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Old 09-09-07, 10:06 AM   #601
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Wow, so cool. You did more riding than I did ... I'm on-call, which means I have to be within 20 minutes of a networked PC. Maybe I'll take my recumbent and "try" to ride it around the block a few times.
Be creative, you just need a map of all the cafes with free wi-fi, and your laptop in a backpack.

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Bitten by a spider? How big was it? Be careful out there!
The whole spider (including legs) was a bit bigger than my thumbnail. I'll see how the bite is tomorrow.
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The whole spider (including legs) was a bit bigger than my thumbnail. I'll see how the bite is tomorrow.
We might have to call you spiderwoman
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Did a 35 mile loop yesterday morning for the Ben Eckenhoff memorial ride. Old La Honda was part of it and it wasn't that bad. The scenery up Old La Honda was beautiful and reminded me of a tropical jungle. The ride up was pretty with narrow roads and the occasional steep parts to make one stand on the pedals. I did the climb in 30 minutes and 10 seconds. Not bad I guess for my first time up. We went right on Skyline and right on La Honda. It was a cool and fast descent down those two roads. That is until I noticed the exact turn where AlainP crashed. That made me tentative down La Honda but I was still able to keep up with my speed. Once down La Honda we continued on to Woodside, to San Hill and back to Junipero.

The streets were busy with cyclists and there were a couple other memorial rides that went on that day. This made the ride very enjoyable compared to my mostly solo rides around the Brentwood area. I've kept the map and might do it again nextweek.
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No riding on Saturday as I was on a plane all day but I was bound and determined to get my workout in today.

I started out with an hour "climbing" on a stationary bike in the hotel gym as I knew it would be all flat terrain here in Singapore. Then I walked 3 hours, rented a bike for a couple of hours, finally got to pass some roadies even with me on a mountain bike . 2 more hours walking in the afternoon.

Here's the full report of my ride today.
A close police encounter and a spider bite. Yikes, be careful out there. I really dig the pics especially the Zonda and the name of the hotel. That is very cool car. I might use that one of the hotel one day.
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Old 09-09-07, 06:31 PM   #605
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We went right on Skyline and right on La Honda. It was a cool and fast descent down those two roads. That is until I noticed the exact turn where AlainP crashed. That made me tentative down La Honda but I was still able to keep up with my speed. Once down La Honda we continued on to Woodside, to San Hill and back to Junipero.
I was able to get my butt back onto my other bike (mountain) yesterday and ride some short loops near the house at a VERY leisurely pace with my wife and son. Riding upright helped a bit but lifting the leg over the seat was a bit of a challenge. Still felt good to turn the cranks.

On a side note, I drove by that turn yesterday afternoon just for kicks and it was kinda spooky not being able to see the hillside from the roadway. What gets me is that turn wasn't particularly sharp or difficult. Guess I just zoned out or was just plain careless .
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No riding on Saturday as I was on a plane all day but I was bound and determined to get my workout in today.

I started out with an hour "climbing" on a stationary bike in the hotel gym as I knew it would be all flat terrain here in Singapore. Then I walked 3 hours, rented a bike for a couple of hours, finally got to pass some roadies even with me on a mountain bike . 2 more hours walking in the afternoon.

Here's the full report of my ride today.
I got a workout just reading about your workout . And to think, your body probably thinks it should be sleeping instead .
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Saturday, none, busy with other commitments.

Sunday I was also busy in the a.m. so I did a solo 45-mile loop in the afternoon: up Highway 9, across Skyline, down Page Mill and along Foothill back to San Josť. Weather was fantastic for riding today!
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Old 09-09-07, 07:08 PM   #608
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Saturday up the 505 and reversed the Dunlop TT route. Kept going straight on Stephenson Bridge road and ended up on Russell, which we followed into Winters. Had coffee w/some fellow club members at Steady Eddie's, then back on the flats to home.

Today was excellent riding weather. We took off a little after 8 and did a speedy Gordon Valley loop. Amazing how many grapes have been harvested within the last two weeks. I noticed trees whose leaves are beginning to turn already. Hard to believe summer's nearly at its end.
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I was on-call this weekend, so no real substantial riding. Since I couldn't really ride too long, I took my Seven in to the shop. I did take my recumbent out, and did a total of probably 10 miles (all flat). Interesting riding ... feels weird after riding in that position.
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Old 09-09-07, 07:35 PM   #610
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Saturday - John Peckham Memorial Ride. Stopped by the grave site to pay my respects. (About 50 miles)

Sunday - Got up too late for the A-Ride (Thank heaven for small favors! ;-) ) Rode up Old La Honda, Skyline to Skylonda, 84 to La Honda, up West Alpine, north on Skyline, east of 84, back through Portola Valley. (65 miles)
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Saturday - John Peckham Memorial Ride. Stopped by the grave site to pay my respects. (About 50 miles)
Sunday - Got up too late for the A-Ride (Thank heaven for small favors! ;-) ) Rode up Old La Honda, Skyline to Skylonda, 84 to La Honda, up West Alpine, north on Skyline, east of 84, back through Portola Valley. (65 miles)
Were you in that huge group of cyclists all decked out in green jerseys right as you entered Old Page Mill? That's quite a huge group. I was with a group of 4 riders on a Litespeed and a gray jersey with oragne sleeves when we passed by there around 9:20ish in the am.
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Started out to try the Battaglin on climbs and descents. After 3 miles, the saddle had slid back 1/2 cm - this makes the second failed fix of this problem. Next, I mix a lot of sand with a little grease and put that on the clamp where it grips (or in this case fails to grip) the rails.

Turned around, went home. Fetched the Bianchi.

Took the Bianchi from San Mateo to Woodside, up OLH (27:24), and down the West side, back up 84 to Sky Londa and down to Woodside and home. 48 miles.
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Started a ride on Sunday to the Portola Valley loop at 4 PM and extended it by riding 84 to Whiskey Hill road. Then I took Arastradero on my way back on Foothill and climbed to Altamont via Elena. Descended to Foothil College and then had my mini Paris Roubaix on a section of Grant where they were resurfacing the road. The temperature was perfect, and the golden light was gorgeous against the hills.
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Were you in that huge group of cyclists all decked out in green jerseys right as you entered Old Page Mill? That's quite a huge group.
Yes, that was our club. They said about 200 riders showed up.
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I road up up pierce, mt.eden, to montebello and through the dirt to pagemill and then decended hwy 9. I'd drawn up the route on routeslip a while back and finally said what the hay and gave it a shot. That's one of the more difficult rides I've ever done. Montebello road is no joke, just seems to keep going up and not nearly as gradual as Mt. diablo.

Edited to throw in that this was on Saturday morning and I was wearing my Sweeeeet NorCal BF jersey
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I road up up pierce, mt.eden, to montebello and through the dirt to pagemill and then decended hwy 9. I'd drawn up the route on routeslip a while back and finally said what the hay and gave it a shot. That's one of the more difficult rides I've ever done. Montebello road is no joke, just seems to keep going up and not nearly as gradual as Mt. diablo.

Edited to throw in that this was on Saturday morning and I was wearing my Sweeeeet NorCal BF jersey
I like Montebello because it does give you some breaks. The hardest part of it to me is the first mile. Once you get past the winery, it gets easier.
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Montebello is broken down to: first two miles - lotsa work w/ some steep inside turns, the third mile is flattish for recovery, and miles 4 and 5 are exposed grinds to the gate with a sharp whip about 1/4 mile from the gate. That's how I always see Montebello.
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Saturday: left Alameda at 8am south on Doolittle/Hesperian to the long bike trail down in Fremont. This led us to Niles Canyon where we pacelined East to Palomares. The grind to the top was interesting as I got to the top, a ghost rider was shadowing me near there ... I had not seen him 1/2 to the top, but by the time I got there, he passed by about maybe 30 seconds later. Afterwards, a teammate asked if the guy who flew by him passed me.

I thought, wow, he musta been going fast!

Down to Castro Valley and back home via Lake Chabot.

Sunday: ride with the missus, got dropped like a rock, did not let her live it down all day, and she broke down and got a new set of shoes for SPD.
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Old 09-09-07, 10:52 PM   #619
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I took my bike down with me to Mt View while I had to work this weekend, and got a 20 mile ride in on Friday going up Foothill to Juniper Serra and back down to Castro St and in to Moffett. I figured out why I get so much more saddle sore up here than I ever did down there. Y'all have too many damn stop lights to be on the saddle for more than five minutes at a time.
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Old 09-09-07, 10:54 PM   #620
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Nothing special today, just Danville Blvd out to Rossmoor, over the hill via Hillgrade, and back to San Ramon.

I've ridden at least 20 miles a day since last Sunday, and have logged 170 miles so far in that time.
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No riding yesterday, had to drive to Sebastopol for a gig with the band. I can't say I like driving 101 up north where it's only two lanes, awful traffic.

Today I did the Ron group ride route with a right turn at Page Mill for 46 miles. Managed to shave three minutes off the HW 9 climb, 41 minutes from the concrete bridge.
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Including the ride from my bro-in-laws to Roy's Cyclery in Vacaville and using their ride map for Winters Loop I got in 46 miles today, the most I've done solo this year. Mostly flat, some rollers and some interesting hills at the end. Finished in 3hrs 2mins inclduing some short rest stops... not bad considering I'm slow... it took me a little over 2 hours to do 29 miles last time when I cut through Cantelow Rd [from the wrong side] instead of taking the whole Winters Loop route. Even saw cows, llamas, horses and some road kill including two flat snakes, 2 possums and two cats, well, one of them I believe was a cat.

What was funny was that I saw several people riding the opposite way... Near the end I found out why! The stinkin hills! The hills weren't gigantic but after going 35+ miles averaging about 16+mph, hitting hills after feeling a bit tired wasn't fun. I'll have to reverse the route next time to hit the hills first and then I can jam through the rest of it, hopefully faster. We'll see.

Oh yeah... hitting head winds for the last 4-5 miles didn't help much either. Neither did running out of fluids! But I must say, the Hammer Endurolyte pills bigbossman recommended helped a lot. Usually around mile 35-40 I cramp up big time. Not this time... Although i had slight cramps in my calfs about a 1/4 mile from the end, but I contribute that to my lack of fluids.

So I continue to train for the Waves to Wines ride at the end of the month! Wish me luck!

Next weekend NeCrO632 and I are going to try back to back rides on Sat and Sun to prep for the Waves ride. I think I'm going to talk him into a shorter ride on Sunday. I'm getting too tired to play in my softball league Sunday nights after riding more than 30 miles that same morning. lol!
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Saturday I went up Foothill from Cupertino to Portola Valley (Risottis), left on Arastradero to Page Mill up Page Mill to Altamont down Altamont to Foothill and home.
Sunday from my house I went up Stevens Creek park ,up Mt Eden up Pierce then up Hiway 9 to Redwood Gulch. I went down Redwood Gulch and stevens Canyon,back up Mt Eden to Pierce left on Pierce and through residential and home. A good weekend of riding with some nice climbing on Sunday. Perfect weather.I attended the Chocolate Festival in San Francisco with my family on Sunday so I will need to get back on the bike ASAP.
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Montebello is broken down to: first two miles - lotsa work w/ some steep inside turns, the third mile is flattish for recovery, and miles 4 and 5 are exposed grinds to the gate with a sharp whip about 1/4 mile from the gate. That's how I always see Montebello.
I always see it as: "damn, this is harder than I remember....oh, thank God, there's the school!...oh, crap, now it's hard again...Ridge, almost there....WHO PUT THIS WALL IN HERE!??!...done!"
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I always see it as: "damn, this is harder than I remember....oh, thank God, there's the school!...oh, crap, now it's hard again...Ridge, almost there....WHO PUT THIS WALL IN HERE!??!...done!"
Okay, looking back there are some flat parts for recovery.. funny how I really only remember how painful it was.. I think I need to do that more often until it gets easier.
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