Category Archives: Training


I got a good ride on Sunday, December 21st. I decided to load up my LowePro Photo AW 200 pack with my new camera gear, supplies and full water bladder to see how it felt  Well, it sucked.  The pack came in just under 20lbs. I was carrying a D750, 50mm f/1.8 and 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6… Continue Reading


Yet Another Training Day. Worked on my Ultimate MTB Training Program from James Wilson today. I went into the gym for this session, LA Fitness, which I loath. I needed a stationary bike to perform the bike interval training since I could not get out to the trails. The hip pain I had in previous… Continue Reading

Geminid Day Ride

The evening of December 13th and the early morning of the 14th were the best times to view the Geminid meteor shower. I took my daughter Lauren up to the Mountaintown Overlook in the Cohutta Wilderness Area where we witnesses about 25 meteors burning up as they entered Earth’s atmosphere.  I setup my camera, but… Continue Reading

Down Time and Hip Action

After my painful sinus headache experience, which is still ongoing without Aleve, I took Monday off.  Training resumes today with the intro phase of the Ultimate MTB Workout program. I probably won’t make it out to the trails due to meetings for work, but hopefully I will get to the gym to ride a stationary.… Continue Reading

Uncomfortable Ride

Yesterday I rode ten miles at Blankets Creek. I started on the Mosquito Flat beginner trail for a quick warmup and then hit the Dwelling Intermediate trail. I was about two miles into Dwelling when I developed an extremely painful sinus headache behind my left eye.  It was so intense it was causing my eye… Continue Reading

Strength Training

I’ve been following the guidance of James Wilson from MTB Strength Training Systems for a couple of years, when I actually rode.  Last week, I bit the bullet and purchased his Ultimate MTB Workout program.  James provides a lot of free information, but the program puts it all together and gives you really detailed videos to… Continue Reading