it's been tough getting in my miles, what with the new addition and all.
Of course, my run of luck this week hasn't been too good either.
But Mrs Kai and I have worked out our schedules and I got to go out for a bit this morning
I just HAD to try out my new A520s which I put on last night but got kind of rained out of a test ride.
And another good spin on my Amadillo Roubaixs is always called for
And I like my Kool Stops in the rear so much, I took a moment to throw a set on the front. I like 'em even better there (if Brooks lives as much up to its hype as Kool Stop, then I have to get a B-17 )
So, inspired by the Tour de France, I set out for my ride. Up over the hill down to Linda Mar Bay. Did a couple of flat miles there, scarfed a couple of Fig Newtons, then headed up Roberts Road... sort of my own climb in the alps. A half mile climb that starts up sharply then levels off for a steady grind to the top. Yes, I am only talking about 1/2 mile but for me, that's a climb. To do that without having to stop... well, that feels pretty good.
Then I rode the flat to Vallemar... a nice wooded, 2 1/2 mile loop. All elevated going in and downhill going out. Bumpy but nice.
And then I headed home. A nice 17.5 miles but where ever there was a flat option vs an uphill option, I took the hillier route. Considering I haven't had a ton of sleep this week and am pretty tired, I did OK with legs that kind of went dead on me after my first climb ( 1/3 mile at 6.5%).
I am tired and happy. The A520s are nice. I think I'll keep 'em