First Race of the Year

As my family and close friends know the further away from population centers I get the happier I am.  Therefore the chance to make what is becoming an annual pilgrimage out to Echo, OR for the Echo Red 2 Red mountain bike race was just what I needed.  A drive out to eastern Oregon and spend some time in the desert racing my bike.  Sounds like a good way to spend a Saturday.

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Every now and again I race the “normal” bike

Echo is a haul from home.  It’s a little over 200 miles each way from home to “downtown” Echo.  Other than the bs of dealing with PDX traffic though it’s a straight shot east on I-84 the whole way.  This race is not one that plays to my strengths.  It’s got a lot of short, punchy, power climbs where I would much rather have some sustained and lengthy climbs.  Coming this early in the season it is always a shock to the system to go from workouts/rides to race pace too.  It is a good chance to blow some cobwebs out of the system and get in a hard effort.

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Post race cookie from Buttercreek Coffee & Mercantile in Echo, OR
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I love hidden gems like this

As is typical I will not give the dorky blow by blow race commentary.  All I will say is that it wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great.  Just like last year there were some total sandbaggers racing the sport category.  I did not fade the last 30 minutes like last year and, in fact, felt pretty decent the whole time.  Just need to work on those punchy climbs.

Sunday – Finally spend time with Mia

It was nice to finally get home last night though.  Being gone for work stuff from Sunday-Wednesday (I did still get to have some fun though) and then leaving for a race on Friday after work left me feeling like I needed to put in some quality time with my better half. Lucky for me Mia ditched her planned long run and we went on a nice 25 mile road ride instead.

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Out for a little jaunt

Mia and I have some pretty dialed in routes from the old house.  Moving to Forest Grove has shifted things a bit and forced us to reevaluate some of our options.  Just getting out to FG from Hillsboro was a 26 mile roundtrip affair.  A 36 mile loop from the old house is now 12 miles.  So yeah, we need to find a groove again and tweak a couple things.  The best part now is that in about 1-2 miles we are in rural farmland.  Even from our old location in Hillsboro it was 5-7 miles to get out into the wilds.

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Today’s ride was blessedly flat

All in all though things are working out.  I’ve already shown Mia some new roads and we’ve patched together some previous routes to make a couple new options.  No complaints here.

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Give us rural rides any day!

Thanks for reading,

-Pete

 

 

 

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