Archive for August, 2009

Two weeks to go!

| August 30, 2009 5:47 pm

It’s two weeks out from my race and I have finally completed all of my hard training, culminating in a 400 mile ride last weekend.  I think I am at my best fitness level of my life and feel very confident about this race.  I am in taper mode now.  All I have left to do is get myself to Utah in one piece, eat a whole bunch of calories, and hopefully get plenty of sleep (which is hard to do when I’m this excited).

Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation to my dad’s tribute.  I appreciate the outpouring of support more than I can express.  Right now, I am only about $500 short of my $5,190 goal ($10 per mile), so I would like to make one last appeal for donations.  Any amount would be appreciated.  To contribute go to:

Rode 400+ miles this weekend

| August 26, 2009 4:55 am

This past weekend, I rode my bike further than I ever have in one stretch.  Between Saturday at 7:00 am and Sunday at 3:00 pm, I rode 403 miles with ~29,000 feet of climbing in 23:40 rolling/25:05 total (not including 7 ½ hours at home for dinner and breakfast). Sheila asked if I could do another 100 miles and decided I probably could, but certainly didn’t want to. Last time I tried this ride, I only did 365 miles and it took me 23:45 rolling, so I have definitely made some improvements in my performance.  I have to say I feel about as ready as I can get for the Hoodoo 500.  All I really have to do now is not get injured before then.

Mt. Hamilton

| August 13, 2009 10:44 pm

I set another personal record tonight climbing Mount Hamilton, the longest climb in the San Francisco Bay Area with 4200 feet of vertical gain.  This is one of my favorite climbs in the entire world.  It’s long and challenging, but not too steep and it offers great views of Silicon Valley and sometimes even of the Sierra Mountains.  My prior best time was 1:24:30.  Tonight, I was able to climb the entire thing in 1:13:37. My power output was ~365 watts on the first two pitches (almost identical to my Montebello and Hwy 9 output) and ~337 watts on the last climb.

I am now feeling pretty confident about my speed and think I am about as fast as I am going to get for Hoodoo. Two more weeks of ultra mileage to build endurance and then I’ll be as ready as I am going to be. Just have to stay safe until then.

Mt Tam Double

| August 1, 2009 7:11 pm

Sheila and I decided to do the Mt Tam double on a tandem this year.  Boy, was that a hard ride.  I thought with all the training I have been doing, it would be a piece of cake.  But let’s face it, double centuries are never easy.  Also, the fact that I came down with the flu two days before didn’t help anything.  My legs were aching so badly at mile 50 that I thought I would not be able to finish the ride.  However, it turned out to be due to muscle aches related to the flu and not so much to being tired.  Once I took a couple of ibuprofen, I felt much better.  The last 150 miles were actually much nicer than the first 50.  The support was very good and the food was excellent!