Month: February 2009

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ATT never lets you down! We started off from the car and I wasn’t feeling that great. But about half way up I started to feel good and the legs were pumpin I cleaned the whole way up to the first look out I think that is a first!

I didn’t clean the rest of the way up I dabbed 1 time… First shot down Eco challenge was sick I hit the bigger side of the double drop and cleared everything even hitting the little jumps on the flat sections. We climbed back up again and this time the heat got to me a bit I felt like I was over heating and the zip was zapped from my legs….

Down we went again and Joe took some pics we sessioned a couple drops then I got a flat… damn tubes….I try to fix and pitch the tube….try again good, I go back up ride the drop and BAM 3rd flat on the same section…….we waste 20 mins there and then fly down the rest…

I was a little sketch but I hit every little stunt on the side of the trail including the small step up rock on the big wall ride 🙂 My climbing was a 6 out of 10 but my tech was a 8 out of 10 today.

Pics from Joe today
http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

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Route: Elev. Avg: 1662 ft
Location: Elev. Gain: +0 ft
Date: 02/28/09 Up/Downhill: [+2332/-2332]
Time: 09:26 AM Difficulty: 4.2 / 5.0

Performance

Distance: 12.04 miles
Time: 3:03:34
Speed: 3.9 mph
Pace: 15' 23 /mi
Calories: 752

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Another great lunch ride! The HR monitor is still on the fritz… garmin 305 soon? who knows… But we rode out the 56 and did hill top park climb, black mnt park, and the xtra climb up camino del norte….

It was Rob’s LT special. Lots of 15% plus sections short but grinders! I felt ok, 36/25 is tuff on those sections But I got thru it 🙂 ATT Saturday!

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Route: Elev. Avg: 680 ft
Location: Poway, CA Elev. Gain: +23 ft
Date: 02/26/09 Up/Downhill: [+2142/-2119]
Time: 11:37 AM Difficulty: 4.2 / 5.0
 
Weather: Partly Cloudy
  61 F temp; 55% humidity
  61 F heat index; winds Vrbl 5

Performance

Distance: 15.31 miles
Time: 1:20:43
Speed: 11.4 mph
Pace: 5' 16 /mi
Calories: 690

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Holy S that ride was only 5.68 miles! damn! there is 2 things to do on this ride, climb and decend and neither are easy. the climb is not rockin hard but def gets the heart rate up and is tech in sections.

The decent “NASCAR” is uber tech and def tricky….. We climbed up switchbacks I dabbed only 1 time! and then we rocketed down NASCAR! I only almost died 2X 🙂 Up again this time the legs were not as quick and I Dabbed 2X but this time I was better on NASCAR and felt good on the decent! Great ride for tech skills!

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Route: Elev. Avg: 716 ft
Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA Elev. Gain: -13 ft
Date: 02/25/09 Up/Downhill: [+1332/-1345]
Time: 05:38 PM Difficulty: 3.5 / 5.0
 
Weather: Overcast
  56 F temp; 71% humidity
  56 F heat index; winds Calm

Performance

Distance: 5.68 miles
Time: 1:16:04
Speed: 4.5 mph
Pace: 13' 20 /mi
Calories: 357

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wow I got Pwned today! first lunch ride back with the NGC crew and they stepped up the pace…. We did a newer loop that was cookie hill + another hill they named Monster Cookie…..

We set out and from the get go I was having alill trouble hangin on with my 46T up front. We hit the first climb and I hung in ok, we turned south and up Monster cookie. I wanted to see how I really felt and who could follow so I put in a good dig! hands in the drops sprinted it out for 30sec or so and opened up a large gap! But with 50M to go on the climb I caught a wicked stitch in my side.

I sat up and started going backwards, everyone caught me as we passed over the top and then I had a hard time hanging on as I was hurting 🙂 oops 🙂 We turned north and I was yo yoing off the back trying to recover from that big dig….. Up community the 2-3% grade was keeping me on the back then I lost touch and that was it… I caught on at the next light and cruised home…. Forgot what it was like to have my ass handed to me… I’ll be ready for thursday 🙂

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Route: Elev. Avg: 621 ft
Location: Poway, CA Elev. Gain: -14 ft
Date: 02/24/09 Up/Downhill: [+1236/-1250]
Time: 11:43 AM Difficulty: 4.1 / 5.0
 
Weather: Fair
  69 F temp; 36% humidity
  69 F heat index; winds NW 7

Performance

Distance: 17.21 miles
Time: 1:01:15
Speed: 16.9 mph
Pace: 3' 33 /mi Heart Rate: 163 bpm (Avg)
Calories: 738 188 bpm (Peak)

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Now it was time for the real test of my winter fitness….

Stage 8 and the climb up Palomar mnt. by far the biggest climb I had ever thought about doing. The 13.5 mile 4500′ vert would def kick my but!

We set out from Harrah’s Rincon and we started climbing straight away! the first 6-7 miles were steady grades and a couple switch backs. I was feeling ok but nervous as I ddin’t know what to expect from the ride and was tempering my effort.

We turned onto the South Grade and that was it up up up and away! 7 miles 21 switchbacks…. I was feeling slow but good as I cranked away in my 36/25 and the 3 guys up front took off But I was cool with riding my own pace. with a little over 5k to go I catch Joe. We rode on at a nice tempo seeing more and more people getting pumped for the riders!

including my favorite group the “ding a ling a ling” guys they didn’t have cow bells so they just yelled “DING ALING ALING ALING” screaming and yelling and runnign next to us up the road 🙂

with 200M to go I didn’t know where the road was going and joe picked up the pace but I didn’t make a move but then the KOM was there and I realized I could have but it was all in fun 🙂

We made it to the top and it was easier then I thought it would be yea it was long…. and steep…. but I handled it well 🙂 south grade 61:58 mins 177 avg HR

We drank a few beers (thanks to our lead moto bringing then up earlier) and the race came by and we hit the road again and RIPPED the decent…. passing motos and cars we were down south grade in 15mins! Then the race was passing by us again so we waited for the broom wagon then….

~500-1,000 roadies all decended the 76 all at once chasing the race! it was CRAZY! dangerous for sure! but so cool! Back to the car and the end of a great day!

Activity

Route: Elev. Avg: 3516 ft
Location: Pauma Valley, CA Elev. Gain: +0 ft
Date: 02/22/09 Up/Downhill: [+4520/-4520]
Time: 09:30 AM Difficulty: 4.8 / 5.0
 
Weather: Mostly Cloudy
  65 F temp; 44% humidity
  65 F heat index; winds NW 6

Performance

Distance: 27.28 miles
Time: 2:31:00
Speed: 10.8 mph
Pace: 5' 33 /mi Heart Rate: 170 bpm (Avg)
Calories: 2459 193 bpm (Peak)

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south grade 61.9 mins 177 avg

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Well with work done it was time to jump on the ATOC bandwagon again!

We drove up to Solvang for watch the ITT. Setting out from out Hotel in Buelton we road the ITT course in the am before the start.

Over into Solvang and then north in to Ballard. We made the turn at LOs Olivos and started to see fans and as we hit the climb up Ballard Canyon I was lovin it.

We got to the top and people are all in a frenzy I couldn’t figure out why…. then over the crest of the climb is Popo and Lance preriding the course 🙂 That was pretty cool to see them cruise by 🙂

Down the canyon and back to the hotel as it was time to get a few autographs and watch the race!

Activity

Route: Elev. Avg: 611 ft
Location: Buellton, CA Elev. Gain: +0 ft
Date: 02/20/09 Up/Downhill: [+912/-912]
Time: 07:56 AM Difficulty: 3.9 / 5.0

Performance

Distance: 19.59 miles
Time: 1:38:54
Speed: 11.9 mph
Pace: 5' 03 /mi
Calories: 947

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Well after a nice evening MTB ride it was my last day of work at GA.

Hit up the usual Road ride at lunch up around lake mirramar. I was testing out the tuff gears on some hills the 36/25 was a tuffy but I think it would be ok for Palomar in a few days….

Felt good, legs had snap, the lungs were so so…. around the lake and back to work it was a killer view!

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Route: Lake Miramar Lunch Ride Elev. Avg: 694 ft
Location: Poway, CA Elev. Gain: -20 ft
Date: 02/19/09 Up/Downhill: [+2309/-2329]
Time: 11:30 AM Difficulty: 4.3 / 5.0

Performance

Distance: 17.53 miles
Time: 1:11:30
Speed: 14.8 mph
Pace: 4' 04 /mi
Calories: 1994

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