Monday, July 28, 2008

Mon, Jul 28

Since I posted last time, 16 days ago, I've racked up 283 miles, 112 alone since last Friday. I did the honorable thing and rode the bike to work Friday; Saturday's ride was the usual route on the Peninsula, to Chain Reaction Bicycles and back. After getting up on Sunday, I initially declared this a recovery day, before I declared I could at least do a recovery ride. Next thing was seeing Mount Diablo in the distance, and thinking that I could ride up to South Gate and then return. But this mountain has this unexplainable appeal, so I continued to Junction, when the mountain said "come on, if you can do Junction, you can do Juniper", and once there, it said "now please, only another 849 feet of climbing". Diablo was stronger, and I made it to the summit in 1:22 hours, 2 minutes faster than my previous record during last year's Diablo Challenge ... TBV, take that.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sat, Jul 12

It's been eight weeks since I got back from China, and not only have I been lazy updating my blog, but also lazy to bike and even lazy to follow this year's Tour de France.

After last year's Tour and its doping cases, I really got tired of following the pro's. Not watching this year's Tour was probably also a good decision, considering Beltran's positive EPO test and the anticipated, usual fallout.

Not riding a lot lately myself has other reasons. My wife calls it "mid-life crisis", but I'm really NOT into writing poems, traveling to Antarctica, buying a Porsche, becoming a healer, growing a mustache, spending hours in front of the mirror, skydiving, or moving to Shangri-La ... or contemplating about it in a blog ;-) ... maybe just ready for a real long vacation. So far, 277 miles in 8 weeks, current pace for the year: 1900 miles, just 1100 miles short of my stated goal. It's going to be tough.