Five Tacos (David, Garth, Brian, Bryce, and Adam) and 3 friends (Karen, Jack, and Darrel) made a trip to Borrego Springs, CA last week for a spring training camp. I was the youngest and racked up the fewest total miles – 175 (and 12K feet of climbing) in 4 days. Others had way over 300 miles (and some stayed longer). There wasn’t a single flat tire in the 12 hours of group riding that I joined.
Anza Borrego state park is the largest state park in California. It is a desert canyon about 1.5 hours south of Palm Springs (and 2 hrs from San Diego).
Other than bike touring, this was the first time I’ve taken a trip just to ride. It was nice to be with a group that just wanted to log as many miles as possible, then eat, sleep and do it again.
Around the block. This was a 3,500ft climb to a yeti statue, and a tiny store that is only open sporadically. Luckily it was open that day, because it was freezing at the top.
Other rides incorporated Yaqui Pass and the “Texas Triangle.” a vicious headwind (gusting to 50mph earlier in the trip) meant for fun tailwind sections which felt more like motorcycle touring than bike riding.
Other highlights included trying just about every local restaurant to find the best burgers and blueberry pancakes in town.
You can find more photos from the desert over on my blog.
Aside from racing cyclocross and logging long miles amongst the fall colors, here are a few things we’ve been taco-ing about this fall.
Jim Wright: I’m looking forward to another season of Zwift and the WSBA Sweatfest virtual race series. Not only is it a high-intensity workout but it blends together some of my favorite things: video games, bicycles, and racing to name a few. Not to mention the post-race comments on Facebook—hilarious!
Join the 500+ member WSBA Sweat Fest Facebook group to learn more.
Mykenna Ikehara: My new favorite account to follow on Instagram: @feedzonenews. Very “The Onion”-esque.
Sage Vann: The Whoop band is amazing. It uses HRV to rate your recovery. When I was using it diligently my workout duration quantity and exertion increased noticeably. It’s the best band out there right now, bicycling magazine has an article saying the same.
Adam Loving: I’ve added the “Bone-up” calcium supplement to my morning vitamins. I’m lactose intolerant so I need calcium, and this claims to help with bone density (a big problem for cyclists) and cardio-vascular health. I’ve also noticed it helps with recovery – makes my legs feel better.
Also, check out Jimmy Chin’s climbing documentaries. “Free Solo” (in theaters) and “Meru” (available on Netflix) are gripping stories about relentless pursuit of difficult goals. I loved both of them.
Mark Clausen: The Faster Podcast by Flow Cycling (iTunes) Dr. Seiler is a leading authority on how world-class endurance athletes train. Have a listen to learn how these athletes go slow to get fast. Bottom line: go slow 90% and really hard 10%.
Mike McGuffin: Drinking water. Something that I’ve finally come to accept lately is the reality of dehydration. Lately I’ve observed the negative side effects of chronic dehydration. What I think has been happening to me is I sweat a lot when I’m doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and during indoor training. I also drink a lot of coffee so over time I tend to get really sore – like whole body soreness – which I think is due to significant dehydration. To get over this I need to drink mega amounts of water over several days. In order to avoid this in the future I’ve been concentrating on drinking a lot of water during the day, it’s not to avoid short-term water loss (i.e. big indoor sweat session) but to avoid that long term chronic dehydration.
I’ve always been cautious about Ballard after watching several Cat 4 pileups one year as a spectator. Getting to race yesterday (no conflicting plans and the sun came out) was a bonus. I didn’t expect to have a chance at placing, so the race was incredibly fun because my expectations were low. For once, cornering felt completely safe – my bike took everything I through at it. Maybe because this was an older more experienced group? Anyway, it was adrenaline bliss.
Out of the gate, Erik O pulled everyone around at warp speed for the first two laps. Then Greg took a shot for a lap or two and had a pretty good gap. There was a blur of turn left turn left turn left with several close corners where I could’ve puckered up and kissed a pylon. Then one magical moment cruising along at 25mph – not even breathing hard.
Somehow I ended up on the front – I think it was one NON-prime lap between two prime laps – of course.
As I drifted to the back I saw Justin launch an attack as we crossed the start/finish line. From my vantage point it looked like it took a few more laps for a break of 4 to form. From what Justin said, they were all attacking separately and when they finally got together, not working together smoothly.
I let Z-Dog chase and pull me and the pack around for a lap. Small karmic repayment for me pulling him to Seward Park on Thursday. A few more laps of riding full gas just to suck wheel and not pull through – thereby impeding the chase.
As we ramped up for the final two laps, I clipped a pedal in turn 3. No big deal unless you were the guy behind me – sorry for the scare.
Coming down the final backstretch Erik and Greg were gunning for position. I thought about offering a lead out but had enough to worry about just maintaining position into corner 3 and by corner 4 it was over.
Looked like Greg had the best sprint – 3rd in the pack sprint for 7th overall. Justin got 3rd for his hard work in the breakaway.
Looking forward to VP!
I left my bike at home and brought my camera to the races last weekend. I enjoyed capturing the suffering on everyone’s faces. – Adam