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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50 Shades of Gray, er, May

50_SHADES_MAYIMG_7327Maybe it’s a promo for the movie. Wasn’t it released to rent this month? 50 Shades of May? May has certainly featured a whole lot of Gray. Today was no exception; as you can see, up on Skyline, a whole lot of Gray. It almost looked like we might see the sun earlier in the ride; I swear there were a couple of times I actually saw shadows!

This was yet another weird variation on a theme. The intent was to do the regular ride, but up near Skeggs JR’s flat tire brought our steady-but-slow pace to a stop, which also let the cold start setting in our on bones, and by the time we got going again, elder Kevin wisely suggested we head back down the way we came (Kings) so we wouldn’t have to deal with fast cars on wet pavement (heading down 84).

That’s not much of a ride, so younger Kevin and I suggested that we take Patrol Road (at the base of Kings) to the end, something I hadn’t done in many decades, and something that elder Kevin was absolutely convinced was tougher than Summit Springs. Nope. Not even close. Thankfully!

No PRs today, although truthfully, I did feel a whole lot better heading up Patrol than I thought I would! This was definitely one of those days I felt a lot better at the end than the beginning. But please, let’s see the sun sometime.  –Mike–

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