Category Archives: Ride reports (not Tu/Th)

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

If the alternative is watered-down decaf…

IMG_1750decafI could have started things with “It was a dark and foggy ride…” but that describes the setting, not the ride itself. Most rides, well, the way you feel about them has less to do with the variables involved with the ride itself (hills, weather, road conditions) and more to do with your frame of mind. I was reminded more than once (on today’s ride) that my frame of mind ought to be, at the very least, a bit stressed, but that’s not how I felt.

For me, riding is where I find nearly-complete control over my life. For that time I’m out there spinning the cranks, maneuvering through tight spaces,  watching for cars… I am deftly handling variables being thrown at me from left, right, front & behind.  There’s a certain clarity that comes with that; a feeling that you can take what’s thrown at you, if you’re careful and take each thing in order, one at a time.

You can try to reduce stress by living a decaf life, but more likely you’ll increase stress levels by thinking it’s possible, but failing miserably. I don’t think we were designed to have it easy. We’re supposed to plan, to design, to build… basically to work. So riding hard, paying too much attention to Strava, fighting for space with cars, even drinking high-octane coffee… I think that’s what we’re supposed to do.

What, me, rationalize?

kings_05_10_16This morning it was Marcus, Kevin (the Pilot), Karl, Karen, Eric, George & MarkP climbing Kings into the fog. Things held up pretty well until the clearing, which coincidentally was also where we started to see some fog. It didn’t feel like a fast ride, but we made it back to the start quite a bit earlier than other rides this year. Kind of a no-nonsense ride. A great way to start the day.  –Mike–

Print Friendly

Sure, it was Redwood Gulch, but ride seemed harder than it should have been

IMG_9921wide_skylineIt was going to be one of those “late” rides, delayed by the mandatory mother’s day brunch thing at Grandma’s (slightly-reduced crowd since my wife was visiting with Kevin, who’s still at the hospital). Late rides = something different. Not the usual Pescadero Tunitas loop, but something maybe a bit “ugly.” And there’s not much uglier than a ride along the foothills and then climbing up to Skyline via Redwood Gulch.

This ride was 100% solo; I didn’t meet up with anyone I knew along the way. Probably because nobody I know enjoys climbing Redwood Gulch! I’m sure there was a time I actually did (enjoy that climb) many, many years ago. Today, I survived the climb, but couldn’t get much power the rest of the way up Highway 9 to Skyline. Adding insult to injury, Mr. Mustard was at the top!

Most-surprising were the Strava results; it really didn’t feel like my fastest time heading north on Skyline between 9 & Page Mill. I guess, once up there, with the fog moving in, I shifted into no-nonsense mode and just got going.

Just for kicks, I looked up last year’s same-time ride, also done solo since Kevin was out of commission at the time from his bike/car accident. Very odd how similar the ride descriptions read!

Today’s ride-

Last year’s solo ride, with amazingly-similar description-

Print Friendly