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

Rare Friday-morning ride; Kevin destroys Joaquim

Really, riding isn't all about eating. But this tiny stuffable backback, one of the Tour de France Caravan handouts, works great for picking up breakfast at the end of a ride!
Really, riding isn’t all about eating. But this tiny stuffable backback, one of the Tour de France Caravan handouts, works great for picking up breakfast at the end of a ride!
Kevin didn’t ride Thursday morning due to a short-term stomach bug of some sort, but opted for adding a ride this morning, something that rarely happens. I mean sure, we ride to work & back most weekdays, but the only serious rides are on Tuesdays, Thursday & Sundays. Yesterdays ride was hard enough that I really didn’t have great legs this morning… unlike Kevin.

It started out innocently enough. Up to Skyline? No way. Been there, done that, yesterday. We did “the loop” with a Joaquim kicker. Also known as “Walking Joaquim” for very good reason. We rode pretty strongly up Alpine, and as it started to get steeper towards the end, my legs enthusiasm was declining as rapidly as the road was ascending. Got to the tiny little plateau at the intersection with Joaquim, tried to catch my breath, and started up. Ouch. There was just nothing there, legs feeling so flat I felt like walking. Kevin? He flew up the hill. Stomped on the pedals and was GONE. Nearly a minute faster up that short climb than my fastest time up it. Wow.

It’s possible that yesterday’s ride actually did take something out of me, because my heart rate was as resistant to climbing as my legs. I did recover once we got back on normal terrain, and did a pretty good fast pull on Alpine heading towards 280. Redemption of sorts.

By the end of the ride I felt like we both deserved something from the Woodside Bakery and, unknown to Kevin, I’d snuck that tiny little TdF backpack into my seatbag. Worked out very well.

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A bit different ride today (with Becky, not Kevin)

Becky enjoying her mid-ride coffee
Becky enjoying her mid-ride coffee

Kevin wasn’t feeling great this morning, so Becky, very surprisingly, offered to stand in for him. Obviously it’s not going to be a ride to the coast (yet) but she’s been getting progressively stronger on her bike commutes to & from the shop, so why not?

Nothing huge, just a version of the loop, 22.5 miles, but still over 1200ft of climbing and at least twice as far as she’s ridden in quite a while. She hung in there very, very well, much better than I expected, even on the long climb up Sand Hill.

Surprisingly few others out on the road today, most of them likely scared off by the threatening clouds which really never let loose more than a few drops here & there. All in all a very nice ride!

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