Category Archives: Tues/Thurs 7:45am ride

Endless ramblings regarding the every Tuesday & Thursday-morning bike ride, leaving Olive Hill & Canada Road at 7:45am, rain or shine

The World is in order; Kevin’s climbing fast again

First morning we had to use base layers and even full-fingered gloves, although the latter wasn’t really a requirement and got a bit toasty going up Kings. But the balmy days of “Indian Summer” seem to be gone as we near November. Guess it had to end sometime!

What also had to end was me being able to out-climb Kevin. He’s back. He’s not up to the speed of the fastest guys on the ride, yet. But he should get there. And this morning, there were a number of fast guys. Besides the usual suspects (JR, Eric, George) we also had Karl, MarkP, Joe (who’d moved to Colorado earlier in the year but will apparently be out here once a month to torture me) and, yikes, Keith. Haven’t seen Keith in quite some time, not since he had to take a full time job a while back to support his racing and bring some income to his upcoming married life. Guess he didn’t want to “live the joke” (What’s a Cat1/Pro without a girlfriend? Homeless.)

It was quite beautiful up on Skyline, and I would have had some great photos if I’d had my camera set right and I wasn’t fumbling around with klunky gloves. As if I didn’t have enough trouble just keeping up with everybody. –Mike–

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50% success rate for Feng Shui

wolhIMG_5754Despite the optimal placement of the trash, recycle and compost bins at the edge of the driveway, ensuring a harmonious alignment of the Universe and our Thursday-morning ride, Kevin couldn’t make it due to a pretty bad nights sleep from his apparent kidney stone. So just me, the other Kevin, JR, Eric, Marcus and Milo… and the return of Karl.

And yes, it really is getting cooler in the mornings! Saw mid-40s for much of the ride, which isn’t so bad when you’re riding at a good clip (pretty much always the case with this ride!). Since it was Thursday it was up through the park, but not too fast, about 30 minutes or so. Overall we got back “on time” though, at 9:22, probably because we didn’t need to regroup anywhere.

Regarding Karl, this is when he’s doing his own thing in the mornings, training for cyclocross, but he decided to come out and play today anyway, despite some broken ribs from a race crash. We were kind and didn’t try to make him laugh.

Best of all, like most rides, I felt much better at the end than I did at the beginning. Definitely a great way to start the day.

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