Showing posts from May, 2014

Bike Camping at Samuel P. Taylor SP

This weekend, my bf and I decided to make the most of the warm weather and try bike camping at Samuel P. Taylor State Park. The trip was 31 miles each way, and we took about 4 hours to get there with some breaks. Though my bike is not a touring bike, I find it very comfortable on long rides and it did have mounting locations to attach a rack. I found a lightweight rack at Sports Basement, but the braze-ons on my bike were in a weird place. The mechanics there recommended a rack-lock seat collar that had the proper attachments. I made it work. For this area, it's really nice to have a mountain bike or cross bike for road and trails, but my mountain bike got stolen so I'm making the best of it. We fully prepped and packed the day before so that on Sunday we could just hop on our bikes and take off.

I made sure to weigh my gear so it wouldn't go over the limit. I had 25 lbs on the back and 5 lbs in my handlebar bag. I had a tent, sleeping bag, hiking clothes and shoes, toilet…

Bike to Work Day, Today and Everyday, Except Weekends when you Bike to Swim, Bike and Run! (and eat)

Had a great time volunteering at the Western Addition Kaiser Energizer Station again for Bike to Work Day, meeting and working with fellow cyclists. We had a steady stream of bike commuters and several new members to join the San Francisco Bike Coalition! Several pedestrians were also curious about it and we "energized" them. The SFBC's Margaret and Bonnie organized and coordinated the members and volunteers and were responsible for setting up all those wonderful energizer stations all over the city. What was impressive is that many people who wanted to join the bike coalition already knew the important work the SFBC does and had their minds set and were eager to do so. Perhaps it was the new designated bike access popping up all over the place, or the smooth pavement, breathing easier with their bike on the BART train, or safer intersections for biking and walking. Maybe it was a free cycling or bike maintenance class they took, or desire to see more traffic safety impr…

Swim Week and Alcatraz

After the race and a rest day, I gave the legs a break and did a swimstreak, swimming every day for an hour. I managed to 9 miles in the water last week! This included an incredible Alcatraz swim to support Lisa. It was her second crossing and she made a fabulous video:

Alcatraz II from Lisa Amorao on Vimeo.

This would make my eighth Alcatraz swim with Water World Swim (including Alcatraz to Angel Island) and celebrate my 5th year swimming with them. I jumped into Alcatraz waters a couple weeks ago to assist a youth swimmer, but he couldn't complete their swim due to seasickness because the water was so choppy, so we ended the swim. This was another challenging one as the water was again pretty choppy, and we had to swim directly into wind waves. Lisa did great. The key is to be flexible with stroke and breathing and "dance with the ocean".  It is actually really fun, like swimming on a roller coaster! I'm used to taking a breath every three strokes, but it didn't…