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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

If you can’t climb, sprint

Riding ahead of the storm (that never was) on West Old LaHonda

Riding ahead of the storm (that never was) on West Old LaHonda

I’d been watching the weather forecast carefully, noting when it was supposed to rain. 10am. By 9:40am, I should be home, so all should go well. Still, you wonder if the timing’s going to be right or if you’ll instead wake up to the sound of rain dripping from clogged gutters. But thankfully, the weather forecast was correct. Sort of. The reality is that it didn’t even drizzle until noon or so.

Kevin K, Eric, Karen, Mark P, George, JR… think that’s everybody. Actually we didn’t pick up Mark P until the top of Kings. I’ve been fighting a cold so my plan was to try and get up Kings in under 30 minutes, which wasn’t too much of an issue. I started up with George, Eric & Kevin K, hanging on until the half-way hairpin. I drifted off the back, eventually catching up to Eric who had come unglued a bit further up. 28:24 to the top, a fair amount faster than I was guessing I might be doing today.

The Skyline sprint couldn’t have been set up much better; George, Kevin K & Karen got away on the descent, with me right behind. On the final descent into the sprint I was able to sit up and relax a bit, and once at the bottom it was just a matter of waiting for someone to go and then getting on the wheel of the first person following that wheel. A pretty-simple slingshot maneuver and you go flying past everyone. The only thing unexpected was seeing Karen have the same idea, but she hasn’t had as much practice fine-tuning the Skyline sprint as I have.

Missing in action was the other Kevin, who was going to be heading down to Santa Clara Kaiser for more work on his kidney. Looks like he should just rip that line out of his side and ride instead; today’s surgical procedure was unable to clear the blocked ureter from his kidney. Even lasers couldn’t cut through. Yes, Kevin is tougher than a laser! In a week or two he’ll have a more-invasive procedure done, hopefully a procedure that will finally end his 21 years of sporadic kidney issues.

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Record-low “suffer” score for Tuesday/Thursday ride?

KK and I arriving very late to the party at the top of Kings Mtn this morning

KK and I arriving very late to the party at the top of Kings Mtn this morning

First ride without my son Kevin in a while; didn’t seem too unusual getting going in the morning, aside from Jack, our psycho Corgi dog, being a bit upset that I wouldn’t let him jump up against Kevin’s door to wake him up at 6:55am. When my alarm goes off, Jack is instantly at the door to my bedroom, very excited, ready to do his job getting Kevin up. Not today, but hopefully next Tuesday Kevin will be back to the normal routine.

Not a large group this morning; Kevin K (pilot), JR, Karen, Marcus, and a bit later on, Milo. Kevin was talking slow and lived up to the talk. I stayed back with him up Kings… something over 35 minutes which, even through the park, is really, really slow for us. That’s OK once in a while; at that speed, I can actually carry on a conversation! For the record, Kevin K looks severely over-trained. Too many back-to-back epic rides without break. Hey, if I had the opportunity, I’d probably be the same!

Kevin K and Marcus left us up on Skyline and headed home, while we picked up Milo, a former regular whose been MIA for quite some time due to young kid obligations. Milo apparently had ideas of taking the Sky Londa sprint; my intentions differed, and I had the legs to back those intentions up. After all, I had a lot left in the tank after the easy ride up Kings.

On West Old LaHonda it was Milo I was hanging back with, as Karen and JR rode on ahead. As I said a few days ago, I’m going to make sure we don’t leave anyone behind on their own. And yes, at a Strava “suffer” score of just 79, this was in fact a pretty darned easy ride. I’m OK with that, once in a while.  –Mike–

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