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Old 11-18-08, 07:30 PM   #1
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Tuesday Ride Report

So I woke up this morning and felt like I couldn't face the day at work. I called out and went back to bed. Woke up at 9:30 and felt much better. So what else to do but suit up and hit the road?

73 miles and 7400ft later I'm feeling that my mental health day went to good use.
http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/triple-tuesday

I started out planning to just head up Page Mill, over to 84 and back to Mountain View. I did PM in a record (for me) time of 51 minutes. I was seeing all sorts of weird signs that this might be a crazy ride along Skyline. I didn't bring my camera, but I wish I had. Some owl was flying (in broad daylight ) right along side me for at least 90 seconds. It was incredible. Needless to say, I was feeling good as I got over to 84, so instead of turning back I decided to add Kings to my ride.

The ascent of kings was also amazing. There were butterflies all over the place, and again more wildlife. On the wide section of the road about a mile from the top I saw 2 young deer. They were right along the right side of the road and just watched me approach. Maybe I looked vulnerable at the time or something, but neither of them moved. I could almost have reached out and touched them. They watched me pass 7mph from, I dunno, 5ft. It was surreal.

At the top of Kings I met a nice guy from Half Moon Bay who had just ascended Tunitas. I gave him the site rec, so if you're reading this, sorry I forgot your name! Anyway, he totally saved me by donating a clif bar to me. Some sort of endorphin rush had hit me while doing Tunitas and by the time I'd reached the summit I'd decided to add OLH to what was now going to be a more epic ride. That Clif bar may well have saved my life.

I got to OLH just in time to get passed by an older guy wearing AV shorts. Well, I may have been tired but I'm still only 28 so I pushed with just about everything I had to stay with him and made it to the top in 27 minutes. That's a little slower than the 25 minutes I put up last time on OLH, but I was happy with it considering it came around mile 45 in the ride.

From the top of OLH I headed South on Skyline. It was on that long grade on Skyline that I started to totally bonk. I stopped and ate the Clif bar and a little bit of water. I had filled up at Roberts on my descent of 84 the first time, but I was pretty low on water by the time I got to the top of OLH and was rationing at this point. There really needs to be a Bike Hut on Skyline. By the time I got to Page Mill I was feeling pretty loopy. I drank the last of my water and headed down.

On the descent my judgment just wasn't any good. I kept misreading my speed vs. the distance to the corners. I almost lost it over the edge of one of the hairpins it shook my confidence. I think I could have crawled down the rest of descent faster than I rode it after that. Finally, at Gate 1 I spotted a water fountain and took a rest.

I felt reasonably better after that so I took Arastradero over to Foothill, and then Foothill to Miramonte and cruised home. My total time was 6:06, with a riding time of maybe 5:15. My heart rate monitor recorded: min HR: 66, max 195 (probably after my near crash ), avg HR of 144, and 5822 calories.

Now that I'm home safely with some food in me I'm happy I added the 3rd climb in. I think if I could do it over I would have descended 35 from the top of Kings to make another pit stop at 84 & 35. But overall it was outstanding. I'm not religious, but all the strange animals made me feel like I was on some sort of spirit quest.
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Old 11-18-08, 07:35 PM   #2
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Wow, that's a healthy ride. It's good that someone had a good day, at least. I think we have a new gladiator here ... guys???
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Nice ride! I know the hairpin you're talking about on Page Mill. I think everyone nearly wipes out on that one their first time down
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I had almost the same distance and feet climbed today. I went from Fairfield, over Mt. George, up Atlas Peak, and back over Mt. George. Beautiful.

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Nice ride! I know the hairpin you're talking about on Page Mill. I think everyone nearly wipes out on that one their first time down
Maybe, I was between gates 4 & 3, with that dirt berm built up? I was envisioning myself going up and over that berm into the abyss beyond. I must have panicked a bit and locked up the rear tire. When I tried to turn it slipped out to the right.

Anyway, I have been skydiving a bunch of times, but I do not yet enjoy descending on the bike! Maybe someday!
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Maybe, I was between gates 4 & 3, with that dirt berm built up? I was envisioning myself going up and over that berm into the abyss beyond. I must have panicked a bit and locked up the rear tire. When I tried to turn it slipped out to the right.

Anyway, I have been skydiving a bunch of times, but I do not yet enjoy descending on the bike! Maybe someday!
Descend 84E a whole buncha times, it's a good one to learn your skills since it's not so steep and/or difficult.
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I'm tired just reading the ride report. Great job.

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Nice ride! I know the hairpin you're talking about on Page Mill. I think everyone nearly wipes out on that one their first time down
There's two such hairpins (both right handers) but the second one is a doozy because it sneaks up on you.

One thing I wish they'd fix is the HUGE pot hole just on the other side of a slight rise.
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I had almost the same distance and feet climbed today. I went from Fairfield, over Mt. George, up Atlas Peak, and back over Mt. George. Beautiful.

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7172280
Wow. You only beat me by 40 minutes!

What GPS did you use to trace the route?
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Nice Mystical ride there...My favorite!

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Wow. You only beat me by 40 minutes!

What GPS did you use to trace the route?
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Chris, you are an animal! That's good riding.
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There's two such hairpins (both right handers) but the second one is a doozy because it sneaks up on you.

One thing I wish they'd fix is the HUGE pot hole just on the other side of a slight rise.
Yeah, the second one is the one that I was talking about. Not only does it sneak up on you but the road leading up to it is steep and relatively straight and it's really easy to build up too much speed.
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Nice work, gladiator!
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It was nice meeting you as well up at the top of Tunitas. Glad the Cliffbar helped. Thanks for telling me about this site. Hopefully, I can find some cool people to ride with.
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Yeah, the second one is the one that I was talking about. Not only does it sneak up on you but the road leading up to it is steep and relatively straight and it's really easy to build up too much speed.
I think I'm referring to this one. It's a decreasing radius hairpin and have been very close to being in the opposite lane of traffic coming out of it (like the motorcycle I was chasing).
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It was nice meeting you as well up at the top of Tunitas. Glad the Cliffbar helped. Thanks for telling me about this site. Hopefully, I can find some cool people to ride with.
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I'm 99% certain this was the curve I almost caught it on:

Here

I only have trouble turning left. I don't know why. I usually descent left foot at 3 o'clock, right foot 9 o'clock. One of the tips in the other thread was to always have your outside foot down at 6. I'll try to incorporate that in the future.
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Wow! That's awesome. I miss living up there.
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