Evolutionary Racing: beyond the reptilian brain

Our passion for Sports (and I’m not referring to the type consumed from the couch, in our living room) and Competition is exquisitely primal. Direct competition, adrenaline rush, tension and relief before and after a race, all emulate the environment our brains evolved into, over several million years. From a Darwinian perspective, sports may be … Continue reading Evolutionary Racing: beyond the reptilian brain

Be Kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

I’m climbing my local hill during lunch break and the road is blocked, as the work crew is clearing out a slide. I ask the “STOP sign guy” how long is it going to be? Another man next to him is staring at me: he’s the driver of red pickup truck who passed me a … Continue reading Be Kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

First Monday of the Year (really second…)

It’s the first working Monday of the year (TheMonday™) and we’re all feeling in a funk. Most of us had a good or decent break from work and now is time to get back up to speed. And it’s hard. Is it going to be another year of doing what we have been doing last … Continue reading First Monday of the Year (really second…)

Cycling Lessons

I remember reading in my teen years about how becoming a master in one discipline would make you a master in everything: the idea was that there is just one mountain to climb, and we all climb it from different sides, via different paths. No one path is the same, but eventually most of us … Continue reading Cycling Lessons

Motivation Monday thoughts

If you are the competitive type, getting motivated for a race is not that difficult: on most race days you will push yourself and leave everything you got on the track. Motivation during competition is actually the easy part, there are intrinsic and extrinsic factors that come into play: there are spectators, teammates and your … Continue reading Motivation Monday thoughts

Downieville Classic XC 2008

Took me a while to fully digest this race and get to write down a race report. First off I considered the CCCX #9 my last race of the season. So I decided to do the Downieville classic without considering it a race, but more lake an epic ride. And that's in fact what it … Continue reading Downieville Classic XC 2008

CCCX #7 June 1st – Ft. Ord

Interesting race for me - Beg. 35-44 on my FrankenBike with 1x9 and 36T chainring and bashguard, assembled 2 days ago.Still waiting on my new frame, so I rode a hardtail for the first time in many many years (my last full rigid was a Bianchi Volwerine circa 1993).HT takes its toll on the body … Continue reading CCCX #7 June 1st – Ft. Ord