To train or not to train.

Since I have done my Ironman last year, a number of friends ask me if I am training this season.

Are you training anything for this year?
Are you still training?
What are you training for?

Being a triathlete, we swim, bike and run…all the time. There is nothing better than hopping on my bike and ride (be it with Darren and/or Aaron where I get my butt handed back to me…everytime!).

And I will spend the majority of the conversation explaining that I ain’t really training training. I am just having fun. Then I go on with stories of running 2 hr or bike x hours until my friends’ jaws dropped or shake their head. Well, most stop doing that because they already use to my fancy tales in spandex.

Lately, I have been messing up with my dates. Aaron proposed a half Ironman training (an hour swim, 3 hr bike, and 2 hr run) on June 1st. I thought it was on Sat (May 31st). So I have to bail. Sorry guys!!

Yesterday’s riding was quite an experience. I was riding up a hill when I spotted a P2C Cerevelo. That’s a pretty bike. The rider was an older gentleman and as I passed him, we exchange a quick conversation:

Cliff – “Nice bike”
P2C Rider – “Yeah, it’s good day to ride. Where are you riding to?”
Cliff – “Just around”
P2C Rider – “Enjoy the ride”
Cliff – “You too”

I love conversation like these. It’s short and sweet and we both know exactly the serenity of riding on a sunny day.

I passed him while climbing on the hill, I figured I better ride a bit harder to keep ahead. I just feel a bit silly to pass him on the climb and slow down where him pass me afterwards. If it is like that, I might as well not pass him on the hill at all. With him on my back, I pushed the bike a bit more. Hmm…latec acid in the legs :)…

On my bike’s bento box, I put my cell phone and put a bike tube over it. As I was bombing down the flats, I hit a couple of bumps and something flew out of the bento box. I thought it was my cell phone. Good thing it was only my tube. I stopped my bike and walked back to pick it up. The P2C rider rode by..and say..’oh that sucks’…well it ain’t that bad 🙂

As I rode home, i almost got into a car accident. I was riding toward a red. There were cars lining up. As I got out of my aerobars and prepared to slow down, there was an incoming truck making a left (in front of the red). Because of the row of cars, it didn’t see me.

I pressed brake and my tire skidded. The driver saw me in time and pulled to a stop.

If he didn’t stopped, I would smack right into the truck.

If it wasn’t for the red light, I would stay in my aerobars. Then I wouldn’t have time to get to my brake to stop my bike…

Praise the Lord, I am ok…

Note to self: Always be caution when riding around traffic.

Have a good weekend and keep it steady….


  • Attentiveness and caution are important! I’m glad nothing went horribly wrong, Cliff.

    It is interesting how some people don’t see training as its own reward!

  • Unfortunately, it seems that near-accidents are quite common when out riding amongst traffic. Have to stay very alert. Sometimes I wish gas would go to $10/gal so maybe there’d be fewer and smaller cars on the road and probably more bicyclists around so people would become more aware of them.

  • I’m glad you’re okay! Biking can be treacherous. I feel like someone is watching over me sometimes. I realized my front skewer was loose after biking 62 miles on Saturday with some wicked descents!

    I know what you mean about “what now” after Ironman. I’m going through the same thing. I’m not really “training.” But I’m “experimenting.” Yesterday I ran 9 miles with 1 group in the am. Ate, slept and then ran 10 more in the pm with another group. Because I felt like it. Weird.

  • I’m glad you’re okay. That sounds scary! Meeting people on the road is fun. One of my friends is someone that another biker friend met while out climbing a hill, then he introduced us and we’re still friends years later.

  • I love friendly riders.

    I was out running yesterday and I passed a group of kids. One of the kids said “Whats up son?”. That was pretty bizzare because I am old enough to be his father. Hmmm..

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