It's been awhile since my last blog update, and for good reason. I've been busy, but also injured! Thankfully I'm on the upside, but the IT Band issue never got better. Despite still swimming and cycling through it, my run has suffered. I've still been putting in light miles, but I started physical therapy, will get orthotics for my running shoes and will be back at 100% VERY soon.
The bike has improved drastically. Two weeks ago I was in Santa Barbara for the week premiering my piece "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" for over 3,000 school kids. It couldn't have gone better and we're looking at planning a family concert for the public in the fall. With any luck it'll also go to other orchestras. Exciting!
During my stay I went on an EPIC ride. I made it up the famed Gibraltar Road, despite having to catch my breath (and legs) 4 times. I netted about 4,600 feet of gain in just 45 miles. Killer. The climbs have continued, as this last weekend I set a Latigo PR of about 57 minutes without standing up out of the seat. Me and the crew added Piuma as well which was 5 miles of pure hell. STEEP. But I'm feeling more and more confident with my climbing - netted about 5,200 feet of gain in 75 miles. France has 5,900 in 112 miles - so I'm very close!
Top of Gibraltar Road, Santa Barbara
Top of Latigo Canyon, stretching and waiting for my friends.
The bike fit I just got from Nate Loyal is phenomenal. Great guy too - actually saw him randomly TWICE on my long ride. Descending Las Flores (very steep) a motorcycle pulls up beside me and the dude says "How ya doing buddy? It's Nate!" Too funny. He's asking me how the fit is, etc. Awesome.
So I'm in PT, stretching a TON and getting better and stronger. Can't complain. Less than 4 months out, except for the run (which is coming back!) I'm feeling right on track.
*** If you'd like to hear a highlight reel of the orchestra piece drop me a line and I'll forward you the link! ***