Triumph Over Adversity: Overcoming Injury and Illness to Conquer the Eastern Sierra Double Century

In the realm of cycling, some stories are more about the journey than the destination, more about the fight than the victory. My journey through the 2023 edition of the Eastern Sierra Double Century is one such story, marked by trials, tribulations, and ultimately triumph. This was my third California Triple Crown double century of […]

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Solvang Spring Double Century (2023)

Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the Solvang Spring Double Century, and it was an experience that I will never forget. My favorite part of the ride was the first hour or so, when the whole ride was ahead of me. There’s something truly exhilarating about setting out on a long-distance cycling journey, […]

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On the Road to Recovery, Again . . .

As previously reported, re-injured my Achilles’ tendon at the Eastern Sierra Double Century in early June, and I have, for the most part, been off the bike since then. It has been an opportunity to work on strengthening my core and upper body. I recently started ramping up my cycling again and will begin easing […]

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June Updates: Two Double Centuries, Re-Injury, and More

Time has been in short supply over the past few month, and as a result I have not posted here as often as I would like. It has been about a month since my last post, and a lot has happened since then. So, I am writing this “mega update” post to fill in some […]

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Salty’s Squad 2022!

If you’ve seen me out riding around, you know that I am always carrying around a bunch of GU Energy gels, chews, and hydration tabs. I was first exposed to their innovative energy gels back in the late 1990s, and I have been using their products almost exclusively to fuel my endurance activities. Along the […]

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Review: Garmin InReach Mini 2

I spend a lot of time cycling in the mountains and other areas without cellular service coverage. The potential to be stranded and unable to communicate my condition or whereabouts is always in the back of my mind. Frankly, it is also something that troubles my wife as well. So, I decided to get a […]

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An Unintentional “Rest” Weekend

This weekend was a perfect storm of work, family, and other commitments that worked together to force me into an unintentional “rest” weekend. I had planned to do a shorter ride on Saturday, so that I could be home in time to take my family out to a nice dinner to celebrate my son’s acceptance […]

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Mulholland Challenge

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, I completed the Mulholland Challenge, a 170-kilometer (106-mile) event that started in Agoura Hills, California, and traversed many of the iconic climbs of the Santa Monica Mountains, with over 3,700 meters (12,100+ feet) of climbing. This was my first “event” following my recovery from the Achilles tendonitis that I had […]

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Hills for Brunch: The Day After the Mulholland Challenge

On Saturday, April 9th, I completed the Mulholland Challenge, which is Stage #1 of Planet Ultra’s “King of the Mountains Century Challenge.” However, I am not writing about that. Instead, I am writing about the next day, April 10th. Because the official results of the event have not yet been posted, I have decided to […]

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