Posts Tagged ‘Tour de Palm Springs’

Tour de Palm Springs Report

Oh where, oh where to begin…

Well, I will start with Friday morning. We headed out to Redlands to visit my Grandparents and got there around noon. We stayed with them because it was only a 30 minute drive from their house to Palm Springs, versus the 2 hours it would have taken from my house. My grandma knew that we were doing the ride and I told her we needed to have a good carb loaded dinner the night before. Oh boy! Did she take me seriously! My Grandma is a great cook so George and I ate great! We started out with a zucchini soup with potatoes for lunch . I didn’t think it would be very filling, but it totally was…After lunch George and I thought it would be best if  we headed out to the expo so that we could get whatever we needed as well as check out the expo. We headed out and I was so excited to see the windmills-

p2130179

Now, these are just a couple of the small ones, there were tons more! (you will see them in a bit)

We got out to the expo, got our wristbands and walked around the expo a bit. Once we were all done there, we headed back to Redlands to play some Mexican Train! We got through about 5 games and then had dinner which was this rice, chicken, casserole dish and it was yummy! We headed to bed early and I fell asleep surprisingly fast considering that I always have trouble sleeping before an event. 

We woke up at 5:45am, got our breakfast and headed out. We sort of got a late start, but we were able to make it with just enough time. Here are George and I at the start-

p2130188

p2130185And here is the starting area that was also the expo.

The start was very interesting because it was staggered. They don’t close the roads down, so they have to send people off in little bursts. It worked out nicely because when I did the Acura L.A. Bike Tour last year it was ridiculous trying to pass all the slow people. With less people it is a little bit easier to pass them. We headed north toward the mountains and had a nice cross wind at us (bleh). Here is the thing with this ride that I am not a big fan of….so you remember those windmills…right? Well, they put those there for a reason. It just so happens that the valley they are in gets am obscene amount of wind because of the way the valley is. Well…our ENTIRE ride was in that valley….which means…headwinds on a regular basis…which SUUUUCKS! The only time it was good is when we were heading east and had the wind at our back, that was fun. Here is a photo of us when we pulled over next to the big windmills-

p2130195

George is messin with his bike computer because it wasn’t reading…and this is why I am not a big fan of wireless bike computers… 

This was about 10 miles into the ride and it felt like longer because of the headwind. But right after this we caught the wind to our backs and we flew! Those miles went by fast. We got to the first SAG stop, picked up some bananas, chex mix and water and were off as soon as possible. That was most of the ride until we got back to the city and thats when it got annoying. There were so many stop lights that it just took forever to get through. We got to the final SAG stop and picked up some P.B.&Js and that helped. It was actually the best SAG stop because there was enough room and people didn’t congregate on the side of the road…I took a photo 🙂

p2140198

Aren’t those mountains puuurty???? I forgot to mention that the weather ended up being PERFECT! It was raining on Friday but cleared up for Saturday and it was about 65 degrees all day with the sun shining. We finally got to 55 miles and the finish was no where to be found…and that is when I started to go a little loopy…I really wanted the ride to be over and it wasn’t. We ended up going 56 miles, but that last mile was killer. I was complaining the whole way and I was grumpy! By the time we got to the finish, I was so glad it was over I don’t think I enjoyed it that much. But there were some very enthusiastic cheerleaders that helped a bit. 

It took us 3:55 to do the 56 mile ride….that is a long time on a bike but it was good ride. Here is George and me in the car after the ride, we were nice and tired-

p2140201

When we got back to my Grandparents house George and I crashed for 2 hours before eating dinner and heading home. We had fun, and I am sure we will do something like this again, but I have to say that it was very draining and right now…I am looking forward to a nice restful sleep.

Happy Valentines Day!

Really Organized? Or just plain crazy?

Perhaps a little bit of both! I came up with this agenda for the weekend because I don’t want to forget anything and I get really nervous before an event. I don’t want to be that person that they have to make an announcement to all the other racers if they have a spare helmet for me because I forgot mine…that would SUUUUUCK!

So then I become a tad anal and come up with things like this…

http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=F.ccce63e0-4462-4dc1-ac83-5651592b09c2

Now, I just have to remember that document!

I am really excited about my first event of 2009, I have already started packing my things and just can’t wait. The weather is going to be sunny and cold, which is a hell of a lot better than rainy and cold… After the Tour de Palm Springs I will be diving into a couple of months of pure adrenaline. On February 21st we have the Tour of California and in March comes a whole new set of events including the Pasadena Triathlon. 

Tonight George and I are joining some of his work friends for a party. Since neither of us have to work tomorrow, we are going to let lose a little and have a good time. I am sure I will have some photos and will make sure to post them. 

Did I say I am excited about this weekend???? 

Yipee!

Sorry…crossing the line now…I know….

I also just posted a new page called Creature Comforts, I always tend to be very vocal about things I like and dislike so I figured I would make a page out of it and maybe pass some of my “wisdom” to some other souls. So make sure to check it out, I will be updating it as I get more things. Two things I recently purchased and and going to try out this weekend are the Pearl Izumi ThermaFleece Leg Warmers:

And Paceline Products Chamois Butt’r:

So I will see if I like them or not, and if I do, they will end up on my new page…if not…well…I’ll let you know that too 🙂

Makeover

When I first started this blog I thought it would be cool if I had a name and a little theme going on. After 5 months of thinking about it…I think I finally came up with something! If you haven’t already guessed…

Endurance Turtle

What do you think? Weird? Some others were Turtle Triathlete, Triathlon Turtle…but I went with Endurance Turtle…I like the idea of a turtle because I am slow…and usually just chugging along but I get the job done!

Vote on the box in the upper right corner and tell me if you like it our not, or give me some other suggestions.

It is starting to look better for this Saturday. The storm may not come in till Sunday, and we will get to sneak in on Saturday for the event. It will be cold, but I can deal with the cold. I went out to the Rose Bowl last night and did laps and my temperature gauge on my bike said it was 47 degrees. It took me 35 min to do a little over 9 miles (3 laps). This is really good training for the Pasadena Triathlon because we will do a run around the loop, then 3 laps on the bike and then swim in the pool. So far I have been able to run the loop in 35 minutes and can do the bike in 35 minutes. With transition times and the swim portion, I an predicting a 1:20 finish time. It would be great to get it below or at and hour…but that would require me to be a faster runner! And cyclist! So, we will see…I am really looking forward to doing it and I know it will be a blast.

I will try to run tomorrow if it is not raining. For some weird reason…I know that I am picking up on my training, but it is almost like I am on auto pilot. I never really think much of it and I just go out there and do it. Which I guess would be a good thing. Within the next couple of weeks I am going to fit in a “long” run at the Rose Bowl loop. Not sure how long or how I will do it…but I am starting to think two laps ought to do it. I actually might do that Monday if I feel up to it since I have the day off. Woo Hoo!

P.s. If you are counting…that is a PTO day on Friday and a holiday on Monday = 4 DAY WEEKEND! That’s like a min-vacation!

I feel fat

I am not sure if it is the cold weather, or my recent insatiable urge to eat chocolate…but I feel chubby.

So I am deciding that if I must keep eating…that I should probably work out as many times a week for at least 30 min. So that is what I did last night…in the cold…but honestly, it wasn’t that bad once I warmed up.

Here is what the weather was:

untitledLittle chilly! 

So every Monday night I have choir practice in La Canada and there is this track next to the building we practice in. The gate is always open so last night I figured I could go there and run a few times around and then go to choir, and that is exactly what I did! I ran 2 miles total around the track whilst jumping over little puddles from the rain. The second mile I did sprints and I am hoping that helps with my speed. I averaged a 10 minute mile, which is great for me! After about 3 laps I actually started getting really warm, so that cold weather wasn’t too bad.

Tonight I have all my stuff to go to the Rose Bowl and do some laps on my bike. It’s the closest thing I have to riding right now since all this rain has really put a damper on the weekends. I know it will be cold, but I am prepared with all my winter clothing attire, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

For now the sun is back out…only for today…little bit tomorrow…

untitled21But this weekend is looking bad :-/

Let me know if you have any tips for riding in the rain…because as I said before…I am NOT backing out of this weekends Tour de Palm Springs!

I think I live in Seattle

It has been raining for what seems like forever…last Thursday…

That’s a long time here in sunny Southern Cali! This is not what I have come to expect from this little corner of the world and I have to say that I am very disappointed. Last Thursday I wanted to go for a run but I couldn’t because it was pouring out. Saturday morning we got a break in the weather so I drove over to the Rose Bowl and ran my 3 mile loop, but it was sprinkling the entire time and my feet were pretty wet…HOWEVER…I had my Drymax socks on and my feet were not only dry…but warm…my shoes were actually flinging water each step I took but my feet were dry and comfortable. I am truly sold on these little gems!
p2060169

George says it looks like I puked in the picture above, but it is just the wet ground and then some wet leaves. No worries…my 3 mile run did not make me puke…

I also got this cool picture when I went out with my mom later that day…poor downtown L.A. has a lot of clouds!

p2070172

In addition to the crappy weather weekend we had, looks like it will be like this next weekend too…which is…my first event of 2009, The Tour de Palm Springs. The event is supposed to happen rain or shine, so I am just going to do it and hope for the best. I will get all of my winter gear together and just brave the elements because I AM NOT backing out of this one! Stupid rain and stupid global warming! Anyway, I am hoping that I can get out on my bike during the week since the weekend ended up being a bust. 

Winter sucks, and so does that groundhog that said we would have 6 more weeks of winter…meh!