Riding those Rockies! Again!

In 2014, I was one of 5 or 6 other folks chosen to be “Peak Pedalers” for Ride The Rockies. We had to write a certain amount of blog posts during the training and during the ride itself. One of the perks for us was the by-passing of the lottery for the 2015 ride. Which just so happens to be the 30 year anniversary! At first I didn’t really care,.

Re-tool with RETUL

Re-tool with RETUL

Some folks will say it’s the fancy-pants bike that makes you faster. And years ago, I would have agreed. But to me, the most important factor that determines how fast and efficient you can be with your current fitness level on your bike is – a perfect bike fit. 3 years ago I actively sought out a bike fitter because I was having horrendous saddle issues.  (It took me 11.

Ride the Rockies 2014 : Pre-Trip & Gear List

Ride the Rockies 2014 : Pre-Trip & Gear List

As with any event, I was really ready to be done with the training for Ride the Rockies. Done. Over. No more. Our island is small, my dog needs a baby sitter, and it got hot. And I wore out all my cycling shorts. I was just done. So I was oh-so-happy to get to taper week and ship off our bikes to Colorado. That didn’t mean I was the.

The Post that Wrote Itself

The Post that Wrote Itself

Here it is! Written for the Ride the Rockies blog but appropriate for anyone training for a long endurance event that finds themselves with tunnel vision only seeing the numbers on the training schedule. Enjoy. Know When to Fold ‘Em or How to Save a Shitty Ride Have you ever had to resort to drastic measures to save a ride or a run from disaster?

Ride The Rockies – In search of category 1 climbs!

Ride The Rockies – In search of category 1 climbs!

The organizers of Ride The Rockies decided that day 1 of the 2014 ride would be epic and quite challenging. Now, just over a month away from the start line, I’m building miles and seeking out routes on this rock to get in long climbs. My options are limited. The highest paved road that I can access is the Pali Highway. Not only is there ZERO shoulder to ride on,.

I’m now made of Titanium!

I’m now made of Titanium!

…well, part of me is. Yesterday a very badly patched cavity and crappy dental genes caught up with me and I had my first dental implant placed. I’ve got crowns, gold posts, bridges, and more fillings than I have teeth and now I’ve got a giant titanium post SCREWED into my jaw. I’m right in the middle of my 30 Days of Biking Challenge and I’m not about to give.

Dropping the Hammer, pre-oral surgery

I have to get some serious miles in before my oral surgery tomorrow. I’m having a tooth yanked, a bone graft done, and (as if that wasn’t enough already) a titanium post put in. Does it have Di2? Full suspension? A power meter? For the prices I’m paying it could have all that! Oh well, they say once you got titanium you never go back…I took that a little far..

Shameless Plug.

Ride the Rockies: Let the Training Begin!

Ride the Rockies: Let the Training Begin!

I’m so excited that Henrik and I made the Ride the Rockies Lottery! It’s been on our list of things to do for years now and Honu Ironman 70.3 has always been in the way. Finally it has worked out and guess what folks? THIS IS NO JOKE. Let’s just look at the elevation for the week shall we? Those lines on the elevation map?  Those are in increments of.

The Badger is going to Colorado!

The Badger is going to Colorado!

Honu (Ironman 70.3 Kona) sold out super early this year (back in November). And since I was off to do an Ironman in December, I was Ironpoor™ and wasn’t able to sign up. Instead, Van Tiki and I took a shot at the Ride the Rockies lottery (has been on my list for years but it’s the week after Honu so it’s never been an option). Holy crap WE GOT.