Category Archives: Cycling

Will I Ever See It Again?

The metric century ride boasts one epic climb, an 800 foot beast to a beautiful hilltop vista with ocean views. As my riding partner and I approach the base of the hill, we become excited at the prospect of a … Continue reading

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Ride Report: Riding The Tour (Stage 1)

Today is the day before the Tour of California.  I call it, Tour of California Eve.  And, today is the day that I ride the same (almost) route as the professional cyclists.  106 miles, 7000 feet of climbing. It’s 7:20 … Continue reading

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Inspiration at 5′ 7″

What I hate about endurance events are the long training days.   This weekend, I ran 12 miles taking 3 hours out of my Saturday morning (when you include commute, warm-up, and cool-down time).  But, the training day is essential because … Continue reading

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The Danger of Chocolate Fondue

Two thousand three hundred and six-one (2,361).  My long ride today covered 48 miles and 2,500 feet of climbing in just over three hours.  Because I want you to think I’m fast, I’ll give you my excuse out now – there was … Continue reading

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The Polka Dot Jersey

The red polka dot jersey is awarded to the best climber in the Tour de France.  In this competition, riders race up the hills and mountains accumulating points based on their place crossing a finish line at the summit. Only in … Continue reading

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Keep Your Eyes Off The Pine Cone

Sometimes when I commute home, I imagine I’m in a race.  The rolling hills are opportunities to attack, accelerate, and feel the burn in my legs.  Cresting the top of the hills offers no respite as I push to maintain … Continue reading

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The Purging Effect of a Wildfire

As I crest the Three Witches Climb on today’s ride, I am startled by the charred earth and campfire fragrance of the recent wildfires.  Instinctively, I slow my cadence (to catch my breath), stand on my pedals (to go real slow and without falling … Continue reading

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