Nice morning, nice group, nice ride, Turkey Day ride info!

wolh_11_22_16It’s kinda nice, getting up when it’s pretty darned cold, knowing that you’ve got friends doing the same thing with you. Today it was both Kevins, Eric, JR, Lanier & George. Since it’s Tuesday, it was the regular run up Kings, and I dutifully found myself off the back before the halfway point. George, younger Kevin, Lanier & JR finished in the lead group, then Eric, and eventually older (pilot) Kevin and myself. Fortunately we did have an excuse, as pilot Kevin had a flat on the way up, which I dutifully stopped to assist with.

We had a slight surprise on West Old LaHonda when, just after entering the forest, we came face-to-face with a large truck coming in the other direction. Being a single-lane road, there wasn’t much room to get around it; we all just kinda came to a very sudden stop. The 6 of us must have come very close to toppling into each other, and yet every once of us managed to unclip and stop without incident.

Thursday we’ll have our traditional Turkey-Day ride. There will be two meeting points; the usual (Olive Hill & Canada Road) at 8:15am (not 7:45!), and another chance to catch us at the base of Old LaHonda at 8:30am. We’ll be heading up Old LaHonda, over Haskins to Pescadero (via the LaHonda duck pond), then Stage Road north and back via Tunitas. There will be a stop for food in Pescadero, either at Arcangeli Bakery/Market (if open) or else the Mexican restaurant at the gas station. Pace will be moderate; figure 25 minutes up Old LaHonda, 13 minutes up Haskins, and about 55-60 minutes up Tunitas from the coast. Should be back by 1pm or so. You’ll get to burn off the calories before you eat them!

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It’s wet, it’s a bit on the cool side, and guys are out there in bare legs?

The guy riding next to Kevin is out in the cold & rain with nothing on his knees?
The guy riding next to Kevin is out in the cold & rain with nothing on his knees?
It was one of those wet rides that was a bit disappointing; light rain so no choice but to ride the rain bikes, but not heavy enough to make the ride in any way epic or even noteworthy. In fact, it looked at first like it wasn’t going to rain at all, just wet mucky roads! Kevin was even thinking about just riding a trainer at home. Heavens. But a light rain started, signalling that it was time to get out and ride.

Not a fast ride, maybe partly because I forgot to use my inhaler (Albuterol) prior to the ride, which seemed to make it take even longer than normal for my lungs and legs to get in sync. I couldn’t hope to stay with Kevin on Old LaHonda when he latched onto a passing wheel, but about halfway up he stopped and waited for me. Probably took a while; it was almost a 28 mile ride up the hill for me. Ouch.

It’s Sunday, so you’d normally be thinking I’m riding to Pescadero, but not today. Just up Old LaHonda, down the other side, and back via West Alpine. A wimpy 40 mile ride that didn’t feel all that wimpy. Looking at the speed, 13mph, yeah, that’s pretty wimpy. But the average weighted power, at 200 watts, wasn’t as bad as expected.

We actually saw more cyclists on the road than expected; my theory is that many gave up on the idea of waiting for a better day to ride, this being almost winter, so they just got on their bikes and rode. The real surprise was seeing so many people out there without anything on their legs! 46-48 degrees and wet… that is not good for your knees. Similarly, it’s not great weather for your nice bike either, and we saw quite a few people out there on their “Sunday Best” as it were. Most without even fenders.

The two-week forecast has been changing by the hour; a short time ago, it showed no rain at all, but now it’s suggesting this coming Friday and Saturday will be met, with maybe another wet day a week from Thursday. The good news, Thursday’s Turkey Day ride should be nice & dry!

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