Paul & Tara at the Top Looking Down on Colorado Springs
Running: 4.6 hrs, 18.5 miles, 3660'
A small gap. I believe that's Tyler in the back.
Astana controlling and protecting Levi (5th back in Yellow)
Many interesting fans along the route
You could watch the race on big screens placed throughout the finish area.
Part of the climb the race will come up
Lunch was the Urban Assault Ride. We rode up Highland Valley Road to scope out a spectator spot for the Tour of California, which comes through on Sunday. It is the first climb of the day for the race. Our plan is ride up Highland Valley, watch the race come by, then head across Bandy Canyon to Hwy 78 and ride into Escondido to watch the finish. Today was a good brisk ride, my legs felt surprisingly strong and as always with this group, it was a lot of fun. Oh and it was in the 70s.
Run: 1:42 11.5 miles (Hill Repeats)
Bike: 1:28 20.5 miles
Start of climb to Romona
About 1/2 way up
We rode up to the town of Ramona and rode some hills then headed back down and back to the hotel. I refilled my water bottles and headed back out alone to the coast, and to ride some hills. Felt great and wanted to do more but decided I shouldn't over do it. 100 mile ride, short sleeves, in February? Yes! All in all a great day, just out ridin my bike!
Bike: 7:34, 101 miles, 6240' climbing
Ralph "Mountain Biking" Urban Style
Wednesday was an easy 3 ½ mile run in the AM and an easy MTB ride over Urban Single track at lunch.
Run 30 min, 3.5 miles
Bike 1:27, 14 miles
Tuesday morning started at 4 AM with an easy run of 8.5 miles and 15 – 20 second sprints thrown in throughout. Felt really good. What a great way to start out the day! At lunch a long ride with the Urban Assault Gang that turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous ride. We got out of the heavy traffic into some very expensive neighborhoods. Quite amazing houses and quiet streets. Had some good climbs too. Great ride!
Run 1:06, 8.5 miles
Bike 2 Hrs, 27 miles
Monday was a good hard strength workout in the gym.
Riding the Urban Single Track
Up in the Hills & Away from Traffic
Running on Dirt & Horse Poop
After returning from running I took a cold bath and shower (no pictures) which is tough to do, but great for recovery. Ate, then headed out on an easy recovery bike ride. Five minutes into the ride, the skies opened and I got hammered. It was an absolute cloudburst. It was raining so hard it felt like hail. The faster I rode to get back the more it hurt. Got back to the the hotel and set up the trainer. Finished the ride on the trainer which included 20 minutes of one-leg pedaling, rotating each leg every 30 seconds. This is something I should be doing every week any way. It’s been pouring down rain pretty much all day. Hopefully the weather clears and I can go for a long ride tomorrow. If it doesn’t, there's always the trainer. Now I think I’ll go for a walk and later, read a good book. Enjoying my day off.
Riding in the Hotel
Run 2:19, 15 miles - Bike 1 hr, 14 miles
Fri: Hard strength workout in gym w/Plyometrics - Easy 5 mile run.
Graduated HS in 77, joined the Army, was grunt in 101st Airborne. Bachelors Degree University of Maryland - Computer Information Systems, Masters Degree Boston University - Computer Science. Love to Montain Bike, Road Bike and run for very long distances. Member of ProCycling Mountain Bike Race Team and CRUD (Coloradans Running Ultra Distances). Married over 34 years, one son who is a Captain in the Colorado National Guard, 1 dog & 3 cats.