I was in heaven today. Very warm forecast.* No carrying a shitload of clothes, knee warmers etc needed in the morning. Flexible and could stay in the drops for a long time. Breathing good--no sign of EIA. I was ready to ride all day. (*Warm but not oppressive--high for Livermore Airport was 89) Lighter Domo Farm Freites socks replace heavier Lion of Flanders socks. Sleeveless jersey. Pearl Isumi In-R-Cool shorts--regularly not the most comfortable pad but they really do a nice job in very warm weather.
It was also nice waking up at 6:30 for a 9:00 ride--as the last 3 rides necessitated a 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15 wakeup.
|Toby at St. George Ironman--water cold and choppy so Toby abandon freestyle and took up the Jesus stroke.|
|Jeanne ready to play tennis after the bike ride (Christine)|
|Christine zooms by the Castro Valley golf course.|
In Sunol the international man of mystery, Rusty, made a brief appearance. We admired Dr. Dave's new Gold Bike Chain, and enjoyed frozen fruit bars. Gold chain aside, Dr. Dave running Stan No Tube Rims--same as me though I run a tube in them and he doesn't. Found out that if running them with no tubes, and you get a flat, you still have to put in a tube as almost impossible to pump up with a hand pump. But the rims are lighter than Mavic Open Pros and offer the same nice soft ride. Mike has a carbon wheelset which makes a 'wosh-wosh' noise, but he seems to like them though he's not sure he'd do a brevet with them yet. Ward, our 'failure analysis' expert, has carbon rims on order. If both Mike and Ward give the thumbs up to doing long rides with them then I'll also consider them and start saving for them with my next bike (ETA 2014.)
One cycling group was out running an organized ride and one of their rest stop workers welcomed me to dig in to their stash of Cliff Bars and Shot Blocks--as a warm day took a handful of Shot Blocks which came in handy on the ride. I was definitely enjoying the warm day more than most--when I suggested Patterson Pass there were no takers--I think off his revolt in Santa Rosa last week Dr. Dave led another one. Only Toby was game.
|(above) While Dr. Dave says "NO" to Patterson Pass he does say "YES" to frozen fruit bars (below) ..and "YES" to disco bling on his bike|
|Mike and Dave relaxing in Sunol (Christine)|
We took the Greenville Cutoff road that Christine chose a few weeks back where we found one general store--today we needed water and the store was closed for remodeling but guy was luckily selling some drinks out of a shed off to the side. As described in other posts the run in to Patterson Pass is one of the great 12 miles in the Bay area--smooth road--almost no traffic--gentle wind aided climb. Though Toby had ridden this route often before his tri event-he didn't know about the sorted history of Altamont Speedway and the Rolling Stones. Maybe because it was warm, or maybe because my DMD and his St George was over and didn't need to train hard, we just rode pace bs'ing about kids, bike riding in Italy, the great Sierra Century coming up, and training for events. We both never expected to do the events we've done this year--if anyone had told us 10 years ago we'd be doing Devil Mountain Double or St George Ironman we would have told the person they were nuts.
Got to Patterson Pass at our mile 80 today and planned for a 45 minute climb--as though very light headwind I figured the warmth and the miles would have us chugging a little. I was wrong; climb was closer to 30 minutes--cooled off by the strong breeze every time passed by the MF motorcycling doing time trials up and down Patterson Pass.
|(above) Toby on Patterson Pass (below) Toby and I unfurl the traditional banner when Dr. Dave is absent from his favorite recumbent friendly climb--Patterson Pass.|
|I like riding the Amgen race course more than waiting around for 2 hours in a crowd and then seeing the riders for 2 minutes. So was jazzed that we pre rode part of a stage today|