Saturday, January 7, 2012
Cycling with the Social Climbers
What a blast joining the Social Climbers ride today, and with a start time of 10:00am. We started on Quimby Road and over to Mt Pleasant, a new hill for me to climb. Next we found ourselves in Alum Rock Park. Another first for me and pleasing. A young girl had a snake wrapped around her arm. Too social for me. Off we went to climb Sierra Road. First time for me doing Sierra on what I still refer to as my new bike (Specialized Ruby Elite with the amazing SRAM gears) even though I bought it back in August 2010. Where does the time go! Wow, first time (I seem to be using first alot in this blog) I got up Sierra without struggle. Thank you amazing gears. I was able to have a conversation with a new club member while doing the climb. That's a first. Some youngish boys on mountain bikes gave me a thumbs up. I felt like a Cougar.
Alas, I didn't stay with the group because I never felt warm the entire ride; so, I went back down Sierra while they continued to descend Felter. I banged it all the way back to the start over in the Evergreen area and I didn't get lost. Another first. I did stop once and surprise (not), a male cyclist appeared from nowhere to see if I needed assistance. Hmm, I ignored (barely) his ripe masculinity. Another first. His presence, though, did light my fire, and finally I was warm....
Just the Stats:
9.5 mph avg
27.5 mph on descent