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SFR Pierce Point 200k

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Did the SFR Pierce Point 200k this weekend. What a ride! This is usually the time of year we do the Point Reyes Lighthouse ride, but for the reason I can tell you offline, the route changed to Pierce Point. It is somewhat humorous. Anyway, the elevation is actually a little bit more on this route (Strava says 8,509ft for Pierce Point and 8,353ft for the PRL). I was able to complete the brevet in 12:14, which is about 45 minutes faster than last year's jaunt to this area! After 3 years of doing the Point Reyes Lighthouse ride and failing the first 2 times to make either the distance or cutoff time then finally getting it right, it was a little disheartening to see that the Lighthouse ride wasn't going to be an option. However, with only minor differences in the route it proved to be just as awesome and challenging and scenic as ever.



I used my ride notes from last time to help plan. I usually have my bike ready a couple days before the ride and the food the day before and pret…

SFR Point Reyes Populaire

The SF Randonneurs kicked off their event schedule this year with a "popular" ride, the Point Reyes Populaire! We started the ride at 8:00am with over a little over 100 riders and headed out over the Golden Gate Bridge, which was historically closed to traffic so they could install a median. It was so quiet for a change! Getting an early start on the bridge was critical, as it was going to be pretty crowded with this new attraction of watching the construction crews put in the median. Personally, I would rather ride my bike! This time instead of riding solo, I had a riding companion, as my bf has now built up his mileage to 85 miles. Off we went to get to the first control at Point Reyes Station.



It was great weather for riding, as it wasn't that cold or windy for January. I didn't need the windbreaker, instead had 3 layers: a short sleeve base layer, a long sleeve base layer (under armor), a jersey, arm warmers, and warm tights under the bike shorts. It was kind of…

One Hour ePostal Swim

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The USMS Speedo 1-Hour ePostal National Championship is an online event to see how far USMS members can swim for 1 hour in the pool. I did this last year and got hooked. It's a great benchmark for improvement. I had been swimming through the holidays in order to complete my 100 mile goal in Go The Distance and did a good streak of 9 days in a row and swam 14.5 miles last month. This helped a lot as I was able to improve my distance by 375 meters! I have also been using the Finis Agility Paddles to help strengthen my arms and correct form. The fact that it happens at the beginning of the year can also give you a nice snapshot of where you're at and where you want to improve.

Last year: 2575 m
This year: 2950 m
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                   375 m improvement!

I did not race this but rather tried to keep a sustainable pace that I would use in a long distance. Also, I didn't swim for a week before the event to let my arms rest from training. Using my trusty Timex Ironman Tria…

Mt. Diablo New Year's Day Ride

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Well, one of my New Year's Cycling Resolutions is done! What a great way to celebrate the New Year by riding all the way up to the top of Mt. Diablo! This is an annual ride for lots of Bay Area bike clubs, and for some like myself, a bike pilgrimage.
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We met up with the Grizzly Peak Cyclists at 9am at the Pleasant Hill BART station to ride with those experienced with Mt. Diablo. They provided great company, knowledge and a cue sheet! We took the Southgate entrance which is a little longer but less steep. Also, though it was cold, it proved to be warmer on that side of the mountain because of the sunshine. I wore several layers, a windbreaker, face covering, long fingered gloves, warm socks, leg warmers, the works, and was still chilly! On the way back we stopped in Danville at Peet's right by the Iron Horse trail to get a much needed hot cup of coffee and took the Iron Horse Trail Walnut Creek to get food and BART. Good day of riding! Got home after da…