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

A very satisfying commute home

ebike_jeffersonHeading home after work tonight, we spotted another cyclist turning onto Jefferson from the opposite direction. She had the hole shot at the intersection (Jefferson & El Camino), so we lined up behind her, waiting for the light. I wasn’t sure, but thought she might be on an e-bike. Kevin was sure, but didn’t mention anything.

Normally, I’d be letting Kevin pull us home on Jefferson, where he’d be doing about 18mph. She was doing 16.5mph, which isn’t bad at all, just a little bit slower than our normal speed. There’s enough traffic that passing wasn’t really an option for several blocks, and in the back of my mind I’m thinking e-bike, do I really want to try and pass an e-bike and then find out I don’t have the motor myself to stay in front? I’m also wondering what I’m doing out in front in the first place. But I figure I can come up to speed and pass her, and let Kevin take over at the front.

Anyone reading this is thinking there’s too much thinking going on about pretty much nothing, and they’d be right, but that’s how I roll. At least that’s what can help make a 3 mile ride home a bit interesting.

4 blocks past El Camino I make my move, bringing my speed up to just a bit over 19mph and slowly passing her, watts increasing from 125 to 210 or so. I said hi as we rode past; she responded in kind. I’m thinking, is she drafting us now? I’m thinking, with a speed 2.5mph higher than hers, are we gradually pulling away, or is she picking up speed behind? I’m thinking, how long can I keep this speed up, since normally I’m drafting behind Kevin and having trouble as he picks things up a bit?

A couple blocks later I ask Kevin if she’s still there, and mention that I’m a bit surprised I’m still able to keep the speed up. I mean, what am I doing, passing someone on an e-bike? Rule #1, don’t ever pass someone you can’t stay in front of. Very risky when the person you pass has the ability to cruise along at speeds up to 20mph with a significant motor assist. But I did it, we stayed in front all the way to the climb, and despite putting out a lot more effort than normal, I didn’t feel too bad. Even had some fun on a ride home that’s become pretty routine over the years.

Not too many times I’d post a Strava record from my commute home, but this one does pretty clearly show the kick up in speed from 16.5 to 19mph. 🙂

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Back to an almost-normal Sunday ride

img_1251_dxo1200Finally, a “regular” Sunday ride again! Nice weather, no health dramas, and who knows how many more days this nice we’ll have?

Kevin and I had actually planned to do this ride last Sunday, but for some reason or other he wasn’t able to ride (wouldn’t be too hard to look at last Sunday’s ride entry to figure it out). Up Old LaHonda (like nearly every Sunday ride), out to the coast via La Honda & San Gregorio, then south on Stage Road… hoping to catch favorable winds this way! Lunch in Pescadero, then back via Haskins (the hard way) and finally the “kicker”- West Alpine up to Skyline.

Old LaHonda… didn’t feel like either of us had legs yet. 25-something, which is fine for a casual pace. We came across quite a few first-timers on the way up; one set was happy that I was providing encouragement, telling them the hard part was behind them (actually the truth!), while everyone else had apparently convinced them the climb was endless.

As previously mentioned, I was really hoping for favorable winds, with the offshore-flow giving us tailwinds on the long haul to the coast. Didn’t work that way! Kevin gamely pulled the first half while I took over for the final part. That’s the only way it can work out (Kevin pulling first); he can go full-gas right from the gun, while it takes me at least an hour to get everything in gear. But hey, at least once on Stage, we’d have a tailwind, right? Not today. Not only that, but on the last climb & descent into Pescadero, they’d laid down more gravel. Not enough to make it dangerous to ride, but definitely meant you weren’t going to have much fun descending.

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I suppose the biggest insult was the lack of “real” cookies at the Pescadero Bakery! Very slim pickings today; there was signage for both oatmeal/raisin and butterscotch chip, but all they had were substandard-sized oatmeal/raisin. Great sandwich though. I’d hoped that the sandwich, kevin’s cookie, my berry straddle and a coke would provide the fuel we’d need for the rest of the trip, but it never really seemed to kick in.

Climbing the west side of Haskins is rarely fun and today was no exception. Sure, it’s nice being able to keep up with Kevin (possible to do because he’s missed quite a few rides over the past month), but it’s a bit sad to see him struggling a bit instead of sticking it to me. Even if he was at the top of his game, it’s still the case that I get stronger as the miles and climbs pile up. Not strong enough, but stronger. One of the few advantages for the more-experienced (older) cyclist.

West Alpine. Ouch. Slow, steady, methodical. OK, let’s just take the second two. Steady & methodical. That sounds a lot better, and it technically accurate, even without including “slow.” So that’s what I’ll go with. The climb up West Alpine was steady & methodical. About 52 minutes to the top, maybe 8 minutes slower than something really respectable. Today, that was fine.

Overall 67 pretty high-quality miles on a very nice day, leaving both Kevin and I with very tired legs. As they should be after a Sunday ride!

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