Sep 22  |  I got fat

Posted by , September 22nd, 2012 at 5:00PM    

and since I’m not racing I decided I needed a training goal. A bunch of buddies do this thing called “ManTour”. Essentially we fly up to San Jose, ride north for a day and then come down via San Francisco until we hit the Southbay of Los Angeles. I’d love to say its an easy roll…. but the truth is… if you get dropped you’re left for dead. The long day is 140 miles and its an ego fest. We leave the last week of October. One car with one backpack each to see us through. I’ve had 10 weeks in total to lose ten lbs and adapt to consecutive long days in the saddle when I’m riding like an effete coffee addict, and trying bibs out for their spanx-effect. All I can do is overload and hope in the next few weeks something sparks. It’s not pretty. At least I’ll be fit in November…


Underneath downtown LA on a day that hit everything from Griffith Park to Dodger Stadium.

Mystical forces.

The playground.

Some of the fellas seeking refuge and waiting for the food trucks on Abbot Kinney.

ThisThursday, after 5 or 6 hours of climbing I was so sore I couldn't even nap. I just lay there and burned.


  1. I’m sure your friends will take care of you, and everything’s going to turn out just fine…for them, anyway…

    Comment by Mo'Nilla — September 22, 2012 @ 5:31 pm    

  2. ah, quit your whining Noel ( and I mean that in the most loving way possible) ;-) Some of us would give a kidney to score that time block to ride….Anyone need a kidney?

    Comment by T-hoe — September 24, 2012 @ 9:15 am    

  3. T-hoe.. I know, right? Happiness is setting your life up so you never need to be at work before 3.

    Comment by Noel — September 24, 2012 @ 4:57 pm    

  4. noel, we need to hang out. next time you are in the bay…or I find my self climbing rock store, we need to look each other up.

    Comment by T-hoe — September 26, 2012 @ 8:52 am    

  5. T-Hoe. When I know the schedule for when we climb Mt Tam.. I’ll post it!

    Comment by Noel — September 26, 2012 @ 12:35 pm    

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