Saturday, October 3, 2015

LKHC Montebello 2015

Hmm, I was tempted to go to the wedding.  But no, it's that time again to kick off the Low Key Hill Climb season!  Here I go again ....

Ring ring from somewhere on the East Coast --

The BF:   Did you start the season off with a record breaking ride?"

Let's discuss.

Do I train for this event?
Do I just show up and hope for the best?
Do I generally finish last?

I rolled out of bed like I do most mornings, thinking about doing yoga (not), wondering at what hour I may have chocolate (yes), hoping I see firemen (yay) ... okay, last month I did a practice run (surprise) to get a sense of when I would wimp out, fatigue, whine, wish I was somewhere else, la dee dah.  It actually paid off.

 (photo from Wink Saville Media)

We had a good turnout, the weather was perfect (hello, we live in California), 14 women registered this year (yay), a couple of runners, a boy (he's going places), some newbies (wonderful) and a few tandems.

It's Hammer Time.  No time for me to be weenie.  Give it my best shot. 

To answer The BF's question.  Well, hot diggity darn.  Why, yes, yes, I did.  Sort of.  Some stats:

2008:  55.58 (different bike)
2011:  54.53
2012:  51.05 (whoa, who was that chick)
2013:  53.05
2014:  57.47 (sigh)
2015:  54.54

Not earth shattering but frigging way better than last year.  The newly paved road surface might have been a factor.  I ought to get an award for most times finishing last!  And damn proud of it.  I do it because it's fun, it's challenging, and it makes me feel alive.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Up, Down and all over in San Benito and Monterey Counties

Mini road trip with Miss P.  Club ride today with our incredible leader Marcia starting in lovely San Juan Batista.  We covered 32 miles beginning in San Benito County and dipping into Monterey County. 

First climb of the day -- up San Juan Grade.  We were fortunate to have a breeze. 

Time to go down.  Yay.  I let the others go ahead of me, you know, in case the aliens were lurking ....  Several years ago, I waited here while The BF descended and then climbed back up.  I was excited to have the chance to bike it. 

Clearly, evidence of an alien ship landing on San Juan Grade.  As we know, tomorrow is a blood moon and no doubt, the aliens are delighted.

Next we climbed Crazy Horse Canyon.  Too much traffic but probably helped to keep the aliens away.  Eventually we made it to Aromas, a lovely little town.  With a library!

Guess what was next to the library.  Yes, the old firehouse!  I did not see any firemen.  They were probably out searching for aliens, and keeping me safe.

More climbing, this time on Carr.  Today's ride can be summed up by saying, climb, descend, climb, descend, repeat.  Great workout.  Here we are about to descend when this caught my eye.

On Anzar through Eucalyptus.  We had the option to do Forest/School Rock, an offshoot, but, next time.  Some of today's route was familiar.  I've done bits of it with The Boyfriend and also doing the Strawberry Fields Forever tour with Miss P.  We did indeed see fields of strawberries and cabbage growing here and there.  No sightings of aliens.  Yay.  Returning through downtown San Juan Batista was a nice way to end a great ride.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Santa Cruz Mtns. Summits

After a week of nice weather, things began to heat up today.  Miss P offered the perfect club ride today, beginning with climbing Old Santa Cruz Highway.  Dan, Laurent, and Jim ventured off numerous times throughout our ride, circling us, passing us, dancing around us.  Me, I labored along, slow to start, enjoying the beauty of our redwoods.  Ahmed joined us!  Yay.  Poor fella getting over a bad injury.

Everyone left me in the dust but eventually I caught up as we climbed Mt. Bache/Loma Prieta.  Shame the camera wasn't able to capture the wonderful views we had of Monterey.  I amazed myself, well, when do I not, by getting up this sucker without much fanfare.  My back did twinge quite a bit but I said to myself, deal with it, you weenie.  Plus I remembered the fireman we passed on Summit road ....  Nice daydream.

I even managed to continue on to the dirt road on Mt. Bach before turning around to tackle our next climb.

We stopped at the Summit Store for supplies.  Geez Louise, already putting out Halloween stuff. I love this store though, wonderful produce, treats, and such.

Oh lookey, yours truly.  Next up, Wrights Station.  Still ahead of the heat, and appreciating the shade afforded by the redwoods.

Lovely descent into the woods of Wright's Station but sigh, have to climb out of it.  In the past, I've struggled doing Wright's Station.  Not today!

Last climb, Aldercroft Heights.  Well, I got there and I said, "Where are the firemen, where's my ice cream cone dipped in chocolate, I want some soda, why should I do this climb?"  Eh.  Actually, I really needed to pee, and that is what I did and then I said to myself, "I'm done."  Enough with the heat and thirst.  Wonderful club ride. 30.5 miles and lots of climbing.  I want some baked beans for my effort.