25 October 2014

Singin' in the Rain

Saturday, October 25

I had intended to meet up with the TARTAR riders (organized through bentrideronline) for the 10am ride from Rancho Cordova to Folsom.

The ride's official route is RC to F and back, but I hate riding on a full stomach, and I'd rather ride earlier than later given the chance, so I usually ride from Folsom to the ride start, then do the 1st half of the official ride, hitting the important part of the ride, lunch, with the crowd.

Well, it is raining today. And windy. And I managed to start out when the rain started, and then became a brief downpour. So I got soaked. Which I was actually dressed for. BUT - my plan would have me standing around in a parking lot for who knows how long, waiting for the group to get rolling, getting colder and colder and colder. As long as I'm moving, I can be soaked through and stay warm (wool). But once I stop .....

I have never gotten hypothermia and I don't plan on starting now.

So I turned around after about 3.5 miles and went back to Folsom, changed into the dry shirt from the car, and ate my breakfast at Karen's Bakery Cafe. Yum!

I've got to say, that I got more nods and smiles and hellos then I ever have on a Sat morning ride. The community of nutters running and riding in the rain are friendly folk. Maybe they were just relieved to see someone else out exercising in the rain. I know I was.

The rain brings out all the wonderful smells of the woodland - mostly pine, but all lovely.

I have a huge heap of soaked bike clothes, my bike is covered in mud and tossed up tree-bits. It sure is nice to be inside right now. And as I write this, the sun is shining! Aaaaargh!

22 October 2014

Like, omg, cosmic dude

#351 / #153

Wednesday, October 22

I could not have arranged our ride tally numbers in a more pleasing fashion if I had planned it. And I didn't, so I'm extra pleased.

Today we mixed it up a little bit, out and back between Folsom's parking garage and the ped bridge in Fair Oaks, all along the American River trail. We had about 2 hours of daylight when we were finally ready to go, so we went a conservative 16 miles. We could have gone a bit farther, but then we would have missed the nifty glowing pink clouds at sunset on our drive home.

Not a lot of wildlife, except for some death-wish squirrels. What fall colors the Sacramento Valley has are starting to appear, and the reflections in the river were outstanding. I need to go back out there with a camera and tripod and all that.

I might ride on Saturday - have not decided yet. Will I make my 52 mile birthday ride in early November. Doubtful!


18 October 2014

Four rides, no waiting

Yes, faithful readers, I have been not feeling much like writing. But I'm back in the groove now, so I will say that today's ride (and the three before that since last we talked) were all nice.

24th Sept, 1st and 13th October

And today, Oct 18th #350 / #152

The ride on the 13th was a quick 3.5 miles from the auto repair to my husband's office, where I picked up the car and multi-moded my way home.

The 24th and the 1st were some of our usual rides on the trail.

Today was lovely - high 70s, not too breezy, sunny. We saw 7 other recumbents - 4 trikes and 3 bikes.
Several squirrels tried to stare me down from the middle of the pavement. I won.

I thought I'd try not bringing or consuming snacks on this ride, hoping that my grain and fruit breakfast and mid morning chicken tandoori w/ rice snack would tide me over.
Nope, not at all! I'm good for about 40 minutes before I start flagging. Red Leader can ride for hours on one donut. Not me. I need refueling. So I just got slower and slower and slower but eventually finished the 22 mile ride.

Tttttthat's all, folks!

04 September 2014

Keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times

#345-6 / #149

I went for a ride on Tuesday, first thing in the morning. Just around Lake Natoma. Not a lot of people out there that time of day on a weekday.

How different was Wednesday's late afternoon ride with Red Leader. Lots of folks out, trying to get some time in on the trail when it was barely 90 degrees. That's what we were doing anyway.

Several times I felt like I should contract my trike to a narrower size. That can't happen, but I did squeeze my shoulders together and pulled my elbows in. Which does no good but makes me feel better, anyway. Oncoming walkers and doubled up oncoming bikers on a corner. Yikes!

I've been a bit blah about riding lately - Red Leader thinks it may be the weather. I hope it is and I hope that cooler weather will revive my bicycling spirits!

CU, and remember ...
Rubber side down, please.

22 August 2014

Totally tubular

Wednesday, August 20th

#344 / #148

I'll bet you thought I'd forgotten about the ride numbers. Nope.

Anyway, Red Leader and I got tired of the extra short valve stems on the cheap tubes we bought earlier this year. And we've had enough flats (thank you, goatheads!) that we were running low on tubes. I read up on Presta valves (did you know they come in different lengths? I did not) and searched Amazon for a good price and free shipping for some Schwalbe tubes.

Why Schwalbe? Because they are one of the few tube manufacturers who state how long the stem is on a given tube. That's why.

It might be our Park Tools floor pump, but neither of us can start a tube from 0 pressure with that thing. So we are always busting out our mini-pumps. We had hoped to avoid the multi-pump tango with the longer stems, but it was not the case. I had another flat starting out (3 in the last 4 rides) and RL decided to change out one of his old tubes (Kenda) for a new one.

Interestingly, to me anyway, Red Leader's tube in his Schwalbe Marathon tires did not want to fill out the tire in the area of the valve. So I told him to stop trying to pull every last millimeter of the valve through the rim, deflated the tube, checked it was not twisted, and did it again. All OK. Now, these tubes are the narrowest that his tires will take, so maybe that was it. But I still think it was his yanking on the valve.

After all that tube-fun, we had a nice ride along the American River Parkway, chatting with one of the usual Saturday Recumbent riders whom I have not seen in ages. He left us in the dust after our chat.

Red Leader might head out on his own on Saturday, or we might ride together today (Friday). We'll see.

14 August 2014


Ok, ok. So we've been riding, but not very much. And I owe all-you-alls FOUR, count 'em 4, posts.
So here goes...

23 July
Weather, continuing to Armageddon. Hot hot hot. We rode anyway. How long, I can't remember. It was either on the American River Parkway or the American River Parkway. Take your choice.

2 August
See above.

10 August
See above.

13 August
Ok. The real deal. It is finally below 90 today, and we are ON FIRE. Not us, although there was a small fire on the other side of the river from the bike trail. We watched a helicopter with a water thing suck up water from the river at a wide spot, then fly in a big loop to the hot spot and spray water in the general area of the fire while the ground crew dealt with the burning shrubs.
Actually, Red Leader was on fire, I was merely smoldering. I went for a swim in the morning, and I was remarkably tired on the bike ride. So I kept up on the way out to Wm Pond, then loafed on the way back.
Also, I'm upping my protein and dropping a little bit of the carbs I love so much (30% calories from carbs, 35% from protein, and 30% from fats). So I had no fuel for the ride. I guess I have to go back to making up goo and bringing that along. Sigh.

CU L8er

24 July 2014

too darn hot

Saturday, July 19th and Wednesday, July 23rd

#339 / #143 (the Wednesday numbers)

Red Leader went out by himself last week, as I felt it necessary to stay home with our elderly dog (she is feeling better now, yay). So I went out on Saturday very early in the morning. It has been a long time since I started a ride with the sun, and it felt good!
A cool 63 degrees. I started at Iron Point and went out to Sunrise Rec Area. A ride of only 11 miles total, since the trail past Sunrise would be closed starting 1/2 hour before I got there for some big event.

Wednesday's ride was unusual in that Red Leader and I saw no other recumbents of any kind on the trail. We rode 22 miles, from Sunrise to Howe Ave and back. We timed our ride perfectly and got back just as the sun was setting. So I suppose my July rides could be considered sunrise to sunset.

It's going to be hot hot hot again this weekend, so I don't expect we'll ride much until the heatwave breaks.