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Old 05-12-08, 11:10 AM   #1026
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Diablo was beautiful Saturday. Up NGR, down SGR, turn around and go back up.

At the ranger town I noticed the residents of the first house were cleaning out their garage and had this old exercycle out front - that just struck me as hilarious.



On the way back up I see a woman descending in a familiar blue jersey and a familiar posture on the bike and I recognize her immediately as Tricia! I reasoned Curtis was right behind so I moved left for a high speed high five but I think I spooked him because he dodged me and yelled something unprintable.
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On the way back up I see a woman descending in a familiar blue jersey and a familiar posture on the bike and I recognize her immediately as Tricia! I reasoned Curtis was right behind so I moved left for a high speed high five but I think I spooked him because he dodged me and yelled something unprintable.
You did startle me! I didn't realize it was you, and that was a high five coming until it was too late. I was thinking "Great, another crazy F%^*%, at least he's not in a car!"
I yelled HELLO, but as we know, all we ever hear is "Gomurggggrmatheringgghhhhhhhhhhh" when anyone yells at us on our bikes.

At the junction there was a guy who rolled in from the top saying a crazed car had crossed over the opposite lane and run off the road, almost taking him out. The rangers went looking. Did you see any action?
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Old 05-12-08, 12:58 PM   #1028
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Saturday: Pete's "Gladiator" Ride - 100 miles
Report Link = The Gladiators Are Born! Maiden Voyage

Sunday: Tandem Hammering Sequoia Prep Ride - 81.2 miles
Report Link (look down a few posts) = Taking the Tandem out on Sunday
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Old 05-12-08, 03:44 PM   #1030
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We were going up to Healdsburg from SF for the weekend, bringing with us an out of town guest and a local friend. I reasoned with my wife that the car would be way too full with four people, the dog, bags, and a bike, so it would be best if I just rode up on my bike.

From home it was ~85 miles. From the bridge I took the route most traveled to Nicasio, then Pt Reyes-Petaluma, Hicks Valley, Wilson Hill, Chileno Valley, Tomales-Petaluma, Valley Ford-Petaluma, Bloomfield, Canfield, Pleasant Hill, Covert, Ragle, Mill Station, 116, Frei, Laguna, Trenton-Healdsburg, Eastside, Old Redwood. By far the worst riding was the bridge, then the whole mess from Corte Madera to Fairfax, past Nicasio it was mostly low traffic rural streets with short sections on 116 and Old Red that have excellent shoulders. Highly recommended.

I rode back as well On the bus
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Old 05-18-08, 11:44 AM   #1031
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HOT! Even riding on the coast near Santa Cruz, it was warm (and with a strong headwind to boot). We started in Los Altos early - at 6:30, headed down Stevens Creek to Redwood Gulch/Rt. 9, then down into Big Basin. We climbed out over Jamison Creek and Empire Grade (already hot and it was still morning) then went down a great descent (Bonny Doon) to the coast. We returned via Gazos Creek, Pescadero and Alpine. Going up Alpine was were we really felt the heat - fortunately, a friend was waiting at the top with an ice chest full of cold, wet towels! 105 miles and almost 11,000 feet of climbing.

No ride today - just walking the dog and swimming with the kids.

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Old 05-18-08, 02:22 PM   #1032
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To the coffee shop and back. First ride of the year.
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Old 05-18-08, 03:50 PM   #1033
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On Sat climbed Mt.Hamilton from Livermore with couple of my friends. It was hot as in hell (my Ergomo was displaying 48.7 C at some point). I almost run out of water with 4 miles to go, just barely made it. My friends didn't make it to the top: they decided to stop with about 7 miles to go.

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Old 05-18-08, 11:16 PM   #1034
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Rode Strawberry Fields Forever. It was foggy in the morning and generally pretty cool along the coast. It was hot in the mountains, though. Including riding from home to the start in Watsonville and back afterwards: 148 miles. Nowhere near a double, but still the longest I've ever done.
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Old 05-19-08, 04:15 AM   #1035
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6th place Modesto crit
6th place Panoche RR
won a t-shirt and my legs are mush. =o)
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Old 05-19-08, 11:11 AM   #1036
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(I'm thrilled that this little thread I started is still going strong )

I went out early on Saturday and did a 3-mile time trial as directed by my training regime. My time: too slow. Still have more work to do.

Sunday I rode with my wife at the Foothill Century's 10k fun ride. Anytime I can convince her to get out and ride I do whatever it takes, even toodling around Sunnyvale neighborhoods at a sub-10mph pace for over an hour. Later that evening I went out for a little harder ride down to Los Gatos and back.
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Old 05-19-08, 12:12 PM   #1037
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Grover Hot Springs to the top of Monitor Pass (5th time up this year) and back on Saturday, Grover Hot Springs to the top of Ebbetts and back on Sunday (1st time up '08).
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Princess Zippy and I did the inaugural ride of my East Bay 200K RUSA permanent. The route started in Dublin, headed south over Calaveras, then headed north up Palomares, Redwood/Pinehurst/Canyon Rds, out to San Pablo Dam Road, Castro Ranch and Alhambra Valley Rd & up Pig Farm Hill, up to Martinez and back to Dublin.

It's about 125 miles and 7000 ft of climbing. What the hell was I thinking??

She finished (as expected) and I didn't (as, err, expected ). Report on my blog.
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Old 05-19-08, 05:30 PM   #1039
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Jo's 200 K permanent is a great route. It is a lot of climbing, but it's really spread out. It was my third 200K in my quest for the R-12 award. Only 9 more to go.

Saturday I went running - 7.4 miles. It's the longest I have ever run in my life. I've only been training for this half IM tri for 4 weeks so I'm pretty pleased to be running so far. We also drove up to Guerneville to look at the tri course. The bike portion will be great - lots of rollers and curves. The run - is HILLY. I need to add more hills into my training.

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Old 05-19-08, 07:31 PM   #1040
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I did the I Care Classic on Saturday. First century of the year for me in 5hr 35min. I had some help from an Alto Velo guy, we paired up to help each other beat the wind that was blowing down the valley. I did a lot better than I expected, but I could tell on my ride today that my legs still don't like me yet.
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Old 05-19-08, 07:41 PM   #1041
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Jo's 200 K permanent is a great route. It is a lot of climbing, but it's really spread out. It was my third 200K in my quest for the R-12 award. Only 9 more to go.

Saturday I went running - 7.4 miles. It's the longest I have ever run in my life. I've only been training for this half IM tri for 4 weeks so I'm pretty pleased to be running so far. We also drove up to Guerneville to look at the tri course. The bike portion will be great - lots of rollers and curves. The run - is HILLY. I need to add more hills into my training.

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Wow. I Googled R-12 and HOLY SMOKES. Twelve 200K rides, one a month for a YEAR???
That's amazing. Do you do them solo? That's a long way, but more, you'll hit some weather I'd rather avoid.
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Old 05-20-08, 05:43 AM   #1042
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I've done one as a brevet, one with Jo and one sorta with Jo. I'll end up doing some alone.

When I realized I wasn't going to be able to do the double centuries I wanted to this year because of my knee, I settled on the R-12 as an interesting goal. Then I decided to do a half Ironman Tri too. The knee is better - but I missed three of my my five planned doubles. Next year, maybe. Although I am digging the 200K distance because it doesn't take all day and half the night.

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Bumped around Almaden Valley this morning. Got a couple of climbs in.. Metcalf / San Felipe / Bernal

Bernal is a killer descent. On a weekend, with 0 IBM folks out there bumpin around going west on Bernal sustained around 45mph with no work lotsa fun
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Bumped around Almaden Valley this morning. Got a couple of climbs in.. Metcalf / San Felipe / Bernal

Bernal is a killer descent. On a weekend, with 0 IBM folks out there bumpin around going west on Bernal sustained around 45mph with no work lotsa fun
I was out in the same area with the team today. Great day for a ride, perfect temps. I did 64 miles in a bit over 3 hours. It has been a great week for me on the bike, lots of miles, lots of intensity. But now the body is tired and sore. Tomorrow is a recovery ride, monday a rest day.
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Tried the roaster ride for the first time today. Woke up around 6:00 and watched the Giro for a while with breakfast and a lot of coffee. Left from the bridge around 8:00 and was enjoying the ride until nature called in Fairfax. Killed myself getting back up to the group right before the first hill on SFD. Got dropped and killed myself again trying to reach them before the decent and flats to the golf course. They were GONE. I had no chance by myself. Rode into Nicasio with a couple other stragglers until they'd had enough and then did the rest of the ride solo. Fun ride while it lasted though. About 82 miles total. Gonna try it again next week with a little less coffee in me .
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Did a ride with some moderate climbs. It's my spin ride, day before Sequoia Century. Ended up with about 56 miles and 3400 feet climbing. Nice warmup for the century.
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No riding today. Cgallagh worked on the tandem, prepping for tomorrow's Dunlap Time Trial. Bottle cages off, chains cleaned & lubed, entire bike cleaned, skinny tires mounted. I burned off energy bringing the yards and gardens into compliance. I am enemy #1 of oxalis! (That's a clover-like weed with tiny yellow flowers.) Very satisfying.

Tomorrow, game on! Hope the wind doesn't howl.
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Yesterday I started from Hwy 92 and Canada around 5pm. South to Old La Honda, up to Skyline, and north to Hwy 92 again for a 30 mile loop. The marine layer was really blowing in across the hills and I expected fog on Skyline but I didn't expect rain. However it was rainy, windy, and cold for about the last 12 miles on Skyline. The funny thing is that as I drove home with the heat cranked up all the way I actually started feeling *more* cold than when I was still packing my bike away after the ride.

Today I washed the bike so it'll be all clean and purdy for the Sequoia Century tomorrow.
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Spent a cold morning coaching the first member of my all woman, racing team. Also getting ready all the rest of the day getting it together for the L.A. ride so...Adios till next week.
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No riding today. Cgallagh worked on the tandem, prepping for tomorrow's Dunlap Time Trial. Bottle cages off, chains cleaned & lubed, entire bike cleaned, skinny tires mounted. I burned off energy bringing the yards and gardens into compliance. I am enemy #1 of oxalis! (That's a clover-like weed with tiny yellow flowers.) Very satisfying.

Tomorrow, game on! Hope the wind doesn't howl.
I worked on the tandem today for Sequoia.

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