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

7 Days to go and already behind

A Day in the Life on Kings
A Day in the Life on Kings
It was the best of times, it was the… well, you gotta be appreciative for what you have and not focus too much on the things that go wrong. Tuesday morning’s ride followed Monday evening’s knee assessment by Todd, basically confirming that he’s got Patellar Tendonitis, but a pretty mild case. Mild, unfortunately, does not mean without pain.

The plan was to tackle Kings at an easy pace, and at least on that score, we executed the plan. Just JR with us, so no undue pressure and he’d already had his killer rides in the days prior. Kevin was doing fine for the first half, and then he started feeling it. I think JR went into auto-pilot at some point, probably distracted by something and just rode off ahead without realizing it. That’s in the first photo.

The middle photo? One of Garmin’s new torture modes. For designated segments, it will display where you are in relation to others you follow on Strava. Tuesday morning it picked Tod F, good customer, someone we evidently need to sell a slower bike to! By the time we made it to the top, we were over 8 minutes behind Tod’s best time. Yikes.

The far-right photo? That’s Kevin doing the stretching exercises recommended by the other Todd (double-d Todd), his Physical Therapist. The stretching definitely helps, but doesn’t eliminate all pain. We cruised along Skyline OK, but doing the west-side Old LaHonda loop wasn’t in the cards. Fortunately JR picked up someone to ride the rest of the way with though, as Karl had come up 84 and ridden backwards to find us (presumably he must have left way too late to get to the start of the ride in time).

So that was Tuesday. Today it was just riding to & from the shop, which Kevin did without issue; hopefully tomorrow he’ll be back up to the full route. It still won’t be fast, but should be one more small step back to the full-speed Kevin. And, with just 6 days to go before leaving for France, there’s not much time to waste!

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42 degrees and windy. I’m thinking of Mark Twain’s quote about coldest winter…

Yes, it's a blur to me too! Need to remember to keep something handy to wipe the camera lens from time to time.
Yes, it’s a blur to me too! Need to remember to keep something handy to wipe the camera lens from time to time.
This was one of those mornings where, going over Jefferson, you wonder if you’re going to make it to the top of Kings. Just didn’t feel like I had it in me. Of course, such feelings don’t matter; worst-case scenario, it’s only a matter of time and whatever it was that seemed impossible will be an earlier accomplishment. It’s not like I felt good going up Kings, but this was definitely one of those rides where, the longer you went, the better you felt.

Karen, on the other hand, felt good at the start. She took off, fast. Eventually JR went after her, with Karl in-between myself and Eric.

Cold? Not terribly, but 41.8 degrees, after how warm it had been just 10 days ago, seemed a bit rude. Windy? Oh heck yeah, although truthfully we never felt it, just heard it in the trees above.

In fact, my hardest ride of the day came much later, after my Complete Streets Committee meeting in Redwood City. By 8:30pm there wasn’t much left in the tank, but it was time to head back up the hill home, and into a very, very strong wind. More than once I got a strong-enough sideways gust that forced me to recalibrate my line! Hopefully the winds will be behind us soon. Right?

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