Balls cold today. Said like 25, but with the wind and the snow whipping from the trees....felt pretty cold. We rocked the bike course in the am..it was slick and frustrating and challenging. Builds skills - I say. Headed out on The She Beast at about 1 and immediately ran into some young dude (Yo, Neil) from Wondervu. Anyone who is out alone, on a day like today - has a huge leap in the general direction of cred - in my book. We rode up FR and did a loop, much of it riding. Much of it pushing. It was lovely and fun and sublime. The key thing about The She Beast is that rather than the way I feel on a regular MTB in the snow (three monkeys fucking a football is a term I have heard) KInda like it's the wrong tool for the wrong job at the wrong time (like my wife said about the GORGEOUS singlespeed I built her a few years ago: The wrong gear ALL the time). There are some situations where the tool makes the day. If I ride Betasso (buttasshole) on a geared full suspension bike I feel like I am towing into 1 foot Cocoa Beach chop. It's just too much for that trail. Same trail on a 1x - rippage. In the same way - it's like when Fry and I did Starr Peak on singles - just dumb. I mean - it's like a 2,800 foot technical climb to 10,300 feet. It's just Gnar. Whip out the full sauce and the big tires. So, today - it felt great to be out on The She Beast. It felt like riding - or something even better. Without that bike I would not have made it up FR today. I may not have gotten out. Well, I would have as I am ill with the addiction - BUT - I would have felt out of place. Like dropping into Cloudbreak on a boogie board, while on bad Fijian coke. Just essentially wrong. The She Beast felt great out there. Cool to run into someone who is out just to be out and is willing to push and slog. At it's core - when we strip away all the elemtns of life - doesn't it boil down to pushing and sloggin. Other than the bliss and the miracles - that is.
Oh, and for what it's worth...which is nothing....broke through the 500k of climbing mark today. Maybe while pushing. Which is just and fair and exactly as it should be.