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3 weeks of bike focus (Pictures):

Posted By: KP
Date: Tuesday, 13 January 2009, at 8:21 a.m.

Over the first three weeks of my bike focus I have made my goal frequency over duration. After the first 21 days and 21 rides I have logged 43hrs and 1230km. Nothing outrageous in terms of hours or mileage. What I like to see is how quickly the frequent short rides add up. What I am reminded of is that frequency demands recovery. Another example of that is the 30 runs in 30 days project that some athletes embark on. Most of us underestimate the physical cost of running everyday for at least 30min. In this case, my short rides are 60-90min and my moderate to longer rides are 3-4-5hrs. I'm still having fun and will keep the frequency rolling for a bit longer.

Below are three pictures taken with my phone from Saturday's ride. It was a spectacularly clear day. So much so that I was taken back by the beauty along the coast. We are in the middle of winter in San Diego (as nice as it remains). The sun is lower is the sky and the angles of light on the ocean remind me of the days as a kid when I would surf all winter after the summer tourist went home. Great memories.

On this day I rode from my driveway west to the coast over some sharp rollers. Then up to Carlsbad and back the same over the same terrain. At about 4hrs I was turning east of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) just prior to Torrey Pines and La Jolla. I took three picture of the view -- right to left and overlapping a bit. So you see the bridge leading down to the water and the Pacific Ocean, then Torrey Pines bluffs which are home to the famous public golf course and University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and then inland views of the Carmel Valley that I rode through to get back to my home near Lake Mir Mar just west of Poway.

In the past, I have described one of my favorite rides. It goes from my home, inland to Dudely's Bakery, over to the base of Mt Palomar, over the Cuyamaca mountain range and out to the Anzo Borrego desert floor. From the desert I climb back up over the range via Banner Grade up to Julian. Then descend back to Dudley's and back to my home. That's 110 miles and 10k of climbing. The first picture is taken from the desert floor where S2 and 78 meet before I begin the trip back west. It's looking over some of the hills crossed to reach the desert. The second shot is looking straight back out 78 toward Banner Grade, which will take me from desert to pines tress in the Cuyamaca mountain town of Julian in a matter of about 10 miles. An incredible affect! I'll be looking for some pals to do this one with me later in February.

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