Why do I keep a log? Read here. This log is
terse, if you want longer descriptions of the rides, read my advice for cycling
in the East Bay.
2013-06-18 Mt Diablo (half-way) - My
first metric century. Ran out of time and decided to not try for the summit this
time. Good thing I didn't, it was dark by the time I made it back to Tilden.
Took a new basket I got at a big box for $15 in preparation for the Populaire on
Saturday - but made the mistake of carrying my U-lock and empty metal sandwich
container - tons of rattling the whole time, except for the slow ascents. Mt
Diablo's south side road is freshly paved and the views are breathtaking.
(115.5 km, 1825 m gain)
2013-06-14 Broadway-Centennial Another
morning ride with Dan, another double espresso cubano doping dosage at Actual
(pre-ride). Dan found some rope for his boat as we approached campus.
(32 km, 671 m gain)
2013-06-13 Spin class with Randy. Climbed some hills, had several streaks around
300 watts and higher, which seemed impossibly high a couple of months ago. Randy
told me that the North side of Mt Diablo is steeper, but he prefers it -
South side is nicely paved and better for descents.
(22 km, 35 minutes)
2013-06-13 Broadway Terrace - Grizzly
Peak - First time going up Broadway Ter -
it's steeper than Tunnel Rd, and my left calf was very unhappy about that. Also,
I Wish I had a higher gear for downhills - another cyclist in a red jersey that
I passed during the climb caught up with me on the descent from Grizzly Peak,
but pedaling at those speeds and my gearing is useless. We chatted briefly after
Centennial, and he was impressed that I wasn't wearing cleats - strapless
toe-clips for the win!
(24.5 km, 638 m gain)
2013-06-11 Tunnel Rd Only Road again
with Dan Coates this morning. We had
pre-ride espressos at Actual, and post-ride pastries with coffee at Nabolom,
with thick fog sandwiched in between.
(36 km, 637 m gain)
2013-06-09 Happy-Reliez Overcast and a
bit chilly. New slightly thicker jersey and long sleeved shirt kept me
adequately warm. In good spirits, was told I'm "going way too fast" as I passed
a cyclist going up Happy Valley road. :)
(77.5 km, 2062 m gain)