How do I write about the same ride, over and over, without it being boring?

Beautiful day at the La Honda duck pond!
The “regular” Sunday ride would have to be today’s Old LaHonda/Pescadero/Tunitas loop. How many times have I done it? Hundreds. Not as many times as the twice-weekly run up Kings, to be sure, but a lot. Way way way back in the day, before I started riding with my son, I don’t recall riding it nearly as often as I do now. Unfortunately, those days are pre-strava and even the original almost-daily-diary doesn’t go back much earlier than 1999.

OK, so what made today’s ride special or in some way different from all the rest? For starters, it was one of the few rides so far this year done without leg warmers or base layer. That was almost a questionable decision, as it dropped as low as 53 climbing Tunitas, but for the most part it was lower-60s and maybe leg warmers could have been used but sure felt nice without them.

We apparently timed the ride just right, leaving late enough that all the fast people had already ridden up Old LaHonda, so I didn’t get passed by a single rider! I was riding dreadfully slowly though, giving Kevin some concern, but fortunately bounced back nicely on Haskins. This was one of those rides that really proved how much better you can feel if you just keep on riding.

Windy? Yes, especially heading north on Stage Road, but not a straight-on headwind so Kevin and I cruised along pretty well.

I’m not seeing any major changes in my breathing after switching meds about a week ago, but it’s possible my lungs could be improving but I’m held back by bad breathing technique at this point. Basically I adopted a kind of “survival” breathing mode on climbs, breathing more frequently than a normal person, and perhaps I just need to relax a bit, slow down the breathing and I’ll be better. One indication there might be some improvement is that I’ve been able to talk a little bit on the climbs. It’s not showing up in my times though, and right now I’m more interested in speed than conversation. 🙂

Hoping yesterday was the last of the wet mornings!

I know better than to… what? At 62, I should know better than a lot of things! There isn’t much about cycling in this area that should surprise me. And maybe the pretty constantly wet Tuesday & Thursday-morning rides don’t really surprise, but rather just annoy. It’s hard not to be annoyed; this is June after all, and just 10 days ago we were riding without leg warmers or base layers and it was 62 up on Skyline instead of 42.

This too shall pass. Really. It will. I promise. And then I can start recommending that people actually pay to have their drivetrains cleaned because the extra money won’t be going to waste after the next day’s soggy ride.

Let’s get one thing straight; I’m really spoiled to have this to complain about. Our weather here is not normal. Seriously, it isn’t. There aren’t many places in the world where you can assume it’s not going to rain from the middle of May all the way through, perhaps, the second week of November. That’s nuts really, but it’s not at all abnormal for the SF area.

If we could just get rid of that infamous “Marine layer” we get as we head into Summer.

Changing subjects, sorry if you earlier tried to get onto the blog site here and found it unavailable. There was a software glitch of some sort that took us off-line for most of the day. Obviously, back up and running now!