Day 2 Big Sur
Day 2 in the books and wow now this is a vacation!!
Start was later today and I was glad to be able to sleep in… it wasn’t the best sleep I’ve ever gotten but I did “sleep” for ~10hrs… up at 7:30am and packed my bag for the transport to the next hotel.
I headed down to breakfast ate a couple bananas, granola and oatmeal. Lill to coffee to warm me up (fresh from the French press yup they know cyclists) and I kit up arm warmers, knee warmers, and vest again… its foggy and misting at the start in wattsonville, ca home of what seems like all of the strawberries grown in CA… We start out on quite farm roads turning into and out of a nasty head wind. We are moving well 20+ mph we get about 6 miles in and the 1st flat of the day happens… better now than later. SAG was nearby so we had a pump to fix quickly.
So onward we rolled 5 of us in the “fast group” and we are working well together ea taking good pulls I take my 1st good pull of the day and my legs feel good I stick to educate and keep our speed 21-22mph as it has been. But I was feeling good, I peel off and happy to feel like I did a good bit of work, we work on and off like this for a while. We come upon a farmers market where the slower group (started early) was stopped we rolled in used the bathrooms and geared up and rolled out. Onward we pushed still moving well, we had a few turns to navigate and then we were on a bike path so speeds had to come down a bit. The path paralleled the 1 highway for miles it was great no cars no traffic just pedals rolling over and good conversation. The path got more rural so we opened it up again and I took a nice dig at the front splitting the group of “slower” riders that had left with us and we were down to 6. We rolled on here for miles till we swung into seaside and the path dropped down to the beach! What a view! Clouds be damned it was nice!
Form here it was thru Monterey to the climb to lunch at vet’s park we slowed to navigate a few turns… here was the low part of my day as we got started at a light my foot slipped on the damp cross walk paint and BAM nuts right on my top tube… yup I had to pull over and gather my thoughts that sucked! One left turn to go and it was the short but steep climb to the park. Angry about me balls I stomp on the pedals a bit and am jointed by the resident Pro on the trip (Daniel is strong!) I lead for a bit but hold back as I don’t know the climb at all! Daniel started to lead and I follow his wheel and up we go he keeps the tempo high so there is no chance for me to attack…. I reserve myself to just trying to follow his wheel. We start into some switch backs I have no idea how many there are and ea time I think I might be able to muster up a burst he sees it coming and accelerates he keeps the pace high and I’m thinking I’m going to get dropped but I see the top and hold his wheel to the top. I’m sure that was a pedestrian pace for him I was just happy to get up there on his wheel. It was a couple mins before we saw the next person…. Quick lunch (pulled pork sandwich anyone? Not for me!:)
We head up and up a bit more climbing to a rather busy descent past pebble beach golf course where we saw not 1 but 2 Bugati Verons drive by….wtf? We ride on and once the road gets less busy we start to roll the pace up again. I get to the front and take what I thought was a tough but measured pull and oops I’m a dick I dropped everyone but Daniel… we soft pedal and 1 other regroups I pull over for a nature break and we all come back together. We eventually reach the coast headed to big sur. The arm warmers are off, the vest is gone, the sun is out and the views are amazing! We cross over a couple bridges we mistake for the Bixby.
Before the bridge we got flat #2 of the day not bad for a group ride on rough roads.
Daniel and Tim waiting as tires are changed
Then after some really nice riding we cross the Bixby amongst a scary amount of tourist in HHRs and PT cruisers….
From here is it was a bit of climbing till a final descent to the Big Sur river inn. We were pulling full gas at 40mph not my comfort zone but fun!
We pull in and I go straight to change into my bathing suit and into the river which felt like 40F! I mean it was cold after a few mins my legs were totally numb and I was sitting there with my arms crossed just chilling out literally.
After 20-30mins in the river it was off to the ventana hotel up the road for a massage to clear out all the junk from the last 2 days this place was prob one of the nicest resorts I’ve ever been to.
An hour on the table and a swim in the pool some cheese (I skipped the wine) and it is time for dinner (I’m starved!!!)
100+ miles is in the cards for us tomorrow with lots of steep short windy climbs (the ones that don’t suit me the best) tomorrow will be the toughest day of the trip I’m pretty sure so I’m glad I got in the recovery while I can!
Coast Ride Day 1
Day 1 in the books!
Started 9am long the San Fran coast 55F and Drizzle met us as we kitted up for our 75 mile ride to Santa Cruz.
Arm warmers, knee warmers, vest, skully I was prep’d We headed south out of town and climbed Sky line for a nit then dropped back to the coast. Small climb but gave us a taste of the day ahead. Cool, wet, foggy, and fun!
Once back at the coast we settled into a nice group rolling along till we hit devils slide. Here we spread out a bit small shoulder ment not room to really attack as you were in the gutter the whole time. Once at the top there was a SAG vehicle who waited for a group of us then let us go on the descent and drove behind us with his hazards on nice we had the whole road for the dangerous descent!
On the DH I was working hard… too hard… I was getting dropped and eventually I stopped to look over my bike and found the rear brake rubbing badly! Fixed quick and I caught back on to a group of 2 who had just fixed a flat (SAG vehicle was close behind and just gave them a new wheel! love it!) We held a nice pace 21-22mph thru the rolling hills south till our quick lunch stop where we resupplied and kept rolling.
Rolling out we had a nice big group 7-8 and rolled fast! 23-25mph ea person taking nice pulls working well together. Till we hit some punching hills and a dropped rider here and there eventually we were down to 3 and after my pull I was hurting! but I was hurting more then I should have been I stopped again (getting dropped) and yup rear brake again 😦 opened it up a ton and got swept up by the 2nd group of 2 on the road. We chilled out and did 19-20 into town a great day done. Beautiful scenery along the North Cal coast!
HFNC Coastal Race for Hemophilia 2011
Well this blog is hurting! but I’m going to put it to good use, in 5 days I am riding from San Fransico to San Diego in support of the Hemophilia Council of California.
I plan on doing daily blog updates, pics and videos of the great places we’ll ride and the awesome people involved in this event!
Protijy.com is live!
I imported my old blog posts and will be updating this more as the new API allows more mobile posts and better plug-ins for twitter and trainingpeaks so this will def get more media and attention 🙂
Long time no Blog
Wow this blog is in serious need of an update!
Lets go way back!
This saw a fun race when me, Jp, and Matt competed in a 3 man team at the 12hrs of Temecula. Which saw us take 6th in very compedative class!
After a small break to get married 🙂 It was back to training.
Next up the San Deigo Multi Park Marathon (50 miles)
Was a great race I learned a ton about feeding…. I was cramping so bad at the end of the race I vowed never to screw up my Electrolyte balance again!
I came in 2nd in CAT 2 and 11th overall! So stoked as my training was really coming around!
Now it was a couple weeks later and I learned so much at the Multi park race I was ready to put it to use at the Socal Epic 50 miler! I learned about pace and I learned about feeding and it was time to use that to try and really win!
I set out pretty fast but held back and let 1 CAT 2 rider go and at ~mile 18 I caught and passed him and never saw him again. I ate and fueled well even in the 90deg heat no cramps! I rode this race to profection! my training had paid forward and I WON cat 2 and came in 12th overall in a much deeper field (behind Tinker, Ben Bostrom, Guy Sutton)
Well here I am 10 days away from my A 2010 race the 12hrs of Temecula solo race! I feel strong, fit, experienced, and ready to crush it! My goal isn’t to place, to win, or beat others as much as this is a race again myslef. Its going to be 75% mental. Can I ride my bike fast for 12hrs… can I fuel right and keep my head in the game for that long? My goal in my head is 10 laps…. if I can toss down 10 laps (which will be roughly 110 miles and 12,000′ of climbing) I’ll feel like I couldn’t have raced any better in 2010!
Idyllwild Spring Challenge 2010
Great race weekend!
CAT 2 30-34 XC 3rd
CAT 2 30-39 ITT 3rd
Open Men 30-39 Super D 13th
Stage Race CAT 2 30-39 1st!!!
Race #2 of the year is in the books was a really fun weekend!
Took 2nd in CAT2 30-34 pretty psyched about that considering I was 12th last year at the same race…..
Training, Injuries, races, and Boston
Well after a killer winter of tarining my ass off I went and over did it a bit and have some inflamation in my knee then to top it all off I went over board in the gym and hurt my lower back…
So february was filled with doubt, angerm frustration, and ultimately lessons learned. Got into PT at http://www.rehabunited.com and am on a good path not 100% but close!
After missing the first 2 races of the season I was pumped to race the RacersNChasers winter series finally!
Sun was out my body was feeling good and my nerves were def saying “welcome back to racing” Robert was on his moto leading out the race and I hit the gas from the start and got the whole shot into the woods Race Start Vid
Once I had good position I sat up and let others take over the work at the front. I sat in 4th over the top of teh first climb and once back down I was in no mans land btween a lead group of 3 and the 5-6 rider deep chase pack… on the flat back to teh start/finish I was caught by the chase group… 2nd lap I knew hammering the climb wasn’t gonna get me back up to the leaders as they were too far out now so I recruited another rider to try and break away from the chase group on the climb and work together to stay away. I worked and I took 4th overall and 2nd in 30-39. Was a really fun race and gave me a ton of confidence that I can hang with the leaders!
After the race was a nice little rest week with a “fitness test” up Mnt Soledad was feeling ok… and the numbers didn’t lie the legs were better then last time. Beat my PR by 45sec!
From there it was straight to the redeye and off to Boston for the weekend, got in a gym spin friday and a uber fun COLD as hell ride with Joe Saturday
Before going out at 4:30pm and staying out till 2:30am, closing down Brukowski’s with a veggy meatball sub in hand!
Looking forward to some hard training coming up and more spring racing!
Welcome to 2010
Wow I have been slacking…..
Since the introduction of trainingpeaks to track my rides and twitter to post random thoughts, pics/vid this blog has been layed to the side….
Thought I’d try and do a monthly update still though.
Decmeber saw Base training ramp up big time 522 miles! Decemeber was my biggest month of 2009… wtf? historically decmeber and january I sit around and get fat… This year I lost about 10lbs from November to February… nice change 🙂
Ok the stats for 2009 were bigger and better then I could have ever hoped.
Total Miles 4,097
MTB miles 1,346
road miles 2,228
CX miles 126
Trainer miles 396
holy crap I did almost 400 miles on my freakin trainer! wow that was $80 well spent on that thing!
Month broke down as follows
Grand total of 381 hours on the bike in 2009 (thats avg’ing more then an hour a day all year 🙂
Gonna say that 2009 was bigger and better then I dreamed, started to get comfortable racing XC. Raced in 12 XC races and 1 Marathon race. Best result was 2nd in XC and I took 3rd in the Marathon. I plan on racing CAT 2 for 1 more season I’m really hoping to make the jump to CAT 1 after this year.
Big XC spring Campaghn
Sage Bruch 2/28
Sea Otter 4/17
Idyllwild Classic 5/1
Then a big fun trip to Fruita/Moab in May
Final race of the spring 12hrs of Temecula 4Man team 6/12
A break over the summer to rest a bit and have some fun before real training begins again
Fall is for the tough stuff!!!
Socal Epic 50 10/2
12 hrs of Temecula SOLO 11/13
Its been a wet/cold winter here in Socal (well cold and wet for socal) but i’ve been pretty diligent about training. Save for a gym related injury and some knee issues (due to not stretching enough) I’m trucking along as I gear up for the first race of the season.
Pics and vid from Sage brush and all races.
http://rodderracing.com/ is up and running stay tuned there for race reports.
Twas a big month topped 3,500 miles more then I ever expected to do!
took 2nd in a sport XC race
Been doing some serious base miles december is expected to be no slower! wow will prob get close to 4,000 miles this year blowing my goal out of the water!
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