Red is such a beautiful & rare color in the wild. Best to keep your distance though.

IMG_0779redAfter yesterday’s ride Kevin took advantage of the shop being closed (for Memorial Day) to catch up on some school work and play video games. Me? If I can ride, I gotta ride. I did spend some time around the house, getting rid of a bunch of old computer stuff that has to be recycled, rebuilt my wife’s computer so it wouldn’t be quite so slow, and left things looking more of a mess than when I started. Work in progress.

But yes, I did ride. Decided it was time to head out to Waterdog Lake in Belmont, which I haven’t visited in quite a while. With my Trek Boone ‘Cross bike, of course. Yes, a mountain bike would have been more appropriate for some of the conditions, but when the closest thing to a mountain bike in the garage is a ‘cross bike, all of a sudden every dirt ride looks like something that can be done on a ‘cross bike.

Nice thing about Waterdog (and, for that matter, Arastradero) is that they’re not too far from home, so I can ride 6-10 miles on normal roads, with squishy off-road tires, and it’s just barely tolerable. Just barely. When on a bike with a road-like position, road handlebars, on a road, you feel like you want to go faster. It takes a while to settle in and accept that you’re only going to be doing 16 or 17mph, not 20 or 22. But, getting there by bike is a whole lot better than driving!

You can see the Waterdog route in the Strava map below. Nothing terribly challenging; I’ll try to bite off a bit more next time.

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How does Kevin do it? Climb like that, I mean?

IMG_0761_50_SHADES_MAYIMG_0754_WOLHYep, another day of gray! Wonder if there are stats for “gray” days? We keep track of rain, we keep track of temperature, but is there a “gloom” index? If so, I’d have to think this May would rate extremely high!

Today it was the usual coastal run, up Old LaHonda, out to Pescadero for lunch, Stage Road north and then over Tunitas & down Kings. Kevin wasn’t his usual climbing monster on Old LaHonda, lagging just a bit behind me, and Haskins was taken at a pretty casual pace too. Perhaps the turtles at the duck pond were a sign?

IMG_0755_TURTLESBut after the fueling stop in Pescadero, Kevin started showing signs of life, actually climbing the three hills on Stage at a pretty good clip, quite a bit faster than normal. I was thinking Tunitas might be pretty fast after all! But without favorable tail winds we hit the base of the hill pretty late, and Kevin started lagging behind again. This is where I constantly make a tactical error when climbing with Kevin. When he’s having trouble; when it appears I have him on the ropes and pulling away quickly, instead of taking advantage of it and just heading up the hill, I wait for him. Did this three times on Tunitas. And that third time? He just went flying on past me. On the top part, where it flattens out, he took more than 30 seconds off my best time. He was flying!

Up to that point, he wasn’t thinking it was much of a ride. That was then, this is now. He got about 10 Strava accomplishments plus some really really sore legs, so he’s thinking it was a pretty good ride after all.

And that gray? It finally disappeared once we started down Kings, heading for home.

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