Sunday, March 28, 2010


While getting ready to ride this beauty well into plaid speed at Wausau24.  I've been training probably the best I've ever done.  I did come down with something this week but not before I got at least 10 hours in, but it's too early to risk something worse by riding through it much like I did last year so I took the previous 4 days off to focus on getting healthy again.   This just about happens every year since I began to run track.  I get allergies which leads to a cough, then leaving me with a massive cold.  I got my salsa in working order and minus my rotor crank I'll be ready to rock.

I am excited to race a 24 solo again this year.  I am also glad to be racing it at a lower least 200 dollars less.  I hope they get rid of that stupid finish loop on the way into the tent this year, boy was that terrible.  I don't really like the idea of a shorter lap.  While I would love to bring in more riders that were affraid to tackle a 15 mile lap,  A short lap would make things clog up and would be kinda difficult to keep the traditional favorites i.e. flower trail and Ho Chi Minh both in the course while still crossing red bud rd.  I say go back to how it was during the 2007 race.  I want to say it was around 13 miles and afterall it is an endurance event.

Trail project in Bradley Park is taking shape.  Really the focus is on design right now and to get a feeling for how many markers, maps, and other signage to make it a course we can all follow.  My goal is to have a race in the park using the old and break in some of the new stuff in spring of 2011.

Racing schedules will be cut down to smaller amount for 2011 as well with baby Lund entering the picture sometime in mid to late November of this year.  I being a future daddy and all will be sure to educate the baby by watching Klunkerz, Kranked Revolve, 24 Solo, Off Road to Athlens, Chasing Legends and Highlights of the Tour De France.  We are excited for the new adventure.

This weekend I will be riding the salsa on my new trails up north as a early season test session for the bike, Epic Cam, and the trails already in place at the park.

Happy Easter and enjoy the great weather.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Wausau24 Is ON!!!!!

PRESS RELEASE FOR March 20, 2010

March 20, 2010

Wausau24 will be held on July 31- August 1st, 2010 at Nine Mile Forest in Wausau Wisconsin.
Muddy Paws Racing is working directly with the Marathon County Park department to use the Nine Mile Forest trails including lodge rental and all logistical support from the county for this race weekend.
MPR is a Wisconsin event promotion group focused on “promoting dirt in the Midwest.”
Full details including registration and event schedule will be available at April 2nd, 2010.  Updates are currently being posted to the facebook group “Wausau24 hour MTB race”.  We invite the racing community to provide us with feedback to make this a fun and professional event.  The goal in 2010 is to provide an excellent racing experience to all participants, make the entry structure competitive, and have everyone heading home with a smile and marking their calendars for the event in 2011.
MPR is working with an excellent team of professionals to make this happen.
Peak Timing, owned by Greg Blasko, is a well-known and respected timing company that has the contracts for such events as the Lifetime Tri, the Birkie, and the MNMBS series.  We will use “chip timing” for all participants, the best for error free and accurate results throughout the event.
Matt Block will be our course manager.  Matt has worked with the Marathon County parks for years and has a great working relationship with county park management.  He has set the course for the Trek Classic the past two years and again for the event to be held on Memorial weekend this year.
TST Media will host and develop our race website, as well as handle all online registration.  There will be no additional charges for processing online registration.  Discounted rates will be available for early registration as well as a free chance to win a Trek Travel trip to anywhere in the lower 48 states for each entry prior to May 20th, 2010.
Muddy Paws Racing will host the event and serve as race promoter for the Wausau24.  MPR is owned by Adam Schmidt, a race promoter for over 15 years and based in Wisconsin.  MPR is the promoter for the WORS Trek Classic held at Nine Mile Forest over Memorial weekend this year.  MPR also hosts the WORS/MNMBS Border Battle, MNMBS Lifetime Avalanche, and MNMBS Wheelhouse Classic event.

The clock it ticking and MPR is up to the challenge.  We are asking the racing community to speak up early and let us know what you want.  After all, the event is here for the racers, so let’s make 2010 a great one.

Adam Schmidt

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Hard training, easy combat; easy training, hard combat"

(The infamous JVog shot)

Looks like a little more focus on WORS this year.  I hate to say it, but I had a WORS burnout which led to me only doing two events.  So in all reality I took the year and as most already know I needed it more than I thought I did.  I decided to renew my license and get a series number again.  I guess that means I need to do that training thing I hear so much about.

So I got a little overzealous and jumped on the mountain bay to give the legs an early test.  They responded quite well, turning over with easy and felt lighter if that makes any sense.  The return trip was a little sketchy as the wet areas have since turned into a small skating rink at random times, but at least it's a good test of the early season balance skills.

Some long miles ahead for the remainder of the week and weekend hopefully we can get some rain early on to get rid of some snow, salt, and dirt.  Game on.