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2013: A cycling season of fun, exploration and resilience

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2013…what a year of cycling highs and lows.  This season was certainly a test to go beyond what is known of my body, mind and soul.

Cross-fit: The year started out with me getting back into the cross-fit gym and finding out how the wrist was going to handle the rigors of weights, body movements and flexibility required to successfully navigate the daily workouts of cross-fit. I soon found out the wrist was not going to like what was in store. So despite knowing this I kept going to class and always had to make adjustments in many workouts.  But unfortunately to my dismay I had to put cross-fit to the side and focus on riding bikes

Randonneuring: Winter Training Series, Escape from Seattle 200k, Bakery to Brewery 200k, Olympia 300k, Bahn Mi 300k  Bellingham 400k, Watery Olympic 600k.  These events earned the award of Super Randonneur this year….very proud of that!!

Mountain Bike Racing: Beezly Burn, Whiskey 50, Stotty 60, 24 Hrs of Round and Round, High Cascades 100, Cascade Cream Puff….awesome good times

Gravel Grinding: Wow! We are pretty lucky in the PNW.  There are so many gravel roads that have not been explored and it’s high on my late summer list of to-do’s again in 2014.

Cyclocross: I think helping out at every MFG cyclocross race event was the most rewarding thing I’ve done in cyclocross since I’ve been racing cross. I got to meet some great new people, really got a better understanding of the scale MFG and how passionate Zac, Terry and Rich are about providing the best racing experience possible for all ages, genders and skill levels.

2014: Let’s just say it’s gonna be busy. I will be more diligent in posting content and pictures of my adventures this coming year!

Happy New Year everyone!!

200k: Bakery to Brewery Bellingham, WA 3/16/2013

This past weekend was the Bakery to Brewery 200k in Bellingham, WA. I surely needed that beer after slogging it out in the 30mph sideways wind and driving rain which soaked me to the core. Thankfully the clouds opened up with a lil sunshine and with the wind blowing strong in Birch Bay I was dry in no time. Big thanks again to all the volunteers with the Seattle Randonneurs for providing a great course and beautiful ride despite the moments of WTF am I doing out here! Next up for me is the Olympia 300k on April 6th, 2013

43 Days

That’s the number of days left before this lil thing happens!


Looking at the course description and viewing some previous video it appears I have my work cut out for me to prepare for this Epic Rides event. So over the next 43 days I will be flogging myself with some road riding, long mtbin’, hill climbing repeats, mid-week road racing…and yes resting! Thanks for reading and I will see you on the road or trails!

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