Cross-Training: Hike the Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park

Looking forward to spring trip planning? Look no further than Yosemite National Park. Sometimes as a cyclist it is important to change things up and try something new. Taking a break from using the same muscles over and over again can be a healthy and positive thing. Personally, I find hiking a great alternative exercise, and a great workout. It is a unique form of cross-training that can bring you places your bike can’t take you, and provide a different perspective on nature. If you are looking for a substantial day-hike of 4 to 6 hours, you would like to…

5 Holiday Gifts for the Female Cyclist

When the holidays roll around, and you have a special female cyclist in your life, it can be hard to decide what to get her. She loves cycling, but you can’t afford to get her a bike! What do you do? Fortunately, there are many other cycling-related gifts you can get that won’t break the bank (if you don’t want it broke)! Here is an assortment of ideas for all budgets and all types of bike-riding women.  1. For the beauty conscious cyclist: Living Proof split end treatment. She likes to bike. So why would she want a hair product? Well, cycling can take…

5 Portraits of My Vision Vs. Reality In Triathlon Training

1. How I feel while running at the gym: …What the gym staff see.  2. What I feel I look like at the finish line: …What the crowds witness.  3. How I think I look in my wetsuit: …What my friends see.  4. How I feel while cycling: …What pedestrians see.  5. How I feel while swimming: …What my swimming coach sees. 

7 Attributes of the Modern Triathlete

  1. Hates walking for longer than 10 minutes. Loves racing at max speed for 6 hours non-stop.   2. Gets bored easily at social events   Doesn’t get bored swimming 100 laps of the same pool in utter silence and breathlessness, studying tile patterns. 3. Had zero self-discipline as a child. Now has militant devotion to a training schedule. 4. Doesn’t care about fashion at work or social events. Does colour coordinate bathing suit, bike shorts, jersey, and shoes. 5. Preaches clean eating and vegan dieting. And consumes 6 mostly plastic gels filled with 12 times the daily recommended amount…

A Post in Pictures: Why You Must Cycle on the California Highway One

You’ve probably heard that riding on the California Highway 1 is dreamy. This post in pictures should help to convince you it is very worth your while. The views, elevation changes and wind in your hair will leave you with a bad case of wanderlust, or at very least an infatuation with the California coastline. Even on a misty day, the coastline is enchanting. These are some images from cycling the stretch of Highway just north of San Fransisco to just South of Big Sur.

Weekend Away: Rolling Through Amador County Wine Country

We all need a weekend away once in a while. So when you’re racking your brain for the best way to spend it, why not combine your two most beloved things: Cycling and Wine! When we cyclists need to relax and enjoy a weekend, nothing beats a morning spent on a pleasant ride and an afternoon spent relaxing. Picture waking up, surrounded by vineyards, and heading out for a ride in the sunny foothills of the Sierra Nevada, followed by some visits to down-to-earth, family-run wineries. This is the blissful reality of a trip to Amador County. Ok, I’ll admit I’m…