San Francisco to Stinson Beach up Fairfax/Bolinas to Ridgecrest to HWY 1 Road Ride

A few Saturdays ago (2/12/11) I decided to throw myself back into it and see if I could complete a difficult ride. I knew I was biting off more than I could chew when I left, but knew if I was ever going to get back into the swing of things, I had to do it.

I recruited a friend of mine who is much stronger than I and we headed out to do a little Stinson Beach ride. It was a beautiful day, a little chilly to start, but not too bad. I knew there would be plenty of climbing to keep us warm.

The ride over to Stinson via HWY 1 was great, I felt pretty good, not too tired, but knew the worst was yet to come…

Fairfax/Bolinas to Ridgecrest is a great climb. If I was in shape. I am not in shape so it was somewhat painful. Within the first 5 minutes I told my buddy to go ahead as I would be dragging. I think it took me 25-30 minutes to get up, definitely something to improve on! Once at Ridgecrest there was still come climbing left on the 7 sisters. I’m never sure what sister is what, but I’m think that sisters 4-7 are the crankiest.

After the seven sisters, its a fun downhill. I realized while my buddy is much stronger overall, I still have some advantage on the downhill… it was fun to finally be in front of him, albeit for a short while.

The ride back from Mill Valley to San Francisco was slow, as my legs were feeling the climb and my knee was starting to bug me. We got back to SF in one piece and despite my tired legs, I was glad I did the ride.

Overall, as much pain as I was in, sometimes it takes a good ass kicking to make me realize how much work I need to do to get back into fighting shape!



Ride Stats
Distance: 57.43
Ride Time: 4:16:25
Total Time: 5:05:25
Average Speed: 13.4 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 138 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 174 bpm
Calories Burned: 4751 kcal

Heart Rate Ride 2-12-10

Heart Rate Ride 2-12-10

San Francisco to Mill Valley Trail

This was my first ride in a long time…I am trying to get back into it.

I figured I’d be pigging out a bit on Super Bowl Sunday so I would try to burn some calories beforehand. I had an hour and a half to ride and figured I’d go as far as I could in 45 minutes and turn around.

Needless to say, it was not very impressive. I only got to one of the bridges on the Mill Valley Trail. Wow I am out of shape…

This was a good thing to get me back into things, I know I can be much stronger and it goes to show that taking a few months off isn’t a way to do it.



Ride Stats:
Distance: 23.16 Miles
Ride Time: 1:31:52
Total Time: 1:31:52
Average Speed: 15.1 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 151 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 186 bpm
Calories Burned: 1496 kcal

Heart Rate Ride 2-6-11

Heart Rate Ride 2-6-11

Mountain Bike Skeggs Point – Steam Donkey

On Labor day I decided to avoid the traffic going north on the 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge and decided to head down the peninsula with a friend of mine.
I haven’t been down to this area in quite some time, but I’ve always loved the riding down here off of skyline. The area where you park is called Skeggs Point and where you ride is the El Corte De Madera Open Space Preserve. There is a lot of fun riding here.


View Larger Map

There are a ton of different ways to do this ride. There is a route I’ve been doing for years and it goes something like this…

Skeggs Point –>
Tafoni Trail
Fir Trail–>
Sierra Morena Trail
Steam Donkey Trail
Gordon Mill Trail
Crossover Trail
Crosscut Trail
Timberview Trail
Manzanita Trail
Fir Trail
Resolution Trail
El Corte de Madera Creek Trail back to Skeggs…El Corte De Madera Open Space Map

Here is a map of El Corte De Madera Open Space

Distance: 10.7 miles
Ride Time: N/A (computer not working)
Total Time: 2:04:58
Average Speed: 6.8 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 126 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 163 bpm
Calories Burned: 1306 kcal

Ride 9-6-10

Ride 9-6-10

Mountain Bike Tamarancho – From White Hill

Tamarancho Sign

Tamarancho Sign

Labor day weekend was a solid weekend for me and riding. Thanks to the long weekend, I was able to get in two mountain bike rides. On Sunday I did a little Tamarancho ride, but was feeling good, so I decided to enter Tamarancho from a different direction.


View Larger Map

This is a great way to add about 7-8 miles to what I consider my “normal” Tamarancho ride. Instead of climbing up Iron Springs Road to the main entrance, you start at Glen Drive and climb some fire roads and some singletrack up till the Tamarancho entrance at the B-17 extension trail. There is definitely some climbing involved, but nothing too intense.

B-17 Extension Sign

B-17 Extension Sign

B-17 Extension Downhill

B-17 Extension Downhill

I decided to strap on the camera for a few of the downhills. You can get screaming pretty fast on some of these sections.

Tamarancho Mountain Bike – Porcupine Trail

Tamarancho Mountain Bike – White Hill Trail

Tamarancho Mountain Bike – Old Railroad Grade Fireroad
This has a very steep uphill section i’ve never been able to do, but 111 till the end it literally looks like im walking, but i’m actually riding

Ride Stats
Distance: 15.61 miles
Ride Time: 1:50:28
Total Time: 2:03:12
Average Speed: 8.4 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 140 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 170 bpm
Calories Burned: 1741 kcal

Ride 9-5-10

Ride 9-5-10

Ocean Beach Great Highway Run

Last week I did my first run in a very long time. (there’s been a lot of “first time in a long time” posts lately…)

It was a pretty windy and cold evening by the time I got back into the city around 6:30-7pm, but decided to head down to Ocean Beach and do a run along the water:

It was definitely a slow jog. Can’t say there was anything too exciting about it, it was a pretty standard out and back run except for switching between the sand and sidewalk on the way back. I’d like to think this is why I was so slow, but really I’m just out of shape.

The legs were pretty sore the next day, that’s for sure. I sure hope I’m getting back into it, because it felt good to be a little sore.

Run Stats:
Distance: 3.82 miles
Run Time: 0:44:00
Pace: 11:31 min/mile
Avg Heart Rate: 150 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 180 bpm
Calories Burned: 717 kcal

Run 8-30-10

Run 8-30-10

Powered by WordPress | Visit BestInCellPhones.com for Free Verizon Cell Phones | Thanks to iCellPhoneDeals.com, MMORPG Games and Conveyancing