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

As bad as I felt this morning, pretty sure I’m going to outlast this tree

On the left, what’s left of the dying tree on West Old LaHonda today. On the right, January 31st, 2017.
I’ve been around, I know how it works. I’ve been doing this ride every single Tuesday & Thursday morning since when? Since Tuesday & Thursday mornings were invented. That long. The idea of something really being a surprise is unfathomble. And yet, this morning, climbing Kings at a snail’s pace, what I know in my heart to be true, that I’ll feel better very shortly, that I get stronger as the ride goes on, well, I just wasn’t thinking that. Such thoughts were nowhere to be found, the struggle seemingly so tough.

Thankfully, things did get better once on top. It wasn’t all-of-a-sudden though. Normally, by the time we’re heading south on Skyline, approaching Skeggs, I’m doing pretty good on that short uphill grade, and from there on, I’m fine. Today I was still waiting to feel fine at that point. Seeing strong shadows cast by a bright sun was beginning to help my spirits though, and I found myself beginning to take pulls as we neared the mild grade that precedes the descent into Sky Londa.

I was back. I took a very long pull at the front as we headed towards West Old LaHonda, and from then on, felt pretty normal. Alive enough that the poor tree in the photo really stood out. Kevin mentioned that it seemed to have dropped a couple more branches since last time, and I’m thinking yes, this tree is going fast. Not quite as fast as we thought though, looking at the photo taken 16 months ago. Yes, it’s heading into oblivion, but at the rate of a branch or two a week.

Can’t figure it out yet- Luke Skywalker twin-suns thing

Luke Skywalker looking west and thinking about future rides, heck, the future in general. Er, I mean, Kevin.
I’m trying, really, I’m trying, but neither my photoshop nor video skills are good enough. I know what I want. I want to superimpose the two suns (or are they moons?) into the photo, and have it play Luke Skywalker’s them. Just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

Meantime, there was the ride, now two days ago. A recurring theme, this getting around to reporting on a ride well after the fact. Just myself and Kevin, riding up through the park, still too cool for my lungs to work well (is 42 degrees cool or cold? It really doesn’t seem cold to me, but what I feel and how my breathing works seem to be at odds with each other). Unlike Kevin’s relatively-fast ride up on Tuesday, he stayed with me, staying near idle speed, probably too much time to think. I vaguely recall what that was like, back in the day.

Curiously, it felt like the “big storm” (which, as of Friday night, has yet to materialize) was moving in a bit early as we started the ride, although, by the end, the sun was coming out quite strongly.

The next four months would normally be something I’d be looking forward to, as the warmer weather helps my breathing and I start planning for France in July. Unfortunately, I’m facing a lot of additional challenges this year, some from the closing of our Los Altos location last September (which has created quite an inventory bulge in road bikes), and an increasing workload as it becomes difficult to find enough staff. Business is very strong right now, so we need more people than ever, but there simply isn’t enough of “us” (present employees, largely my family!) to go around, and the high cost of living isn’t attracting more to the area. Any thought of going to a 5 day workweek have gone out the window.

Think what I need is a really, really good bike ride!