Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tour of California and Angeles Crest Ride

What a training week!  I'm taking the day off today after some seriously hard/dicey workouts.  Perhaps the most difficult was yesterday.  On Friday my friend Semira called and asked if I wanted to go on a ride up Angeles Crest Highway - the Tour of California route - prior to the pros, of course.  Um....yes?!  Perhaps equally exciting is that we'd then descend back down to watch the riders complete 5 circuits around the Rose Bowl....AWESOME!  

We started off in Altadena and pedaled towards Angeles Crest.  It was already pretty much exclusively uphill, but not too steep.  We averaged about 14 mph in this section.  I have to say my legs were already a bit sore from the big week I had.  About 40 minutes later we reached "the bottom" of what would be a 10 mile climb...straight up.  I had told the group (Semira, Gail and Mike - all LA Triclubbers) that I might cut out if I was suffering too much.  I've never done anything like this - my rides have had some hills, but always rolling ones.  This was a 5%-7% grade NON STOP!  I made it about 5 miles in.  I had to stop.  I took a short break, stretched the back out and carried on.  I made it another 2.5 - which by the way - miles were very close to my running paces!  We're talking 7-9 minute miles...on a bike!  At the 7.5 mark the group was already far ahead, and I was worried I might really hurt myself.  I decided to wait for them.  

A few minutes later I see my friends dashing down the mountain.  "Come on, Cody!" Semira yelled from her multi thousand dollar machine.  I got in the saddle and started streaming down the mountain.  25...30...35 mph.  I have to admit it was slightly scary, but was absolutely exhilarating.  What a rush!  It may have taken just over an hour to climb, but we were down in about 10 minutes.  Crazy.  And we were on the exact route that the pros would be on in just a few hours - too cool!

We made it back to cars, I got my camera gear and we hit the expo.  About an hour later the riders came through.  It was exciting as a hockey game.  I was taking snap after snap - focusing in on my (and my dad's) hero: Lance Armstrong.  I think everybody loves this guy.  My dad used to get up at 5 AM and get on the recumbent bike to stay in shape.  On some of the more lazy mornings Lance would be that extra kick.  And for me, Lance is the epitome of perseverance and triumph over challenge (almost stole Josh Cox's endorsement of my movie! LOL)  It was pretty cool taking snaps as they whizzed by.  So here are some of my favorite shots.  No way I'm selling my lens to finance a new/better bike anytime soon.  I'm doing fine on my craigslist roady so far.  But I must say...this incredible day may have sealed the deal as far as being hooked on biking!  Taking pix of these guys was almost as amazing a rush as the descent!  Be sure to check out the photo galleries below!  :)

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

This Week In Review and some plans...

Economic stimulus, check.  

Longest bike ride to date, check.  

Rain in SoCal, check.  

Swim workouts, check.  

Computer issues, check.

Dad's birthday (2/9) which is also Henry's birthday!  Check.

Homemade V-Day dinner, check.

This was indeed an interesting week.  I still have no real training schedule.  I'm basically going day to day with my focus being on improving my biking and swimming.  I'm fortunate enough to be seeing these improvements!  I'm starting to enjoy the bike as I get more comfortable.  I put in a good 37 mile ride on Wednesday in about 2:20.  

So what's this post about?  Very good question.  I'm going to take this next week to settle into some sort of training program.  I'm careful to make time for some long runs (I put in 12 at 9:15 pace today...which is, btw ahead of my half marathon PR!)  I want to make sure I'm ready for Big Sur in April.  So for are my updated goals for the year:

3/29 - First Olympic Distance Tri - I hope to finish in about 3 hours, maybe a 3:10

4/26 - Big Sur Int'l Marathon - I have no goal other than to enjoy the course

5/9 - SB Wine Country Half - We'll be showing the film at the event!  Julia will also be running.  Julia's hoping to break 2:30 and I'm hoping to break 2:00

5/x - LA or SD Marathon....hmmmmm......

6/x - Another Tri...somewhere

7/x - Another Tri - somewhere

8/22 - SB Triathlon, Long Course - goal TBD

10/x - LA Tri

12/7 - SB Int'l Marathon

OK....great, right?  I'm also thinking about a 70.3 in September if I can find cool would that be?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Triathlon Training

I'm nearly 3 weeks out from Houston and knee deep into my next endeavor:  Training for my first Triathlon - on my 30th birthday in March.  (3/29)  I'm having a great time swimming in the pool and in the ocean.  

Last week, swimming with an experienced member of the LA Tri Club, I swam a mile at Venice beach.  We were accompanied by dolphins and sea lions - it was amazing!  

I've also been hopping on the bike a lot, but the rain has grounded such efforts the last few days.  Today I'll be running for my 3rd day straight - perhaps an easy 8 miler.  And tomorrow if it's clear I hope to go for a long ride....we'll see!

Body's pretty sore - I must admit I'm obsessed with training at this point.  With Tri, I'm learning there's always something you can do.  I've been doing some core/light weight work too...but I think I'd be best not to push things TOO far.  I've still got 6 or 7 weeks to go!

In other news we're in the midst of planning more screenings of "Running for my Father."  Details to follow...

Reviews continue to come in as well:

And to be completely random here are a few cool bird pics I took last week up in SB.  White Tailed Kites (endangered raptors) are becoming my favorite...


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Film composer moonlighting as a runner, cyclist and triathlete