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

Invisibility sounds cool, but on a bike, not a good thing

Sure, it would be nice if it were warmer, sure it would be nice if less foggy too! But the flip side is that I felt kinda normal for the first time in a few weeks. Just me and (younger) Kevin today; nobody else with us, and none of the usual other cyclists we cross paths with either. Maybe everyone else was waiting for the fog to clear?

At least I was running 50%; I had legs for once, just not lungs. A bit over 32 minutes up Kings and I’m thinking that’s OK? Am I past even the possibility of getting an under-30 time? Kevin, obviously, could have ridden much faster. I’m still good on Skyline, I can still hold most wheels on the short steep sprints. What I can’t do is figure out why there are so many cyclists out there, on foggy mornings like this, wearing dark clothing and on lights.

From the frying pan to the fridge. Back to leg warmers, base layers and winter gloves.

Just a few days ago we were at risk of running out of water on our Tuesday/Thursday-morning rides, having to make a stop at Sky Londa. Today, fog up on top, cold (to me, about 50F) and, well, hot or cool doesn’t seem to make much difference in speed. There isn’t any.

Kevin (younger Kevin) is off at Disneyworld with his sister, so today, just Kevin (ex-pilot) with me. Thursday, maybe nobody? Ex-pilot flew off to Slovenia shortly after our ride this morning! Speed was, as I said, slow. I can still punch a few watts for a short period of time, but nothing sustained. The hoped-for rise in my hematocrit will occur pretty slowly; even though my meds were reduced all at once, not tapered, red blood cells take a while to produce. Oh. My. I just looked it up. Red blood cells live for 115 days, so it might take a much longer time than I thought for my level to come back up. Replacement time is 4 to 6 weeks.

I’d really hoped to get in at least one Santa Cruz ride this year, but time is running out. It won’t be pretty if/when it happens, but I really don’t want this to be my first year in a while without a single century. But hey, at least no broken bones, 14 months and counting! Doesn’t sound too impressive when I put it that way.