Monday, July 30, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, The Boyfriend was keen on doing Mt. Hamilton. Naturally I was keen on being lazy but I agreed to go even though I knew that I wouldn't make it to the top. The day was very clear, affording us views of Lick Observatory and of the valley. UC Observatories has wonderful hamcam shots.
Taking Stephen Bishop's song completely out of context but how I often feel when attempting Mt. Hamilton or Henry Coe:
On and on...
I just keep on trying
and I smile
when I feel like dying
On and on...
After 2 miles, my hair was soaked and I wanted to call it a day but I kept plugging away and I was rather pleased that I did 11 miles with an average of 7.1 mph before having to stop on account of the polka dots I kept seeing everywhere. Some people see stars when they're dizzy. I see pink and purple polka dots. As I waited for The Boyfriend to come down the mountain, I contemplated Aristotle's 19 syllogisms that I'm reading about in a book about logic and the human mind. Fascinating read but .... Naturally my mind drifted to the shirtless runner with the tattoo on his chest who smiled at me yesterday as I biked along Guadalupe River Trail. Then there was the ranger in uniform who opened a gate for me. I bet the writer of the book I'm reading would have a field day with me.
The Boyfriend was delayed a bit as he encountered some people who recognized him and wanted to take photos with him. Oh, the life of a celebrity.
The best part of the day -- the french fries, hot and salty from Johnny Rockets. I wish though that I had gone all the way because the prettiest part of Mt. Hamilton comes after those 11 miles. Another time when I feel I can go on and on.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, I met up with The Boyfriend who was ready to do another ride even though he had just done The Death Ride the day before. Incroyable, n'est-ce pas! We did the same route we did on the 4th of July: Sand Hill to Canada to Mtn. Home to Alpine to his place. 32.8 miles, my avg speed was 13.9 mph which is what I did last time and for me, decent. Best part of the ride? The firefighters in uniform seen later at Starbucks. Oh alright, I must focus and begin to get serious as The Boyfriend and I will be participating in the Marin Century, Tour de Max and Tour of Napa in August. By the way, The Boyfriend in cycling clothes makes my heart race.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Climbing: 420 feet from Camden to Guadalupe Creek (1.7% avg), 740 feet from Guadalupe Creek to Mt. Umunhum Rd. (14% avg)
The men shot off once we hit the beginning of the short but steep climb. I made it up though I did walk part of the way. I came across two deer in the road who darted off upon seeing me (I learned later that The Boyfriend and his friend saw them standing in the road as well).
Deer 1 to Deer 2: Oh my God, it's the chick with the 26 inch legs and puny muscles, run for the hills!
Next weekend I'm on my own (oh oh. Warning, warning, Danger! Danger! Will Robinson) as The Boyfriend is off to do the Death Ride. Boy, I'm sooooo envious. Not. Okay, a little bit. Hill climbs afford incredible views to see the world.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
The Boyfriend and I did a 40 mile ride in the heat on the 4th of July. We rode on Sand Hill, Canada Road (photo -- lovely, isn't it), Mtn. Home, Portola, and Alpine. I managed to average 13.9 mph. It was too hot to bother flirting with anyone. It's too hot to bother with anymore content to this post as well. :)
p.s. The Boyfriend is hot.