Archive for October, 2008

Fall Day Bike Ride

| October 25, 2008 11:58 am
Fall Day Bike Ride

Fall usually means cooler temperatures and changing colors of the leaves.  But this is California and fall here is often like summer elsewhere.  It was a lazy day today and I did not want to do to much because I am racing tomorrow up Henry Coe.  A nice bike ride around the reservoir seemed about right.  We decided to take single bikes instead of the tandem.  That allowed me to take a few pictures, and video along the way.

The weather was wonderful, sunny in the mid 80’s.  It makes us wonder why we would want to live anywhere else.  We started up Mantelli, which is a short, but steep climbing.

Then it was around the reservoir.  The water level is way down, so we are headed for a drought if we don’t get more rain this winter.

As we often do, we stopped for lunch at a Deli on the way.

Fast Henry Coe Tandem Climb

| October 16, 2008 8:42 pm

Seems like my recent entries have all been about some new speed thing.  But when we work hard to bike fast I guess I like to write about it.  Today we did a club ride up Henry Coe on the tandem.  I kind of got the idea to push the pace as we were crossing the bridge.  But then there were a couple of riders on single bikes ahead of us so that sealed the deal.   At the top at the ranger station, Ann sat in the seat of an old farm machine while someone took our photo.  If we look tired, we were.

Here is how our time compared with previous best times.  We took more than 3 minutes off our previous best time on the tandem.

Henry Coe Climb

Distance: 6.75 miles, Climb: 2,120 feet, Avg Grade: 5.5%
Time SJ Bicycle Club Race – Woodchopper to Lower Parking Lot
Date
Time
Weight
Max HR
Avg HR
Ft/Min
Single
Tandem
10/15/08
52:58
164
152
9/10/08
41:19
138
162
156
51.3
9/7/08
46:51
138
153
143
4/19/08
56:15
140
165
148
10/28/07
37:34
136
176
168
56.5

But looking at my heart rate curve, I see I had plenty left since I rarely went into the “Red Zone”.  That means we can set another record. Hum, I think I hear Ann saying OH NO!