Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bonelli Park Mountain Bike Ride

Today Kevin, Khai and I did a nice mountain bike ride around Bonelli Park. It was the big loop that took us around the entire park. Total miles from the Park and Ride at Via Verde was 10.32 miles and it took about 1 hour 28 minutes of ride time.

It was really nice getting back on the mountain bike. Kevin performed really well with only a handful of stops during the ride. I think our road riding trips paid off! The trails were well maintained with little ruts, bumps and etc. I did take a low speed fall in the only rutty section of the ride. I new a crash was inevitable so I ditched my bike in a rut and somehow landed on my feet.

There were a lot of other riders from SoCalMTB.com and in their group was a husband, wife and child trio riding Bonelli on tandem and kid trailer.

We finished the ride later than I would have liked so no after ride feast. A few notes to myself, I need to get a camera to photograph all the interesting people I meet during my rides.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bonelli Road Ride on a cold, wet Saturday

Today Kevin, Meme and I rode 1 1/2 laps around Bonelli Park. It was cold and wet but we're dedicated cyclist and a Saturday ride was a must! We staged at San Dimas Grain and headed south on San Dimas Avenue. Then we made a quick turn onto Puddingstone Drive and headed south east to Bracket Air Field. We headed south on Fairplex Blvd and hugged the golf course until we entered Bonelli Park. We rode around Bonelli Park then back to Puddingstone Drive. Instead of making a right on Fairplex we went left to Bonita Ave. and then back to the cars.

It was cold, wet and since I wear glasses visibility was horrible! Pretty much from the start, my glasses got all spotted up. I kept thinking either we're dedicated cyclist or just plain stupid. I was really looking to do 2 to 3 laps around the park but when we were on the south side of the park I was thinking, "Forget this, I wanna get to the cars, dry off and get some breakfast!"

It was at the start of our second lap, Meme piped in, "How about we get to Fairplex and head to White Ave. From there let's take White to Bonita and then back home." I was surprised as I was ready to throw in the towel at Puddingstone Drive and head back from there. I agreed to get to Fairplex but from Fairplex we headed back home.

There were only a handful of other cyclists out today. At the start of our second lap, a guy on a Trek passed us up. I caught up with him and found out he started in Pasadena and from San Dimas will head to Fullerton before going heading back to Pasadena. Wow! That guy's awesome.

I purchased a new Garmin GPS unit and had a chance to use it today. It worked well despite being covered by my wind breaker. The unit can be used for running, cycling and hiking. Since I started running, I thought this would be a great tool to incorporate with all my activities. It tracks all types of data like, speed, distance, elevation, cadence, % grade, HR and so much more. Then the data can be downloaded to your computer for analysis.

Our trip was 14.35 miles with and average mph of 12.2. Total ascent was 715 ft.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

CANIDAE All Natural Pet Foods Supports Tour of Amgen 8 Stage Bike Race Event for 2009

Considered to be the most important and popular race held on U.S. soil, the 2009 Amgen Tour of California will once again bring together world-class field of cyclists and teams from multiple nations including Lance Armstrong and the Amgen Tour of California's two-time defending champion Levi Leipheimer's team, Astana. Armstrong's highly anticipated return to competitive professional cycling for the 2009 season, after a three-year hiatus, began in January and the Amgen Tour of California will be his first U.S. race of the season.

CANIDAE Pet Foods will join Armstrong in supporting the race's record of promoting cancer awareness and research by conducting the CANIDAE AmGen Road Bike Raffle with half of the proceeds going to Cancer Research for Pets and the other half to Armstrong's Livestrong Cancer Awareness Foundation.

"I will be competing in the Amgen Tour of California," confirmed Armstrong. "The level of competition, the challenge of the course and the highly professional atmosphere make it the ideal situation for me to continue my training. I also have chosen the Amgen Tour of California because of the race's record of supporting cancer awareness and research through their Amgen Breakaway from Cancer™ initiative, and their commitment to partner with our Lance Armstrong Foundation. I look forward to racing once again in the United States in what we consider the best race outside of Europe."

The Grand Prize Winner of the CANIDAE AmGen Road Bike Raffle will receive a road bike (estimated value $1,200) at a drawing to be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009 in Pasadena, California at Stage 7 of the tour. Winners need not be present to win. Tickets for the CANIDAE Road Bike Raffle will cost $2.00 for one or $5.00 for three and will be available in person at the CANIDAE Tour of Amgen Lifestyle Festival booth setup at five of the eight races that comprise the tour in addition to the prologue that begins the event in Sacramento on Saturday, February 14, 2009. The road bike will be on display and tickets will be available at the CANIDAE Tour of Amgen booth for the Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Paso Robles, Solvang and Pasadena stages. The AmGen Lifestyle Festival area is located near the finish line at each Finishing City.

Part of the CANIDAE Mission Statement to promote Responsible Pet Ownership includes proper medical care and support for pets with health issues such as cancer. Nothing is more central to the core values of CANIDAE than the health, happiness and well being of pets.

In addition to selling raffle tickets benefiting the cause of fighting cancer in people and pets, CANIDAE Pet Foods will hand out samples and coupons. CANIDAE pet foods for dogs and cats adhere to the highest standards of excellence for product quality, palatability, and customer satisfaction. Formulated for the long term health of pets, these all natural holistic pet foods use only the finest ingredients available -- all of U.S. origin. CANIDAE stands behind the guaranteed analysis of each and every one of its products and invites cycling fans to discover for themselves and their pets the healthful benefits of its pet foods.


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