2012: The Way I Saw It

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A few days after the Griffith Park race I read Allison Mann‘s Year in Review and thought, “That’s quite a year!” and I concluded that I would not write my own year in review because if my year could not elicit such a response then it wouldn’t really be worthwhile.

Curiosity got the best of me, however, and I peeked at the 2012 archive, after which I thought, “this has been quite a year for me.”

So here we are: My 2012 as I saw it.

 

 

January

 

January! You start the year off fine!  It also brings the end of cyclo-cross season and like a high school graduation marks the beginning of the rest of your life — or the rest of the year, in this case.  Living up to being the first month for me, I got my first 1st place, tried Famous Dave’s BBQ for the first time while in Bakersfield for the NorCal vs. SoCal Showdown, and I started cooking for the first time.

01 - Balboa

Victory at Balboa Park

Famous Dave's BBQ Plate

Famous Dave’s BBQ Plate

 

 

 

February

By the time February rolled around, I was clearly on my way to better fitness and some good weight-loss — until my body reacted.  Pneumonia kicked my butt and kept me off the bike for about three weeks.

Weight Chart Pneumonia

 

March

 

I got back on the bike slowly and started the US Cup mtb series as a Cat 3 (Beginner) racer.  The weight-loss continued and I finally became ineligible to race Clydesdales!

Weight Jan 1 - Mar 5

Weight Jan 1 – Mar 5

April

The highlight of April is always the Sea Otter Classic and San Luis Rey.  First, Sea Otter: Sea Otter, as always, was a blast!  Although I didn’t have a good result in the road race, I did finish with a personal best, and two days later finished 6th in the Beginner Men’s Cross-Country race.

Fun on the Road Trip

Fun on the Road Trip

Road Race

Road Race

Little Bellas Camp

Little Bellas Camp

Good Times w/Good People

Good Times w/Good People

Best Finish Ever at Sea Otter - 6th

Best Finish Ever at Sea Otter – 6th

Then SLR was a big success for the club, not for me as a racer.  I didn’t race SLR, but I was there the whole day, as usual with Dave Williams and Dave Lawson and Geoff Albert.  I also finished 5th at Sycamore Canyon before finally moving up to Cat 2 for my first Sport race at Los Olivos.

May

Baseball season is in full swing, which means we’re out supporting our Dodgers.  I tried a new series in May, one that both Steve Herrera and Chris Bautista recommended, the Knobby Time Series.  I’ve made lots of friendships over the years on the bike, and made a couple more during the Knobby Time Series.

Good Times with good people and good racing

Good Times with good people and good racing

June

Mountain bike season was in full swing and June featured the finale of the Knobby Time Series.  I tried really hard to win that race and had a good chance were it not for some shrewd racing by Brad Bordon, the winner on the day and of the series overall.

Knobby Time Series Finale

Knobby Time Series Finale – Start

 

Knobby Time Series Overall Podium

Knobby Time Series Overall Podium

Claire, Isa and I met the Donut Man!  He makes Paleo donuts (no he doesn’t).

Strawberry Donut

Strawberry Donut

July

More fun with more good people.

Isa's 1st ride up Turnbull

Isa’s 1st ride up Turnbull

Road riding with the locos . . . I mean locals

Road riding with the locos . . . I mean locals

More mountain bike racing at Rim Nordic.

Rim Nordic

Rim Nordic

August

More mountain bike racing at Over the Hump where Dave Williams and I both caught a case of poison oak.

Never earned my pint glass!

Never earned my pint glass!

September

The end of XC season and the beginning of CX season.  More fun times on the bike and with friends and family.

Chris, Dave & Steve at Bonelli

Chris, Dave & Steve at Bonelli

Family Fun

Family Fun

End of XC - Start of CX

Training with Cat Hinton – Pliny the Elder at the Williams House and CX in Costa Mesa

October

More ‘cross, the highlight had to be the Long Beach Half Marathon with Syd and Geoff.  Claire and Isa were there to support as always.

10 - LBC Half

Before, during and after

Spooky ‘Cross moved to the Pomona Fairplex for a fun course.

Spook CX Day 2 at the Pomona Fairgrounds

Spooky CX Day 2 at the Pomona Fairgrounds

1920s Halloween Fun at Work

The Swingin’ Years at Work

November

Top 20 at Turkey Trot

Top 20 at Turkey Trot

December

I consider CXLA my best race of the season not only because it was my best result, but because I realized that three months into the season, I was still improving.  I felt strong the entire race and thanks to some sound coaching by Geoff Albert and good training with Dave Williams, I believed I could do well in cyclo-cross.  Santa ‘Cross was also in December and that was my last race of 2012.

CXLA

CXLA

And, in keeping with all the firsts, Dave and I rode up to Potato Mountain in the rain, hail, and finally to snowfall at the top, marking my first mountain bike ride in the snow.  I told Dave, that if he’d have told that I would be riding in the snow only 40 minutes from home, I’d have said he was crazy.

Marshall Canyon in the Snow

Marshall Canyon in the Snow

I’d say that 2012 was indeed quite a year on the bike and for my fitness in general.  Personally, I had a great time with my family and friends, and I owe everything to my wife, Claire, and our daughter, Isa.  I’m looking forward to more good times in 2013.

Oh!  And the food!  We can’t forget the food!  Have a great 2013!

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