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.
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…)
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
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
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
The Coolest 24 hour is one of the few ultra events in the country that is 100% non-profit that gives all of its profit to a great cause. Thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors and to some of the most giving racers in the country. This shows that the Auburn, Cool and the greater … Continue reading Coolest 24 – May 3rd-4
This is the big race: you spend almost an entire season preparing for it and when the time comes you are not ready. This year the beginner class race was on Friday afternoon: I didn't plan too well for traffic and stuff so I arrived at Laguna Seca few minutes after 3PM, a little too … Continue reading Sea Otter Classic 2008 – 25th/78
Another great MTB event put together by Bike Monkey Team. The course is really fun to ride with lots of stream crossing and sweet singletrack. I had to get off the bike 4 or 5 times per lap and get my feet wet a couple times. After the initial ramp on the short stretch of … Continue reading Lake Sonoma Series 2008 #1 – 4th
So I'm flying down my favorite section of singletrack in the whole Santa Monica mountains on my mountain bike, I'm flowing, feeling good. I zip thru the bushes and trees, following the dark narrow path.And here I approach a deep elbow turn, sort of a dip but with a twist, deep breath and then, oh-shit!, … Continue reading My favorite crash site
Very long story short: driving my car (mid size SUV) with roof bike rack and bike mounted on top. Owned the thing for almost a year with no particular problems.Well, after a short drive on the highway I'm heading to the trailhead, while driving around 25mph I hit a road dip, car tilts and bike … Continue reading Consumer Safety???