Showing posts from February, 2014

SFR Two Rock - Valley Ford 200k

This was a great ride organized by the SF Randonneurs that takes you up to Sonoma County through rolling pastures and along Tomales Bay. I was waiting to see if the weather was going to be nice to sign up, and it turned out to be an awesome day for riding! 162 cyclists on this one (159 finished). I felt alot stronger on this ride.

The temps ranged from high 40s to high 60s, so for clothing layers I had an under-armor t-shirt, jersey, arm warmers, bike shorts with leg warmers and hi-vis windbreaker. The morning is cool so I didn't start peeling layers off until Fairfax. I like to stop at Coffee Roastery there and get water and use their facilities. I didn't bring any honey stingers this time and instead just had a shot of honey in an espresso americano. Ready for miles of fresh air and countryside!

On the way to Petaluma, I stopped to help someone fix their flat. It was a pretty gnarly puncture, I wish I had taken a picture of it. It looked like a giant staple went through her …

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5K

As you know, California is in a drought. It's been a warm, dry winter and we've been experiencing countless sunny days and spring-like weather. However, on race day, it decided to downpour! I'm glad for the rain, but being out in it is a different story. Nonetheless, I decided not to let it dampen my running spirit. I had been 5k training for the past 12 weeks with this race in mind and determined not to go into fun run pace. At least make it a speedwork training run.

I rode my bike to the race as I normally commute by bike everywhere without even thinking twice about it. This year, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition provided a bike valet service near the finish line so I wanted to take advantage of that. I rode down to 47th and Fulton and racked my bike with the nice volunteers. I had my rain jacket and some dry layers saved inside my handlebar bag, so didn't have to worry about bag-check. I was able to jog 2 1/2 miles to the starting line with time to …