My Mom, the Iron Lady

The “Iron Lady” has nothing on my mom. A couple weeks ago she was in for a checkup and asked about a mammogram. Seems they generally give women a pass on them, past a certain age (she’s somewhere on the upper side of 85; I not quite sure really because she doesn’t act like someone over 70 maybe, if that?).

Anyway, she asked if she could have one, and they said sure. Turns out there was a 1.4cm tumor hidden in there. So a couple days ago she goes in to have the offending side removed (“side?” Sorry, but my Mom y’know? My wife can have a breast or boob, but my Mom? Ewww…).

A few hours after surgery we’re visiting her at Kaiser; she’s up in her chair and smiling and eating an no paid meds stronger than Tylenol? Gets discharged the next morning and it’s like nothing ever happened. Still just Tylenol.

I have a really great photo of her taken that evening at Kaiser, which she admits is a great photo, but she won’t let me post it. You’ll just have to imagine someone with a big smile on her face, sitting in a chair, looking maybe 70 or so, without any indication that she’s just had a major operation.

My grandmother lived to be 102 by the way. She was quite upset when it became clear she wouldn’t make it to 103, because that would have been the record at her retirement home. 🙂

If I could subtract 1 minute from my time up Tunitas for each degree over 70…


72 degrees on the coast (actually, as cool as 67!), 101 degrees in Woodside. What’s not to like? Well that depends where you’re spending most of your time! Fortunately, we made it to the coast before things really got to warm up inland. Upper-80s, finally hitting 90 by the time we got to LaHonda, then a gradual cool-down heading to Pescadero.

Mandatory stop for sandwich and a well-deserved 20oz Mtn Dew (no debate this time whether 12 ounces ought to be enough) before heading north on Stage. Thankfully, the winds were pretty much coming in from the coast, rather than heading down from the north.

Tunitas was taken at a moderate pace, even stopping on the way up to take the video you (hopefully) see at the top of this post. Anything under an hour was going to be fine today, and we managed that just fine. No question that it’s tougher climbing Tunitas on a warm day though!

Descending Kings wasn’t much fun due to pretty heavy traffic heading up the hill; my assumption is that, on a busy day (as would be the case when it’s hot inland and cool at the coast, with everyone trying to flee the heat), 84 had quite a bottleneck created by the single-lane sections, causing people to use Kings & Tunitas instead.

We waited FOREVER for it to finally warm up. But couldn’t it have done so more gradually, instead of going from “cool” to “furnace” in just a few days?

193 watts weighted power is a bit lower than expected, but the heat is probably the reason for most of that, plus it’s likely the medication I’m on has reduced my heat tolerance a bit. Whatever, still great to be out on a bike ride!