The Sun Rose in Seattle—Happy New Year!

Sunny in Seattle

Sunny in Seattle

While we’re on vacation and riding in Maui, @adcycles took this photo of the sunrise above Myrtle Edwards Park. The sun is another occasional thing seen while riding in Seattle and a photo in a series he’s sharing while we’re on vacation.

Once we’re back in town, we’ll post more about 2012 and how much more we’re doing in 13. That includes Snow Biking in the Methow, CX Worlds, and a bike maker event at SXSW with Built.

Till then, thanks for following, liking what we do, and Happy New Year from your friends at Bike Hugger.

A Challenging Haiku Corner

Up and down this road

Rode up and down this climb in the shadow of a Volcano

It was the most off-camber, hard-right, at-speed corner of a descent ever ridden. Nearly blew it, grazing the guardrail before the steep left at the bottom. Dropped into the small chainring, shifted up the cassette, and pedaled hard out the other side to the rest of the descent. The corner of Kaupakalua Road and Lepo Street is challenging and we’ll ride it again on the Haiku Loop.

Another climb

Another climb

Haiku is a center for churches, hippies, and spiritual people on Maui with homes tucked away in the trees. We ride there on quieter roads with steady climbs and twisty descents. In town, snack on delicious mochi butter with a side of shave ice. Get the mochi at the grocery store next to the Haleakala Bike Company. You’ll see tourists on HBC’s bikes bombing the volcano descent.

Back in town, it’s a tradition to recovery from the ride with a beer and nachos at Meligros and people watch. If she’s there busking, say hello to Angel Starlove and stop by Maui Cyclery.

Angel Starlove busking on a corner in Paia

Angel Starlove busking on a corner in Paia

High-rez photos from this ride are on G+ and Flickr and it’s Photomapped on Google.

Note that Kokomo Rd (H-368) is less preferred by the locals as taking Baldwin ave up the climb instead. The pavement is smoother with a wider shoulder.

The Goal

While on vacation, I asked Michael Pusateri to guest post and he wrote about being injured. His crash was far worse than mine this season and we both learned a hard lesson for cyclists, especially older ones. You have to accept you’re hurt and regroup for the next goal.

Clavicle

Broken

When you are a cyclist, life is often all about the goal. Sometimes the goal is the hill, the time, the stop sign, and for a lucky few, the podium.

Everyone is moving toward something. An objective that rolls around their brain pushing and pulling them past the comfort zone into the suffer.

A friend coaches athletes and his motto is “Train focused.” For a long time I thought it was some new - agey bullshit. Kind of like the motivational speeches I’ve heard from coaches all my life, a purely emotional tug to pull that last ounce of energy from deep inside. I have to admit, that kind of thing can work, but the effects are fleeting.

Recently, I learned what he was actually getting at.

My cycling goals have always been stuff like beating my time on a local hill, staying with the fast group on the club ride, completing a century, riding cyclocross, and similar things that you read about in magazines. Most cyclists have their list of goals and ideas that percolate in their mind when they pull a jersey over their head. Staying focused on the goals is key to completing them.

But sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. Recently, I crashed my bike. Hard. In a cycling trifecta, I broke my collarbone, wrist, and back. Leaving the hospital with both arms strapped to my body, pain shooting with every bump in the road, my wife’s eyes still red from tears, I couldn’t help but think about when I could ride again.

The first week I tried to do as much as possible, fantasizing about how to get back on a trainer or spin bike. And it was impossible. I literally could not feed myself and had to drink meals from a straw. Finally, my wife said, “Your job is to heal. That’s it. Leave the rest to us.”

At that moment I realized what Training Focused really meant. Knowing what you are trying to do and stop being distracted by all the crazy ideas. My job was to heal. My goal was to recover. Cycling could wait. And in reality, starting back too early would hurt my ‘goal’.

Once I accepted my real goal, I could get back into my athlete’s mindset and start focusing on doing what was needed to reach my goal. Getting enough sleep, eating right, ice, heat, taking pills on time, and even a little walking. Going in for the weekly x - ray became a event to be won, by focusing on my recovery.

Setting unrealistic plans of getting back on my bike too early, would have done nothing to help me with my real goal of healing. It’s easy to be lured into the false goal of trying to be a tough guy that can ride through injury, but in reality, it’s the worst thing someone can do.

Know what your goal is. Even when that goal is sitting in a chair wearing an ice pack. Work as hard to podium in the Doctor’s office as you would on the road.

Things Seen While Riding

Meanwhile back in Seattle, in the hood, Anthony is riding and seeing things. He made this gallery featuring those things

Gear

Gear

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Myrtle Edwards Bridge

Myrtle Edwards Bridge

See more photos from Anthony on G+, Flickr, and follow him on Instagram.

A 5 S&S Bike Ride

Roll Out

Roll Out from Kihei-Kai

5 S&S travel bikes showed up for a flat spin on Maui yesterday. Of those 5, the new hotness was one built by Milwaukee Bicycle Company in steel with discs and Athena 11. His bros must get pissed cause he’s always late when everything on that bike has to coordinate.

color coordinated

Color coordinated

At the intersection after this sign, we turned left towards Wailuku, then back into Kihei along route 311.

Turned left

We went right

This route is photomapped on Google and high-rez photos are on G+ and Flickr.

S&S bikes are built with couplings that come apart so a traveler can pack the bike in a suitcase. Apart, they look like this on a vacation condo floor. Read more about them in this post.

On a condo floor

On a condo floor

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