Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kick A** Weekend

Top of the Shady Canyon climb...
Man, what a weekend.  I had a great ride on Saturday and a great run today.  And the frosting on the cake is that Oregon is in the BCS National Championship.

Saturday morning I headed out with OC Velo on a 60 mile ride from Huntington Beach, down to Lake Forest and back through Shady Canyon in Irvine and Newport Coast in Newport Beach.  It was an epic ride, being that it was slightly warmer than last weekend and there was more climbing than usual.  The coastal range around here isn't too high, but if you cross over it a few times you can get some good climbing in - we did about 2300 feet.  I don't live for climbing, but I'm starting to enjoy it more than I used to.  Plus after every uphill there is a downhill, so there is always some sort of payoff in the end.

I had to take Ian to a birthday party Saturday afternoon so I texted all my Oregon Ducks loving friends and told them I was in a sports news lockdown until I had a chance to watch the game on the DVR.  I didn't get to it until about 9 last night, but I was still (thankfully) in the dark about it.  The game was a pretty good, actually great at times, and the end result was that Oregon won.  For that I am happy.

This morning I went for a 7.6 mile run in the Bolsa Chica Wetlands.  I've fallen into this pattern on Sundays where I'll rotate a 7-8 mile trail run one week with a 10 + road run on the other.  Unlike two weeks ago, when I ran this route for Black Knight's Virtual 10K, the winds where calm and the trails where dry.  I even stumbled upon a quarter mile spur path I had never found before, so I checked that out as well.  No snakes, plenty of rabbits.  Just the way I like it.

Ian and some sword game.
I then took Ian to an arcade called "Nickel Nickel" for a few hours so Mary could Christmas Shop.  This place is a total dump filled with games that are all at least 10 years old.  But everything is five cents and we made $7 last an hour and a half.  It's also conveniently located next to Surf City Cyclery.  I've been meaning to buy a new saddle wedge bag since the one I have is terrible, so I picked up a Fi'zi:k bag that has a special clip system that integrates with their saddles.  Way better than straps.

Finally, I don't want to become known as the boy who cried wolf, but there are some things cooking with Endurance Athlete Project that might be cool and that I might be able to talk about later in the week or early next.  This means I might be a little scarce on the blog posting side for the week, but I'm going to do my best on the blog reading side.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

22 comments:

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Sounds like a great Weekend!

valen said...

I want the address of that arcade place, sound like a good holiday destination for me.

The Green Girl said...

Sounds like I just missed you at the Wetlands today.

Johann said...

Great to have a positive weekend like that! Have a good week!

mountain hardwear said...

Good to hear that...Keep going!

Jennifer said...

Love it when those kinds of weekends happen! Have a great week!

Julie said...

GO DUCKS!!!
...and thanks for the reminder that I need to do something about the bag straps before my next ride.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Endurance Athlete Project? Oh, wsn't that a project you were working on over the summer?

Christi said...

I don't like climbing either but I have made 2011 the year of climbing so I hope to improve!

Luke said...

Soudns like a great weekend. I would kill for an arcade like that around here. a $7 lasting 90 minutes..do you know how long $7 last me at McD's? 3 minutes!!

Emz said...

YAY for a great weekend. :)

TRI714 said...

Sounds awesome, thanks for not calling me. I mean that. I get that you went on Saturday and not Sunday now. And after Saturdays gig I was wrecked, both mental and physical. Sunday was total body recoupe.
That ride sounds great though. I looked it up and cant wait to paticipate. Nickle ,Nickle is conveniently located isn't it. Its a good inside time killer. Plus Galaga and Mrs Packman are free.

misszippy said...

Nice weekend! Sounds perfect. Ok, excited to see the reincarnated product...

ShutUpandRun said...

So...you boy who cried wolf.

I'm a follower now in case you care.

Originally found you thru emz.

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Wil Travel said...

I have to say, I love the feeling of conquering big hills while riding - and love even more the feeling of flying back down the other side.

Caratunk Girl said...

Sounds awesome! I am jealous of your ride.

J. L. said...

Nothing like a kick a** weekend...great training and a $7 activity with your kid are awesome.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Great weekend!

Speaking of "Kick Ass" have you seen that movie yet? I thought it was a comedy but not even close - it was so much more!

Aimee said...

That DOES sound like a great weekend! I'm jealous of all the biking and running you're doing outside!
Can't wait to hear what's up with the EAP! :)

ajh said...

Glad there were no snakes! We certainly have none this time of year! One of the many reasons I love the North!

Ryan said...

Great weekend indeed. Found your blog today on OBN. Very nice.

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Jill said...

Busy, busy!! We used to have a Nickle Nickle and I took my boys a time or two when they were little - glad to see location doesn't matter on cleaness - what a dump. Went out of biz a few years ago I think. Excellent biking (ok I rode 10 on Saturday and my girl parts are still killing me....how do you ride 60 is beyond me! :)) and the run!!

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