After deciding to race a few triathlons again, my cycling volume has decreased. I don’t really think it is that much of a problem, but the test will come in a few days when I head out to race #2 in the 6 Hours of Temecula series. I don’t feel as if I am that great of shape right now. My training earlier this year left a lot to be desired and I’m only a few weeks in to trying to get back into shape.

To try to prepare myself a little for the race, I decided to commute by MTB into work today. It was a tad overcast and got a tad wet when I climbed to higher elevations, leaving my bike and myself covered in a thin layer of dust.

A trail through Sycamore Canyon

A trail through Sycamore Canyon

A trail through Sycamore Canyon

A trail through Sycamore Canyon

A rock garden on the Two Trees trail

A rock garden on the Two Trees trail

The ride went well except for one minor incident. My chain jumped between the cassette and spokes, which took me several minutes to fix. A possibly slightly loose rear wheel may have been the culprit, but I will adjust my limit screw just to be sure that issue doesn’t present itself again.

I stopped a handful of times to grab a few pictures. It’s nice to be able to get in a decent MTB ride on the way to work with minimal streets in between. Moreno Valley can be a pretty nice place to live for a mountain biker.