"...In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or
brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not."

~ Anonymous
(taken from Matt Erbele's, It Takes Time to Get Good)

Sunday, June 7, 2009


This may not have been what my coach had in mind with a easy 4:30 ride today.

Elevation profile. 38 miles, 4664 ft of climb. Holy Shit.

I found a local century that was happening today and thought I would do the metric century (described as 68 hilly miles) and bail somewhere to make it about 50 miles.

Well, at about mile 26 I had reached the highest point (So, yeah, 4664 ft of climb in 26 miles) and had a choice to make, either finish the whole thing, with another 2000 feet of climb, or go back down, which would end up shy of 40 miles.

It was hard on my ego to turn around and ride past other riders that were finishing the ride, but I had already done way more than I probably should have 2 weeks out from IM.

Another Go me! moment (sorry, but there will be a lot of these as I try to pump myself up for Ironman)

Today I climbed one of the toughest climbs in our area, Redwood Gulch Road, and we have some crazy tough climbs in our area. My husband even uttered a "Whoa" when I told him I climbed it. He also told me was so impressed. He does NOT play fast and loose with the compliments so that is a big deal and definitely a Go me!

Bike etiquette tips with RBR: Don't tell a 65 year old man on a recumbent bike that he is a "total BEAST!" Even if they are. They do NOT take it as a compliment. My bad, dawg.


Aka Alice said...

GEEZ - US! You are so hard core...

If old beast-man can't take a compliment...well then pfffft to him. (appropriate response is "Thanks! You Too!!!!" right?)

Re: School...hang in there babe. You gotta be on your last week right? Finals? Parties? Threatening to take away yearbooks if they don't put the DAMN THINGS AWAY WHEN I'M TALKING!?!

Isn't that all that's left?

Go you!

Southbaygirl said...

You are hard core-you kinda scare me!!! Will you kick my ass in SF?? I hope not! I'm really nice and like pink!!

You rock! I don't think you need anything from cheerleader Penny about your biking! I think you got that one in the bag!

Calyx Meredith said...

You have seriously mad climbing skills! 18% grade on that Redwood Gulch?! Good luck getting yourself to taper soon.

Unknown said...

holy hell that is quite a climb! I go over a freeway overpass and think it was climbing a mountain. I have no hill tolerance. ha!

You rock!

Missy said...

You're golden baby! It's gonna be great. Just taper when you're supposed to taper, OK?

Those recumbent bikes are crazy shiz. I can't imagine the handling on those. Old man was a beast...he probably is carrying a little extra and thought you were calling him out;)

Diana said...

Way to rock it.........kickin' some a$$.
I can only hope the 65yo didn't have his shirt off, if there's one thing that totally grosses me out is a man over 60 with his shirt off!

Unknown said...

I imagine the conversation with your coach going like this. "Well it WAS easy on the way back down"


Good job. :-)

Jane said...

Yes, go you! but when are you starting your TAPER?! You need to taper now.

Aileen said...

You're killin' me with those elevation profiles!!!! Damn!

René said...

Ok, you're on a roll! I'm afraid to see what's next in your training log! Those recumbents are fast descenters.

mthead said...

Whoa. for real.
RG is a beast, i was out there yesterday too, fun to hear all the non-locals showing their respect.

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

You are so ready for the IM! Enjoy your taper!!

Jo Lynn said...

You are a freakin' animal! Do you ever stop? You seem to do amazing things every free chance you get. I don't know how you're going to handle tapering.

Herself, the GeekGirl said...

Yes, and you'll have to keep me up on the current venacular of the hipsters being as I'm old and out of the loop. Today I heard someone tell someone else that a cell phone was "sick" and in an admiring tone; I had to deduce that it was a compliment. Or is the complement? Meh. Whatever.

Carolina John said...

yea that's some tough climbing. hang in there babe, only 2 weeks to go!

ShirleyPerly said...

WOOT -- You're killing those hills on the bike!!

But weird that guy did not take what you said as a compliment. Oh well, if that's the worst thing that happened during the ride, that's saying something :-)

Lindsay said...

he probably thought beast was a derogatory term, lol.

nice riding! you deserve a billion "go me" moments because seriously you blow my mind every post.

Formulaic said...

Kicking ass and taking hills!

You rock that bike!

Enjoying taper yet? Feeling fat and lazy yet?