Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

Ride reports for everything *but* the Tuesday-Thursday morning ride

Pretty good ride up West Alpine, but yeah, got rained on. Kinda done with rain y’know?

The assumption was that this was going to be a “rain ride” based on the forecasts, but this morning, the updated report said there’d be a hole in the weather from 11:30 to 4pm. Hey, I’m down with that! With the slight breeze the streets were drying off around the house so it even looked safe to take my nice bike (the Trek Emonda).

Nobody, I mean nobody, was out there. Canada Road was deserted, despite being 100% dry. OK, I saw two cyclists instead of 100 or so. Nobody at Roberts either. Two people on Mtn Home Road. The sun at this point had been out for a couple hours. Guess not everyone’s like me; planning their Sunday around their bike ride seems perfectly normal.

I took it easy up OLd LaHonda; I’ll pretend it’s because the wet road (once I started climbing) kept my speed down. Heading over West Old LaHonda the clouds didn’t look as friendly as the forecast had assured. But I had a plan, and the plan today was to ride up West Alpine. Felt a few random drops so I stopped where West Old LaHonda hits 84 and checked the latest weather report. Uh oh. At 1:23 it said “Thunderstorms ending at 2:15pm” in La Honda. Of course, I kept going. And just a mile or so out of Old LaHonda bam, heavy rain. And no rain jacket. Didn’t think I’d need one. But, I knew it was going to end soon, so I kept going, thinking I ought to be able to pick up the pace a bit to generate some heat and dry myself off. That’s what West Alpine’s for, right?

So, alone, I hit the flat part of West Alpine hard. Really hard. 8 seconds off my best-time-ever hard. I worried a bit that I might burn out before the climb, but at least I’d be dry, right? Funny thing is, when I hit the climb, I just kept going. I never burned out and ended up with my best time up West Alpine since August 2017. Probably could have gotten another 20 seconds better if I didn’t have to play it safe on the flat part at the top due to wet pavement.

Overall a pretty good ride. Could have done without the rain though.

Back over 1000 VAM again- 1001 on Old LaHonda and sub-23 minute time!

I didn’t feel that great starting out, and even climbing Old LaHonda I still felt like I wasn’t moving well, but the numbers told a different story. This was my fastest ride since August, actually second fastest time up Old LaHonnda for more than a year. Felt great to get that 1000 VAM monkey off my back too, although I didn’t know about that until I looked at the STRAVA data. (VAM refers to your rate of climb; how many meters of elevation you’d gain in an hour.)

Also got over 1000 VAM on Haskins, but that’s a lot easier to do since it’s half as long.

This was the usual Pescadero Tunitas ride, with a longer-than-normal stop in Pescadero due to the huge line for sandwiches. Mother’s Day crowd. But no massive cookie for Kevin; he’s not a fan of the Cranberry & White Chocolate they had out today.

Stage Road featured the predictable headwinds, which predictably eased off as we started the first climb. Kevin looked surprisingly strong on the second Stage climb, the one he usually has trouble with, and for a bit I was thinking I’d be watching him fly on ahead. Nope. Something about that climb that doesn’t work for Kevin; he got into trouble the final 300 meters or so.

Tunitas? Kind of phoned it in. Not much left in our legs by then, but did have a chance to talk about Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Still had average weighted power of 195 watts for the entire ride, which doesn’t seem too far from normal right now.