Sunday, April 20, 2014

200 miles in Hemet, CA

On April 12 I rode 205 miles as part of the California Triple Crown series of 200 mile rides. This event took place in Hemet, a small town in the Moreno Valley about 75 miles from our home in Solana Beach. The area is in a valley, hot and dry in the California desert. 

The day was long, about 14 hours in total. I found it is one of those things that I can check off my list. As long as a rider is fit enough, they can go longer. 

Post event my Mom asked, "how can you go that far?". The answer I gave sums of the event, "it's harder to go fast for a short period of time than bike all day slow." Outside perception is longer is harder but that isn't always the case. 

My blood sugars at the start of the day were high, having spiked after waking up. After a correction in the first 20 miles, in the pitch black of 5am everything settled. The rest of the day was simple, ride...ride...ride. 

Near the end of the ride I went to the mental place that each race seems to give. While this wasn't a race, I was out there for so long it was still a day of pushing oneself. The clarity of mind is a beautiful thing. I thought of Jamie, where my life is going professionally right now and life in general. 

How far is far? Each person's definition is different. Whatever it is, get out there and push your limits. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Palomar Mountain Ride with CCSD

Once in a great while all everyone needs is a mini-vacation. A little get awhile from the world. A time when things are different, even for a brief moment. 

Climbing from sea level to Palomar Observatory is that small, brief, relief from the world. Where we live is sunshine and palm trees (be jealous), once the cross above 2,000 feet happens there is no more of that. The fog is dense, the tree's filled with pine. It almost feels like being back home in Wisconsin. 

At the start of Saturday's climb up Palomar my blood sugars were high. I've yet to learn that I either need to wake up early to eat or avoid eating until near the start of events. 

No matter, blood sugars were back to normal within sixty minutes of riding. 

The climb felt great, taking it easy the way up because I didn't know what to expect, even stopping to take a few pictures.

Signs at the top. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Do something that scares you

A wise man once said; do something everyday that scares you. Today I registered for the St. Paddy's Palomar Punishment ride this coming Saturday. 11,000 feet of vertical climbing over 100 miles. The route goes up Mt. Palomar, I've never ridden to the top before. I'll know very quick on Saturday if I'm ready for the coming 200 mile ride in April. That much climbing over 100 miles for a rider my size scares me but that's why I'm doing it. Nothing worth doing is easy. 

The riding has been going well as of late. I went through a burst three weeks ago that left me feeling flat but the last two weeks have been spectacular. The last two weekends Jamie has come out with me as well. I know riding outside is slightly out of her comfort zone but she's been doing great. She's done a ton of indoor trainer intervals and you can see how much power she has gained, she's stronger on the bike than I've ever seen her.

Jamie inspired me to ride the Palomar route. Do something that scares you too.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In the mind's eye

I've been learning photoshop to use for business purposes. I do really like the learning process, it has been opening up a creative side. I'm also able to create ideas I'm not able to put in words. Below is a representation of the mind's eye trying to get over a hard workout. Many times we all have to picture success before it happens.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Raw food for a whole week

You should play the video above. Raw food for a whole week? Let's call that the blender diet. Blood sugars were great though.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Early 2014 Goals | 200 miles

I often say to Jamie "you can't tame a mustang" to which she always responds "I'll let you know when I find one". And that is why I married her. This sciatica issue in my lower back is slow to heal. It's definitely getting better without running and a lot of core training. I need a goal though. One that keeps me on the right path and helps me focus.

When I have a fitness goal, everything else just falls into place. I can focus more at work, I never sway to eat bad food, my blood sugars are always in check. It just makes life better.

I can't run. I'm just getting back into swimming. What would the goal be? Bike, a lot. I'm going to do a 200 mile endurance ride (yes Mom, in one day). In California there is an organization that puts on the Triple Crown for any cyclist that has ridden three double centuries in one year, making the list of races/rides extensive. The one I am eying is in April in Hemet, California about 70 miles away from our home or the Central Coast Double in Paso Robles, CA about 300 miles away.

My goal is to complete the 200 mile event and a few time trials at Fiesta Island along the way. I can then reassess the sciatica situation at that point instead of dwelling on it day-by-day.

March 2, 2014 | Fiesta Island TT
March 29, 2014 | Fiesta Island TT
April 12, 2014 | Hemet Double Century
OR May 10, 2014 | Central Coast Double

On a totally unrelated note. Jamie had her SDSU Alumni Water Polo game on Saturday. Still killing it even as a Cassidy. Proud of her, picture below.