Our somewhat small lunch ride group braved the chilly air for a reverse jaunt to Day Road and back. My legs felt significantly better despite the cold temperatures. I needed a quick spin to get my mind off of work for a moment. Winter is definitely coming, but I’ve been spoiled with this California sun and unseasonably warm weather.
Today was supposed to be a recovery ride, but why is it so hard to stay in zone 1 like I’m supposed to? Can’t really complain, though. Getting to ride my bike at lunch time every day is pretty awesome.
A quick spin around the city to burn off some turkey. On a whim I rode down the famous twisty turns of Lombard street, bombing up and down the steepest streets of San Francisco.
I got a great deal on an epic view from atop San Bruno Mountain this morning. I piloted my S-Works Roubaix to the top with some pretty tired legs. I spun easily, stopping occasionally to snap amazing photo after another.
What an incredible lunch ride today. Since a lot of people were out for the Thanksgiving holiday we had a great crew of folks and took advantage of the long lunch to do the Cañada loop. It hugs the south end of Harvey Bear park before cutting inwards towards Henry Coe, climbing through some gorgeous countryside and rolling hills. On our way back we collectively decided to do the first big climb one more time before going back. We rode over 42 miles with 2,000′ of climbing. The pace was brisk, and the company was excellent.
Had better legs going into today’s lunch ride. We were joined by none other than Ned Overend. He’s quite the regular at Specialized these days, flying in from Colorado for various meetings. It’s cool to ride with him at lunch, and incredible to see that he’s still got it. I managed to hang with Ned and the lead group, which got split apart on our jaunt to Day Road and back. I almost made it to the end. I’m not built like most guys at work, where they’re just able to hold sustained power on the flats. I’m more of a climber, but it’s hard to show when there aren’t that many climbs to be had. Great ride today, regardless.
My legs needed a break, having ridden every day in almost two weeks. I did a quick spin with Sean before I had to get back to work for a meeting.y legs needed a break, having ridden every day in almost two weeks. I did a quick spin with Sean before I had to get back to work for a meeting.
Thursday’s tempo lunch ride is in full effect. The colder temperatures brought our usual attendance down a bit, but our solid crew went about our business anyways. Early mornings and late hours at the office have started to take its toll on my legs. But this is good. I need the hours in the saddle to build up a good base throughout the winter and into the early race season.
Morgan Hill saw it’s first rain shower in a long time. We did our usual Bailey loop, but with a much smaller group. We hammered, and I struggled to stay with the lead group, hanging off the back end, drafting as best I could. Once we hit the first major downhill one of us nearly ate pavement, but quickly saved themselves after slipping out on the wet pavement. We all dialed it back on the rest of the descent, I especially, which caused me to lose touch with the group on the long stretch home. We beat the showers for the most part, and I was definitely gassed by the end after fighting a nasty headwind by myself.
My meeting before lunch spilled over a few minutes, forcing me to strike out on my own. With about an hour to ride I didn’t want to do a usual route. I kicked it on up over to the East side and did hill repeats on Thomas Grade, gaining about 400′ per lap. I did four before I had to turn back. My legs were returning to me, and if I had a bit more time I would have squeezed in a few more laps.