It really doesn’t add up, especially when you include the car crash we came upon that I didn’t even mention in the title. It’s almost June, not the time of year you’re thinking about it being a bit cold and damp. This is when you shouldn’t have to be looking for leg warmers and base layers!
So what? If you’re determined to have a great ride, you will. Coming off Sunday’s successful 112 miler to Santa Cruz, I was determined! Determined enough that I pulled off a 27:32 up Kings, fastest time in a very long while, and an indication that maybe I won’t blow up on the big climbs in France this year. Even passed up my son near the top, who was feeling the effects of Sunday’s ride in a bad way, the opposite of the feelings I was experiencing. I proved on Sunday that, if I wanted to push down hard on the pedals and go, I could. Confidence. Something I haven’t had a lot of for a while.
We did have a small amount of drama heading down the west side of 84, coming across the scene of two cars that had collided in a corner. No flares out yet, so we’re coming fast around a corner and then bam, hard on the brakes as we came across 4 or 5 cars stopped.
We intelligently moved forward a few cars, preferring not to be last in line in case a car comes flying down the hill and can’t quite stop in time. Better to have a few cars to provide a barrier for us!
Then JR nailed the infamous pothole on Skyline, the one about half a mile south of Sky Londa, same one I hit on Sunday but with better results. Classic pinch flat for JR today. Overall, we arrived back at the start about 12 minutes past schedule. Not that I would keep track of such things.