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California01/08/2019
Tue
Oaks: IRP-UpChutesDownCactusDownChutes
4.9 miles      731 ft      
+14 Ladder  +1 bonus    4.6mph
1:04:32
1:04:32
 Cactus looked neat--been a while. So did Chutes. 175/150
California01/05/2019
Sat
Maple Springs Paved
7 miles      1,323 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.7mph
1:02:33
1:11:13
 Always hated Maple Spgs' paved road. Still do, but good to get out there despite the gate being open and lots of cars. 533153/176
California04/15/2017
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus    6mph
1:44:00
1:58:00
 Was going to do a different route, but wound up doing the same. 2 or 3 big group rides, including one with a rider on an e-bike talking on their cell phone...great...now all it takes to climb 1000 feet is a credit card, not sacrifice, discipline, etc...I have a feeling we're going to be having access issues. Glad I went for fitness reasons, but frankly it sucked and I felt like I was at Disneyland or something--the opposite of what mountain biking used to be to me. Hope this is the first and last time this happens, but I doubt it--I bet E-bikes are selling well.  Other Comments628144/181
California04/14/2017
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.2mph
1:40:00
1:54:00
 Took it easy, wore the heart rate monitor and just tried to keep my breathing / heart rate under control. Felt pretty good. Slow leak in my rear tire but fixed it fine at the bench on top of Oak. Beautiful day. Cactus was crazy, hadn't ridden it in a while and the mustard made it tight in spots and my handlebars are old school--I think their length in MM starts with a 6... 630150/183
California08/07/2016
Sun
oaks: mr-o-gh
8.8 miles      709 ft      
+21 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.3mph
1:24:16
1:24:16
 tried going for another ride 2 days in a row, but my legs and body werent as into it as my mind.
California08/06/2016
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Nice ride with my nephew, who I got into riding 5 years ago and who has, I am proud to say, surpassed what skill I ever had on a bike. He's become truly a great rider. Unfortunately, I'm out of shape and this loop took me almost 2 hours to complete. But, I made it up the Grade, little Mustard and all the climbs without stopping. And it felt better for the most part than last time I rode it a few weeks ago.
California07/31/2016
Sun
Oaks: Reverse Chutes
11.9 miles      853 ft      
+28 Ladder    6.5mph
1:50:38
2:03:39
 Breaking in new pads, bled brakes. Wasn't sure till the last descent out of Mabury--finally, they worked amazingly perfect. Front was making a weird buzzing sound during the ride.
California07/24/2016
Sun
Oaks:MR-O-BR-BB-MG-MR
10.6 miles      1,070 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot out there. Didn't see another rider in Oaks, that's a first in a long time. Only hikers and equestrians. Actually did see a couple now that I think about it at the end of my ride on the way in, a father and son on the flats, but no one as far as I could see on any trails looking down from any of the ridges. It was definitely hot, but there was a breeze; it was a warm breeze, but it still helped. My effort at bleeding my own brakes didn't seem to inspire much confidence, so in the shop it went.
California07/17/2016
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    4.6mph
1:39:00
1:41:00
 First time doing STT/Luge since March 2014...that is crazy, and a shame...can't get those 2+ years back. Felt pretty much like I thought I would, suffered on The Grade but made it up without stopping but couldn't muster little Mustard. Felt good going down the Luge but ran over a snake on the way down, just didn't see it till too late. Lost my rear brake 2/3 the way down, tried bleeding them myself once home but rusty at that too.
California07/16/2016
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.8mph
1:28:00
1:37:00
 Short loop over to Oaks. 154/
California07/10/2016
Sun
Blackstar - Gate and Back
16.6 miles      2,125 ft      
+47 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.5mph
3:02:00
3:11:00
 Got frustrated yesterday trying to get a ride in; had the bike on the car, so decided to save time and drive to the trail instead...wound up deciding to do something different, which was going to be Luge or Blackstar. Felt like I needed to ride 2K again--it had been longer than I can remember, so went for it. Took it real easy, used my Garmin and watched my heart rate, wound up achieving my slowest climb up Blackstar but it was nice to be out there again and I enjoyed taking it easy. Felt good to do a good climb again. Wasn't sure I would be able to, but glad I was. 1162144/178
California06/05/2016
Sun
Irvine Park Flat Sections
2.6 miles      41 ft      
+4 Ladder
 Forgot to record; something like this with my daughter who did great. Nice day and time.
California05/22/2016
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Nice day out there. Lots of people enjoying the day.
California05/01/2016
Sun
Oaks MR-O-BR-CC-BB-GH
6.7 miles      1,036 ft      
+20 Ladder
 Did this but rode to/from home as well.
California03/13/2016
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Man I am out of shape... Need to mix it up more... Horses tore up the Oaks trails pretty good--looks like they went in too early after the rains.
California02/26/2016
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.2mph
1:30:40
1:30:40
 Developed a sore throat and congestion, lost my voice and felt tired, but felt like I needed to get outside in the sun and burn off some stress. Glad I went out there. Suffered a bit due to the lack of riding, but did better than I expected and enjoyed it.
California02/14/2016
Sun
Irv Park RR
6.6 miles      215 ft      
+12 Ladder
 Little more than this but had difficulty uploading GPX. Little ride with wife and daughter then up Chutes, down Mtn Goat and out/back home. Climbing on the SS wasn't as bad as I thought, but I did have to walk sections--I'm too out of shape to be able to make it up on a SS. Nice to be out and see some familiar faces and hadn't been up (or down) Chutes in a while, so hadn't seen that part of the park in a while. I need to get back to doing that.
California01/30/2016
Sat
Oaks:MR-O-BR-BB-MG-MR
10.6 miles      1,070 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    7mph
1:30:51
1:30:51
 Still suffering on the climbs but felt a bit more in control most of the time. Lots of people out enjoying the trails. Glad I got out there.
California01/26/2016
Tue
Santiago Creek to Grijalva
3.9 miles      31 ft      
+7 Ladder  +13 bonus
 Ride with wife and daughter. Only worth 7 points, but I did happen to ride this on a SS so that almost doubles it... Need to get out riding more. Plus got Distant ride bonus since my last road ride was in NYC!
California01/18/2016
Mon
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.2mph
1:39:00
1:39:00
 Way out of shape...had to take a couple breaks up Oak--one just before the 2nd bench and another at the Yucca gate, another just past robbers' roost...
California01/10/2016
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Quick spin. Dirt was tackier than Miley Cyrus, but didn't stick to my tires. Man I'm out of shape...cleaned the little tricky spot on Goat, but had to rest 4+ times on the way up...slowest time up in years... Originally was going to give Chutes a whirl but felt out of sorts at the top and some riders were sessioning the top of Chutes, so I opted for Cactus and back out. Need to get out there more and suffer back to fitness...
California01/09/2016
Sat
Irvine Park Flat Sections
2.6 miles      41 ft      
+4 Ladder  +4 bonus
 Little ride with my wife and daughter. Hit a lot more mud than I anticipated--had to clear out the bikes with sticks a couple times, unfortunately. I don't think the trails were closed, but I honestly didn't check. Great time though, my daughter cleaned a little downhill she was scared of from OTBing on a long time ago--great to see her get over that... Mostly great trail conditions except for a few unavoidable muddy areas.
California12/06/2015
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder
 Suffer fest...
New York11/29/2015
Sun
NYC-HudsonGrnWy-GWBridge-HGW-CentralPark-BatteryPark-Brookly
33.8 miles      870 ft      
+67 Ladder  +11 bonus    8mph
4:15:11
5:03:34
 In NYC for Work last week. Rented a bike and rode Hudson River Greenway North to George Washington Bridge, North to top of Manhattan, back down HRGW South to 91st street and then East to Central Park, around that...stopped to have a hot dog and soda, then back to Hudson River Greenway down through Battery Park, over to the foot of Brooklyn Bridge.
California11/08/2015
Sun
Santiago Creek Trail to Santiago Park & Back
10.8 miles      209 ft      
+20 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Ride with my 6 year old daughter to check out the Barnes and Noble "Maker" event, which was a bust, but lots of fun at 2 parks and "the secret slides" and she made the 10-11 mile ride on her own bike with no problem--pretty cool. Rode my SS hardtail, didn't think to take my road bike.
California10/31/2015
Sat
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder
 
California10/23/2015
Fri
work whiting mustard sleepy hollow
8.5 miles      1,142 ft      
+24 Ladder
 Lunch ride from work. Set Strava to record on my phone but it didn't work. Felt pretty good out there, stopped towards the top when I saw a couple other riders stopped in the shade. Caught my breath, then made it up. Felt a little rusty down Sage Scrub / Live Oak or whatever. Nice to ride when there is more light out but it was a little toasty in spots. I hope my getting out there every other day starts to pay off soon with some weight loss and increased power...  Other Comments
California10/21/2015
Wed
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus    6mph
1:34:00
1:34:00
 Managed to get up again...on a roll at least...but it's quite the suffer fest even for a sub 1000 foot ride... Seems like it's noticeably tougher in the early morning hours--had to even stop a few times but usually I can keep going later in the morning/day. Bummer that it's dark later and this morning seemed noticeably cooler. It would have been much easier to get started back in June when it was warmer and lighter in the morning, but I love Fall trail conditions and am looking forward to cooler temps...and hopefully I've finally gotten the train back on the tracks...
California10/19/2015
Mon
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder    6.2mph
1:30:00
1:37:00
 Early AM ride, up before dawn without an alarm clock again. Surprising to see so many riders out there. Another sufferfest, legs and lungs seem even worse in the early morning than "normal" hours. Glad I got out there again, hoping to get back into the routine. 811
California10/14/2015
Wed
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Got up pre-dawn without an alarm clock finally and got my butt out there. Warm/humid morning. As expected, I suffered on the climb but I'm glad I got out there. I can feel that old familiar burn of my metabolism as I type this. Felt a little rusty handling the bike on the descent. Got a flat--good news is that it was as I was exiting Oaks post-ride, bad news is that I forgot I had put a tube in the rear and didn't have a tube with me...I'm rusty in a lot of ways...
California10/03/2015
Sat
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +1 bonus
 A bit hot. Too long of a break, I had to suffer and walk toward the top. Saw an equestrian with a Path jersey. Glad I got out there, need to do more.
California09/19/2015
Sat
Irv Park RR
6.6 miles      215 ft      
+12 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Little spin with my daughter then over to the Pumpkin Patch. Awesome day on the bike with her--it was her favorite ride ever, she did great, then to top it off with some time at the pumpkin patch before the crowds showed up was awesome. But I need to get out there for a real ride soon--need to regain some fitness.
California08/16/2015
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-C/CR-RR-W-P-SC-O-W-MR
11.9 miles      734 ft      
+27 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot out. Planned on doing a bigger ride, but got a later start, legs were dead and it was HOT.
California08/15/2015
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder    6.3mph
1:39:00
1:52:00
 Lots of people out beating the heat early this morning in Oaks. Not sure I've seen so many riders and hikers before. Passed a large group going up Oak. Took Cactus down, feeling pretty good on the descents--I need to add some variety. Thinking of a big rider tomorrow but gotta go early--supposed to be a scorcher.
California08/08/2015
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CC-BB-MG
11.3 miles      927 ft      
+27 Ladder    6.8mph
1:40:00
2:06:00
 Nice breeze, lots of people out--riders, hikers and equestrians, everyone getting along nicely. Decided to go up Goat/BB/Coachwhip thinking I might cruise out to Weir, but the shorter/punchier climbs on Goat and Coachwhip did me in and I had nothing left. Nice ride though. Caught my breath and chatted it up with a nice guy at
California08/06/2015
Thu
work whiting mustard sleepy hollow
8.5 miles      1,142 ft      
+24 Ladder    6.8mph
1:15:00
1:15:00
 Lunch spin. Hot out. Garmin said 107 but it wasn't that hot. The sand was surprisingly not bad except, surprisingly, at the bottom of Mustard--had to put a foot down there. Mustard was a beast, but I managed to do reasonably well--stopping once to cool off and catch my breath but made it up the steep parts the end. Losing weight, feeling a little muscle returning so hopefully I start getting some legs back and suffering less, enjoying it more, etc. But I did enjoy being out there--Whiting is a pretty place, although a little eery solo.
California08/04/2015
Tue
Willow to Bommer 3.4
3.5 miles      674 ft      
+11 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.6mph
38:03
39:04
 Quickie at lunch. Had to pick up my daughter's new bike from the shop and wanted to get a ride in. Not ready for Cholla/Rock-It or Aliso, so thought I would go check out Willow--it's been a long time... Sadly, they grated it again--still steep, but no character...riding a sidewalk is more adventerous--at least the sidewalk has seams... Thought about checking out Lizards--haven't ridden that since, well a long time ago... But cut it short. New PR descending Willow without trying as it's so smooth. Hot, but 10 degrees cooler than near my office (Whiting/Luge).
California08/02/2015
Sun
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot. Felt better than yesterday.
California08/01/2015
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder    6.3mph
1:28:24
1:28:24
 Cloudy at first, but then hot and sunny by the time I got on the exposed climb. Suffered a bit more than I would have liked, but glad I got out there. Opted to descend Yucca again as I didn't feel up to anymore climbing by the time I reached the gate. Lots of people out enjoying the trail. My weight is coming down so hopefully climbing Oak starts feeling as easy as it used to.  Other Comments
California07/26/2015
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.7mph
1:38:51
1:38:51
Hot out. Didn't really see any other riders, except a couple in the distance. Used my Garmin for the first time in a while. Couldn't get my tubeless tire to fill, so used a tube. Felt good on the descent, granted it was just Yucca, but it was fun--felt great to be out there again. The climb, not so much--as expected, I paid for not riding for so long. Too much work and travel lately, but hopefully I will get back out there starting this week and get some rides in!  Other Comments
California06/26/2015
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.5mph
1:26:00
1:42:00
 Got my fat butt out of bed early this morning and got out there before work again, finally. A little rusty in the getting my gear ready for a morning ride--forgot my clear lenses so had to Mr. Mcgoo is a bit on the descent, but I was mainly out there for the cardio/calorie burn/build my strength, etc. Got my diet in check thanks to a weight loss contest at work so hopefully I'm back on track...time will tell.
California06/21/2015
Sun
Irvine Park Flat Sections
2.6 miles      41 ft      
+4 Ladder  +3 bonus    3.4mph
46:00
1:13:28
 Easy little pre-Fathers Day jaunt around Irvine Park flat sections with my wife and daughter--who is turning 6 in Aug. I need to ride more...going to try to get a ride in tomorrow.  Other Comments
California05/31/2015
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.3mph
1:38:00
1:47:00
 Hot out. A fair amount of riders / hikers out, one equestrian.
California05/24/2015
Sun
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Been too long. Expected to suffer, and did, but not as bad as I thought. Made it all the way up without stopping out of will.
California05/02/2015
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.7mph
1:32:00
1:45:00
 Hot out there between 11am and 12pm but nice in the tree cover--what little there is. Ran into a friend at the top of Barham. Had to walk from the gate to Robber's Roost--the two week break didn't do me any favors. Work has been a bear / hard to get out for rides.
California04/19/2015
Sun
Santiago Creek to Santa Ana River to Ocean RT
36 miles      318 ft      
+66 Ladder  +5 bonus    12.8mph
2:48:52
2:57:26
 Struggled on the MTB yesterday so thought a good flat shlog on the road would do me some good. Felt pretty good. Been a while since I've been in the saddle for that long of a time.
California04/18/2015
Sat
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.7mph
1:47:28
1:47:28
Ouch...too long of a break...
California04/05/2015
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CW-BB-MG
10.6 miles      1,000 ft      
+27 Ladder    6.4mph
1:39:38
1:39:38
 Funny that this route is 1,000ft exactly. Been a while, had to get out there. Snuck in a ride before heading to the Festivus... Things have changed since I've ridden last--the mustard and other plants are even taller and the dirt looks like Summer conditions already--not my favorite. But I'm glad I got out there. I suffered a bit, as I expected, but made it up relatively fine. My knee and back are a little sore but I suspect that will go away if I ride more regularly and lose a few pounds. Not many riders out but lots of hikers.  Other Comments
California03/21/2015
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.9mph
1:30:00
1:30:00
 GOt up at dawn and got out there. Saw some familiar faces out there, looked like an event was happening later so I didn't daddle and got down and out before many people were there. Felt better than I expected--was in control on the climbs.
California03/08/2015
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-MG
10.9 miles      1,271 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.5mph
1:40:00
1:40:00
 Been a while since I've done chutes. A little bit like summer conditions. Felt a little rusty. Saw a rattlesnake on the way out.
California03/04/2015
Wed
work whiting mustard sleepy hollow
8.5 miles      1,142 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.4mph
1:09:21
1:09:21
Thought I was just cruising, but set my 2nd fastest time on Mustard and my fastest time was when I was a lot lighter... Put my heart rate monitor on, but didn't register for some reason. Wish I rode yesterday too--it was beautiful.
California02/28/2015
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus    7mph
1:28:00
1:30:00
 Snuck one in before the rain. Felt pretty good for riding yesterday and being out of shape. Made it up without stopping. Feeling good on the descents--ready for some funner/tougher descents again I think.
California02/27/2015
Fri
work whiting mustard sleepy hollow
8.5 miles      1,142 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.6mph
1:06:59
1:06:59
Felt good today, made it up Mustard without a break, felt the flow on the way to Mustard and set PRs on the way down--had the place to myself. Beautiful day despite overcast. Knee bugged me again right after riding, no pain during the ride.
California02/25/2015
Wed
work whiting mustard sleepy hollow
8.5 miles      1,142 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.2mph
1:22:01
1:22:01
Lunch ride. Beautiful day, great to get out there but feeling fat and out of shape (cardio). Had to stop 2X towards the top of Mustard. Made lots of wrong turns, which slowed me down--first time solo. Looking forward to doing this more often, maybe squeezing in a Luge or Aliso ride on occasion and getting my butt back up to do Oaks in the AM. Knee started bugging me though after the ride.
California02/21/2015
Sat
Blackstar: to Gate
16.6 miles      2,201 ft      
+47 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Re-post from yesterday. Yesterday's route elvation was overstated by 400 feet or so.
California01/31/2015
Sat
Irvine Park: Roadrunner Loop-Egret-Willows
4.3 miles      45 ft      
+7 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Approx this. Little jaunt with the wife and daughter. Beautiful day. Looking up at Chutes made me want to ride that again.
California01/26/2015
Mon
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +5 bonus
 The wind and heat subsided, so I decided to get out there and get a workout. Made it all the way up again. Wasn't as tired from the climb this time, but still opted for a quick descent to get back home. Glad I got out there.
California01/18/2015
Sun
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Was getting motivated to ride more when I got a flu like virus that developed into mild pneumonia during the holidays. Finally done with that. Beautiful day today. I could tell that I've lost muscle, but had more than I thought I would in a way. Took it real easy and steady on the long climb up and wound up making it all the way without stopping, which is a first in a while (unfortunately). But didn't have much left for the descent, so just cruised down Goat and out.  Other Comments
California12/21/2014
Sun
oaks: mr-o-br-mg
10.2 miles      925 ft      
+25 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.4mph
1:35:00
1:48:23
 Ouch. Seemed even harder than last time. Great dirt, but more ruts and new trail features than last time. Felt good on descents.
California12/14/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Haven't ridden in a while. As expected, this little ride hurt. Had to take breaks up Oak. Hero dirt. Not much damage from the rains at all--trails in great shape and tacky in a good way. The flag at the top of Barham needs to be replaced--just hanging by a strand upside down. Surrounded by chainlink / barbed wire / no trespassing signs otherwise I would've grabbed it myself.
California12/13/2014
Sat
Santiago Creek Bike Ride to Bmx
5.2 miles      127 ft      
+10 Ladder  +4 bonus    4.9mph
1:04:09
1:04:09
 Ride with my daughter.
California12/06/2014
Sat
Irvine Park: Roadrunner Loop-Egret-Willows
4.3 miles      45 ft      
+7 Ladder  +4 bonus
 Little ride with my wife and daughter. Nice ride. Great to see my daughter pedaling her own bike on dirt for the first time.  Other Comments
California11/16/2014
Sun
Oaks: Wehoo - Up Oak past 2B and back down
9.7 miles      664 ft      
+22 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.7mph
1:43:00
2:54:31
 Saturday. Took my daughter to Oaks in the Wehoo trailer. I knew I was going to have a hard time with it as my power to weight ratio is not what it used to be, even without the extra weight. But it was a nice time despite the sufferfest.
California11/09/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Ouch. Yucky air.
California11/02/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Sunday. I missed the warning that Geo would be down. Worried today that it was gone. Glad it is back. Somehow this site and the random postings of strangers, some of whom I have met, has become part of who I am. I guess I would survive without it, no doubt. But things wouldn't be the same without reading about the adventures of others--about another, "Great Ride" as the poet laureate of this site often indulges us with. Fall is back, albeit briefly based upon forecasts. I did better than I expected on this ride yet suffered more than I would care to admit, finally succumbing just short of Robbers' Roost. Although I believe I could've, would've, should've made it to the top. The fair weather was back, and hero dirt, and so was I. Decided today that I would do, finally, the Rwanda 50 in April since I didn't get into CC. I need, I think, something to train for, so why not that? And perhaps it's better that way, at least this year, due to the re-route.  Other Comments
California10/19/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder
 Been a while. Had to take breaks up MG but cleaned the tricky spot. Felt a little out of my element going down Chutes Ridgeline--I'm rusty.  Other Comments
California09/28/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-WF
6 miles      832 ft      
+17 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Did a little more than this. Saw a guy in his 50s or 60s going up Oak...on a single speed rigid...Unicycle. I wondered in my current shape if he would be faster, as I was cruising up in 22x36... But I was able to make it up before him. Got kudos from some hikers, but I told them what was coming up behind me. Pretty amazing. Thinking of signing up for Coup again to get my butt in shape.
California09/22/2014
Mon
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 The fair weather was back, so was I. Nice cool temps. Felt the two week break in my legs but did better than expected. Lots of nice peeps out enjoying the day--hikers, riders and equestrians. Weight is coming down slowly.
California09/06/2014
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-YR-CW-BR-CC-BB-MG
12.6 miles      1,869 ft      
+38 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.3mph
1:59:20
3:05:20
 Added El Modena open space on the way home. Ouch.
California08/31/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-MG-C/CR-E-SC-P-MR
13.6 miles      1,327 ft      
+35 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.5mph
2:04:46
2:48:03
 Hot out. Took it slow and easy.
California08/24/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-mg-bb-cw-D-BR-CC-BB-MG
13.5 miles      1,179 ft      
+34 Ladder  +1 bonus
 
California08/23/2014
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG-C-SC-E-P-MR
13.8 miles      1,390 ft      
+35 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot again, but not as bad as my last ride--whenever that was. Tried to just spin easy on the climbs and keep myself under control. I could feel the loss of power in my legs, so I decided to tack on another climb before heading out. Stopped and chit chatted with a guy by the log at the bottom of chutes; nice guy. Just cruised, stopped and took in the sights / felt the breeze. Nice day.
California08/16/2014
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-GH
7.5 miles      589 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot out. Called it a day and headed back down. The sun was intense by late morning. Should have gone out earlier; maybe tomorrow.  Other Comments
California08/10/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-FL-W-P-MR
11.3 miles      1,184 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot Out. I'm Out Of Shape But Have Done Worse.
California08/03/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O (Wehoo) to 2nd bench
8.6 miles      601 ft      
+20 Ladder
 Not exactly this, but close. Fun day with my daughter. Hot/humid. Need to get out more and ride.
California07/20/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot. Ouch.
California07/06/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot Late Morning Ride. Hiked Weir Yesterday. Fat And Out Of Shape. Hate The New Android Keyboard They Should Leave Well Enough Alone...
California06/14/2014
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-WF
6 miles      832 ft      
+17 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Did A LittleMore. hot.
California06/07/2014
Sat
B* to indian Rocks and down
10.2 miles      1,263 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.6mph
1:33:00
2:18:22
 Blackstar to Indian Rocks with my daughter in the Wehoo trailer. Nice time. Suffered a bit though. My daughter and the trailer are an extra 80+ pounds, I'm carrying an extra 30-40, so 110-120 pounds is like I'm towing my wife up.
California06/04/2014
Wed
work whiting mustard sleepy hollow
8.5 miles      1,142 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.4mph
1:01:00
1:05:00
 Better this time. Dabbed in the sand but made it up Mustard without stopping, which was my main goal. Fun descent but still don't have the flow. Lots of hikers and bikers today; good to see people out enjoying the park. A little hot at the beginning, but nice breeze and shade as we got towards the top of Mustard.
California06/01/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.2mph
1:13:00
1:39:00
 
California05/30/2014
Fri
work whiting mustard sleepy hollow
8.5 miles      1,142 ft      
+24 Ladder    6.7mph
1:16:20
1:16:20
 I'm out of shape,,, walked the last of mustard. Cleaned all the sandy sections though, fun loop,
California05/24/2014
Sat
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Nice weather. Enjoyed the mist. Hiker broke a leg.
California05/18/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder
 All I had time / stamina for. Tried taking my daughter but she wasn't into it today. Bike didn't feel right. Bobbing on climbs, harsh on descents.
California05/08/2014
Thu
Oakley Berms from Work
5.5 miles      960 ft      
+17 Ladder    7.5mph
44:00
46:40
 New dirt for me--checked out the Oakley XC / berms near my new office. Going to be fun exploring at lunch or before/after work. Nice little loop but boy I'm out of shape. Less excuses now with this so close.  Other Comments
California05/04/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-GH-SR-BM-W-MR
11.9 miles      1,202 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Full suspension bike is back with new pivot bearings or whatever they're called. Felt great but the front derailler needs a tune now...
California05/03/2014
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +4 bonus
 Hot.
California04/27/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +3 bonus
 Felt like taking the hardtail/SS even though I hadn't ridden in a week and knew I would probably be walking here and there. But I enjoyed the ride. Felt good / right to suffer. I've been getting away with small gears and getting more and more out of shape. Hope this helps whip me into shape better. Geared bike is going to be out of commission for a while so we'll see. Need to get my diet right too though. Nice day out. Lots of peeps. Saw two different groups of horses running in the park--one up Oak (which was neat to see) and two trotting in on Wilderness from Mabury as I was heading out--they looked like they did something wrong. oh well, I'm sure I was going faster than 10mph down Barham. Forgot how fun the hardtail is to descend on--felt better in some ways than my squish bike although that's out of whack right now.
California04/20/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 A little loop on Easter. Full susp bike needs some more work...bearings are shot.
California04/19/2014
Sat
Santiago Creek Trail to Santiago Park & Back
10.8 miles      209 ft      
+20 Ladder  +4 bonus
 Rode my SS hardtail with a Fox 140mm 34 fork towing my daughter to Discovery Science Center... Long story, but basically it was the only bike that would fit the trailer attachment... Fun day. Hope to get out for at least a short ride tomorrow, even though that will probably not be politically correct with the wife; but I don't get or take the time to ride during the week and had my daughter all day today and I need the exercise and the spiritual/mental break that comes with a MTB ride. She's great, so she won't give me grief even though she will be disappointed if I do go.
California04/13/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Same place, same thing. A lot less crowded today and weather not as nice but still good. Bike needs some TLC so I dropped it off at The Path afterwards. It'll be 5 years old in December...maybe it's a cracked frame...although, when it's dialed in, I still love it more than anything else I've ever ridden. I have my SS still and put the good/big fork on it, but it's a hardtail and I'm fat/out of shape so hopefully I'll get the geared squishy bike back soon...  Other Comments
California04/12/2014
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder    7.1mph
1:27:00
1:27:00
 Suffered on this little loop. Once a week ain't gonna do it. Lots of people out enjoying the BEAUTIFUL Spring day. Almost kept going but needed to get back to the girls. A heron flew beside me as I rode along Santiago Creek on the way out of Mabury Ranch. Made me think of The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry---"When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."
California04/06/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-C-CC-MG
12.4 miles      1,594 ft      
+35 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.6mph
1:52:00
2:02:40
 Did this yesterday when everyone was doing CC/VQ. Great job everybody!! A lot smaller ride this year than last, but it was a nice one despite my bikes needing some TLC.
California03/19/2014
Wed
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Didn't feel like doing much but needed to burn some calories. My bike has been acting up. Cleaned it, tightened some bolts, etc. but I think I need to take it in and let people who know what they're doing spend some time with it / show it some love.
California03/18/2014
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Nice solo loop. STT seemed a little loose/squirrelly in spots. Luge was in great shape, thx for the work whoever did it.  Other Comments
California03/16/2014
Sun
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Felt better than expected. A little warm, dry and windy on the way up. I found that breathing with my camelbak mouthpiece in my teeth seemed to keep the dry air from drying me out as much; might have just been my imagination. Managed middle chainring all the way up, surprisingly. Thought I was holding off a group of four riders who started just behind me; instead, it turned out to be a fit looking couple on carbon hardtails who looked like they were training... Not bad for a clyde on a 33 pound trailbike, I would say. The group of four was quite a ways down and I even lollygagged a bit and looked at the view up top, etc. Felt the heat more on the descent, surprisingly, some really unpleasantly hot pockets / gusts of dry air on the way down. Lots of people out enjoying the day--hikers, bikers and one equestrian. Thought I'd see at least one snake, but nope. Great ride.
California03/14/2014
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC abort-CR-SC-E-P-W
12.8 miles      1,216 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.1mph
1:49:15
1:49:15
 Nice Spring day but conditions seemed more like Summer. Heard Chutes was in great shape, but all I noticed was mostly the worst spots had been worked on, which was nice but Summer is back again mostly. Nice ride and day. My poor bike is creaking up a storm and I didn't feel so hot on the climbs today. Glad I got out though.
California03/10/2014
Mon
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    11.1mph
56:00
56:00
 All I had time for today. Felt good today. Set a PR on the 3rd B without trying and felt good on the last descent--a little more active than just descending like a bump-on-a-log like I have been lately.
California03/09/2014
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BB-CW-D-BR-CC-MG
12.2 miles      2,947 ft      
+46 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.1mph
2:00:31
2:00:31
 Felt like doing something in the Santa Ana's, but my car wouldn't star--dead battery, so I rode over to Oaks and pieced together some decent climbing. No interest today in anything technical, so did Deer and Cactus for descents (and Barham) then headed down Goat. Felt pretty good, but cruised in an easy gear. Summer's back...again...  Other Comments151/178
California03/05/2014
Wed
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.2mph
1:14:00
1:14:00
 Man I'm out of shape, that hurt. I did catch myself doing The Grade in MCR but suffered in granny on Little Mustard and barely hung on. Felt like I was going to hurl here and there. Hotter than expected, but it was really beautiful out there. Dirt was perfect--go get some before the intense sun dries it all up completely (at least STT); already parts were dry. But all in all STT and Luge are perfect. Some added "features" at the top such as the cactus Trobe1 mentioned and a small washout near the gap up top, which somehow I managed to OTB on. I think I was too focused on trying to get a look of what was over the hump from the washout; the good news is that I got a great look at it, almost could taste it... No injuries but I think my entire 200 pounds compressed my fork; thought I heard a hiss, but the bike and I seemed fine luckily. Lots of fun down Luge. Fork actually felt better after the crash--it's been feeling a little harsh lately. Great Ride.
California03/04/2014
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder
 snuck one in b4 dark. helped a rider with a flat; nice guy. hero dirt, but wasn't into it--maybe late afternoon after a long day, who knows. Maybe tomorrow. Yucca has some character now--major ruts running down the mid/right side. Gave a heads up to a very tall and beautiful woman rider at the bottom of Cactus, she said the others are different from the rain too.  Other Comments
California03/02/2014
Sun
Santiago Creek Reservoir 5k
3.1 miles      40 ft      
+5 Ladder    5.4mph
35:00
35:00
 Needed to get out of the house and get some exercise. Hope the trails are ready by tomorrow and they're in good shape.
California02/24/2014
Mon
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.3mph
2:08:00
2:08:00
 That hurt more than I'd care to admit. What a difference from a year ago.  Other Comments
California02/23/2014
Sun
Harding Partial
10.3 miles      2,429 ft      
+38 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.8mph
1:46:30
1:56:30
 Felt like doing something tough. Felt better than I had a right to expect for most of the ride, until I didn't...and started thinking "are we there yet". I didn't have enough time to make it to the top, I was going too slow at the end and was pretty cooked anyway. Good suffer though. Some oops moments on the way down but kept the rubber side down; seems like that trail could be unexpectedly treacherous for a fireroad--lots of speed and launch pads combined with loose rock.
California02/21/2014
Fri
Graces1stMTBride
1.6 miles      28 ft      
+2 Ladder  +3 bonus
 Took my brother in law for a ride but he wasn't feeling well so we stopped it short. DId a little more than this but not much.
California02/21/2014
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-C/CR-RR-W-P-SC-O-W-MR
11.9 miles      734 ft      
+27 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Talked with a great guy on Goat who was doing a 20 miler. Felt inspired briefly and handled Goat well, but just wasn't into it today so I just coasted down. Didn't feel like Ridgeline today--figured the dryness would provide zero traction and I just was feeling lazy.
California02/17/2014
Mon
Blackstar to Valley
10.5 miles      1,305 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.2mph
1:27:00
1:57:00
 Fun time with my daughter and the trailer. She got a little bored as I got to the main climb and slowed down. Got a couple funny questions from her: "Daddy, why are you bigger than him (another rider passing us on the climb)?" and "Why is he better than you?" Ahh yes, the innocence of youth... Had a little picnic at the rocks in the valley then headed back down, which she really enjoyed. Nice time, nice day. Lots of cars at the gate but mostly hikers coming down. The riders all must've gone on to Mwy.  Other Comments
California02/16/2014
Sun
Coal Cyn Hike Partial
8.2 miles      1,321 ft      
+25 Ladder  +15 bonus
 My phone battery couldn't capture it but this is about the mileage and elevation of our hike. Started at Green River and went up most of Coal Cyn on foot. Ouch, my hips are killing me...definitely different muscles riding versus hiking... Beautiful out there, forgot how quiet it is out there--except the start where you can hear the 91 along SART, etc. Wish there was a more convenient place to get there from. It's a 1.3 mile walk to the dirt.  Other Comments
California02/12/2014
Wed
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-RR-E-SC
12 miles      1,193 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.1mph
1:29:21
1:53:21
 Had an oppty to get out there, so I snuck away. Wound up lolly-gagging a bit more than expected and wound up racing the sun back home. Wound up having to use the crosswalks / sidewalks for part of the ride back as I didn't want to risk not being seen by rush hour weekday traffic--the battery in my tailight was out and I had no headlight with me...not good! Had flashbacks of being a paperboy as I was riding home.
California02/11/2014
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.7mph
1:08:00
1:50:00
 Foggy/misty when I woke up this morning, but beautiful conditions at 9am when we started from Cooks. Great ride with my nephew and his brother in law. Got passed by one rider who probably went on to Old Camp as he asked where we were heading. Saw a few ladies at the flag then again at the bottom. One in our group got a pinch flat on the Luge. Luge seemed to be in great shape but STT had a little more character (ruts) than I remember, but it's been a while. Great ride to just cruise and take it easy and chit chat a bit. Great weather--shorts and short sleeves, not too hot. I need to ride more often.
California02/04/2014
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.3 miles      1,003 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.1mph
1:16:00
1:59:17
 Got asked for directions on the way in, wound up giving a guided tour, which was fun. Nice guy, good rider. Perfect weather. Cruised on the climbs and descents, easy breasy. Nice ride glad I got out. I guess a couple of times I did "feel it" but it wasn't too bad...  Other Comments
California02/03/2014
Mon
Oaks:MR-O-BR-BB-MG-MR
10.6 miles      1,070 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.4mph
1:38:52
1:38:52
 It's finally winter...for now. Nice dirt thanks to the rain. Felt better than my fat, sleeping in, staying up too late, eating/drinking too much, butt should have felt... My wife surprised me last night by telling me she'd do the Counting Coup next year if I run a marathon. Guess she's telling me I need to get in shape... Should be interesting. Nice ride today, just a mellow cruise. Not many people out. I felt pretty in control on the climbs for not having ridden much, but I did just cruise.  Other Comments
California02/03/2014
Mon
Graces1stMTBride
1.6 miles      28 ft      
+2 Ladder  +3 bonus
 Tried something new with my daughter's bike. Didn't turn out to be so good but I think I have it dialed in now. Wife came too, which was fun.  Other Comments
California01/28/2014
Tue
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Felt better than I had a right to. Need to get back out there more.
California01/28/2014
Tue
Graces1stMTBride
1.6 miles      28 ft      
+2 Ladder  +3 bonus
 From the other day. Got the wife 2 join.
California01/21/2014
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-AH-BR-CC-MG
10.5 miles      1,188 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Nada mucho, but good to get out. Lots of peeps at the park this morning. Little bit of everything--equestrians, hikers and a fair number of riders. A little hot but not too bad. Glad I got in a decent ride; starting to feel the weight gain...need to get back into a good routine and work off some fat.
California01/19/2014
Sun
Graces1stMTBride
1.6 miles      28 ft      
+2 Ladder  +3 bonus    2.8mph
33:49
1:10:06
 Needed to get out there for a ride but wanted to take it mellow...wound up being REALLY mellow. Decided that it was time for my four year old to try the dirt so we headed over to Irvine Park with her little balance bike. I thought she'd last about 100 yards before we'd have to head back to the car. She managed to somehow OTB about 20 feet after going from the pavement to the dirt. I'm still not sure what happened or how she managed to do that on a flat section; apparently she inherited my handling skills. But she was fearless on the descents and perservered on the climbs on a hot day. I wish my wife would have been there, it was amazing. For such a short ride, it was perhaps my favorite ever. But I do have to get my butt back out there myself. I've become a fair weather rider who sleeps in, stays up too late and has a bad diet and lifestyle and it's catching up to me. 2 Points! Woo hoo!!!
California01/11/2014
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Little cruise to clear my head. Nice weather. Glad to live in SoCal and not be buried in snow.
California01/07/2014
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-FL-W-P-MR
11.3 miles      1,184 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.9mph
1:39:00
1:46:00
 I'm baaack. I was worried how I would feel after taking so much time off the bike, but felt better than I should have given the gluttony and sloth of the past 4-6 weeks... Felt surprisingly good on the climbs even pushed middle ring most of it, but enjoyed the small ring in front/granny in back when needed... Felt pretty good on the descent down Barham. Chutes is worse than last time I rode it--big braking bumps or whatever those craters are called / caused by. But felt good. Nice weather, not another ride in the park and not many people, just a couple hikers as I was leaving. Nice ride.  Other Comments
California12/18/2013
Wed
Ko Olina 12-2013
2.3 miles      13 ft      
+4 Ladder  +15 bonus    4mph
34:49
1:34:49
 Walk to breakfast...in pouring rain...and back. But hey, it's Hawaii...could be worse.
California12/18/2013
Wed
Santiago Creek 2.4 mile
2.3 miles      28 ft      
+4 Ladder  +1 bonus    4.7mph
29:51
30:35
 Jog/Walk from 12/13. 431149/
California12/08/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CC-BB-MG-C-SC-E-P-MR
13.8 miles      1,390 ft      
+35 Ladder    6.5mph
2:06:50
2:06:50
 Everybody was Kung Fu fighting on Chutes Ridgeline this morning...lots of kids must have watched Kung Fu Panda or Karate Kid last night as they were running down the Ridgeline in their pajamas. I dodged those Ninjas by taking the switchbacks down and practiced my switchback handling skills... Cactus has been fun lately--the trail fairies have been working on those berms I think so the trail is actually fun again versus just being stupid. Chilly but Hero Dirt out there--go get some! A guy exiting as I was entering looked at me and laughed as I was entering and said "the dirt is amazing" and it was / is.  Other Comments
California12/06/2013
Fri
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder
 A bit nippy out late morning/noon. It looks the rain might start tonight to me. Starting to feel together again on the descents but managed to fall hard coming out of mabury ranch because I was talking and not paying attention, caught my bars on some bushes and I was down before I knew what was going on.  Other Comments
California12/05/2013
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG
6.5 miles      1,183 ft      
+21 Ladder    5.2mph
1:14:49
1:14:49
 Nice mellow cruise. Nice weather, a little brisk but nothing the climb didn't fix. Think I had a little too much air in the tires, got a little sketchy here and there but I'm a bit rusty too. New adjustable seatpost worked like a charm and solved most of my creaking problems--bike rode like new.  Other Comments
California12/01/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-GH
7.5 miles      589 ft      
+18 Ladder  +3 bonus    8mph
56:25
1:05:49
 Trying to diagnose/get rid of a creak in my SS/hardtail. It's better but still there. The chainring bolts were loose but that didn't fix it. I think it's the bottom bracket or cranks as it's only on climbs when I'm standing. My bike's probably just telling me to lose more weight! Not really motivated to ride today and I came across a horse every 100 feet or so on the trails--pretty annoying. I don't mind sharing the trails but today was a bit ridiculous. Although I guess that's what it's probably like for them most of the time...
California11/30/2013
Sat
Oaks: Weir Cyn Hike
3.9 miles      681 ft      
+11 Ladder  +1 bonus    1.9mph
2:05:21
2:05:21
 Nice hike with my wife, sister-in-law, daughter and niece/nephews, etc.
California11/30/2013
Sat
Oaks: Hike Up Gh Down Hwk etc
2.1 miles      403 ft      
+6 Ladder  +1 bonus    1.3mph
1:37:28
1:37:28
 Hike with my wife and daughter at Oaks.  Other Comments
California11/28/2013
Thu
Gobble Gobble 2013
15.6 miles      2,952 ft      
+53 Ladder    7.2mph
2:10:42
2:22:42
 Thought about trying it on the SS this year. Good thing I didn't, I suffered up to 4C. I did manage to ride MCR mostly but had to use small here and there. Got within a minute of a PR to the gate, which isn't fast except for me. Not many peeps out but I think I was a little later than usual this year. Didn't see anyone I recognized for sure and I forgot my camelbak / jacket so we just looked at the view for a few minutes then headed down. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
California11/26/2013
Tue
Oaks-StgoCyn-B*Partial-Back
32.6 miles      2,498 ft      
+79 Ladder  +3 bonus    8.8mph
3:42:00
3:52:38
 Felt pretty good but the SS was creaking up a storm once theclimbs started and I had to cut it short as we have family visiting. I think I could have made it but should have left earlier.  Other Comments
California11/24/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-FL-W-P-MR
11.3 miles      1,184 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.9mph
1:39:00
1:49:00
 Beautiful weather and trail conditions, mostly. Chutes is still torn to hell but its better than I've seen it in a while. I haven't actually ridden Ridgeline in a while--been taking the "B" line down because I either had my daughter with me or just didn't feel like the tech descent--I've been out of it lately. It was good to get back to it again and do a "real" ride. Not as many people out as there should have been except for a large group at Deer. Gorgeous day, I'm sure I'll read about some epic rides once I get around to looking at what everyone else was doing today--San Juan, Main Divide marathons, etc. Today was one of those days not to be missed--I'm very glad Fall finally arrived. I was burnt out with the summer conditions. 981142/179
California11/17/2013
Sun
B* and partial Skyline
20 miles      3,005 ft      
+61 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.8mph
2:58:00
3:11:04
 Felt better today again. Lots of peeps out. 1822139/171
California11/15/2013
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Forgot to start my phone. Not exactly it, but same mileage. Saw a big group of guys heading out of MR just as we were heading in. Nice to get out there with a friend/neighbor today. Felt better today.
California11/14/2013
Thu
SC to SART Detour & Back
32.6 miles      316 ft      
+60 Ladder  +5 bonus    12.4mph
2:37:00
2:46:46
 912 calories? Seems like a long time to burn 900 calories... Was feeling good until I saw that. Detour on SART at the Carl's Jr after Hamilton, couldn't go to the ocean so just turned back. I felt much better than my lousy attempt at jogging yesterday and my lackluster MTBing lately. 912145/
California11/13/2013
Wed
SC bike trail to Grijalva
3.4 miles      83 ft      
+6 Ladder  +1 bonus    3.4mph
1:00:00
1:05:00
 Thought I'd go for a jog/run...wrong...no wonder I've had a hard time on the bike, I'm a mess...my heart rate was fine but my knees, hips, feet, back, etc. were terrible and I didn't have the legs to get my heart rate up. Mental/motivation issues for sure too, but I've definitely fallen off a big cliff capability-wise. Yikes...thought my riding a few times a week would have prevented that from getting too bad. Oh well.  Other Comments619108/148
California11/12/2013
Tue
Burnout on B*
7.7 miles      923 ft      
+20 Ladder    7.5mph
1:02:00
1:11:02
 Didn't feel like riding but thought a long slow climb would be good. I was wrong, I think I am officially burned out.  Other Comments126/169
California11/11/2013
Mon
Oaks:MR-O-YR-CW-BR-C-RR-E-SC-O-W-MR
14.7 miles      1,173 ft      
+36 Ladder
 Phone was still charging but this was pretty much it. Nice mellow cruise, felt good the whole way. Nice breeze out there. Lots of horses--seems like they like doing the trails mid day during the week, which makes sense but I've been riding at that time a lot lately.
California11/09/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-C-RR-IrvP (Wehoo)
12.8 miles      892 ft      
+30 Ladder    6.4mph
2:00:00
3:20:40
 Wasn't sure what I was going to do today until my 4 year old daughter said she wanted to "go to Oaks" and "ride Mountain Goat and Chutes"... I loved it but honestly kind of hoped she'd pick something easier...but we did it. There was some walking up Goat and I didn' clean a couple of the tighter switchbacks this time, and we took it real slow and easy down Chutes (not Ridgeline, at least until the bottom). Lots of peeps out today enjoying the beautiful fall day. Topped it off by splitting a hot dog at the train station and did a quick ride aboard the train before hopping back on the bikes and going home. Great day.
California11/06/2013
Wed
Oaks: MR-O-WC-DW-WC-BR-CW-BB-MG
13 miles      1,590 ft      
+36 Ladder    6.4mph
2:01:00
2:14:32
 Intended to do Weir and get 2300+ of climbing in, but blew up coming up that last climb on the trail out of Oaks to the Hidden Canyon/Overlook Terrace intersection. Tried the next climb but felt faint. I think I went a little too low on the calorie intake. I was solo so I just headed back. Hot summer like conditions when not under the shade, which is most of the time at Oaks. Felt strong at the beginning of the ride, just need more endurance and stamina. It's coming back. Just need to get my weight down and power/endurance up.  Other Comments1167148/185
California11/04/2013
Mon
Blackstar to the Ball
17 miles      2,326 ft      
+50 Ladder
 Felt much better today. A little cold actually.
California10/31/2013
Thu
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder
 Fun meandering cruise. Suffered on the climbs, as expected, yet felt like I did better than expected. Flatted somehow before the first real climb. Took it easy down. Wow, Chutes is chopped up bad. Rain, rain we need rain...
California10/28/2013
Mon
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG
9.4 miles      929 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.9mph
1:11:05
1:19:44
 2 Coyote, 3 Deer, definitely felt like Fall. Rear brake was rubbing bad on my FS so took the SS...ouch I'm fat and weak...forgot how to descend on a hardtail on the first descent but felt better on the 2nd.
California10/27/2013
Sun
Santiago Creek to Grijalva
3.9 miles      31 ft      
+7 Ladder  +4 bonus
 Just needed some fresh air. Did this on my SS MTB. Not sure why I'm bothering posting this, but I haven't been riding much / need the points.
California10/25/2013
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-CR-E-P-MR
12.4 miles      1,156 ft      
+31 Ladder
 My four year old daughter's idea--we were heading to the paved trail with my wife when she says "I want to go to Oaks and do Chutes..." My wife looks at me like I put her up to this. Then, my daughter says something like "I want you to go with us this time, Mommy. I want to go as a family." I admitted to my wife that I couldn't have scripted it better... We thought for sure she'd get distracted by the time we made it back to the house to get the mtn bikes, but she didn't--she was persistent. So off we went. My wife hadn't ridden in a long time, but she's been doing that P90X so she did fine. We both walked the last part of B3 but otherwise made it. Great weather, great time. Made it back before dark, but not much. A dream come true--rode a "real" ride with my 2 girls.
California10/23/2013
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder
 Lazy loop. I successfully bled my rear brake, thanks YouTube, but I think I got mineral oil on the rotor and/or pads so I wound up walking down 1/2 of the initial drops on Chutes... whatever it was burned off quickly after that and my brakes felt adequate and great by the end of the ride. Part of it was new pads too. Warmer this morning than the last morning ride I did.  Other Comments
California10/22/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG up and down
8.9 miles      732 ft      
+21 Ladder    8.2mph
1:05:00
1:25:27
 Rear brake appeared to be losing oil at the top of Goat and the lever was almost to the bar so I headed back down Goat using mostly front brake. Bummer, I must have messed them up when I tried to do my first bleed... They seemed to be getting better on the way home. Might give it another try and take a look at YouTube. Otherwise, to The Path I go...
California10/21/2013
Mon
Blackstar to 1st Cattle gate
10.6 miles      1,094 ft      
+28 Ladder    9.5mph
1:07:00
1:07:00
 Wasn't feeling it today so I turned around at the first grate. I don't remember not making it to Beeks before except for taking a couple new riders out. Saw some OC fire trucks on the ridge across from B*. They were coming out of the gate that empties onto Blackstar by the houses. More peeps out than I expected. Drier and hotter than I expected.
California10/20/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder
 Stole away for a quick loop. Didn't feel like much, just wanted to get out and get some fresh air. Didn't feel like Chutes again, so just went down Cactus--wow, that's beat up...looks like people don't like steering going down that trail, what a mess. Felt good on the way out, kind of sprinted home.
California10/18/2013
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-CR-E-P-MR
12.4 miles      1,156 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.7mph
1:37:00
2:02:49
 Nice to get out for a ride again. Need to get out more and get into shape.
California10/13/2013
Sun
Oaks: Wehoo MR-MG-C-RR-H-E-P-MR
11.6 miles      775 ft      
+26 Ladder    5mph
2:18:00
3:56:33
 My daughter asked to go for a bike ride with me this morning. When I asked her where I expected to one of the parks / playgrounds off the paved bike trail, instead she asked me to take her to "Oaks" again and specifically "Chutes"--she's heard me talking about that trail and I had mentioned maybe taking her down it to get an Icee and Hot Dog at the train station. So that's what we did. What a blast. She was laughing hysterically when we crossed from the switchbacks to ridgeline at the bottom after the last drop as I wanted to avoid the steepest/narrowest switchbacks towards the bottom of "new" Chutes. She said we should do it again soon and asked to do it again today but I couldn't climb back up again today. The pumpkin patch and train station was more crowded than I have ever seen it. Glad we didn't have to deal with parking. One of, if not, the best ride ever.  Other Comments
California10/12/2013
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    6.9mph
1:06:00
1:30:00
 Nice cruise. Made it up the grade in middle chainring surprisingly as I'm fat and haven't been riding enough; I guess towing my daughter in the trailer has given me a little extra strength. Luge seemed worse, not better, than last time despite the recent rain. Huge group got to the flag just after us but opted to back up STT rather than drop Luge. Great weather, a little cold at the start but perfect at the top of the grade and after. Nice ride. Lots of time on my hands, going to start hitting it hard I think on Monday and whip myself back into shape.  Other Comments
California10/11/2013
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-FL-W-P-MR
11.3 miles      1,184 ft      
+30 Ladder
 In a rut I guess, but felt like a repeat. Definitively easier without the trailer. Went down ridge line this time. The rain helped get rid of the sand but not hero dirt.
California10/08/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-FL-W-P-MR
11.3 miles      1,184 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Test ride with the bike trailer without my daughter in it. Didn't do Ridge line, just went down the switchbacks until the last drop section. Nice weather--its Fall.
California10/07/2013
Mon
Oaks: MR-OB1 Wehoo
5.9 miles      399 ft      
+13 Ladder    6.4mph
55:00
1:22:47
 My 4 year old daughter asked for me to take her to Oaks and for my wife to join us...thought I died and gone to heaven. My wife decided not to join us, which was a bummer, but Grace and I still went. I didn't even have to convince her to go to Oaks / the dirt versus the paved trail which she knows leads to the playground, park, etc. We stopped at the first bench on B1 today as we got a late start and felt like taking it easy. I'm wondering if I might be able to make it down Yucca then take BB to Goat then down Chutes B; I worry about the tightness of the switchbacks though and we'd have to walk the down/up transition from Yucca to BB, otherwise it'd probably be good. That way, we could ride from my driveway all the way to Irvine Park mostly via dirt.
California10/01/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-MG
10.9 miles      1,271 ft      
+29 Ladder    8.1mph
1:21:14
2:05:04
 Getting light later and later...and starting to feel like Fall in the morning, although we have no right to complain riding in short sleeves and shorts in 60-something degree weather in the early morning... This was painful. Felt like a newb. I was by far the weakest one in our group but I am hopeful that my good diet yesterday, and so far today, and doing more rides like this will address my seriously deficient power-to-weight-ratio... And hopefully the suffering will be short-lived.
California09/29/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-O (Wehoo) to 2nd bench
8.6 miles      601 ft      
+20 Ladder    4.1mph
2:06:46
2:06:46
 Fun ride with my daughter. Took her into the new Mabury entrance on the trail a bike, at least it's nice for that... Up the 'used to b's' to the first bench for a snack/break, then she says she "wants to climb some more..." so up we went...I needed the calorie burn and exercise anyway. Went to the next bench then it was time to head back down. Nice day out, not too hot. Lots of nice peeps--hikers, equestrians, riders, everyone friendly and courteous.
California09/28/2013
Sat
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Lynx
2.6 miles      455 ft      
+7 Ladder
 Off day. Out of shape, feeling sick. Called it a day after climbing cholla and just dropped down lynx. Felt like I was going to hurl. Crowded, as expected.  Other Comments
California09/25/2013
Wed
Quail Lazy Loop
5.7 miles      442 ft      
+13 Ladder  +3 bonus    8.4mph
40:58
40:58
 Got a little bonus at work so I splurged and bought XT's for my singlespeed--was sick and tired of the Elixr CR's on it. Feeling fat, lazy and stressed at work but needed some fresh air at lunch so wanted to try it out. Too out of shape to attempt Willow or Cholla so opted for this stupid loop I did years ago when I first started riding on the dirt. But it wasn't bad, had the place to myself except for a helmetless rider on a 50 pound wal-mart full suspension bike. Nice to get out, get some fresh air and burn a few calories--not much though.
California09/22/2013
Sun
Irvine Park: Roadrunner Loop-Egret-Willows
4.3 miles      45 ft      
+7 Ladder
 Took the wife and daughter to Irvine Park for alittle pumpkin patch, hay ride, snackbar, playground, picnic then hit the trails a bit. Nice day, fantastic weather but sun came out just as we were getting the bikes. Trails very sandy, wife and daughter were coated pretty good...don't think they'll want to go back until after a rain. But great day except for my ill advised detour through "blair witch" to try, once again, to get from Willows to Roadrunner...I always somehow wind up on the same endless sandpit trail and never find the intersection that is near the tree log after the end of Chutes in Irvine Park. I'll figure it out, eventually.
California09/21/2013
Sat
East Orange to Mabury
6.7 miles      149 ft      
+13 Ladder    7.5mph
53:37
53:37
 Took my daughter over to check out the new Mabury Ranch entrance. Yep, it's sanitized now. Still not accessible for young kids / people with bike trailers, but looks like they might be gearing up for a bridge across the creek to the existing trail. Wish they would have left the existing entrance alone and just built a bridge across the creek. I enjoyed that little drop-in.  Other Comments
California09/20/2013
Fri
Nix Stagecoach Camarillo Serrano Ridge
7.4 miles      1,010 ft      
+21 Ladder    6.4mph
1:10:00
1:19:00
 Liked this much better on the geared bike on a cool overcast day than on my Singlespeed in 95 degrees a month ago. Nice weather, thought I felt a few sprinkles here and there but it wasn't cold, just nice. Overcast, but nice.
California09/15/2013
Sun
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder
 Phone/GPS wigged out and only recorded the climb. Alternated between feeling good, ok to suffering. My right knee started hurting so I stopped and took a break on the way up. Thought about stopping and turning around a few times on the way up, but that would have been a first in a long time for me so I persisted. Thoughts of turning around were more about boredom than anything. Stopped a 2nd time to switch to dark lenses on the way up. Cool at dawn but sun was intense the last part of the climb. Warm wind on the way down. Got my speed up a bit on the way down, but knew there'd be lots of people climbing so I eased up a bit, especially in the blind corners. I need to get my diet back in order, lose weight and find my motivation and "mojo" again.
California09/12/2013
Thu
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder    6.9mph
1:32:00
2:36:00
 Lots of lolly-gagging today, but that was ok by me. Work has been stressful but finally got thru a major hurdle, so it was nice to get out for a ride. Noticeably darker and cooler in the morning though. The days are getting shorter. Poor bike is creaking like crazy though, needs some more TLC; always something.
California09/07/2013
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.9mph
1:06:00
1:30:00
 First night ride in a long time. 80 degrees out there tonight. Felt pretty good, but took it easy. Nice mellow pace, easy gear, stopped to take in the views. Wasn't a super clear night, but it was nice. Didn't have a nice cool breeze until the last climb. A few tarantulas but otherwise had the place to ourselves. My knee doesn't hurt when I ride but hurts walking, moving around and my shoulder and some cuts / trail rash are sore from my unplanned dismount this morning. Been a while since I've done 2 rides in one day. Luckily my riding partner tonight was off his prime form so I kept up well. I was falling asleep on the couch at 7pm, at Cooks at 8 and on the bike at 8:15. Fun ride.
California09/07/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder
 Hot early today so just did one climb. Zoned out and OTBd down the top of the dam. Thought I messed up my bike and shoulder but both seem OK. Some trail rash on my left arm and leg but all seems OK. Stupid mistake.
California09/05/2013
Thu
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder
 Forgot to turn on my phone 2 days running. There were signs at Mabury ranch indicating that the trail would be closed for 2 weeks starting 9/16 and a huge pile of dirt. I'm assuming that means the entrance will be closed there. Wonder what they're up to. Hope they don't change things too much, but it would be nice to have a parallel entrance for kids on their bikes--the Mabury entrance isn't easy for kids or bike trailers. Nice ride today.  Other Comments
California09/04/2013
Wed
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Forgot to hit start on my phone. Oh well. Getting lighter later. Wish fall weather was coming, but September is often hot. Nice high 70's with nice breeze though. Cholla was tough, it's been too long and I haven't been riding enough and have been eating/drinking too much. The descents were fun though, was a little timid on the rock garden but kept my speed from getting too slow (which makes things worse). Lots of sand, but RockIt was expectedly fine and Lynx wasn't bad, just a couple sandy spots as expected. Fun descent. Bummed I didn't capture my time, especially on Lynx--I think it was a pretty good run. But, it was nice just cruising around solo. Stopping to look at the views occasionally. Need to get back into shape though.
California08/31/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-AH-BR-CC-MG
10.5 miles      1,188 ft      
+28 Ladder    7.4mph
1:25:00
1:41:00
 Nice easy mellow solo cruise. The new switchback they cut into "Anaheim Hills" from Yucca Ridge to Barham was a nice surprise. Warm and humid, but not bad just after sunrise. Nice ride.
California08/28/2013
Wed
Oaks: MRe-MG-CR-C-MG
6.1 miles      1,063 ft      
+19 Ladder    7.4mph
49:00
1:25:00
 Getting light later... Nice mellow ride. Buddy got a call from work so we had to cut it short so we just dropped down Mtn Goat and headed out but that was ok with me--I was up for a mellow cruise today. Nice and warm early but started getting hot by the end of the ride. Going to be a hot one.
California08/26/2013
Mon
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder
 This was Saturday's ride--realized today that I shorted myself 4 miles.
California08/23/2013
Fri
El Morro: RP-L-LS-W-B-OE-E-ML-FL
8.3 miles      1,087 ft      
+23 Ladder    8.1mph
1:02:00
1:36:00
 Finally was able to get myself out of bed in the morning again and get out there for a "real" ride. Took it easy and felt out of sorts, made a newb mistake by staring at a rut on a steep sandy section and you know what happened next... The good thing about all the sand is that it was a soft landing and lesson re-learned: stare where you WANT to go not where you don't want to go... Felt better on the climbs than expected, just need to remember how to learn how to steer again. I'm rusty on anything narrow or remotely technical. Although, I was surprised to see it was my 2nd fastest time down Old Emerald; that was surprising. Great weather--mid to high 60's early morning. Didn't feel like getting up and going but, as usual, glad I did and hopefully this will be the start of my getting back into the old routine and swing of things. I could feel the extra weight I gained though. It's starting to come back off... Just need to keep my diet on track and flog myself a bit more on the bike.  Other Comments
California08/21/2013
Wed
Willow to Bommer 3.1
3.2 miles      704 ft      
+11 Ladder    6.5mph
30:00
34:00
 Short lunch ride, but needed to get out, stretch the legs, burn some calories and relieve some work stress. Hot, but not as hot as last week in Laguna. Took it easy on the climb, felt great on the descent, for what it is, but watched the blind corners and eased up toward the bottom as hikers were coming up otherwise would've set a PR.
California08/17/2013
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.4mph
1:02:00
1:23:00
 
California08/16/2013
Fri
Nix Stagecoach Camarillo Serrano Ridge
7.4 miles      1,010 ft      
+21 Ladder  +3 bonus    6.4mph
1:10:00
1:15:00
 Hot lunchtime loop on the singlespeed. Should have checked my car's temperature gauge before setting out; I looked when I got back and it said 97 degrees. My phone said Irvine was 77, but it was HOT. Didn't really enjoy this loop as the bike, mainly the brakes, wasn't dialed but I burned some calories. Had to walk some of the climbs though as I am fat and out of shape from my lack of riding.  Other Comments
California08/11/2013
Sun
O'Neill: Arroyo Trabuco+
16.4 miles      811 ft      
+35 Ladder  +3 bonus    7.4mph
2:13:00
2:42:00
 Still not 100%, didn't feel like getting up early and riding despite working on my full suspension bike last night and being eager to see how it works. Opted for a late morning jaunt with my daughter on my SS with the bike trailer at O'Neill, thought I'd check out the Arroyo Trabuco trail. Wound up starting just before noon, so new it would be hot and it was. That and my lingering illness wound up making this much harder on me than the profile would indicate. Some tricky spots for me with my 40 pound daughter and 40 pound trailer and bad brakes... so opted to walk a couple stream crossings. Nice day, lots of nice folks / families out enjoying the trail, which was nice to see but had the trail to ourselves a good amount too.  Other Comments
California08/10/2013
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Felt better than expected. Still not 100% and getting fat from lack of riding. Rear hub started failing up to Flag... The Path fixed it on the way home while I waited for $10! Love them.
California08/04/2013
Sun
Santiago Creek Trail to Santiago Park & Back
10.8 miles      209 ft      
+20 Ladder  +8 bonus
 Another jaunt to the park and back per my daughter's request--how cool is that? Of course there was a lot of time spent on a couple of the playgrounds off the bike trail... Had to rush home for a call I had to do for work; just made it. My singlespeed isn't good for going fast on paved bike trails, even my daughter was complaining that we "weren't winning".
California08/04/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-BB-GH
6.8 miles      1,227 ft      
+22 Ladder    4.5mph
1:30:00
2:30:00
 First "real" ride in a while. Mellow spin. Buddy just got back from broken ribs, wrist and banged up knee courtesy of Rattlesnake (El Morro). I can feel the weight gain from not riding and poor diet these past few weeks. Work seems to be settling down finally and I seem to be coming out of the fog from being sick so hopefully I'll start getting back into the swing. My FS bike needs a lot of love. Didn't get around to it today, hopefully tomorrow.
California08/03/2013
Sat
Irvine Park: Roadrunner Loop-Egret-Willows
4.3 miles      45 ft      
+7 Ladder  +4 bonus
 Little meander with my daughter. Nice to get out.
California07/30/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder    8.6mph
1:10:00
1:21:00
 Blahhhh.
California07/28/2013
Sun
Irvine Park: Roadrunner Loop-Egret-Willows
4.3 miles      45 ft      
+7 Ladder  +3 bonus
 Recovering from "walking pneumonia"...too bad it wasn't 'riding pneumonia'...too tired to do anything until yesterday, managed a road ride on the bike trail with my daughter (trailer) on my SS. Today on the dirt, same setup. Nice to get out and enjoy some fresh air. Saw some riders heading to Chutes. Just didn't have it in me for a "real" ride but enjoyed spending time with my daughter. Wife decided to take some "me time" and stay home so we decided to make the most of it and get bad stuff to eat and ride a pony (at least my daughter did...) and hit the playground for a while--this time before the ride, a special request. Beautiful day, not many people which was nice for a change.  Other Comments
California07/27/2013
Sat
Santiago Creek Trail to Santiago Park & Back
10.8 miles      209 ft      
+20 Ladder  +8 bonus    7.3mph
1:29:00
3:13:00
 Had low energy all week, riding hasn't sounded good, Finally went to DR on Thurs, turned out I had walking pneumonia. Took my daughter for a ride on my singlespeed hardtail MTB with the wehoo trailer to the park and back. Nice ride and time.  Other Comments
California07/21/2013
Sun
oaks mr o br ah wc br cw bb mg
16.3 miles      2,687 ft      
+52 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.5mph
2:29:00
2:49:00
 Been feeling groggy all week battling something. Think I have a brain cloud. Need to find some orange crush and a volcano. Probably too big of a ride today but just didn't feel like descending...so I went down Coach whip. There are some things that are legal but which you still should not do and descending Coach whip is one of them. Great dirt today, wish I could've enjoyed it more. Maybe tomorrow.
California07/16/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-Oak-BR-CR
14.6 miles      987 ft      
+34 Ladder  +1 bonus    10.2mph
1:26:00
1:26:00
 Kind of a lazy solo loop. Geared FS. Took it easy up Oak, really foggy/hard to see. No one else out there, kind of eerie. Broke through the fog on used-to-B2, went all the way up top and down the full Barham ridge. The initial descent on Barham, actually all of Barham, was nice. Started sliding around a bit coming down from the highpoint of Chutes so I eased up, took it easy from there. Nice ride.
California07/14/2013
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    7.5mph
1:00:49
1:00:49
 Haven't ridden this since April. Great condition, no sand. Felt like I flew down some sections. Strava sucks now that some jerk(s) flagged a bunch of segments. I know that's not what riding is about, etc. But I used to enjoy that site.
California07/12/2013
Fri
El Morro: RP-Rattlesnake-ITIC-OE-E-MLFL
12.6 miles      2,225 ft      
+41 Ladder    7.3mph
1:43:00
1:43:00
 Ouch. El Morro is the land of the long climbs... Geez, all we got to do was descend Rattlesnake / Red Tail then we had to climb forever. We were going to do T&A but I wouldn't have survived Willow and we didn't have enough time so we dropped Old Emerald, which isn't fun climbing out of that either but I cleaned it--thought it might be loose/sandy but the tough part wasn't bad at all. Sandy stretches on Bommer and the other ridges, as expected but the descents were mostly free of deep sand. Set PR's on Rattlesnake and the ITIC and Moro Ridge climbs and would've on the Old Emerald descent but I slowed way down when I saw some hikers coming up. Great ride, but I'm beat!
California07/11/2013
Thu
Oaks: MR-O-H-MG-CC-BB-GH
11.3 miles      1,315 ft      
+31 Ladder    7.4mph
1:32:00
1:32:00
 Fun ride on the squishy bike today. It probably wasn't necessary but I changed the front tire from a Hans Dampf to a Spec Butcher (29er) to see if it would be better in the deep sand; the HD hasn't seemed to be as incredible as it was last Fall through Spring and my front wheel has washed out a few times in deep sand. The Butcher seemed like it might have been marginally better; it didn't wash out but I didn't go down anything too steep and took it easy today. But the Butcher "2.3" sure doesn't appear to be 2.3, looks like 2.2 to me and the side knobs seem less prominent than the HD. The real problem isn't probably the tire, it's that it's Summer and I'm riding trails that I have never ridden in Summer...I think I just had an epiphany...
California07/07/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-W-SC
11.5 miles      708 ft      
+26 Ladder  +3 bonus    8.2mph
1:24:00
1:24:00
 Had delusions of SS grandeur, opted for Oaks still with big ambitions but legs, bike, body and mind weren't into it.
California07/06/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-H-MR
11.1 miles      1,252 ft      
+29 Ladder
 Forgot to turn on phone. This but grasshopper not hawk. SS has made me stronger even though my gut is getting bigger.
California07/04/2013
Thu
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder  +3 bonus    8.1mph
1:56:00
2:03:00
 1st time on BS with the SS for me. Did well until the last climb, which was tough to keep the cranks turning but made it up with no breaks. Got passed by a much more experienced, and fitter, SSer right b4 the gate. Fun descent, lots of peeps climbing enjoying the beautiful day.
California07/03/2013
Wed
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder    7.2mph
50:00
1:27:00
 The old double loop. Been a while. Skipped 5 Oaks again, just scared I'll wash out in the sand again like the last 2 times and I'm worried the 3rd strike will take me out... RockIt and Lynx were fun enough and was able to go down them faster than I have in a long time, wasn't really trying to go fast just had fun and enjoyed the flow. Neither are too sandy, pretty good conditions considering the heat/weather lately. Nice mellow ride.
California07/02/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Lazy loop.  Other Comments
California06/30/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CC-BB-MG
10.9 miles      1,105 ft      
+28 Ladder  +3 bonus    7.5mph
1:27:00
1:46:00
 Hot. Didn't feel like riding but needed the calorie burn. Hot even early again today so I dressed like a roadie/xc guy/superhero today... Coachwhip was a bear on the SS, didn't make the grade a couple of times but managed most and think I could've cleaned it all--I think I learned how to ride the SS a bit better today. Got home and tightened a bunch of bolts though, the poor bike was creaking up a storm from my fatt butt squirming all over it...
California06/29/2013
Sat
Oaks mr mg cr c wf o h
12.4 miles      1,634 ft      
+36 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Hot even early; did grasshopper instead of Hawk and took the switchback instead of the drop, just not feeling it today...
California06/27/2013
Thu
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Car Wreck-Cholla-Lynx
7.7 miles      1,277 ft      
+23 Ladder    6.9mph
1:07:00
1:45:00
 Supposed to do this Tues, but flaked. Not motivated to ride today. Wanted to check out Car Wreck the other day, but didn't feel like pushing it today. Did about average, meaning not very good. Felt better going down Lynx--haven't ridden it that fast/well since late Winter and the conditions aren't as good, although Lynx isn't bad compared to most spots. Glad we skipped 5Oaks this morning, I most likely would've fallen in the sand again. Thanks to whoever advised about the grading on Mathis--we were going to climb that today and it is a mess, we just saw the small section from the top down to Car Wreck from West Ridge (or whatever the ridge is called) and it was a mess, I had to put a foot down just descending it. No rain in sight so that's going to be like that for a long time. All the kiosks and shade structures have been removed from the park...our tax dollars hard at work removing all of the Eagle Scout projects from the last 20 years...ah yes, progress! Government at its best.  Other Comments
California06/24/2013
Mon
LCW: Willow to Bommer
6.3 miles      957 ft      
+19 Ladder  +4 bonus    13.1mph
29:00
35:00
 Quickie at lunch. Willow on the SS. Ouch, felt like I was going to rip the handlebars in half or my arms out of the sockets. Didn't make the final section of the initial climb, had to walk that part but otherwise found it doable. Nice temps, lots of peeps out enjoying Laguna, cruised down since it was crowded.
California06/23/2013
Sun
Oaks: Alb-SC-P-O-YR-BB-MG-C-RR-SC
7.7 miles      1,119 ft      
+22 Ladder  +4 bonus    7.3mph
1:03:00
1:24:00
 2nd SS ride on my newly built up SS. Felt better climbing today. Took it easy on the descents, rode with a friend getting over a broken arm. Posted a similar route earlier but deleted it as I learned how to crop off a section I drove my car / left my ride recording and I realized the substitute ride I used was longer / had more points than this.
California06/22/2013
Sat
Oaks mr mg cr c wf o h o p
13.3 miles      1,931 ft      
+39 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Waterfall will prob always be beyond me...did OK on hawk but did go down 2x from the sandy sections. Nice morning.  Other Comments
California06/20/2013
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-H-MR
11.1 miles      1,252 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Kind of cleaned Hawk--didn't hesitate or stop, but slid out in one turn and almost went down, clipped out with one foot to keep myself from falling but didn't stop, just pushed off and clipped right back in and held on (it was a steep section) and managed to keep the tires on the ground. Fun ride, beat my old time by 25%.
California06/18/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CC-BB-MG
11.1 miles      1,264 ft      
+29 Ladder  +4 bonus    7.9mph
1:24:00
1:44:00
 First ride on my newly built SS. Thought I made a big mistake / bit off more than I could chew at first, nearly turned around after starting to climb the "used-to-b's" but persisted and I got used to it as the ride progressed and made it up all of the climbs, granted I think I got treadmarks on my forehead a couple of times. Thought about various bailing-out points, but wound up going all the way up to the top of Yucca, back down then decided to climb Goat and descend Cactus. Needed that 2nd descent to remember how to descend on a hardtail again. Lost 2 out of the 4 crankbolts somewhere on the trail (guess I'm not a good mechanic...), but realized the remaining 2 were loose and averted disaster towards the end of the ride. Wound up feeling like Maximus returning from battle as I was riding home...but then again, it is only 32/21...
California06/17/2013
Mon
El Moro(Bomber Emerald Bomber Rattlesnake No Name)
11.7 miles      1,674 ft      
+35 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.8mph
2:01:00
2:25:00
 Not quite this but same locale, elevation, mileage. Foggy/misty, hard to see with glasses so I went without but they're prescription so it was interesting. Still fun, especially as it lightened up. Beautiful scenery and some challenging climbs and descents along with the slow grind up Willow back to RP at the end.  Other Comments
California06/16/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-H-MR
11.1 miles      1,252 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.2mph
1:33:00
1:33:00
 Happy Fathers day.
California06/15/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-W-SC
11.5 miles      708 ft      
+26 Ladder
 Thought this was going to be the first ride on a hardtail singlespeed project I've been working on, but couldn't quite get it done. Nice relaxing solo ride, not sure what I was going to do once I got to Oaks. Thought about all sorts of things, settled on this. Hot on the climb, breezy on the descent. Nice day. Lots of horses out, not many riders.
California06/12/2013
Wed
Oaks: MR-O-GH-O-H
9.2 miles      915 ft      
+23 Ladder
 Close to this but 2nd descent was Peralta. My phone went into powersave mode just before the Peralta descent, so I didn't capture that. Too bad as we had the place to ourselves over there and I'm pretty certain that was the fastest I've managed to descend that trail. Oh well, I get to do it again--that's a good thing. Bike is feeling really good but I am having some minor derailler noise and I think I'm getting close to needing a new rear tire, or it's just the trail conditions changing into Summer. Felt tired at the beginning of the ride, energized at the end--feeling good on the descents. PR on Grasshopper despite a huge rock dislodging right in the middle of my line on the drop, which you can't see until it's too late.
California06/11/2013
Tue
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Lynx
2.6 miles      455 ft      
+7 Ladder
 Was going to do RockIt today, but wound up switching it to Lynx. Summer means more crowds on weekdays now; bummer, but good to see people out there enjoying the park. My phone didn't record my ride, which is a bummer as i think it was a pretty good time down Lynx--had the trail to myself until the very bottom but no issues. Nice breeze today. Something's not right with my rear wheel--I don't think I put it back together or on right, it's making a weird noise when I am climbing. Probably the cassette.
California06/10/2013
Mon
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Lynx
2.6 miles      455 ft      
+7 Ladder    6.8mph
22:45
25:51
 Quick lunch ride, all I had time for today. Broke a spoke the other day, fixed it myself which is the first time I've done that with tubeless tires but, thanks to YouTube, I got it done. Took the oppty to thoroughly clean my cassette, yuck, and drivetrain. Also changed the angle of my stem to account for the extra height of the new fork. Felt a little uneasy, unsure I torqued all the bolts correctly, but all was well. The park was a bit crowded for a Monday at noon--Summer is here.
California06/08/2013
Sat
oaks mr o gh
7.9 miles      571 ft      
+18 Ladder
 Phone was dead, so didn't record it but went back and went down Hawk, not Grasshopper.
California06/08/2013
Sat
Oaks mr mg cr c cc bb gh o p
12.4 miles      1,837 ft      
+37 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.9mph
1:47:00
2:25:00
 
California06/05/2013
Wed
El Morro: RidgePark-Rattlesnake-ITIC-Bommer-TNA-Willow
15 miles      2,604 ft      
+48 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.5mph
2:19:00
2:45:00
 Ouch, I'm tired. Tough shlog for my 3rd consecutive day for not having been riding much. Did better than I expected for most of the ride...until Willow... Finally cleaned Rattlesnake and TNA seemed easier than before, except I have a bad habit of overbraking on steep loose sections which hasn't been successful lately. But this ride was a good use of the new fork. Rattlesnake never looked so tame. Tomorrow, I will be resting!
California06/04/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-Oak-BR-CR
14.6 miles      987 ft      
+34 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Misty, hard to see. Lots of people out enjoying the lighter mornings.
California06/03/2013
Mon
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder    7mph
36:24
41:35
 Lunchtime ride. Stayed up too late last night, ironically watching a movie about mountain biking...("Tour Divide") so wound up sleeping in and not riding Oaks in the AM so snuck out for a quick loop at lunch. The new fork feels great, set a PR down RockIt without even trying to--just was a little more aggressive in some spots to see how it would do. Feels much smoother, the annyoing creak is gone and the 34 does feel more stiff/supportive in a good way than my 32--inspires confidence and makes the bike ride like never before. But, Murphy's law--my deraillers need adjusting now...  Other Comments
California06/01/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 I've been weak and groggy the past couple days but I seized the opportunity of the 2014 Fox Forks coming out to buy a 2013 Float 34 140mm to replace my tired, creaking R29 32 120mm fork. I did notice a slight difference in the height/geo due to the extra height but it didn't seem to affect the climbs, nor did the weight. And it was smooth but stiff--really felt substantial and more stable coming down the steeper/rougher parts of Chutes. Feels like a new bike and better than the demo bikes I've tried.
California05/31/2013
Fri
Aliso: CV-5Oaks-Cholla-RockIt-Cholla-Lynx
8.2 miles      1,425 ft      
+26 Ladder
 Frustrating climb up to 50aks this morning, sprinklers were going off and made for a muddy/slippery climb and clogged our shoes and tires. Great, just what I want at the top of 5Oaks...sure enough, I went down again in the same spot--the moondust section near the beginning, but again a soft landing and I cleaned the rest this time, I didn't let it get in my head as the rest of the trail is better. But I'm tempted to say goodbye to 5Oaks until after the next rain.
California05/29/2013
Wed
Oaks: Serrano-P-MG-CR-RR-E
12.6 miles      1,760 ft      
+37 Ladder
 Weird ride, wasn't all together today. Almost didn't go out, then almost turned back but turned out to be fine--no regrets. And glad I got a calorie burn. Tried one line on Chutes I don't normally take but otherwise took it easy today.
California05/28/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-GH-O-H
9.2 miles      915 ft      
+23 Ladder
 Solo early AM 'tech workout'. Climbed Oak, warmed up on descending Grasshopper then climbed back up and went down Hawk. Wasn't feeling too good on the initial steep steps this morning so took a brief breather. Started again and made the first hard-for-me righthand turn then made it to the drop-thing towards the middle/end, walked down that to take a better looksie, then walked back up and finally did it but had trouble making the turn and had to put a foot down. Hopefully I'll clean it next time. Hard to steer and brake and maintain traction on the steep spots with all the loose dirt due to the dryness.
California05/26/2013
Sun
Telegraph Short
7.6 miles      388 ft      
+16 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Short but fun ride with the girls (wife and daughter). Nice weather mostly, sunny but with a nice breeze. A bit of a headwind and cool on the descent. Turned around early as my wife got a flat front tire and we didn't have the right size tube, but a 29er tube worked to get her back down safe. Actually, I think it might have just been an excuse to start the descent early and get to the hot dogs, chips and playground... Nice day, plenty of people in the park, technically "crowded" as the lot was pretty full but was able to find parking fine and had our pick of a few acceptable benches / barbeques so not "crowded" in a bad way. Happy Memorial Day weekend, hope everyone is having a great weekend.
California05/25/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-C-CC-BB-GH
8.7 miles      1,507 ft      
+27 Ladder
 Fun day, casual pace, stopping to take pictures and check out new lines, socializing with riders out there. Beautiful day / weather.
California05/23/2013
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-GH-SR-BM-W-MR
11.9 miles      1,202 ft      
+31 Ladder
 Suffered a bit on the climbs. Time for a new chain. Did Grasshopper with the little drop thing towards the top without stopping, shaved 15% off my time. Felt good. One section left to conquer on Hawk next.
California05/22/2013
Wed
oaks mr o gh
7.9 miles      571 ft      
+18 Ladder    9.1mph
52:00
1:41:00
 Was going to do aliso but buddy flaked. Didn't feel like riding anyway but needed a calorie burn. Pushed hard up B1&2 then went down grasshopper. The one spot towards the top always gave me pause and a friend of mine who's much more skilled and experienced broke his arm on that spot recently. It doesn't look that much worse than the drop from the flag on Luge but it took me a while to get past the mental block. Finally cleaned it, did it 2X for good measure. Loving the light and weather.
California05/20/2013
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-O-GH
12.5 miles      1,271 ft      
+32 Ladder    8.3mph
1:30:00
1:46:00
 Didn't feel like riding, but I can feel myself getting fatter...riding didn't sound good, but got my butt out of bed and got out there for a solo ride. Didn't feel good until the descent down Chutes--felt pretty good, but a little harsh. Might be the dirt, my fork is better. Decided to take the old loop through Irvine and back over the dam. Some work trucks cut me off so I waited for them at the dam...nice. Seemed like a lot of traffic early this morning. Opted to climb Oak to Grasshopper rather than Peralta. Felt good down Grasshopper, hopefully the start of my getting my descending skills back--it's been a while since I have felt good on the descents. Good ride, glad I got out there.
California05/18/2013
Sat
oaks mr mg cr cc bb gh h gh
9.2 miles      1,514 ft      
+29 Ladder    6.3mph
1:28:00
2:16:00
 Fork fixed. Need 2 eat/drink less and ride more.
California05/14/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-C-CC-BB-GH
12.1 miles      1,683 ft      
+35 Ladder  +1 bonus    8mph
1:31:00
1:39:00
 Leon's getting LARGER. Didn't want to get up and go this morning, but up and out I went and glad I did which is usually the case. Flogged myself up the used-to-B's and down Barham then Chutes, did a U-turn and crawled back up Chutes and down Cactus, up Bumblebee then down Grasshopper (didn't have the hutzpah for Hawk and I was solo so there'd be no one to find the body if I did...). Felt pretty good on the ups and downs but I'm finally taking my fork back in. Not feeling or sounding right, tried more and less air pressure and now there's oil residue on one stanchion. Good ride though.
California05/11/2013
Sat
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh o p
12.2 miles      2,200 ft      
+39 Ladder    8.1mph
1:30:00
2:19:00
 Good being back on the bike and dirt. Fork still not right, need to take it back.
California05/05/2013
Sun
Irvine Park - Horseshoe, Roadrunner, etc.
5.9 miles      362 ft      
+13 Ladder
 Something like this. Short ride with wife and daughter. Nice ride and time
California05/03/2013
Fri
El Morro: RP-L-LS-W-B-OE-E-ML-FL
8.3 miles      1,087 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.8mph
1:04:00
1:22:00
 Ye old El Morro loop. Been a while. Fork and seatpost are driving me nuts. Back to the shop they go. 60 degrees at o-used-to-be-dark-but-now-is-light thirty. Felt strong on the climbs today.
California05/01/2013
Wed
Aliso: CV-5Oaks-Cholla-RockIt-Cholla-Lynx
8.2 miles      1,425 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.4mph
1:17:00
1:52:00
 May Day, May Day, part of the top of 5 oaks was deep powder which Hans didn't give a Dampf for and the front wheel washed out on me. I was able to just slide out and avoid somersaulting down the hill but I rode the rest of it gingerly. The rest of 5Oaks was fine though. It's been a long time since I've ridden RockIt and I've been rusty lately and I haven't felt that nervous on the rock garden in a while. My fork is not right, going to have to take it back in and have them look at it. Cholla hurt both times but cleaned it the 2nd time. Lynx was fun--ended on a high note, no PR but I "felt the flow" and had fun and went fast the 2nd half. Need to ride more and eat/drink less... Work has been a bear / it's been hard to get out.
California04/29/2013
Mon
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-C-CC-BB-O-P-MR
12.5 miles      1,523 ft      
+35 Ladder  +1 bonus
 My fork was feeling a bit harsh today. Still creaking, which isn't surprising but is annoying. My saddle is twisting side to side now more and more on my adjustable seatpost. It would be nice to get everything dialed in again. Good to get out there again for a "real" ride--it had been over a week. Work has been a bear. Felt good on the climbs but took it slow and easy. The descents felt ok--not great but not bad, it was fun / fine.
California04/27/2013
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder
 Short ride with my girls.
California04/20/2013
Sat
Oaks mr mg cr c wf o h
12.4 miles      1,634 ft      
+36 Ladder
 First ride back with my bike after the much needed fork service. Bike and fork felt great, it was good to have them back but I think I'm going to need another few rides to get my 'mojo' back, which was unfortunate since we went down the 2 toughest trails in the park--Hawk and Waterfall...oh well, maybe I will feel better next time... One of the guys we rode with today was a monster climber--climbed both tough climbs in and out of the Mabury Ranch exit; I didn't even know the one was climbable...now I know...
California04/17/2013
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG
6.5 miles      1,160 ft      
+20 Ladder    6.3mph
1:02:00
1:29:00
 Short ride. Cold. Getting light earlier. Tried a Tallboy LTc with a Fox Float 34 140mm fork as my Fox Float 32 120mm on my Stumpjumper is in for an overhaul and is creaking--thinking about buying a new fork. The Tallboy was nice but I like my Stumpy's geo better and the Tallboy XL felt small. It also felt a bit more like I was riding on top of the bike than my stumpy. And online reviews say the XL Tallboy is 26 pounds but the bike I have is 30--I weighed it as it felt heavy for carbon. The Fork was nice, it did feel a bit more solid and smooth but probably not $900 better than my fork. Glad I got out there but it will be nice to get my bike back and have things dialed in again--it's been a while since I have felt good on descents due to equipment issues.
California04/13/2013
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Foggy morning ride. We thought about doing Old Camp but got to the Flag and decided to be lazy. Been a while since I had done the Luge. Cooks was taped off for some event even though we arrived at 630am and there were no cars or bikes parked there when we finished our ride. Parked at the base of Modjeska Grade Road. Thought it would hurt, but I actually made it up in middle comfortably and kind of pushed for a PR up it, but I must have started slower than I thought as it wound up being average. Dropped the bike off for service as my fork has been feeling crummy lately. Thinking of buying a Fox 34 140.  Other Comments
California04/11/2013
Thu
Willow to Bommer 3.1
3.2 miles      704 ft      
+11 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Needed a quickie at lunch, so I headed to Laguna... Nice day out, cool ocean breeze. Alternated between taking it easy and pushing it up and down. Almost didn't even bother to turn on my phone to record it and wasn't sure it was until after. Nice cruise. Bike seems ok. Looking forward to browsing the parking lot sale tomorrow at The Path to see if I can find some stuff at good prices to spruce up my ride... "Tom at Geoladders" is going to spot me... ;)
California04/09/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-BR-WF
6 miles      832 ft      
+17 Ladder    7.4mph
49:00
1:20:00
 First ride after the Coup. Felt great on the climbs--legs felt strong. Held back a bit but felt like I could've pushed it harder. The "used to B's" had nothing on me this morning... Thought I would try to get back into "trail riding mode" down Barham and start having fun again, and was, until I heard a horrific sound from my bike after a small drop. Stopped to check it out but couldn't find anything wrong. My bike has been barking at me more and more and I am not mechanically inclined, so think I'll take it to The Path for a checkup. Probably nothing minor. My fork hasn't been great lately anyway--probably needs a service. Oh tried Waterfall for the first time. Man that trail is tricky...even walking down it... ;)  Other Comments
California04/06/2013
Sat
Counting Coup '12
43.5 miles      8,318 ft      
+149 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Not sure what time I got because my Garmin went through the wash and my phone died b4 the peak but I think it was 7+ hours--VQ'ers made it back before I did... But, I met my goal of finishing it and made the cutoffs. Thanks to the Warrior's Society--you guys are very generous and provided great support. Ouch, my butt hurts...  Other Comments
California04/03/2013
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-BB-GH
6.8 miles      1,227 ft      
+22 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.3mph
1:05:00
1:30:00
 Blehhh. Buddy couldn't make it yesterday so we went today. Not motivated to get up and go out in the morning. Hasn't been fun lately at Oaks--having trouble seeing because my glasses are getting fogged up but I wear prescription lenses and my eyes tear up easily on descents. STBM. In some ways I felt strong on the climbs but didn't have any "mojo"--like I forgot how to ride. Chutes wasn't fun, couldn't see. Did well on the climb up Chutes. Cactus sucked--I miss the original berms. Just cruised down Grasshopper. Brakes must have had something on them from washing my bike the other night; hopefully I burnt whatever it was off by the end--they felt better at the end. Part of me wants to ride tomorrow to end on a high note before Saturday but part of me wants to rest 2 days before CC.  Other Comments
California03/30/2013
Sat
Maple Springs - Santiago Peak
23.4 miles      4,153 ft      
+74 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.1mph
3:51:00
3:51:00
 Beautiful day. Solo ride. Broke my chain before the peak.
California03/26/2013
Tue
Oaks MR-O-BR-CC-BB-GH
6.7 miles      1,036 ft      
+20 Ladder
 Really foggy / humid / warm this morning. Couldn't see well with or without glasses, which made the descent down Barham exciting for the wrong reasons. Cactus was better but I was also breaking in new brake pads and my dropper post was sorely missed on Grasshopper. Took a nice tumble riding down the stairs that lead from Grasshopper down to Wilderness or whatever that is. Full somersault, helmet check, etc. Bike and body is fine. Kind of the funnest part of the ride, actually but my back and neck are a little kinked.  Other Comments
California03/24/2013
Sun
Maple Springs - Holy Jim
24 miles      3,860 ft      
+87 Ladder  +16 bonus    5.4mph
4:27:00
5:59:00
 Missed Upper Holy Jim singletrack and passed LHJ at first and did some extra credit--went all the way to a white gate...Indian Truck Trail? Literally thought about calling the wife...pick me up in Lake Elsinore... But manned up and crawled back up to LHJ and it wasn't bad getting there. Holy Jim was gorgeous. Bummed I missed UHJ--didn't realize it was that hidden.  Other Comments
California03/23/2013
Sat
Irvine Park 3-2013
6.1 miles      262 ft      
+13 Ladder
 Fun short ride with my daughter on the Wehoo trailer.
California03/22/2013
Fri
El Moro(Bomber Emerald Bomber Rattlesnake No Name)
11.7 miles      1,674 ft      
+35 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.8mph
1:30:00
1:49:00
 Not my favorite romp through El Morro. Not sure what it is about this place, but I never feel like I know where the hell I am or comfortable. Thought this would be my first time cleaning Rattlesnake completely; instead, I would up almost OTB'ing in the nastiest section of the rock garden and wound up stuffing my front wheel and landing on my rear tire "cowboy style"--ouch. Glad my bike was stopped at least, but it wasn't the best feeling. Sucked on the climbs and we went up some doozies--the crawl out of Old Emerald is always fun and just to add some more pain to that, we decided climbing Cut Across all the way back to Ridge Park--that is one long (2 mile) climb and it has 2-3 steep pitches.
California03/19/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-BB-H
11 miles      1,492 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.7mph
1:26:00
2:19:00
 Ended on a high note with my clearing one out of 2 sections on Hawk that I was still having trouble with--a big boost of confidence from that; I think I'll get the other one next time. Mixed results in the beginning climbing up Goat and Chutes--no mojo on the climbs today. Descending Chutes Ridgeline wasn't very good today--I need new glasses, I could hardly see anything. Cactus was better. Deer got within touching distance to us at the top of Bumblebee--very cool. Wound up being great ride. There was a time or two on the climbs that I felt a bit demoralized but wound up feeling great at the end.
California03/17/2013
Sun
Oaks Hike 3-17-2013
1.6 miles      334 ft      
+4 Ladder  +10 bonus    2.1mph
45:00
45:00
 Hike with the girls. Took a good look at Grasshopper and Hawk. Hope it helps me. Beautiful day.
California03/16/2013
Sat
Blackstar Canyon - Motorway
25.7 miles      4,520 ft      
+93 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.1mph
3:38:00
4:31:00
 Felt better than last time but that isn't saying much...  Other Comments
California03/14/2013
Thu
Oaks: MRe-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-H
8 miles      1,674 ft      
+28 Ladder    6.3mph
1:16:00
1:57:00
 Drove to the park today rather than riding due to heavy fog / limited visibility this morning; didn't want to get taken out by rush hour drivers who couldn't see me. Great to get back out there. Daylight savings time, work, my usual riding partner's health and a lack of motivation wound up with me resting for the last few days. It felt good to be out there again. I was probably a little slow but felt steady on the climbs and in control. A deer bounded across the trail in front of me coming down Hawk; I think he was stalking me earlier on Bumblebee. Great to see Stallion Rider at the bottom of Hawk--that one still scares the $&*% out of me in a couple spots. I need to learn how to turn my bars on steep technical turns without going otb.
California03/10/2013
Sun
Fencline, Laguna Ridge, Willow, Old Emerald, Fencline
13.6 miles      2,206 ft      
+42 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.2mph
1:40:00
2:26:00
 No Garmin and my phone was dead but this was very close to what we did. Great weather and trail conditions, only one big unavoidable mud puddle on one wide fireroad section of trail. First time on Laguna Ridge / "TnA". As is common in the area, some steep sections. Lots of cactus around. Fell once during the ride (but not on TnA) but it was one of those perfect spots to fall on--even though I fell a considerable distance I landed on a bed of soft grass, so not a scratch on me or my bike. Fun ride. Tough coming up Willow at the end, but I made it.
California03/09/2013
Sat
Aliso: CV-5Oaks-Cholla-RockIt-Cholla-Lynx
8.2 miles      1,425 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.4mph
1:17:00
1:51:00
 Fun one today. Lots of peeps out as expected. Some guys climbing 5oaks which I didn't expect. PR down 5oaks despite stopping once.
California03/04/2013
Mon
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Lynx
2.6 miles      455 ft      
+7 Ladder    6.8mph
22:50
27:28
 Needed a little more descending fun, so I snuck out at lunch and squeezed in this short loop. 2nd fasted ever time down Lynx today. Nice conditions. Lynx and Cholla seemed wider to me, but I've been thinking that about all trails lately; maybe it's just me. Seven Points...whoo hoo.  Other Comments
California03/04/2013
Mon
El Morro: RP-RR-RS-ITIC-ML-S&E-FL
10.2 miles      1,800 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.9mph
1:17:00
1:45:00
 Been a while since I've done Rattlesnake. Clipped out at the start of the serious rock garden but it didn't look as bad as I remembered it so I clipped back in and rode it, albeit somewhat slowly. Fun descent--I'll have to come back soon. Fudged a turn and missed squeezing in another fun descent--Old Emerald Falls, had to get back to the car to make it to work. Oh well, next time. Good time.
California03/02/2013
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    10.5mph
1:11:00
1:16:00
 
California03/02/2013
Sat
Whiting Ranch - The Luge
14.1 miles      2,165 ft      
+56 Ladder  +20 bonus    8.2mph
1:44:00
1:44:00
 Didn't get lost this time or do extra credit. Whiting is beautiful in most spots but I don't like crossing Santiago cyn 2x or the pavement extra credit. Feeling great on the descents, would've been close to a PR but the guy in front of me went down in the loose rock up top; prob saved me from going down. Luge looks wider and flatter than I remembered it. Been a while.
California03/01/2013
Fri
LCW: Willow to Bommer
6.3 miles      957 ft      
+19 Ladder  +1 bonus    13.2mph
28:49
33:19
 Another quick lunch ride. Hot out so I opted again just to climb Willow instead of trying to hit Aliso. Not too hot, as expected lots of walkers enjoying a Friday as is usual in Laguna CWP. Chatted with a nice guy as we both suffered up the hard part of Willow then cruised up the remainder. A PR downhill, surprisingly, as I slowed for a few groups of hikers and the blind corners given the fact that it was a busy Friday and the parking lot was full. But I guess I never really "bomb" Willow, it's just about sneaking in a workout / ride at lunch. Nice day. Really enjoying riding right now.
California02/27/2013
Wed
LCW: Willow to Bommer
6.3 miles      957 ft      
+19 Ladder  +1 bonus    14.1mph
26:58
31:55
 Quick lunch ride. Beautiful day. Felt good on the climb but took it easy. Middle ringed it most of the way...except when I didn't... PR on the descent back down despite my stopping to make sure my stem and handlebars were tight and holding back a bit to make sure of it and slowing down at blind corners. Fun ride.  Other Comments
California02/27/2013
Wed
Aliso: CV-5Oaks-Cholla-RockIt-Cholla-Lynx
8.2 miles      1,425 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.2mph
1:08:00
1:46:00
 The plan was to do more--Mathis and Car Wreck but neither of us had the desire to climb Mathis so we stuck to Cholla 2X. Dry and loose summer conditions today. Cholla seems to be getting wider, it's been a long time since I've been to Aliso. Great to ride there again--it's been too long. PR down 5Oaks despite it being a little dry and loose and losing traction here and there, which is a bit scary on that trail given its steepness. But great time. Felt really good down RockIt and Lynx. I don't think it's the new stem I put on last night (100mm vs 105mm) as that couldn't have made much of a difference but I just felt a lot more active on the descents like I was letting the bike go out in front of me / getting my weight back a bit more, it felt really good and natural--like I had an epiphany of what I am supposed to be doing more of on the descents. I've always made an attempt to keep my knees and arms bent, weight back, etc. but today felt different--much better. 889154/180
California02/25/2013
Mon
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-C-CC-BB-H
10.1 miles      1,698 ft      
+32 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.4mph
1:22:00
2:07:00
 Fricken cold out there this morning. I didn't have my Garmin, so I didn't get the temp but it must've been down in the 30's. My droid phone is convenient--sure wish Geo had an app... Just bought a heart rate monitor that links to my phone too. The only downside is I can't monitor my speed, heart rate, temp, etc. while on the ride as my phone is in my pack or pocket. Felt a little weak at first on the climbs, used an easy gear--felt like taking it easy on my knees. Felt pretty good on the descents but took it easy. Only my 5th time down Hawk--definitely made me pucker a bit. I only intentionally walked one spot--the big drop towards the middle/end, but didn't make the turn a couple switchbacks down and had to put a foot down. Tough trail for me--I'm going to need to do that more often in order to get it down. One of the guys I ride with is >10 years younger and just bought a 150mm travel bike so I have a feeling I'll be riding it more often.  Other Comments1100145/172
California02/23/2013
Sat
Lost in Whiting
16.2 miles      3,011 ft      
+54 Ladder  +1 bonus    7mph
2:19:00
3:33:00
 This was supposed to be The Luge loop, but we felt like trying something new so we tried to find the Whiting loop. As we went through Whiting, which we found our way through reasonably well, I felt like a dope for not riding here more often--beautiful, windy swoopy singletrack under trees. Things changed when we turned Left onto Mustard and disregarded the "dead end" signs. Just so everyone knows, the signs are for real... ;) Saw lots of Deer out there though and it was beautiful and we got "extra credit" right? Was going to ride STT/Luge, but my riding buddy got a call about his father in-law so we had to call it short.  Other Comments1798151/186
California02/21/2013
Thu
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.3mph
1:28:00
2:15:00
 Surprisingly great conditions at Oaks. No unavoidable mud and hardly any mud anywhere at all--even in the Mabury ranch entrance and on Goat. Great conditions / hero dirt. Still trying to burn off the chocolate covered macadamia nuts and lava flows / mai tais in Hawaii and girl scout cookies from this week. Need to stop screwing around, it's only what 6 weeks till Counting Coup. I'm in trouble, lots of suffering in store.
California02/18/2013
Mon
Oaks mr mg cr c cc bb gh o p
12.4 miles      1,837 ft      
+37 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.3mph
1:42:00
2:45:00
 SHARE did a great job on Chutes Ridgeline. Just enough of trailwork--they fixed the annoying braking bumps / potholes that were created by people braking too much on the big hairpin turn after the descent from the highpoint, and cleaned up some other annoying spots. I should make a donation.
California02/17/2013
Sun
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh
10.6 miles      1,437 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.7mph
1:23:00
1:36:00
 First ride back from my week in Hawaii, which mostly consisted of sloth, gluttony and alcohol. Great beautiful weather. Trails crowded, but with friendly and considerate people and I was not in a hurry. Great ride. Bike needs some TLC though, not sure what's wrong but it was feeling flexy and making weird sounds.
Hawaii02/12/2013
Tue
Ko Olina 3.5
4 miles      47 ft      
+7 Ladder
 2nd day in a row. I was a sloth/glutton the rest of the week though... All I did was eat, drink, sit, sleep and wade like a hippo in the pool or ocean. Good to be back. I'll get on the scale and bike tomorrow and assess the damage. What is it, 6 weeks to Counting Coup? Lots of suffering in store for me.
Hawaii02/11/2013
Mon
Ko Olina 3.5
4 miles      47 ft      
+7 Ladder  +11 bonus
 Walk with Wife and Daughter while in Hawaii (Oahu).  Other Comments
California02/07/2013
Thu
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-C-CC-BB-O-MR
12.1 miles      1,652 ft      
+35 Ladder  +5 bonus    8mph
1:31:00
2:05:00
 Fun but mellow ride. Chutes was a little looser and drier than I anticipated. This will probably be my last ride for a week and a half as I'm heading to Hawaii for a week with my girls. Aloha.
California02/05/2013
Tue
El Moro: Devil's Sphincter
8.2 miles      1,472 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.2mph
1:09:00
1:34:00
 Now I know what 92% humidity means. It means I can't see anything because my glasses get covered in moisture and/or fog up and when I take them off my eyes fill up with moisture and get dirt in them. Wound up making a wrong turn somewhere and was over confident of finding a new way back to where we wanted to go and wound up at an unholy place (hence the route name). When I looked one way, we would have to climb a trail my riding partner told me was "Elevator" otherwise there was a dirt wall in front of me that I surmised must have been the infamous "Poles" or we could have opted to continue descending and come up "I think I Can". We opted to just come back up "Elevator" which wasn't as bad as I had feared. Legs, finally, felt good again. I cleaned every climb with relative comfort and even did the extra credit climb up to the Ridge Park entrance. It's about time, I haven't been feeling good for a while now.
California02/02/2013
Sat
Walk to and up Cannon
4 miles      370 ft      
+10 Ladder  +11 bonus    3.3mph
1:12:00
1:12:00
 Sore feet and shins from pushing a jog stroller up Cannon after my ride through Oaks yesterday.
California02/02/2013
Sat
oaks mr mg cr c bb gh o p
12.2 miles      2,200 ft      
+39 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.3mph
1:40:00
1:40:00
 
California02/01/2013
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-E
10.8 miles      1,253 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.3mph
1:18:00
1:29:00
 Did not want to get up and ride this morning but forced myself out. Wasn't sure of my route, didn't feel motivated to do anything. Wound up going up Goat to the top then down Cactus and back up. Wasn't really enjoying things until the descent down Chutes. Took Roadrunner then hung a right instead of left and went through the tree cover, which was eerie solo early in the morning. The sand was rideable and made it through the other side without getting eaten by anything. Glad I rode, felt better for doing it.
California01/29/2013
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-FL-W-P-MR
11.3 miles      1,184 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    8mph
1:25:00
1:54:00
 COLD. Average temp for whole ride was 39 degrees this morning. Yikes. But the climbs of course warmed us up. Legs still sore from my impromptu 5 mile run on Sat and a hard road ride on Sunday. Glad to be back on dirt, and what dirt it was! Tacky heaven. A bit much on the climbs, it was so tacky I thought I was going to have to peddle downhill... But the trip down the full Barham ridge was a load of fun. Chutes wasn't very tacky at all and needs some love--it's in pretty bad shape, it's been a couple/few weeks since I've ridden it and it's worse than I remember. Looks like great weather and should be great conditions all week--think I'll be putting in the miles this week!
California01/27/2013
Sun
SART (paved) 50 mile
49.5 miles      424 ft      
+92 Ladder  +5 bonus    16.3mph
3:02:00
3:28:00
 Felt good on the way to the beach. Started fading on the way back, couldn't hold the wheels in front of me so just maintained my pace. Strong headwind on the way back.
California01/26/2013
Sat
Santiago Creek 5 mile
5.1 miles      801 ft      
+15 Ladder  +1 bonus    4.9mph
1:03:00
1:03:00
 I miss the dirt and felt like it was too iffy to risk a road ride, so did this. Haven't felt that good running in a while. Saw a big beautiful hawk perched on the bridge at Grijalva. Stopped to take a pic, but he wouldn't have it. Great tunes on my new phone and did the Strava run thing. Pretty neat, my first smart phone. Good mind-clearing run, thinking about the change that's about to come. I think it's good change, but we'll see.  Other Comments
California01/21/2013
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-GH
9.2 miles      866 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.3mph
1:07:00
1:48:00
 Windy. Stuck to the internal part of the park today and avoided the ridges as much as possible. Descents were fine but got blown around on the climbs in spots.
California01/19/2013
Sat
Maple Springs - Santiago Peak
23.4 miles      4,153 ft      
+74 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.1mph
3:49:00
4:56:00
 Lots of riders out, and traffic coming up as we descended. Another "off" day, but that's two Saturdays in a row, so is it my new normal??? Felt better than last week, but this ride is easier. Set out to do more, but my body had other thoughts. Beautiful day and views. Still ice/snow in some spots between 4 corners and the peak. 154/176
California01/18/2013
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-GH
8.4 miles      859 ft      
+22 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Forgot my Garmin, this is close. Went down the stairs near the base of Grasshopper, kind of fun. Windy again today; not quite as bad, but it was blowing us around a bit.
California01/17/2013
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
9.3 miles      931 ft      
+24 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.5mph
1:06:00
1:29:00
 Wind advisory, but forecast said 6mph and it mostly was--except when it wasn't... Wind started gusting as I dropped down from the Mabury Ranch entrance along the creek. I was protected in the park and climbing Goat. It wasn't bad up top, but started gusting bad as I tried descending Chutes. Only made it down the waterfall section before it was getting ugly and I decided to turn around. I was solo so decided to play it safe. Lucky I did as the wind got so bad I couldn't even climb back up and walking was difficult--I could really feel my bike getting blown by the wind. So I just opted to descend Cactus Canyon, which was fun--that trail is more protected by the ridge and then just descended back down the lower part of Goat and back out. I've been busy at work and kind of lazy and wimpy about the cold so took more than the usual amount of rest days off. It was good to get back out there and shake out the cobwebs even though it wasn't that great of a ride, I'm glad I got out there. 147/
California01/12/2013
Sat
Blackstar Canyon - Motorway
25.7 miles      4,520 ft      
+93 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.6mph
3:52:00
4:52:00
 Ouch. I was struggling on B* on the way to Beeks, so knew it was going to be a long day and that I would be doing some hiking and it was and I did. But I set a PR down Motorway, probably because I was dying to get back to my car. I'll have to look at my times and see how they were but the way I felt today I probably would've been glad not to have made the cutoff at the bottom of Motorway. Today was not a good sign of how I'm doing preparing for April. It was an off day, but I'm dissapointed. 2124158/196
California01/08/2013
Tue
Aliso: CV-5Oaks-Cholla-RockIt-Cholla-Lynx
8.2 miles      1,425 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.5mph
1:14:53
1:33:00
 Ouch. Feeling sluggish on the climbs right now but my weight is coming down. Not sure if I'll ever clean that climb up 5Oaks, what a PITA! But, I managed to clean the descent--I had just walked one section last time because I wanted to see a turn better but this time I made the whole thing. Albeit slowly, but that's ok with me--I made it out alive... And 5Oaks seemed to make RockIt and Lynx seem much easier. No PR's today on the usual trails, but felt kind of tired. Didn't get much sleep, maybe that was it. But great ride. Was going to post to an existing route but the elevation looked off to me--had an extra 350 feet or so. It felt like 1750 feet today, but it's not often that Geo is more than my Garmin. Aliso trails were in great shape, only a few avoidable puddles and mud.
California01/06/2013
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BR-CR-C-CC-BB-O-P-MR
12.5 miles      1,523 ft      
+35 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.2mph
1:44:00
1:57:00
 Heard it was going to start raining at 6am and not stop. Wrong. Cancelled my plans to ride on Sat, but snuck over to Oaks and there was no mud except the initial drop into Mabury. Smaller than normal crowd for a weekend at Oaks, especially bikers but a 2-3 groups of hikers and some equestrians. Perfect dirt everywhere but just took it easy today and enjoyed it. Great solo ride.
California01/05/2013
Sat
Irvine Park - Horseshoe, Roadrunner, etc.
5.9 miles      362 ft      
+13 Ladder
 Nice little ramble with the wife and daughter today. Lots of equestrians today. "Blair Witch" is rideable now--the sand is packed down nicely. This isn't the exact route, I forgot my Garmin. I think I've ridden every trail in Irvine Park now. One of them was not meant for a trail-a-bike though--wound up having to walk down a section which I would've tried if I didn't have the trail-a-bike and my daughter attached but didn't want to take a chance.
California01/04/2013
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-H-MR
11.1 miles      1,252 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Fricken cold out there today. 35 down in the canyon, 45 on the ridge in the sun.  Other Comments
California01/01/2013
Tue
Aliso: CV-5Oaks-Mathis-Car Wreck-Coyote
7.4 miles      1,201 ft      
+23 Ladder    6.3mph
1:10:56
1:30:00
 Happy New Year! Went to bed at 12:30am / 1:00am, got up at 5am to ride Aliso at 630. It was about 45 degrees at the start, much better than the "low 30's" the clueless weatherman guessed. First time on 5Oaks, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Mathis hurt, as always. Made more of Car Wreck than the first couple times I did it but still couldn't clean the bottom--got to save something to accomplish in 2013... ;) Didn't see another rider until about 8am then a group coming up behind us as we were leaving.
California12/30/2012
Sun
Santiago Cyn: Cooks & Back
33.2 miles      1,854 ft      
+74 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Was going to go bigger, but two flats within 1 mile and only one tube made me decide to cut my losses. Two very nice guys stopped and not only helped, but changed my tire for me--how nice is that? Decided to turn around and head home and it was a nice ride.
California12/29/2012
Sat
Oaks CW DR WC BR CC BB MG MR
15.3 miles      2,078 ft      
+44 Ladder    6.7mph
2:17:54
2:56:20
 Too much beer last night and a lingering head cold made this somewhat of a sufferfest but not even the rain stopped me from completing it...actually, I got lucky with the rain, it didn't hit too hard until the end. Was hoping to do one more big ride before the end of 2012, but that's getting away from me. I may start of 2013 well though.
California12/27/2012
Thu
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    7.3mph
1:02:25
1:02:25
 It's beginning to feel a lot like winter... 37 degrees just before dawn this morning. As expected, the only mud was at Cooks. STT was Primo; Luge, as usual, was even better. Someone (Kioti?) dug a drainage runoff for the pond that was right before "Little Mustard a/k/a Puke or FU Hill"--brilliant! Worked like a charm, not a puddle anywhere near that spot. Not many puddles on STT and what were there were avoidable and a fingertip deep. No mud at the top of Luge. I've never seen Cooks so crowded that early on a weekday, probably because all the parks were still closed. Took it a little easy today both up and down but feeling much better after battling a head cold and sore back before Christmas. I'm coming out of that and hopefully will get at least one more big ride in before 2013.  Other Comments
California12/23/2012
Sun
Oaks Feliz Navidad
18.1 miles      1,893 ft      
+48 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Was thinking about doing a road ride but felt like staying close to home so headed over to Oaks. Still getting over a bad head cold and my new chain seems to be exposing some other drivetrain issues...think I'm just going to put the old chain on until I have problems shifting... Started today feeling bad again but felt better as the ride continued and wound up riding farther and longer than I realized I would, albeit at a slow pace and easy gear but turned out to be a great day. Talked to a couple groups of nice riders out today. Warmer today by 5-10+ degrees and the sun was out as I descended Chutes Ridgeline. Nice Ride. Feeling better. Merry Christmas Geo Peeps. The rain is coming. I was hoping to end 2012 with a bang, but it might be more of a whimper. But I'm motivated, and hopeful, for a great 2013.  Other Comments
California12/22/2012
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-H-MR
11.1 miles      1,252 ft      
+29 Ladder    6.6mph
1:41:08
2:26:18
 First ride back in over a week due to weather, head cold, back pain, work, etc. I've been a busy mess. Felt like I was going to hurl most the time on the climbs and out of sorts on the descents. 2nd ride in a row in which my tubeless tires gave me probs--last time was a rear flat, which I thought I fixed but realized while prepping for this ride it has a slow leak. And, on this ride, I burped my front tire coming down Hawk and had to stop and put air in it before I could continue--almost made me OTB.
California12/16/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-W-SC
11.5 miles      708 ft      
+26 Ladder
 Back hurt, dirt was perfect except mtn goat which never dries out but even that wasn't too bad. Started misting up Goat but stopped. Saw a guy otb down chutes in front of me, he was ok thankfully but pointed out my rear flat. Couldn't get my pump to work but another rider, a really nice guy, lent me his and waited for me to change my tire--how nice is that? Realized as I put my rear wheel on though that I was missing the pin in my rear brakes again so I took out the pads and descended the rest of chutes using the switchbacks, which wasn't much as I was at the drop towards the end. But not a fun ride and my body and bike are worse for it.
California12/15/2012
Sat
To BackBay to SART and back 40
41.7 miles      477 ft      
+79 Ladder  +5 bonus    16.2mph
2:35:00
3:03:00
 Interesting elevation graph... Actual, per my Garmin, was 680. I don't think I went underwater... 159/
California12/14/2012
Fri
Orchard Hills Laps
13.7 miles      816 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus    14.6mph
56:21
59:35
 Only had an hour and the dirt was muddy from the rain, so this is all I managed. Felt good, just a bit cold out there and didn't have my full-fingered gloves. 154/
California12/12/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-O-BB-CW-BR-CR-RR-SC-W-MR
14.1 miles      1,081 ft      
+34 Ladder
 Blehhh. Brrrr. It was cold today. How cold? I saw a dog sled team mushing through Irvine Park on the way out after dropping down Chutes. And I'm not even joking. Not feeling it today at all. Back was tight and sore, legs weren't there, no energy, some sort of stomach/chest issues, etc. But I got out there, burned some calories and hopefully am better for it and will be back to shape after the rain is over and the trails are ready.
California12/11/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Brrrrrr. Winter is coming... Pushed a little higher gear today. Back is still a bit tight but getting better.
California12/09/2012
Sun
Oaks and Irvine Meander
24.6 miles      2,709 ft      
+67 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.9mph
3:32:56
3:51:15
 My back only hurt on the steepest parts. I just spun in the small ring in front for those parts. Wound up making it for 3.5 to 4.0 hours just spinning slow and easy on the climbs. Feels like riding is helping my back. The dirt was incredible at Oaks today, I didn't want to leave but had to get home and to my girls and after nearly 4 hours in the saddle, I was sore... Saw 3 deer on the main trail as I was leaving--just past Pony where it comes up out of the creek. I stopped and they looked up but continued grazing about 20 feet in front of me. I just stood there for a while waiting for someone to come by and scare them off but they never did. After a few minutes, I slowly made my way between them and home. Great day.  Other Comments
California12/08/2012
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder    13.1mph
58:09
1:02:46
 Fell, not while riding, the other day and hurt my back. First ride since. Stiff on the steep stuff and descents but not too bad. Saw some kids who looked like they watched Red Bull Rampage this morning and decided to go ride Chutes. Great dirt--amazing. Wish my body was 100%.  Other Comments
California12/05/2012
Wed
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 Oaks was open yesterday, but did this this morning. When I first left the house, things still looked a bit moist but didn't encounter any mud on the way to Oaks. The Mabury Ranch entrance looked better than I expected and the park was open. Everything looked great all the way to the base of Goat where I met my buddy. Things looked and felt great until "B2", where it looked like a horse churned the soil probably yesterday--if it weren't for that, I don't think anything would've stuck to our tires at all. Mountain Goat was another spot where it looked like someone rode a horse on it too soon after the rain and churned up the trail, so we got some mud on the tires because of that unfortunately. On the way out of Irvine Park, we noticed the "Trail Closed" sign there. I called this morning and they said they opened it this morning. We encountered no mud in Irvine Park but stuck to the main fireroad section and avoided Roadrunner. Chutes was mostly great, just one spot still trying to dry  Other Comments
California12/04/2012
Tue
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder    6.9mph
36:49
38:17
 Saw Aliso was open so I snuck in a quickie at lunch. I was hoping for better conditions. Cholla wasn't bad, nor was the ridge but RockIt was surprisingly muddy in spots with a lot of puddles on it--so I took it easy. My lower back and legs started feeling it on the climb back to Cholla so I decided not to go back up and do Lynx--figured the conditions weren't worth it. But tomorrow should be better.  Other Comments
California12/04/2012
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    7.6mph
1:00:07
1:28:32
 I was dying to get back on the dirt and the parks are all closed. I figured STT/Luge would be good and I was mostly right--nearly ideal conditions mostly, but there were more puddles than I expected. The only real mud was at Cook's and the pavement at the top of the climbs after the Luge. The Luge itself was not muddy, which I figured--seems to drain pretty well. I think I would've gotten a PR going down but was having a little too much fun at the start and went too high on one of the turns towards the beginning and had to put a foot down and stop--almost OTB'd. Missed my PR by 15 seconds or so even though I wasn't really pushing it--just let if flow, at least after I almost ate it... STT will probably be ideal tomorrow--after the puddles dry up a bit. Must've been 30 of them, most of them not very deep. 159/
California12/02/2012
Sun
home to orchard hlls
28.9 miles      1,095 ft      
+60 Ladder  +5 bonus    14.7mph
1:58:05
2:36:47
 Base training.
California11/30/2012
Fri
Santiago Creek 4 mile
4.4 miles      102 ft      
+7 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.8mph
45:47
47:40
 Wanted to do Luge or Oaks but seemed to be too wet and rainy to risk it.
California11/28/2012
Wed
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder    7.2mph
50:23
57:54
 Wow, not sure why, but I am back on the descents lately. I was riding much slower and less confidently for the past several months until the last week or two and now I'm setting PR's again and doing so confidently. Felt great down RockIt and Lynx. I suppose the great trail conditions help. 142/182
California11/27/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-C-MG-W-MR
13.1 miles      1,449 ft      
+35 Ladder    8.2mph
1:36:00
2:18:00
 Feeling great on the descents lately. Doing ok on the climbs. Great conditions again at Oaks. Weather was nice. 145/180
California11/24/2012
Sat
skyline-ball
11.5 miles      2,560 ft      
+42 Ladder
 First time on Skyline. Didn't have good legs. Pretty out there. Lots of traffic on the way up though--seemed like as many hikers as Peters Canyon and cars driving bikes up. I did a couple of the singletracks on the way down. A couple in our group did them all but they were bloodied and bruised by the end. And they decided to walk down the rutted steep thing at the end. I opted for the fireroad myself.
California11/23/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder    9.4mph
1:18:51
1:18:51
 Wanted to have some fun. Hero dirt at Oaks this morning. Tried getting a new PR down Chutes but missed it by 7 seconds. Fun ride. Four doe crossed Mtn Goat right in front of me in the fog before Bumblebee. It was clear up top of Goat.
California11/22/2012
Thu
Maple Springs - Four Corners
14.4 miles      2,698 ft      
+48 Ladder    7.1mph
2:01:56
2:38:35
Great morning. Fantastic finally meeting Slopush and Raul and friends and riding with Stallion Rider again and a couple of friends of mine. Great seeing ADanFool, Despacio, Hammertime and other Geo Illuminati at 4 Corners. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Other Comments1332134/179
California11/20/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 Blah. Cold.
California11/18/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-BB-CW-WeirClockwise-BR-CC-BB-MG-CR-W-SC
18.4 miles      2,402 ft      
+53 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.6mph
2:46:43
3:00:16
Great conditions in the main park today, not so much in Weir--seemed drier there. But I had little energy left for the downs and there were the usual sprinklings of hikers, equestrians and bike pushers to make it a non-PR ride. I was tired from the climbing anyway by the time I got to Cactus and Chutes. Loved the sound my front tire was making in the dirt today. May go again tomorrow morning but today was a long ride for me so we'll see. 2090152/195
California11/15/2012
Thu
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.1mph
56:13
1:21:44
 It's been a while since I've done STT/Luge. It was a great morning. Cold at the start right before sunrise but started shedding layers at the base of Modjeska Grade. Only saw two other riders, both of them women riding alone, one of them passed me on Little Mustard and went on to Old Camp. The descent to the Flag was fun--starting to feel more confident on the descents again. And the descent down Luge seemed to be my fastest in a long time. I felt good--like I was actively involved in the descent, not just a fat guy holding onto the handlebars for dear life. In the immortal words of the great poet MTB Fiend, Great Ride!  Other Comments
California11/14/2012
Wed
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder    8.8mph
1:32:23
2:01:01
 Another cold morning out there. Rode past 4 doe going up Oak near the gate after B1. The buck was up around the corner past the gazebo on the way to B3. Feeling a bit better on the descents lately, tempted to push the speed a bit but not sure I should tempt fate--it would be a shame to get injured and not be able to get winter training off to the right start.
California11/13/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder
 Fricking cold out there this morning, Mr. Bigglesworth... Weather.com said it would be 49 but feel like 46. My Garmin said it was 41 at the base of Mtn Goat, but got unusually warmer on the way up. I am used to hitting the familiar heat pockets on the way up but today was ridiculous, felt like I rolled into a sauna. Sure enough at the top of Goat my Garmin said 65--a 24 degree difference in about 40 minutes or so, I guess that was the 2nd time up Goat but still. Weird. And it's supposed to get up to 80 today.  Other Comments
California11/11/2012
Sun
Oaks; MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-E-SC-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
14.6 miles      1,604 ft      
+39 Ladder    8mph
1:49:05
3:08:43
Nice ramble around Oaks with a nice group of people, some of whom had never been. 1592150/199
California11/10/2012
Sat
Oaks:MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-E-W-E-SC
14.4 miles      1,240 ft      
+35 Ladder    7.8mph
1:50:35
1:57:58
STOP READING THIS, TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AND GO OUT AND RIDE!!!!! Incredible, absolutely incredible. Clear blue skies, crisp cool air, fall colors and most importantly...HERO DIRT! I could've ridden my road bike with its V brakes and not skidded on the dirt today. I was supposed to do Luge, but my buddy got called into work so I just cruised over to Oaks. Almost didn't go, felt like being lazy but made myself go, thankfully. GREAT RIDE! Go get some! 1181136/184
California11/09/2012
Fri
Cannonball3X
10.7 miles      1,497 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus    9mph
1:11:20
1:11:23
Boring, but hopefully effective way to spend a rainy cold morning. This hill is less trafficky on a weekday morning so I stuck to it. Went home once it started raining harder. 593168/253
California11/06/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 Thought for sure I posted this yesterday...
California11/04/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CC-CW aborted-BB-W-MR
10.5 miles      1,037 ft      
+26 Ladder    7.5mph
1:23:33
1:32:43
My schedule fell apart on me, was planning on doing something big like B* Mwy but this is all i managed time and motivation for. too hot. 1024146/183
California11/02/2012
Fri
LCW: Willow to Bommer
6.3 miles      957 ft      
+19 Ladder
 Quick lunch ride. Nice out except for the usual hot spot at the base of Willow where no breeze blows. Made most of the climb in middle again. Big school group out today. A few MTB'ers in the parking lot and up top on Bommer. One couple on a tandem climbing Willow as I was coming down.  Other Comments
California11/02/2012
Fri
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Not my best work. First time up Cholla was a chore, I think the extra day of rest made things worse for me in the short run. Didn't feel great down RockIt, but have felt worse. Had a much better run up Cholla the 2nd time up, only dabbing once on one of the initial switchbacks. Think I flew down Lynx faster than I have in a long time--won't know until tonight when I can upload it to Strava and see that segment.  Other Comments
California10/30/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG-MG-CC-BB-CR-SC-P
14.8 miles      1,598 ft      
+39 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.3mph
2:21:28
2:21:32
Feeling better this morning--felt pretty strong up Oak and Goat both times. Felt pretty good going down Cactus and Chutes. Feel like I recovered from whatever my issue was on Sunday when I suffered up San Juan / couldn't keep my heart rate down, etc. 1426
California10/28/2012
Sun
San Juan Trail (bottom half)
12.7 miles      2,315 ft      
+57 Ladder  +16 bonus    5mph
2:31:32
3:32:50
Ouch. First time. Seems like this is probably the trail that separates the men from the boys and I rode it like an 11 year old girl... Nice to meet you Stallion Rider.  Other Comments2499156/183
California10/26/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 My wife warned me it was going to be windy, but I balked at it. Spent a couple hours getting my adjustable seatpost back on my full susp bike last night and some more farting around with my buddy's bike this morning meant a late start. The wind at the base of Goat was nasty and blowing sand in our eyes. Got a txt from our other buddy that he was bailing because of the wind so we headed up. At the top of Chutes, I asked my buddy if he thought Ridgeline was a good idea in the wind..."it'll probably be ok"... I knew better but headed down anyway. Sure enough, we didn't even make it down the initial drop before my buddy got blown off his line and had to stop 1/2 way down, making me have to stop in a tricky spot to brake. The descent down Chutes was just slow and about staying low. Almost got blown off the ridge when I went off the table tops so I took it easy the rest of the way. Still, it was good to get out there--no regrets. And my bike feels back to norm now that the seatpost is on.  Other Comments
California10/24/2012
Wed
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Wow! It is fall! It was a bit nipply out...he he he...did I say nipple??? Hero dirt at Aliso this morning, I kept catching myself with a wide smile on my face although I'm still not feeling 100% on my bike yet--still getting used to it. Could be that I need my dropper seatpost back on my full suspension, I didn't need it on the hardtail but that frame was just a wee bit shorter and I could get away with it. I think the Stumpy is probably a little too big for me--I'm right between a Large and XLarge, will probably go for a Large next time. Didn't feel great on RockIt but cleaned it and cleaned Cholla completely once and only flubbed an easy spot in the beginning the first time up. Hopefully I eventually get back to cleaning Cholla regularly. Felt good and was a bit aggressive on Lynx. Weight is dropping off nicely now--hope to lose my Clyde status by 12/31 or before at this rate!  Other Comments
California10/23/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder
 Buddy flaked because it was raining where he lives down south, looked clear until right before I was heading out when it was drizzling pretty good. Almost crawled back into bed, but decided to go for it. Let up before I hit dirt and the conditions were great--no puddles, not even tacky but a lot of the loose stuff was reduced. Still sandy in the deepest spots on Chutes but better than it's been in recent memory. Felt strong on the climb up Goat in middle ring easily. Full Suspension bike feeling a little better--think I just need to get used to it again, it's a little longer than the hardtail I was riding, it was only about an inch difference in the top tube length but that does seem to make a difference. The head angle is the same. Nice ride--glad I went, thought I might regret it at first but usually I almost never regret it...
California10/21/2012
Sun
Oaks: MG2X CC2X CR2X Oak Yucca
20 miles      2,320 ft      
+54 Ladder    7.5mph
2:39:36
3:49:26
Bike still not dialed in but good ride. 2243151/190
California10/20/2012
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Was in Palm Springs all week on vacation, picked up my Stumpy FS 29er and thought the trail conditions would be perfect. Weather was great, trail conditions were better but not much--we need more rain. Bike wasn't dialed in--mostly the front derailler and it was probably partly me getting used to full suspension and the bike again, etc. Was worried the rear shock wasn't fixed (wasn't holding air) but looks like it's ok. Good to be back in OC and ready to ride again. Hopefully tomorrow will be better
California10/16/2012
Tue
Santiago Creek to Grijalva
3.9 miles      31 ft      
+7 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Forgot to post this from Saturday. Gotta get my 7 points on the road ladder... Rain will be coming soon again and I'll probably have to whip out the road bike here or there.
California10/14/2012
Sun
Maple Springs - Four Corners
14.4 miles      2,698 ft      
+48 Ladder    7.2mph
1:59:25
2:35:26
 Nice day out. Starting to get hot now. 141/187
California10/10/2012
Wed
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 Mellow morning ride. Getting cooler out. Need to push a harder gear again--that was giving me some great results. Lots of riders out this morning.
California10/09/2012
Tue
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder
 Not my best work, but didn't suffer up Cholla. Didn't clean it either, but it's been a little while and I was groggy this morning. Tried to middle ring it 2nd time up but couldn't manage it. Lots of people in the park this morning, which is unusual--almost seemed like a weekend or something.
California10/07/2012
Sun
Blackstar - Gate and Back
16.6 miles      2,125 ft      
+47 Ladder
 Forgot my Garmin, so I thought it would be a mellow ride but found myself pushing the pace kind of hard until the descent into Hidden Valley. Overcooked myself and had to gear down on the last climb, thought I'd get passed by some riders I passed earlier but managed to hold them off.
California10/06/2012
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-GH-SR-MG-CR-SC-P-SC
12.3 miles      1,036 ft      
+30 Ladder    8.5mph
1:26:00
2:08:28
Mellow cruise. Nice ride. Faster down Chutes than I've gone in a while. 1009
California10/06/2012
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder    8.4mph
1:12:38
1:25:20
Nice ride with my wife and daughter (on the Wehoo trail-a-bike). Nice day, but got up to 86 on Telegraph. Lots of wildlife today, saw a bobcat up close and either saw the same one multiple times or there were others in the brush. A coyote was around one blind turn and a couple hawks were circling and making calls. Had a picnic and let my daughter play in the park after the ride. Great day. There's a new parking lot at the Chino Hills entrance so you don't have to park in Carbon Canyon Regional and drive all the way to the end if you don't want. It's only $5 at the new state of California parking lot, and there's a visitor center and some bathrooms, etc. 819
California10/05/2012
Fri
El Morro: RP-L-LS-W-B-OE-E-ML-FL
8.3 miles      1,087 ft      
+23 Ladder
 Something like this. Been a while.
California10/04/2012
Thu
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 Saw a deer just after the Mabury Ranch entrance. Legs feeling better again--they were really stiff on Tuesday from my Sat and Sun rides which felt GREAT. Today, it feels like that good feeling wasn't a fluke. Sure hope so--it would be nice to keep that feeling, at least for a while.  Other Comments
California10/02/2012
Tue
oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-SC-P-SC-MR
15.2 miles      1,513 ft      
+40 Ladder    8.4mph
1:48:15
2:10:03
1305
California09/30/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-BB-AH-BR-CC-BB-MG-CR-SC-P-SC-O-P-MR
16.4 miles      1,662 ft      
+43 Ladder    7.2mph
2:17:02
3:20:51
Good ride. Not feeling as strong as yesterday, but still feeling good. 1615140/183
California09/29/2012
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.8mph
58:42
1:17:12
I don't remember ever feeling that strong on a bike before. Thought we were going to Old Camp so I held back a bit and yet still was surprised to be within 2-4 seconds of my PR's on the Modjeska Grade and FU hill climbs. My riding buddies felt like dropping down the Luge and it was better that I cut it short today to get home so we descended Luge. Lots of riders out today. Going to be hot, but was nice at 7. Think I had too much air in my tires and maybe fork as descending felt harsh today. Great ride, I hope this strength holds up a bit longer, it's making things fun and interesting. 944154/183
California09/27/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder    9.7mph
1:18:13
1:59:49
 Getting darker in the morning. Felt strong on the climbs again, first time that I was stronger/faster than both of my usual riding buddies even though I still have 10-15 pounds to lose. Was within 1 second of a PR up goat. Felt a bit spent on the descents though, so just cruised down Cactus and Chutes but still had fun--even tried some slightly new lines on Chutes. 143/185
California09/25/2012
Tue
LCW: Willow to Bommer
6.3 miles      957 ft      
+19 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Looked like it has cooled off a little and felt like getting out at lunch, so headed over to Laguna Coast. Almost stopped at Nix to check that out, but haven't ridden there much and decided to stick to what I know. Felt good climbing Willow, managed to middle ring the whole climb but not sure I'd be able to do it on a singlespeed--I don't know how riders do that! Nice breezes and lots of peeps enjoying the beautiful Laguna day--mostly hikers, but saw a few bikers just starting the climb as I was coming down, including a woman with bright pink 'five fingers' shoes on; it looked like it might've been her first time on Willow...ouch...
California09/25/2012
Tue
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Nice ride. Forgot to turn the Garmin on until the top of Cholla. Getting lighter later, had to wait a while for it to get light enough but that was kind of nice to sit and drink some coffee and wake up. Did well up Cholla again, cleaned it 100% for the first time in a while--I've had the legs and lungs but not the technique. Felt good down RockIt, but it's definitely different on a hardtail. Didn't go quite as slow as last time so felt a little better. 2nd time up Cholla, I just cruised. Got into a little difficulty here and there but saved it up until the tricky spot--did better than my usual but couldn't quite avoid the bush. The descent down Lynx was a blast--really seemed to get the feel of what I am supposed to be doing with my legs and getting my weight back on the hardtail, but I was exhausted by the end and just wanted to be able to rest on the saddle and get the blood back in my legs.
California09/23/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-CW-D-BR-CR-SC-P-O-W-MR
15.6 miles      1,507 ft      
+40 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.9mph
1:59:18
2:43:42
Pushing a bigger gear is paying off. Comfortable and in control in the middle ring up the B's and then Coachwhip--never felt better on that climb, even though we had already gone up the "used-to-B's". Felt better than I ever had on Deer too, but the climb out hurt. Felt a bit off coming down Barham--I don't usually descend it from that far up and first time doing so on a hardtail. Chutes was fun as always. Saw a Bobcat on the way into the park. 1277
California09/22/2012
Sat
Irvine Park: Roadrunner Loop-Egret-Willows
4.3 miles      45 ft      
+7 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.8mph
37:46
37:46
Nice little ramble with the wife and daughter through Irvine Park before the heat. Nice out there this morning, but boy it's hot now. 296
California09/21/2012
Fri
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder
 Nice ride. It had been a while since I've done Aliso, so Cholla hurt but I did surprisingly well and even passed my riding partner going up which never happens. But then I did flub the tricky spot towards the top. It seemed like pushing the harder gear and learning to muscle over things like you have to when riding one gear a whole ride paid off on my climbing ability--I seemed to have a little more power, technique, confidence, and endurance. Although I started Cholla in 32/21, I quickly realized that wasn't going to happen and I shifted down. I don't know how riders climb Cholla in a big gear. Descending RockIt on a hardtail was definitely different, but not as bad as I thought it would be--I went a little too slow which made it a little sketchier until I let off the brakes a little and picked up momentum. Decided to be lazy today and not go back up and do Lynx, just chit chatted and enjoyed the view. Great ride.
California09/20/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder
 Really nice, relaxing, mellow ride. Just spun an easy gear, saw 4 deer on Chutes Ridgeline as I stood at the top of Goat. Only 1 or 2 other riders spotted, pretty quiet morning. Nice weather. Made it a point to take it easy as it was my 3rd day in a row and I rode in harder gears the past 2 days. It felt like it did me more good doing an easy spin than if I took the day off. My legs feel like they're getting stronger--I thought I was in the small ring the 2nd time up Goat but realized towards the top I had been in middle the whole time. Need to get the diet in gear though--the past couple days have been B-A-D
California09/19/2012
Wed
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder
 Good ride. Playing around with higher gearing again to see what it's like on this loop. I've done it in mcr before, but not 32x21--tough but doable up Modjeska Grade, I did shift down here and there to recover until "little mustard / fu / puke hill" then tried 32x21 on that hill. Made it most of the way but popped it down to small ring towards the end--didn't want to push it too much too soon. I think I could do it with a little more work, especially if I lose a little more weight. Not sure of the science behind singlespeed vs riding a geared bike / higher cadence but I'm having fun, getting stronger, gaining perspective / learning. Going down Luge on a hardtail for the first time was a learning experience as well--as well as a full body workout, more than normal.
California09/18/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 Made it a point to ride the whole way in 32:21 to see what it'd be like if I converted my new hardtail to singlespeed once my rear shock is ready and I have my full susp bike back. Still seemed about as hard as the Unit I demoed which was 32:18 but perhaps a bit more forgiving on the steepest climbs. It's been a week, so it's hard to remember even though it was the same route. It was still hard and quite a workout but seemed a little easier on my back--not quite as crazy I think. I've been checking out rigid forks online and they're not as cheap as I thought they'd be--looks like $180 and above for steel and $300-$500 for carbon, maybe I should just buy a cheap suspension fork or buy a new fork for my full susp and move my current fork (Fox F29RL 120) to the hardtail. It would be interesting to try to ride a rigid, just not sure it'd be worth the slight cost savings.  Other Comments
California09/16/2012
Sun
Ridge Park: B-L-C-SC-W-ML-FL
10 miles      1,364 ft      
+28 Ladder    7.1mph
1:24:18
2:05:37
Nice marine layer, which was unexpected--we went early to beat the heat but the heat never really came. There were a couple spots which were unpleasantly warm and humid, but there was no sun baring down on us. Felt like a long time since I rode El Morro and I felt rusty on the more techie stuff. 2nd time down Camarillo Singletrack; I went a little faster but not much and still didn't clean it--just having a tough time on some of the tighter switchbacks and turning through some of those steep turns. Maybe next time. Climbed up Willow, my old friend/nemesis, to get back to Ridge Park--didn't set any speed records but cleaned it confidently. We were tempted to drop down Old Emerald from Bommer but decided to be lazy and just head back ML/FL and I was glad we did based on the way I felt heading out.  Other Comments1097130/183
California09/15/2012
Sat
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
14.9 miles      1,356 ft      
+37 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.9mph
1:40:35
2:35:13
Going to be hot out there today. 70 degrees at 6am, 80 degrees at 7am, 89 degrees before 9am... Felt good out there though--we beat the heat. Fun ride. Might be my imagination but the new frame/wheels/tubeless setup made it feel like I was velcro'd to the trail coming down Yucca--seemed to have incredible traction. Fun ride. 1361144/179
California09/13/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus
 First ride on a new hardtail frame--Transition TransAm 29er. Liked it even more than I expected to. First time tubeless too--new Stan's Flow wheels.
California09/11/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +3 bonus
 First time ever on a Singlespeed--a 2013 Kona Unit with a rigid fork I was trying out. Interesting and a little painful. In some ways, it wasn't as bad as I thought and in other ways it was worse. I nearly had to stop towards the gate heading to Yucca but managed to eek it out the rest of the way. Coming down Yucca with the rigid fork and BB7 brakes, which weren't yet broken-in, so I went a bit slower than usual and opted not to go down Chutes Ridgeline but headed down the switchbacks until the end, when I finished on the Ridgeline trail. Interesting--at one point, I thought I decided it wasn't my idea of a good time and that I wasn't interested, but by the end of the ride I started thinking it might be fun to have one. I definitely think it would make me a better rider to ride it at least occasionally. Might opt for a hardtail with a suspension fork though, but I definitely think the rigid would teach me some things too--just not sure I am that willing to learn... ;)  Other Comments
California09/10/2012
Mon
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 
California09/09/2012
Sun
Oaks: MG-C-C-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC
13.3 miles      1,101 ft      
+32 Ladder    8.2mph
1:37:54
2:10:38
Starting to remember how to ride the bottom of Chutes and Cactus again--shifting my body weight/braking correctly. New front tire seems to have helped that as well. Felt good on the descents today. Specialized "Brain" is acting up again already, only 6 months or so since the last time, which was the first time. The bike will be 3 in December. It took Fox 6 weeks to fix it last time...thinking about buying another frame... My next bike will be "brainless"... 1089140/178
California09/07/2012
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder
 Haven't had good legs yesterday and today. New front tire felt great--Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35, but I can't believe bike tires are so expensive. But it felt much better than the Spec Purgatory. Think I need to reduce the air pressure in my front tire and my fork has been having some issues since just before I changed the tire. But definitely felt good on the descents. Just no legs today--even on the descents, my legs felt really tired & drained. Nice to get out there and get a ride in before work though.
California09/06/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder
 
California09/04/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder
 Dark out this morning, I think part of it was the placement of the clouds though but it is getting lighter later. Nice weather, cool but not cold. Refreshing break from yesterday/last night. Felt ok on the climbs, just took it easy. Felt a bit spunky/spirited on the descents mostly except towards the end of chutes again--I'm scared of my front tire, it just seems to like to let go unexpectedly in sandy sections and I'm still recovering from losing it when I pushed it in that section last time.  Other Comments
California09/02/2012
Sun
Glendora Mountain Trail (actual name is Lower Monroe TT)
14.6 miles      2,412 ft      
+46 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.9mph
2:06:49
2:38:33
Had trouble figuring out how to turnoff my Garmin while using the GPS Route. Thanks MTB Fiend for this route! It was a Great Ride with a couple great riders. I need to spend 2-3 hours in the saddle and get 2k+ elevation and suffer a bit again. While this was singletrack, I think I actually suffered less than I probably would've on Blackstar or Maple. Pretty mellow grade mostly. Enough rock and trail features to keep things interesting but nothing tricky. Beautiful views. 1767152/180
California08/30/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Rear brake was dragging and my rear wheel is out of true; hurt a bit on the climbs and just took it easy on the descents but good ride.
California08/28/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Same route as yesterday. Better on the climbs today, not as fast on the descents but still comfortable.  Other Comments
California08/27/2012
Mon
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.8mph
1:22:56
1:49:31
Felt ok on the climbs, feeling better and better on the descents. 823131/174
California08/25/2012
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    7.4mph
1:01:35
1:49:38
Weird ride. Made it up the grade and 'little mustard' well but then, I'm embarassed to say, lost my rear brake pads on the descent to the Flag...didn't bend the pin so they would stay (Shimano XT's). Climbed back up and found them, surprisingly, but not the pin. Descended to the Flag with only my front brake, which wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. Swapped the pin/pads to my rear brake for The Luge and made it down safely but I wonder if I would've been better off with Front brakes rather than rear going down Luge as I didn't feel as good with just rear as I did with just front--surprisingly. Felt good on the climbs and descents otherwise. 1033152/214
California08/22/2012
Wed
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Ouch.
California08/21/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Uggh. Just no legs lately on the climbs. Did ok, just suffered and was a minute or two behind the rest of the group. Finally found the motivation to focus on my diet and drop some fat before the holidays get here and I pile on even more. I was getting away with having the extra weight for a while, but not so much anymore.  Other Comments
California08/19/2012
Sun
Santiago Creek to Grijalva
3.9 miles      31 ft      
+7 Ladder  +1 bonus    2.6mph
1:29:30
1:29:30
Rode to the park with my wife and daughter on her 3rd birthday. It was her idea, which was what happened on my birthday too a couple weeks ago...must be in the blood... Less than 4 miles, 8 points, why am I posting this??? 268
California08/18/2012
Sat
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder    7.1mph
50:42
1:10:47
First time up Cholla was awful. Felt better down RockIt than I have in a while, did well up Cholla 2nd time and 2nd fastest ever run down Lynx--starting to feel better going downhill again despite loose, dry, chunky conditions. No wildlife today, just lots of peeps. Cooler than it was at STT yesterday--probably cooler nearer to the beach. Heard it's going to start cooling down in the next day or two--that will be nice. 802150/195
California08/17/2012
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    7.3mph
1:02:08
1:20:13
Easy cruise, just spun easy. Hot out. Got passed by a really fast rider on a realy nice bike on the climb out of The Luge and he was a really nice guy. Holy chunky monkey, Batman! Luge is in bad shape. 836150/184
California08/15/2012
Wed
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.9mph
1:57:50
1:57:50
 Should've picked a different route, but oh well--good ride. No flats or mechanicals or falls. Haven't been feeling good on the climbs for the past couple weeks. Not sure what the deal is. A few weeks ago I was feeling great. Oh well, it'll come back again. Saw a tarantula right in the middle of the drop in the middle of Chutes. It was too late to stop--I missed it with my front wheel and hope I didn't run over it with my rear wheel. 1162139/
California08/13/2012
Mon
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder    9.1mph
1:30:00
2:03:33
 Can't seem to get Garmin to upload to my PC this morning. Ouch, two rides with bad legs. Felt like one of those days where a rest day made things worse not better. Felt pretty good on the descents but still not sure about my tires, I just don't have the confidence I used to going downhill. But no flats and no falls and got up close and personal with a deer in the creek crossing after coming down the dam into Oaks. 1078132/
California08/11/2012
Sat
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.6mph
1:49:17
1:56:16
Haven't suffered that bad to Beeks in a long, long time. Wake up call. But it was hot out. Need to do these long climbs every once in a while. Thought I could do them whenever. 1303148/181
California08/09/2012
Thu
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder    9.8mph
1:23:13
1:44:59
Was going to take today off after yesterday's awful ride, but got an unexpected invite so I went. Glad I did, it wasn't my best ride but it was normal which was good for me. Felt pretty good today both up and down. Nice out, lots of riders today. 1014143/183
California08/08/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    10.2mph
1:14:57
2:06:16
Only positive things about this ride are that it's over and it could've been worse. First time that I can remember regretting going out for a ride. 3 flats and one hard OTB in that middle drop section on Chutes by one in our party--he front flatted during the drop and bruised or cracked a rib. Wound up barely making it back home after pumping up my rear tire 4-5 times on the way. Bike felt like an out of control fire ladder truck--like the rear end was steering because of the squishy tire. But hey, no Helicopters were called out...so we have that going for us...which is nice... 1251147/186
California08/07/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder    9.7mph
1:24:25
2:19:25
More talking than riding this morning, but i needed the break. Good ride. 1057134/171
California08/05/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-CW-DR-WC-BR-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
20.4 miles      2,128 ft      
+54 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.3mph
2:47:15
3:48:59
Hot day and I didn't eat anything and only brought one water bottle. Not a good idea. Just now starting to feel better 5 hours later. Been a long time since I've climbed more than 2,000 feet; today hurt. 2521156/184
California08/04/2012
Sat
Santiago Creek Hewes&Bond to Hart Park
9 miles      267 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.5mph
1:23:19
1:23:23
Rode to the park with my wife and daughter. It was my daughter's idea, which was a great birthday present. 553
California08/02/2012
Thu
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder    9.3mph
1:27:15
2:04:35
Got a flat but managed to stick to the plan/full ride. Saw a big deer bound across Chutes Ridgeline right before the first climb after the initial drop. Amazing animals. I've seen deer do that before but it's always a thrill. Lots of riders out this morning. Feeling better again on the descents despite my wheels and tires not being 100%--hope to get those fixed tomorrow. 1045138/176
California08/01/2012
Wed
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.3mph
55:04
1:22:24
Took it easy today up the grade, and easy pace the rest of the way but managed to keep it in middle. My riding partner saw two deer in the middle of the Luge but they ran up the hill and I never saw them. Pretty hot out there even at 6am. 850146/184
California07/31/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.1mph
1:24:01
2:00:42
Mellow paced ride. Feeling better on the climbs than yesterday and late last week. Think I need to do a long, slow, gradual climb--it's been a while. 951138/211
California07/30/2012
Mon
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.9mph
46:04
1:10:55
Started to get the flow downhill better on Lynx again. 750147/178
California07/28/2012
Sat
Peters Partial Wehoo
3.5 miles      238 ft      
+8 Ladder    7.4mph
28:13
28:14
Didn't capture all of the ride. Rode with wife and daughter (on Wehoo trail-a-bike) out and back thru Peters. Hot out today. 246
California07/27/2012
Fri
Ridge Park: B-L-C-SC-W-ML-FL
10 miles      1,364 ft      
+28 Ladder    5.1mph
1:56:25
1:56:27
Nice to try new dirt. Camarillo Singletrack was interesting and neat to connect LCWP to the north. 1102138/179
California07/26/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-E-P-SC
13.7 miles      1,250 ft      
+34 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.8mph
1:32:48
1:52:07
1068142/174
California07/25/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-GH-O-P-MR
10.4 miles      1,211 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.3mph
1:25:32
1:25:34
Leisurely solo spin in an easy gear. Just enjoyed being out there, taking it easy. 903141/182
California07/24/2012
Tue
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.3mph
1:27:25
2:08:52
 Leisurely ride / pace. Sore from manual labor on Sunday...ouch... 141/193
California07/21/2012
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder
 Beat the crowd starting at 6am, full lot when we got back. Set a PR on Modjeska Grade, feeling good on the climbs still. Great ride. Broke a spoke at the bottom of The Luge.
California07/20/2012
Fri
Willow to Bommer 3.1
3.2 miles      704 ft      
+11 Ladder    7.7mph
25:24
25:24
 Was feeling kind of restless/wanting to get out at lunch and do something when it occurred to me--I have my bike in the car...so did a short ride up Willow in Laguna. Hot, but not too bad especially once the trail turned towards the ocean and you got the breeze. Been a while since I've climbed Willow--it's where I first got hooked. Not as much of a challenge since they graded it a couple years ago but it's still challenging. But managed my middle chainring up a good portion of it, even in the beginning. I'm sure there are plenty of psychos who climb it on a singlespeed...there's always someone faster, stronger, etc. Took it a little easy on the descent, especially on the blind corners... 165/188
California07/20/2012
Fri
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder    7.5mph
48:17
1:02:24
Tired and lazy today, but still rode and didn't fall so no regrets. 740148/184
California07/19/2012
Thu
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.4mph
1:26:42
2:01:04
Mellow ride today. Saw a couple other riders otherwise empty. 1089140/180
California07/17/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CR-RR-SC-P
12.6 miles      967 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.2mph
1:22:03
1:55:10
960139/177
California07/15/2012
Sun
Santiago Creek Trail to Santiago Park & Back
10.8 miles      209 ft      
+20 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Towed my daughter to Santiago Park with my wife. Nice day.
California07/15/2012
Sun
Oaks 7-15-2012
14.4 miles      1,595 ft      
+38 Ladder    8.2mph
1:45:34
2:44:07
First time up 2B's in middle chainring, resulted in beating my time up them. Wasn't as hard as I thought but hot out there. Managed middle up Goat 2x too but I still don't know how SSers do it. 1342
California07/14/2012
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.8mph
58:22
1:25:38
 First time in a while I've tried to do STT in my MCR. Didn't set any speed records but felt pretty good and managed ok. Was hoping for better conditions on Luge from the rain but it must not have rained enough. I haven't seen Luge that bad in a while. Some interesting new ruts here and there on Luge, coming down from the Flag and the last little climb out. Started about 7am and it was HOT at the top of the grade onward and felt refreshing dropping back into the cloud cover coming down live oak. 158/184
California07/11/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.6mph
1:19:00
1:19:00
 
California07/10/2012
Tue
Oaks: MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-SC-BW-E-P-SC
10.4 miles      1,012 ft      
+26 Ladder    7.9mph
1:19:05
1:49:59
Leisurely ride through Oaks this morning. Hung a right off Roadrunner and ventured through the tree cover into a sandy area we had to walk through because it was so deep. But we were able to start riding after a while and it was worth it as we saw about 5 deer including one buck with antlers bounding through the field in a couple differenc spots. Nice morning--the clouds are gone but that made it hot early. 936136/173
California07/09/2012
Mon
Oaks:MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
13.6 miles      1,104 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.8mph
1:32:14
1:52:34
1052137/174
California07/07/2012
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder    9.4mph
1:21:13
2:01:00
997
California07/06/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-GH
8.4 miles      859 ft      
+22 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.9mph
56:37
1:25:07
781
California07/05/2012
Thu
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus    8mph
45:15
1:08:14
576
California07/03/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC-P-SC
12.7 miles      969 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.5mph
1:56:47
1:58:41
Got my Edge uploading again by deleting history but it's still not picking up the Moving time correctly. 1138148/194
California07/02/2012
Mon
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder
 Not exactly what I did, but I can't seem to upload from my Edge500 anymore. Need to delete old data probably.
California06/29/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder
 
California06/26/2012
Tue
Aliso - CV - Cholla>Rockit>Coyote>Mathis>Lynx
7.9 miles      1,335 ft      
+25 Ladder
 
California06/24/2012
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Nice leisurely cruise. Warm out already at 7am.
California06/22/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder
 Not exactly it. Having trouble uploading this morning, think I need to clear out some old rides. Good to be out there again--it's been a week, I'm getting fatter.
California06/15/2012
Fri
Oaks - MR, W, O, BB, MG, CR, RR, SC
15.5 miles      974 ft      
+35 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Not exactly, but close. Saw a Coyote up close (he was not at all afraid of me) and a few groups of other riders--Oaks is becoming more popular with the longer days of Summer approaching.  Other Comments
California06/14/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Not exactly what we rode but close enough. Lots of riders out this morning--it was good to see so many out there this morning.
California06/12/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-H-GHup-P-MR
10.4 miles      974 ft      
+26 Ladder
 Close to what we did. Feeling good today, set a PR going up Oak--B1 & B2 (not really B's anymore).
California06/10/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-O-YR-BB-MG-CC-BB-MG-CR-SC
14.8 miles      1,416 ft      
+38 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.4mph
2:18:57
2:19:05
1238140/180
California06/09/2012
Sat
Santiago Creek to Old Towne & Grijalva
11.5 miles      140 ft      
+21 Ladder  +1 bonus
 
California06/06/2012
Wed
Aliso - CV - Cholla>Rockit>Coyote>Mathis>Lynx
7.9 miles      1,335 ft      
+25 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Starting to feel like I'm getting my "mojo" back despite having what I think must have been my fastest and hardest crash ever on the worst possible spot to fall on Lynx. I slid out in some loose rock right before one of the drops in the middle of the trail and wound up doing a cartwheel and somersault landing on my back and side on the rocks but amazingly walked away with only a minor scratch on my calf. Must have channeled my inner Clark Griswold. But it was still a great ride and I did much better on Cholla and RockIt than I have in a long time. Mathis was as brutal as ever, but a good workout. Beautiful weather conditions.  Other Comments
California06/05/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-Oak to Top B2-BB-MG-C-RR-SC
13.1 miles      1,173 ft      
+33 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Close to what we did. I love Oaks. Lots of little bugs flying around today.
California06/03/2012
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 
California06/01/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-MR
11.8 miles      1,132 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Close in mileage / elevation but not the route we took.  Other Comments
California05/31/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder
 
California05/29/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-H-GHup-P-MR
10.4 miles      974 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Close to what we did. Riding "off the grid" today. Mechanicals galore--seatpost, frame creak, front derailler and new rear brake's maiden voyage = rubbing... But, glad I got out there. Peralta is a bit loose and a little chunky--you definitely have to take it easy on the brakes on the way down in a couple spots and turning in some sandy/loose sections was a bit dicey but I managed to keep it upright.  Other Comments
California05/27/2012
Sun
El Morro Backwards
10.4 miles      1,209 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.1mph
1:28:07
1:58:33
Weird route, no flow but good ride. Took Missing Link / Fenceline East--didn't like it. Enjoyed BVD descent, although it was my first time so I was overly conservative. Climbing 'Broken Dreams' was tough but rode most of it--just hiked part of the beginning; much better than last time I tried it and better than I did trying to climb BVD. Seems like climbing new trails is helping me a bit--been feeling like my skills have been going backwards a bit and I've lost some physical and mental strength on some of the short, steep, technical climbs I do. 888
California05/25/2012
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Forecast said "slight chance of drizzle" (.02 in) so we went for it. It was fine until about "FU / Puke Hill" Passed a rider turning back on the last ascent to the Flag who said he didn't think it'd be worth it. He was the smart one. Luge right after a rain = Good. Luge During a rain = Bad. My least favorite ride on this loop. Probably my slowest ever descent and Live Oak was sketchy with morning commute traffic. Some poor souls just starting out when we got back to the car soak and wet with dirty bikes and filthy clothes.
California05/23/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-MR
11.8 miles      1,132 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.7mph
1:21:21
1:40:52
Great weather and good conditions. A little loose but not bad--just not tacky. Feeling better on the climbs and descents. 1088150/180
California05/22/2012
Tue
Aliso: CV-Cholla-RockIt-Coyote-DC-WC-Cholla-Lynx
9.3 miles      1,146 ft      
+25 Ladder    5.9mph
1:34:51
1:34:51
Bleh. Not my best work. I think my fall last time I was here was still in my head. The dense fog/mist in the air made it hard to see in the beginning too. Went too slow down RockIt, making it sketchier. Felt better 2nd time up Cholla. Took it easy / felt good down Lynx. Need to ride more. 1060147/178
California05/20/2012
Sun
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder  +1 bonus
 
California05/16/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-MR
11.8 miles      1,132 ft      
+30 Ladder  +1 bonus    7mph
1:42:07
1:43:11
Great ride. Shoulder and elbow at 85%. 1131150/180
California05/12/2012
Sat
Maple Springs - Four Corners
14.4 miles      2,698 ft      
+48 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.2mph
1:59:32
2:17:00
 Showed up at Blackstar just before 6am to ride to Beeks...oops, forgot it was The Traverse today. Lots of lean looking guys in lycra with hardtails... Didn't want to be descending in the middle of your race, so we went to Maple Spgs. A couple motos stopped and asked me if I needed help when I stopped to adjust my seat. Very nice of them but then it occurred to me that they were probably support for The Traverse. Thought about screwing with them and asking if I made a wrong turn and shouldn't have gone down Motorway but decided to just say thanks. Took it real easy on the descent; elbow and shoulder still a bit irritated on the rougher stuff. Think I'll take another couple days off. 149/175
California05/11/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
10 miles      717 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Elbow and shoulder a little tender from the other day.
California05/09/2012
Wed
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Mathis-WC-Cholla
7.8 miles      991 ft      
+21 Ladder    7.3mph
1:03:16
1:28:50
Frustrating day. Was about to clean Cholla for the first time in a while on my 2nd time up on my way to Lynx or Rockit when I somehow managed to fall hard onto one of the rock tables after the tricky spot right onto my right elbow, splitting that open and aggravating my shoulder which I separated last year. I decided to play it safe and walk back down Cholla then rode back up to my car, which was fine. Ruined a shirt at work and will take tomorrow off of riding but hopefully will be back at it Friday...we'll see... Need to start wearing those elbow pads again, damn it. 869142/185
California05/07/2012
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Legs were sore from run yesterday. Mechanical problems with command seatpost and the creak I thought I fixed came back a little. But good to get out. Chutes is always fun.
California05/06/2012
Sun
Cinco de Mayo
3.3 miles      57 ft      
+5 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.2mph
38:02
38:02
535
California05/05/2012
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.7mph
59:00
1:15:00
  155/183
California05/04/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-O-H-GHup-P-MR
10.4 miles      974 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Close to what we did. Didn't catch all of it on my Garmin.
California05/02/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Ahh, I needed that. Didn't want to get up this morning but got out there and instantly felt better. Felt good going up Goat, surprisingly. Conditions looked and felt good on Goat but my tires told me otherwise--they got a little clogged but the trail never felt or looked muddy and my tires never lost traction but probably didn't do the trail any good. Took it real easy going down Chutes Ridgeline as I read somewhere it had become sketchy, but it wasn't that bad at all. Definitely chunky and there was one new noticeable rut towards the end but I could've let it roll a bit faster. Saw a few guys out enjoying the great temps and conditions this morning. Irvine Park wasn't muddy even though I expected it to be. Can't wait to go again.
California04/29/2012
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
California04/28/2012
Sat
El Morro
8.4 miles      1,128 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.4mph
1:08:29
1:37:51
1235160/185
California04/24/2012
Tue
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Great trail and weather conditions out there this morning. Bike wasn't 100% so I took it a little easy on the descents but this is such a great couple of loops.
California04/21/2012
Sat
Oaks:MR-O-YR-CW-BR-C-RR-E-SC-O-W-MR
14.7 miles      1,173 ft      
+36 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.5mph
1:43:22
2:12:38
First time down Yucca Ridge--funner / more interesting than I thought it'd be. I definitely need to venture down that way more often. 1704160/190
California04/18/2012
Wed
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.3mph
49:28
1:06:54
 Not my best work, but feeling like my legs are coming back. Tried out my first pair of really good mountain bike shoes. I've been riding clipless for a while but have used cheaper shoes. Wow, the new shoes felt great--stiff on the bike but felt cushy/comfortable to walk around in. They seemed to make me feel more steady/in control on Cholla, like I could climb in slow mo if I wanted/needed to to get around tricky stuff (or keep my heart from exploding). Wish I would have gotten them a long time ago. I don't remember such a big benefit on my road bike but I don't ride that often and don't usually climb a lot when I do.  Other Comments158/185
California04/16/2012
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-C/CR-RR-W-P-SC-O-W-MR
11.9 miles      734 ft      
+27 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Starting to finally feel like I'm getting back to where I was a couple months ago. I think the road ride the other day helped--always seems to give me a little more endurance and strength. Beautiful morning, great trail conditions--although Chutes is getting a little chunky and funky. But great to get out there.
California04/15/2012
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.6mph
59:41
1:27:14
Trail conditions were very good, just a few mushy / puddle spots on STT is all as expected. Tried to push my pace down the Luge and was pedaling towards the top and wound up losing my balance / striking a pedal--almost ate it but kept things upright thankfully. Broke my chain right before the descent to the flag. Beautiful day. Never saw so many people at the Luge and it was the first time ever that it kind of seemed crowded, but everyone was really cool and nice, as usual. 1118164/186
California04/14/2012
Sat
Home to Work via Jamboree & Portola
18.7 miles      547 ft      
+37 Ladder  +5 bonus    14.2mph
1:19:12
1:27:22
Had to work and missed the bike because of the rain so thought I'd kill 2 birds with one stone. 1201
California04/14/2012
Sat
Work-Home
16.2 miles      261 ft      
+31 Ladder  +5 bonus    14mph
1:09:17
1:17:43
Ride home 1155
California04/07/2012
Sat
Wehoo Irv Park Home
5.1 miles      55 ft      
+9 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.5mph
32:07
32:08
Decided to take the pavement home from Irvine Park after riding on the dirt through Oaks there with my wife and daughter (trail a bike). Not a great route for that so we just cruised back home via the pavement. 216
California04/07/2012
Sat
WehooVQ#2
7.1 miles      448 ft      
+15 Ladder    5.5mph
1:17:02
1:17:02
Ill advised route for a trail-a-bike. Not sure what I was thinking. But fun/nice day out with my wife and daughter. Opted for the pavement back from Irvine park to be safe and because we were fried. 411
California04/06/2012
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    8mph
57:13
1:24:36
Great weather and company. A small crash and flat in the group on the Luge but no one hurt. My legs and handling skills are starting to come back--felt better than expected on the climbs today and went down the Luge a lot faster. One of those rides where I wanted to go again right after it finished, but duty calls. Maybe tomorrow.  Other Comments856
California04/04/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
10 miles      717 ft      
+24 Ladder  +1 bonus
 Quick spin. Starting to feel the legs coming back a bit.
California04/03/2012
Tue
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus    6.9mph
52:14
1:02:51
California04/02/2012
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-C/CR-RR-W-P-SC-O-W-MR
11.9 miles      734 ft      
+27 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.2mph
1:17:09
1:32:22
 Nice to finally have my bike back. It only took 6 weeks for FOX to rebuild the "Brain" on my Stumpjumper. Something tells me it was laying around for weeks... Finally over my "bronchiolitis" but definitely felt a lack of endurance in my legs from the big break. It was good to get out there again for a ride--looking forward to getting back into the old routine.
California04/01/2012
Sun
Oaks: Lower Area (Wehoo)
2.5 miles      111 ft      
+4 Ladder    5.8mph
25:58
25:58
Fun little jaunt around the lower/flatter areas of Oaks. First ride back in a while, was towing my daughter on a trail-a-bike and my wife was with me. 193
California03/21/2012
Wed
Aliso - Park/Cholla/TotW/Mathis/WC
7.8 miles      1,100 ft      
+23 Ladder  +1 bonus
 First ride in over a week--battling a nasty virus which hopefully is finally on its way out. Still don't have my bike back--Fox has had it for a month (rebuilding the Specialized "brain"). Felt better on Cholla than I probably should have / cleaned the tricky section, but barely made it up the climb to Mathis--no endurance. Made a couple stupid mistakes on the way down from TOW and at the end of Mathis, which caused unplanned dismounts and will likely result in some nice bruising but could've been much worse--did a "helmet check" on Mathis. Watch out for the ruts at the very bottom of Mathis--I wound up in "no man's land" and was going too fast to stop and too slow to clear a rut, wound up not making it. Think I'll take another day or two off. Hopefully I'll get MY bike back soon--by the time this cold is gone. Then I can learn how to ride a bike again!  Other Comments
California03/12/2012
Mon
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CC-BB-GH-SR-O-W-MR
10.1 miles      873 ft      
+25 Ladder  +1 bonus    9mph
1:06:55
1:25:16
Fighting a head cold I got from my wife/daughter and still out of it from the time change. DST puts a damper on morning rides, at least for a few weeks. 751135/171
California03/11/2012
Sun
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +1 bonus    7.3mph
49:57
1:03:25
 Originally had much more ambitious plans but one of the crew was out with knee pain and the other 2 of us felt groggy from the time change and our Saturdays so this is all we had in us. Felt weak on the climbs and out of it on the descents. Hopefully feel better soon. 150/185
California03/09/2012
Fri
LCWP: Willow-LS-ML-FL-L-LS-Willow
7 miles      1,000 ft      
+20 Ladder  +1 bonus    8mph
52:12
58:36
Hot outside. Willow is what started it all in the Fall of 2009. It's been a while since I've done it. Still not what it once was but it was fun to be back. I definitely prefer the morning / night rides though; I don't know how I used to do this at lunchtime in hot weather. Nice day--lots of riders and hikers out on most of the trails. It was fun to mix in some of our old trails with some new ones. 889165/188
California03/08/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-O-H-GHup-P-MR
10.4 miles      974 ft      
+26 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.8mph
1:11:12
1:29:42
Mixing it up at Oaks. Up Oak, down Hawk--fun and doable except for one tricky spot towards the bottom...not sure about that... Tried going up Grasshopper; not a good idea--had to hike part of it even though they put in a switchback or two on it. Took Oak over to Peralta back to Wilderness and back out the way we came thru Mabury. Really liked Peralta a lot--I took it really easy today as I kept waiting for a drop or something more technical than what wound up being there. I think I'll like adding that descent to the mix on a regular basis since I usually enter/exit that way anyway. Weird temps today--cold and windy at the start, then we'd hit heat pockets here and there which would turn back to cold, damp, moist temps and then dry/warm temps; weird. 945144/180
California03/06/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-O-BB-CW-BR-CR-RR-SC-W-MR
14.1 miles      1,081 ft      
+34 Ladder  +1 bonus    10.1mph
1:24:02
1:58:53
1092147/184
California03/04/2012
Sun
Santiago Creek to Old Towne & Grijalva
11.5 miles      140 ft      
+21 Ladder  +5 bonus    3.8mph
3:04:11
3:04:16
Rode to Old Towne for lunch with wife and daughter then to Grijalva Park so my daughter could play on the way back. 616
California03/04/2012
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.2mph
55:41
1:13:31
Fun run today. Nice to be on a Stumpjumper 29er FSR again even though it's not mine but felt familiar. It had a 2.4 front tire which I really seemed to like down The Luge. I used to have a 2.3 on the front and recently went to 2.2 and didn't notice much of a difference. But the 2.4 today felt like it made the gravel/loose stuff go away. 968160/188
California03/03/2012
Sat
Santiago Creek 5 mile
5.1 miles      801 ft      
+15 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.6mph
54:49
54:49
Ran with my wife and daughter (jog stroller) 770
California03/02/2012
Fri
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-It, Coyote, Dripping Cave, Cholla
9.6 miles      1,183 ft      
+27 Ladder  +1 bonus    5.9mph
1:37:12
1:37:13
My Edge 500 finally uploads. Thanks Staff! Seems like the key, for me anyway, is to dump Internet Explorer and move to Mozilla Firefox--worked for me. 779
California02/29/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.7mph
1:16:38
1:38:44
 A little gooey still in spots, especially the usual dark side of Goat. First ride back after taking a week off to go to Oahu; I'm not complaining. My bike's in the shop--shock/brain being serviced by Fox/Specialized. Borrowed a 2012 Carbon Tallboy. The Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 tires on it sucked really bad, at least today--a couple days after the rain at Oaks. Slid out a few more times than the guys I rode with and what I would've done on my tires. They may be great tires on dry/hardpack. I liked the Tallboy geometry and the lightness/stiffness on most of the climb, but I didn't like it on any bumps and down Chutes--my Stumpy feels plusher to me. It was somewhat of a relief as I'm not ready to buy a new bike! Saw a pack of Cougars in Irvine park after crossing the creek; they complemented me on my dayglo yellow glow-in-the-dark jacket. Great to be out there again. Wish I could ride again tomorrow, but I'll have to see about getting another loaner until I get my loyal steed back. 152/182
Hawaii02/28/2012
Tue
Ko Olina 3.5
4 miles      47 ft      
+7 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
Hawaii02/27/2012
Mon
Ko Olina 3.5
4 miles      47 ft      
+7 Ladder  +1 bonus
 
California02/18/2012
Sat
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder  +1 bonus
   Other Comments
California02/16/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.2mph
1:21:03
1:29:06
 99% good conditions. A little mud on part of Goat, otherwise good.
California02/14/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-C/CR-RR-W-P-SC-O-W-MR
11.9 miles      734 ft      
+27 Ladder  +1 bonus
 
California02/12/2012
Sun
Santiago Creek Trail to Santiago Park & Back
10.8 miles      209 ft      
+20 Ladder  +5 bonus    9mph
1:11:47
1:56:15
 Ride to Santiago Park with my wife and daughter. 686
California02/12/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CR-RR-W-SC-P-O-GH-W-MR
14.7 miles      1,263 ft      
+36 Ladder  +1 bonus    9.4mph
1:34:06
2:09:26
 Left my mojo in the fridge next to the dead batteries or in my wife's purse today... Didn't feel good on the climbs or the descents, but hey at least I got out there. 1445
California02/11/2012
Sat
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Car Wreck-Mathis-RockIt-Coyote-Cholla-Lynx
11 miles      1,748 ft      
+34 Ladder  +5 bonus    8mph
1:22:38
2:14:17
 Was raining lightly at the start, thought it might be a bust but proved to be somewhat ideal. A little slick going down Car Wreck, just slightly. Only 2nd time down this trail and it's been 18 months or so; seemed much more in reach this time but had to walk part of the bottom. PR down Lynx. Unplanned dismount down RockIt but didn't fall, never got out of control. Suffered on Cholla both times but set a PR up Mathis. 1445144/184
California02/09/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-GH-SR-BM-W-MR
11.9 miles      1,202 ft      
+31 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.8mph
1:20:36
1:37:48
 A little warm this morning. Slid my rear wheel out on the descent on Chutes Ridgeline coming down from the highpoint--I think I braked too much trying to bleed off some excess speed and fell backwards onto my back, but it was a soft landing that I was able to just laugh off, fortunately. Felt great flow going down Cactus--that trail is in great shape after the rain; beat my fastest time. Climbed Bumblebee and went down the newly redone Grasshopper; I like the new switchback, it might be climable now. Going down was fun but I didn't clean the tricky spot this time--hopefully next time. 1134152/185
California02/07/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
10 miles      717 ft      
+24 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.3mph
1:04:31
1:17:26
 Another quick ride b4 the rain. Thanks for the quickie, Pathfinder; and for sharing the beautiful sunrise with me... :) 146/181
California02/06/2012
Mon
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +6 bonus    8.2mph
55:51
1:18:39
 Nice night for a ride. Only souls out there. Shorts and short sleeve weather in February. 156/181
California02/05/2012
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-W-SC
11.5 miles      708 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Great weather. Way to rip it down Chutes, Pathfinder!
California02/04/2012
Sat
El Morro: RP-L-LS-W-B-OE-E-ML-FL
8.3 miles      1,087 ft      
+23 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.8mph
56:42
1:29:47
 Most beautiful day I remember in El Morro. Incredible. Great combo of trail conditions, weather and a mix of pushing it and rest. 164/185
California02/03/2012
Fri
Aliso: Cholla-RockIt-Coyote-Meadows-MS-WC
13.1 miles      1,574 ft      
+36 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.8mph
1:40:21
2:05:07
 
California02/02/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-W-SC
11.5 miles      708 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.6mph
1:12:02
1:29:07
 Fun morning ride. Took it easy up Goat. Felt good down Chutes. Nice ride.
California01/30/2012
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-W-SC
11.5 miles      708 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus    10.1mph
1:07:55
1:25:35
 A little cold this morning. Great trail conditions. Fun run down Chutes Ridgeline. It's nice being able to cross the creek again off of "Pony" after coming down the dam. 868138/176
California01/29/2012
Sun
Santiago Creek Hewes&Bond to Hart Park
9 miles      267 ft      
+18 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Close to this but rode up to Haven Gastropub and had lunch, shopped around / had Gelato then rode back. Not going to lose any weight on rides like this... But it was great riding on the new trail with my wife and daughter. No traffic or lights until Shaffer in Old Towne Orange and then just quiet streets all the way to Old Towne. It's been a long time coming.
California01/28/2012
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.4mph
1:01:38
1:29:06
 Surprisingly good conditions. Except for a couple breif points in the beginning, the wind was calm. Temps were high 50's / low 60's the whole time. Thought about doing Old Camp but neither of us felt like climbing for that long so we dropped down The Luge. Had to stop for a paramedic truck and firetruck coming down Modjeska Grade Road and never saw so many cars going up the road. Other than that and a group of hikers in the beginning, we didn't see another soul. Luge was almost ridiculously smooth in the beginning, I had to laugh--someone's been doing a lot of work on it. Still chunky in the middle/bottom but lots of fun. 866
California01/27/2012
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus    10.1mph
1:13:44
1:36:08
  1021143/183
California01/25/2012
Wed
Aliso: CV-Cholla-TOW-MS-WC-Cy-WC
11 miles      1,082 ft      
+28 Ladder  +1 bonus    8.8mph
1:15:03
1:37:06
 Conditions were pretty good for the most part, but a little tacky--enough to make traction a little sketchy in the steeper sections (i.e. Cholla & MS). First time down Mentally Sensitive. Interesting. Hard to get a flow at the top. Went off the side but found the bushes as absorbent as the ones alongside RockIt fortunately and even more useful as they kept me from falling further down the cliff. Had to raise my bike up to Pathfinder who gave me a hand climbing back out of the bushes. Maybe I'll bring a rope next time... It was fun trying out a new trail, but it will be better in a day or two when it's not so tacky where you have to worry about your tires sliding on the steep turns. 1217152/183
California01/22/2012
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus    7.6mph
59:53
1:21:48
 A little gooey on STT, but Luge wasn't bad although I did get whacked with a branch near the red clay/rock turn toward the beginning of Luge at the top, which isn't that muddy. And I did go down after stopping to check my spokes--they were making a lot of noise today but were fine. A little too muddy; my bike is a mess but most of the problem was STT, which wasn't bad mostly but had some spots that were gooey enough to clog the tires. 978150/178
California01/21/2012
Sat
Santiago Creek Trail - Hewes from Bond to Villa Park
2.6 miles      190 ft      
+5 Ladder  +15 bonus    4.7mph
32:44
33:17
Easy jog with my wife and daughter. Took turns pushing the jog stroller.  Other Comments321132/170
California01/19/2012
Thu
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.5mph
30:00
45:28
 Great trail conditions. Short and sweet. Feeling better. Wanted to go back up Cholla and do Lynx but we gave into temptation to be lazy. Didn't have my Garmin so I don't know how I did time-wise but I felt good going up Cholla and down RockIt. Brakes are still not 100%; the back is a little squishy and now the front is rubbing--another sticky piston...loving my Elixir CRs.
California01/18/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +10 bonus    10.1mph
1:13:47
1:30:07
 Felt better than yesterday. Cold/frosty morning. Frost in Irvine park, including a thick layer on "the log" so I skipped that this morning. Feeling better but legs still feel a bit shallow and still need to shed 10 more pounds or so.  Other Comments1103151/180
California01/17/2012
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
10 miles      717 ft      
+24 Ladder  +10 bonus    9.2mph
1:05:32
1:18:12
 Painful. I'm slower than dirt right now. Still getting over my head cold. It was all I could do to make it up Goat in granny, mostly, today. Felt a little off on the descents too. Finally got my brakes fixed and new middle and small chainrings...again...I guess my holiday weight gain took its toll on my bike. 867145/179
California01/13/2012
Fri
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Short and sweet. Still recovering from a head cold. Wasn't my best work up Cholla but felt pretty good and smooth down RockIt, which is really what it's all about anyway right? Can't wait to get my bike fixed though; I hope the parts come in today.
California01/12/2012
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Battling a head cold and my bike needs a lot of work, so not my best work but glad I got out there. Seemed darker this morning.
California01/09/2012
Mon
Tree Farm to Sierra Peak
25.3 miles      3,027 ft      
+71 Ladder  +20 bonus
 Ouch. That hurt much more than last time. Maybe it was the extra 36oz I was carrying, but I doubt it. I just seem to be going backwards in strength and endurance lately. Not as windy as I thought it might be, nice weather actually.
California01/07/2012
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Forgot my front wheel last night at Cooks so I did another lap at dawn this morning. Had a better ride this morning than last night. Thanks Pathfinder for switching it up this morning.  Other Comments
California01/06/2012
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +20 bonus
 Saw a white owl on one of the last climbs before the descent to the Flag. My light came loose on the way down Luge, had to stop to fix it. Heard some rustling in the bushes and didn't zip of my saddlebag so my wallet and keys flew out but my riding partner got them luckily. Not my best ride, but it's always great being out there. Didn't see another rider out tonight, which I thought was weird. Maybe other riders have social lives...
California01/04/2012
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Finally got on the dirt in 2012. Good trail conditions but I wished they didn't widen Roadrunner and some of the other trails like they did. Need to get my rear brake fixed. I have a bad case of sticky pistonitis in my Elixir CR. Hopefully it won't take too long to fix so I can get back out there. I have a feeling 2012 is going to be even better than 2011. Except I need to lose weight--I'm finally paying for all of the holiday eating/drinking big time on the climbs. Ouch. Need to put in some long rides (long for me) to burn it off!
California01/01/2012
Sun
Santiago Creek Hewes&Bond to Hart Park
9 miles      267 ft      
+18 Ladder    9.8mph
54:52
1:31:24
 Rode over to Hart Park on the new Santiago Creek Bike trail with my wife and daughter. Great start to 2012 for all of us. Might do it again but I'm already itching for dirt so we might do something like that instead. 567
California12/31/2011
Sat
Maple Springs - Motorway
16.8 miles      4,254 ft      
+68 Ladder  +20 bonus    6.1mph
2:44:47
4:01:13
 Finally did this loop, but wow--I haven't suffered that bad on Maple in a while. Almost turned around at 4C but decided to go for it. Great seeing SAMtn, FastTurtle, ADanFool, Kato and the rest of their gang. I knew they would pass us eventually despite our starting 1/2 hour earlier. I need to start 2012 off right by losing some weight. Happy New Year Everyone--I really hope 2012 is a great year for you all.  Other Comments2068
California12/30/2011
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder
 Luge is always fun. Went a little faster than normal today I think. Luge is pretty chunky right now. Looking forward to some good rides this weekend and a great 2012.
California12/29/2011
Thu
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
California12/28/2011
Wed
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder    7mph
51:42
1:12:32
 Been a while since I've done Aliso. Felt the Holiday weight gain on Cholla, but I've done worse. Cleaned it the 2nd time up. Felt good down RockIt and Great down Lynx. Didn't have my Garmin on me, but I'm pretty sure I crushed my previous time down Lynx. I'm just starting to really get the hang of the trail finally and letting it roll out more and more. Great time. Saw some deer again--very close up. I'm seeing deer every ride lately, Oaks, Aliso, everywhere. Always makes me think where are the kitties? Not a lot of points for this loop, but it's a lot of fun packed into a 1:12 ride.
California12/26/2011
Mon
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder
 
California12/24/2011
Sat
Oaks: MR-SC-RR-C-CC-BB-MG-CR-RR-SC
17.3 miles      1,141 ft      
+40 Ladder
 Merry Christmas Everybody.
California12/23/2011
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
10 miles      717 ft      
+24 Ladder
 Still a bit windy on the ridge.
California12/21/2011
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG-MR
10 miles      717 ft      
+24 Ladder    8.4mph
1:11:40
1:23:00
 Cold this morning. Good trail conditions. I felt a bit groggy.
California12/18/2011
Sun
Blackstar Canyon - Sierra Peak
21.5 miles      3,157 ft      
+65 Ladder  +20 bonus    7.5mph
2:52:35
3:11:16
 Forgot how long, rocky and steep it is from Beeks to Sierra. Seemed to be quick back to Beeks though. Sprinkled a bit on us at Sierra. 3 hours is a long time in the saddle.
California12/17/2011
Sat
Maple Springs - Four Corners
14.4 miles      2,698 ft      
+48 Ladder  +15 bonus
 It was cold on the way down. Very strong winds at 4 corners. I'm guessing 40mph gusts, but I'm no expert. Think I saw a stream of lights (riders) on the ridge across from Maple; maybe Harding, but we were a ways away from 4 Corners so I don't know that you can see Harding from that far down Maple.  Other Comments
California12/14/2011
Wed
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder
 I didn't think twice about riding Oaks as they opened the park yesterday and I saw riders posting rides on Blackstar and not noting any problems. But Oaks was not ready this morning. It will probably be ok after it gets some afternoon sun, but I clogged my tires on Goat. But Chutes washed away the mud and frustration and was a lot of fun as always. One strangely placed big puddle about 1/2 way down where you make a big hairpin left right before you make the sweeping right turn over the rocks to the big dip/drop towards the bottom. Otherwise, it was good. Kept to the fireroad rather than Roadrunner and even the fireroad was hamburger in spots--especially at the creek crossing; looks like a horse did some damage, maybe some walkers, it's all chopped up.
California12/11/2011
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder
 Easy spin. Felt great on Cactus, fastest time ever thanks to good conditions.
California12/11/2011
Sun
B*HalfWayWehoo
8 miles      818 ft      
+21 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Towed the Wehoo, did great but wife hasnt been on the bike much so we turned around about halfway up.
California12/09/2011
Fri
El Morro: RP-L-LS-W-B-OE-E-ML-FL
8.3 miles      1,087 ft      
+23 Ladder
 Been a long time since I've been to El Morro/Laguna. Great conditions mostly. Finally cleaned the climb coming out of Emerald Cyn--I never could quite get that, but I made it. Weird though, as I've been gaining weight; but I'm still feeling good on the bike.  Other Comments
California12/07/2011
Wed
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder
 Cold this morning, but dressed well for it so I was comfortable most of the time. Weird how it's like 10 degrees (according to my Garmin) warmer at the base of Goat than it was about 1/2 way down Roadrunner in Irvine park. We came around a corner on Roadrunner and BAM! I felt like I just rode through a snowman or something--it was suddenly cold and kind of stayed that way until just before the climb up the dam. Didn't feel like riding this morning but, as always, was glad I did once I was out there--especially after I finished the biggest climb...  Other Comments
California12/04/2011
Sun
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder
 What a blast--another successful test of our new "Wehoo" trail a bike. My 2 1/2 year old daughter did great. Played on the playground at Carbon Cyn park afterward--such a nice and beautiful park, but not many people out on such a gorgeous day. The Wehoo did great--even made all but one of the stream crossings easily. Didn't try the longest one as I watched my wife go through it and it looked a bit sketchy--not sure how the Wehoo would've tracked through it.
California12/03/2011
Sat
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder
 
California12/02/2011
Fri
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder
 
California11/30/2011
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-CR-RR-SC-BM-W-MR
12.4 miles      734 ft      
+28 Ladder
 
California11/29/2011
Tue
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Quick solo ride. Been a while since i've done a solo ride. Didn't enjoy it as much.
California11/27/2011
Sun
Irv Park RR
6.6 miles      215 ft      
+12 Ladder
 Exploring Irvine Park with our new "Wehoo".
California11/26/2011
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Was going to do B* but decided to do something else. Couldn't bring myself to do Maple Springs or a fireroad, so opted for The Luge. STT was nice, but The Luge is in bad shape--really chunky and loose in spots. Surprising to see this so quickly as I've ridden it a couple times recently and it seemed great. Not much wind, just the last ridge before the 2nd to the final ascent to the top.
California11/25/2011
Fri
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder
   Other Comments
California11/24/2011
Thu
Oaks MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CR-RR-SC-W-MR
14.1 miles      981 ft      
+33 Ladder
 HAPPY THANKSGIVING
California11/22/2011
Tue
CV-Cholla-RockIt-Coyote
5.6 miles      645 ft      
+15 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.7mph
34:20
45:50
 Great conditions. A few puddles, mainly on Westridge and Wood Canyon but most of them avoidable. Did better on Cholla than I expected--enough for my 3rd fastest time, 5:38, despite putting a foot down twice towards the top. No record, but pretty good for a middle-aged heavy guy on a heavy bike on his 2nd ride of the day! Pretty good run for me down Rock It too. Great ride. I am truly blessed to be able to ride the Luge in the morning and RockIt at lunch, wearing shorts in late November!
California11/22/2011
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    7.7mph
59:18
1:19:00
 Thanks MTBFiend, you were right! Pretty ideal conditions out there today. A couple/few puddles on STT but only one in the usual 2nd corner or so at the top of Luge but not bad at all. Fast run down Luge. Great ride! But I need to either ride more or drink less beer / eat less as I'm growing a belly full of jelly... Think I'll ride at lunchtime, Aliso's open! ;) 964154/183
California11/20/2011
Sun
Oaks: MR-MG-BR-DR-BR-CR-RR-SC
15.1 miles      1,182 ft      
+37 Ladder  +5 bonus
 It's been a great few days of riding. Loving the weather. Today was even better, a little warmer. Trail conditions amazing. Really feeling good on the descents and doing okay on the climbs despite getting my holiday weight gain early this year...eating and drinking like it's the holidays already. But wow, I'm enjoying riding... Reflecting a lot already on the year and wow, just wow... 2012 is going to be lots of fun!
California11/19/2011
Sat
Oaks: MR-Oak-BR-CR
14.6 miles      987 ft      
+34 Ladder  +5 bonus    10.4mph
1:24:22
2:09:57
  1217143/184
California11/18/2011
Fri
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.6mph
47:57
1:13:39
 Oh what fun it is to ride... Great ride today. Made it up Cholla cleanly twice and had a fun run down RockIt and Lynx, only dabbing at the little climb towards the end of RockIt due to a misshift. It was great how all 3 of us stayed together / were evenly matched on the climbs and descents. Great ride. 885153/197
California11/15/2011
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder
 Quick ride this morning. Perfect trail conditions.
California11/14/2011
Mon
East Org-Mtn Goat-Chutes A / Chutes B
12 miles      1,558 ft      
+34 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.2mph
1:18:29
1:35:07
 Great trail conditions. Creek still not dried up at bottom of dam(Pony). Flogged myself up Goat pretty good today. 874137/177
California11/13/2011
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.3mph
55:03
1:26:44
 Great ride with Pathfinder and my nephew. I think it was my fastest time down Luge ever, but the data looks a bit wonky...the elapsed time is too slow and the moving time is too fast. Oh well. Great ride. As I told the boys today, it's not about the "time", it's about the "time"...  Other Comments770
California11/11/2011
Fri
Oaks - MR, W, O, BB, MG, CR, RR, SC
15.5 miles      974 ft      
+35 Ladder
 Thanks for the tune up, Pathfinder! Bike feels amazing with the new wheels, tires and having the brakes and shifting dialed in. And my shoulder / arm are continuing to feel good, no problem going down Chutes Ridgeline--it had been a while. Nice to see it packed down a bit, but it is a little chunky in spots. Really enjoying Roadrunner this week with the dirt and colors--seems like I'm zipping through the trees in some bike magazine photo shoot in NorCal or BC.
California11/10/2011
Thu
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Cholla, Lynx
6 miles      1,010 ft      
+18 Ladder
 Woo hoo! New wheels, new tires, great trail conditions, nice weather, first time down RockIt and Lynx in a while--since recovering. Great Ride! Chain was slipping first time up Cholla, thought it was a major problem with my rear cassette but I think it was just my rear derailler or something. Met a young kid at Cholla the 2nd time; skinny guy passed me up Cholla then faded a bit. I could've passed him but there was no need. I was curious to see how he'd fare on the tricky spot...straight up the middle like it was nothing. Wish I wasn't lazy when I was his age.
California11/09/2011
Wed
East Orange - Oaks, Mtn Goat, Chutes B, Egret
11.9 miles      1,051 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Beautiful day today. These are the days not to be missed. Get out there today everyone! I'm going again tonight and tomorrow morning before the rain. Trails still in amazing shape, tacky--fun to rip through the singletrack on roadrunner at the end. Saw lots of riders this morning, which is unusual.
California11/07/2011
Mon
Aliso: Canyon View Park, Cholla, Mathis
6.6 miles      883 ft      
+18 Ladder    9.3mph
42:42
50:13
 Nice ride. Felt better on Cholla than I expected--it has been a while. Dabbed once, in the tricky spot. Mathis was fun with the tacky dirt and no uphill traffic. Arm and shoulder doing well--was worried that riding 3 days in a row would be too much too soon but I'm feeling great! And I want to ride before the rain comes--doesn't look like it's going to be a good weekend. 609156/210
California11/06/2011
Sun
Oaks: MR-Oak to Top B2-BB-MG-C-RR-SC
13.1 miles      1,173 ft      
+33 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.8mph
1:29:23
1:54:01
Decided to sneak one more in b4 the rain. Glad I did. Amazing trail conditions and not as cold as yesterday. Beautiful colors out there. Shoulder and cut on my arm feeling better than even just yesterday. Legs felt much better today and I feel like I'm already getting my confidence back descending but I def took it easy and stuck to easy stuff.  Other Comments1767
California11/05/2011
Sat
Maple 4C back to Jamboree
27.1 miles      3,297 ft      
+76 Ladder    9.4mph
2:53:15
3:11:28
First ride back after getting cleared (finally) from the doc for my shoulder and the cut on my forearm. Felt pretty good except lifting my bike up onto the rack and at the gate. And on the descent the cut where the stitches were felt a bit itchy. But very glad to be back on the bike and met a lot of great guys today. Not sure they're on Geo though. I forgot my helmet and a guy not even in our group overheard and offered me his--very cool. Returned it with a bottle of Chimay Belgian ale--hope he enjoys it as much as I do. Great to be back, but my legs are feeling it today!  Other Comments1555145/185
California10/30/2011
Sun
Shadow Ridge
3.5 miles      0 ft      
+6 Ladder  +15 bonus
 
California10/30/2011
Sun
Santiago Creek Hewes to Chapman RT
4.5 miles      131 ft      
+9 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
California10/27/2011
Thu
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG
9.4 miles      682 ft      
+21 Ladder    8.7mph
1:04:45
1:22:28
 First ride since falling. Took it real easy. Had to dab/walk some of the tricky spots/transitions, but did ok. Goal was to take it easy, see how it felt and not fall and make things worse. In some ways it was better than expected, in some ways worse. Shoulder did pretty good--the worse part was getting going again after I stopped, having to put a little weight on my shoulder/upper body when standing on the pedals. And the stitches bugged me a little bit on the descent especially on the rought stuff. But great to be back on the bike. See the doc tomorrow, hopefully get the stitches out and get the all clear. 604
California10/21/2011
Fri
Aliso CV Wood Canyon
6.9 miles      479 ft      
+16 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Should've trusted my instincts and just gone up Cholla after dropping in from Canyon View Park, but decided to warm up on Wood Cyn first and wound up OTB'ing in a deer piss stream, tweaking my shoulder and opening up a big gash in my forearm. Xrays were all good but needed stitches in my arm (and tetanus shot and antibiotics) and my shoulder is tweaked; based upon what I know so far, it's just a mild sprain / Type I separation. Bummer as I had just taken 4 days off and just got my bike back out of the shop and was chomping at the bit. Oh well, it's just part of the deal. Could've been worse. Why is it always the stupid stuff that takes me down??? Front wheel hit some moss and water and down I went. I have a feeling I'll be off the dirt for a while.  Other Comments
California10/16/2011
Sun
Old Camp - Luge
15.7 miles      2,784 ft      
+57 Ladder
 A little hot, but not too bad. Broke a spoke somehow on the way up to Old Camp. Felt much better this time than the first time I had done this, which was about a year ago. Lots of riders out today.
California10/14/2011
Fri
East Orange - Oaks, Mtn Goat, Chutes B, Egret
11.9 miles      1,051 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.1mph
1:18:17
1:33:31
  781133/175
California10/12/2011
Wed
East Orange - Oaks, Mtn Goat, Chutes B, Egret
11.9 miles      1,051 ft      
+30 Ladder    9.1mph
1:18:12
1:34:14
 Mild paced ride. Saw a couple riders climb Chutes to Barham then drop Cactus before we headed down Chutes. 62 degrees before the sun even came up, warmed up as we headed up Goat. My holiday weight gain is happening early this year and I'm feeling it. Saw a Deer in the tree cover towards the end of Grasshopper in Irvine Park and came across a few riders just getting started heading to climb Chutes. 807
California10/10/2011
Mon
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    8.3mph
55:00
1:12:00
 Fun run with Jeff. He's getting much faster up and down.
California10/08/2011
Sat
El Morro: RP-L-LS-W-B-OE-E-ML-FL
8.3 miles      1,087 ft      
+23 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.7mph
1:05:10
1:18:43
 Lots of people out. Nice to ride this whole ride in the light--it's been a while. Ironically one of the trails looked scarier in the daylight than it does in the dark... A couple slightly gooey spots here and there, but most of it is in good condition. Nice to see the sand gone. 658
California10/07/2011
Fri
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Mathis-Coyote-Cholla-RockIt-Coyote
10.5 miles      1,358 ft      
+29 Ladder    7.5mph
1:23:30
2:05:00
 Park just opened today after the rains. Mostly good conditions--just one unavoidable muddy spot in the middle of West Ridge between RockIt and Mathis. Trails should be perfect this afternoon or tomorrow. Looked like the ranger's tires chewed Mathis up pretty good--especially the top. Dab'd once on Cholla but cleaned it the 2nd time. Came across the same group of deer again on Coyote, this time at the hump just past RockIt, which made things a bit tricky as there were Deer on both sides of the trail. So we walked slowly to try to not startle them. Seemed to work, but we kept our distance from the buck. A bunch of crows were making a lot of noise on the way out Coyote the 2nd time--I wonder if they found something. 855
California10/04/2011
Tue
Aliso: Cholla-TOW-Mathis-Coyote
7.5 miles      973 ft      
+21 Ladder    8.2mph
54:56
1:14:29
 Mellow ride through Aliso b4 the rain this AM. Did awful on Cholla for some reason--worst since I was a newb, but my nephew cleaned it for the first time and just sailed on past which was great to see. Felt strong the rest of the climbs though and saw a big deer dart across the bottom of Mathis as I was coming down. Then saw 5 or 6, including a small buck, in the middle of the trail just beyond one of the tree-covered sections of Coyote as we were coming through it so we stopped and watched them graze for a while. Pretty neat. Saw another one up on the hill as we went further down Coyote--its big ears sticking up out of the brush gave it away. From TOW, we could see the rain approaching so we headed down--started sprinkling as we were on the 2nd or 3rd hill before the Cholla trailhead. Started really coming down just as I was driving away. Trails definitely need it--Mathis was sandy; had to take it real easy. I hope Oaks gets its share today/tomorrow. 600
California10/02/2011
Sun
Chino Hills Rim Crest Loop
9.6 miles      1,329 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.6mph
1:00:21
1:15:43
 Been a while since I've been to Chino. Nice morning for a ride. Forgot how fast the descents on South Ridge are. 871142/174
California10/01/2011
Sat
Oaks 7-4-2011
13.8 miles      917 ft      
+31 Ladder
 It's been a while since I went down Chutes Ridgeline. Hot out. Lots of hikers and horses, only one other biker.
California09/30/2011
Fri
East Orange - Oaks, Mtn Goat, Chutes B, Egret
11.9 miles      1,051 ft      
+30 Ladder
 
California09/28/2011
Wed
Oaks: MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CC-BB-MG
11.3 miles      927 ft      
+27 Ladder    8.9mph
1:15:51
1:34:46
 Felt good coming down Cactus and Goat today. Still getting over a cold. Humid and warm this morning. Saw a Deer running through the trees on the way out of the park. 826
California09/25/2011
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus    6.8mph
1:06:58
1:18:55
 Nice night for a ride. Easy cruise on The Luge. My 2nd time at night, my 2 companions' 1st time. We all made it safely. Met a couple of great guys at the first gate, was one of their's first times and he made it up Modjeska Grade w/o stopping on a 1x9. Kind of wondered where they were when we finished, saw them coming back up to Cook's from the wrong direction--one of them broke their Turner frame. Hope they get treated well by Turner. Let me ride the other bike, a Niner M.C.R. (1x9)--seemed like a nice frame / bike. Didn't seem that heavy for steel. Orig was going to do Old Camp but decided to take it easy today as I'm battling a pretty good head cold right now--almost didn't ride at all.  Other Comments733
California09/24/2011
Sat
Maple Springs - Four Corners
14.4 miles      2,698 ft      
+48 Ladder    7.5mph
1:55:30
2:16:58
 This was supposed to be my first loop on Maple-Motorway, but I just didn't have it in me today. Tried to ride with SAMtn, Fast Turtle, Kato, ADanFool, NHarper and another rider (not on Geo) but just didn't have anything in the legs today. Weird as I felt so good last time I climbed Maple and we went all the way to the Peak that day and I felt like I could've done it 2X. I know I went out too fast on the pavement, maybe I just couldn't recover or the head cold I'm fighting got the worst of me. Or I'm just slow... Great meeting a great bunch of guys.  Other Comments1703161/219
California09/22/2011
Thu
El Morro: RP-L-LS-W-B-OE-E-ML-FL
8.3 miles      1,087 ft      
+23 Ladder    6.7mph
1:14:05
1:24:26
 Too foggy and dark to see / get a good flow. Spider web clearing completed--got about 20 of them, one or two were so thick they crunched when they broke. Battling a head cold, so I was groggy. Groggy & Foggy = not much fun. But, at least I rode.  Other Comments1032147/177
California09/20/2011
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CW-BR-MG
11.3 miles      862 ft      
+27 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.1mph
1:14:31
1:56:45
 Blecch... Didn't feel good and two flats. Better than sleeping in??? I guess. Hopefully the two flats satisfies the "trail gods" for a while... 1065137/177
California09/19/2011
Mon
Blackstar Gate to Gate
15.5 miles      2,597 ft      
+49 Ladder  +10 bonus    7.8mph
1:59:33
2:21:52
 Went with another rider on his first night ride with his new magic shine. The light did well. Doesn't seem like all that long ago since I went on my 1st night ride. Perfect weather conditions--comfortable in shorts and shortsleeves at a 9pm start. Not much wildlife, but did spot one small tarantula and a huge white owl startled me near the end of the dirt on the way out. 1088122/150
California09/16/2011
Fri
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.2mph
31:20
32:21
 Didn't flow as good today, but it was my 2nd ride and didn't have as much reserve in the tank. Got the camera working today though and still beat my overall time for this loop by a little. Cooler today. Lots of cars but only saw a couple riders on the trails--both without helmets... 188
California09/16/2011
Fri
Oaks - MR, W, BM, MG, BR, CC, BB, MG, SC
12 miles      761 ft      
+27 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
California09/15/2011
Thu
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder    7.9mph
32:24
34:05
 Hotter than I expected according to the forecast. Thought I was filming it with a GoPro I'm demoing, but I messed up and didn't film anything...oops. Wasn't my best riding anyway, but did have a pretty good run down Rock-It. 269
California09/14/2011
Wed
El Morro - Lizards, LS, BR, BB, WC, BR, ML, FL
10.4 miles      1,438 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Really foggy/moist out there this morning. Trail conditions were good--the moisture this week has helped. 991134/
California09/12/2011
Mon
Oaks - MR, W, BM, MG, BR, CC, BB, MG, SC
12 miles      761 ft      
+27 Ladder
 Quick ride at Oaks this morning.
California09/10/2011
Sat
Blackstar Canyon - Beek's Place
17.3 miles      2,135 ft      
+49 Ladder  +15 bonus    8.6mph
2:01:23
2:23:33
 Nice night for a ride, although we were socked in until the last switchback to the gate when we rose above the clouds. City light view of Corona at least. Nearly a full moon. Saw 4-5 Tarantulas, a skunk who insisted on running up the trail 30 feet or so ahead of me for 10 minutes or so of the climb, a frog or toad and several strange birds who held their ground and wouldn't move off the trail. Perfect temps--comfy in shorts / shortsleeves the whole time. Trail was good condition--I don't think Blackstar got much rain at all.
California09/09/2011
Fri
CV/coyote/mathis/rock it/coyote
8.4 miles      1,081 ft      
+24 Ladder
 Dropped down Wood Cyn again rather than going up Cholla at the start and saw probably 6+ deer in the meadow again including one buck with a small rack of antlers. Could've reached out and touched a couple of them right next to the trail that were grazing as we slowed to not spook them. Decided to give Mathis a try, my riding partner's first time... Mathis is sandy in the beginning and middle but in good shape. It's been a LONG time since I've been up or down Mathis; I was tempted to go down it after climbing it as it's been so long and it was an early morning ride but we opted for Rock It instead--always fun. A little more challenging as my adjustable seatpost is in the shop but I was more comfortable than I thought I would be and was able to adequately get my weight back for the descent. Flubbed the little climb at the boulder this time right at the very end, so I wasn't able to clean it again like last time--my 1st time completely cleaning it. Oh well, hopefully next time...
California09/08/2011
Thu
Oaks - MR, W, BM, MG, BR, CC, BB, MG, SC
12 miles      761 ft      
+27 Ladder
 
California08/31/2011
Wed
Laguna Wilderness: Lizards-Emerald singles
7.2 miles      1,231 ft      
+22 Ladder  +5 bonus
 close to what we did this am
California08/30/2011
Tue
Aliso: CV-WC-Coyote-Cholla-RockIt-Coyote-WC
9.2 miles      816 ft      
+23 Ladder    9mph
1:00:57
1:34:06
 Nice mellow spin down Wood Canyon and back via Coyote to warm up for Cholla. Just didn't feel like battling Cholla right at the start from Canyon Vistas this morning. Worked out well as we got to see 4 Deer in the meadow near Mathis where we headed back to Cholla via Coyote. Took it easy up Cholla and felt good. Another great ride down Rock It--I have been feeling better and better down it and finally cleaned it today--the little climb up the boulders towards the end was the only part that evaded me, but I finally did it today and it seemed easy once I did it. Felt like going up Cholla again and dropping down Lynx but my riding partner didn't and I decided to rest on my laurels...  Other Comments764122/179
California08/29/2011
Mon
Peters Canyon (dual loop)
5.8 miles      751 ft      
+21 Ladder
   Other Comments
California08/28/2011
Sun
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Coulda, woulda, shoulda done more...but didn't. Not good when your roundtrip drive to the trailhead is longer than the ride itself. But it was a great ride. Felt great up Cholla and down Rock It. Had the place to ourselves but tons of cars when we got back, as expected. Unusually nice temps at 6am, so it's probably going to be another hot day.
California08/27/2011
Sat
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder
 Forgot my Garmin at work yesterday. Wanted to do Chutes--it had been a while. Realized on the way I need new rear brake pads, but decided I could eek out one more ride. Buddy found a slow leak in his rear tire on the way up Goat. Started getting nervous that this might be one of those rides where we ignore too many warning signals, but all turned out ok. Took a detour through the neighborhood after the dam as the creek is probably still flooded. REALLY HOT out there at 10:30am or so. Probably going to ride tomorrow--should probably pick somewhere coastal; definitely won't be doing Chino Hills...  Other Comments
California08/26/2011
Fri
LCWP-Willow-FL-NBTD-Lizards-Willow
9.9 miles      1,611 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Kind of like this, but we went down Old Emerald and up Emerald--long, hard climb. Missing link is fun, as is Old Emerald. Lots of fun singletrack this morning. Felt better on the climbs today but I think I am starting to feel the 5-10 lbs I've gained; need to cut back on the eating and drinking...  Other Comments
California08/24/2011
Wed
El Moro > Ridge Park > Rattlesnake > Old Emerald
12.6 miles      2,095 ft      
+40 Ladder
 Not exactly what I rode, as my Garmin is not syncing with my pc,but very close in Dist & Elevation. Wasnt' feeling it on the climbs this morning. El Morro has some hills... Forgot how much climbing there is on Rattlesnake, as I had only done it one other time. Kind of tricky; almost cleaned it but had to dab.
California08/23/2011
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder    9.2mph
1:05:18
1:16:31
  563124/169
California08/22/2011
Mon
LobSasq: El Modena Exploring
4.1 miles      484 ft      
+11 Ladder    8mph
31:03
35:48
 On my mountain bike, but mostly comprised of pavement--went up and around the hill and explored the El Modena open space area which is off of Cannon, technically part of Santiago Oaks per the signs, but really too rocky, loose, steep to climb up there and not really worth it. I hiked-a-bike it then came down the other side. Think I'll stick to Oaks proper / Peters, etc. when riding from home. 302127/169
California08/20/2011
Sat
Oaks: MG-BR-Weir Counterclockwise-BR-CC-BB-MG
17.9 miles      1,836 ft      
+47 Ladder  +5 bonus    8mph
2:13:44
2:53:56
 Thought I'd do Weir for the first time this morning. But it did me instead. Whew! Part of it may have been that we missed the turn to go around the hike-a-bike uphill section along the fenceline--we just stayed on the dirt the whole way. Knew something was up when two middle-aged women walkers were able to pass us without our seeing them... Think we figured out what we were suppoed to do on the way back. Looks like I somehow got jipped 200-300 feet though... Oh well. 1583140/189
California08/18/2011
Thu
Laguna Wilderness: Lizards-Emerald singles
7.2 miles      1,231 ft      
+22 Ladder
 Garmin still not connecting to my pc. Not exactly what we rode, but close. Lots of fun though! Had so much fun Tuesday, had to do it again today. Moist / humid / warm morning. Probably going to be a hot day later. 734
California08/16/2011
Tue
LCWP-Willow-FL-NBTD-Lizards-Willow
9.9 miles      1,611 ft      
+30 Ladder
 Not exactly what we rode, but close--having trouble with my Garmin. Actually went down Old Emerald, which was a lot of fun (first time) but coming back up Emerald was painful... Also took Missing Link and Fenceline for the first time--lots of fun, especially compared to the alternative. I've been fighting a head cold / haven't felt well / haven't been wanting to ride lately, but this morning broke me out of that spell--can't wait to get back out there again! 1054137/176
California08/13/2011
Sat
Oaks: MR-mg-bb-cw-D-BR-CC-BB-MG
13.5 miles      1,179 ft      
+34 Ladder    8.7mph
1:32:27
1:57:26
 Little groggy today. Fighting a head cold. 1138143/179
California08/11/2011
Thu
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Luge is chunky right now.
California08/09/2011
Tue
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder    10.1mph
1:12:10
1:15:34
 Chutes seems kind of loose, sandy, and rutty--seems a bit sketchy but maybe I'm just not doing it enough lately. Lots of flats lately from thorns. Changed my rear tube yesterday, front tube today. 696133/179
California08/08/2011
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder
 Got a flat, which hogged up a bunch of time, because I'm not good at changing them.
California08/06/2011
Sat
Maple Springs - Santiago Peak
23.4 miles      4,153 ft      
+74 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.6mph
3:04:39
3:58:38
 Great ride with Pathfinder and my nephew--his first time up, did very well despite being pressed for time and having to push the pace at the end.  Other Comments1449141/176
California08/04/2011
Thu
Aliso - CV, Cholla,TOW,Meadows,Coyote,Cholla,Rock-it,Coyote
14.4 miles      1,623 ft      
+38 Ladder
 First time down Meadows and getting to Meadows from TOW (I've gone up Meadows b4 once). Down is fun, but there were a lot of riders coming up so I felt bad, but I yielded and wasn't bombing down. Felt good going up Cholla the first time; definitely felt it the 2nd time. I felt great going down Rock It again--felt really smooth and relaxed on my bike. Still couldn't quite clean that little up over the boulders towards the end; some day, but didn't dab otherwise. Great way to start another year (it's my bday)--a great ride with great people! May do something big this weekend to celebrate.  Other Comments1373137/188
California08/03/2011
Wed
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.8mph
1:20:42
1:26:12
 Didn't feel like getting up and riding this morning, but did so anyway. Sometimes those are the best days, but that wasn't the case until the last descent, down Cactus when I felt like I got my "mojo" back. Took it easy on the climbs and just spun an easy gear. Hadn't done Chutes Ridgeline in a month and I think I paid for it today--I was not comfortable going down it today, but part of that might have been the conditions--seems really chunky, dry and loose / sandy right now. Maybe that's why I felt out of sorts a bit last time down The Luge the other day as well. But part of the problem might have been my tire pressure, possibly too squishy--seemed like the rear-end of my frame wasn't attached to the front of my frame like one of those ladder fire trucks with the rear stearing wheel. But no falls, no mechanicals and therefore it was a "Great Ride" as MTB Fiend always says.  Other Comments944143/176
California08/01/2011
Mon
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder    9mph
1:20:57
1:40:55
  653117/173
California07/30/2011
Sat
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder    8mph
1:57:05
2:30:44
 Rode with Pathfinder and my nephew--his 1st time to Beeks. 1392139/185
California07/29/2011
Fri
Orange/Irvine - Santiago, Jamboree, Portola, Bike Trail
26.1 miles      906 ft      
+53 Ladder  +5 bonus    13.9mph
1:52:29
1:52:29
   Other Comments958128/
California07/28/2011
Thu
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Easy cruise this morning. Foggy out. Luge is a bit Chunky right now and a little loose up top--slid around a bit descending from the Flag and just after, but saved it. 782132/175
California07/26/2011
Tue
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.9mph
32:25
34:06
 Solo quick lunch ride and 2nd ride of the day. Started out strong on Cholla, but burned up/couldn't hold it. Never felt better on Rock It though. According to Strava, I went almost 40% faster down Rock-It than ever before, but Strava also shows that I'm slower than most other riders so I guess it's kind of a good news / bad news thing I guess! 524164/183
California07/26/2011
Tue
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus
  775126/173
California07/23/2011
Sat
Aliso: CV-Wood Cyn-Meadows (partial)-Coyote
8.7 miles      471 ft      
+19 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Rode with some newer riders on a 2nd loop. Also ventured up Dripping Cave for a short bit but turned around once it got steep.
California07/23/2011
Sat
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Lynx
2.6 miles      455 ft      
+7 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Crowded at Aliso at 9:30am. Finally cleaned the line on Cholla that goes straight up the middle of the tricky switchback, on my 2nd attempt... Kind of hot today.
California07/22/2011
Fri
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder
 
California07/20/2011
Wed
Chapman & Jamboree & Back
15.6 miles      796 ft      
+34 Ladder  +5 bonus    14.8mph
1:03:12
1:34:00
  651114/172
California07/19/2011
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Easy ride with my nephew, who's getting his legs back after breaking his arm / being off the bike for a while.
California07/17/2011
Sun
Santiago Cyn: Cooks & Back
33.2 miles      1,854 ft      
+74 Ladder  +5 bonus    15.8mph
2:05:40
2:07:03
  1459149/184
California07/16/2011
Sat
Oaks Okole
10.3 miles      1,018 ft      
+26 Ladder    7.8mph
1:19:09
3:37:43
 Rode over to Oaks to watch the Okole Cup. Fun time watching the pros and amateurs coming down the initial Chutes drops. Nearly everyone made it down safely. Then descended Chutes B, the switchbacks, to Irvine Park so that I didn't disrupt the race and met my wife and daughter in Irvine park to enjoy the festivities. Hope they have it again next year, maybe I will ride next year. But I had a lot of fun as an observer. 787
California07/15/2011
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.8mph
58:22
1:01:03
 Misty morning ride, was soak and wet by the end from the brush on the sides of the trail and the mist in the air. Bike looks like a powdered donut, but the trail was good shape. Luge is a bit chunky, realized I rode it with my rear shock on firm (brain) last time so I opened it pu at the top of the descent to the flag. Somehow managed to OTB in the first creek crossing at the bottom of the Luge right into the side of the cliff, put my front hand down onto my front wheel but I am ok as is my bike. 853156/180
California07/12/2011
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    8.7mph
52:41
52:48
 The trail is smooth and fast right now. I've felt and done better on the climbs, but beat my personal best down the Luge by nearly 15%. 776165/220
California07/10/2011
Sun
Chapman2HBRT
38.8 miles      440 ft      
+72 Ladder    17.4mph
2:13:39
2:34:45
  1449147/211
California07/09/2011
Sat
Harding Truck Trail
18.2 miles      3,371 ft      
+61 Ladder  +20 bonus    7.2mph
2:32:02
2:36:31
  1693
California07/06/2011
Wed
Work to SA
17.4 miles      43 ft      
+31 Ladder    15mph
1:09:30
1:27:36
 One of my least favorite experiences on a bicycle. Rush hour, new route / bad directions, strong headwind, hot and humid, construction zones, traffic. Glad I survived. 633147/223
California07/06/2011
Wed
Commute
15.2 miles      171 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus    15.2mph
1:00:04
1:07:00
  568126/161
California07/04/2011
Mon
Oaks 7-4-2011
13.8 miles      917 ft      
+31 Ladder  +5 bonus    9mph
1:31:36
1:36:07
 Solo cruise around Oaks. Not feeling it today, but saw 4 deer crossing the trail just after the initial descent on Chutes, and saw a couple coyotes--one up close in Oaks and another farther out in Irvine park. Thought about something more ambitious 932
California07/03/2011
Sun
Aliso: CV-Wood Cyn-Meadows (partial)-Coyote
8.7 miles      471 ft      
+19 Ladder    8.2mph
1:03:17
1:31:11
 Casual ride with some family members at Aliso. Originally were going to do Telegraph @ Chino but opted for this due to the heat. Weather was great for most of it. Fun day. Wish I could've had time to do a quick loop on Cholla-RockIt or Lynx or something, but good to get in a ride nonetheless. 469
California07/01/2011
Fri
Peters: CC Lake Loop + Big Red
3.5 miles      309 ft      
+8 Ladder    9.6mph
22:01
22:29
 1 more point than yesterday! Swamped at work and lots going on at the homefront, so not much time to ride. Hope to get something decent in this weekend, when it's not scorching hot. I should record a ride around my back yard and go for the least points ever... 279142/178
California06/30/2011
Thu
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Lynx
2.6 miles      455 ft      
+7 Ladder    11.4mph
13:41
22:52
 Wow! 7 Points! All I had time for, unfortunately, as I didn't notice a flat on my rear wheel till I pulled my bike off my car so I had to change that. Originally, I was going to do this loop twice or do Cholla-RockIt. Oh well, it was a good ride. Getting Hot out there--looks like it's going to be a scorcher this weekend, so be careful. 170
California06/29/2011
Wed
Aliso: CV-Cholla-Lynx-WoodCyn-Coyote
10 miles      800 ft      
+23 Ladder    8.6mph
1:09:36
1:52:50
 Easy cruise in Aliso, 1st time back in 2 months--I've lost my flow on Cholla. Lynx was fun, but took it slow. Then cruised around the fireroad and Coyote with my newphew who's just getting back on the bike after recovering from a broken arm. Saw a deer in the canyon, and the carcass of a rattlesnake--something big had been munching on it... 655115/184
California06/28/2011
Tue
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.8mph
1:12:43
1:16:17
  901153/195
California06/25/2011
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    8.3mph
55:11
57:00
 Foggy at dawn. One of those days where you're riding above the clouds on STT. Beautiful wildflowers--I could smell them. Might be my imagination or my frame of reference has changed, but it seems like STT & The Luge are smoother. I don't know if that's due to trailwork or because I haven't been riding it as much. Made for my fastest time down The Luge despite having to stop twice--once to get a bee out of a vent in my helmet and once for a hiker coming up The Luge.  Other Comments801157/180
California06/23/2011
Thu
Oaks: MR-MG-BB-CW-BR-CC-BB-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG
14.7 miles      1,493 ft      
+38 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.5mph
1:32:51
1:45:12
 Finally got back out for a ride after a few days break. Didn't feel like getting up but glad I did. 1276153/188
California06/19/2011
Sun
Oaks Father's Day 2011
13.7 miles      979 ft      
+32 Ladder    9.2mph
1:28:49
1:33:11
 Easy Father's Day solo ride. Trails getting a bit loose and sandy. 1145153/191
California06/17/2011
Fri
Blackstar Tree Farm To Gate
17.4 miles      2,209 ft      
+49 Ladder  +5 bonus    10.4mph
1:40:29
1:42:44
 Saw a mature bobcat on the way up before the first grate, and another (a cub) on the way out of the valley near the electrical fence. Had to stop for a water truck just after seeing the 2nd bobcat. 1310160/198
California06/15/2011
Wed
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.6mph
1:14:12
1:18:39
  157/
California06/13/2011
Mon
Commute 2 6-13-2011
17.1 miles      444 ft      
+33 Ladder  +5 bonus    16.9mph
1:00:38
1:08:48
  679155/
California06/13/2011
Mon
Commute 6-13-2011
16.2 miles      198 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    14.9mph
1:05:13
1:47:13
  581125/194
California06/11/2011
Sat
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-C-CC-BB-MG-SC
11.9 miles      1,120 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.9mph
1:11:28
1:17:49
  962154/188
California06/08/2011
Wed
LBS: Mabury-Wild-MG-BB-CW-BR-Chutes-Pony-SC
13.9 miles      1,046 ft      
+32 Ladder    11.1mph
1:15:00
1:15:00
 Forgot my Garmin. Think I made good time up CW and down Chutes, but who knows and it doesn't matter. Thought I'd try to ride the log towards the end of Chutes but somehow wound up on the right side of it...oops, maybe next time.
California06/06/2011
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10 miles      704 ft      
+24 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.9mph
1:00:36
1:26:12
 Flat front tire and no "flow" today--went off the trail going down Cactus and couldn't hold my line going up today; oh well, at least I didn't get hurt. And my legs felt better than expected. 713127/180
California06/04/2011
Sat
Oaks: MR-W-BM-MG-CR-SC-HL-SC
15 miles      882 ft      
+34 Ladder    9.6mph
1:33:59
1:43:27
  1001139/189
California06/01/2011
Wed
oaks 6-1
13.2 miles      1,202 ft      
+33 Ladder    8.5mph
1:32:40
1:35:16
 First time on Deer. Beautiful out there. Kind of eerie alone in the early morning though... 817
California05/30/2011
Mon
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-BB-MG
10.1 miles      690 ft      
+23 Ladder    8mph
1:15:26
1:55:44
 Easy ride with my wife, who wasn't feeling it today. Scared a big deer I didn't see on the way down Cactus Cyn, who proceeded to return the favor when he got up suddenly and scampered off down into the cyn. Caught a glimpse of the large animal and color out of the corner of my eye and my first thought was that it was something else. Due to the size of the deer, I knew if it was what I thought it was that it would be bad... Fortunately, it wasn't and my wife and I got to see one of nature's most graceful, beautiful animals. 846
California05/28/2011
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder    8.2mph
55:23
55:23
 Lots of Mustard, etc. in spots made STT narrow. The descent to the Flag almost looked like it had been swept, as did the Luge. Still some loose rocks, etc. but it almost seemed like it had been cleaned up a bit / made easier. Might be my imagination as it's been a while since I've done this loop. Great weather and ride! 849163/182
California05/26/2011
Thu
Oaks 5-26-2011
14.6 miles      977 ft      
+34 Ladder    9.9mph
1:28:37
1:31:22
  988146/186
California05/24/2011
Tue
Oaks: MR-MG-CC-CW-BR-MG
11.7 miles      1,076 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.4mph
1:14:57
1:32:53
  942143/183
California05/22/2011
Sun
Oaks
11.5 miles      948 ft      
+28 Ladder    8.7mph
1:19:24
1:39:58
  914137/180
California05/21/2011
Sat
Oaks 5-21-2011
11.5 miles      975 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus    9mph
1:17:14
1:26:17
 Crowded today at Oaks. 928144/186
California05/20/2011
Fri
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder    10.2mph
1:11:42
1:19:02
 Great trail conditions--don't recall ever seeing it better. But it seemed like someone has sanitized Mountain Goat a bit--when you turn the corner on the climb after the 2nd or 3rd switchback and you hit those two small rock obstacles, I think that one of them has been removed. Might have just been my imagination--I might still have been asleep. I hadn't ridden Roadrunner in a long time, and that's been sanitized a bit too, which is a bummer. But the trail conditions are perfect from the recent rain--all of the sand is packed down well. Kind of in a funk all week; almost didn't ride but glad I got out there and did it. 783141/181
California05/15/2011
Sun
Oaks Counterclockwise
13.6 miles      851 ft      
+31 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.6mph
1:47:25
2:17:53
 Easy ride over to Oaks with my wife, except she walked up some climbs, almost got bit by a rattlesnake and fell, but hey, the weather was great and she was a great sport.
California05/14/2011
Sat
Oaks Exploring
15.4 miles      1,923 ft      
+43 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.9mph
1:57:43
3:03:26
 Marginally successfull exploration of trails at Oaks. Not feeling it today. Cactus Cyn down was fun; a little tricky, but fun. Coachwhip down made me wish I took another trail. Anaheim Hills between Yucca and Barham was a mess; don't think 'll go that way again...my bike and I were covered in mustard and I did a fair amount of hiking. Peralta, Grasshopper and Hawk were a bit too tough / advanced for me. Going to check out Deer and Weir next I think but saved that for another day. Going back for a short, mellow ride with the wife tomorrow, but will stick to known trails for that. Great weather--lucky for the Traverse riders! 1653149/210
California05/12/2011
Thu
LBS: Mabury-Wild-MG-BB-CW-BR-Chutes-Pony-SC
13.9 miles      1,046 ft      
+32 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.3mph
1:29:05
1:29:05
 Solo ride. Pushed a little hard at times. 1114150/190
California05/10/2011
Tue
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder    9.7mph
1:15:30
1:45:01
 Trails are in amazing shape with drizzle from last night. Nice and tacky--perfection. Legs felt great. 900
California05/09/2011
Mon
L'Etape du California - 2011
76.2 miles      10,683 ft      
+228 Ladder  +10 bonus    8.9mph
8:32:27
10:23:42
  5204145/182
California05/03/2011
Tue
LBS: Mabury-Wild-MG-BB-CW-BR-Chutes-Pony-SC
13.9 miles      1,046 ft      
+32 Ladder    9.1mph
1:31:13
2:11:43
 Great morning ride 2nd day in a row with great company. 1052130/182
California05/02/2011
Mon
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder    9.6mph
1:16:26
1:46:58
 Great weather and trail conditions. Nice having company for an early morning ride. 879
California04/30/2011
Sat
Oaks Aborted
9.6 miles      574 ft      
+21 Ladder    8.8mph
1:05:31
1:12:56
 Frustrating day. Tried a road ride, too windy for that so I thought I'd go over to Oaks instead. That sucked too. Stupid wind! 648132/180
California04/30/2011
Sat
Baldy Aborted
10.8 miles      2,253 ft      
+38 Ladder  +5 bonus    10.3mph
1:03:19
1:08:14
 Tried to recon Mt. Baldy climb, but got too windy/gusty after the tunnels for my taste--seemed to sketchy with the narrow roads and traffic. Bummer--my last oppty. First time on this climb. Interesting--some tough intervals in the beginning, the tunnels looked flat but apparently aren't. Definitely a tricky climb. Wish I could've made the rest; maybe I could've but decided to play it safe. 543127/172
California04/28/2011
Thu
LBS: Oaks MG-BB-CW-BR-Chutes
13.7 miles      942 ft      
+32 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.3mph
1:28:51
1:38:02
 Nice loop. I like going up Coachwhip better than Cactus Cyn and you get to enjoy more of Barham Ridge that way (versus going straight up Mtn Goat or Cactus). Need to give Yucca a try, but I've read it's tough. Great trail conditions today. 926135/176
California04/26/2011
Tue
CV-Cholla-RockIt-Coyote
5.6 miles      645 ft      
+15 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.4mph
44:58
1:24:02
 Felt awful going up Cholla. Hasn't been that difficult in a very long time; weird. But never felt better going down Rock It--really felt good, flowing like water and cleaned everything easily and in control except for "the rock" towards the end; took 3-4 runs at it and just couldn't get it, but I'm close. Maybe next time... 679125/177
California04/25/2011
Mon
LBS MG-Chutes
12.2 miles      902 ft      
+28 Ladder    10.1mph
1:12:30
1:17:22
 Great trail conditions as I expected after yesterday's drizzle. No mud. Most of the sand was compacted. Really enjoying Chutes but still need to get the flow better. 866141/176
California04/23/2011
Sat
Blackstar Canyon - Motorway
25.7 miles      4,520 ft      
+93 Ladder  +10 bonus    7mph
3:41:31
4:13:07
 Great weather. They opened the gate at Maple Springs; didn't realize it until I was on Main Divide 1/2 way to Motorway and I heard a motorcycle then saw a pickup parked off the trail. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. Was going to do more today, but the legs weren't there. 2324138/175
California04/22/2011
Fri
El Moro/Ridge Park: ML, D Ridge/Think I Can, U Slow & Easy
9 miles      1,212 ft      
+26 Ladder    8.5mph
1:03:40
1:40:32
 Not exactly what we rode, but close in mileage/elevation. 823126/176
California04/21/2011
Thu
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    11.4mph
1:03:45
1:05:37
 On my mtn bike as my road bike had a flat. Not as easy or as much fun on my mtn bike, not that it's a "fun" route. 691135/172
California04/21/2011
Thu
LBS Oaks MG-BB-CC-Chutes Ridgeline
12.5 miles      806 ft      
+28 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.5mph
1:18:50
1:27:53
 Up Mtn Goat to Bumblebee, up Cactus Cyn (bad idea) to Barham Ridge and down Chutes Ridgeline. The water is low enough to cross in Irvine Park, but there is a fair amount of algae and you do get wet and have to ride through a sand pit. Bike doesn't look too bad though. There was an orange cone on the trail leading to Egret so I may have missed a trail closure sign or something...hopefully not. The creek after Pony is dry; there is water leading out of the park from Santiago Creek trail to Windes rd but it's crossable but I did get one foot pretty wet so it's relatively deep. Great ride--hadn't done Chutes Ridgeline since they re-opened it (my bad). 951142/181
California04/19/2011
Tue
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    11.9mph
1:01:05
1:05:13
  614131/
California04/19/2011
Tue
Oaks Double Back
15.3 miles      1,072 ft      
+36 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.2mph
1:39:29
1:50:07
 Forgot my helmet; decided to double-back and get it. Went up B1&2, up Grasshopper to Hawk, double-back to BumbleBee to Coachwhip up to Barham. Was running late so dropped down Mountain Goat instead of Chutes; saw Tani from The Path towards the bottom. I've got to ride here more often and get to know these trails--they're right in my backyard. 1030132/179
California04/12/2011
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.2mph
1:03:23
1:13:01
 First night ride on STT/Luge. Slower by roughly 10% or so from my usual; is that normal? Lots of riders out, so I gave it a whirl solo but there were riders in front and behind me so I felt relatively safe on this loop, but that is admittedly not ideal. Not sure I'll go solo at night again. 673
California04/11/2011
Mon
Blackstar Beeks
19.1 miles      2,186 ft      
+52 Ladder  +10 bonus    9.4mph
2:01:06
2:36:30
 First Night Ride. Met a lot of great riders/guys. Decided to shorten the ride to just Beeks with a couple other riders but some of the guys ventured on from there. Thanks guys for watching out for me. It was fun, but definitely different descending in the dark.  Other Comments1360
California04/09/2011
Sat
Maple partial
8.7 miles      1,443 ft      
+27 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.6mph
1:08:38
1:35:41
 Ride 2/2. Beautiful with snow/frost lining the sides of the road almost from the start at the gate. But rode with a new rider who couldn't go past the guardrail and was having mechanicals. Was going to do more, but decided to call it a day for today. 774125/160
California04/09/2011
Sat
El Moro Aborted
4.5 miles      329 ft      
+10 Ladder    6.9mph
38:50
1:00:36
 Frustrating attempt at riding at El Moro this morning. Park should've been closed, maybe it was but there was no sign online or at the trailhead that it was. Left and went to Maple Springs, which is where I should've gone to begin with. Didn't think it rained much last night. 491121/168
California04/06/2011
Wed
Peters Canyon (dual loop)
5.8 miles      751 ft      
+21 Ladder
 
California04/06/2011
Wed
CV-Cholla-RockIt-Coyote
5.6 miles      645 ft      
+15 Ladder    8.9mph
37:39
40:54
 Short lunch ride. Was going to do a big ride before work, but just kind of felt like spending it with my girls instead. Looks like more rain might be coming now; unbelievable. 568152/174
California04/05/2011
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.6mph
1:08:37
1:41:38
 Rode with my nephew--his 2nd time. 871131/178
California04/03/2011
Sun
B*MwyMapleGuardrail
34.9 miles      5,321 ft      
+107 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.5mph
4:39:27
5:20:35
 Kudos to CC/VQ'ers. This was my personal best, or close, but I don't think I could've kept going much longer and made the cutoff times. Felt great until partway up the pavement on Maple Springs, my heart rate crept up into the 170's despite my spinning in a low gear at low speed. The weather was perfect until bottom of motorway when the sun came out and it started getting a little hot; bugs were nasty at the start of Maple. Decided I would try to make it to the guardrail and see how I felt--not much better. Dressed too warm and carried too much stuff in my camelbak--probably weighed close to 15 lbs, including a light I found on main divide--pm me if you lost one yesterday. Probably could've used some tylenol too... 3378152/177
California04/01/2011
Fri
CV-Cholla-RockIt-Coyote
5.6 miles      645 ft      
+15 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.9mph
48:14
1:22:13
 Before work ride with my nephew. His first time on RockIt and he cleaned everything but "the rock" at the end--made it look easy. He did much better on Cholla this time and made it over the hump on Coyote. Great b4 work ride. Good luck to everyone riding VQ/CC tomorrow--I hope everyone achieves their goals and/or personal bests!! 752132/173
California03/30/2011
Wed
Willow to Bommer 3.1
3.2 miles      704 ft      
+11 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.4mph
26:19
37:41
Very short lunch ride. 405
California03/29/2011
Tue
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus
 No Garmin OR bike computer today--totally "off the grid". Made me think about how racers must have felt back in the old days when they didn't even have speedometers on their bikes; and now they're fighting over the right to use race radios. Rode a little further and higher than this today as I went up Ridge Park, but oh well. Nice weather out there.
California03/28/2011
Mon
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus
 No Garmin today. Not the route I did, but approximately the same mileage/elevation.
California03/26/2011
Sat
AH/OR/TU Hills
45 miles      5,828 ft      
+131 Ladder  +5 bonus    10.9mph
4:07:03
4:34:53
Hillfest training ride. Wish my Garmin watch displayed cumulative elevation gain--I would've gone another 100 feet higher. 2308146/187
California03/23/2011
Wed
Commute2
16.8 miles      378 ft      
+33 Ladder  +10 bonus    16.2mph
1:02:11
1:10:19
687141/175
California03/22/2011
Tue
Commute
15.5 miles      435 ft      
+30 Ladder  +5 bonus    15.9mph
58:48
1:08:18
Stupid pedestrians (especially dog walkers with earphones). Stupid traffic lights in Irvine.  Other Comments631140/177
California03/22/2011
Tue
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    14.3mph
51:01
56:01
 
California03/19/2011
Sat
Aliso: Cholla - Rock-it
10.4 miles      840 ft      
+20 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Finally cleaned the Rock Garden sections straight thru the middle.
California03/18/2011
Fri
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.8mph
37:34
53:45
 Lunch ride. Not feeling it today. Flubbed Cholla in a few spots and still didn't get Rock It. 612
California03/18/2011
Fri
East Orange - Oaks, SC, 1B, BB, Chutes B, Egret, SC
15.5 miles      1,118 ft      
+36 Ladder  +5 bonus    11.4mph
1:21:42
1:46:17
 B4 work ride. 1582
California03/17/2011
Thu
Peters Canyon - Lake Loop
2.5 miles      320 ft      
+10 Ladder  +5 bonus
 After work ride. Added Big Red for xtra credit but forgot to turn off my gps before driving home. Dreaded Hill at lunch, Big Red on the way home; good day.
California03/17/2011
Thu
Whiting: Raptor Road - Dreaded Hill
4.9 miles      1,212 ft      
+29 Ladder  +20 bonus    5.6mph
52:09
1:01:00
 Added a little extra credit (mileage and elevation) as I got lost. First time on Dreaded Hill; now I know why it's called Dreaded Hill... Good weather to do it though, nice and cool. 771
California03/16/2011
Wed
LCW: Willow to Bommer to Flag
6.8 miles      991 ft      
+20 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.5mph
48:12
52:58
 Mellow lunch ride. 530148/179
California03/15/2011
Tue
El Moro - Ridge Park Rattlesnake Short Loop
5.6 miles      895 ft      
+17 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.6mph
51:15
51:15
 A little exploration of El Moro this morning. I think this is what I did. My Garmin is working again but left my ANT stick at home; will verify tonight. Tough climb back up No Name in a spot or two; good workout. Some tricky stuff coming down the descent in the middle of the ride. Really overgrown--was soaking wet by the end of the ride. Wasn't sure I was on a trail for parts of the ride, but we always wound up seeing a post eventually so I think we were on track. 484139/187
California03/12/2011
Sat
PEA - Baldy Village, GRR, East Fork, Azusa Cyn
59.3 miles      5,140 ft      
+150 Ladder  +10 bonus    11.6mph
5:06:37
6:00:00
 Not exactly what I rode, but this is the closest I could find since my Garmin still isn't working. Went up GMR/GRR to Baldy Village, then descended GRR to East Fork, descended East Fork to San Gabriel Valley to Sierra Madre back to GMR. I'm pretty sure I had more elevation gain than this route. Beautiful day today--perhaps the best scenery I have ever seen on a bike. The route I took is 60 out of the 75 miles and probably 5 or 6 out of 10 thousand feet of climbing that the TOC will do in May. I didn't attempt the ride to the ski lifts as it was my first time to the Village and I was unsure what the ride down East Fork back to Sierra Madre was like. Glad I didn't bite off more than I did as I was pretty pooped. Don't know how those guys are going to do the 75 mile route in 3 hours--amazing.
California03/11/2011
Fri
Peters Canyon (dual loop)
5.8 miles      751 ft      
+21 Ladder  +20 bonus    8.7mph
40:00
40:00
 
California03/10/2011
Thu
LCW: Willow to Bommer to Flag
6.8 miles      991 ft      
+20 Ladder    10.5mph
38:45
38:45
 Lunch ride. Not exactly what I did, but my Garmin is still dead. Actually came down Big Bend--tough climb; almost made it but had to hike a few steps at the top. I was expecting a sandbar/bump on one of the steep descents from the only other time I rode the trail but never found it--someone must have sanitized it away, which is fine with me actually as it was probably very dangerous as it was hard to see from what I remember. Beautiful day out today, nice ocean breezes, lots of people in Laguna on the trails, enjoying the sun...ahhh, Spring is coming...
California03/08/2011
Tue
TBZN= Blackstar, 1/2 way to Sierra Peak, back
18.8 miles      2,522 ft      
+54 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Probably my least favorite ride on Blackstar ever. I was not expecting the trail to be like it was today--thick molasses for bottom 2/3 of B* to Beeks. Sucked the fun out of most the ride, starting with the mud bog a few minutes past the pavement which I got stuck in and which somehow managed to clog my front derailler and lodged mud into my rear suspension. Windy up top, which was fine but got stuck in another bog 1/2 way to Sierra and decided I better head back in order to make it to work on time. The descent was better, definitely didn't worry about sliding out in loose gravel, but clogged my bike back up in the same bog on the way down. But hey, I didn't fall, didn't have a major mechanical, was able to ride in short sleeves for the 2nd half of the ride and it was good exercise--lots to be grateful for. Can't imagine what it's going to be like for hundreds of riders charging up that trail in a few weeks--crazy; hope there's not too much carnage.  Other Comments
California03/05/2011
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
California03/05/2011
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder
 
California03/05/2011
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder  +10 bonus
 
California03/05/2011
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Garmin is still dead and doesn't seem able to hold a charge. Rode for 3-4 hours today; seems like posting this ride 4X is the closest I can get to my actual mileage and elevation.
California03/03/2011
Thu
Aliso - CV, Wood, Coyote, Cholla
8.5 miles      750 ft      
+21 Ladder  +5 bonus    10.5mph
48:24
1:02:01
 
California03/01/2011
Tue
Aliso - CV, Wood, Coyote, Cholla
8.5 miles      750 ft      
+21 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
California02/25/2011
Fri
Aliso - CV, Wood
7.1 miles      455 ft      
+15 Ladder    11mph
38:50
44:50
 
California02/24/2011
Thu
LCW: Willow to Bommer to Flag
6.8 miles      991 ft      
+20 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.2mph
44:31
46:23
 Lunch ride. Nice day out there. Last one b4 the rain probably. 573161/186
California02/23/2011
Wed
Maple Springs Partial (Snow)
9.6 miles      2,292 ft      
+36 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.2mph
1:20:04
1:29:59
Partial Maple Springs ride. Turned around short of 4C as my clock was fast and I played it a little too safe--wanted to make sure I got back to my car in time to make it to work. Could've probably ridden another 20 minutes or so, so I probably could've made it except for the snow factor--started hitting scattered snow just past the 4 mile mark. I'm not expert but I am pretty sure I saw some big kitty prints in the snow just before I turned around and some wet deer hoof prints just past motorway. Almost took a picture but decided to just head down as I was alone. Cold out there this morning but not as cold as it was last time I rode it when there was black ice all over the pavement. The descent was pretty fast, just slowed down for the stream crossings and a couple of blind corners. 850145/174
California02/22/2011
Tue
Aliso - CV, Wood
7.1 miles      455 ft      
+15 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.9mph
43:11
43:28
  978
California02/18/2011
Fri
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder
 Wow, absolutely beautiful out there around noon today. Couldn't resist and had the opportunity for one more short ride. Not feeling the flow today though, kind of out of it today.
California02/18/2011
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus
 One more before the rain starts. Trail looked a little different since Tuesday morning, seems like a few more and wider ruts but nice and tacky and in good condition overall. 152/180
California02/15/2011
Tue
Quail Trailhead to the top of Serrano
7.1 miles      1,273 ft      
+22 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.4mph
50:17
55:58
Lunch ride, checking out the area for 1st time. Some tough climbs on this route interspersed with narrow fireroads winding through Shady Canyon and the homes there. You can gain some speed on the way back and it is narrow and windy but didn't like it compared to what I normally ride at lunch--Aliso or Laguna. 577152/187
California02/15/2011
Tue
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    7mph
1:04:41
1:48:33
 Trail is in great shape. Took a new rider for his first time on STT/Luge. Funny, it was only just over a year ago that I did it for the first time and only 6 months or so since I cleaned it for the first time. He loved it and did better than I did the first time, even made the drop from the flag and only had one unplanned dismount on The Luge and fortunately he had padded up a little and was fine. Big smile at the end--he's hooked... 687145/183
California02/13/2011
Sun
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.4mph
1:01:57
1:30:00
 Nice easy spin with neighbor. Feeling strong and good. Great weather and views. Only one other rider and a couple hikers. Trail in great shape.
California02/12/2011
Sat
Blackstar to Valley
10.5 miles      1,305 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus    7.8mph
1:20:06
2:22:42
 Took a new rider to Blackstar. Made it to Hidden Valley before calling it quits. Nice weather and conditions, but as crowded as the 405 at rush hour descending--I've never seen it so crowded. Had to actually stop once or twice. Must be some sort of event coming up in a couple of months or something... 1249
California02/11/2011
Fri
LCW: Willow to Bommer to Flag
6.8 miles      991 ft      
+20 Ladder    9.2mph
44:21
45:42
Wow. Beautiful day out. This weekend is going to be amazing. February 11th and it's 75 degrees sunny and clear skies. Make the most of this weekend, everyone, it doesn't get much better than this! 571158/186
California02/09/2011
Wed
LCW: Willow to Bommer
6.3 miles      957 ft      
+19 Ladder  +5 bonus    9.2mph
41:15
43:34
Willow has a little more character than last time I rode it--shortly after they bulldozed it, but I doubt it will ever be what it once was. Maybe they'll pave it and put it an escalator and maybe a Starbucks at the top or something. I miss my old riding partner. This is kind of where it all began over a year ago. Heal up, Pathfinder... 526156/186
California02/07/2011
Mon
LBS East Org S. Oaks Dam Closure
12.2 miles      1,140 ft      
+31 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Sunday ride with the wife. Almost fully healed. Nice weather, a little warm.
California02/05/2011
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder  +5 bonus
 Just about recovered, prob 90+%. Took 2 newbs out. Trail conditions perfect. Looking for something a little harder tomorrow and should be back to norm next week...hopefully.
California02/01/2011
Tue
Quail Hill Loop
10.1 miles      1,047 ft      
+27 Ladder  +5 bonus    12.2mph
49:25
49:51
 Recovery ride getting my right leg back into shape from my 'unplanned dismount' the other day. Seems to be healing quickly. Should be in pretty good shape by the weekend. Boring trail, but wanted something without any difficulty to it as I can't put much weight on my leg or stand on the pedals much yet.  Other Comments575155/
California01/30/2011
Sun
Telegraph Canyon Short
6.8 miles      381 ft      
+15 Ladder
 Took some new riders out, started to rain and was getting muddy so we turned back early. Leg is sore from yesterday, but should be ok. Really sore when I bend it far.
California01/29/2011
Sat
Coal Canyon - Blackstar
35.1 miles      5,971 ft      
+120 Ladder  +25 bonus    6.6mph
5:20:56
5:20:56
Started at Blackstar. Took it real slow up Blackstar, thought I'd have plenty in the tank left to make it back up Coal but that wasn't the case--turned into a sufferfest climbing up Coal. Maybe there's a reason that the route puts the Coal climb first... I've never been so happy to see Beeks' place than when I was about to start my final descent. But I was so out of it, I managed to fall hard into a rut right after the gate. Thought I broke my leg at first, but that was luckily not the case. Couldn't put much weight on my right leg, so I descended Blackstar like a bump on a log which, given the new trail features from the rains, was less than ideal. Probably took me 45 minutes to an hour to descend. I don't know because my Garmin died climbing up Coal. Silver lining is that I met some really great people today and received some much needed encouragement from a guy descending Coal near Sierra--gave me just what I needed to make it up. This will be my longest ride for a while...  Other Comments
California01/27/2011
Thu
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder  +10 bonus    7.8mph
32:37
36:17
  495161/185
California01/25/2011
Tue
Blackstar Canyon - Beeks
15.6 miles      2,135 ft      
+47 Ladder  +10 bonus    8.6mph
1:49:07
2:00:07
 A little windy. Easy but steady pace. Hadn't ridden this trail since the rains. I've seen B* in worse conditions except for the 1-2 HAB sections. Coming down was a little tricky but not too bad. 1029137/166
California01/24/2011
Mon
Aliso: CV/Cholla/Rockit/Coyote (Left)
4.3 miles      656 ft      
+12 Ladder    7.6mph
33:27
34:45
  497158/186
California01/22/2011
Sat
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder  +10 bonus    8.7mph
1:10:08
1:32:05
 Took a new rider out for his first mountain bike ride. Telegraph is in good shape after the rains (all things considered); a couple rutted / tricky areas, but nothing too hairy. 476114/153
California01/19/2011
Wed
Aliso;CV;Mathis-Lynx
6.2 miles      1,522 ft      
+24 Ladder  +10 bonus    7.5mph
49:52
50:57
 Didn't feel like going up Cholla today, so I went up Mathis instead...yeah...good choice for a second ride of the day...at noon...on a hot day... 716159/186
California01/19/2011
Wed
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus    7.9mph
57:57
1:04:10
 Wow, the wind and warm weather have dried out STT and parts of the Luge nicely. Some new ruts here and there, but even better than last time I rode it. The trail is going to need a little more work here and there, but it's in good shape all-in-all. Time to start riding it a little faster and being less skiddish about what's around the corner, although that's probably partly due to all the road biking I was doing during the rains. 834159/182
California01/17/2011
Mon
Aliso: Canyon View Park, Cholla, Mathis
6.6 miles      883 ft      
+18 Ladder  +10 bonus    8.3mph
48:01
48:01
 Good to see Aliso back open. Amazing to see what Mother nature is capable of, and I can imagine what the volunteers had to do to get it open again--equally amazing. Thank you all. Trails were in pretty good shape considering. Some tricky spots but nothing too bad all things considering. 690159/185
California01/16/2011
Sun
LBS East Org S. Oaks Dam Closure
12.2 miles      1,140 ft      
+31 Ladder  +10 bonus    7.4mph
1:38:42
2:08:21
Light spin with the wife. Only got out for one ride and this was it. Looking forward to Aliso being open again and getting in more riding. 660123/172
California01/13/2011
Thu
Aliso
14.4 miles      343 ft      
+27 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Garmin died. This is close to what I did.
California01/11/2011
Tue
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus    15.6mph
46:43
51:36
  597152/185
California01/09/2011
Sun
GMR - Gate to Gate
19.5 miles      2,507 ft      
+56 Ladder  +10 bonus    12.2mph
1:35:59
1:46:07
Cold morning. No riders on the way up, lots coming up while I was descending--the first one that I saw was Tinker Juarez. A bit eerie out there by myself. Cold temps; actually used my car's heated seats for once. People were right, this is a beautiful route and will be worthy of the Tour of CA in May. 958129/161
California01/08/2011
Sat
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus
 Thanks for all the trailwork for those who made this rideable. STT for me was trickier than the Luge, but I haven't been on the dirt in 2011 until today so I was definitely rusty... The Luge was in great shape--only a couple muddy spots but I cleaned the whole thing(slowly), except for a spot I slid out on in the beginning for braking too much--user error. Never seen so many cars at Cooks except for Project Rwanda.
California01/06/2011
Thu
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus    14.4mph
50:33
50:33
  680158/189
California01/04/2011
Tue
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    12.9mph
56:43
1:00:59
  585140/179
California01/02/2011
Sun
SART - Glassell to B4 Imperial
6.5 miles      123 ft      
+12 Ladder    10.4mph
37:35
41:30
Light spin with wife and daughter on SART. Daughter got cranky so we cut it short. 139140/210
California12/31/2010
Fri
Org Ah Hills Short
13.2 miles      2,674 ft      
+45 Ladder  +10 bonus    9.7mph
1:21:26
1:21:26
  136/163
California12/31/2010
Fri
Maple Springs - Four Corners
14.4 miles      2,698 ft      
+48 Ladder  +5 bonus    6.1mph
2:21:38
3:13:07
 Last ride of 2010. Happy New Year. Ice skating on the pavement was an unexpected bonus... 1386143/174
California12/30/2010
Thu
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    13.5mph
54:03
56:20
615149/212
California12/27/2010
Mon
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    11.6mph
1:02:46
1:02:46
  131/169
California12/24/2010
Fri
Shady Cyn-Newport Coast to SJH
12.2 miles      974 ft      
+29 Ladder  +10 bonus
 
California12/24/2010
Fri
Orange, Tustin, AH Hills
22.2 miles      2,969 ft      
+65 Ladder  +10 bonus    9.6mph
2:19:02
2:23:59
1442140/171
California12/18/2010
Sat
Orange/Anaheim Hills
18.9 miles      3,183 ft      
+60 Ladder  +10 bonus
 
California12/13/2010
Mon
Aliso: Canyon View Park, Cholla, Mathis
6.6 miles      883 ft      
+18 Ladder    8.2mph
48:10
55:19
 
California12/12/2010
Sun
East Orange-Mtn Goat-Chutes B-Grasshopper-Willow-Egret-Santi
10.5 miles      949 ft      
+26 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.3mph
1:16:05
1:25:49
1409
California12/11/2010
Sat
East Orange - Oaks, SC, 1B, BB, Chutes B, Egret, SC
15.5 miles      1,118 ft      
+36 Ladder  +5 bonus
 
California12/09/2010
Thu
CV-Cholla-RockIt-WC
4.4 miles      679 ft      
+12 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.5mph
35:41
35:41
  608
California12/09/2010
Thu
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    7.4mph
1:01:53
1:01:53
 
California12/07/2010
Tue
Aliso - MILF, Cholla, Rock-it, Coyote, Dripping Cave
7.5 miles      946 ft      
+21 Ladder  +10 bonus    8.1mph
55:17
1:06:17
 
California12/05/2010
Sun
Telegraph to Bench
10.2 miles      629 ft      
+23 Ladder
 
California12/04/2010
Sat
Maple Springs - Four Corners
14.4 miles      2,698 ft      
+48 Ladder  +25 bonus    6.9mph
2:04:59
2:33:29
1253156/212
California12/03/2010
Fri
Luge (Cooks Corner)
7.6 miles      1,382 ft      
+29 Ladder  +5 bonus    8.4mph
54:14
59:46