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 scale isn’t my friend yet, but I’m over hating it

Wind isn't much fun to ride in, but sure cleans things up!
Wind isn’t much fun to ride in, but sure cleans things up!
When I got back from Africa, I didn’t just feel fat… I was. There was the obvious reading from the scale, but a more-ominous not on Sunday’s ride when I hooked up my heart monitor and there was a bit of a push-up effect, moving me from AAA territory all the way to A. If you’re not figuring out the reference, lucky you. But no question I deteriorate rapidly when off my usual schedule.

Sunday’s ride, even though fairly short, felt like my system was getting back on track. This morning confirmed that. It wasn’t like I could ride very fast; I’m still getting over this cold, so I had to spend a lot of time at the back, making sure I wasn’t spraying anyone when clearing my nose. Right, that’s my excuse, otherwise I would have been up front with my son, fighting it out with George. I did OK for about a third of the way up Kings and then just sorta died. Strava told the story; 1022 meters/hour climbing speed up to the park entrance, and about 900 meters/hour the rest of the way.

Once on Skyline I was quickly dropped and got to watch the group (Kevin, George, JR & Eric) gradually ride away, but thankfully Eric dropped back and motored me up to the rest, catching us just as the descent to Sky Londa began.

Overall ride time was pretty good, arriving back at the start at 9:21, within the 9:18-9:22 range for a normal Tuesday ride (the Thursday ride is typically a minute longer, due to the ride up through the park). Best part wasn’t the ride itself, but seeing the scale finally drop a bit, down to 171.5 instead of the 175+ it showed after last Thursday & Sunday’s rides.

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The Band’s Back Together (needs a bit of tuning)

kings_11_12_15It was a great relief to get back on the bike this morning for my first Tuesday/Thursday ride in just over two weeks. That’s a LONG time off the bike for me! And a bit of a shock to the system, going from 100 degrees in Africa to 36 or so this morning. Yet somehow it all felt good, much better than expected.

Erik, Kevin, Kevin & Marcus, and fortunately nobody seemed to really want to go fast except… younger Kevin. Even though he didn’t get in the miles he should have while I was gone, he was still game for a good pace, or so it seemed. Less than half-way up he started to have a reaction to a change in his epilepsy meds, causing him some vision issues. This is apparently common with Carbatrol; there is a limit, different for different people, that the body can handle before causing some involuntary eye movement. We didn’t get too far on Skyline before it was obvious he’d have to turn back, heading down Kings while the rest rode on. Too bad; it was likely a beautiful view on West Old LaHonda!

The effect on Kevin’s eyes was fortunately temporary (this has happened before), but it did force a pretty slow descent on Kings. Slow and… well, a lot of work. It’s hard to go slow downhill! You’re really got to stay on the brakes the entire way, which means a lot pressure on the hands. It is so much easier going fast.

Don’t worry about Kevin. On the ride home from work, holding onto his wheel was almost impossible. Half-way up Jefferson it became hopeless and I watched him ride away. Yeah, I think he’s fine.

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