Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: San Francisco, CA
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Good ride today, finally.
It's been a while since I've been able to ride. I've been riding around town on the road, but I haven't had a chance to actually get out on any trails in weeks.
So, earlier today I went to Annadel State Park, near Santa Rosa, California. I brought my GPS so I could play with some new software when I got home, You'll see stuff related to that in a bit.
Anyway, I took the fireroad up the the lake, and then singletrack up from the lake to the top of the park. I did 1800 feet of climbing, and I felt great about it. 1800 feet is a lot for me, but my legs didn't even feel worn out at the end. Then I dropped down about 3 or 4 miles of all-downhill singletrack. My hands actually got so tired from holding the brakes anbd absorbing the bumps that I lost my grip on the handlebars and crashed. That was the only crash of the day, though.
Here's a graph I made showing elevation changes from GPS data. It shows the whole ride in profile. Actually, not quite the whole ride... my GPS turned off when I crashed, so the elevation profile ends at my crash, there should be about 2 more miles of downhill at the end, as I drop back to my starting elevation.
And here's an image from google earth using the same GPS data, and showing my route on the mountain. This one has data all the way back down to the bottom, because I added the missing part myself with google earth.
Good ride, plus I get to excercise my techie-nerdy abilities