Ride Report, April 20th and 21st

What an amazing weekend!

This past weekend was my first to be back on the road. Given the short time between now and June 2nd, I decided to try out back to back training rides, mainly to gauge my current endurance level.

On Saturday, I joined a 57 mile training ride out of the Orinda Bart station. The ride included LOTS of climbing – Wildcat Canyon, Grizzly Peak Blvd., the ‘Skyline Power Climb’, Little Pinehurst, the Canyon Rd Climb out, and the Three Bears Loop (clockwise). When I signed up for the ride, I was focused on the distance (this was the shortest Saturday ride I could find in proximity to San Francisco). I didn’t read the detail that talked about the 5847 feet of climbing – which was probably for the best, because it made my first ride post injury that much more amazing. The picture below was taken somewhere along Grizzly Peak – I was truly amazed by the view of San Francisco and the bay.

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On Sunday, I joined a 52 mile training ride out of Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito. The ride included some old favorites (the Camino Alto climbs and the White’s Hill climbs) and some new territory (the Nicasio Reservoir loop, the Cross Marin bike trail through Samuel P. Taylor park, and a pretty fantastic lunch stop in Lagunitas). I was definitely sore from Saturday’s outing, but once I got rolling, I was able to work out the stiffness in my legs. The picture below is from my last climb up Camino Alto – the sun was blazing, I was sweaty, and completely ecstatic that I’d accomplished what I’d set out to do Saturday morning.

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This week, I’m dealing with some work projects that are taking quite a bit of my free time, but am doing cardio/cross-training when I can. This coming weekend is ‘Day on the Ride‘ on Saturday, and multiple possibilities for rides on Sunday. I’ll be pushing my maximum distance over the next two weeks before heading to Tahoe to bike around the lake (an official training ride hosted by the South Bay Blaze and Awesome Ahead).

The ride is closing in, and I’m beginning to feel the excitement and apprehension (and the stress surrounding all the prep work I still need to do). I have some great resources in friends that have done the ride before, so I’m more than sure I’ll have everything in place before day 0.

As I sit here thinking about the ride, I’m overwhelmed (yet again) by all the support I’ve received from friends and family. It has made all the ups and downs of training easy to handle, and has kept me focused on the goals I’ve set for myself.

The cyclist on holiday…

So, this weekend I’m in Las Vegas for a family gathering. My mom’s side of the family decided to get together here and enjoy a bit of gambling and togetherness.

On the training front – there is a gym here in our hotel. I’ve made it down for a workout every day so far, although at this point I think I’m just balancing out the poor food choices. Also, it looks like I’ll return to actual road biking this coming week – I’m going to tackle the route through Golden Gate Park after work this week at least once. It’s a beautiful ride (and there’s more daylight these days), and a good test of how my right hand has healed so far…

Look for a midweek update after I’ve gotten out for a spin!

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