Goggles-- check. Helmet-- check. Layers-- check. Protective & insulating assfat-- check.
Penny's new studded tires. (This was post ride. They are quite the leaf collectors.)
It was really strange because the trail is covered in hard packed snow now, so in some ways it is easier than how it is in summer- when there are rocks, roots, logs etc to navigate. But somehow it felt much harder in terms of just pedaling the bike down the trail. I had to be in WAY lower gears. Also, because I was going slower, my steering was more erratic, and I went off track a couple times which now means an automatic dump because of the deeper snow at the sides of the trail.
After 40 minutes I'd only made it through about 1/3 of the trail. I read that ~the average person~ (racer probably-- not a Joe Shmoe like me) makes it around the entire trail in an hour. Yay me!- above average again!
After riding what would be the prolog of the race and the first semi-tough section, my toes were painfully cold so I aborted mission--- and decided I need to work a bit more at this before I'll feel like it would be fun to try a race. I thought my tights + 2 pairs of wool socks + gaiters would be warm enough, but next time I think I'll try the pac boots.
I think this is kind of funny. But I'm a bit of a dork. Once I get the design more refined and actually get ready to bust out *New Idea*, I may test it on some of the riders just to get their reaction.
A friend who's been a good sounding-board for my thoughts about all this asked me the other day if I was anxious to get Maczilla back with all its super-dooper graphics software installed. I was like, "Not really. I actually will find turning it on the first time completely terrifying."
I have SO MUCH to learn about all this *New Idea* stuff. For now I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and try not to freak-out. What can I do ~right now~? Research my butt off, and work on ideas, and practice drawing, and keep reminding myself there was once a time when I had no idea how to weld either, or make a sculpture, or ride a mountain bike, or take a horse over a jump, or speak in public, or write a novel, or teach aqua aerobics (AKA: jumping around in a swimsuit in front of a room full of strangers) or a bunch of other scary stuff.