Archive for May, 2007

Lunch at the Lake

May 7, 2007 1:07 pm

The days have definitely warmed up and it was already in the high 60’s as we left on a bike ride to do the Canada Loop. With the predicted high of over 90 degrees, we decided to climb the Canada side and finish most of the climbing before it got too hot. It was Ann’s first time to climb that hill but she seemed to have no problems. She commented that she had anticipated a steeper hill than it turned out to be. I guess she is ready for Metcalf now!

After reaching the CDF fire station where Canada and Roop roads intersect, we turned right and headed up to Gilroy Hotsprings. It was Ann’s first time up that road and we commented it would have been great to know about all these places when the kids were younger so we could have taken on some hikes. We have lived in Gilroy nearly 30 yeas (less the 13 years in Japan) and it was not until I got into biking and rode with bike groups that I learned about so many neat roads right in my backyard.

After finishing the in and out to the hot springs , we continued on the loop until we reached the turn off for Coyote Lake. About 3 miles into that road we found a nice picnic table in the shade where we stopped and enjoy the gourmet lunch I had carried (peanut butter sandwiches, granola bar and water). It was peaceful up there without all the people you see on a weekend.

After lunch we climbed back up to Roop road and then headed down to Leavsley and back home. As we finished the ride, it was getting a lot warmer, now nearly 90 degrees. The total miles ended up to be about 35 with some good climbing.

Straight Seven

May 6, 2007 10:09 pm

Today was my seventh straight day of getting in some type of bike ride. On Monday and Friday I went on a ride with Ann, for 42 and 50 miles. Tuesday I did Metcalf Mauler for 20 miles. Wednesday and Thursday I climbed Henrey Coe for 30 miles each. Saturday was a 85 mile Long Distance Training ride and today I logged 92 miles, climbing Henry Coe for the 3rd time in 7 days. So if I can still do the math in my head it comes in around 350 miles. Okay, I used a calculator.

Hey, if I include the Devil Mountain Double I did 8 days ago, that comes to 555 miles in 9 days. I wonder if that is a new record for me. During those same 9 days, I must have climbed about 40,000 feet. Maybe that is another new record. It doesn’t take much thought to make a new record of just about anything, I just have to be creative enough. For example, today was the longest ride I ever did on May 6th, in the year 2007.
The hard thing was not the miles, or all the climbing, but it was the wind. Yesterday it was very strong and the 30 miles at the end, back to San Jose, was terrible, even though I was drafting behind a tandem most all the way. I was really worn out. Today was not as bad and I feel in good shape.

Tomorrow Ann and I are going on another bike ride, maybe about 35 miles. I am not sure after that so you will have to read my blog to find out.

50 in under 3

May 4, 2007 8:33 pm

When I started to ride a road bike on June 16, 2001, I recall the first time I went 20 miles, then the first time I went 25 miles. Each was a great sense of accomplishment. It was not until 3 months later I finally went over 45 miles in one ride and I did not exceed 50 miles until October 21st of that year, more than 4 months after I had started to road bike.

Ann, on the other hand, got her road bike on February 5th, and today she rode her first 50 miles ride, less than 3 months since she first started road biking. It is quite unusual to reach that distant within such a short time period. On Monday we went over 40 miles on a ride and decided that exceeding 50 miles today would help her to obtain the confidence she can do the 60 mile ride for the Tour de Cure next month. Anyone who can ride 50 miles on a training ride can ride 60 on a supported ride.

It was raining this morning and cool so we were not quite sure we would be able to ride. Ann decided to run 4 miles on the tread mill and I went out side for a run. The rain stopped, more or less, around noon and we even started to see some sun at times. Around 1:15 pm, we finally left but dressed for cooler weather, in the high 50’s.

The course took us out Watsonville road, then left at Uvas, down to Bailey. We had to fight a strong head wind all the way. We then descended down Bailey over the freeway and over Monterey to the bike path, which we took back to Morgan Hill. From there we took Hill Road, over to Tennant, then back west to Monterey where we enjoyed lunch at Erik’s Deli. The food sure tasted good as we sat outside on the patio in the sun.

After lunch we made our way over to Santa Teresa, then rode that with a strong tail wind back to Gilroy. At times we were going 22 mph. Two guys in San Jose Bike club jersyes passed me at one point but I didn’t need to race them, because I knew I could easily pass them at the pace they were moving. We finished with a bit over 50 miles. It had warmed up considerably by the time we returned and the last few miles in Gilroy were with a temperature in the high 60’s.

So it is 92 miles this week for Ann on the bike, more like a 100 if you count the times in the exercise bike. A good week for her. It was particularly impressive she ran 4 miles and biked 50 in the same day. Kind of like my dual training when I was getting ready for both a double century and a marathon at the same time. Hum, if we only had a tandem, Ann could ride the double century with me. I wonder how she would like being in the saddle for over 12 hours, however.