Monday, August 26, 2013

Carhartt Dungarees: three years later

A few years ago I wrote a review of the Carhartt Dungaree pants.

I've got some follow-up things to mention about these pants:

  • The huge thighs in these pants make them excellent for riding.
  • The "Carhartt Brown" version wears into a softer, more comfy pant than the other colors. Not sure why, but they are uber-comfy.
  • Given the overall durability of the pant, the ass seems to blow out prematurely. See butt bone patches above.
  • Otherwise, the pants help up pretty well considering how much I wore them. I wore them just about daily in the fall/winter of 2010 and the fall/winter of 2011. By 2012, the sit bone bits had blown out completely and then other rips started to emerge in the crotch and above the panel on the right leg.
  • Now that I'm in a work environment around other people, I can't do the ripped up/dirty/nasty jean thing every day, so these pants live at the river. I love slipping into them at nights by the fire.
  • I'd like to find a similar pant with a bit more fabric in butt, similar fabric with wide thighs, and "neutral" styling that I can wear at work. Patagonia has a promising pant.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pat's helmet painting service

Life time guarantee.

Open 365/24/7.

Drop-in's welcome!

Includes free beer.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Liberty Lake Regional Park

Tough riding. The Liberty Lake Trail Loop is a mutha. I went counter-clockwise: coming up the part that I should've gone down. And I should've gone up the western-most trail. A good map is here.

Going up was too hard. It was steep, but I had to walk too much of it. Thinking on it: I guess that's a good shake up for me to realize how far out of shape I've fallen this summer, which makes rides like this less fun. Which is no good. So it's time to get a bit more hard riding in so I can enjoy these kinds of rides.

 The Liberty Lake system is limited, but really nice, especially if you like lots of climbing. The middle trail down is a great, fast, not-too-technical descent. And he Loop trail down is crazy technical -- for me -- I crashed a couple times and had to walk through more sections than I'd like to admit.

 Signage is great.

The point here is to show the little waterfall in the background.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sometimes I ride a bike

Justin and I found a perfect place for a S12O. Next time we're going to kidnap Pat and make him come with us: we ran out of beer way too early in the night.

View after sundown.
This spot is less than an hour away.

The spot shall remain a mystery. But I'm thinking the pictures give it away.

Mr. Wetmore riding by the Kettle River.

Mrs. Mattana riding by the Kettle River.

Fred's Elephant. That color is rust. It's not yet painted.
Rory's Westy.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Midnight Century 2013

I didn't ride it. I'm not crazy about not riding it, but I would've been crazy to attempt it, so I'm coming to peace with my loss of mojo.

I woke up at 6:30 this morning and remembered riding through Spangle last year at that time of day.

I'm curious to hear the stories: how was the mud on Bruna? How was Central Food hang? Any coffee surprises along the way?

I expect Hank to do a full write up and picture-fest, as he does.

DB talked about having a clipboard at CF to record times. If that happened, that will be the unofficial official. IN the meantime: comment with your time and story. DNF'ers: you too! There will be swag for DNF'ers this year.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Running is the new riding

I'm finally figuring out how to run. I've tried on and off for years, but my knee did funny painful stuff. I talked to an M.D. buddy and he watched me run. We fixed it with warm up, special stretch routine, and post run icing. Plus, I'm running mostly on trails or grass.

Tonight's run was best ever: only about 2 miles, but it felt *good*. My goal has been to have a run that didn't suck, so to run and have it be good is a huge deal.

On the riding front: not enough to finish the MC this year. Not sure if I'll roll out or not. But if I do, I'll likely DNF at Liberty Lake or the Palouse highway.

I'm still trying to square this idea against my self-imposed requirement to just suffer it out. We'll see.