Did someone say "Pagan Rituals"? Daring. Unafraid. Ummm... being new to that, and all. Would Beer be appropriate for, you know, ummm... "pagan rituals"? Doh! oh! you were just talking about a sunset ride. My bad! Maybe I'll join you anyway.
Road Ride 01:27:00 breaks 01:38:46 12.6 mph 4:46 pace HR avg 100 / max 143
06/28/17 - Antother pretty warm evening ride. Saw a dude stopped looking at a turtle all turtled up near AWMA road. Big turtle, about a foot long and maybe 8 inches tall. Assumed it was his. Not sure if any wild ones would be that big and right there on the bike trail.
06/27/17 - Surprisingly few folks out on such a sensational evening ride. Nature's air conditioning was the perfect temp. Air quality even seemed a bit clearer over the LA basin. With all that goodness going on, I still turned around at Beeks. I planned on Sierra Peak, but on the way up I got in my head all the things I needed to do before the day was done, and my chain was complaining it was a bit dry, so, with the sun in my eyes, I called it a short ride. Nonetheless it was a... Great Ride!
06/22/17 - Late start- 9:AM. 2nd ride on new Primer,asphalt section now way easier. Once on the dirt 93 degrees in the shade up to the peak . At 4C's next 4 miles zero shade. Basicly way too hot. Started pre hydrating for this ride on the day of the Blackstar Neoplatonic Ride and also wore water management sun blocking clothing and brought lots of water. Otherwise would not have made it to the Peak. At the Peak took 2 D-Ribose tablets, 2 B-12 tablets, 3 Source of Life Gold Chewable Nutrition tablets and 1 Hammer Nutrition Gel Shot. This combo is an excellent anti bonking kit. Guaranteed instant revitalization. Air conditioning on the way down.
Mountain Bike Ride 02:21:24PR breaks 03:34:32 7.4 mph 8:04 pace HR avg 122 / max 147
06/21/17 - Made the call at a few places to do a Summer Solstice ride up Blackstar. Looks like about 25 people answered the call. Really hot to start, mid 90's ish. Once up into Hidden Valley, things were actually pretty pleasant. Lots of shade and not too hot.
Got up to Beek's in time to watch a pretty decent sunset and enjoy a beer and meet some new people.
Then, an initially cool descent that got warmer and warmer.
Lots of hikers down in the flat areas as we exited - probably one or two of them are the asshats that put in the new spray paint graffiti.
Thanks to all who came out - it was a great evening.
06/21/17, 09:23 AM Sheriff was out there ticketing cars for parking on the wrong side. I told him about someone was actively painting on the road. His only response was "right now"?. Yup. Turns out there was more than 1 Sheriff around, so maybe he actually drove in to investigate?
06/21/17 - Nice solstice sunset from the top. Large turnout for Rumpled's callout for paganism. Apparently there are a lot of pagan MTB'rs. Really comfortable at the top, I was a bit concerned it would be a cold nighttime descent, but once out of HR it was downright warm again. Great Ride!
06/18/17 - Mayhem. Anarchy. Here’s how it went down. Body Central sent the word out Friday that I was doing a longer ride Sunday afternoon when the cool breezes kick in. Everybody was totally down for that, but nobody raised a flag when the digestive tract went on a sugar binge of cookies and cupcakes at last nights party and even proceeded to fuel the next day on leftover cookies and cupcakes. Nothing said. And so it was predictable, really. Should have noticed the sluggish climbing but was focused on the empty trails and promised cool afternoon breezes. But the climbs were feeling a bit tough and soon enough it could not be ignored, the digestive tract was complaining of no substance food, the legs were complaining of no power and pointed their collective leg fingers at the digestive tract. And that was that, all that internal conflict going on and it was decided to abort the original longer ride plan and make the right turn for Beers and Burgers. Still, a Great Ride!
06/15/17 - After work ride w/ Ben tonight. Our ride had similar numbers to this. Burped my front tire which made the tire wobble. Did our best to get it seated on the rim but still some wobble. Time for a new tire.
06/10/17 - Fantastic ride yesterday with Dino, Ben and Jonna . We did 7 Oaks variation and it was super fun and a little sketch ((-; after climbing Radford with some extra credit to boot . Always a challenge riding with those three amigos !!
06/11/17, 07:21 AM This is the kind of ride I like to do. I have been in all those trails but in two separate rides. To make it all in the same ride, all 52 miles, now in my shitty shape I am, is impossible.
I am very envious. Good for you guys that you can do it.
06/05/17 - Another pleasantly placid pedal through abundantly bright wildflowers. The Lizards were quite well represented, but nary another human soul was to be seen thru-out the journey. Lovely weather! Great Ride!
06/01/17 - Ruh roh! Bunch of hammerheads showed up for tonight's BS ride. Things started out tame but eventually the pace beat me down. Fun to ride with J&S on the tandem. Hoping for warm sunny days ahead. Great Ride!
06/01/17 - Not the exact route but real similar in miles/ascent/etc. Rode with KWH and Josh. Cold and gloomy the whole ride, but at least I was prepared. Still riding without the Camelbak pack and I feel far less fatigued after a ride. Great Ride!
05/27/17 - Beautiful, bountiful breezes blew by blatantly. Felt like a sensational spring day. Trails were basically empty. Felt good throughout. Tried using a fanny pack with 2 small bottles and biking necessities. My back and shoulders were loving it after decades of toting the Camelback with a load of stuff. But, rationing water is something to get used to. Super Southern California day, it's why I live here. Great Ride!
05/24/17 - Had a good time riding up Maple Springs and Main Divide on a demo Santa Cruz Carbon Tallboy 3. Was Enjoying all the greenery, flowers, electric blue sky and all the different kinds of clouds. Stopped a mile from Santiago Peak to take in the panoramic view. Along came a group of dark clouds. As they passed in front of the sun they exploded with firey mother of pearl iridescence, at one time surrounded by a rose petal like reef of illumination with a silver sun like an Eye of Ra in the center controlling the action. This went on for 20 minutes. Made it up to the peak and crused back down.
05/24/17, 10:14 PM This was so amazing I had to do some research to figure out what happened. I was just in the right place at the right time when some ice crystal bearing clouds passed in front the sun and importantly I was wearing dark sunglasses, without them I would not have been able to see this going on. I did notice that factor at the time. Interestingly even though it was hot today all of the clouds were ice crystal type.
05/26/17, 10:48 AM LOL : I Really enjoy the days when nature is showing what it can do, but since I'm looking into getting a new bike the TB3 factor was of equal importance and enjoyed that a lot also.l
Mountain Bike Ride 01:15:00 breaks 01:20:00 9.1 mph 6:37 pace HR avg 148 / max 166
05/03/17 - Last Thursday night ride. Unfortunately I ate dirt, in other words I fell. One of those falls that messes you up more than expect. I got a big hematoma in my right thigh that keeps me confined at home. I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!
04/22/17 - Simple little Friday evening 1 hour ride turned into a 7 hour ordeal at Urgent Care then ER. In the end 1 cracked rib, 4 bruised ribs, and a very nasty, big, deep and very bloody cut caused by my watch digging into my skin, 9 stitches. Front wheel washed out and I went down real hard. Busted my rear brake, sheared the Right Master Cylinder cap right off, almost. I was badly shaken and lots of blood soaked my brand new glove, and I knew I was the only person out there, no choice but to self-rescue. First time I ever had to walk the Luge, but I rode home from there and drove myself to Urgent Care. Then that morphed in to an Ambulance ride to the ER. Turns out all the issues they were concerned about were non-issues. I am very lucky my cut did not reach tendons and possibly never ride again. As it is, a short hiatus and I'll be back at it. Great Ride!, not so great crash.
Mountain Bike Ride 04:42:01 breaks 05:18:01 9.7 mph 6:10 pace
04/29/17 - Woke up to major wind. Temps warm but the wind was brutal till 10 am or so. Everywhere seemed to be I was riding into a head-wind. Tough. Just under 1200 riders but $144,000 raised today. Lots of stream crossings. They rerouted the end to avoid riding up to the SCE tower, which was fine by me as getting warm and tired by then. My GPS showed 46 miles exactly and only 4,150 feet of elevation gain. Go figure. Fun raffle event even though I didn't win anything as usual. Big shout-out to all the volunteers to help pull off a successful 11th Annual Rwanda Ride.
04/22/17, 12:44 PM I like to 'stand up' a lot and if the gear is to easy there's no way to stand for very long. Takes some getting used to, maybe worth a try. Also, I'm running 'light' 400g wheels which makes it easier to push the bigger gear.
Road Ride 01:33:08 breaks 01:44:31 11.7 mph 5:06 pace HR avg 95 / max 137
04/17/17 - Normal group ride until going back some dude corssed over to pass a pedestrian in a blind spot and crashed me. Ended up in the creek. Little road rash, bike seems OK for those who are wondering.