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Training Log Archive: 'Bent

In the 7 days ending Apr 12:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Cycling5 8:53:12 61.29(6.9/h) 98.63(11.1/h) 1528
  Hiking2 2:07:25 3.48 5.6 227
  Running1 47:43 2.22(21:27) 3.58(13:20) 114
  Total8 11:48:20 66.99 107.81 1869

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Friday Apr 12 #


Sedona MTB- The Movie.
Best viewed in full screen on Vimeo.

Thursday Apr 11 #

2 PM

Cycling 1:52:05 [3] 19.5 km (10.4 kph) +310m

We we went to the Bell Rock area and rode Slim Shady and other trails around Cathedral Rock. Once again, amazing scenery and great riding, but Bash got bad family medical news from home, so we knew we’d have to cancel the rest of our trip, so our hearts weren’t really in it.

The bike worked well on this trip, and I never took any falls.
My only bike issue was a leaky rear shock, which had been recently rebuilt. Back to the shop with it.

Wednesday Apr 10 #

1 PM

Cycling 2:00:00 [3] 17.88 km (8.9 kph) +340m

Mescal Trail and Chuckwagon- pics on Bash’s log.

We’d heard good things about this trail and it didn’t disappoint. Generally very rideable other than a few spots, and spectacular scenery.

Epic clouds and cool temps, with some pellets of Graupel pinging us here and there.

In taper mode, so we stopped to chat a bit with the inevitable ‘bent-curious riders and other tourists, and I got some good GoPro footage from a few different POVs. The scenery was amazing around every turn.

Off to Creekside for coffee and live music with a view after. We saw folks walking around town wearing a vest, down jacket, toque and a buff.

Tuesday Apr 9 #

1 PM

Cycling 1:03:25 [3] 16.51 km (15.6 kph) +139m

Nice drive up to Flagstaff through the amazing Oak Creek canyon. We’d hoped to get used to the elevation a bit, at 2300m or so.
Blasting winds dusted us throughly as we set up, but riding around the Campbell mesa was nice and flowy.
8 PM

Running 47:43 [2] 3.58 km (13:20 / km) +114m 11:30 / km
shoes: Topo Ultraventure Blue

Hike/jog around Chimney Rock.
We’d planned to hike a mountain near Flagstaff, but howling winds cancelled that.

Spectacular views and good light were a chance to test the new GoPro’s still photo mode.

Monday Apr 8 #

12 PM

Cycling 1:40:54 [3] 15.72 km (9.3 kph) +299m

Nice ride in a different area today. Pics on Bash’s log. We went up to the Soldier’s Pass area, and rode the Adobe Jack trails. A bit of slickrock riding, lots of nice flow, and also more trails rated Advanced than yesterday. Lots of dropping in and out of dry river washes, with lumpy exits or hairpins had me off the bike a bit more.
Jaw-dropping scenery and tons of good trails once again.
7 PM

Hiking 1:11:25 [1] 5.6 km (12:45 / km) +227m 10:36 / km

Afternoon hike on the trails near the airport area, with spectacular sunset views of Bell, Courthouse and Cathedral Buttes. Would have been rough riding.

Sunday Apr 7 #

2 PM

Cycling 2:16:48 [3] 29.03 km (12.7 kph) +439m

Excellent Sedona ride with Bash. See her log for pics. The plan is not to break ourselves before the Whisky Basin Ultra next weekend.
We ended up riding from our door out to the Aerie/Cockscomb loop.
Very rideable trails with fantastic scenery. So happy to be on my ‘bent here rather than pounding my neck and white-knuckling descents on a rental.
We did mostly cruisy intermediate trails today, but finished up with 2-fence which was harder, and I ended up hiking the bike up out of steep sandy riverbeds a fair bit, (which almost everyone does on this trail, according to the guide)

I guess nobody’s ever seen an MTBent here before, so lots of stops.
Unfortunately my gopro case broke, so no video for a few days until Amazon delivers.

Saturday Apr 6 #

Hiking 56:00 [1]
shoes: Topo Ultraventure Blue

We arrived in Sedona, about 12 hours door to door.
I was worried about my ‘bent-in-a-box as I had to open and unpack it at security with only a pair of scissors, then retape it, but it arrived Ok.
My box looked very old-school compared with all the fancy travel bike cases.

Here’s the disassembled bike without the wheels:

We had time for a hike up Sugarloaf peak, right from our door.

Mexican dinner, 1 surprisingly strong Margarita, and asleep before 9.

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