Saturday, July 24, 2010

BATBOD... finally did it. (200+ mile bike ride)

Here's the approximate route

That doesn't give a great cue sheet FYI... based most of it from this
There's a link to the cue sheet that I used there.

Started around 4 am... ended at 9 pm... took about 2 hours in breaks. By far the longest ride I've ever done in a day.

The Good/Highlights:
  • Most of the riding is actually pretty scenic (skyline, paradise, china camp, san pablo dam)
  • Passing 1000s of cars on 37 as traffic was bad.
  • Mostly flat (only 11,500 ft of elevation)
  • Plenty of shops to get snacks along the way
  • Never been so happy to see the Mormon temple. (could be in the latter category as well...)
  • Listening to some podcasts "limits" on radiolab was particularly appropriate.
The Bad/Lowlights:
  • Almost colliding into a deer then nearly running over a skunk within 30 seconds on the first 10 miles of the ride.
  • Riding down Hayward to Fremont... that's a pretty boring stretch
  • Getting lost numerous times (one time had to back track 5 miles... ugh), following the cue sheet from
  • Riding on the freeways (101, 37, and 24) were a little tense... not too bad once you get used to it (there's a HUGE shoulder on most of them)...
  • Never rode with anyone... didn't get to draft at all...
  • Riding across the Golden Gate... too many tourons there all the time...
  • Sucking down the 15th GU.
  • The last hill
Here's my SPOT track from the day... batteries died once I got on 37.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

20 seconds in to this vid...

...You can watch me "blow up"... just saw this a month ago... scratched up Metres' goggles pretty good on that jump too... Smith's SUCK btw.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tuolumne to Eppie's (July 17, 2010)

Aaron had a genius idea of getting a front country campsite in Tuolumne Meadows... reserved back in March.

It's impossible to have a bad time up there... FYI...

Shenanigans up in Tuolumne from Yu Kuwabara on Vimeo.
I drove up there Wed night after my soccer game... and the third half at a close by bar. Got up to Tuolumne around 3:45 am. Got up and climbed all day... did the same on Friday (Nick and Dean joined us). Had a BLAST!!!
Friday night, left Tuolumne after sunset and dinner. Got to Sac-town around 1:45 am... jacked up on the 44 oz Dr. Pepper used to keep me up... I couldn't get to sleep til around 3:30... up at 5 am to go drop off the kayaks and the bikes. Came in 25th out of the 750+ Iron Persons... not too shabby... considering my quads and calves were cramping throughout the race.
Don't know about Eppie's? The Oldest Triathalon in the US?
Started out with another great week...
Tues - Played Soccer (soccer4s), then paddled around from Middle Harbour with B-Ral
Wed - Played Soccer (NorCal), 3rd half at the Trappist, then drove to Tuolumne

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Nicasio Tandem Ride/Tomales Bay Kayaking (July 10, 2010)

Had a great road ride up in Nicasio.

then went to Tomales Bay to paddle around for Sunset... and to look for biolumnescence.

But didn't see any... alas...

Tues - Played Soccer
Wed - Slept...
Thur - Played Soccer
Fri - Went to J-Dub's 30th at his house

Sunday, July 4, 2010

High Sierra Music Fest.... (July 1 - 5, 2010)

Rocked my world... too much to do, too much to listen to, too much fun.