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

Shadow of my former self

That’s my shadow on the right, Kevin’s shadow on the left. Note that I’m taller than Kevin, but his shadow, well, overshadows mine. I think it’s a sign.

OK, that was a ride to remember… or forget! For a variety of reasons I didn’t get much sleep last night, maybe 4 hours or so. Mostly one of those things where you know you need to get to sleep, which makes you tense, so you can’t get to sleep. Hate that. And then there is that oh-so-rare back pain, something I might experience once every 5 years or so, if even that. And this one was nasty, likely brought on by repairing our dryer the night before. Dryers, it turns out, are ridiculously-simple machines, but terribly awkward to deal with, especially in small spaces. And, it’s possible, not likely, but possible, that my PR going up Sand Hill Road the day before might have done me in. Whatever, it was really hard just getting out of bed, but you go through the motions, because that’s what you do. It’s Tuesday morning, so you ride.

Kevin, despite having not ridden in a week, looked no worse for wear. Hate that, too.

We started out with Kevin (kid), Kevin (pilot), JR & Scotty. That makes 4 over-60-year-old and one 23-year-old. As we rolled out from the start we picked up Marcus who, at 47 (I think?) helped provide a bit of balance to the age curve. Still, I felt quite out-of-place with this group as they rode up and away from me. My back began to feel better as I climbed, but it was still almost impossible to get any speed sitting down. Eventually I made it to the top, 33 minutes, could be worse. On the other hand, it was worse, because I was literally seeing shadows of myself as I climbed, and the all-too-obvious “shadow of my former self” metaphor took root strongly. Thus the photo at the top of this entry.

Not sure why but Kevin (pilot) took us on a short detour to show us the private water supply system, a mercifully short (but steep) climb off Skyline.

Normally this is where I’d be pointing out that I felt stronger as the ride went on, but I think today was all about mental toughness, nothing physical. Still, we finished the ride just a few minutes behind schedule, which I found surprising. So maybe there’s a bit of life in me yet. Maybe. We’ll see Thursday!

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Did you miss us? We disappeared from the ‘net for a day…

VIRB0322raysFirst things first. If you time it right, if you get up to Skyline just as the fog’s burning off, it’s really pretty up there. Too bad that it also makes a total mess of your bike, with the moisture from the ground getting picked up by your tires and tossed into your chain & derailleurs. Hate that!

Kevin, Kevin, Eric and… anybody else? Don’t recall. Ok pace up through the park, but about halfway up Kevin (the kid) had a pretty long seizure that wrecked any possibility of a decent time. It’s going to take a while before his $100k brain implant is fully up to speed.

But all of that happened in a vacuum, because we lost the website for a day. Apparently the change from yearly renewal to less-expensive 5 year renewal had a glitch that took us offline for a day. Very frustrating trying to update things but there’s nothing there. Don’t worry, we’re back. Pretty pictures and everything.

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