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Mountain Biking and Poison Oak

About 11 days ago I went out mountain biking with Billy at our usual Wednesday place to ride. We were going up the big hill when some guy decided not to yield the right of way and tried to cut on the inside of the switchback going downhill while I was climbing up the switchback on the outside. Of course dude lost his balance and knocked me off my bike into some bushes on the downhill slope. I got out of the bushes and fixed my rear disk rotor so it wasn’t rubbing anymore and went on my merry way. I sustained some small scratches on my right knee so I cleaned my knee off with some alcohol wipes then continued on the ride. 6 days after the incident I started seeing these red itchy blistery bumps appear on my knees and elbows. This really sucks because I had NO idea I landed in poison-oak. I took a look around at the bush and never saw any indicator that there was poison-oak there. Below are a few lessons we learned from this experience and some positive re-enforcement on things like carrying a first aid kit and the benefit of it. Had I not stopped and washed the injured knee it would have an even worse poison-oak rash than it does now.

A few things you should do before you go riding in the woods.

  • Before you start riding ALWAYS be sure to wear full fingered gloves. This WILL protect your hands if you happen to fall in a poison-oak bush. I have experienced this first hand and will ALWAYS wear full fingered gloves. I was wearing a set of full finger Fox mountain biking gloves that were under $20 and didn’t get any of the urushiol on my hands.
  • Be sure to carry a first aid kit that includes enough alcohol wipes to clean a large area of your body.
  • Have a box of tecnu in the car to apply before you leave.

Things you should do the instant after you crash when your out mountain biking.

  • Get the hell out of that bush your in ASAP. Don’t dilly dally getting out of the bush, get out in a manner where you make the least amount of contact with the bushes around you.
  • Take a look at your surroundings. Forget your bike for a moment here and look to see what you landed in and slid thru. Do you know what poison-oak/poison-ivy look like? Knowing what bushes you landed in can save you a lot of pain and suffering in the weeks to come.
  • Clean off the parts of your body that came in contact with the ground / bushes. You may or may not be bleeding but get the alcohol wipes out of the first aid kit and cleans all areas that came into contact with the bushes / ground. It only takes about 10 – 15 minutes for the urushiol on a poison-oak plant to completely soak into your skin.
  • Now go see whats up with your bike.
  • Once you get back to the car don’t worry about loading up the bike and zooming home. Pull out the tecnu and apply this to every exposed part of your body.
  • Change into something other than your riding cloths. You don’t want to spread urushiol on your car seat or any other part of your car.
  • Get home and shower ASAP! “tecnu” claims that it can wash off the urushiol from poison-ivy/poison-oak up to 8 hours after first contact. Be sure to follow the directions EXACTLY as written. If you do you should be able to remove all the urushiol from your skin and prevent a blistery nightmare of a rash.

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Product Review, Riding with Billy | , , , | Leave a comment

FFBC Rides Last Week

Well we didn’t end up doing the 110 mile Cat 3 ALC Training ride due to Billy forgetting his shoes. I also forgot my water bottles but that’s not a show stopper like Billy’s shoes. We went home and dug up the FFBC ride calendar and decided to do the “Mission Loop” ride on Sunday that took us up an around the Mission side of Fremont, Milpitas & San Jose. I had a few bike troubles on the way. Guess Performance doesn’t know how to tune a bike so Billy did it for me when we got home. I also had a side wall blowout with my brand spankin new Continental Gator Skin tires!! I don’t even have 100 miles on these tires! They’re so new you can still see the little stuff on the seam that usually wears off quickly. I also bought these at Performance so I should be able to return them for a refund or something.

On Wednesday I did the FFBC “Pizza Ride” where you come you get the ride sheet you mark “yes” or “no” if you want pizza and then at 6:15pm sharp you race off around Fremont at high speeds just to be the first to get back for pizza. I heard jokes in the Cinderella Classic Training about the “Pizza Race” so now I really know what they mean! I had a great ride and I got to see some folks from the Cinderella Training and the Primavera that I haven’t seen in a few weeks.

May 12, 2010 Posted by | ACTC, FFBC, Riding with Billy | Leave a comment

2009 Fuji CCR 2 – Full Carbon Bike

I got a new toy this week. A 2009 Fuji CCR 2 Full Carbon bike on sale with Ultegra/105 components. I can’t wait to ride it some distance and see how it is.

2009 Fuji CCR 2

2009 Fuji CCR 2

For my first real ride on the bike I decided go on the 110 mile “Ride With Chris” ride “Distance training #9” tomorrow with my boyfriend. We’re starting in Mountain View and riding to Gilroy and back. The weather tomorrow should be low to mid 70’s so hopefully we will have a great day!

Also I have raised $2500 for ALC!!! $500 to go! Hopefully I can raise an extra $2000 and get a jersey too. That would be so awesome and the perfect jersey to finish off my collection of event jerseys!

May 1, 2010 Posted by | ALC Training, Ride With Chris, Riding with Billy | , , | 2 Comments

Sunday mountain biking at China Camp State Park

Billy and I wanted a change of pace today so we got the mountain bikes out and did a thurough pre-ride check and drove up to San Rafel CA to go to China Camp State Park. China Camp is a great place for novice mountain bikers. It’s mostly single track and has a killer 2 mile climb at the beginning but you are rewarded with about 8 miles of awesome single track downhill with a few switchbacks. We have never been to China Camp this early in the year so when we encountered a lot of mud and running creeks over the trails we knew today would be a great day to ride!

The weather was awesome and warmed up quickly. When we got there it was about 55 degrees and when we returned to the car it was just over 60.

We had a great time getting muddy and after the ride we made a pit stop at A&W to get some root beer and onion rings when Billy discovered something hurting right by his ear. When I went to take a look at what had been bothering him I was surprised to see several pairs of legs sticking out of his skin! OMG A TICK! Thank god I have a small first aid pack for the trails that has tweezers for removing ticks in it! Luckily we caught it on the the first bite so it was easy to remove and did not leave a gaping hole in his head.

I like mud.

I like mud.

Billy likes mud.

Billy likes mud.

March 8, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | , | Leave a comment

Ride up Nike Trail

Miles: 17

TTL Mileage for the week: 72.67

TTL Mileage for the month: 273.82

Weather: 65 degrees and Sunny

Food: Cytomax & A Mini Lara Bar

The Ride: Great ride out to Coyote Hills. Once we got out to Coyote Hills we rode up the paved part of the Nike Trail up to the Nike Missile Silo. This was a hard nasty climb and I could not climb the last 1/3 of the hill as it was really really steep(due to physical fitness NOT ASTHMA!!). After a quick bite we went back down the hill and out the park where somehow I got a flat as I was making a right turn out of the park and almost got dumped off the bike from the front end sliding out. I took my time changing the flat tube then headed back home the same route I took to get to coyote hills. All in all it was a great short ride.

View from Nike Hill of Fremont

View from Nike Hill of Hayward

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | | Leave a comment

To the Wall and Back!

Miles: 27.4

TTL Mileage for the week: 60.0

Weather: 65 degrees and sunny!

Food: Steel Cut Oatmeal for breakfast, Strawberry GU & Electrolytes for the ride and a small Slurpee at the end of the ride. For lunch we splurged a bit and got Foster’s Freeze!.

The Ride: Today we gave the wall on Calaveras a shot. We got up about 600′ and turned around. After that it was a pretty easy ride. Tommorow Billy and I are going to do the FFBC “Get to know us” ride so that we can meet more of the folks in the FFBC. The FFBC is who is hosting the Cinderella Training sessions.

Here is a link to my most recent FitBit data

GPSies - To the Wall Click on the cow for today’s route map

February 14, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | , , , | Leave a comment

Ride to work

Miles: 32.6

TTL Mileage for the week: 32.6

Weather: 60 degrees and sunny!

Food: Cereal for breakfast, Strawberry GU & Electrolytes for the ride. Sandwich for lunch and then electrolytes and GU for the ride home.

The Ride: The ride to work is easy with only about 150′ of elevation change for the Dumbarton Bridge.

I’ll post my route to gpsies.com sometime today.

Also my registration for for the Cinderella Classic arrived yesterday. I’m going to run this to the post office on my way in to work today to make sure it gets in the mail TODAY. The ride is limited to 2,500 women so a quick turn around on the registration form is the only way to get a spot. It sounds like there is going to be a Bike Expo or a Women’s Biking Expo at the fair grounds when the ride is over so I will post more when I know more about it.

February 11, 2010 Posted by | Ride to Work, Riding with Billy | | Leave a comment

Ride Around The Bay

Miles: 44.15

TTL Mileage for the week: 74.15 miles (bad weather all week) + 1 hour 40 minutes on trainer

Weather: 60 degrees and sunny!

Food: Odwalla Sweet & Salty Bar, 2 Taco Bell Hard Tacos, Nuun Electrolytes, PowerBar gummi things & 1/2 A Cookies and Cream Luna Bar.

The Ride: It was a long flat ride along the bay and it felt like we were riding into the wind for the first 30 miles. Here’s the route we took. I recorded the route with my Garmin Edge 710 then uploaded the gpx file to gpsies.com

Lessons Learned: All I had for breakfast was 2 biscuits.  Then we went for the ride around noon and I didn’t oget he taco bell until 12 miles in.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Ride

Miles: 27.0

TTL Mileage for the week: 83.3 miles + 30 min on trainer

Weather: 60 degrees and sunny. Windy near the water.

Food: Pasta for lunch. Luna Peanut Butter Bar(small bar), GU Strawberry banana gel, Nuun Electrolytes & Wendy’s Jr Frosty + Chicken Nuggets at the end of the ride.

The Ride: Today we decided to go out to breakfast rather than go on the 25 mile ALC ride. So we took a route from our house to Thornton then around to Paseo Padre to S Grimmer to Fremont to Cushing to Boyle to Stevenson. The ride was good but Billy was still beat from the ride yesterday so he didn’t seem to be having a great time so we didn’t do the full distance that I had planned. I will map the route on Google Maps and post that later.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Riding with Billy | Leave a comment