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Getting the Double Century Bug

This Saturday was the first double century of the year Camino Real Double, and I had a number of my friends doing it.  I saw so many Facebook postings from it, that it really has inspired my double century training.  I can’t wait till my first double, Solvang, which is what I’ll use as a training ride for DMD.

They looked like they were having so much fun, and I wish I was down there doing it.

Instead, what I did do was a pair of rides on the weekend to train up.  Saturday, it was a ride with Ramon and Karen, with two steep tough climbs, Hicks and Metcalf.  Was not long on distance, but made up for it by intensity of the climbs … We’re talking 16-20% on Hicks.  Then, if that’s not enough, stiff headwinds on the way to Metcalf, then some punch your gut steep climb.  Both of them on the same day just tires you out.

When I finished this ride, I didn’t feel overly fatigued, but others reading my Strava posts were saying I was a glutton for punishment. Well it was tough, but I didn’t really think too much of it. I guess it was a good thing I canceled my original Sunday ride, which was Diablo – Morgan Territory. Instead I just did an out and back to Kings Mountain, then descent Skyline to Hwy 92, then back on Canada.

I met up with Marco at Robert’s Market, to climb Kings, and we took it easy going up, but took it aggressively going down on Skyline. That is one fun and fast descent, averaging 30-35 mph.

Yes, I Do Exist Outside of Facebook Postings

I haven’t done a Western Wheelers ride in a really long time, and so I saw my friends Steve and Cheryl leading a ride up Kings Mountain and some interval hills around Redwood City, including Lakeview, I decided to go on this ride. I get to Gunn High School, and see Cheryl, and the first thing out of her mouth is “oh my god, look who’s here”. Yes, Steve and Cheryl, I do exist, and it’s not some silly Facebook entity that shows up in your friend feed. That was too funny. It has been a while.

I just wanted to mix it up a bit … Ride with different people, different route, it’s always a good thing. Going up Kings Mountain … That’s nothing new, but usually we don’t go through Huddart Park … We did this time.

It’s a little more scenic, plus it avoids a section of car traffic. Rumor has it that this stretch is a little steeper than the typical stretch straight up on Kings, but does seem a little more scenic. You can’t go wrong with either route though.

The group stopped at the picnic grounds, to fill up on water and to use the bathroom. I was good to go, so I just continued on. I think the steeper stretch is the climb out of Huddart Park though … There are a few 20% sections although very short.

Everyone was concerned about it being cold at the top, but I was fine with just arm warmers and shorts. The next part of the route was going north on Skyline, and descents all the way to Hwy 92, then another descent to Canada. Ok, I would need my vest, but even then, I felt okay with just a vest and arm warmers. I guess I just got used to the early morning and evening temperatures, so I was fine.

Next up, we go down through parts of Redwood City for some hill intervals … That’s really the best way to describe them. We did Crestview, from the easy side … Yes, there is an easier side, but it was still a tough climb. I usually do this as a night ride, and this is one of the few times I did it in daylight. I thought at first the hill was an optical illusion … After climbing it, no it’s not an illusion, that hill is real.

We then bomb down Crestview … Really steep descent, then over to Woodside, then over to Lakeview. Another steep climb, but not too long. More hill intervals. Only on Steve and Cheryl’s ride, but loving it. And with the disc brakes, not a worry in the world.

It was a great day, riding with old friends, great route … Thanks Steve and Cheryl.


Every Now and Then, You Need a Break … Even From Cycling

Although I haven’t been on the rigorous double century schedule, I have to say that the body is starting to wear down.  After the demanding SCMC, and climbing Crystal Lake on a heavy 20 year old bike, I may need some recovery.

Take this past weekend, for example.  I didn’t have anything planned, so I decided to do my usual Mt. Umunhum climb.  I did feel a slight twinge in my left knee, just before climbing Kennedy, and then onto Hicks, and eventually Umunhum.  I figured it would work itself out on the smaller Kennedy climb.  I probably should have listened to my body at that point, but being the stubborn “in it to finish it” rider that I am, I continued on.

Ugh, big mistake that was.  I went on to climb Hicks, but shortly after the steep part of Hicks, I could not go on.  I was probably about half way up the steep climb, but I just didn’t have it in me.

I go to Sports Basement, and get this thing called “The Stick”.  It’s kinda like foam roller, except you take this stick, and you roll it on the affected body part.  I rolled it on my knees, and wow, that hurt, but felt so good.  I don’t know why I didn’t get this before … it’s great!  Also laid an ice pack on the knee.  I figure I’d rest up the rest of the day, and see how it is in the morning.

The Sunday ride was starting at 8:30 am, but I had to ride 18 miles to the start.  With the way my knee was feeling, I figured it would be best to ride to the start.  Now I’m known for not driving to the start of a ride (I mean, it doesn’t make sense to me).  Immediately, Brownwen says “you’ve got a car?”.  LOL.

The actual ride was to go up Kings Mountain, then onto Half Moon Bay.  However, I felt I wanted to make it a short day, so I opted for the Kings > 92 > Canada, back to the cars.  It was still a great day.  I had some extra zip in my legs this day … I got a PR going up Kings.  Here’s the last KM of that PR.

We proceeded going north on Skyline to Hwy 92, where the group would split off.  Actually, half of us went the short route, so that was cool.  One of the riders was chatting with a motorcyclists, and says we were going fast … I guess they must have referring to me.  I mean, it was only 40 mph … I guess they’re not used to seeing a cyclist going that fast.  Hey, at least we weren’t impeding traffic too much.

Have I Found my Climbing Legs?

After focusing so much on double centuries, clearly my focus has been on endurance.  You’ve got to admit, being able to sustain 200 miles, no matter how hilly it is, is quite an accomplishment.  So recently, I have been noticing my climbing has not been what it used to be.  For example, on OLH, I just barely eeked out 30 minutes (and I was really going for it), and on Montebello, I was only able to muster 56 minutes (personal best was 44 minutes).  Granted, I was doing a bunch of DMD training rides, and some really hard rides.

This weekend, I decided to go back to my normal rides (not a DMD trainer ride).  Suddenly, I found myself getting PR (Personal Records) on Strava.  Saturday, I did Kings Mountain (36 minutes) and West Alpine (54 minutes).

Sunday, I did Redwood Gulch (16 minutes) and Hwy 9 to Saratoga Gap (54 minutes).

Granted, those times suck compared to the KOM’s on the climb, but still, the fact that I registered PB’s … are my climbing legs back?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Cold and Foggy Weekend of Riding

I felt heavy, like I’ve got a lead weight in my belly … I think it’s because I was sick last weekend, and I haven’t been out riding in over a week.  I needed to get out, no matter how cold or dreary it would be outside.

Michael, Richard, Ron, Cliff, Brentley, George at Pig Farm Hill

Saturday, went out to Orinda, and did a ride with Richard.  We had a pretty good turnout.  However, it was a really foggy day.  Ground was all wet, and descending with fog became a bit of a challenge.  Couldn’t decide if I should leave my glasses on or take them off … I decided to take them off on the descents.

A lot of the hills were rollies, and they just did me in.  Sure, I would start off fine, but I could only sustain that pace for so long … eventually I get passed left and right.

Overall, a good right, mixing in rolling hills, and stretches of flat smooth road, which meant pacelining, and taking pulls.

Sunday, Ramon and I rode out to meet Michael in Woodside at Robert’s Market.  Basically, a good 17 miles of flat out to Woodside, then climb King’s Mountain.  It was foggy today too.  This time, I came prepared, bringing lights, and blinkers just about everywhere.

I felt good going out, and I just figured Ramon was just letting me lead out.  I guess I was going out with a bit more brisk pace than usual.  Maybe it was that scrambled egg bagel breakfast that I made for breakfast?

Foggy ascent

Apparently, I went out a bit too fast … as once we started climbing Kings, I was distanced almost from the get go.  No worries, I’m used to it.  I can clearly tell I’m out of shape, as I’m climbing a lot slower than the last time I climbed Kings.  But you know what it means when I’m climbing slow … more pics!

About 2/3 the way up, the sun started to peep through.  I tried to take pictures to capture that, but it fails in comparison to the real scene.  You’ll just have to imagine it.

Sun breaking through the trees and the mist

Sun awaits us up ahead

If only I had the eye of a photographer.  Somehow, the creative mind just completely alluded me.

Viewing Amgen Tour of California Stage 3 – Tunitas Creek

This year, I am viewing the Tour of California as a spectator.  Last year, I volunteered to be a traveling Course Marshall, and that was a lot of work.  But what I noticed was I wasn’t really able to enjoy the race as a spectator.  This year, I decided to be a spectator.

I decided to wait until the tour comes to our backyard, so Stage 3 comes to Tunitas Creek.  They climb Tunitas Creek, before descending King’s Mountain, then head towards the coast via Hwy 84.

This year, the tour is held in May, in an effort to avoid the rain, and avoid the cold … well, that was a nice plan.  Guess what … it’s mid-May, and we have rain and cold.  As luck would have it, I would get a flat, on a cold and wet day.  I eventually got to the base of King’s Mountain, and as soon as I get onto King’s Mountain, there is a constant stream of cyclists climbing up King’s Mountain Road.  One thing I found odd … I saw a bunch of riders going in the reverse direction.  Now that is the direction in which the racers will be going, so maybe they just wanted to ride the same route as the racers?  I just found that curious.

The rain wasn’t too hard, but it was constant … like a heavy drizzle (hmmm, is that an oxymoron?).  In any event, I was getting more damp, and more wet, and how I wish I had brought my rain shoe boots.  Now my feet are soaking wet, and I’m still climbing Kings.  You never realize how much rain and cold will drain you until you actually try climbing it.

Most of the hard climbing is not at the top of the hill, but actually 3 miles down from the top.  So the KOM for this climb is not that significant (in my opinion).  Heck, I can actually pick up some pretty good speed in the final 2 miles of the climb.

It seems the further I go down the other side, the colder it gets.  Finally, I see my friend Steve, from Alto Velo, at about the last steep section of Tunitas Creek, where it makes a sweeping right hand turn.  This is where I would stake my spot.  This is a nice spot, not just because of the view, but also the way the trees are, it is sheltering me from rain drops, in the event the rain does start getting harder.

Some of the tour vans/trucks will throw out freebies to the crowd.  I was anticipating they would hand out a bunch of cow bells, or thunder sticks or something like that.  Last year, LiveStrong handed out a bunch of chalk where fans can write messages to their favorite cyclists (but I think this created too much chalk dust when they pass by).  This time, they threw out something, but we couldn’t tell what it was.

Ok, how many cyclists does it take to decipher a freebie?  Four seems to be the magical number … and what was the freebie???  a stinkin’ patch kit.  I guess economic times are tough, aren’t they?

This spot was getting more and more popular.  We had some marine boot camp stop by our same spot … I think they knew about this spot, as later, I saw a big bus at the top, and they just ran their boot camp down 3 miles just to view the race.

More and more marines were coming down, till we had almost 40 marines there.  Looks like we won’t have a security problem here.  Looking for a few good men?  How about a few good cyclists?  Sorry, I had to throw that one in.

We even had the Kings Mountain elementary school pay a visit.  I met my friend Alan (aka SesameCrunch, from bikeforums.net) there.  His kid is in the elementary school, and they were there to cheer on the likes of Lance, DZ, Levi, George, and other American cyclists.  This was truely becoming an awesome venue.

It’s a good thing we had all this much going on where we were … otherwise, we’d be bored out of our gorge.  Being cold and wet is one thing, but suffering through that with nothing to do???  That would be pure torture.

The riders finally come … yippee!!!  However, due to my ineptitudes with doing action shots with my camera, most of the shots didn’t come out (and those that did came out really blurry).  Since this is the first KOM (King of the Mountain), there wasn’t a big split in the group.  There was a small group of 5 that charged up ahead … but the rest of the pack stayed intact on the climb up Tunitas.  I have never before seen a 100 rider pack, all ride together up Tunitas.  I heard one report they were going up Tunitas at 16 mph …. that’s 16 mph.  I’d be lucky if I maintained 6-7 mph.

Ok, that is it … now to get off the mountain.  Since it is so wet and slick, I’m not in a real hurry to get down the mountain.  I had made it down without incident, but about 500 yards from the bottom of Kings, we see a rider down.  That is definitely not what I wanted to see.  It turns out the cyclist was riding a touring bike, with panniers on both sides … he was carrying some road cones … what the heck is he doing carrying road cones on his bike?  Perhaps this caused some inbalance, and he lost balance?  He was a little cut up, but what drove me crazy was that he was on his back, and he kept trying to roll around, move, and do everything that someone injured should not do.  We kept telling him not to move, but he wouldn’t listen.

I waited long enough for CHP, fire trucks, and paramedics to come.  Out of respect, I chose not to take any pictures … these are scenes I do not want to take.

As soon as I got out of Woodside, and closer to Palo Alto, I see sun, and shadows … where the heck was this while we were freezing our asses off on Tunitas Creek?

Just to add insult to injury, I get home to watch the live coverage, and they are on Bonny Doon; it is nice and sunny there.  I bet you anything that the sun popped out right after the pelaton headed towards the coast.  Just our luck.

Hopefully Stage 4 will be clear and sunny.  I definitely don’t want to be sitting in rain while on Sierra Road.

Trifecta – Page Mill, OLH, and King’s Mountain Road

You would think that a day after climbing Mt. Hamilton, 40 miles, and 5000 feet later, I would do a nice easy recovery ride ???  You gotta remember, who the blogger is … hehehe.

We haven’t had to wrecking crew out for a ride in a while, and although Chris is still in Texas, and Ruth is busy, I figured we can get Michael, Ramon, and Marco out.  Well, almost … Marco was committing, but there’s this thing called sleep that you need when you do a ride … he tweets us at 2:50 am, that he just got home.  I don’t think he’ll be with us.

So we all decided to meet at El Monte and Foothill, so we can do Moody, then Page Mill, OLH, and Kings.  I left around 7:15 am, so I can get my Bagel.  When I left, it was really foggy … I mean really dense fog.


After 20 minutes in this, I was dripping with dew.  Water was literally dripping from my helmet, and hoping the fog will clear up by the time we got to the peninsula … and it did.

Michael was running late, and says he’ll meet us at the top of Page Mill.  Ramon figured since he was running late, he was start out later, but I was already at El Monte, so I just decided to go, and met them at the top of Page Mill.

I wasn’t feeling the effects of Hamilton right away, so as I climbed Moody, I felt good.  Page Mill is never easy, but if you are not in a hurry, it’s not too bad.  Being the first at the top gave me an opportunity to rest while I waiting for the rest of the crew.

The topic of banter for the day was my triple … the fact that I still have one, while everyone else is on a compact double.  Michael and Ramon, keep wanting me to switch out my triple, because it’s extra weight, and that hampers my climbing.  Uh, no!  The main reason why I have the triple is to actually do some climbing.  I’ve been riding a triple ever since I moved up to the Bay Area, which is about 10 years.  One of these days, I’ll probably switch to a compact double, but I’m not ready to yet.  I guess that’s my Fred-ness.

Zipping down Skyline towards Woodside was fun.  Of course, with Ramon leading out, it made it that much more fun, a target that I can shoot for, and possibly draft off of.  A quick top off of water at 35/84, and down the hill we go, with OLH as our next hill climb.

When we got there, there was a big pack of about 20 riders also doing the climb.  We kind of melded in with the group, with Ramon and Michael charging ahead.  I stayed near the back.  I did start out in my big ring (possibly a mistake, after a fair amount of miles and climbing), and that didn’t last long before I shifted into my middle ring.  I definitely was not at the pace I was at LKHC.  I think the successive climbs have caught up to me.  By the time I made it to the top, it was 32 minutes later.  This is my normal time up the hill.

Started to get some straining in my lower back, but it wasn’t too bad, and I didn’t want to halt the ride at that point.  We forged on, with another water stop at Tripp Store.  Kings Mountain is next.

My legs had no life at this point, so Michael and Ramon climbed off in the distance.  I had no inkling to try to catch them, and my speed going up hill was very slow.  All I knew is that we started early, so I have plenty of time to finish the hill.  I needed my granny gear on the climb, from about the point where Huddard Park intersects with King’s Mountain, so I was grinding it out the rest of the way.  I did have some reserve left, near the end, where my speed picked up, and was able to cross Skyline in my middle chain ring … but that took a lot of effort!

So I finally did it … the trifecta, Page Mill, Old La Honda, and King’s Mountain.  I wasn’t breaking any personal records, but at least I made it all the way through.

Ride stats:

67.6 miles, 6270 feet climbing.  http://ridewithgps.com/trips/4948

Autumn is here

What a difference one week makes.  Last week, we were suffering from high heat, high humidity, sweltering weather conditions.  It was mid to high 90’s last Saturday and Sunday, with multiple layers of sunscreen required, dark shades, sleeveless jerseys were the common appearance at any rides taking place that weekend.  Fast forward 7 days, and we are now talking 40 degree weather at the favorite peaks, arm warmers, leg warmers, skull caps, and long fingered gloves are what we see.  It’s almost like someone flipped a switch, turning summer off, and turning on autumn.

Time to put the sleeveless jerseys in the closet, to be resurrected 6-9 months later.  Time to rummage through my closet and dresser, looking for:

  • long fingered gloves
  • knee warmers
  • arm warmers
  • Toe warmers
  • Full shoe boots
  • thermal gloves
  • skull cap
  • Cycling jacket
  • Fenders (for the oncoming wet weather)

Also, in summer, it was very common for us to start rides at 8 am.  Ok, that’s a bit cold at that time.  I now know why 9 and 10 am rides are common in the bay area … because it’s still cold at that time.  Contrast that to when I was in LA, where 8 am was a typical ride start time, and 9 am was a really late ride start.  In fact, I remember some summers, where our regular ride would start at 6 or 7 am.

Saturday, Chris, Ramon and I did a local ride from Los Altos up Kings Mountain, then Alpine, before finishing back home.  One thing was clearly apparent … I was way underdressed.  Lucky I had to come back to the house, and decided to bring my light jacket.  That was definitely required, as it was cold.  When we got into the shade, the temps dropped like a rock.  I only brought short fingered gloves, and I kept blowing on my fingers when I had the chance to.  Ramon was smart … he had long fingered gloves, and had knee warmers … not me … although I did have arm warmers, but knees were getting cold.

When the weather cools down, it seems the aggressiveness also goes south.  We all took it pretty easy, and that was fine for me.  I was able to hang in with Chris and Ramon within reasonable time and distance.  I attribute that mostly to my recent aggressive time on the bike and climbing over the past 2 months.  It’s kind of ironic that I’m in the best shape of the year at a time when I should be reducing the intensity.  I’m going to try to keep up the hill climbing regiment, just to keep myself in shape, and not let myself go.

After we climbed King’s Mountain, we descended down Hwy 84 en route to West Alpine.  Normally this descent is fun, and you can pick up speeds of up to 30-35 mph, gearing down to 53×13, but not this day.  The headwinds were fierce, and I was lucky just to sustain a 21-22 mph pace.  Plus, we had these antique cars from the 30’s driving down 84, so we had to contend with that … and more importantly, the exhaust from those cars … those non-catalytic converter engine cars.

We finished our ride by descending Page Mill.  Now we were all decked out with arm warmers, jackets, knee warmers … meanwhile, we saw other climbers with no knee warmers, no arm warmers … but then again, they probably started at 11 am or 12 pm.  Must have looked strange to those climbing, seeing us in winter weather clothing.  But like I said, autumn is here, and time to change the cycling routine.


OLH and Kings Recovery Ride?

After the 95 mile, 12,000 foot climb ride on Saturday, we all decided we needed a rest day on Sunday, and with the Labor Day Weekend, there was one more day available to get in a ride.  Since most of us had to go back to work the next day, we didn’t want to kill ourselves by doing an all day ride, so Michael suggested his loop, which goes up Old La Honda, down 84, then up King’s Mountain Road, then down.

Ramon, Chris, and I met up in Los Altos, and rode to the start, which was at Robert’s Market.  Well, should I say hammered on the way to Roberts?  That was probably a more appropriate description.  Right from the get go, Ramon decides we need to sprint, and as expected, we do find a bunch of other riders on Foothill Expy.  Well, they don’t call this street an expressway for nothing.  Except I think they had cars in mind, not speeding bikes.  Is this what they mean by recovery?  Heart rate was covering around 140-160, this begs the question of whether or not I’ll have enough for OLH and Kings?

So after the big hammer fest, we made it to Roberts right at 8 am.  Then, I find out I didn’t bring any food with me.  Good thing we are in front of a “market”!


Most of us were still recovering from Saturday’s epic ride, so none of us were thinking of setting any personal records.  With that in mind, off we go.

Overall I felt good, but definitely not 100%.  I was not expecting to get close to a personal best.  Everyone is up ahead of me, but I was not expecting to be keeping up with them.  Then, low and behold … wow, 29:33.  I cannot remember what my personal best was, but this ranks up there.  Wow … and that is after hammering 20 miles to the base of OLH.

Off we go, descending 84 … this is the fun part.  With my new wheels, I am descending faster than I can remember in recent past.

We stopped off for water at Tripp store, and saw my friend Mike from WW.  He was waiting for the group, a ride lead by NY Chris.  They were going up King’s, just like us, except they were going through Huddart Park, then continuing up Kings.  Wound up getting to the top in 40 minutes.  I think I spent most of my energy on OLH, and didn’t have much else left for Kings.

Off we went back down the hill, and true to form, we wound up sprinting back on Foothill Expressway too.  This due in part from a few riders going south on Foothill, who had just started their ride, so they had fresher legs.  Wound up sustaining about 20-30 mph average going through Palo Alto, into Los Altos.

When all was said and done, I wound up with 59.6 miles and 4407 feet climbing.  These stats don’t make it appear like a recovery ride, does it?


Some Days You Have It, Some Days You Don’t

Why is it some days, you just can’t climb for the life of you. You do everything you think you should, including a constant intake of fluids, electrolyte drinks, e-pills, ibuprofen, but still you find yourself struggling. Then, on other days, it’s like you just go out there and ride … the days you just go out there and ride, you do great, as opposed to all the big preparations you make, and you fizzle.

Marco adjusting the GoPro

Marco adjusting the GoPro

Today was one of those days where I just felt like being lazy, but figured just go out and do the ride. I met Marco and Ruth in front of Roberts. They were running a bit late, but no big deal. I felt kind of lazy today.

This was Marco and Ruth’s first ride back on the tandem after their honeymoon.  That’s two weeks off of the bike.  The last time they were on the bike was when they powered up King’s Mountain on their way from the church to the reception up at Huddard Park.


I drove over to Pioneer Hotel parking lot, so I didn’t have any warm up at all, except for a couple of hill repeats going down Woodside Rd to the Park and Ride, and back.

We decided to ride up Kings Mountain Rd, and so far, there was nothing special about the climb.  I deliberately had my front chainring on the middle, but knowing all along, I would have to get down to my granny gear.  I pass Marco and Ruth early on in the climb, and I felt myself get into a good rhythm.  Before we left, I saw my good friends Steve and Cheryl, from Western Wheelers, who are great climbers.  I suddenly saw them up ahead of me.  So I used them as a target, and just dug deep down, and concentrated on trying to catch up with them, which I eventually did.  I rode with them till about 400 feet from the top.  Perhaps this helped me up the hill, but you have to realize Steve and Cheryl usually are way ahead of me on the climbs, even if they are doing a recovery ride, and I’m not.  Hmmm … I am feeling really strong today.  It’s not like I did anything special to prepare for this.  I didn’t have any notion that today would be a great climbing day.  What’s up with that?

Marco and Ruth were definitely feeling the effects of the two week layoff from the bike.  I’m usually either behind them, or just barely ahead of them on a long climb like this.  I think another week of riding, and they’ll be back to their old selves.  Plus, by that time, they’ll probably have their Calfee tandem all built up.


I made it to the top, just about a minute after Steve and Cheryl made it up there.  Another WW’er, James, was also up there, and I took a quick picture of them.  It was great seeing them again, and great to see I was able to keep up with them.  Now if only I can fight this battle of the bulge thing.  I just know if I lose 5-10 lbs, my climbing will improve.


I usually don’t time myself up King’s Mountain, but I did for some reason this time.  I made up it in about 37 minutes.  Not sure if that’s good or bad .. all I know is a couple of weeks ago, I did OLH in 35 minutes, and King’s Mountain is definitely tougher than OLH.  After a quick stop, we headed northbound on Skyline, and as soon as we hit the downhill, Marco and Ruth kicked it a higher notch, and I was stuck behind, not able to descend at the same pace.  I think my top speed was 42 mph, but even that didn’t even come close to what the tandem can reach on the descent.


I hooked up with Marco and Ruth again after making a left turn onto West Old La Honda, which is a climb, but not as long as King’s Mountain, or OLH.  Again, I was able to charge up the hill.  Again, my legs had it today … what it was, I really don’t know.  If only there was some way to tap into this, and repeat it every time I go out.

All in all, it was a great ride.  Sometimes, when you know you are going a short distance, it is more beneficial to kill yourself in the short time span you have.  I think that’s what I did today.

And here’s a video taken from the GoPro on the tandem …