The Mt Tam Double, my favorite double's course, is coming up in three weeks, so tried to organize a ride this week of the first 100 miles of the course which includes a Mt Tam climb. I'm also a little worried about being competitive on the Double (see last post), with phlebitis/ vein problem; two weeks ago in pain.-One week ago leg weak so pushing a gear 2-3 easier than I normally would.
Had a good ride up Diablo this week--though kinda slow--nothing to write home about. Leg pain free but didn't feel like it had any strength, and was 100 degrees. Had hoped to ride up twice, but first time stupidasses' new saddle, which I put on without a torque wrench, started wiggling it's nose up until I got a proctology exam. Weight weenie stupidass only has a micro mini hex wrench so road repair was not possible
The 8 pass ride I just did officially became the "Alta Alpina, WAT?" A few people on Diablo asked me if I was doing the Death Ride this weekend. When I responded I just did the course on the Alta Alpina, the standard response was "the Alta Alpina, WAT?"
I'm not the only one in our group on the injured list. Dr. Dave also a "probable" with a back that keeps going out. Captain Jack wearing compression socks all the time on a bike ride (at least I just have to wear them at work/ sleeping.) And Ward back on the injured list after doing the two toughest NorCal metric double century rides.
So did the Mt. Tam ride with just Jack and Dr. Dave. Seemed like a great idea when it was 100 in East County and it would be -20 on the Coast. But then temperature died where it was 80 in East County so.........all of a sudden 60 and foggy on the Coast. Oh well.
Dr. Dave rides a steady pace and Jack rides "Jack pace" which has little to do with what everyone is doing--sometimes it seems that if we speed up Jack slows down, if we slow down Jack speeds up. So no one was going to hammer, which was fine with me as I need to slowly round into shape for the Mt. Tam Double. In fact when we started on Lucas Valley Road--on the first short but steep climb we hit--Big Rock--my leg felt dead. May have felt slower with the gloomy cloud filled sky overhead and it was getting worse to the west--where we were going.
|Dr Dave on the Big Rock climb|
|Signs of Fairfax|
|(above) Dr Dave on Alpine Dam--the Civil War MONITOR had been sunk, and now has been found (also below)|
|I'm on Alpine Dam--now we have to climb out of here but it is one of my favorite climbs|
|(above) Dave (below) Jack arrive at Ridgecrest|
|Jack on the rollers on the ridgeline on top of Tam|
|Jack and Dave bundling up as the fog rolls across the road|
|(above) SF is somewhere out there (below) Photo taken a month ago (Ward-o-photo)|
|Birthday party for some old people on the top of Tam.|
The downhill put us on Highway 1--at the unmarked intersection to Bolinas. We wouldn't be on the ocean but a bit inland riding past a series of Bays --Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay (Bodega Bay if we continued North). Sun broke through and it warmed up a little--just enough so Dave and I would hash and rehash if knee warmers needed to come off.
|Bolinas Lagoon coming down from Mt. Tam|
|Jack on Highway 1 roller|
|Jack and Dave rolling down Highway 1|
|Dave and Jack in Pt Reyes Station|
Now back on Highway 1 and long Tomales Bay always next to us. Lots of traffic initially--with many cars parked on the side of the road within a mile of the Tomales Bay Oyster Company picnic grounds. Traffic slacked off as soon as we passed this area. So did our paceline. I was in front and slowed the pace considerably as Jack kept falling back. So instead of hanging in the back, he rejoined and passed Dave and I??? Which caused Dave and I to up the pace--repass Jack--and soon we were 1000' up the road. Near Marshall we stopped for Jack but Dave spotted a restroom, Jack passed and went on. So south of Pt Reyes Station A+ paceline, north of Pt Reyes Station F-.
|Dave at the top of Marshall Wall, we just escaped from the fog behind him|
I didn't need practice zooming up the climb but on descending the much longer other side with the 22 turns so I tried to follow Dr. Dave down. Then a very fast 4 mile flat road back to the car which is always over much too fast.
Weather was strange--thick fogbank to blue skies. Nice ride on a slow course at a build your base pace which is what I needed, with us old people coming out relatively unscathed. But that heating pad under my calf while watching the Giants game later felt great.
Next day stayed local--after 1 1/2 years Los Vaquaros Reservior reopened after raising the height of the dam 36'. When Los Vaquaros was voted on--the Contra Costa Water District promised a variety of recreational opportunity. After they opened their attitude was "go away." Mountain bike around the reservoir--forget it. Boats on the Contra Costa side--the side that paid for the reservoir--forget it. But the climb up the dam road is the best climb in East County--only 1/2 mile but semi steep.
|Cornfields in front of Mt Diablo.|
|I'm at the start of the short Los Vaquaros dam climb|
|On top of the dam--looking back in the valley with a nice 3-4 mile road with no traffic|
|Only way to get to the top of dam--without bunny hopping the 6' fence--is the metal stairs|
|The Muur de Vaquaros--if built this would become a cycling shrine.|