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

Last ride before the rain?

Another high-gravity day today, maybe worse than the usual high-gravity day because I didn’t sync (pair) my heart monitor with my Garmin, so I couldn’t really tell if I had more to give or I was giving her all I got!

Kevin (son, not the pilot), Karen, Eric, Marcus plus one more I’m sure but can’t recall who. Hate that. Made it up through the park intact and at a reasonably-fast pace, then slowed down quite a bit once on Kings. Good thing, that! Everyone rode on ahead of me although eventually I reeled in Karen & Eric. Marcus and Kevin got bored at some point and took off.

Only noteworthy item was some nut in a car who decided to pass us on the first corner descending 84 towards Woodside. He gave us plenty of room, no issue there. In fact, he was entirely in the other lane. On a blind corner! Totally nuts; you’re watching it and just waiting for something terrible to happen. But it didn’t; the gene pool got no help today from Darwin.

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Claw my way back to George, looks & sees me, takes off

When George noticed that I'd ridden back up to his wheel, he must have taken it as an indication that he needed to up his game a bit, as he turned up the gas and took off. Never saw him again until the top of Kings. Interesting effect I have on people!
When George noticed that I’d ridden back up to his wheel, he must have taken it as an indication that he needed to up his game a bit, as he turned up the gas and took off. Never saw him again until the top of Kings. Interesting effect I have on people!

February 2nd, literally the middle of winter, and it’s petty darned nice out there! Still no rain, although they’re threatening a soaker for the weekend. But if the past is any indication, it will probably get called off before it hits.

Enjoying the regular ride up Kings were Kevin (my son, not the pilot), George, JR, Marcus, Eric, Karl and, racing up from behind and catching us about a third of the way up the hill, Keith. I hung on up until the park entrance, then watched as the fast guys gradually rode away from me. The only really obvious speed came from Keith, who nearly set off a sonic boom as he raced past (he’d arrived late and was racing up the hill after us). I’m not sure what went on up front, but my 28-something was good enough for me this morning.

This was our first ride for some time where we arrived back within the “normal” in-season window (8:18-9:22am). We weren’t going top speed the whole way, but not much time for casual conversation either, with the exception of a fairly easy ride on West Old LaHonda.

It feels good to be back on a regular riding schedule, with no trips planned in the near future, and commuting to & from work again. Every mile really does count!

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