Archive | September, 2010

it’s a little bit funny, this feeling inside…

29 Sep

I’ll admit it. I’m excited. Oh sure, I caved in- my self-restraint crumbling at the sight of that shiny “click here” button. It’s an addiction. I need help. Where’s that button? Or how about the “fix me I’m still broken from a summer of cycling” button? That would be ace.

you can't resist. do it. you know you want to. click the button. go on...

Any who, this weekend will kick-start a little romp with insanity. Nothing major. Saturday I’ll be taking my bike up to Lake County and riding the Konocti Challenge, 65 miles around Clear Lake, California’s largest freshwater natural lake. I’ve never been there before, but I know it’s a popular weekend getaway and it should be a beautiful ride marked by “a very challenging grade that upon reaching the top you will celebrate your hard work with post card scenic views of the lake!” Should be good times.

Being insane, I couldn’t settle there. I discovered Santa Cruz’s Surf City AIDS Ride and, without hesitation, registered for the 60 mile. It’s for a good cause! That somewhat dulls the crazy, doesn’t it?

After the ride, I’ll be celebrating the post-weekend cycling love by continuing southward to LA where I’ve been “commissioned” to design a tattoo. I’ll be down there for a few days to work on the design and there is a very high chance of me commemorating the Bike & Build summer in kind as well… be excited.

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And I Quote… Week #6

26 Sep

Don't postpone your happiness to some imagined future! -Howard Cohn

Don't postpone your happiness to some imagined future! -Howard Cohn

And I Quote… Week #5

19 Sep

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. -William Blake

A Gold Rush Weekend: Cycling!

13 Sep

Cyclebration 2010This past weekend, the city of Folsom, CA kicked off its 3rd annual Bike Festival popularly known as Cyclebration. With over a dozen events from a family friendly cruiser ride around Lake Natoma to Time Trials, riders of all levels and ages were able to enjoy the weekend’s festivities. The Gold Rush Metric Century held on Saturday was my nugget (points for pun!).

Gold Rush Century 2010The Gold Rush Century was Cyclebration’s main event for road cyclists and the ride took in some of the most beautiful and scenic roads in the low Sierras. Cyclists climbed Baxter’s Grade to a much appreciated water stop and turn around point for the Metric Cyclists (me!), while Full Century riders continued on and into Bear Valley. Check-in time was 6:00 am – 8:30 am with a start time of 7:00 am… keeping things casual, it wasn’t a mass start so you could begin the ride whenever you wanted as long as you finished the ride by the end of the day.

Of course, the ride was not without its quirks. Despite the fact that EVERY SINGLE TURN was marked with an A-frame and obnoxiously orange sign with an arrow pointing cyclists in the right direction, I managed to miss a turn (and a few subsequent turns) due to a conveniently parked construction truck. Luckily, I have some experience with rerouting and impromptu adventuring, only adding on a few extra miles with a little more climbing before getting back on track.

The ride finished at Folsom City Lions Park where live music hovered in the air over endorphin-high cyclists and their families and friends. Vendor’s tents were gold rushed with waves of people eyeing the swag, picking up branded water bottles, samples, and the like. Avoiding the crowds and not really trying, I managed to fill a bag with goodies before leaving the park and catering to my aching back. Good times!

And I Quote… Week #4

12 Sep

Our fear changes as we learn to face its depth with clear seeing and with presence. -Gil Fronsdal

Our fear changes as we learn to face its depth with clear seeing and with presence. -Gil Fronsdal

Post B&B Labor Day Fun Ride

6 Sep

Hey, hey, hey, Happy Labor Day!

I decided to celebrate by putting off a myriad of important endeavors and necessary life decisions, opting to go for a fun bicycle ride around the area instead. In all fairness, the undertaking required a bit of prep and research- getting to know the lay of the land and whatnot- thankfully, Marin County Bicycle Coalition has put together a great map among other resources for cyclists. So after scrutinizing the various routes, I opted to try out a makeshift Greenbrae-Tiburon loop which utilized both bike lanes, multi-use paths, and the good old road.

It was the first ride I’ve embarked on since Bike & Build. I’ve been hesitant to cycle at all what with the physical condition I was in at the end of that epic journey. But today’s ride was necessary. I’ve been wanting to ride every day since Bike & Build, but ‘wanting to’ is not being able to- so I said screw it and broke that cycle (points for the pun).
Now, just being able to do something is no cause to actually go and do it- but that is neither here nor there. The fact is I was able to complete the 30 mile loop, and it was GORGEOUS! Today’s ride was well worth discovering that my back is still broken- the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and you could see the city clear as day from this side of the bay (a rare treat). I am glad I was able to ride today and I’ll keep riding short loops just to get my body settled and sorted before I attempt anything too insane. Let’s hope my back cooperates and my knees don’t give out!
Remember folks, it’s just a ride. (Jem)

And I Quote… Week #3

5 Sep

To dare is to lose your footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose yourself. -Solen Kierkegaard

To dare is to lose your footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose yourself. -Solen Kierkegaard