Just got back from an amazing trip to California. It really is a different world out there. Great cycling culture. Incredible scenery and tough routes to tackle.
Race in the Sea Otter X country race. I raced in Cat2. Pretty much got my ass handed to me. Although, it really was better than it seemed. I did fine coming out of the start. We started on La Guna Seca Raceway. I hung on to the front of the group through turns 1/2/3 and got into the single track well. Then came the tricky part. I came into switch backs and came to a standstill. People were blowing by me left and right as I gingerly made my way around the turns. There was tons of sand and my rented bike was sliding all over the place while others seemed to stick effortlessly. It was frustrating. I guess all the locals run tubeless at around 20psi and get through pretty easy. Since my rented bike had tubes, I didn't have that option. Lesson learned! I made up some time on climbs and areas with no sand. But, it just sucked. The course was incredible though. I never thought I'd get to race La Guna Seca Raceway, and who knew it would be on a MTB! This was a cool race! and a HUGE expo. All the MFG's were there. All said and done about 21 miles and 3200ft elevation gain. My coach took a podium spot here too in his AG which was super cool to see!
After the race we hopped on the road bikes for a recovery ride. We road up the coast and along 17 mile drive. All I can say is UNBELIEVEABLE!
Day 2 was a climbing full hour FTP test. I pretty much killed this entire ride. Couldn't believe the power I held for the amount of time I held it. Amazing what you can do when you HAVE to. We did the test on an 11 mile climb that went up around 3000ft. The total ride was somewhere around 4000ft elevation gain. The decent was REALLY fun, coming down over 40mph and barelling around corners. Just a blast!
Day 3 long ride
I was getting REALLY tired by this point, but that was the point! Today was more gradual climbing, but longer. It was another day of great scenery in the mountains. If you guys check out my twitter account I have some of the pics on there. We didn't break any records on this ride. Just completely exhausted by the time I was through! Had to recalibrate my quarq on this one. It was picking up some really low numbers till I recalibrated after around 50 miles. Fixed it after that and things got more realistic. We had some fun on the decent here too. I actually caught my coach on the decent here. He gets away from me in the climbs pretty easy, but I think my old track/street mc days come in handy here.
Day 4 recovery ride
Before we headed to the airport I had to get in one more ride up the coast in Monterey. JUST AWESOME!!
I'd say this was the most fun I've had to date with cycling. Even though I got killed in the race it was cool just to be there. The training rides were REALLY hard!! Can't say enough about my coach and how he ran the camp with routes and a SAG vehicle. I dare say, I'll probably try like hell to do this again next year. It was really eye opening to go somewhere like this with way more challenging terrain than we have around here. I'll post up a few pics when I get a chance...