The stars aligned and I was able to make a quick getaway to Teton Valley this past weekend to visit friends and ride some of my favorite trails. I shot Fiddee Cent an email early in the week to see if he was up for continuing the tradition of pre-Cream Puff suffering and he was "all in". Being two weeks out from the 2012 Cream Puff, the timing was perfect for six hours of glorious suffering on the singlespeed and Fiddee Cent did not disappoint.
|The Route: (Old Pass Rd + Phillips Connector + Arrow + Snow Tel + Phillips Ridge + Fish Creek Rd) x 3|
|Long sustained climb + long descent = good Cream Puff training|
Some folks don't like the Phillips Ridge Trail because it is so rocky in places that some find it hard to "flow" on this trail. I personally LOVE this trail. It forces me to think about every pedal stroke and body weight shift and makes me feel like a mountain biker. The trail condition was perfect and Fiddee Cent and I were flying down the Ridge trail. Descending is a key component to the Cream Puff as well. "Look through the corner", "stay off the front brake", "stay low"...these were key thoughts that I consciously reminded myself of while chasing the Gangsta' down the Ridge Trail.
Saturday, June 16th was a perfect training day as well as being an incredible day out on the trails. As a bonus, my lower back felt better than it has in months and I think I am on the right track with a long-term solution. More on that later...Thanks Fiddee.