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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

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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.



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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.

More Good Stuff

More Good Stuff

Got out to ride yesterday. Set out to explore some more of the dirt hidden in Anaheim Hills, but had to cut it short a bit because of time. Starting from home added about 45 minutes of out-and-back street riding to the ride. I thought I'd have plenty of time after that to do the loop I planned, but when I got to the point where I had to either commit to the full loop or cut it in half, the right choice was obvious.

Still, fun ride, and I did get to ride a few bits of trail that I've been eyeing for a while. The climb to the water tank from the east end of Via Escola was fun, and it's good to find that Oak Canyon Nature Center is off-limits to bikes.

I'm not sure some of this is worth returning to in its own right, but it's great to know that there are ways to connect the various bits of trail near my home.

Dirt Loop

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