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Self-Coaching: Week 1

Self-Coaching: Week 1

A little more than a week ago, I set out a few changes I wanted to make to improve my fitness and overall health. (Including mental health.)

Setting out goals is fun. Most people find measuring progress to be less fun. But for me, measuring progress is maybe the most fun part of all.

Embrace your own weirdness, people. I'm tellin' ya. Good for the soul.

Okay, so how did I do?


Motivational Self-Talk

Motivational Self-Talk

I was looking at my Santiago race report from last year, and this jumped out at me:

Browsing through the race day photos, there's a clear difference between me and the mid-pack Sport riders. They are noticeably leaner than I am. Normally, I wouldn't care. But that's reinforced by the race data.

I can only imagine what I'd be able to do if I were riding more consistently, and not carrying around a gallon of ice cream and two batches of cookies everywhere I go.

It's time to face the fact that the single best thing I can do for my cycling (and probably my health in general) is to drop 10-15 lbs.

So I'm posting this image in my cube, and I might tape it inside the pantry door at home, above the cookies.

For the record, my bathroom scale says I'm at 184.6#, 16% body fat.

Barham Ridge Graded

Barham Ridge Graded

Santiago has been my haven over the last couple of years. To have a major part of it erased like this feels like something real has been lost. I didn't expect to feel this way, but I do.

I can grudgingly accept that Barham was originally a fire road, and is needed to provide emergency access. But I've heard rumors that the Chutes Trail is next, and that really would be a loss. Santiago Oaks is a small park. It doesn't have sweeping views or jewel box canyons. What it does have is local access, personality, and technical challenge. Grading these trails destroys what's best about this park.

Coaching Myself

Coaching Myself

Big Picture

Plan on racing next year.
Working toward goals makes me happy.
Weight training should focus on the basics.
Bench press, pull-up, dead lift, squat, loaded carries, and Turkish get-ups. Get a squat rack with a pull-up bar.
Twice a week, work on mobility.


Do some no-hands Turkish get-up variations.
My hips have been sore. Some mobility & strength work will do them good.
Stretch out the lunch loop this week.
I've streamlined my lunch ride process. There's time now.
Bring lunch from home.
The cafe at work is outstanding, but I'm happier eating food from home.

More Chino Hills State Park

More Chino Hills State Park

I got the chance to explore a little more of Chino Hills State park last week. I think my recent experiences on new trails made me cocky. I should have done more research, and found this loop. (I'd have shortened it, but still.)

The riding was mostly on fire roads. What little singletrack I did find was in really rough shape. And the heat & unfamiliar territory made the Bobcat Ridge climb (570', 1.7 mi) feel far harder than it really is. (Before I saw the numbers, I'd have compared it to the second half of Bulldog. Now that seems laughable.)

But the views from the ridgeline look south over the 91 Freeway toward Coal Cyn, and east over Yorba Linda & Brea, and if you squint a little I feels a lot like the Rocky Peak Fire Road above Simi Valley. There are definitely times I'm homesick for that mountain.

Chino Hills State Park

First Loop in Chino Hills State Park

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