Thursday, March 31, 2011

Some from this week...

Since the rain has been coming down, my local stomping grounds have been closed and I've been riding my CX bike for good measure. I have a real nice "cross" loop that is about 20 miles and includes about 50/50 off and on road riding, including one hike-a-bike situation. Enjoy!

The weather is heating up so hopefully the trails dry out soon.

Here's a weird one - I snapped all four of my chainring bolts on a climb. I consequently switched back to steel ones.

The "hidden" trail at Santa Teresa County Park.

By IBM

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Few From this Week...

Well, the fitness is back and I'm doing fine. It looks like once Mr. Huff and Puff left, I am stronger than before my trip. Thanks to "LaidLaw" for the encouraging words in his comments in my last post! Here are a few iPhone shots I got this week.

At the top of Coyote Peak

Santa Teresa County Park

Top of Stile Ranch Trail

Fixed Gear up Stile Ranch Trail

At the top...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Whoa! Long break :(

Hello internet world... haven't posted for some time due to an extremely busy work schedule, an award trip (for good little insurance sales boys like me) and piss poor weather.

The wifebot and I just got back from a 10-day cruise through the Panama Canal. The entire trip, with travel was actually 12 days - so it was essentially 12 days + 3 days of insane work prior of NO riding. I thought that maybe the break was good for me and I'd possibly be stronger from the rest.

Boy, was I wrong.

My first ride was a day after I returned back, and what I would normally have no problems with was extremely hard for me. I was huffing and puffing, and yes, I actually did have to stop to take a break. Wow - everything I had worked up to was all shot to shit. The next day wasn't as bad, but I still am not where I used to be prior to me leaving.

I've concluded this: For cycling, if one is to "rest", he/she must do so with some sort of pedalling included. Kind of like, an active rest or what the elitists call a "recovery ride". I went cold turkey, and all those gains I had were lost. I believe that if I had access to a real bicycle, even a single speed beach cruiser, I wouldn't have been in such bad shape upon my return.

This was the longest break I have ever taken, and I am definitely going to try not to do that again.

"Nooooo... I'm not stopping to rest - I'm stopping to take a picture! That's it! A picture!"