Training Day 19

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My ride got cut short today by rain. It looked like I had a two hour window, but it closed up about 10 miles in. I ducked under a highway overpass and saw rain to the south and sun to the north, so I rode to the sun. What was supposed to be 35 miles turned into a 20 mile ride.

Went to the gym later in the day with Linda and worked out together. It was pretty cool. I showed her my version of a cross fit routine.

Activity Distance Time
Biking 20.2 1:00:00
Crossfit n/a 25:00

 

Training Day 12

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55 degrees and raining are sub-optimum riding conditions for California. If you were where I was two years ago – standing in 2′ of snow at 13º below zero, you’d have gone outside too.

For today’s ride, I headed south down to the entrance of the Sunol Regional Wilderness. It’s one of the less busy East Bay regional parks. I was going to ride north to Danville, but I got a late start and would have to go through heavy patches of traffic in the wet. Not my style. I only needed 30 miles, and came in .7 shy.

With all the rain, it’s beautiful around here. The hills look like Ireland again and the creeks and streams are running.

Registration for the Tri opened up yesterday. I’m signed up, so there’s no turning back. It’s not so much the money as I posted something on Facebook.

Activity Distance Time
Biking 29.3 2:00:00
Welch Creek Road

Welch Creek Road

Welch Creek Road, one steep climb.

Welch Creek Road, one steep climb.

Cows

Cows

Green green grass of home

Green green grass of home

Inspecting the mud

Inspecting the mud

49

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The plan was to ride 50 miles. I went from to Castro Valley to San Ramon to Danville to Livermore. I thought that would easily cover it. Instead I was about 5 miles short as I rode into Pleasanton. I ended up zig zagging through the neighborhood in an effort to round it off. I finally just got bored and finished at 49 miles.

Looking at the map, it looks like I covered significantly more area than my odometer would indicate. If you were to overlay this same route in say Chicago, I feel like it would have been 100 miles. The Bay Area is deceivingly smaller than it looks.

Future home of SRAM and Google Chicago

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1K Fulton is the new name for an old building in the meat packing district of Chicago. Well, they still do plenty of meat packing in the area, but over the last few years, the area has become a hot spot for other businesses. Until recently the building was a massive cold storage building, but now it’s going to be home to Google’s local offices and the headquarters for SRAM the bicycle parts company.

Before, During, and After

Google will definitely be a welcome addition to the neighborhood, but the cooler tenant is SRAM. I can’t confirm where now, but I read they are going to have a velodrome in their office. That will be really cool.

They didn’t tear down the original building. Instead they dismantled it. In the process they uncovered some really cool ice formations. For more than 90 years the building was used as a cold storage building and the build up of ice formed stalagmites and stalactites.

Arlington 500

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This morning my buddies and I did 54 miles of the Arlington 500. It’s the first long ride of the year, but my legs were ready. We finished in just a minute or two over 3 hours. Dave led the way for most of it, which explains our good time. Like any good ride, the tailgating after is what I look forward to most.