hours based on customer needs, not the sun. And DST's supposed energy savings are highly suspect.

Rick: Thanks for the update on BST! I like that section.

tp said...

LOL anonymous! I hate camelbacks. I'd rather be 2 hours from civilization with one water bottle cage holding an empty water bottle ... wait ... damn! I'm having deja vu.

KanyonKris said...

tp: good one!

My 2005 MTB frame doesn't even have bottle cage lugs. If it did, I'd probably do short rides with just a bottle.

My sister-in-law discovered a bonus feature of CamelBaks when she endo'ed and landed flat on her back in a rock garden. The Camelbak made for a nice air/water bag. She would have been hurting a LOT worse.

tibiker said...

KKris, get her on a 29er, nearly impossible to endo on. Honestly.

I had a friend wreck up behind the U and did the same thing, he swears the Cbak saved his spine.

KanyonKris said...

My wife has a 29er and loves it. Maybe my next bike will be 29. The sister-in-law doesn't ride much anymore and thus doesn't have much motivation to change bikes.