Not sure exactly what the plan was, but it involved riding with my son for sure. But Kevin’s nasty cold isn’t clearing out as fast as mine, and he’s more the sort that wants to take a rest when not feeling well, vs me thinking I can burn whatever it is out of my system.
Normally, I’d head to the coast, but done enough of that lately, so decided to loop south through the foothills, then torture myself up Redwood Gulch. Redwood Gulch is never a pleasant experience, but today, it seemed like it was the “easy” ride up Highway 9 to Skyline that was the real challenge. Looking at Strava, it really surprises me that I was actually faster (by 3 whole seconds) that a month ago. Of course, I was 7 seconds slower on Redwood Gulch, so I’d say pretty much a wash.
Skyline was really windy as the storm slowly moved in. I finished well ahead any rain, but did get blown around a bit. The usual beautiful views reminding me just how nice an area we live in.
The good news is that, despite how hectic things have been at the shop, riding still helps keep my blood pressure in check! 124/74, for me, is very good.
Kevin, Kevin & Karen (3 Ks!) plus me bringing up the rear. And I mean really bringing up the rear! It was 40 at the bottom and gradually declined as we rode up the hill. Well, the 3K’s rode up the hill; I was huffing and puffing behind. I was in a bit of a dark place on the climb, thinking this might have been the last ride I could leave with the group.. 40 years of doing this and I’m finally not qualified for my own ride. The indignity! Idea being that I could leave 5 minutes early and not hold everyone up too badly.
But hopefully it was because it was still pretty cold, 35 at the top, plus I was at the leading edge of a cold. This cold was the plague that nailed many pretty hard; fortunately, for me, and hope I’m not speaking too soon, it never got all that bad. We’ll see how I do tomorrow (Sunday).
Meantime I’m going to see if I can get another breathing test and maybe switch to something stronger. There was a time when I would have wanted to stay with “mild” stuff, meds without much in the way of side effects, but I’m on enough things now that I feel like that ship has sailed. Give me the good stuff!