May was a mixed bag for my riding. I was sick for almost two weeks and it’s been raining a lot. Lots of rain brings storm watching which I enjoy but also means I haven’t ridden on the dirt in probably a month. I was getting down on my fitness because of those things but then after talking to @the_tiki I was reminded to just take it easy when not well and enjoy some rest. I had a great ride yesterday where I smiled the whole time and felt great.
I think I’ve decided April in Dallas is my favorite month here. The weather is so good most days I stop and comment on it. There is a pretty bad storm once a week or so but other than that April is pretty rad. I’ve spent more time on my road bike than a mountain bike out of convenience. It’s easier to fit close road rides in with my work schedule and there have been a few days where the trails were wet. The amazing crew at DORBA do an astonishly good job at keeping the trails open and repaired. I’d guess they attend to the trails daily after rain.
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This week’s been a bit tough for me with a kidney stone, something I deal with once a year or so. I didn’t get a lot of miles in this week because of that but I did manage this relaxing ride at Northshore and a group road ride earlier this week. It was my first time riding my fatbike there. It’s a rough ride on a rigid bike even if it’s got fat tires. Sadly, my titanium fatbike probably doesn’t have a long life with me looking forward. I love it but I don’t think I’ll ride it enough to justify keeping it. I think a hardtail or another Epic would get a lot more use in my normal mountain biking down here in Texas.
I joined some friends for a spring mountain bike trip this weekend in Knoxville Tennessee. We largely rode the Urban Wilderness trails. It was a fun trip to see some good friends I’ve not seen in a bit. I slept in my Element part of the way from Texas to Tennessee on the drive up to our Air BNB house rental. My element and Ibis are as dependable as ever.