Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Whats up next?

It is now November 3, 2011 and I never posted the below post, Tanya and I have been so busy. We have still exploring and having all types of adventures. I will begin posting on the regular soon, and will bring everyone up to day on our explorations and many races :))
It is hard to believe it is already June 2011 and I haven't posted since November 2010. But Tanya and I are still enjoying life and clocking the miles. Much has happened in our lives and families, but this is not the forum to go into detail; and not what you probably want to read about anyway. To get you right up to speed on our endurance endeavors; we have shifted gears of late; in the past we have used cycling and mountain biking as cross training to improve our running; but that seems to be the opposite now. With the dream of competing in Kona together one day at the Ironman we have been logging many,many mile on our bikes. On Saturday May 1, we rode the Temecula Challenge which is touted as an extremely tough century with over 10,000 feet of elevation gain. In a Comparison of other great rides there are only 3 other races in California with more total gain in elevation. What attracted us to this event was the fact that is was a 2 day challenge. The Century on Saturday followed by a Sprint Triathlon on Sunday; but sadly the Triathlon was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

Being our first Century we didn't exactly what to expect, but barring no technical difficulties we were confident that we would complete to ride in the allotted 11 hour cutoff. Besides it was not a race it was a ride, though there was a time trial on the climb up Mt. Palomar the highest point and longest climb of the ride. In 2009 this was Stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California, we looked forward to giving our best effort on this climb.

We had an fun but challenging day, the hills never did seem to end, but other then a few close calls with vehicles and a flat tire at miles 96!! We had an incredible day.

I woke up Sunday a little tired and a little sore. Nothing like the agony I sometimes experience the day after a 50 mile trail race. So I got to thinking why not ride the L'Etape Du California

which was the next Saturday. So Monday I woke up feeling great !

Much more to come soon!!!!!!!!!