Monday, February 16, 2009


It has been raining a fair amount here in Northern California - a realization that any viewer of the Tour of California has probably come to by now. I got a ride in the showers on Saturday, but rode the trainer Sunday after watching Mancebo take the win. Today, I couldn't take it anymore. I've come to the realization that trainer riding is fine when it's the only option, but today I just needed to man up and get outside. I've been testing some new gloves, and that really enabled the day, because it absolutely poured on me for most of the ride.

Last year I attempted a similar ride, and by the time I got home I couldn't even open the front door; my hands were completely frozen. I was absolutely miserable. I think I stripped and sat in front of our ubiquitous wall heater unit for a good 15 minutes before attempting to take a shower. After that, I looked like a boiled lobster (who knew water could be painful?) This year, I was bundled up and fairly comfortable. I think I need on of those caps, because I couldn't really see, and I'd love to get some warmer socks, though the wool ones I used worked alright. Really, fenders were the biggest thing I added to enjoy the ride. So, here's to riding in the rain.

The season is ramping up here, and I've got to decide what to do. I want to go out an support my team in all the road races I can, but I also want to see what kind of mark I can make in marathon MTB racing. Most of the MTB races around here don't suit my strength - climbing - except for the ultra-long ones. That probably means sacrificing some high-end for endurance, but it should be a fun season of racing once it gets rolling.