Day: February 24, 2009

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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!

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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!

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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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Well after the trip to SAC town and the first couple stages of the ATOC I was off to try and get in some turns of the pedals…

Wednesday night but mission trails was out due to rain the day before, but the trusty Van Damn peak dries out fast! So after work I headed out to climb up and maybe explore the DH trails down.

The legs felt ok but the HR was sky high (before the battery died in my chest strap) I headed up at a medium tempo and had a pretty bad time (~20mins) but I left ok just slow. I tried a few new trails down WOW that is fun and a bit sketchy! but cool! I was down in a matter of what felt like seconds.

So I was off to climb it again with the sunsetting I turned on the lights and got to the top just in time to see the sun drop into the Pacific so cool up there.

Down the normal was as I didn’t want to risk it on new tuff trails in the dark and back to the car.

I’m def not where I would like to be as far as speed but my overall fitness is ok for february.

Activity

Route: Elev. Avg: 794 ft
Location: Poway, CA Elev. Gain: +7 ft
Date: 02/18/09 Up/Downhill: [+1824/-1817]
Time: 05:01 PM Difficulty: 4.1 / 5.0

Performance

Distance: 10.71 miles
Time: 1:29:36
Speed: 7.2 mph
Pace: 8' 20 /mi
Calories: 555

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