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Old May 27th, 2011, 09:00 PM #141
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Probably not true Bikebreath. My "training" is not nearly what it needs to be. When I started this thread last summer, I had time galore. Since then, my wife and I have had twins (!!!!) and now own a house in Suburbia (and are trying to sell our city house!). I also tore up my shoulder in a crash and needed two months of physical therapy. With these things come all the anticipated obligations, so getting out twice a week is tough as it is. I really need to ride more. My friends from work (and I) have decided that we need to start doing two of our usual laps at Loch Raven in order to really prepare for this race.

Usually when I get out, I ride for about 1.5 hours....we usually stop a time or two to take some "in action" photos that I post on Facebook to make myself look cool (Haha!), but otherwise ride pretty much straight through (except for the first ride of the season, a few weeks ago, when I thought I'd have a heart attack).

Weather this Spring, with rain practically every day until the last week or so, has not helped much, either. But, with 1.5 months to go (assuming the race doesn't get postponed due to rain to Aug 14th), I'm feeling pretty good. If I can finish middle-of-the-pack again I'll feel pretty happy.
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Old May 28th, 2011, 07:00 AM #142
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Middle-of-the-pack-racer...that was me too.

Post here again about mid-June and I'll take some time off at the end of June. I have work around the house to do and I'll brake it up with a ride at Schaeffer Farms or Fair Hill with you. And no, I won't get pissed if you end up not being able to go when I'm off...I'll just go to the range.
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Anyone else do Greenbriar this year?

I'm a newb to the sport (just bought the bike in Feb).
It was an ass-kicker for me.

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2001 Specialized Stumpjumper m4, and it's not up to par these days... Dont live in Maryland anymore... Yesterday was 12 miles off road with 2500+ vertical feet of difference. Started out with a 3 mile climb up a gravel forest road, then 6+ downhill miles of highly technical root beds and rock gardens with drainage in the middle of the trail on about 2 miles of it. Holy crap! Patapsaco was awesome. The Cascade Mountains are at another level entirely.
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I am looking to do some mild moutain biking.. I used to ride frequenty but stopped for a long time. Its tough being old, fat and out of shape... Regardless, any know of some mild decent trails around Harford/Baltimore county that would be a good start to re entering the sport?
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Fair Hill. Buy the map at the office. The trails are well marked.
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Fair Hill. Buy the map at the office. The trails are well marked.
That's what came to my mind.

I've mtb'ed at least twice this year...
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Guys, I have lost the need for some of my roof rack kit. Figured I would give a heads up. Open to offers.

Rola roof basket, Thule Criterium and Thule Cargo Bag.

http://www.mdshooters.com/vbclassifi...?do=ad&id=6972
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I found a guy that can get Diamondback's fairly cheap....most not even ridden - were displays in shows and at dealers. I got a brand new Sortie 3 for $1250....it is WAAAY more MB than I ever needed but was too good to pass up.
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I was a mountain biker. Until I started deer hunting in MD. It is a true test of impulse control to maintain composure when some of those rejects decide to ride trails in designated hunting areas, DURING RIFLE season. One wisea$$ even said "oh, so should I be wearing hunter orange when I ride?". I'm all about biking, but I'm also into good judgment.

Its a wonder no one has popped one of them yet.
Before I even knew hunting was allowed in the Frederick Watershed, I had some a$$hole discharge his muzzleloader into the ground just feet from where I and a few of my riding buddies had stopped to rest after a backcountry downhill. Sometimes "those rejects" simply are unaware of hunting laws and seasons, not deliberately trying to interfere with a hunt. Most of our group were out-of-towners just up for the weekend and oblivious that muzzleloader season had just started and we never saw a soul until that tool shot in our direction. One of our group was carrying that day and I guarantee he could have picked that fool off his stand before he got his muzzleloader reloaded so it was not a smart thing for him to have done but thankfully, cooler heads in our group prevailed.

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