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Tahoe Trail 100

After a quick chat with my wife about our plans for next summer, I've registered for the 2019 Tahoe Trail 100.

I decided to make this a genuinely bucket-list-worthy experience, and signed up for the whole enchilada: 100km of mountain biking with ~7300 ft. of climbing. Definitely a beast of a ride.

The course map is also on Strava, and if Levi Leipheimer's time is anything to go by, I have a long way to go before I'm ready for this race.

Over and over again, I have to admit that the first, best thing I can do for my fitness is to drop 10 lbs. So that's what I'll focus on for a while.

And I just stumbled across a GoPro video of the entire course, which is pretty cool.

Tahoe Trail 100 Official GPX

Chino Hills, Recovery

The last time I rode in CHSP I was underwhelmed by what I found, so when I had Friday off to go for a long ride, I took the opportunity to do a modified version of this loop.

It's certainly a solid workout, but it's a lot of fire road climbing, and next to zero technical challenge. And the fun downhill is thin, covered in braking bumps, and washed out on the outside of all the turns. Far from the smooth, bermy goodness I was hoping for.

On the other hand, it was the biggest ride I've done in a long time, and recovered just fine, which is pretty great.

So here's what I did:

  • during the ride: 20 oz bottle with 3 scoops CarboRocket 333, plus a 16oz bottle with plain water
  • immediately post-ride: 2.4g of BCAAs
  • 30 minutes post-ride: big burrito & 1l drink
  • warmup and stretching later in the day:
    • easy kettlebell swings to warm up
    • windmills 3 x 10 @ 25# (5 each side)
    • Jefferson curl x 10 # 35#
  • for the rest of the day: more water
  • 3 capsules krill oil with dinner

I definitely felt the fatigue today during my workout, but all in all, I feel great for having just done such a big ride. The name of the game this week will be short, sharp rides and consistent stretching.

Chino Hills Lollipop

More Racing

More Racing

I've realized I'm happier when I race once in a while. I have no interest in planning out any kind of structured "season", but I do want to have something to look for ward to and train for every couple of months.

So far, I'm just collecting options for this fall and next year.

Put all that together, and there are plenty of opportunities to race.

And honestly, I'm really tired of hearing myself say that the best thing I can do for my fitness is to lose ten pounds of fat. I know better than to take that on right now. But soon, that's going to be the focus of my eating & training.

UCI XCO

UCI XCO

Great stuff over at Red Bull TV.

Upgrades

Upgrades

I finally acknowledged that the new saddle I got a while back won't ever be comfortable for me, and bought a another one. I did my homework and settled on a Fabric Scoop Race Radius.

So far, it's great. Firmer than the stock Giant saddle I had, but comfortable. I've been riding plenty this week, and have no complaints. Mostly, I forget it's there, which is all I hope for in a saddle.

The new fork is even more awesome than it was when I first said it was awesome. It's top-of-the-line, and it shows, even to a knucklehead like me.

And I replaced my old franken-brake setup with brand new Shimano Deore XT brakes. I can't say enough good stuff about these. Super-precise lever action, great tactile feedback, and bleeding them is a pleasure. And both power and modulation are outstanding.

And I'm continually more impressed by the Maxxis Rekons I put on a while back.

All together, it really feels like a whole new bike.

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