Sunday, December 28, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tuesday - Back to back spin classes after work 1:45 total
Wednesday - Spin class at lunch 45 min
Thursday - Sick of spin classes, rode bike in rain after work - did a few sprints - 1 hr ride, 1 hr cleaning crap off bike.
Friday - Happy birthday to me (39) - It was raining and I didn't feel like getting my Tarmac dirty, so I rode the single speed up twin peaks 3 times. - 1:15 total. - Office Holiday Party - drank too much.
Saturday - Yea, no rain!! - Rode to Marshall with Drywall - lots of Zone 2 & 3 stuff & I won the 7-11 sprint - 6.5 hour total ride.
Sunday - Dang it, rain again - tooled aroung GG park on the single speed for 1 hour, then watched 8 episodes of Lost on DVD. Only 22 more episodes before I'm all caught up and ready to watch season 5 when it starts next month.
Weekly totals - 3:15 on spin bike, 9:45 on real bike. 13:00 total.
Gained a pound back this week.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
They all appear to be from legitimate vendors of ours. Haven't received a box from Anderson, Metcalfe, Innes & Roemer Consulting yet.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday - Off
Wednesday - Easy 25 min lunch run - Office closed early went out for a (3) beer (s) with Village crew.
Thursday - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Crystal Springs Turkey Trot - 19th year straight. Felt worse than ever before and ran my slowest time since my first year of high school (18:49). Worst finish ever 21st, and lost to Jeremy (on the left, ran about 17:30) for only the 2nd time ever, so mow I'm 17-2 against him. We have a bet to see who will keep showing up the longest. We've both been there 19 straight, but our CSM coach Bob Rush (center) has been there for over 40 years without missing one and is still running strong. Way to go coach rush!
This was also the first time I ever saw the winner (Paul Wellman 14:57 - awesome time!) finish while I still had over 1K to go. After the race I had a nice easy cooldown run with many old friends, then it was over to coach Rush's for bloody Marys. 40 min total running.
Friday - Post turkey day ride in GG Park (I noticed that about 1 million people decided to go to the Academy of Sciences today since no one else would be doing that on the day after Thanksgiving. Longest lines I ever saw there). Riding around the CX course I hit a wet root and went over the handlebars and tweaked my shoulder pretty good. Decided to do laps on the polo field track and caught and passed some guy on a Pista who was too cool to wear a helmet or say hello when I greeted him. 1:15 riding.
Saturday - Long ride in Marin - 1st time on the road bike in about 2 weeks - Rode to Roasters to meet Paul, Hans, Eric, Chris and a few others. Went to Pt. Reyes & up Limantour then south on 1. I was feeling pretty sapped all day, then bonked on final climb on Hwy 1. Everyone dropped me on the final climb today - enjoy it while you can fellas. 5:15 riding.
Sunday - I decided that it was not a good day to try my first cyclocross race and just rode the single speed to the Cow Palace to check out the bike swap. Lots of great deals on stuff I really don't need. Resisted the temptation to buy the Red brake calipers, cassette, wheels and lots of other things and ended up just getting a pair of new winter gloves for $20. - 1:15 total ride.
Weighed myself after dinner and was 148, so I started drinking water until I hit 150. It was the first time I've been at 150 in many years. I better get back down to under 140 by January 1st.
This month is so tough too since the goodie baskets from our vendors start coming in this week.
Weekly totals - Running 1:30, 7:45 riding - 9:15 total.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tuesday - PM polo field ride - 1:30 with 5 x 30 sec sprint.
Wednesday - PM ride in San Mateo (8-11 PM) with bikeforums group - 3 hours with lots of hard hills
Thursday - 35 min lunch run - felt like crap
Friday - Off
Saturday - 3:30 solo ride to Stinson & back - very warm for November (80 deg)
Sunday - Off
Weekly total: 8 hrs riding, 1:10 running.
Only 45 days left to train for the San Bruno Hill Climb
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I really love the Sea Otter road and circuit courses, but the tweaking of the schedule has me wondering what they were thinking.
When I looked at the original 2009 schedule about a month ago, the 35+ 1/2/3 road race was on Thursday afternoon and the circuit race was late Friday morning. That would have been great to get in 2 races and only have to stay in a hotel Thursday night, and still have the weekend free for a couple long rides near home.
But now, they’ve added a flat crit for those who don't go uphill as well and I guess what I’d call a “rest day” on Saturday to the schedule. The crit is on Thursday, the circuit race is on Friday and the road race has been moved to 7:30 AM on Sunday, so no going home after the circuit race and coming back Sunday morning unless I want to wake up at 3:30.
Hey, why not just add a TT on Saturday and make it a 4 day 4 stage race? Nor Cal could really use a stage race with some hills.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday – Voting – 1 Hr 15 minutes – it was worth the wait.
Wednesday – 35 min run (5 miles)
Thursday – 1:15 easy polo field ride
Friday – Off
Saturday – 50 min run (7 miles)
Sunday – Off
Weekly total – 2:10 (18.5 miles) running. 1:15 cycling.
Only 50 days until the San Bruno Hill Climb, I better get to work!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday - 1:15 Polo field ride easy
Wednesday - 25 min run
Thursday - off
Friday - 35 min run with mile on track (5:27)
Saturday - off
Sunday - Morgan Stanley east bay training ride - Rockridge to Diablo junstion & back. About 5.5 hours riding including ride to BART & back.
Weekly Totals - 1:35 running, 6:45 cycling - 8:20 total.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Tuesday – 1:10 Polo field ride
Wednesday – 25 min run
Thursday – Noon – 45 min run (6.5M), PM – 1:20 Polo field ride with tempo
Friday – Off
Saturday – 6.5 hrs (about 112 miles) SF to Chileno Valley loop & back
Sunday – 1 Hr easy ride
Total – 11:45 (10 hrs cycling, 1:45 running)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tuesday - Park ride - Polo fields - 1:10
Wednesday - Easy 30 min run
Thursday - Park ride - Polo fields - 1:15
Friday - 30 min spin class
Satuday - Bikes for Tots Ride - around 3:30 total ride - 16:25 up Ink Grade.
It was a really great ride for a great cause with lots of friends.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday - Off
Wednesday - 30 min easy ride
Thursday - 30 min lunch run
Friday - Off
Saturday - South bay ride with John & Eric 3:30
Sunday - Nephew Christopher's 11th birthday party. Why is this squid not wearing pants?
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I went for a 35 minute run yesterday, my first real run this year. I felt great for the first 10 minutes, then a little less great for the next 15 minutes, then pretty crappy for the last 10 minutes. But the worst thing about it is how I feel today. My quads, calves, shins, and hamstrings are totally sore!
Running is evil!
I think I'll go 2 or 3 times next week.
If I stop hurting so much I may even try a duathlon.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tuesday – GG Park Ride – 20 minutes tempo followed by a few hills – 1:45 total
Wednesday – 45 min spin class
Thursday – GG Park Ride – 1:15
Friday – 45 min spin class
Saturday – Tam – 1 hr w/u, race, ride back, cool down on trainer: 2:30 total
Sunday – Joined Zteam for Road 2 Recovery ride – easy out, some tempo on the way back; 2:30 total
Total: 9.5 hours
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I had to post the above picture to show how stupid some people are. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people park on this corner with the front of their car crossing the dotted line on the pavement marking the outside line of the path of muni light rail line. The muni driver will just sit there and honk his horn, while traffic backs up behind, until the idiot comes back to his car. I think the muni trains should have cattle guards on the front and they should be allowed to push cars illegally parked in their way off the road.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday – Eve ride GG Park + some hills 1:30 total
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – Eve ride – polo fields, nothing hard – 1:30
Friday – 45 min spin class
Saturday – Tam practice ride. Easy ride from SF to Stinson. Hwy - 11:00; Climb – 20:30; 7 Sisters – 13:45 – Total of 45:15. Weather was cool and foggy – road was wet. The climb felt hard. Last year I did the practice ride with Nate E. and we were 1 min faster to the top and 2 min faster overall, so I hope it’s just a lack of competition. Still looking for a PR next Saturday. 4 Hour total ride.
Sunday – More climbing, several 4-5 minute steep climbs in the Sunset. 1:30 total.
Weekly Total: 10 Hours
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tuesday – GG Park ride – Started hard, but legs were dead so did an easy spin – 1:15
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – Polo field ride with some good intervals – 1:30
Friday – 45 min spin class
Saturday – Long ride in Napa with Chris & Shawn. SF was only 85 degrees so I decided to drive up to Napa and start a ride at 10AM. Oakville grade at 1:30 PM in 100 degree heat was most unpleasant – 4:00 total ride
Sunday – Easy GG Park ride, much cooler than yesterday, probably under 60 degrees in the fog– 1:30 total
Weekly total: 12.5 hours
Monday, September 1, 2008
Slept in until 9, put on the kit at 10 for the 25 min ride downtown for the Metromint Giro di SF. It was one of those rare warm days in the city so I didn't need arm or leg warmers or a wind vest. After picking up my 2 numbers and pinning them on separate jerseys I hung out at the Roaring Mouse tent for a bit then spun around a while for a warm-up.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Tuesday – Mt. Tam ride with Zteam. Rode to Stinson (1:45), then Tam Course (moderate - 46:30 with Lyman), back to Corte Madera. (30). 3:00 total.
Wednesday – off
Thursday – 45 min spin class - after work went to see Bullitt at the Legion of Honor with K, pretty cool to see that one on a big screen.
Friday – Easy 30 min park ride
Saturday – Ride with Craig to Muir Woods & back. Checked out SF twilight crit course – too bad it doesn’t go up one more block to Green street. 3:00 ride
Sunday – University RR – I decided to sleep in and skip P/1/2 race and just do the 35+/45+ race (It was a crazy idea to even consider doing both). The race was a lot of fun (though most people may argue with that description). Hutch was in a break for most of the first half of the race. As soon as he was caught I attacked and got away solo with 7 laps to go. I thought it was probably too early to go solo, but once I was away gave it 100% and this time it worked. 1:00 warm-up, 1:44 race, not much of a cool down.
After the race I stayed to watch the women’s and Cat 4/5 races and hand out neutral water. It was getting real hot and most racers were taking a bottle every lap or 2. Good thing VeloPromo had plenty of bottle for everyone.
Weekly total: 10 hours.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday – Off
Wednesday – 30 min easy spin at lunch, 1:45 ride on polo field track with a few sprints and intervals.
Thursday – M2 spin class. After warm up did intervals of 10 min (326 watts for 1st 4 min, then 346 for 1 min, 330 for 4 min, 420 for 1 minute), then 3 x 3 minutes – 359W, 350W, 366W, then a bunch of 30 sec on, 30 sec off intervals.
1:15 total. For a guy who never trains with power, it was great to do a workout with some concrete numbers.
Friday – Easy 30 min spin.
Saturday – Bike Forums Alpine Dam ride – fun group, but lots of stopping and waiting. Ride that normally takes 4 hours took nearly 6. (4 hours riding)
Sunday – Rapha ride from Palo Alto Bicycles. Really cool ride, large group of about 60-70 riders. Rode Page Mill over Skyline, down Alpine, up Haskins, had to turn around at the top due to road closure (motorcyclist had gone over the edge on descent – haven’t heard anything about his condition), back down 84 to Stage, stopped at San Gregorio market for lunch, then hard effort up Tunitas and back down via Kings Mtn, Woodside, Whiskey Hill and Sand Hill. Total ride of about 4 hours. Ride was followed by food and showing of the new Paris Roubaix movie by the fine folks at Palo Alto Bicycles.
Weekly total. 12.5 hours.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tuesday – GG Park Sprints – 90 min
Wednesday – Easy 45 min Spin
Thursday – GG Park easy ride – 75 min
Friday – Spin Class at Y – 45 min esay
Saturday – District RR – 105 miles is a long way. My riding time was about 4:40 – (about 5 hrs with w/u and ride back to start) Easy at first with some really really hard parts until I got popped around 90 miles, then easy for 15 miles and finished . Reaney won for the 2nd week in a row, way to go for the semi-old guys!
I finished 27th. I thought I was DFL, but there were a couple finishers behind me in the results – and I was with Peabody & Sherman in the Wayback Machine
Sunday – Easy GG Park Ride – 90 min.
Weekly Total: 10:45
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday – GG Park Hammer Ride – 90 min
Wednesday – 30 min easy spin at Y.
Thursday – 1:15 easy GG Park ride, mostly drafting behind Harold.
Friday – 1:15 easy ride on district course – 2 laps
Saturday – District 35+ race – Reaney, Hernandez & LaBerge rolled off on the first lap while I was watching Innes, Martin & Bryant. I tried attacking about 50 times (about 47 times too many). A lot of us stayed together after we caught a dropped LaBerge we had a sprint for 3rd. I rolled in the back for 11th. race was about 2:50, 3:30 total riding.
Sunday – District 35+ Crit – About 90 min before the race I realized that I didn’t have my shoes. I was able to borrow a pair of shoes & pedals from Dan’s wife Andy. I only attacked about 40 times, but again it came down to a pack sprint, so I rolled across in the back. – 90 min total
Weekly total: 9.5 Hours
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tuesday – easy TT ride in GG Park – 60 min
Wednesday – 30 min easy spin
Thursday – Rode over Cascade TT course. 2 x 5 min at race effort. 60 min total
Friday – AM – TT (32:30 – 3rd 35+), PM – Crit – (36:36, 34th place 35+) – 2:15 total
Saturday – Cascade Road Race – 70 miles – (2:57:20 - 3rd 35+, moved up to 2nd GC) – 3:45
Sunday – Cascade Circuit Race – 65 miles – (2:47:32 – 16th 35+, Finished 2nd GC) – 3:00 total.
Weekly Total: 12.25 hours.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Unfortunately I heard that my teammate Shawn crashed out of the P/1/2 race in Vacaville yesterday and may not be joining us. I haven’t heard too much about the crash or the extent of the injuries, but I hope it’s not too bad and that he heals quickly.
Tuesday – GG Park sprints – Hard as usual – 90 min
Wednesday – 45 min spin class – moderate
Thursday – 2 hour GG park ride with some polo field intervals
Friday – Easy 45 minute ride
Saturday – Long ride over Tam cut short by a broken spoke and 3 pinch flats (probably mostly due to way out of true wheel) – 3:30 total ride. (note to self, pack a spoke wrench in the saddle bag)
Sunday – Intervals on the TT bike – painful but fast – 90 min
Weekly Total: 11 hours.
I was hoping to get in 4-5 hours on Saturday and a couple of good long climbs, but bike wasn’t cooperating. After yesterday’s ride on the TT bike I feel ready for Cascade though.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
He knows I'm weak and I’ll be back next week for more.
So, last night I’m at the Giants/Cubs game and the visiting Cubs may not have had quite as many fans as the Giants, but it was close and they were certainly much more vocal and excited about the game, and whenever they scored, the stadium roared.
This is not the first time I’ve seen this phenomenon in the Bay Area, just ask any A’s fan who’s ever been to a home game against the Yankees or Red Sox. Though I have no first hand knowledge, I’ve been told that this is something that you don’t see in Boston, New York or Chicago.
Here in the Bay Area we have tens if not hundreds of thousands of people who have moved here from east coast and mid west cities. They continue to remain loyal to their home cities’ sports teams but not to their home cities, otherwise why would they have moved here?
Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday – GG Park Sprints – 1:45 with hard efforts
Wednesday – Off
Thursday – Lunch: 45 min spin class moderate. PM: 1:45 Park ride moderate
Friday – Off
Saturday – Easy 1:45 morning park ride with a few openers
Sunday – Burlingame Crits – 60 min w/u – 40 min 35+ race (flat in last lap – 76th), 10 min break to swap numbers and tire – 60 min P/1/2 race – sat in mostly, tried to bridge up to a break with 5 laps to go, sat up last lap – 75th. (20 min cooldown) – 3 hr day.
Weekly total – 9.5 Hours
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
So, I attack and get up to 27 or 28 and notice that no one’s coming with me, but I keep going until I hear the police siren, so I pull over to the right side of the lane, but don’t slow down right away until I realize “Oh, sh*% he’s pulling ME over"
Man was he pissed! He thought I was trying to get away from him and demanded to see my license. As I fumbled through my pockets looking for it, then realized that I didn’t have it, the rest of our group rolls up and stops. I became all humble and apologetic, telling him that I didn’t realize he was behind us since I was in the front and couldn’t hear him and that I thought it was OK to ride in the middle of the road since I was going the speed limit. The cop was starting to calm down and was just telling us to stay to the right and that he wouldn’t site us all for blowing through the stop signs..
Then this ZteaM guy whose name reminds me of an intersection
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tuesday – 1:45 – GG Park Sprints – hard
Wednesday – 45 minute spin (class was full, so went later and did Zone 1-2)
Thursday – 1 Hr with 4 x 5 minute moderate hill reps behind UCSF
Friday – 45 minute spin class easy
Saturday – 45 min AM ride on Tour de Nez Course. 45 minute ride warm-up on course, 55 min race, 20 minute cooldown.
Sunday – 90 minute warm-up, 24:30.1 Mt. Diablo TT, 20 min cooldown.
Weekly Total: 10 hours – 2 short races and no long ride.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Photo credit to Patrick Cummings - Reno Gazette Journal
I thought the course was a lot of fun, twisting and climbing through the North Star village. I hope to do it again next year.
Yesterday was the Mt. Diablo Hill Climb TT.
Good News - My time was 24:30, a PR by 1:15!
Bad News - I lost to Innes by 1.3 seconds, so I was 2nd again in the 35+.
The legendary Ned Overend at age 52 killed it in the P/1/2 with a time of 23:40!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Tuesday – GG Park Sprints – 90 min with hard sprint efforts.
Wednesday – 45 min spin class at the Y - moderate.
Thursday – Easy 75 min park ride.
Friday – 45 min spin class at the Y – moderate.
Saturday – Pescadero RR – 35+ 1/2/3. Thanks to my awesome Morgan Stanley teammates for a great leadout into the final climb, but I just couldn't hold on for the win and finished 2nd to Special Agent Dan Bryant.
Race was about 3:20 for 75 miles. Total riding about 4:15.
Sunday – Off – slept in and rested – wanted to go to Nevada City but hate driving and a nap on the couch seemed like a better idea.
Weekly Total: 8.5 Hours
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Here's the bus zone that I look down at from my cube with a view.
I'm glad I don't have to drive to work.
Those parking control vehicles kind of remind me of the Smart cars, but they're not nearly as cool.
Man if I had one of those parking would be a whole lot easier in my neighborhood.
Before I get one though I'd have to make sure I could fit a bike in the back.
I'm sure it would use a lot less gas than the Silver Bullet I currently drive, but it won't be able to take 4 guys and 4 bikes to a race. I don't really drive anywhere except to races anyway.
Speaking of gas, I got one of those e-mails trying to convince everyone that if they boycott Exxon and Mobil they'll be forced to lower their gas prices to $2 a gallon. I really don't think that would ever work, but I'll avoid Exxon and Mobil since I usually get my gas at Arco if I can anyway.
I'll be driving up to Bend next month for the Cascade Cycling Classic, so I hope gas doesn't go much above $5 a gallon by then. Not many masters enteries so far. Maybe high gas prices are keeping people away. Luckily I have a place to stay, so the gas will be the most expensive part of the trip.
If gas keeps going up I'm sure we'll see a decline in the number of racers at all the remote places we race (which is most of the races we do anyway). That's the only thing that makes me sad about high gas prices.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Tuesday – 3.75 hour Marin/Alpine dam/Tam ride with Zteam. Moderate/hard
Wednesday – easy 30 minute spin class
Thursday – 1:15 on TT bike, some moderate intervals
Friday – easy 30 minute spin class
Saturday – AM – Easy 1 hr park ride, PM – easy 45 min ride in Truckee on TT bike.
Sunday – Sattley TT – Didn’t feel great : 54:27 for 5th in 35-39. 2:30 total riding.
I didn't really know what to expect in the TT, but after last week in Davis I thought I could place top 3. I was disappointed to be over 2 minutes down on Bosch who won and Innes who was 2nd.
Total: 11.0 hours.
Felt kind of run down after Tuesday night.
Time to put away the TT bike until a week or so before Cascade.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
But since running and cycling don’t to mix real well (for me at least), the lunch runs have all turned into lunch spins at the YMCA.
Here Dan and I strategize attacking the rest of the class.
Yea, fun! (not really)
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
So I've decided to copy Mark Fennell and post my training every week.
Here's last week:
Mon - 30 min spin class at lunch
Tues - Park Sprints - 90 min - hard
Wed - 45 min spin class at lunch
Thu - 75 min park ride - moderate
Fri - 60 min easy park ride
Sat - 60 min easy ride on new bike
Sun - Mt Ham Race + Ride back to start - About 6 hours total
Weekly total 12 hours
Monday, May 26, 2008
This was fine when I was a runner because runners don't have a lot of stuff.
Sure, I had a lot of shoes, about 20 pairs. I had to have something for every type of terrain & condition, but they all easily fit into my closet. Then I started cycling......
It started with 1 road bike 3 years ago. Then I added a set of race wheels, a commuter bike, more race wheels and now a TT bike too. Things started getting crowded.
Karin was kind enough to install a wheel rack in the hallway above the bathroom door.
There's no room for the TT bike, so it sits unassembled in the closet most of the time. But now it's time to take it out again and set it up for the TT's I have coming up over the next 2 weekends.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The new bike climbed and descended great and I was quite surprised that I wasn't caught on the descent and was able to leisurely ride through the neutral water zone at Isabel creek and fuel up on a couple gu's.
When the breakaway train train caught me, I was glad that it was only 5 guys and one of them was my teammate Chris D'Alusio. The others were Billy Innes and Kevin Metcalfe from Team Specialized, Dan Bryant from Sierra Nevada Specialized and Clark Foy from SJBC.
We worked well together until the small climbs after the feedzone I pushed it pretty hard to see if I could shake anyone from the group and we lost Foy, so we were down to an all Specialized group of 5. Since Bryant was the odd man out the rest of us started constantly attacking trying to wear him out. I certainly managed to wear myself out pretty good and got gapped a bit after my final attack was caught. It took me about a mile to get back on.
With just a fast descending 5K to go Metcalfe went to the front and drilled it all the way to the finish straight. With 200 to go Innes launched and took it to the line with D'Alusio finishing 2nd, and Bryant taking 3rd. I was able to go around leadout man Metcalfe for 4th.
Many thanks to SJBC for putting on a fantastic event! The spread at the finish was great and gave us enough calories to make the long cool down ride back to the start.
The black eye on the day was when I found out that my friend Brian who I had driven to the race had crashed on the descent in the Cat 3 race and had to be airlifted to a local hospital. By the time I got back to the start I found out that his wife Molly had come to pick him up and took him home. He suffered a concussion and a broken wrist, but was in good spirits when I stopped by to drop his stuff off. He may be off the bike for a while, but should be running again soon.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Tuesday night GG Park sprint workouts are in full swing.