Wore my best warm mountain climbing outfit. Left around 8:30. I almost turned around to put another layer on. Warmed up a bit by the presidio. Sun was shining and I had a sense it would be a great day. Polo fields, not a soul… Oh well, Yo estoy el solo. Had the Nano on a great auto mix where every song comes up pertinent to my state of mind. A bit of a headwind. Stopped as usual at the beach near the zoo. Not much action, too cold for the die hard surfer gang. Great swells though. The crests look to be in some stop action pose for the sun and I to appreciate…Show offs. Effortless cruise to the base of SB Mt. 1st part of climb felt great much faster than usual, I assume the Clift electrolyte is kicking in. Part 2, the steep part lost in the music and crisp air, adrift in my own thoughts. I thought I was doing good just coming up on the flat part of the top with my head down, I caught a shadow going by. I looked up to see a 20ish 30ish nice looking woman going by me. When I caught up she was doing a circle at the top and starting to head back down. I kind of began to interview her and guessed that she was doing a training ride for the New Years race. I was right and asked her name…Beerget… Just like beer she said. I told her I thought she would probably win and she did the “Awwe Shucks” and told me no way…I said I’ll see you on new years and with that she flew off in the the chilly descent. Well I went back to the top and just happened to run into a pesky penguin that I recognized from Ron’s Mt. Hamilton ride a couple of weeks ago. He told me he was patrolling the mountains for Santa and was gonna kick some Reindeer ass for encroaching his barrio : ).. So I said that’s cool man and I zoomed down the hill. Great ride back. Met a nice French guy I think he was French anyway who invited me for a ride in Tiburon with his friends and I declined. At that point I feel like I blew it all out on that climb. Cathy had a sweet potato pie and mac & cheese when I got home. A much more enjoyable ride then my solo Mt. Tam ride.