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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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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Everesting Camp 9 (Part 1)

I signed up for Planet Ultra’s Everesting Challenge, which is running from April 2nd through April 29th this year. That’s 29 days to see how far I can climb. My (challenging, but highly unrealistic) goal for the month is to complete at least 29,035 meters (a metric Everest??), or 95,035 feet, during the month, excluding […]

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March Recap

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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