Today the ride took my own chubby self (5'10" 218lbs) from walnut creek to the top of Palomares road and back. This, for me, is a milestone achievement, so I must 'brag'. Quotes intentional, because I know normal cyclists can do it 3x and hardly notice. Clearly I'm not at that point yet.
So for now, I'm very glad I made it up that very steep, seemingly endless incline that was spewed forth from the bowels of cycling hell. It was a great ride, weather was fantastic for January and although I can't say I was fast... or that I resembled a human once I got to the top, Palomares is in the bag.