Honest, it looked more like a Fox than a Coyote than it does in the picture

If you look really hard, bottom left, you'll see what looks more like a Coyote than the Fox I swear I saw on Olive Hill as we finished our ride this morning.
If you look really hard, bottom left, you’ll see what looks more like a Coyote than the Fox I swear I saw on Olive Hill as we finished our ride this morning.
The good news? It’s been a while since Kevin’s had a seizure. The bad news? He’s just riding away from me again on the climbs.

Karl, JR, Kevin (not the pilot), Eric and Marcus this morning, although as usual, Marcus is there just for the climb up Kings before rolling on Skyline for a mile or two with us and then splitting off for home. Doesn’t matter; it’s on Kings where he does his damage, usually with both Kevins in tow.

After Sunday’s ride, where I rode unexpectedly-strongly on the steeper parts of Page Mill, I found myself back to normal climbing Kings. A bit frustrating that I’ve lost a full minute off my best times from last year, and making me wish Strava had a “rolling” list of personal records that kicked in as you get older. I mean seriously, should a 60 year old be chasing demons from when he was 48 or so? Didn’t think so!

These readings might seem like no big deal for most, but for me, it's very good to see.
These readings might seem like no big deal for most, but for me, it’s very good to see.
On West Old LaHonda Karl took off with Kevin on his tail; it wasn’t too long before Karl was watching Kevin ride away, like I’m so used to doing. It’s good to see Kevin get his confidence back, especially descending. Hopefully that will continue; evidence that his new brain implant is actually helping to stop his seizures.

And at my end, while my breathing certainly isn’t getting any better (the move from Qvar to Singulair didn’t seem to make a difference), my blood pressure at least seems to be under control. Riding is clearly good for me. Life is good.

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Why did Page Mill seem easy today?

Party time on West Old LaHonda today?
Party time on West Old LaHonda today?
Great start to the day this morning, watching the Olympic Mountain Bike Race. Was really hoping Peter Sagan, road racer extraordinaire, would be a major factor in the race, but unfortunately he flatted just into the 2nd lap (of a 7 lap race). Great race anyway and good to have a bit broader focus than just road cycling.

As for my ride… Kevin and I did something a bit different today. Let me start by saying I hate Page Mill. I just haven’t done well on steep stuff in a very long time. But today I decided I wanted to do something other than the usual coastal loop, but still tough. Page Mill to the rescue. My overall time wasn’t great because we made two stops on the way up (first, to tighten a rear quick release that was making a racket, and second, to retrieve a water bottle that had ejected from someone else’s bike… I don’t like bike litter), but I felt like I actually had some real power in my legs on that gnarly section between gates 3 & 4. Strava says I even got a new PR on that part. Truthfully, I could have gone faster, but this was one of those rare days Kevin didn’t have his climbing legs. I think today was what Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes) refers to as an “opposite day.”

The Olive Hill Corgis of Woodside
The Olive Hill Corgis of Woodside
We quickly descended West Alpine (Kevin’s definitely got his groove back after his crash descending Page Mill a few weeks ago), refueled at the market in LaHonda, then road up 84, West Old LaHonda, and then, for “fun”, headed north on Skyline past Sky Londa to Kings Mtn. Skyline in that direction just isn’t much fun, but today, it felt not-so-bad. Another quick descent (Kings) followed by a stop to see the Woodside Corgis on Olive Hill.

Not a very long ride; just over 50 miles. Not a very fast ride; 14.3mph. Reasonable amount of climbing (exceeded 1,000ft/10 miles). But pretty much the perfect ride for today.

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