Of course, this all started with a grueling hill climb where a dainty asian female tried to catch me. Let me tell you something about these little roadie chicks - I have been smoked many-a-time by them and I wasn't going to let it happen today! She almost got me, though :). Don't underestimate these women riders - they are light weight and can hammer road climbs.
I found a nice run-up at Santa Teresa County park next to the rest rooms, and a short one in the parking lot with a "barrier" (a tall 1.5ft. curb). I am definetely going to have to work on my hill runs because I seriously thought I was going to have a heart attack on about my fourth run - which puts this whole CX racing thing into perspective: IT'S HARD. And I wasn't even in a race. Just training. Scary.
Got this sweet pic on my way home and did a little Photoshop on it. Things cooled off a bit here, but it's supposed to get hot again (I hate it). Until next time bicycle freaks.