Day after Christmas, quite a few people off work, kind of surprising to find only three of us this morning. Just me, Joe & Eric. Darned few cars too; almost no traffic at all on Kings Mtn or Skyline. Great day to ride! And ride we did, up through the park at a pretty easy (for Eric & Joe) clip. Once I make it to Skyline I’m much better and can actually contribute a little bit to the ride, realizing that I can put down 240 watts pretty much forever, so not much excuse to pretend I’m tired if the power meter says less than that. One more way to keep me from cheating. First the heart monitor, now the power meter. What’s next? Something that actually measures physical levels of pain?
Looking to the end of the year, just two rides left, and at only 6558 miles so far, I’m going to be a fair amount short of the 7200 miles I anticipated for this year. 6650 isn’t all that bad, but when I see the miles some are putting in, it could be better. Interestingly, the overall “toughness” sits just above the 100ft/mile threshold that separates a tough hilly ride from the ordinary, so it’s not all bad.
I wasn’t sure if we were going to see Kevin on the ride this morning, after he’d stayed up pretty late the night before, tending to camels at Bethlehem AD. And while tending those camels he’d had a number of seizures such that he was a bit rough around the edges. Nevertheless I got him up at the appointed time this morning and he was ready to go.
George, Kevin, Kevin, Karl, Jeff Z, Eric & Chris with me today, although it’s not quite right to say they were with me; on Kings, I was pretty much bringing up the rear. Kevin (not the pilot) was in a grudge match with Jeff Z, a good customer of ours, and Jeff Z got the better of him. I was just over 28 minutes today and felt OK with that. My main claim to fame was trying to keep up the speed heading west on 84 to West Old LaHonda. Now that I’ve got the power meter, I know that 240 watts is something I can maintain for a while, so why not?
The good news was that Kevin had no seizures while riding. They really don’t seem to be an issue when he’s on the bike. Later in the afternoon/evening they started coming back though, so maybe he’s just got to ride several times a day. Works for me!