Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ride Report: SFR Pt. Reyes Populaire...


The storm of the century came to town... and I wasn't skiing... so I went ahead and signed up for the Pt. Reyes Populaire.  Which was a nice tune up to see how my rain gear did.  The storm really didn't materialize as predicted, but we did get some rain and some wind.  Just nothing to brag about.  I somehow ended up riding with the lead group, which was lead by Max P... who is really fast.  So I was sucking wheels for as long as I could until we'd get dropped on every hill.  Fun ride!  I'd do it again in a heart beat.  

Check out the NWS graphics below for what folks were panicking about...


My rain riding set up.  I need some mudguards like Roys.... next time.  


The Showers Pass jacket worked nicely... the rain pants were a bit overkill.  I took them off at Pt. Reyes Station and rode in my shorts on the way back.  


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hamilton Loop attempt...


Did a nice ride up Hamilton with Sigman a few days ago.  And I think this should be a tradition to ride Hamilton between X-mas and New Years if possible.  It's such a nice ride, no one is getting anything done over this holiday period anyway.. you might as well be on a long bike ride... very casual, just fun ride... 


In Pleasanton... very cold... 

see... there was frost and ice all the way to the top of Hamilton.  
Sigman with a bunch of reindeer behind him... 

see them?
Frosty... almost ate it on the way up...

Hi Cows.  Well timed pee break.  Thank you cowbell...
Nearing the top... 

Group summit shot...
my favorite shot of the day

We chose to ignore this sign... we figured these were meant for cars only...
then we got there... and...
So we turned around... to see this sundog... and ride 10 extra miles.
hi Red Tail...
Suburbia...
Bart station... had 5 miles or so from here to the car...



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Talking Mtn with Moses and B.


Worth the day trip... fun day with Moses and B.  Went up Talking Mtn from Echo Summit.  The N. facing trees held the goods even though it hadn't snowed since last Sunday (5 days ago).  Not bad... 

Ready to roll/slide...
The Desolations... makes S. Lake skiing sooo much more of a destination.
Summit shot with Booker
Moses on top of Talking Mtn the second time...
B... going tactical
Frozen, but cracking... Echo Lake.  

Here's our tracks... 3k vert, 7 miles.  Not bad.  But check this guy out: 2.5 million vert in a year... 


Sunday, January 1, 2017

VID: Kai learning to Uni... Almost there...


Happy New Year everyone!!!


Sooooo... close.  Once he can freemount, I'll proudly say that "my son can ride a uni."


Monday, December 26, 2016

Uni up Diablo! second go...


My second ride up Diablo!  This time I made it up the "wall"!  Pretty stoked and am a bit reassured that I have been improving since 2012 when I last rode it.  Also, that was when I was recovering from my 4th shoulder surgery so maybe that hindered me a bit?  

A glorious day awaits...
Stefan and Nathan enjoying the fine fall day...
Nader taking it easy for his knees...

Beautiful colors.  Green hills!
Being interviewed with a guy from Mt. Diablo Cyclists.
Nader catching up.
Nathan on his way up the wall.  I had 125mm cranks, so I need to practice my balance a bit more to go slower.  
Airplanes buzzing us on the way down.  



I love Mkhi!  Glad to see him get the playing time he deserves... hopefully with goals like this he'll stay in the starting line up...

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Vid: Xmas break in Tahoe with the kids


Had a great time in Tahoe with the fam.  The rain from the week before had killed the snow pack, but it was fine for teaching the little ones how to ski.  A few of the days it got warm enough that the snow started softening up on certain aspects.

OK, here's the short version highlighting Nikko's improvement over the 4 days of consecutive skiing.


And here's another longer one... for family mostly.

My first SUP race... Long Strange Trip.

Tim congratulating the guy he beat in the "kayak" category.  
Durbs encouraged me to sign up for a paddle race that he signed up for with his buddy Chuck. Turned out to be a beautiful morning (it had been raining quite a bit here), a really fun event, and an interesting peek into a subculture full of nice folks.

This was going to be by far the farthest I'd paddled at 13.3 miles and I was a bit nervous, but I was pretty confident that I'd finish and not die.  At the end I was tired, but I wasn't really sure where... I think mainly my lats.  I wore my stinky Aquasocks under my trailrunners which worked quite well for my foot.

The event was well catered with yummy food, great beer, and awards for everyone (I got a 101 Surf Sports beanie for coming in 2nd in my division).  The SUP-ers started 10 min ahead of everyone so it was really cool seeing some of the best surfskiers around up close and personal.  All in all, a great morning....

https://paddleguru.com/races/LongStrangeTripPaddleRace2016
https://www.visitmarin.org/event-calendar/2016/december-2016/long-strange-trip-101-surf-sports-paddle-race/

And here's the log...

this black bird loves the Dragon Wagon...
the veterans all knew each other quite well...
in SUP racing there isn't much difference between going at 70% vs 90%... I didn't pass or get passed by a SUPer after the first mile.  I was behind her for the whole race...