After an awesome camp in Sun Valley/Ketchum, Idaho, I headed to The Dells in Wisconsin for the 2nd annual century bike ride for Shelley Glover. Now, every town has their thing, and the towns that don't, build some sort of large sculpture and call themselves the home of the largest banana or sheep or pineapple. See below.
However, The Dells is known as the Waterpark Capital of the World, and once you have been there you will understand why. The town is filled with hotels that have huge, medium and small indoor and outdoor waterparks attached, and it is a scene. However, I have found the ultimate reason to go to The Dells and it is for the road biking. Now I am not someone to toot the sport of road biking's horn, as the way I see it, it is simply a good way to get a sore butt, neck and back, and buzzed by cars all in the same go. Plus most road bikes come with that handy little digital computer that insists on showing you how many miles you have gone and the speed you traveled them at, which really only makes the whole experience worse when you travel at an average speed of 2 miles an hour. So, I don't go too often. However, on this particular Saturday I went for 100 miles with 2 very good friends and in an incredibly beautiful area. So, if you are looking for a beautiful spot to road bike or rollerski or ride your motorcycle or tricycle, head to The Dells. You are in for a nice surprise. Here are a few pictures from our ride.
Bonnie Glover and Keely Kelleher in the last 10 miles of the ride
Hello Foliage! WOW!
Bonnie, me, Keely and Julia Littman at breakfast the morning after the ride
Keely and Bonnie near Devils Lake, WI. Next year in September if you are looking for a great Saturday activity in a beautiful place to benefit a great cause, come do the Shelley Glover Century Ride. You can check it out at: www.shelleygloverfoundation.com
Since the ride, I have spent time in Utah, climbing Timp, adventuring with friends and training hard.
Me up on Mt Timpanogus
Matt at the top of Timp. Think BYU has been up there at all?
Now I am in Lake Placid at our last dryland camp of the season. Lots of intensity is on the schedule and has already started with the annual Climb to the Castle. To see pictures check out: http://www.nccsef.org and to see some video check out: http://www.dartfish.tv/Presenter.aspx?CR=p1490c6378m184593
We are staying at the OTC until the end of the week when I will head to Vermont for the last training block before we head to Northern Finland for the season openers.