While I'm complaining, can we see any more of the same fn commercials over and over during the Giants telecast ("winnnnnnnnneeeeeer," "who's bob?," "winnnnnnneeeeeeeer")-torture
(July 27, 2012) Marin Century (Self Supported), w/ Ward and Rebecca. 101 miles, 7,500' climbing 17.2 avg speed.
|Elevation profile--no long climbs but up and down all day. I think Garmin climbing is a little high, last year it registered 600 feet less. (WI)|
The other reason is that my long rides have sucked since Alta Alpina. The Mt Tam loop a few weeks ago was hard, the Tunitas-Alpine loop last week was MUCH to hard. The leg injury/ few extra pounds/ not super motivated after Alta Alpina--who knows, but I best figure it out and fast.
Ward and I did this loop last year (the day after Tunitas-Alpine) where we were delusional and said we'd ride easy and then raced some guys to Petaluma. At least today we'd do this ride "fresh" on Saturday. We'd be joined by Rebecca who loves the areas she's seeing on a bike but she tries to slam through every ride going as fast as she can as perhaps a faster route toward getting back to running (and winning) marathons. My friend and training buddy Ward also feigns wanting to ride easy--but he's faster than me on the flats, downhills and momentum rollers (aka flyover or Eddie Stanky rollers) so he'll keep the pace going when I want to take it easy. Of course I'll be like a kid in the candy store when the short momentum killing rollers (aka Italian rollers) appear over and over.
Once again I expected us to be in a fog bank all day--a few weeks ago East County was solidly in a heat wave but now every morning the car is covered with dew and there is a damp chill in the air--it smells like summer is over and football season is about to begin. Crap.
We start a half hour early than usual on Lucas Valley Road--signs are already covering the road warning drivers about the Marin Century-Mt Tam Century-Mt Tam Double next week. No goofing off--Rebecca immediately is pushing the pace and we go up hard on the long Big Rock Climb (long from the East side, much shorter on the West side that we'll see on the return trip.) We pass a group hanging out at the top of the climb--first of two times that someone today will leave their group and pass us.
Slight downhill to Nicasio and I'm pulling when a woman from the group we had passed zooms by. I put in a dig to get back to her wheel, and my lazyass quality would have me take to the kindness of strangers and sit on her wheel. Hell, we're going 100 miles and only have 3 riders to share the workload. But soon Rebecca is having none of this and she jumps to the front, so then Ward and I "have to" join in on the workload. No surprise when woman again jumps and tries to sprint into Nicasio but we all stay with her.
Most of the rest of the day was uneventful except for our three riders keeping a strong 3 man going. Ward and I already know when one of us is dropping the speed at the front and almost automatically will come to the front without being waved up. Rebecca got into the spirit to, she'd usually take the longest pulls except for when there was a block headwind --as she rides upright and has to use the drops to her advantage more. At one point some guys we flew by were egging Ward and I on that we were letting Rebecca pull us along. Yep-life is good. The great thing is we all watched out for each other and usually kept a constant pace.
|Now there is a reason to go to New Jersey. Seen at the Cheese Factory rest stop (PC)|
|Along Chileno Valley Road--lots of cows and some great 1 room school buildings (PC)|
|This is Fallon--population 3? (WI & PC)|
|Rebecca and Jay haven't seen a cow all day (WI & PC)|
|I love this photo. Rebecca and I going up another short but steep climb--this looks like a Tour of Flanders climb (WI)|
|Valley Ford rest stop--and the Hammer Nutrition options (WI Cartoon Studio)|
|I'm on Middle Road, in between hills. Look at that fog hanging out to the West. (WI)|
|Tomales Bakery shots-If Ward is in it (PC) took the photo, if I'm in (WI) took the photo. If CA Mike was on the ride and he had a camera he would have taken the top photo (PC)|
|Rebecca and me by Tomales Bay--fog hanging to the West (WI)|
|View of Tomales Bay from the Peace Bell (wide angle-PC)(close up-WI)|
|Time to get undressed for peace (WI)|
Then strange deal. We pass a couple-a Taleo guy (amature race group that seemingly everyone is a member of) and woman walking her bike up the hill. Rebecca and I shout out a pleasant "on your left" as we pass. We're about 25% up the climb. About a minute later racer guy comes flying by us with nary a word. I did yell out that I hoped he was signed up for the Mt Tam race. He got about 200' in front of us--half the climb to go, did a U-turn and came back down. Soon Jonathan's Richman-I Was Dancing In A Lesbian Bar popped in my head and I tried fitting in new lyrics...
"I was passed by a racer boy--la la, la la. I was passed by a racer boy--la la, la la. He went flying by me--so he could say he passed me, but then did a u-turn, and went away. I was passed by a race boy--la la, la la." I know, I should keep my day job.
|Rebecca and Ward at the top of the Marshall Wall (PC)|
|Ward and Rebecca along the Marshall-Hicks Valley run in (PC)|
|Oh crap--Ward got Rebecca mad--now we are in trouble the next ride (PC)|
Last year Ward and I did this prep ride with a 16.6 average speed so we definately picked up the pace this time. Perhaps it was losing some climbing. Last year this ride only had 6,666' feet of climbing but the Church sent Ward's Garmin a cease and desist letter so he had to change the amount of climbing on the ride. In any event I hope next week goes as well as this ride.