Sunday, May 17, 2015

2014: year in pictures part one

2014 was a pretty incredible year with some amazing experiences, like living in Switzerland for 6 weeks and attendant travel. There were incredible downs, such as breaking And severely spraining my foot in Barcelona and four months of recovery and rehab. I've been a bit behind in the blogging due to technical issues with blog spot but I've got a new app now ( still working out kinks in photo format& captions) and hope to update the blog a bit more. Here's part one of year in photos.

Living in Basel for six weeks

Travel in Switzerland:


Grenchen @ the Swiss Velodrome for Jens Voight's hour record

Zug area

Riding in the greater Basel area

More Basel

In the Swiss alps

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wine Country Century 100K

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of riding the Wine Country Century 100k, my longest ride since breaking my foot last fall and four months off of the bike.

My preparation was hardly optimal. I've been commuting pretty regularly, but my commute is ~13 miles and just over an hour so pretty short. I had one 30 mile ride about a month ago but plans for a 40+ mile training ride fell through when I had the plague for ten days. Still, my commute includes San Bruno Mountain and I carry a 15 pound load (lead-brick laptop), so I was confident that I'd regained some strength. I was confident that I'd be ok on the 100k so long as I paced myself. 

The ride was a lot of fun, and I was pleasantly surprised by how great the route was. Such a pretty area! The event is incredibly well organized- great job Santa Rosa cycling club. 

I made it to the lunch stop at 30 miles with no trouble at all. By the time I hit the 40-mile mark, my "contact points" were a bit cranky, but my foot was doing great, a big relief especially since I just re-started riding with cycling shoes last week. I went into slow-n-steady (and I mean slow!) mode and cruised through the last 22 miles, rolling in at around 1pm  

The post-ride festivities were great and I especially appreciated the great vegetarian food options- two kinds of salad and interesting lasagne with polenta, roasted mushroom and cheese. Often, vegetarians are really an after-thought and it was nice to have well-prepared options! I reclined/napped on the lawn while I waited for dan to finish the 200k. What a great day! 
A few more pictures below.