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The Current "Mini" Workout

3 rounds:

  1. KB swing x 20 @ 35#
  2. Bulgarian split squat x 20 @ 35# (10 each leg)
  3. knee push-up x 16
  4. walking lunge x 20 @ BW
  5. Russian triangle x 20 @ 25#

I currently do 3 rounds. I want to work up to 5.

Bulgarian Split Squats & Weir Canyon

Saturday's Workout

I was pressed for time on Saturday, but squeezed in a quick 20-minute workout:

3 Rounds:

  1. kb swing x 20 @ 35#
  2. Bulgarian split squat x 20 @ 35# (10 each leg)
  3. knee push-up x 15
  4. walking lunge x 20 @ BW
  5. leg lift x 20

In the last year or so, I've noticed that my gluteus medius seems to be getting overworked on big climbs like Mesa Peak and Bulldog. Simply doing more climbing has helped, but I think the Bulgarian split squat will really put any potential issues to bed. It's a perfect complement to the goblet squat, and it'll be a regular part of my workouts from now on.

And the push-ups are coming along. I'm following the plan from Convict Conditioning. When I can do 3 x 30 knee push-ups, I'll switch to full push-ups (3 x 5 or so) and build from there.

Tuesday's Ride: Weir Canyon Loop

I'm still a touch sore from Saturday's Bulgarian split squats, but an easy spin Monday helped, and I wanted to get out today for something short and punchy.

Weir Canyon was perfect. It's a really fun loop that works the legs and the technique. Today was one of those strange days where I felt like I was dragging, but Strava shows I was ahead of PR pace from the jump, and kept building my lead.

Alas, no official PR for me today: I decided to follow the "New Weir Canyon Trail" fork on the return leg, which cost me about 30 seconds or so, and ultimately put me behind my PR by 15 seconds or so.

At some point I'll do the canonical route and see how it goes, but I'm not going to sweat it too much.

Weir Canyon Loop ("New" Weir Re-Route)

Farther Afield

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. The mountain biking rosebuds I hope to gather:

Big Bear: Skyline Trail Loop

The Loop based on 2015 Kenda Cup West XC course. I've wanted to ride in Big Bear for a long time, but when Josh Tostado called the Skyline trail the "jewel" of the Big Bear Grizzly 100, I decided to go do it the next chance I get.

Big Bear: Hannah Flats Loop

I hear it's a local classic.

Big Bear: Cougar Crest to Bertha Peak

It's more modest, but I'd honestly be thrilled to ride up the Cougar Canyon Trail to the Pacific Crest trail. I've hiked that, and when I did couldn't stop thinking about soft, knobby tires gripping the trail.

La Tuna Canyon Loop

For years, I've been driving along the 210 Freeway looking at the trails etched into the mountains. Time to go ride them.

Strawberry Peak Loop

Strawberry Peak loop. After reading about the Mudfoot Fundo Hundo, I was seized by the desire to ride the loop it carved through the Angeles National Forest.

Big Bear: Cougar Crest to Bertha Peak

La Tuna Loop

Strawberry Peak - Angeles Crest Loop

Big Bear: Hannah Flats Loop

Big Bear Loop (Based on Kenda Cup XC)

Cycling & Traffic

I don't usually do posts like this, but cycling & traffic has been part of the local conversation lately, and I think it's worth clearing a few things up.

It's a common misconception that cyclists don't help pay for roads. We do. Depending on where you live, local road maintenance only gets about 40% of it's funding from car-specific taxes and fees. The rest (~60%) typically comes from the local general fund, which is fed via sales tax. The sales tax on a bike pays for that bike's share of road use, extra bike lanes, etc, and then some. The sales tax on my two bikes would pay for 40 years of the wear and tear I put on local roads.

It's also fashionable to say that "everyone should play by the same rules." I agree that ideally, cyclists should obey the law. But that's sometimes tough: current laws and roads are built to support motor vehicle traffic. Magnetic sensors at stop lights aren't sensitive enough to detect a bicycle, so cyclists must wait... and wait... until a car comes along and triggers a change in the light. Lanes are often striped such that a cyclist wishing to go straight through an intersection must either go straight from a right-hand-turn lane (illegal) or leave the bike lane and occupy a traffic lane that's going straight (dangerous, unpopular, and possibly illegal).

Stop signs are trickier. I personally come to a full stop and put a foot down whenever I reach a stop sign where there's motor traffic. But I figure there's no harm in a bike rolling a stop sign on a lonely road.

However, you'd think that the more crowded the road, the more important it is that cyclists obey the law. But that's demonstrably untrue as well. A San Francisco cyclist group recently staged a "civil obedience" protest where all cyclists scrupulously obeyed all traffic laws. The result was a horrendous traffic snarl.

Sure, there are plenty of cyclists who do stupid stuff. But the vast majority are just trying to keep everything moving, and moving safely. Often, they're bending the rules because the rules are made for cars.

Several states have enacted laws allowing cyclists to treat stop lights like stop signs, and stop signs like yield signs. That's a great solution, and one we should enact nation-wide. It's good for safety, and good for traffic.

And, in my wildest dreams, we'd start seeing protected intersections, using the design shown in the video, everywhere.

Exploring Santiago Oaks & Weir Canyon

I took last week off, and I had plans. The notion was to 1) sleep, and 2) explore new trails around O.C. In the end, I explored just Santiago Oaks & Weir Canyon, but I had a great time doing it.

Farther Afield in Santago Oaks

Weir Loop

Perfect Day in Santiago Oaks

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