Monday, January 26, 2009

putting in the miles...

A pretty good contrast to last week's ride... that was on the trails and in the sun. Saturday's long ride was in the hills, on the road, and in some rain!

Another big weekend on bike. The weather was kind of weird all weekend with rain in the morning and then clearing to sunny skies.

On Friday morning I got up looked out the window and it was dry so after I was properly caffeinated and suited up and headed down to the garage. My plan was to get 90 minutes on the road before work. When I opened the garage door the ground outside was now wet and it was drizzling. I hate riding on the road in the rain, and I try to stay off the local trails when they are wet because I don't want to shred them up.

So I took out my single speed mountain bike. Gordon converted my Specialized Stumpjumper into a SS for me a couple of months ago... it's killer. And when it's wet I don't mind taking it out because it's easy to clean up. So I headed out for the local neighborhood trails in San Elijo hills. There is pretty extensive network of trails (trail map) that for the most part hard packed sand and hold up to the rain very well. There is also a lot of climbing to do out there and I got myself into some spots where I could barely turn over the gears... and pushing a 32x16 doesn't help. A tough workout for sure.


On Saturday I got in my long ride. Again I woke up to damp roads but decided to stick with the plan and hit the streets. I got in 4+ hours with plenty of climbing. Luckily I ran into Matt about 3 hours in as I was kind of hitting the wall. Riding and talking with him got me through it and I was able to finish strong.

My bike was trashed after the ride. So Saturday afternoon while Beth was at yoga I cleaned all of our bikes... in sun.


tools for cleaning: bucket, brushes, hose, rags, and beer. Dale's Pale Ale.


Sunday... my birthday and more weird weather. It rained a bit early so this time I hit the San Elijo trails on my Epic and did some more exploring and found some new single track which was pretty technical and fun. An hour and 45 minutes later I was back at home, fueling up and getting ready to run. The plan was to run for an hour... my longest run in 6+ weeks. I decided to run in San Elijo lagoon because of the soft surface and because it's one my favorites places. The run went great from a foot pain perspective but I was full-on bonking at the end... but I pushed through. I can't wait to start ramping up the running volume again. That starts next week... slowly.

the ride. more climbing.


birthday beer. i earned it.


After Beth and I had our workouts in the books for the week we headed for some brunch at the Beach Grass Cafe. It might be our new favorite spot. After that we headed home and just lounged around all day. Beth cooked me up and epic b-day dinner. She perfected her chicken tortilla soup recipe... a Vo2 maxed post is in the works.

So that's it. I am another year older, happier than I have ever been, training is coming around. Things are good.

17 comments:

Matt said...

Nice work on the refreshments - Dale's Ale? Hmmmm. . .

Happy belated B-day.

GZ said...

dale's ale ... just up the street from here (20 min). I love the stuff.

If you get a chance ...

Try Boulder upslope if you can get your hands on it. Also comes in a can. 7.2% ABV.

Also from the Lyons Brewery is Gordon's Ale. Very expensive ... 10 bucks for 4 cans! 11% ABV and super hoppy.

Carolina John said...

Happy birthday big guy. Glad you got some good time on the bike.

Maggs said...

Hmmm...maybe that's why my bike never gets cleaned. I'm forgetting about the beer.

Happy belated birthday.

Ryan Denner said...

dude, my sunday ride was CRAZY! we did palomar - the weather called for 48 degrees - very doable right? it was 36 at the top, with some snow on the ground! crazy son, crazy. happy bday!

MarkyV said...

yeah... yer getting OLD that's fer sure... it looks like you mixed up B, W & B's with the VO2MAXXED blog. hehehe

happy b-day. :)

runninggunner said...

Sounds like a good birthday weekend.

Happy Birthday.

Ryan Weeger said...

That Racer 5 looks awesome right now! I need to find that.

Sean Crichton said...

Oh yeah, i've found too that Dale's is a necessity for cleaning bikes....and Bear Republic - cool place - we went there when we were in Healdsburg last October. Their burgers, onion rings, and beer sampler platters ROCK.

Justin said...

Dude, we were ready to rally and head to Stone... but it looks like you had a great B-day without all that.

Keep up the good work!

Kona Shelley said...

oh my that soup looks delish!

Benson said...

Good rides dude.
Very nice of you to be nice to all the bikes.
Beer is a necessary tool. Yum.

Happy belated Birthday.

FatDad said...

Yo Walsh, I can't beleive you drink that beer after washing your bike in it.
Happy Birthday.

Tawnee said...

Thanks for the encouraging words. I've followed your foot injury, so I know you can relate! Not to mention, it's good to see beer finds its way into your training. All about balance...

Also, I see that you've been doing riding in my neck of the woods (Trabuco Canyon), there are some legit trails up here, huh! Yeaaaa

Sarah said...

Dude...one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE beers. Nice choice for a bday beer. :) Like I've been saying...when you guys are here...let's all go on a brewery tour!

Can't wait to see Beth's soup recipe - looks awesome.

Zippy said...

Happy Birthday, man. Even if I'm a little late on it.

rr said...

Happy birthday!

Off to find the tortilla soup recipe.. you guys rock.

-rr