Finally, checked Water Dog off my list. Just a quick 20 minute ride south, and I’m in single track heaven. Water Dog isn’t too big, but it offers quite a bit of challenging trails. I only had an hour or so to explore, but I managed to cover a lot of ground. So thankful to have such a great bike park so close.
Today was my last Headlands Dawn Patrol ride before we move further south into the Peninsula. It was great to ride with friends one last time, running into a few more along the way. I’ll never forget the good times I’ve had climbing up this famous hill and into the famed Headlands. I sure will miss it, but am very excited to explore new territory.
Wednesday nights brought out the biggest group at Skeggs I’ve ever seen. Last night marked the first Roaring Mouse ride of the season. It was rip roaring fun, chasing down my buddies Jeremy and David along with a solid handful of aspiring XC racers. I stuck it out with them, despite having worn out legs from my lunch rides up Coe. I put a few digs into the group, besting a bunch of my own personal records. Afterwards there was a bounty of food, beers and good company. You’ll definitely see me out there next week and the week after.
Another solid day of climbing Coe.
On a mission to sharpen my climbing speed by some Henry Coe action this week.
So my race at Sea Otter confirmed that I’m on track for a very successful season, however there are few things I need to address. First of all, my climbing speed has drastically taken its toll the past year since starting at Specialized. The lack of hills on my daily rides have softened my legs, despite the fast pacelines. I’ll be looking to do more regular hill climbs for the rest of the season in an effort to find my inner mountain goat again. They hardware fix is underway, as I’ve ordered a new spider for my SRAM crankset, which currently has a 104BCD, restricting me to a 32t ring up front. I love to spin rather than mash, so I’m finding it hard to adapt to the latter. Going to a 30t will definitely help out on the low-end, sacrificing a wee bit on the top end. Next up is the Shasta Lemurian in two weeks. I want to do really well at this race so everything’s got to be dialed in.
Managed a respectable 6th place at the 2014 Sea Otter Classic, racing the Cat. 1 30-34 group. It was a fast bunch. I missed the lead group early in the race, a regrettable moment where I saw them just out of reach with each hill crest or bend throughout the entire 24 mile race. If I had made the decisive choice of bridging up to my team mates I think I would have had a good shot of getting further up the rankings. Mentally I was defeated and didn’t find it in myself to really push too hard, only to make sure I didn’t get passed at the end. My legs felt great, and my bike performed flawlessly, however I think a lighter hardtail would have been my whip of choice. Just happy to get it done and off my racing calendar.
I got some new sunglasses to compliment my on/off the bike fashion. Seriously, it’s hard finding a middle ground pair that aren’t so typical/hipster or full on race geek. The new Oakley Chainlink glasses are the ones I’ve been searching for. They have a nice classic squared shape, rubberized ear socks and nose pads, lightweight frame, paired with their Fire Iridium lenses. I’ve ridden with them a few times now, and so far I love them. They might not be the most ideal glasses for the foggy NorCal trails, but if I only had one pair to rule them all these would be them.