Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ride Yesterday

I went to Mount Tamalpais - another brilliant idea of mine. The ride up was tough for me. I made the mistake of starting from home so by the time I started the climb I was already 20 miles into a 43 mile-ride and I am not sure that I got the nutrition aspect right. I had a light-ish breakfast and ate a couple of power bars before my way up.

I wasn't cold on the way up but the minute I turned around, I became really really cold - it had started to rain and getting increasingly wet didn't help as my hands became cold and wet. The rain started when I was only 4 miles from the top so I decided to keep going. I wasn't dressed with fewer layers than whatever I had seen the other cyclist wear - and there were quite a few cyclists on that route. A synthetic base layer, a bike jersey, arm warms, bike shorts, leg warmers and full-fingered gloves - and a jacket that is technically water-proof.  I stopped at the Pan Toll station as there was a hair blower to try to dry off my cold fingers and gloves.

I hooked up with a couple of Englishmen, one of them living here and we cycled down to the first Inn we saw on the way down to swallow down a bowl of hot soup and a hot chocolate. I also emailed Serge as I wasn't looking forward to riding all the way through the city in rain that wasn't stopping, and shivering. Serge picked me up at Mike's Bike in Sausalito and drove me home.

First thing I did on Sunday morning is to get a better waterproof and windproof jacket which I used for my quick ride on Sunday! That one seemed to work :)

Total mileage for this week was a little over 100 miles.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Best of 2012 in pics!

Erik Simonson posted a gallery of his faves for the year


2012 Great Pumpkin Pursuit Race 

You can find it at:


There are some truly amazing shots in there.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Berkeley Midwinters December 2012

Bad start and it took us forever to get up to speed on the first upwind - after that, things were significantly better with good boat speed and we picked up boats.

Good douses, we did gybe sets and improved from the first to the second. We need to have everyone focused on their one job - this means that accepting that the others may not do a fantastic job because you will not control it.

There was too much talking to the driver, not enough looking at telltales only from the driver standpoint, and too many cooks in the kitchen for tactics.

We have agreed that we need at least one practice in-between each midwinters - all of this is just practice.

Serge feeding the birds and the scientists that were just coming back from 11 weeks on the Farallones island, studying birds...
Mark and Mike

Cleat Work

All photos courtesy of Serge - cleaned, rinsed and put together the mast cleat. If that doesn't solve the problem, we can look at replacing the cleat.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Soaking wet...


Before breakfast, sports ride.


After breakfast (w/ Serge today...), commute ride.

Both in the rain...

enough said

go sailing


Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Boys from Brazil

The Boys from Brazil

young Nazi hunter Barry Kohler stumbles on the trail of the infamous "Angel of Death," Dr. Josef Mengele, who is planning to resurrect Hitler's vision in South America.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ride Today

I really wanted to race at the Golden Gate Midwinters but didn't get a ride, so I decided to go for a bike ride instead. 

 Went to Belvedere, Tiburon and around the Tiburon peninsula. About 50 miles from the house. A bit of rain initially and a bit of rain as I got home. Nothing too exciting to report. I stopped for a little bit to watch the race from the bridge.