Hey readers – many of you know that I DNF’d the recent X-Terra Philippines after crashing 2 days before the race…Well after the race, I ultimately had 2 options:
#1) To put my MTB in the corner & focus to ride on Cervégnolo P3.
#2) To suck it up and keep ridding my MTB.
Well since its the dry season here in The Philippines and the trails are crips, dry and fast I decided to go with #2 and make a few changes to my MTB set-up – more specifically use a CamelBak and take off all the stuff hanging from my bike to make it lighter!
Before with water Bottle/Cage/Pump/Co2/Levers/Saddle Bag with 2 X 29er tubes.
GET OFF MY FRAME!!!
You, get on my back - ya'll fit nicely & centered!
But you GoPro, even though your heavy, you can come & hang out on my 3T ARX Pro Stem occasionally
My blog assistant =)
Apart from the occasional ride with my GoPro - ridding with a ‘naked’ frame has added a new dimension to my ridding. I estimate I got 3 pounds off my frame, which is very noticeable when I ‘bunny hop’ or swing my bike side to side when I climb or accelerate and when I go over ruff terrain I feel like I have better control of my bike where I can maneuver much more feasibly!
The CamelBak gives me more freedom and selection when I want to drink – the water stays cooler longer and allows me to carry more liquids as well! Considering I have a titanium collar bone from 2008; I had the preconceived notion it would be a hassle & make me feel hot! Au contraire – I am now a believer!
“Look ma, NO HANDS” (with hillbilly accent inspired by The Simpsons) – ahahahaha!
Multi-tasking: drinking, hammering & taking pictures for my blog all @ once!
Cornering @ the top of a short power climb.
Ridding through a tunnel with my chin close to my 3T ARX PRO stem & bent elbows!
Cleared the tunnel with a different bike kit & GoPro angle!
After the tunnel comes a river x-sing!
A view of the tunnel from the other side of the river.
My Micheal Jordan impression!
Taking a picture NOW!
And keep going!
Over some rocks.
Ridding a bit too close to the bush!
More goofing around
Trying to get aero on the road...
Not much traffic out here!
Finally got to pass her - giving the 'look back' to make sure she keeps puhsing!
Anyway, I will be getting as much MTB’ing as I can before the rainy season starts…Where it will be mainly ridding my Tacx Booster from there going into Subic 5i50 and Cebu 70.3!