I've been thinking about this all week, my first Saturday 'home" ride with the Reno. I set out to do 20 miles -I've only done 20 at home once before- did 26. I had at least 5 more in me. Those are the highlights. It was one of those days that remind me of why I live on the Bay Area Coast... sunny, clear but with a pretty stiff breeze coming in off the water (supposed to be an OFFshore flow today... I don't know where that went) but not too bad.
Had some good climbs. I know these might not sound like much for some of you but, for me, they’re all strides to longer uphill distance. I did some “aero tucks” downhill and hit 37+ mph.
That was fun.
Here are some shots.
This is a look down my 11% climb home. I never go down this hill… only up. It's only 600' but I'm feeling it at the top
This is the view down the other side of the hill I live on. This is the way I go down.
At the bottom, I usually hit ~27mph. I turn left and head ¾ west toward the Pacific.
This is a view down a nice, long, slightly downhill run. Coming back, of course, it’s a nice long, slightly UPhill run.
Pacifica is a string of coastal valleys This cove and Mori Point is a couple of valleys south of me.
I stop here for a moment to gear up for…
…this 1/4 8% climb up to...
…this view. The prize. Linda Mar Bay. We’ll come back to this.
So, I’ve ridden around. I always take a little “helmet off” break at the Linda Mar seawall and watch the surfers. And the girls. Chomp down my fig bars and start heading home. It was a short break today, I was really chomping at the bit to ride. I have two ways to go. I can take the highway back up –a 1/3rd mile 8% climb or, if you look above that, you see the other climb. Runs for a ½ mile averaging 6.5% with a 10% start. That's the one I took. I just find my pace and off I go. Sure I was only “spinning” between 65-70rpm at 6 mph but it works for me. This climb was easier than it’s ever been. A road bike really does make a difference. I’m looking forward to my 2 mile 6-7% climb out of town now. Looking forward to it? What’s wrong with me?
Made it to the top. This is a shot back down to where I took the picture above. Pretty high up.
And then I turned to look back down at what I just came up. It looks steeper than I thought.
But, what the heck, I went back down and turned right back up the highway. All this and I still went up the 11% stretch up to my house. I was going about 5 ½ mph but it was straight up with my HR running 10-12 bpm less than it has been up that same climb. Progress is great, innit?
And lastly, here’s a shot in the woods from last week’s inaugural ride. I stopped here for a little lunch and waited for my BP to come back up again.