12.15.2013

Just Busta' Move (or a Wrist…)

The Annual Epic Ride - way better than any department holiday party. Just a great group of rad employees who are genuinely invested in ripping on mountain bikes. This was my third year participating in the ride - I swear every year it gets better and better (perhaps because I become more acquainted with the trail).
Pre-ride get together

So he thinks….

Get in the VAN! 

We always start at an ungodly early hour for December. Sometimes we climb the hard way, other times we take the easy climb. There is anywhere from 15 - 30 riders. The importance of learning knowing how to properly layer is ever so important - especially this year…we hit 38 degrees, ice and thick frost (which is unheard of in Orange County). The invention level is always insane.

Trollin through the ice (photo: Blick)
On the climb there are 2 stopping points. 4-corners, and the top of Joplin. No matter what it is always freezing in these two places. This year was no different.

The best ride snack. YUM!

Smile & Inversion
Every year there is always me and a zagillion other dudes. Luckily, for the last 2 years Anneke Beerten has joined. Talk about a talented rider…

From a few weekends ago...
The dirt was epic again. All of this rain has really done wonders for the trails - I decided to take it "easy" since my riding partner in crime declined from the ride. All for one, and one for all. 

I guess you could say I am notorious for wrist injuries. Why? I literally have no clue - bad luck maybe…BUT on the easiest section of the trail I caught my front wheel and landed all crazy off a baby 2 foot drop. Of course, I ended up putting my wrist down weird…and now it is all messed up. Surprise…
So, after some icing, ibuprofen-ing, taping and x-raying I am semi back to normal. Still waiting on the final consensus… Tried riding a few times and it was an epic failure - not solely because of my wrist but also because I just purchased Speedplay pedals and they are not working with my new road shoes - perhaps it is a blessing in disguise. So…lots of trail running for the time being…

Can't wait until next year - hopefully I will be on a 5-inch bike by then. Just a thought...

Sending Love,

Xx

Cheerio Gents!

About a month ago I did one of the craziest things I have ever done…the Rapha Gentlemen's Race. It was 103 miles, and about 14,000 feet of climbing. It was intense, and honestly one of the best days on a bike I have ever experienced. Since the ride, every time I get on my bike I get excited thinking about the next Gentlemen's ride or extra super duper long endurance race…call me crazy…

You can find the Rapha write-up of our adventure, by clicking here.

Climb on. (props to Rapha

The Boys Club + Me. Wheelies for days (props to Rapha
Rapha did a fantastic job putting together a video of our journey…with a cameo of this girl!



….Okay, so I may or may not have watched the video on replay for a solid 2 hours. Talk about magnificent product placement for both Rapha and Oakley!

Honestly, this was one of the most amazing days on a bike ever - I was able to ride in a very dynamic team - the importance of nutrition was quickly established - carrying spare parts turned into a bike puzzle (what fits where) - and the beer at the end was well deserved. I wouldn't have traded anything for the day I spend in the saddle on November 9th.

Sending Love,

Xx

12.01.2013

48-Hours to Live || Orange County Pedalfest

Holy cow, November has flown by! Have I mentioned that I LOVE bikes? Once again, I was on a roll with blogging and then it came to a screeching halt. Maybe because I was super duper busy?

  • Rapha Gentlemen's Race
  • My Birthday 
  • Riding with Cavendish
  • Annual Thanksgiving Ride, AND cooking a dinner for 3 plus a dog
  • Mom's Birthday
I swear, there was something going on almost every weekend. This is how I should be spending my 20 somethings…

I believe we last left off with the Gentlemen's Race. It is probably easier for me to share pictures than babble, so…enjoy! 

Started brainstorming on a new bike. Clearly, my friend that is an engineer walked me through this… 

The best ride snack ever. I could eat Starburst for daysssssss
The only photo that I have from my birthday. A group of my fellow ride homies got together and celebrated the big 2-7  with brunch and endless schooners. So much fun!
Road soda or Rode hard for this soda? On 100 mile Saturday's,  I never feel guilty about what I consume. 
Checked out this awesome little place in Santa Ana, The Grilled Cheese Spot, the food was amazing!
Spence and I spilt two of their specials, and a basket of O-rings. Let's just say we both rolled out of there… 

Had the pleasure of riding with Mark Cavendish, this was one of the most memorable ride days I've had…right next to the Gentlemen's Race & Downieville Classic (yes, I did just compare riding with Cav to Downieville)

Post Ride smiles. 

Swung by Fizik North America on Friday, walked out with a fresh pair of road shoes. 

Went to Los Angeles, and hung out with some old friends. Why, yes I am sporting Leather & Camo. 

Romped around on mountain bikes with some fast chicks…on San Juan…right after it rained. 
Once again, I had the pleasure of riding with Cav. 

Riding with friends is SO much better. 

Then, I hung with The Boys Club and rode some gnarly downhill on my little 3" XC bike. 

I've been consulting the Magic 8-Ball a lot lately 

#LunchTimeEscape

We got a new toy in our house. I have no clue how to use it. 

Thanksgiving was celebrated with the annual road bike & coffee ride. We only made it 88 because I need to get back to my turkey. Such a wonderful day! 

The best turn in Orange County  
My Thanksgiving Guests. Gus, Henry & Spencer. 

Popped open a nice bottle of wine and dove right in.
Bacon/Bourbon Turkey, Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Brown Butter Pecan Green Beans, Creamy Fennel Casserole, Honey Dijion Brussel Sprouts. Yum, full! 

Glamor Shots by Liz 

Went bowling on Friday. Did I mention I kicked ass?

San Juan Saturday's with The Boys Club. 
So - life has been pretty rad. 
The sit-up and push-up challenge starts again tonight (right after I finish my glass of wine).

Sending Love from SoCal. Xx