Tag 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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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 Triathlon Test

Earlier in the week, I eagerly accepted the invitation to join two friends for an early morning swim, bike, and run session.  Call me weird, but this is my definition of “fun.”  It’s now 6:15 AM and the sun is not technically in the sky. … Continue reading

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The Essay Contest

I knew I would win.  The prize, a new bike valued at up to $4,999, was promised to the winner of an essay contest.  I dreamed of adding my shiny new triathlon bike to my burgeoning bike collection, which currently consists of my road … Continue reading

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