Monday, April 30, 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday was my CAT2 ride out to Alpine Dam.  We left from McLaren Lodge to avoid all of the Doyle Drive drama.  This is one of the toughest rides that we do on the CAT series and I thought everybody did really well.  The Alpine Dam ride has a gratuitous amount of climbing and nobody that I saw had a total breakdown over it which was nice.  

Here's everybody at the beginning of the drop down into Alpine Dam Lake:

David and John:


Buz and Beau:

Alpine Dam Lake:

Alpine Dam:

Beau wasn't crazy about all the climbing heading up to Ridgecrest and blamed that on me.  Evidence:


The view from the top:  perfect:


Beau wishing he'd been training harder in April:

We headed down to Mill Valley and had lunch at Cafe Del Soul which was delicious as usual.  We'll be eating there next week as well.  Then we headed back to San Francisco and I went over to Miss Smith's to enjoy is five star hospitality.  Here he is reclining in his parlour:

Then I headed home for dinner and got ready for bed.  I was very, very tired.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date243.7
Month to date1,150.4
Year to date3,063.5
To Goal4,936.5
Over (Under) plan411.4
YTD Mileage vs Last Year754.2
Rolling Year6,290.0
Since Inception 10/1/0736,990.4

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday I led a Different Spokes ride out to Marshall with a return on Bofax and then seven sisters.  I think it's one of the most difficult centuries I've ever done.  Tons and tons of climbing--  a little under 7,500 feet-- it was nuts!  We headed through Fairfax and then Nicasio before we rode up the notorious Marshall Wall.  Here are some pics from the top:

David and Tim:

Jeff, me and David

Then we headed into Point Reyes Station for lunch and then we rode up Olema Valley and then dropped down into Bolinas Lagoon.  The tide was out and it was mostly mud:

Then we rode up Bofax to Ridgecrest and then headed over the famous seven sisters hills:

Bolinas Lagoon from the top of Tam:

San Francisco from Mt. Tam:

Tim and David needed some fundraising pics so we took some glamour shots at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge:

This is David's 'rough trade' look:

I was so beat but thankfully I managed to make it home without dying.  Mr. Poe's garden is going crazy.  Check out the roses:

And the trumpet vine:

I'm going to bed early.  I'm beat!

Bike Mileage:

Week to date181.3
Month to date1,088.0
Year to date3,001.1
To Goal4,998.9
Over (Under) plan371.0
YTD Mileage vs Last Year806.2
Rolling Year6,227.6
Since Inception 10/1/0736,928.0

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday was my CAT2 training ride out to Tiburon.  We had a nice group--  four riders and me--  and the weather held up the whole time.  I got a couple of pics at Shark's in Tiburon.

The weather was changing as we were heading back to San Francisco.  The fog was rolling in over the city but not the Golden Gate which is super unusual.  Check out the pics:

I made it home just as it was starting to sprinkle and it started raining before it got dark.  I managed to pinch something in my back--  very uncomfortable--  and I took Thursday and Friday off of the bike entirely.  I don't know if it helped.  I think this is one of those "As you get older ...." injuries.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date74.7
Month to date981.4
Year to date2,894.5
To Goal5,105.5
Over (Under) plan330.1
YTD Mileage vs Last Year699.6
Rolling Year6,121.0
Since Inception 10/1/0736,821.4

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Tuesday I came into work Market to Laguna to Grove to Polk to Post to Kearny to Bush to Sansome.  I headed home for lunch and noted the enormous protest going on at the company that I work for.  The stockholders meeting was today and there was a huge turnout to protest something or other.   It doesn't make any sense to me at all.  It seems to me that if all of the occupy people spent their energy getting people elected to public office instead of these ridiculous protests than we could see some get some real change but these ridiculously unfocused protests don't have a clear message and aren't gonna lead anywhere.  I hate to sound so negative on them but it seems like the conservative agenda has basically been hijacked by the tea party because they're organized and getting people elected.  Why can't the occupy people behave like that??  Here's a couple of photos of useless:

After work I headed off 2nd to Townsend to Kansas to 17th to Potrero to 23rd to Valencia to Mission to St Mary's and stopped for some pics of St John the Evangelist's.  Which seems oddly named since it's on St. Mary's street but St Mary's was a college that used to be in the area and it moved to Moraga in 1890.  The former site became the St. Mary's Park neighborhood and this church was built on the St Mary's parish grounds.  I love the iron work on the rectory door:

Some pics of the pretty church.  I've never been inside, but I love the exterior especially the towers:


I took Marsilly to Bosworth to Lyell to Alemeny to Brotherhood Way to Lake Merced to Higuera to Arballo to Font to Holloway to Junipero Serra to Mercedes to Cerritos where I got a few pics.  I love the purple flowers that are all over these hills:

I continued on Cerritos to Ocean to Aptos to Darien to San Benito to San Anselmo to Santa Clara to Portola to Corbett to Ord and home for dinner.  Mr. Poe is working late tonight so I'm stuck feeding myself and the dogs.

Bike Mileage:

Week to date26.9
Month to date933.6
Year to date2,846.7
To Goal5,153.3
Over (Under) plan304.2
YTD Mileage vs Last Year651.8
Rolling Year6,073.2
Since Inception 10/1/0736,773.6