Many years ago I had this morning routine, roll out of bed and ride about 8-10 miles round trip with a 700-800 foot climb, before breakfast
now, 30 years later, 50 pounds heavier, and riding for 6 months after a 20 year layover, I thought I'd built my legs up to the point of trying my old daily ride again.
good news, I made it. Beautiful ride, and funny how I remembered all the curves, remembered the views, remembered the smell of the eucalyptus trees on the way.
but the road must be much steeper than it used to be, as I used to ride it with a tight 10 speed, 42 front 23 rear low gear. now with all the grades they've added it requires a triple with 30 up front, 26 behind. and about a half dozen riders passed me on the way up, no one used to pass me. and what used to be a 50 minute round trip was now almost 1 hour on the uphill alone.
Glad to be riding, glad I'm getting stronger, but when I go back to an objective measure, a ride I used to do routinely, it's a mix of depression and pride
thanks for listening!