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

A rare Friday-morning ride… and didn’t head up to Skyline!

Normally I have a “real” ride on Tuesday & Thursday mornings, plus Sunday. Sure, I still ride other days, commuting between home & work, but that doesn’t count as much of a ride, just under 3 miles each way (and sure, there’s a 400ft climb on the way home, but how tough can a ride be if it’s only 13 to 17-minutes long?). But today was a make-up ride, for Kevin. He hasn’t had the best luck, medical-wise, and Thursday morning, instead of riding, he was getting ‘scoped by a doctor. By ‘scoped I mean checking out where the sun don’t shine. Turned out he’s fine, just some ‘roid activity that was mimicking something that could have been serious.

So today where do we ride? To tell you the truth, between Tuesday & Thursday’s ride, plus Sunday, I get to see enough of Skyline. Kevin expected Kings, and if not Kings, then at least Old LaHonda. Nothing doing. Time to ride “the loop” and see how the rest of the world rides. Yes, there really are people out there who think you can still call it a ride if you don’t head up to Skyline. Not that we didn’t get in some climbing though; I decided to hit up Alpine Road and “walking” Joaquim. Why? Good question. I was OK on Alpine but Joaquim? Kevin just chugged right up and the best I could do was to try and keep him in sight.

But aside from Joaquim it was a very pleasant ride. Even Kevin thought so. Also, because it was on different roads than we normally ride, it was an opportunity to pick up a bunch of Strava accomplishments. 18 for me, 29 for Kevin. All in all, a very nice ride.

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Dressed the part… Andy Schleck won’t be ready for the ‘Tour, but Kevin will be

You know the world's in order when the Pescadero Mastadon no longer requires support cables to stay upright
You know the world’s in order when the Pescadero Mastadon no longer requires support cables to stay upright

It’s hard to believe the roads to the coast aren’t packed with cyclists. Seems like 95%+ are content to stay on the bay side, where cars are more numerous and the views aren’t quite as spectacular as you find “up on top” or on the other side. Is it the effort it takes to climb, or are people concerned about being “too far away” from civilization? Hard to believe the latter is the case with everyone having a cell phone! But today, as usual, we saw lots of people in Woodside and very, very few during our ride through LaHonda, San Gregorio & Pescadero.

Today’s ride didn’t looks so tough on paper, but buy did it hurt. Up Old LaHonda, out to San Gregorio, Stage to Pescadero, over Haskins, up West Alpine and return. I felt not-so-great going up Old LaHonda but a steady pace got me to the top just barely under 22. Kevin had passed me earlier but I gradually caught back up and passed him before the top. I definitely burned a few matches with that one, and then burned a whole lot more on the run to the coast, into a stiff headwind. Kevin claims he would have come around and worked if I’d asked him to, but might have been nice if he’d volunteered.

On Stage Road I still had the upper hand, but should have known it wouldn’t last. After lunch in Pescadero, things would change. That really long sprint for the Loma Mar sign, the one Kevin always takes? Well, Kevin’s back and had no problem taking that sprint yet again, leaving me a mile behind. On Haskins I thought I had him, but he clawed his way back to me and just kept going, and I didn’t have whatever it might take to keep up. And the run up West Alpine? Kevin couldn’t hold my wheel on the lower flat section, so I had to hold back a bit, and on the first part of the climb, he was quite a way back until the Buffalo Ranch, after which I could just barely keep him in sight.

So what made today’s ride so much tougher than the Sequoia 100k? Probably the fact that Kevin’s gradually returning to his old self so we were both riding a lot harder than two weeks ago. Strava tells the story; it’s been a while since either one of us have had rides where we’ve had “accomplishments” on climbs, and today we had several of them, on Haskins and West Alpine. I’d say there’s good reason to believe Kevin’s going to ride me into the ground in France in a few weeks. Again.

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