29 April, 2008
27 April, 2008
Nothing more stylin' than a crowd of road bikers (sarcasm).
24 April, 2008
Even without the flower the trail is beautiful!
Indian Paint Brush
22 April, 2008
Yosemite has 12 miles of bike path. Bikes are the best way to get around the floor since buses leave you far from some destinations.
We did a few short hikes to avoid the crowds. A noisy school group and the usual crowd of German/Japanese/American tourists made off-season feel like "Yosemite City". To me, the most profound beauty of Yosemite is the relatively isolated backcountry. Where nature can be truly heard.
To end the day we visited the museum and famous Ahwahnee Hotel (indoor filming location of the movie "The Shining").
19 April, 2008
Everyone seemed tense at the sport men 25-29 start line.
Quickly my legs froze up and I was hanging out at the rear.
During the early single-track I stabilized and made a few passes. Last year this section was difficult for me.
Coughing up lung-snot w/aching legs, I considered quiting.
I felt like a snail. A sick snail.
During the last miles I battled with another rider. I pulled ahead on the last climb and went hard into the final descent.
As soon as I realized I had fallen to the ground, I heard the chain-slap of the rider catching up. I jumped back on the bike and hammered to stay ahead at the finish.
With the wretched race over I proceeded to cough and gasp. A helpful race attendant asked if I needed medical attention. I replied that it was just a cold.
I did not feel very optimistic about my performance. Shivering in the dark, windy, cold Monterey morning we waited for the results.
I didn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes.
Your good mojo kept my wheels turning.
A special thanks goes out to my personal trainer Heather, Judy and Karen for their support during the race, and Ryan at Life Cycle (who literally keeps my wheels turning).
Stay tuned for reports on the beautiful East Bay riding, Yosemite, and the Chico Wildflower.
13 April, 2008
...now back to packing...
11 April, 2008
The climb is only 3miles up from Korbel, but "an average 8% grade for approximately 2.6 miles and gain about 1100 feet in elevation." (northcoastbikerides.blogspot.com)
10 April, 2008
Stomped the ACF (Arcata Community Forest), pretty much the same way I did Saturday. I don't ever remember being able to haul like this! Its like a good dream, in which my legs have been replaced with crazy robot bike legs that instantly ascend any incline.
In a related note the weather has been warm and dry. This makes the ACF much less muddy. I even forwent my goggles and relied upon full fenders; during winter I can barely see out the lenses after a lap.
This has been a wonderful time for me to train, plan ahead, reconnect with my drive, and also make some tofu=$.
Thanks for your support- watch this blog in the next few weeks for ongoing hikes, bikes, event info, and BOMB pictures from all over Northern California.
07 April, 2008
Another arm-length picture-
If only I could find some quiet time with nature...
oh wait, the ratio of deer to people on this ride was 12:1 (another bike rider).
Never mind, I'm fine ;-}
06 April, 2008
Stan and I went out on the town.
We went down to the Arcata Marsh, and then we went to Humboldt State University.
While on campus Stanley visited practice for the women's Ultimate Frisbee team.
Stan tried his hand at mountain biking!
To end the day we went to yoga. Stan is very flexible.
I had a lot of fun with Stan, but he is leaving tomorrow for another adventure.
05 April, 2008
04 April, 2008
Wednesday I rode all over town, looking for steep hills after work. Tuesday I did a run around the golf course in Sunny Brae (5 mile loop).
Ryan and I are going to ride in the Wildflower Century, a 100mile road ride in Chico, CA. The ride is a week after my XC race at the Otter.