Friday, September 25, 2009

Fri, Sep 25

Only 9 days left until the race; the training log for the past week:

Saturday:
Danville - Diablo Summit, 28.1 miles, 2:11h.

I see another pattern:
Last week: Friday beer -> Saturday great Diablo ride
This week: Friday no beer -> Saturday feel crappy ... so I was just dehydrated :).

More cyclists than usual ... sign of the upcoming race. Half way up the wall, I made a rookie mistake to let cars pass; when restarting, bike did a wheelie, and somehow I pulled something in my right shoulder. Driving back home with a stick-shift wasn't much fun when pulling and pushing hurts. At least I finally got to enjoy a beer at home, before I installed my new Selle SMP saddle; looking forward to more comfortable riding from now on.

Sunday:

Pleasanton - Walnut Creek and back, 38.4 miles, 2:17h, avg. 18.1 mph.
The first 38 miles on the new saddle felt great; I hope the saddle quest is now over.

Monday:
Spin class, 1 hour; during this hour, the only thing I heard, was "out of the saddle!".

Tuesday:
Lunch ride to Coyote Pt and back with TBV and Bill. 19 miles, 0:59h.

Wednesday:

Rest Day = Company Retreat = Picnic = Beer.

Thursday:

Lunch ride to Sawyer Camp Trail and back with TBV and Bill. 15.1 miles, 1:05h.

Friday:
It should be prohibited by law to schedule meetings on Fridays anywhere close to noon, let's say between 10am and 3pm. How should one otherwise get to have a couple of well deserved beers ???


Total: 100.6 miles, 6:32h.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Fri, Sep 18

Only 16 days left until the race; the training log for the past week:

Saturday:
Danville - Diablo Summit. On the way down, just past the 2000 ft elevation sign, I met TBV sitting at the side of the road with a flat tire. Together, we rode back up to Juniper, then back to Danville, 2:38h, 34.3 miles, 4480ft of climbing; 1:15h from Hole in the Wall up to Summit, excluding the obligatory breaks at Junction, Juniper and Lower Parking Lot. It was a quiet day on Diablo; the early morning rain and thunderstorm probably kept people at home, before the weather cleared at around noon.

Sunday:

Pleasanton - Walnut Creek and back,
1:55h, 33.o miles, avg. 18.4 mph.

Monday:
Couldn't find my list of excuses, so went to spin class, 1 hour.

Tuesday:
Lunch ride to Sawyer Camp Trail and back, 15 miles, 1:05h, with TBV and Bill. I notice a pattern: crappy legs the day after spin class. Pondering to make Wednesday a rest day, and visit REI instead.

Wednesday:

Rest day indeed; legs still feel a bit sore, maybe a sign of over-training ? Visited REI to load up on Cliff bars and cycling socks.

Thursday:

Lunch ride to Coyote Point Gate, then doing a 3-minute Campus crit because TBV hadn't gotten enough exercise after 57 minutes on the road; 20.1 miles, 1:00h.

Friday:
Mmmh, beer ... or so I thought. But if people show up at work without a car, then how do you get to the beer ? At least I didn't make a drunk expression to the VP during my presentation.

Total: 102.4 miles, 6:15h.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fri, Sep 11

Only 23 days left until the race; the training log for the past week:

Saturday:
Danville - Diablo Summit - Danville, 2:07h, 28.1 miles; 1:15h from Hole in the Wall up to Summit, excluding the obligatory breaks at Junction, Juniper and Lower Parking Lot. It was also another "Bring your car to Diablo"-Day, and noticeable number of cyclists, apparently also getting ready for Oct 4.

Sunday:
Rest day, lawn mowing and mental preparation for the Labor Day Ride.

Monday:

Labor Day Ride with TBV and Dave F, Fairfax - Nicasio - Tomales - Pt. Reyes Station - Nicasio - Fairfax; 4:10h, 73.5 miles, avg. 17.6 mph. Only Dave B remarked being sore the next day.

Checkpoints:
Cheese factory: 16.2mls - 0:59h,
Tomales: 37.3mls - 2:13h,
50.0mls - 2:52h,
Pt.Reyes St: 54.0mls - 3:05h
60.0mls - 3:26h,
70.0mls - 3:59h,
back in Fairfax: 73.5mls - 4:10h

Tuesday:

Little tired this morning. Tried to make list of excuses to avoid the lunch ride, but then decided to man up and go: Coyote Point and back, 1:00h, 18.4 miles, with Bill.

Wednesday:

Spin class, 1 hour; actually no class and just spin, because instructor Elaine was out sick. Additional hardship: spinning to music of Cirque Du Soleil is only for the toughest.

Thursday:

Late lunch ride to Sawyer Camp Trail and back, 1:02h, 14.8 miles, with TBV. It was hot and legs felt like crap.

Friday:

Did I say rest day ? Happy Friday was celebrated with cheeseburgers and Stella at the usual joint.

Total: 134.8 miles, 9:19h.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fri, Sep 4

Now it can't be undone: I registered for the 2009 Mount Diablo Challenge.


The race uphill for 10.8 miles and 3249 ft of elevation is 30 days away. After last year's absence due to injury, I have to make good on my original goal: "riding the 2008 Mount Diablo Challenge on a new bike in 1:20h or less". The bike is not so new anymore, and it's 2009 now. I've beaten 1:20h before, but not as part of this race, so this time it counts.

I haven't trained explicitly for this year's race as I did in 2007, but for the fun of it, I'll start a training log for the remaining 4 weeks and change.

Saturday:
too hot; instead, worked in the back yard, enjoyed red wine and tiramisu.

Sunday:

35.4 miles, 2:16h total, mostly flat, except going up to Diablo's 1000ft marker. Maybe I indulged too much last night ?

Monday:

Traditional rest day.

Tuesday:

Lunch ride to Sawyer Camp Trail and back, 1:04h, 15.1 miles, with Bill.

Wednesday:

Spin class, 1 hour.

Thursday:

Lunch ride to Coyote Point and back, by myself, 30 min out, 24 min back, 18.3 miles.

Friday:

The original, traditional rest day, where the emphasis is on having beer at lunch.

Total: 68.8 miles, 5:14h.