Andrew McNaughton s a name probably unfamiliar to many of you. If it’s not, your name is probably Brad Kearns. If you know who Andrew is and your name isn’t Brad Kearns, then you probably know Andrew as the guy who won Wildflower a whole bunch of times back in the early days of triathlon. If you are Brad Kearns, you probably know Andrew as the neon-wearing maniac who made you ride from Conejo Valley to Antelope Valley for “fun.” To me, Andrew is the guy who set the times to beat on pretty much every climb in the Santa Monica Mountains. Yerba Buena. Stunt. Piuma. And Rock Store, the object of my current quest.
Rock Store gas pumps to fire hydrant. Seems simple enough. It’s about 4km including the run in from the pumps until it then kicks up at about 7% grade. Eleven minutes and thirty five seconds. That’s the target. And it remains a target. I’d like to blame it on the wind. Or leaving my extra heavy saddle bag on. Or slow rolling training tires. But the truth is that the ghost is just really fast. And that makes it all the more fun to chase. And that’s what keeps me going up and up those climbs.
5 thoughts on “Chasing Ghosts”
'The Fig' is calling your name.
But we shan't be divulging any PR times on the Fig, lest Rapp goes beating them. Then again, they'd remain PRs, so what the hell.
goo for it jordan!!
the season it's just starting soo it's just matter of time
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Heal fast and strong Ironman.
Dude, 11:30 is really fast. Have you seen the video of Anthony Aker recently posted climbing the Rockstore? He does it in 10 min 30 sec's, although they dont start filming/timing his climb until after the first left sweep (above the callbox on right). I do it in about 15 from the call box (blowing myself up) so probably about 15.5 or 16 from the pumps. Anyway as I mentioned, that time is unreal. What is your best time Jordan?