running - 20+ miles a week swimming - 2x/ week (3 if possible) biking - 3x/week
planning to do weight training but never really following through
Living in Charlotte
Went to grad school at App State Univ in Boone, NC - where I grew up
Undergrad at UNC-CH
nothing makes you realize that you're not very interesting like a little box where you're suppose to type in things about you that are interesting.
I play the piano. Does that count? Funny thing about playing the piano is the number of people who say they would just kill to be able to play what I play. Yea cause it's magic, I just rolled out of bed and could do this. Sure like anything, you have to not just want to do it but want to put in the time to do it.
Thanks for your comment on my "Monarch Crest Trail" blog. The mountain bike trail rating system is very similar to skiing trail designation.
However, there are inconsistencies from place-to-place for both skiing and mountain bike trail ratings. A "black diamond" run at Keystone may be a blue square run at Vail.
There are a few mountain bike trails at Three Sisters that are listed as "black diamond" that are as mean as trails get! However, Three Sisters have very short trails. Monarch is long and relentless. Very tiring.
I say if your hubs rides faster than you, then make a case for a lighter bike! :-)
At any rate, the strategy to let him ride for an hour ahead works too. Heh ... in fact, put a bigger bag on his bike and make him carry your stuffs too. (Wifey HATES when I ask her to carry stuffs for me hahaha.)
Yesterday in the pool, though she totally swam more than I did in the amount of time we were in the pool ... at the end she asked to race 1 length of the pool. She knows she is faster ... what a brat! So to even things out I told her she had to do 1 more lap at full throttle, then we'd do our race. When she was done with her lap she stopped to adjust her goggles and was asking if I was ready. Right in the middle of her sentence I just took off and started swimming like a crazy person. I beat her. I won. I got the elusive swim victory! But only by a 1/2 body length. Boy ... she is fast!
I used to have my event bibs on my cubie wall at work. But it started to get filled up and it started to feel more like I was bragging. Not that I have anything against bragging mind you ... but I decided to take them down and horde them at home all for myself!
As for Finisher Medals ... we like getting them too. Wifey really likes them. In fact, her sister bought her a medal holder. I found an online photo of the one she has .... though hers is now filled (and some have a couple medals on them.)
I just saw your comment on my "bikes and beer" blog. There are lots of people that live in urban areas that have mountain bikes. I see them coming up the hill on the weekends with bikes on racks. Top racks are popular. I have a trailer hitch mounted rack. I am sure that a lot a people just cram their bikes into their vehicles.
Your Giant Iguana is still a useful mountain bike. I owned a very similar bike called the Giant Acapulco. Both the Iguana and the Acapulco have chrome-moly steel frames and are referred to as "rigid", which means the bikes have no suspension. These older bikes also have rim brakes.
Back-in-the day, all mountain bikes were rigid with rim brakes. A few companies, most notably Surly, still make the old-school rigid steel bikes.
These old-school bikes are fine for riding on easy to moderate difficult trails. You have to stand-up a lot because the only suspension you have are your legs. However, even with my long-travel full-suspension bikes I spend a lot of time standing-up.