Riding Between The Raindrops

March 9th, 2011 • Posted in AIDS Lifecycle

The training continues… One of the ride leaders, Ben Armstrong, posted a “Guide to the Ride” on his website, describing each day by mileage and elevation. Seeing the seven days mapped out is further motivation to keep up the training and keep adding miles.

After an unseasonable warm start to the year, we’re back into stretches of cold weather. In fact, a couple of weekends ago they said it was going to snow in San Francisco. In the end, I think a shivering camera crew at the top of Twin Peaks saw a few flurries for a minute, but the snowflakes never made it to my neighborhood. Bracing myself for wet weather, I decided to participate in a “cyclothon” at Gold’s Gym. I wound up doing four hours of spin classes. Crazy, right? On top of that, the rainy Sunday I was planning for never came and I wound up spinning while sunshine streamed into the room.

Training Ride

The predictions for weather were a bit more accurate last weekend. We were able to get some miles in on Saturday — a 42-mile ride that included a climb up the Marin Headlands and the Tiburon Loop. It was a clear morning, so we were treated to a gorgeous view at the top of the Headlands.

All in all, a great ride with lots of rolling hills and few good climbs. One note to fellow bicyclists: The parking lot on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge is all tore up. Be prepared to stop and walk your bikes across the dirt.

The rain came the next day, washing out the possibility for a ride. The forecast for this weekend are cloudy skies but no rain. Fingers crossed.

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