Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday I returned to San Juan Trail to repeat my hill climb from last cycle. This time I made it a loop by taking Old San Juan Trail clockwise to Viejo Tie and returning via San Juan Truck Trail (though a truck would NOT fit on it; odd). Anyway, it turned out to be 17.6 miles and 3,260 vertical feet. Friggin' awesome trail; next time I'll remember to stop and snap some photos. I digress....
So I pulled into the parking lot and it was FULL of cars. WTF!? Honestly, in the years I've been riding that trail I've NEVER seen so many people out. The combination of rain the day before and the rocky, sandy soil there meant EVERYONE AND THEIR MOM decided to rid SJT that day. That's what I get for hitting the snooze-bar...
Luckily, I was able to find a parking space in the bushes (SO glad I have 4wd :) ) , throw my gear on and hit it before the really big groups got moving. I'm talking two groups of 5+ people each.
I warmed up by threading my way around people strung out on the trail and found myself a litttle space in front and behind me to do my 20 minute interval. I shifted into the middle ring, hit "lap" on my Garmin and CHARGED....and had to slow down every few minutes to wait for people to find room so they could let me by. A little frustrating. Still, once I got home and read the data, I got a full 1/4 mile and 140 vertical feet further, though I stopped the timer 30 seconds early. Imagine what I could have done with a clear trail! That's a great improvement. I'm stoked.
Sunday was my 5K run test (today as I write this). It was raining when I got up and I stalled as long as I could waiting for the rain to stop. It eased into a sprinkle and I put on my cold weather gear and hit it. I had the track practically all to myself: a welcome change from Saturday morning's trail conditions. I hit the "lap" button to start the interval and went for it. I won't give you my mile splits, but I ran my 5K 20 seconds faster than last month! Another awesome improvement!
So my fitness is improving right on schedule in order for me to accomplish my season goals (swimming is lagging, but it'll come around). I'm really excited because my "season" starts Saturday with the Vision Quest MTB "race". It's supposed to just be a ride, but they "recognize" the top finishers and you get bragging rights for a full year. Last year it took me over 8 hours, this year I'm looking to SMASH 7 hours. Here's the course profile from GeoLadders. Look for a report on it next week.
Monday, February 18, 2008
This shot looks back down the trail towards the trail start. I'm not far into the ride, but it was a pretty day and a good spot for a picture. Unfortunately, you can't see the dozen or so switchbacks that climb out of the canyon and up the slope on the left side of the picture. Maybe I should start carrying a disposable film camera for better resolution; who knows...
Anyway, suffice to say I had a great ride. Here's a Google Earth view of what the area looks like.
The pictures don't do the area justice. Friggin' amazing place to ride. If you're new to SoCal or just a visiting MTB'er, hit this place up. Here's a better look at the trail (sigining on to view it is free and you won't get spam) GeoLadders.com.
My run Sunday also went very well. I didnt have much on the top end, but my pace in zones 1-3 is MUCH faster than ever before. There's a 6 mile loop around my house that I now JOG in the same time it used to take me to run it flat out. Prettty exciting.
This week? RECOVERY!! Just in time too: I was getting some sore spots that I can now pay atention to before I crank out my last Base period going into my early season races. I have a wicked MTB race first thing in March (56 miles, 11K feet of climbing), a 10K around St. Patrick's Day, Lifeguard Requalification (1000 yards open ocean) and my first Xterra of the season to finish the month off.
Monday, February 11, 2008
The purple makes me think of that "One eyed, one horned flying purple people eater song"
Creative enough to have them crawling up out of the ground. Hilarious! I laughed out loud; people looked at me like I was weird and kept walking; too busy trapped in their cocoons of comfort (I-Pod, cell phone, name brand clothes, dollar-worship) to realize creativity and a warped sense of humor when they see it. People are stupid...
Maybe that's the point, college doesn't educate people, it just turns them into consuming robots: Graduate, go to grad school, make lots of money so you can buy a big house, a fancy car and pay for your kids to go to private school and perpetuate the soul-robbing cycle. Meanwhile, you work yourself into the grave by 60. NO THANKS!!
For crying out loud, go do something unexpected; run away to Vegas and elope, move somewhere tropical or do something as simple as play hookie from work and lay around in your underwear all day eating junk food and watching day-time TV (or even porn!). Whatever it is, go do something that MAKES YOU HAPPY and quit worrying about what Mom, Dad or your neighbors might think. Your opinion is the only one that truly matters in the end. GET TO IT!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Everything cleaned up nicely and the scrapes and much less severe than the pictures portray. I'm totally going back to ride that section clean, though...
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
That's no illusion: he realy is THAT tall! He was nice enough to pose with me for a picture and I'll upload it as soon as I get it from my coach, who took it. I even got a cool MTB video and some gloves from the Specialized big wigs that were there. Conrad mentioned he'd be riding a 29'er next year (!!) on a new frame that resembles the Stumpjuper, only in super light carbon, He also talked about how his the carbon on his current Epic is so thin, it'll "give" when you squeeze it; wicked! He also gave us a few other tips that I won't share; if you want cool tips, show up next time!
Saturday I stood on a corner for 9 hours directing traffic for UCSD Cycling's road race (Boulevard) in the feezing cold. I did see Tom there and met Craig from a GPS-geek website we both belong to. Walsh and Vance bagged it and stayed home; wimps...Then I spent all day Sunday working on a paper and P-Chem homework. I didn't get any training in this weekend and felt really sh!tty about that fact. Let's hope it doesn't bite me in the a$$ later in the season.
I'll post the pic of me and Conrad as soon as I get it.
Rock out with yer c*ck out.