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

It wasn’t *that* cold, but the lungs sure felt it

Sunday’s ride was OK, but just a bit off the mark, which I attributed to temps cooling a bit. I wasn’t absolutely certain that was the issue until this morning. And it really wasn’t all that cold! Yet it was the first time in many months I’ve worn both leg warmers and a base layer, and it felt like I could have used gloves.

Just four of us today; myself, Kevin (pilot), JR & Marcus. Younger Kevin ditched the ride so he could get a haircut (???!!!). Priorities for Kevin seem to have changed a bit with a new girlfriend. I was OK for about… well, maybe 6 or 7 minutes up Kings. The first hairpin, where you cross the creek, and I started running into trouble. Breathing. Something that, in all seriousness, really hasn’t been bothering me much since my Essential Thrombocythemia diagnosis back in May. But today, oh yeah, even though the guys weren’t going up very quickly, I lost them about half-way up the hill. I eventually made it to the top, 32 minutes after I started. Wow. Just a few degrees drop in temperature and I’m toast!

I fear a long winter is ahead of me…

Where did everybody go?

Not many others out on the roads this morning. Why? For that matter, seemed like quite a few more cars than normal. Was this opposites day?

Just me & Kevin (not the pilot) riding up through the park. Temps had dropped to the low 50s and there does seem to be a threshold, somewhere around the mid-50s, where I breathe a lot better above that temp than below. 32 minutes up Kings was definitely slower than planned! It did warm up nicely up on top though, with the rest of the ride being at a pretty good pace (with Kevin pulling at the front, of course!).

We did an out-and-back on the lower section of West Old LaHonda, to check up on the construction. Yes, it’s real, they’re fixing our road. Proof is in the picture above! Hopefully we’ll have it back soon.