Monday, December 1, 2014
Posted by Lea Davison at 12:21 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The first day, we worked on a lot of legs and mid body with resistance cords of all shapes and sizes. I felt great and left feeling confident. I woke up the next morning to my quads and mid body starting to get a bit sore, but I still thought I had this. Then, we hit the legs again hard with some explosive plyo work (which is new and I'm really excited to add this to the program). We also did one of the hardest lifts I've done on my arms. I half hobbled out of there the second day and returned the third day in full on hobble mode. Every single muscle in my body was sore, and this is not an exaggeration. Bill is so thorough that even my forearms were sore. Muscles were sore I didn't even know I had. I couldn't sit down because anything resembling a squat brought tears to my eyes, and I had a hard time picking up a resistance cord that I dropped on the ground. It should be noted that we didn't even go through the full workout. It was just one or two sets to get the technique down. That being said, I'm really excited to get going with this new and inventive strength routine…as soon as I can walk properly. I swear I'm an Olympian. No really. I am.
I'm a big fan of cheesesteaks so, when I was in Philly, the birthplace of the cheesesteak, I had to take full advantage. I went on a mission to try and compare two of the fabled best cheesesteaks in town, Pat's and Gino's. These two joints are literally across the street from each other. When you order, you have to be prepared. It was reminiscent of the soup nazi in Seinfeld. I went to Gino's and ordered "one wit onion and american cheese" (proper ordering lingo). It was pretty good, and I had to compare it to Pat's. I ordered a Philly favorite, "one wit onions and wiz" which means with Cheese Whiz. Yes, when in Rome…I had to get back to the hotel to beat the traffic so I didn't stick around to eat it. It, luckily, fit perfectly in the side door console in the rental and I was off. In my opinion, I liked Pat's better. The second cheesesteak had a more generous offering of meat, and I had the option to get it with onions AND mushrooms. They both were delicious but Pat's won the cheese steak off.
I'm off to Kauai soon, and I'll be dispatching island adventures shortly.
Thanks for reading,
Posted by Lea Davison at 7:18 PM
Sunday, November 2, 2014
After the Downieville adventure, I headed down south to meet up with Jojo for a couple of days in Santa Cruz. We were mostly focused on liquidating her storage unit. Take notice, asking a professional cyclists or bike tour guide where home is one of the hardest questions to throw out there. Most of these nomads can better answer the question, 'where do you have a storage unit?' If jojo and I go by where our stuff is located, we have three lovely 'homes'; Vermont, Kauai, and Santa Cruz. This 'living out of a bag, storage unit lifestyle is sometime logistically challenging or a bit chaotic. But, we are the luckiest to have the opportunity to experience all of these amazing places. And nothing made me feel more grateful than to be able to sneak in two sunset surfing sessions in between the storage unit haul out. It was awesome to spend some time in Santa Cruz, and now I'm back 'home' in Vermont. At this home, I actually get to unpack my bag and put my clothes in a closet. It's a luxury.
The other good thing about being home is the opportunity to cook. I took the kitchen by storm tonight and made Korean Bibimbap. It was delicious. It pretty much an asian version of my tower of power recipe I frequently use. I stir fried a bunch of veggies and steak, piled it on top of rice, and topped it off with a fried egg and a red pepper paste sauce. Head on over to my friend, Tayler Wile's blog, for the recipe. Thanks for the inspiration Tayler.
I'm decompressing a bit and ramping up for our time on Kauai.
Happy Off Season!
Posted by Lea Davison at 6:18 PM
Sunday, October 19, 2014
This offseason, I am really capitalizing on building up an ample supply of happiness watts. After a short stint at home in Vermont, just enough time to unpack and feel like I actually do have a home, I flew out to Santa Cruz for the Specialized Women's Brand Launch. Specialized invited non-endemic media to introduce them to the women's brand. This was an amazing group of ladies who I had so much fun with over the weekend. I haven't laughed that hard or that much for awhile. We rode mountain bikes, road bikes, and cruisers, we ate tater tots at Burger, we skipped rocks in the ocean, and generally frolicked around in cycling bliss. I was reunited with my teammate, Kate Courtney, and my sister, Sabe, and it was as glorious as I remembered.
Then, Jojo and I headed to Colorado Springs for the USA Cycling mountain bike committee meetings. Here, we discussed the nuts and bolts of mountain bike racing in the U.S and gave our feedback. This was another great gathering with fantastic people. Then, we jetted back to Santa Cruz to hop in Jojo's sprinter van to the Santa Cruz Enduro for the weekend. We camped (so enduro), we shredded in baggie shorts (so enduro), and we conquered. It was fun to race my first enduro and get to really experience the type of racing jojo has been doing all summer. It's really hard and also a complete blast. I won and Jojo came in second so the weekend couldn't have gone better.
After that, I headed up to Tahoe to check out where my sister will be stationed for the winter. In short, it's awesome. There are piles of single track everywhere that usually include epic climbs, descents, and views. We've been riding a ton, and I've accidentally put in a decent training week with all these adventures. I rode mountain bikes for a solid nine hours over the weekend alone. I'm stocking up on happiness watts especially since Sabe figured out how to make maple marshmallows from scratch. Anything Sabe bakes and anything with maple, yes, it's mind blowing.
How have you gotten your happiness watts lately? Get some. They are important.
Posted by Lea Davison at 9:00 PM
Sunday, October 5, 2014
A Beyonce concert has been near the top of my life list for a while now. I looked up concert dates for her 'On the Run' tour with Jay Z this summer and noticed that there last stop was in Paris the Friday after the World Championships in Norway. I tried to find a partner in crime to go with me to this concert to fulfill my dreams, but, as of a month before the concert, no one was available. Then, walked in Andrea, my friend from Santa Cruz who was traveling to Norway to hang out with her boyfriend on the bike circuit. It didn't even take any convincing. Jordi mentioned the idea to Andrea, and she was already looking into our Air BnB options for lodging twenty-four hours later. This was the kind of excitement I was looking for, and our own version of our 'On the Run' tour was born.
Posted by Lea Davison at 10:13 PM