Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The scenic route

Just to close the loop, Saturday's ride was absolutely fantastic. It started very early and involved lots and lots of climbing; I basically climbed up to Four Corners or Pan Toll as many was as I could. Route 1 along the coast was especially gorgeous, especially while the sun was rising.

The past two weekends have really been fantastic. It seems like the Bay Area is trying to build up some good will before the summer fog settles in.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Get busy

I can't put it off any longer, folks. It's time for me to start riding long on weekends. If all goes well, Saturday will be my first ride of over 70 miles since January 1.

I'm thrilled to have kept my saddle time under control this far into the year. Last season, I started riding long and strong MUCH earlier. It was mostly okay, though, because my big race was in July. This year, that race is in September... so I've had to restrain myself. Fewer miles now mean fresher legs later, or so I hope!

The next few weeks are going to be busy ones. The Tour of California is passing through San Francisco this weekend. Next weekend, my bike and I are flying home to Ohio for some humidity training. The weekend after is an absolute beast of a ride: the Sequoia 200K. (Do I have the fitness to tackle a 124-mile ride right now? That remains to be seen!)

After June 2, the focus will be on mileage until a short, two-week prep period before Vineman 70.3 in mid-July. That's not to say that things will quiet down, though! Kristine and I have a camping trip planned, her marathon weekend, and I'd love to get up to Sonoma (to pre-ride Vineman) and Tahoe (to pre-ride IMLT again) some time in June.

Is your head spinning yet? Mine is!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Halfway hair!

I stopped cutting my hair this past December in anticipation of the 2013 triathlon season and the intent is not to cut it again until IMLT in late September. That means we're halfway between haircuts. And judging by this photo, taken just before the start of Wildflower this past Sunday, it's going to be AWESOME by the time the big race rolls around. And by awesome, I mean very, very long.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Race Report: Wildflower Olympic

TL;DR -- I completed my first Olympic-distance race in more than five years yesterday,  beating my expectations by a mile. Fourth in 30-34 age group* and 12th overall. Bo finished his first-ever triathlon in less than three hours. We ate lots of great camping food!
After an incredible weekend of camping and triathlon, we've returned to civilization! +Kristine Marigomen and I set out for Lake San Antonio on Thursday afternoon and we've been off-the-grid for days. For those of you who may not know, Wildflower is called "the Woodstock of triathlon" for it's remote, grass-roots, camp-centric nature. It's about four hours south of San Francisco, an hour from the nearest grocery store and miles from decent cellphone reception. I should also note that the weather was crazy: it was in the 90's on through Saturday afternoon but dropped down into the 50's on Sunday.

+Alexander Curtis+Bo Boghosian and I signed up for the Wildflower Olympic-distance race months ago, thinking it would be a perfect early-season fitness test -- and even more perfect first triathlon for Bo. It delivered on all fronts.