That what the training schedule called for. And although a pile of miles is MUCH funnier done in a new environment, I just couldn’t do it after being gone for the last two weekends. So, long local rides are what’s on the menu for this weekend. In reality, I’m looking forward to doing more and… Read More Piles of Miles
Today was a good day on the bike. 28 miles and 2,900+ feet of climbing at altitude. The local mountain bike club up here at Mammoth Lakes puts on a yearly ride this time of year, the “Big Friggin’ Loop”… the long distance guys go 50+ miles, I opted for the mini at 27 miles.… Read More Mammoth’s (mini) Big Friggin’ Loop
As someone that lives by the beach, being in the mountains is so different. The dryness of the air, the morning chill, how quiet the world can be, how heavy I can breathe just walking up the stairs. But the payoff is that when you mountain bike ride, you can get views like this: It… Read More In the mountains
In a past lifetime, a coach said to me… “Really… you are a fat kid squeezed into an athletic body!” What he meant is that I have a (slight) obsession with food… and I think about it all the time. The fattier and more unhealthy, the better. The good thing is that gone are the… Read More Oink! Oink!
Recent surgery aside, I’m certainly asking myself: “Really, are we gearing up for 2 more races this season… You know, you’ve only got 5 more weekends to train…” *sigh* Why do I always bite off more than I can chew? So, yes. This weekend will be my first ‘real’ weekend of training since before the… Read More Am I really doing this?
Two of our best friends recently relocated to Mammoth Mountain. Good-bye sun and surf of San Diego – Hello hiking, skiing, biking and the big outdoors. Mammoth is always a good place to test my limits. Both in terms of XC and downhill skills. One of the perks of visiting my friends is that she… Read More Mammoth Skills
My riding just got more real. I can tell that I’m shifting from “yes, I can ride that” to “I should really ride that faster.” A couple of things has pushed this change: I’ve signed up and committed to BC Bike Race (7 days of single track racing in Bristish Columbia) Despite my Masters… Read More It’s getting real