March was a great month, all things considered: It was a month of recovery and progress. At the beginning of the month, I was struggling with recovery from Achilles tendonitis, although I was hopeful that I would be able to return to training. I was unable to ride in the Solvang Spring Double Century, on […]Read More
Gleason, Wilson, and Disappointment
My plan for Saturday was to ride out to Mt. Gleason, Mt. Wilson, and Mt. Disappointment. Since I am still in the process of gradually ramping up my weekly mileage, the only way I could do this ride was to start from the other side of the mountain, in La Crescenta. Starting from Santa Clarita […]Read More
What Is My “Why”?
I was recently invited to provide my thoughts regarding the 500km ride that I attempted at the end of last year for a short documentary film, 500km, which will be released on YouTube in the near future. In preparation for the interview, I spent some time thinking about why I enjoy riding long distances, and […]Read More
100 Miles* of Howling Wind and Pure Joy!
It was another great weekend of riding, despite the savage wind conditions. After a tough, stressful week at work, I found it difficult to wake up early on Saturday morning, even though I was excited to get out on the road. Then, I had to do my home exercise program and pre-ride warmup. I was […]Read More
Return to Camp 9
From my living room window, I can see the radio towers at the top of Mt. Pinetos, where the Camp 9 Fire Suppression Camp is located. Mt. Pinetos sits on the southern edge of the Santa Clarita Valley, along the Bear Divide, and it is part of the San Gabriel Mountain Range. The mountain beckons […]Read More
Turning the Corner?
It’s time for another update regarding my progress in physical therapy. As mentioned in my last post, my recovery from Achilles tendonitis and knee pain has been frustrating. Sometimes it seemed I was taking two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes, I wondered if I would ever fully recover. So, when I say that […]Read More
Assessing the Damage, Picking Up the Pieces, and Making a Plan
Physical therapy is going well, but it has been a rough week. Along the way, I felt like I had taken two steps forward and one step back. On Presidents’ Day weekend, I was able to ride two days. On Saturday, February 19, I rode 87km (as previously reported), and on Monday, February 21, I […]Read More
Little Progress, But I’ll Take What I Can Get!
I am still in the process of healing and recovering from the Achilles tendonitis that I have been dealing with in my left leg. After my second week of physical therapy, I believe that I am making some progress—Not a lot of it, but I’ll take what I can get! This week, I had physical […]Read More
Lumen: My Thoughts After Two Weeks of Use
Since December, I have seen my weight gradually increase from 72kg to 75kg. This trend was exacerbated by my recent injury which forced me to take some time off. Due to the nature of the injury (Achilles tendinitis and knee pain), I have also been limited in the type and duration of activities I can […]Read More
Taking Baby Steps on the Road to Recovery
I got back on the bike today for the first time since January 23, when I was forced to make the difficult decision to take some time off due to achilles tendonitis and some knee issues. As previously reported, my physical therapy is going well, and the therapist told me I could get back on […]Read More