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2012 In Sports: Week 1

January 9, 2012

Joan and I started out 2012 in the proper fashion for two ultra-endurance athletes. New Year’s Day found us riding out on the east side of the valley. We parked near the bottom of Mount Hamilton Road (at James Lick High School), and headed south. Our first climb of the day was Quimby, followed by the rest of Mount Hamilton and then headed down and did the out and back on Kincaid Road. All in all, this was a fabulous ride, and we got to explore some new territory.

On Wednesday, I ran to and from the pool and did a nice 4200 yard workout mostly with the Podium program at Fremont High School. I don’t think there’s a finer way to get a run/swim brick than by using the running as a commute.

On Friday, I ran from Campbell Park for the first time since spring of last year. It was a simple run, just around the percolation ponds and back. But it was a 6 miler that wasn’t far off my pace from when I was running there consistently a few years ago

On Saturday, Joan and I did another crazy cycling workout that really worked our quads. We drove out to Lexington Reservoir and started off with Soda Springs Road (#6 on my list of the hardest local climbs). This was my third time riding that hill, and Joan’s first going all the way to the top. The views from near the top are quite nice. After Soda Springs, we rode the rest of the way around the reservoir and then headed up Montevina Road (#7 on the list). Montevina isn’t bad until you hit that steep stuff at the top! But we made it… Then we headed down and then up Black Road and Gist Road (#9). The climb wasn’t as hard as it had seemed when I last did it on December 29th. The climb up Gist is rather pleasant if you don’t mind a steady grade of near 9%. From the top we rode north on Skyline and descended Black Road to to get back to the car (though we did add a little by climbing from Lakeside School up part of the way up Gist again to get the total climbing for the day over 7000 feet.

Totals for the week.

  • Cycling – 90.1 miles, 14,400 feet of climbing.
  • Running – 9.3 miles
  • Swimming – 4200 yards
  • Walking – 3.5 miles
  • bodyweight/weight training – 2 hours
  • Rock Climbing – 2.5 hours

Today’s weight: 188.4 pounds (down ~17 pounds since October)

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