And kicked my ass.
Surf City Cyclocross this morning. 8th out of 40 in the mens C.
Wife took the first two. Second two I took from the costume race.
What an absolutely glorious day! Rick Rasmussen, Frank, and I rode a fun loop which included 3 good climbs and numerous smaller ones. Salmon Falls, Prospectors (holy cow, that was hard), and Old Foresthill. The descent from Cool to the start of Old Foresthill is an amazing technical drop. All told, 103 mi, ~7000 ft, 15.5 avg. Here's the data if anyone is interested: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/55074105
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Raced at Surf City CX today in Men's B's. First race since last February and felt good to get back into it again. Super fun course with some technical bits to make things interesting. Not sure of my placing, probably somewhere 10-15th. Hope to make the rest of the series.
Took my first run up Hicks. Wanted to take a shot at Umunum, but the pansies I was riding with nixed that idea. What a lovely day to be out.
"Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, its the triumphant twang of a bedspring."
S. J. Perelman
Went nowhere in particular today and took my fiance's point and shoot camera along with me. 22 miles, 2800', 12.6mph. http://app.strava.com/rides/212588
Aldercroft Heights road at the beginning
Descending Panorama Heights Road
Toward the end of Aldercroft Heights
Idylwild Drive passes this pond before dead ending at Hwy 17
Los Gatos Creek trail back home.
Double flat on Saturday descending 84, almost got taken out by a Prius with Hawai plates today near Woodside. Not even apologetic "Sorry I almost killed you, but I was in a rush to Starbucks" wave. Good times.
I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
Stay calm and bring a towel.
from W.C. out to Moraga and back ~23miles was trying to hook up with the Delta Pedalers/Valley Spokesman group ride on the lafayette/moraga trail but I think they may have cancelled due to the weather. It was nice in W.C. when I left but by the time I got to Moraga was steady rain. fun times.
It was a truly glorious day out, though. And except for the mile-or-so part of Hicks were I heard and felt the kettle drums beating in my head just behind both ears (12-20% climbs will do that to me), it was pleasant and relaxing. Lunch at the taqueria didn't hurt, either.
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
At about mile 13, that graph looks pretty bad to me!
I haven't been riding nearly as much as I should be and I've been working much more than I'm paid to.
That being said, I got in a nice 45 km ride with a friend today on the Dry Creek Trail here in Modesto. (It's not really that long, but we rode back and forth several times.)
Afterwards we went to the the LBS where I promptly dropped too much money on a new saddle. Can't believe it took me over a year to finally get one. Turns out, my saddle was the wrong size. (Is it possible that my sit bones have changed in nearly two years when I was last measured?)
On Saturday, a lovely 55 mile jaunt with MarkoPolo, bigbossman and the Dublin Cyclery crew from Dublin to Altamont Road via Highland, etc, then over Flynn Road. Flynn is an old favorite from my ill-spent youth (I'm a Livermore native) and, once past the steepish climb up to the freeway on Carroll Road, it is always pretty. It feels so rural that it is hard to believe that the teeming metropolis that my place of birth has become is so close by. Plus, it's a fun descent back down to the lower reaches of Patterson Pass.
After the obligatory lunch stop at Dickey's (a tasty barbecue fast food place in the shopping center at Vasco and Scenic), the group headed back to Highland Road. From there, most of the group headed off to Dublin, and I went back into Livermore via Carneal and Collier Canyon. A fun ride with a fun group on a fine day.
As for Sunday, my plans to do the Giro de Vino became plans to sleep in and be lazy, based on the weather forecasts. Based on what I saw in the GdV thread, I made the right call.
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
Thanks for the route again Joel. I am guessing you do that clockwise to avoid the nasty traffic up 49 from the confluence to Cool? Also, Greenwood Road looks like it avoids the narrow section of Georgetown road from Georgetown to Greenwood. Is Greenwood less traffic? Is Prospector less travelled than lower Marshall? Always looking for a better way to do things over there.......good riding! Thanks for the help. May be over there Tu-Th.
Beautiful pics Sagebum!
Yesterday I got wet and muddy on the road bike. After eyeing the skies all morning I finally spotted a break in the clouds and headed out a little after 3:00pm. As I was prepping the bike the blue hole in the clouds kept getting bigger and so I decided to leave the rain jacket at home ... I'm sure you know where this is headed
Since it was late in the day I stayed close to home and did some fun curvy and rolly roads through some of the neighborhoods where people much richer than me live. I explored a few new-to-me roads that I pass every day on my commute but never take because I'm in a hurry to work or to get home. Nice to just go out on a relaxed ride and look around at the trees and the clouds and the mud puddles.
On the way home I was exploring another new-to-me road when it dead-ended ... sort of. The pavement ends and there's a gate but the road (Overlook Rd) does continue and eventually connects through to more pavement after about 1.2. I had seen this dirt connector on the map and wanted to take it before but wasn't quite planning on doing it this weekend. But there I was and there the road was. Plus I was going to have to wash my bike anyway so why not make it really muddy?
Anyway I survived the dirt/mud even on skinny tires in the rain. One novelty was having to pedal even on the downhill bits because my tires were digging into the ground so much. Oh yeah it was actually raining pretty solidly at this point. Convenient that my jacket was at home!
20 miles, 2100', 14mph
Saturday I met and rode 1.5 diablos with Racer Ex. Nice guy, we went easy and the weather was good. About 40 miles and 5400ft.
Sunday: didn't ride. No one was willing to commit to a rain ride with me, and the weather looked crappy when I got up so I went to the climbing gym with my girlfriend. I proceeded to climb 4 routes of equal difficulty to anything I ever climbed before, pretty much proving what I thought, in that I never did enough climbing to get stronger, just improved technique and a little bit of muscular endurance. Oh well. After that I ran 3.2 miles on the treadmill in my Vibrams. Blisters, sore calves today, but overall not bad. Hawaii this week, so I'm hoping that I've run enough to enable daily runs while I'm away from the bike.
Friday: Shell Ridge Loop and Diablo Foothills to Macedo exit then back home on the road on my cross bike - tons of fun.
Saturday: time constraints only allowed my "front door to the Diablo ranger station" ride. Cut 4 minutes off of my average time this year - yay!
Sunday: bleh. Was thinking of doing the Giro di Vino, then went outside - nevermind. Got new pedals instead - Ultegra 6700 ($110.50 at Performance with 15% off coupon.)
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