Was hoping to do Patterson Pass again today--hell--haven't done it in four days--but Club ride was going West instead of East. Felt cold--especially after we had a few days in the 70's mid week--on Wednesday night I went out on the fixed gear without a vest and I'm a cold wimp. But now back in the low 50's. Having remnants of a cold didn't help regulate body temperature---compared to last weekend I felt great but on any exertion I became a snotball machine.
|Sara telling everyone how she's going to ride by the cows and attack on the downhills|
Meanwhile Cisco Dave and I throwing out bonus mile ideas. On our Peets Coffee ride we usually go down Claremont (steep) and up Tunnel (moderate.) He suggested mid week to go down to Berkeley and come up Claremont--which I thought meant an out and back which I really didn't want to. Day of ride I suggested going back up Centennial (steep), which would mean riding out through the campus. Turns out Dave did racing intervals the day before and he wasn't sure he wanted to drop down to Berkeley and then back up--but I was all in as need the training for Devil Mountain Double and Alta Alpina.
So our Club ride took a clockwise route out to Castro Valley. At 1st rest stop Ward had to take off before he locked up--especially when we just stayed there--stayed there---and stayed there. At 2nd rest stop Stephen wondered why we needed to stop so soon, and he was right--but we also lagged a long time at it. Meanwhile Jack said he was in for bonus miles, Dave proposed still coming up Claremont but dropping down on the steep Marlborough-Strathmore-Alvarado Road side streets which would keep us out of traffic. Good in theory but not the greatest ride--more on this later.
|Cyclocross Mark, Cisco Dave and Dr. Dave resplendent in his golden Grand Tour Double Jersey|
We stopped at Sibley Canyon on Skyline for water--a big group of red-white-blue clad cyclists there--in fact we'd see loads of cyclists (except most of those we started with) most of the day. Soon we turned off the main road onto Marlborough for our descent into Berkeley.
Though no traffic the descent sucked.
1) Narrow steep streets that necessitated riding the brakes
2) Sudden U turns--I'm glad Cisco Dave knew where we were going.
3) Reasonably nice road surface scarred about a half dozen times with sudden major ruts in the road surface
4) We didn't wind up in Berkeley for the reclimb but came in half way up on the Claremont Climb. Now the part we had to do was the steep part, but need to do a grinding long climb even if the part we missed is shallow.
|What a view from the top of Skyline/ top of the Oakland Hills--SF and Bay Bridge in the background|
|Cisco Dave on the Bears before he turns off|
|Jack on the Pig Climb|
Seemed like a great idea for ride to Mt. Diablo gate and first couple of miles on Diablo--nice and warm--no wind. A few riders coming down, no one going up, not that many cars on the road. Then suddenly an Animal Control vehicle with lights flashing went by and pulled over 200' in front. About 50' in front of them were the tallest-fattest 'German Shepherds" I had ever seen. Oh yeah--I'm deathly afraid of dogs.
|Wildlife on Diablo--all I know is they are not pink elephants|
|Great job by County Animal Control. Antioch opted out of County Animal Control to save money--if this happened in Antioch they'd want to know if anyone was being eaten and if so to call back between 12-1 pm Tuesday and Thursday only.|
|I'm at the Junction--last climb of the day.|
Junction deserted except for one driver who I asked to handle photo duties. Sun all of a sudden was rapidly setting and it wasn't as warm as the climb had made it. Happy I took the windbreaker and going down I saw Animal Control/ Ranger off to the side--they already corralled the 2nd "Wolf X" So no worries and back to the car.
Next week is the first organized event of the year--the start of the Davis Bike Club Brevet series. We have a few people in for the 200k, and then a few weeks later is the welll supported 300k, the best bike ride bargain of the year.
120 miler next week should take 7 1/2 hours of riding time
100 milers that we've been doing taking 6 1/2 hours--slow as lost of climing involved
For the 100 mile self supported rides trying to down 40-60 g carbs and hour and 4-8 g protein an hour. For this ride-
Bottle 1 (Start Off 3x drink mix)
4 Cliff Electrolites--320 calories-76 g carbs- 0 g protein
Bottle 2 (Start off 5x drink mix, 3/4 frozen)
5 Perpetuem-675 calories- 135 g carbs- 18 g protein
Hammar Shot- 90 calories- 90 g carbs- 0 g protein
GU Chomps-2 packets- 360 calories- 92 g carbs- 0 grams protein
Cliff Z Bars-2 bars-*for kids*-260 calories- 46 g carbs- 6 grams protein
Cliff Bat-240 calories- 41 g carbs- 9 grams protein
So for 6 1/2 ride that's 1945 calories for 6 1/2 hours (300 calories an hour), 480 g carbs ( 74g hour) and 33 g protein ( 5g hour). So (mostly thanks to drink mix) carbs running high and protein intake running at low end. For brevet (+1 hour longer) will add a peanut butter and pumpkin butter sandwich--315 calories, 45 g carbs, 12 g protein which will help this imbalance. Also add another portion of Cliff Electrolite drink mix.