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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Stop this ride. i WANT TO GET OFF

Boy oh boy, that 4 hour drive one way to Vegas never gets easier. But just like who we are, you put your head down and scream complaints in your head and get it done.

That being said, this weekend wasn't all travel. I had a full schedule but I needed to get some miles in on the road, before I had to put some miles in on the road in a vehicle.

Saturday a.m. started at 5:30 a.m. helping my wife set up this crazy neighborhood garage sale thing. By 6:40 a.m. I was geared up and fueled up for a modified group ride with bike club. I road off at 7:00 to meet Patrick from I later found out that day he had some logistic issued from the day before while he made a long trek down to Oceanside 70.3 on his bike. I'll let him tell that story on his own if he chooses.

Speaking of which, big shout out to Jason at for his outstanding efforts in this race. Read his report if you haven't done so already.Also check out his blogs, very inspiring and super informative.

So I had a modified ride of 55 miles. Where the club was slotted for a 62 mile ride. I road the first 1/2 of the ride and then split off at a regrouping point and road the last 1/2 solo or linked with some random riders and vise verse. I got in a solid 55 miles with a return 15 mile interval session. Calling for a 28 mph holding pace for 1 mile, then backing off for 1/2 mile never dropping below 22 mph.
This is to build that long effort stamina.
I felt solid by the end of this ride. I just need to get out there several times a week. Lately it has been only 2x.
I also flatted for the first time in 8 months, and it happened less than 750 meters from my house ( HELL YAH !!) Luck of the Irish !
I bought this picture, but ripped it first. Sitting 4th wheel at last weeks Tuesday night crit races.
Seeing this picture makes me know it was taken moments before we blew that field behind us apart. In fact I see the lead out man glancing over his shoulder to contemplate an attack.
Un officially finished 7th out of 21. Officially I did not qualify. Apparently you can buy a one day CBR license but you can't contend points for the series. So this was a lesson learned.

When I returned home my wife had sold about $ 300.00 worth of stuff that was never making it back into my garage. So that was worth 4.5 hours worth of her time I think.
We wrapped that up, had lunch and a shower and headed to my sons. He just got the keys to his new house (yah !) pretty great effort for a 26 year old in California.
He was in full demo mode by the time we arrived. Pictures to follow later.
Bed early and up Sunday @ 4:00 a.m. for coffee and the VEGAS DRIVE !
It went fine with little to no traffic. Had breakfast on the way and got in town around 10:00 a.m.
By 2:00 the birthday boy was looking tuff in his new shades and everyone was having fun.
By 5:00 I just wanted to sleep. But it wasn't to be. The wife and I were off to check in to
I wasn't very impressed, but the room was pretty sweet. Top floor with only two rooms between us and the elevator = bonus !
We went to the floor show of Tony and Tina's wedding (no link) because I am not recommending it. It was pretty cheesy and it feels played out by the performers. NUF SAID-
Ended up leaving 3/4 of the way through the show, grabbed a couple of beers and donated to slot machines for a couple of hours. More talking back and forth to wife and cheering on each other to our next jackpot (HA HA).
We were in bed by midnight. We had committed to the grand kids to pick them up in the a.m. and take them to breakfast before school. Which we did and it was awesome. From there we just got right back on the road and headed back home. BRUTAL HUH ! That's why this ride needs to stop.
We made it home without issues. Even made the stop at for my rear cassette
change. Which they did without charge or grief in less than 10 minutes. These guys are awesome.
From there it was all about getting home. We hit the bed at 2:30 for a nap and woke up at 7:00. Hung out and opened some mail and back to bed by 9:55.
I was then up at 5:45 a.m. this morning for a blurry eyed 4 mile run. It felt good because I haven't been on my run game lately. But I really felt a bit fuzzy for the first mile due to lack of sleep.
It's all good.
Bike Wednesday a.m., I don't think I can make the bike races tonight, unless I really pull it together. As of now though, I'm out.

Train hard,train smart, be healthy.      


  1. wow that was one non-stop weekend.

  2. I was tired after the first paragraph! lol
    Wow, crazy schedule you got! I dont know how you do it! Damn, you guys all look ripped in that race photo. Great job on the cycling, I cant wait to get some good weather to put down those kinds of numbers. Thats some nice speed!

    Rest up! You deserve it!

  3. Nothing like a 4 1/2 hour nap!

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