So, it has not really been the year I have been expecting. I feel like I had a decent year of racing last year and was looking forward to doing a bit better this year, but those plans were changed at the first race of the year when I crashed and broke my left clavicle. It took quite some time to heal, but it has finally started to heal. I’m not orthopedic, but my last X-Ray shows bone growth bridging the gap between the two broken ends of my collarbone.

So what have I been up to? A lot of riding on the road, that’s what.

Wit the help of STRAVA, I was able to get my motivation back and get back into shape. How’s that you ask? Well, they occasionally have these challenges and May just happened to be the Nuun Twice the Tour Challenge. It was simple, ride double the distance of the tour of California throughout the month of may.

Because of the huge amount of mileage (you had to average about 50 miles a day to complete the challenge, or 350 miles a week), I got in some amazing rides. I did the Breathless Agony century and finished only 10 minutes slower than last year, which surprised me due to my lack of training.

I also went out and rode Mt Baldy and Crystal Lake doing a STRAVA segment challenge finishing in the top 15 of over 300 people (I did the segment during a 100 mile ride).

I rode down to Oceanside through some of the most fun, scenic roads I have ever ridden on.

I did a ride from Riverside down to Huntington Beach, along the coast to Dana Point, and back to Riverside.

I also did a ride over Oak Glen and up to Angeles Oaks.

I had such a great time, I repeated it a few days later with a group of friends.

One of the highlights was meeting David Holt, a 5 time solo finisher of the Furnace Creek 508. I chatted with him for a while and am going to volunteer my time to be on his pit crew for the race this year. I am doing this in hopes of getting into the event in the near future. I love endurance stuff and this just takes it to a whole new level.

I also have the 12 Hours of Temecula race coming up in less than a week now. I am nervous, mainly because that is where I broke my collar bone. Luckily, we aren’t riding that trail (not that it was difficult, but it would just make me nervous). I think I am more fit than I have ever been and I am tapering down for the race right now more intentional than I ever have. When the race comes, I should be ready for a great day. My nutrition plan is working great and I have tested it out many times on 6-8 hour rides in May. I have ridden in heat when the temps have been in the mid to upper 90s. I think the last bit of preparation will be to get out on my mountain bike this week and pack for race day.

In other news…..

I also really enjoy learning about the science of training. I might look into doing some type of coaching, just because I think it is fun and enjoy sharing what I have learned.