Mt Tamalpais Hill Challenge Training Ride
We started out from the Golden Gate Bridge in pretty cool and foggy weather
. I don’t particularly care for the east side of the bridge. It seems to amplify my vertigo, so needless to say we made record time getting over and down to Sausalito. (I think I could drop Lance A. any day of the week when it comes to getting over that bridge “El rapido!”)
Only a handful of Bike commuters passing us from the opposite direction and the tourists obviously hadn’t received their morning wake up calls in their respective hotels. (Give it time…we’d pay on the way back!)
We continued up through Mill Valley to the easy Throckmorton switchbacks, then we hooked on to Molimo and a bit of traffic. Panoramic Highway was pretty enjoyable. The sun was in a duel with the fog and created a nice scenic background for our climb. It was time to water up and take a breather at Pan Toll Ranger station.
We chatted with some good ole boys from the Carolina’s / West Virginia, taking in a Mt Tam hike as part of their all boy vacation. I didn’t hear any banjo music, so I felt pretty safe at that point.
I was cooling down and it was getting mighty chilly so we shot the down hill to Stinson. After a quick refuel Tim went into Terminator Race mode and I hung on for the few miles before the course climb. I sure felt better than I did last Saturday! I had some leg power, even for a nice sprint out at the end. Of course Tim kicked my butt…I was still happy with my time and when I got home I immediately signed up for the race.
I’m hoping Tim can get in at least in the public category…I think the dude has some real potential. He may be racing officially with a local team who I won’t mention, but I’ll let him announce it when feels it’s time.
Cheers, and I’m back up the mountain tomorrow with some of the NorCal’ers for some off road! Unfortunately my 700X35’s were too wide, so it’s standard fare for wheels tomorrow! : (