Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I love Donna with all my heart and want to be as supportive as possible when it comes to her ventures. With the Sea Otter Classic just under three weeks away, we decided to be a little more ambitious than usual and ride a 2.5 hour loop as opposed to a 1.25 hour loop, following a day of work on Tuesday.
Not far into the ride, I began to face the reality that I might not be able to be as supportive as I would like. I simply don't have it in me. My legs felt like concrete and I spent 2 of the 2.5 hours thinking about the sofa, television and food.
I'm worried that I'm starting to lose my love of mountain biking. I love the idea of it. I love being out all day on weekend days, but it's.... painful.
Hopefully it was just a bad night for me. No doubt it was a long day. We didn't start our ride until 6:30 which meant we got home shortly before 9pm, showered, had dinner around 9:15pm, and crashed on the sofa. Donna's eyes were fighting to stay open just 15 minutes after finishing dinner.
On the up side, we probably got the best night's sleep that we've had in weeks.

We've had more rain than usual and which is apparently making these guys very happy. I didn't bother counting but would be willing to bet we saw close to 100 of them over the course of the ride. Some seemed to have the sense to get out of our way. Others weren't so intelligent. I think we managed to dodge all except maybe one, which Donna feared she hit. I'm betting it jumped out of the way at the last minute.

As Donna can attest to, this was probably the only time I smiled during Tuesday night's ride.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Time to kick on the lights

Happiness is reaching the top of the day's climb, with the woman of your dreams.

Photos never do this trail justice - it's much steeper and grueling than it looks.

The ridge line above Newbury Park has to be the sweetest stretch of singletrack in Ventura County - tight, lush, rolling and windy.

This past season's rain washed a lot of dirt off the trails above Newbury Park, exposing a lot of rock, which has made the steep climb oh so enjoyable.

I poured a honey-stinger waffle with some peanut-butter into the gas tank last night. Donna dared to tackle the climb on an empty tank. Guess who had more fun?

Got out for another great ride after work last night. Sucking wind for 50 minutes and bombing downhill for 20 minutes really clears the head.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

By time we started heading down the mountain, it was time to kick on the lights. The scenery is absolutely amazing at dusk. This is the loop I used to ride after work, by myself, and it was such a nice treat to be able to share it with Donna - I'm looking forward to a long spring, summer & fall of evening's like this.

Thanks to daylight savings time, we got to soak up a beautiful sunset tonight. The best part - no more of that getting-up-at-5:30am crap, to try to squeeze in a ride before work.

Got out for the first of many post-work night rides tonight. It doesn't really count as a post-work ride for me since I had the day off today, but Donna got home from work and hopped right into her cycling gear.