Headwinds blow

As mentioned, I couldn’t make the normal recovery ride after our Half Moon Bay trip. After pulling a muscle, deep tissue massaging it and then going bowling… I figured my calf (and I) had done quite enough for one weekend. Of course, somewhere around 9am I started to feel guilty for skipping. I was awake. The loop’s pretty easy. I should’ve gone. Lactic acid was probably eating my muscles to death. I didn’t let anyone know that I wasn’t coming. And on and on it went. The other half of my brain (personality?) came back with a very cogent “but you don’t wanna re-pull my calf and get stranded” counterattack. After a good 30 minute mental struggle, I managed to prevent internal civil war with a compromise: I’d do a short, easy solo loop near the house. I’d still get to spin out the legs, but would be easily retrievable (by an unknowing Charles) should I accidentally break myself again.

I quickly suited up and rolled out. As you probably remember, there’s not much rideable area in my neighborhood, so I set out for the only viable destination near my house: the trail. Intending to keep the cadence high and the gears light, I downshifted a good bit — only to have to drop another 3 gears as the ever-present headwind smacked me in the face. I dodged pedestrians, dogs, strollers, kids (and a few slow arse people on bikes), all while battling what could only possibly be gale force winds. I managed to keep my speed up to an amazing 12ish miles an hour (on a route that has been proven to be +/- 1ft of elevation) before giving into the rational/lazy/superannoyed part of my brain somewhere around mile 4. I whipped around, took the tailwind and (carefully) sprinted for home.

Moral of the story? The Foster City trail, while convenient, is just not that fun to ride. Headwinds blow (literally), and slow people dodging will never really be fun. I did get a decent leg spin out, if only from the tailwind pushing me home… but the stress level certainly seemed too high to be true recovery.

FC Rec Loop


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An often sarcastic, occasionally humorous journal of my training adventures in preparation for the Livestrong century ride. I took up cycling back in '07 in hopes of meeting new people, and, with the help of Team in Training, making my small positive difference in the world -- and haven't stopped spinning since. Follow along as my Trek road bike and I try and hash out our differences, hopefully with me upright and in the saddle.

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