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

Watch out for falling branches

IMG_0428_DxO1200What a nice morning to ride! The heat wave gone, first regular Tuesday/Thursday ride for me in over a week, it felt good to be out on a bike. At the start we had Kevin (pilot), Mark & George, picking up Marcus along the way. Younger Kevin didn’t ride this morning, having had a bit of a rough night (a bunch of seizures keeping him up; thankfully, they didn’t continue through the day).

Mark flew quickly off the front, trying to catch his girlfriend Liz, who had gotten a head start 7 minutes earlier. Why didn’t I think of that? I made no attempt to follow, but stayed with Kevin & Marcus for as long as I could, dropping off the pace just past the park entrance. George, who’d already done the “morning” ride, was taking it easy behind me. Of course, I didn’t know just how easy, so I was always concerned he must be right behind that last corner, ready to accelerate and fly past at any moment.

In the end it was a pretty slow time for me, right about 29 minutes, 1001 VAM (meters climbed/hour, cutting it rather close to that magical 1000 number) and 285 watts. That last number, 285, is a problem. At 29 minutes, that number should be lower; the fact that it’s that high means I’m still carrying too much of Las Vegas with me. That’s 7 watts more output than a ride 2 seconds faster about a year ago. Not good!

Liz after telling the paramedics sorry, she's not going away in an ambulance. At this point, she didn't realize how bad the collarbone separation was, and thought maybe she could ride. She's tough!
Liz after telling the paramedics sorry, she’s not going away in an ambulance. At this point, she didn’t realize how bad the collarbone separation was, and thought maybe she could ride. She’s tough!

Much more not good was arriving with Kevin, Marcus & George at Sky Londa (after descending Skyline from Skeggs) and not seeing Mark or Liz. We waited a few minutes before I told them I’d head back to find them, and then do the last part of the ride in reverse to meet up with them again. Yes, I found them; just a couple hundred meters away in fact. They were right behind us, less that 20 seconds, and ran into a large tree branch in the road. A large tree branch that, less than 20 seconds prior, hadn’t been there or the rest of us might have hit it! Liz got the worst of it, ending up with a separated shoulder. She was in surprisingly-good spirit about it; that’s just the type of person she is.

So watch out for debris on the road. Our recent hot weather has probably weakened a lot of trees, and the roads we enjoy riding on are actually the most-likely to have issues because they don’t get much car traffic (so we’ll be the first to come across the problem).

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Order restored to the world; Kevin’s dropping me on Kings again

kings_huddart_09_10_15It took a while, but Kevin finally had a good morning ride, which meant I was off the back more-quickly than usual.

The day started a bit oddly; Karl took off at 7:44:50, ten seconds early, and expected us to follow. Made some remark about how nobody else was coming so we might as well get going. Um… no. 7:45 means 7:45!

Warm? About 68 at the start, not bad, but hard to believe it was just over a week ago Kevin and I were wearing leg warmers! Looking forward to things cooling off a bit soon. We do make some allowances for warmer weather, stopping at the water fountain at Sky Londa (in front of the market) before heading down to West Old LaHonda.

So who rode this morning? At the start it was just a few of us, myself, Kevin, Eric & Karl. Along the way we picked up JR & Scotty.

Overall a very nice ride, and very good to see Kevin not having the issues caused by his blood pressure meds.

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