15 January 2016

The Stare of Aporoval

#398 / #190

Red Leader and I took advantage of another rain-free afternoon to head out to the Sunrise area of the American River trail.
On our way back, having talked suspension with random passersby, we encountered an elderly fellow, with a cane, hobbling along the trail.
I slowed way down, as it was unclear which way he would go next, which gave me and Old Dude the opportunity for a short conversation, "Don't get a speeding ticket!" 'I never do!!" Smiles all around.
Driving home, RL asked me what the old fellow had said. Red Leader had also received what he interpreted as a glare and a pointed finger.
I declared it a Stare and Point of Approval.

But, then, I suppose I'm an optimist.

11 January 2016

Two for Tea and Tea for Two

#397 / #189

There was no tea drinking. But there was shopping after.

Red Leader and I decided to go around Lake Natoma since it was 60 degrees and somewhat sunny today. Yay!

We went counterclockwise from the Folsom parking garage. The back of my right knee likes bicycling, but I clobbered it in yoga this morning (I forgot to be careful) and it is sore when walking.
But bicycling is FINE.

We stopped by Mikes Bikes in Folsom (where Bicycles Plus used to be) to get some Specialized footbed shoe inserts for Red Leader. And I got a new pair also, since I've been informed they need to be changed out every year. Not every 4 years.



09 January 2016

No soggy doggy

#396 / #188

Friday, January 8th

I whipsawed poor Red Leader by announcing I didn't want to do hills, then picking a hilly route. Well. Kind of hilly.

9 miles in Empire Ranch (Folsom) mostly bike trails.

Overcast, but not too cold. I dithered about wearing arm-warmers but, knowing there was a long slow climb coming, decided not to wear them. Glad I skipped them.

I did stop at the top of the hill to put on a vest over my shirt and jacket. My sweaty self would get chilled bombing down the hill otherwise.

Here's our ride profile (Strava)

About 3 miles of up up up then WHEE!

Don't know when we will get out again. It is raining and Red Leader has a cold!


01 January 2016

End and Begin as You Mean to Go On

#394 / #187

And ...


Red Leader and I took advantage of the slightly warmer weather the last day of 2015 and went up to Roseville to see if the hill-shaving-fairies had been as active in Roseville as they had been in Folsom.

Red Leader decided perhaps Local i-1 (Fairy Union chapters are imaginary, you see) dispute and the hill-shaving-fairies had been on strike.

We did a little bit of Miner's Ravine Trail, and all of False Ravine Trail. Red Leader's right knee was troubling him so we turned around and went back.

One kid exclaimed, "Dad! Are those racing bikes!?" Child, child, child. It is the rider that makes the race, not the machine.

Today I proved that aphorism by creeping up various small hills in Folsom at about 3mph. It was COLD!

A few rides back, I had finally tried out my screaming yellow neoprene shoe covers from Aerotech Designs (well made, un-logoed bike wear. Google them.) Well, I wear my bike shoes ridiculously loose, otherwise, my feet ache and tingle. The shoe covers (XL) were snug enough that my feet were warm, but squashed. Today, I reverted to my previous method of wearing sandwich baggies over my socks. Should have worn warmer socks. Feet were a bit cold.

And my route took me up and down Folsom Crossing, where the chill of my sweaty self rolling down the hill at 25mph was too cold to endure. So I turned around and went back, stopping at the crest to don a fleece vest and a windbreaker in addition to the two wool shirts (lightweight, but ... wool ...) and wind-blocking jacket I was already wearing.

I scooted down East Natoma street, with the here and gone bike lane, chanting "Thanks, Thanks, No Thank, WTF!!" as cars passed me mostly NOT obeying the 3ft rule. Come on people, there are two motor vehicle travel lanes along there.

Anyway. It was a good way to end a year and start another one.

Here are most of the titles I considered and discarded for this post

Happy New Year
Brass Monkey
Thanks, Thanks, No Thanks
The Incredible Disappearing Bike Lanes of Folsom, California
News Flash! Hill-Shaving-Fairies Strike!


27 December 2015

Heartrate madness!

#393 / #186

Took my new heart rate monitor out for a spin today. Fun! It will be a wonderful motivational tool to get more fit.

We rode from Sunrise to William Pond and back. Red Leader and I stuck together on the way out. On the way back, I let it rip!

100 average on the way out, 123 avg on the way back. Both directions had a max HR over 140 (charging up hills).

The HRM I have (Mio Fuse) should talk to Strava, but so far it is not playing well.

Red Leader and I wore lots of layers, I ditched some for my return.

We are looking forward to sunnier weather later this week.

23 December 2015

The Cat's Meow

#392 / #185

Red Leader and I, having sent our holiday guests on their way, slipped out for a lovely ride on Folsom's bicycle paths.
We had the paths mostly to ourselves for our 13 mile ride.

The rain has brought the wetlands back to life, with frogs and birds and soggy doggies.

My leg warmers refused to stay put, slithering down to just above my knees. Meow!

No riding for the next few days with the winter storms rolling through.

12 December 2015

A Lil'l Bit of Ever'thin'

#391 / #184

Sun. Clouds. Rain drops!

Enthusiastic children ("Look at THAT bike!")

Lots and lots of horse droppings. What?!

Smart-arse comments, "Just checking to see if you have a battery on that thing."
Nope. All me and my legs!

No geese. I think they are staying somewhere warm.

About 13 miles on the American River Trail.

It was very good to get out. Red Leader reports no funny knee things.

54 degrees with overcast and no wind is the border between shorts and leg warmers for me. I wore shorts. I saw only two other riders with shorts. The few, the cool, the insane.

Red Leader wore a balaclava, his winter gloves, leg warmers, and his heavy jersey. And a windbreaker.
I wore my summer jersey, a windblocking jacket (Schoeller DrySkin - great stuff), summer socks, my Home Depot reflecting gloves (cut the wind, but not lined), and an ear warmer.

We elected to start from the parking garage in Folsom at about 1:30.
Bad idea.
Full of vendors loading their cars after the farmer's market. Utter chaos. We parked on the roof (only place with enough clear space to swing a couple of trikes) so we got to ride through the whole mess.
Not so bad coming up on the way back; it was mostly cleared out. One guy only decided to stop at the stop sign in the parking garage after he saw me crossing in front of him. I waved at him with a sickly sweet smile as an alternative to flying a birdie.
We both rode with front and rear lights, hi-viz clothing, and large reflective flags.

100% chance of rain tomorrow, but we rarely ride two days in a row. This winter, we are lucky for two WEEKS in a row!