Toronto has been brutally cold, so Lisa and I decided a week of outdoor riding, and running in shorts was in order.  We looked at a few different spots, but settled on the tri-mecca of San Diego.  We were in San Diego from Feb. 10-18, and loved it.  These were some of our highlights:

Running along the coast

Running is so easy when you can roll out of bed, put on some running shoes and just run.  We were staying in Pacific Beach, and there was a walking/running path that ran along the beach and Mission Bay.  Our 28k long run was almost completely uninterrupted by lights or stop signs, and the whole way we got to run along the water.  It’s not wonder so many people seemed fit here.

Nice break from running in 5 layers

Nice break from running wearing 5 layers in the ice and snow

Torrey Pines

Before the trip I’d know of Torrey Pines for the golf course (which we saw), but it’s also a really popular place to ride and run.  There’s a climb that’s really popular for cyclists (about 2.5k at a steady 5%) to take on.  Anytime we were here there were dozens of cyclists going up and down the hill; some doing repeats, some making their way along the Coast Highway.  There’s also paths and trails for runners or hikers to tackle.  It’s a beautiful place and can be a tough workout.

Riding or running the hills of Torrey Pines is a great workout

Riding or running the hills of Torrey Pines is a great workout

Cycling the Trabuco Canyon S18

This is my favourite road I’ve cycled to date.  There were lots of other cyclists out along this route, and it’s no mystery why.  Good pavement, virtually no stop signs/lights, very few cars, lots of hills, and rugged scenery.  Our 50k out and back ride had only 2 stoplights.  It was a great place it get in some quality riding.

Chatting with some riders at the top of a climb

Chatting with some riders at the top of a climb on the S18

Weekend riding on the Coast Hwy 101

You’d swear there was a race going on.  There were packs of cyclists everywhere.  A full size lane was dedicated as a bike lane, and cars gave you lots of space.  There are lots of lights along this route, but that just turns the ride into an interval workout.  When the light turns green guys are taking off, and it turns into an unofficial race to the next light.  If you don’t want to chase you don’t have to, but that’s part of the fun.

Riding up the coast

Riding up the coast

Tacos

What to say, they’re delicious and cheap.  Taco Surf PB was my personal favourite, but I can’t say I had a bad taco the whole time we were there (and we had A LOT of tacos).

Enjoying some good tacos

Enjoying some good tacos

It was a daily thing

It was a daily thing

Sunsets

Sunsets over the Pacific Ocean from PB are incredible.  Loads of people come down to the beach to watch, but there’s still a peaceful calm as everyone watches the sun disappear into the Pacific.

Sunset from Pacific Beach

Sunset from Pacific Beach

The sunset we saw from our road trip to LA didn't exactly suck either

The sunset we saw from our road trip to LA didn’t exactly suck either