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

This, too, shall pass (last day I’ll likely have an edge on Kevin)

Left is looking up Kings from the 2/3rds point, right is looking back. Riders ahead, riders behind, me? In the middle. Could be worse!
Left is looking up Kings from the 2/3rds point, right is looking back. Riders ahead, riders behind, me? In the middle. Could be worse!

Nigel’s back from the UK, although we didn’t see much of him as he went quickly off the front from the start. Marcus and George would have been the likely suspects to haul him back, but not today. Actually, I don’t really know what went on up front as Karl, Eric, George & Marcus headed up the road at a pace I wouldn’t be holding past the first couple of corners. Keven and JR had dropped back behind, JR by choice, Kevin… Kevin just wasn’t feeling like the regular Kevin this morning.

When I got to the section shown above, it wasn’t looking like I could get a great time so I circled and waited a bit for Kevin. Not much to be concerned about though, as he recovered pretty strongly on West Old LaHonda, chasing after Nigel & Karl. They were out of sight much faster than expected, with Kevin afterward expressing a bit of disappointment that he wasn’t closer to a personal PR on Strava for the segment. The things that matter so much when you’re young… sigh… nothing really changes as you get older, does it?

Pretty nice ride overall, getting back to the start by 9:17, a minute ahead of the normal schedule. Doesn’t look to be the case for Thursday’s ride though, as they’re saying a bit of rain. Just like last Thursday. A bit of rain is the worst; annoying, slippery roads, and no real credit for the effort like you get when it really pours on you. Not only that, but it’s scheduled to end shortly after the ride. Unfair!

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Jens did it! Good thing, to, since Kevin and I shortened our ride yesterday to watch.


Pretty cool watching Jens go up against the hour record, and win! 43 years old and he’s still got it. What does he have? I think what sets him apart is a different way of looking at pain. To Jens, pain is feedback that tells him it’s game-on.

The day didn’t start out quite so pleasantly though; the weather forecast rain between 7am & 10am, right when we ride, so Wednesday night Kevin and I had to see if our “rain bikes” were in shape to be ridden (they hadn’t seen duty in… 6 months maybe?). Good enough. They’re just not much fun to ride, after being spoiled by the new bikes each of us have (his new Madone 7, my new Emonda SLR). When we got up Thursday morning and looked outside, the ground was dry! That was 7am. Thought maybe we’d miss the rain. Nope. It started coming down at 7:05.

Nobody but us on the ride, probably because it was going to get pretty nice right after we get back, so why ride in the rain? Maybe a good thing because we weren’t feeling too lively, taking about 36 minutes to get up Kings, after which we immediately turned around so we could get to the shop in time to watch the live streaming video of Jens’ amazing ride.

coyote_close_upMost-interesting thing on the ride was coming across some deer in the meadow off Manuella, looking a bit apprehensive. Found out why a few seconds later, as we spotted a pretty well-groomed & fed coyote walking across the field.

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