Archive for December, 2008

2008 Year in Review

December 31, 2008 3:53 pm

In 2008 I biked more miles and climbed more feet  than any other year in my life.

Accumulated Miles Cycling in 2008

Accumulated Feet Climbing in 2008

About half of my cycling miles were on the tandem with Ann.

Weekly Tandem Miles 2008

In 2008 I did not run any marathons or even half marathons.  My running was lower than any year this decade, I believe.

Accumulated Miles Running in 2008

I completed these events in 2008.

Event State Date Sport Distance / Climb Difficulty
Mega Monster Enduro CA
Cycle 100 mi race Medium
Training Ride CA
Cycle 140 mi/12,800 ft Medium
Solvang Double CA
Cycle 200 mi Medium
Triple Crown Ride CA
Cycle 138 mi/10,300 ft Medium
Tierra Bella Century CA
Cycle 126 mi Easy
Devil Mountain Double CA
Cycle 205 mi/20,000 ft Radically High
Cycle 200 mi High
Sierra to the Sea CA
Cycle 500 mi/10 days Easy
Taste of Death Ride CA
Cycle 113 mi/12,500 ft Easy
Ulcer Century UT
Cycle 111 mi Easy
300 Warriors UT
Cycle 99 mi/14,778 ft Medium
Cache Valley Century UT
Cycle 200 mi Easy
Utah Velo Century UT
Cycle 100 mi Easy
EC Training Ride CA
Cycle 135 mi/12,800ft Medium
EC Trial Rides CA
Cycle 174 mi/18,260ft Medium
Everest Challenge CA
Cycle 206 mi/29,030 ft Black Hole
Furnace Creek 508 CA
Cycle 508 mi/35,000 ft Black Hole

Death Valley Double!

December 3, 2008 10:12 pm
Death Valley Double!

Yikes, what have I done?  I was kind of feeling a bit let down since 2008 was winding to an end.  I did more ultra distance riding this year than any year in the past.  But I was not sure what I wanted to do in 2009.  I was not sure I even wanted to do another double century.  But I couldn’t resist.  Gary F. called me and said he was doing the Death Valley Double and had just signed up.  This event is put on by the same people who put on the Furnace Creek 508 ride and it covers some of the same roads.  I know this event sells out in hours so I had to decide quickly if I was going to do it.  As I said, I could not resist.  I am not quite sure how I am going to get ready during the winter for such a tough ride at the end of February.  Oh my, what have I done?

You can see from these charts that although I have biked a LOT of miles and climbed a lot of feet this year, it has really tapered off with the vacation and such.  I am not sure I can ramp it up until January, which is too close to the event.

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