A few Saturdays ago (2/12/11) I decided to throw myself back into it and see if I could complete a difficult ride. I knew I was biting off more than I could chew when I left, but knew if I was ever going to get back into the swing of things, I had to do it.
I recruited a friend of mine who is much stronger than I and we headed out to do a little Stinson Beach ride. It was a beautiful day, a little chilly to start, but not too bad. I knew there would be plenty of climbing to keep us warm.
The ride over to Stinson via HWY 1 was great, I felt pretty good, not too tired, but knew the worst was yet to come…
Fairfax/Bolinas to Ridgecrest is a great climb. If I was in shape. I am not in shape so it was somewhat painful. Within the first 5 minutes I told my buddy to go ahead as I would be dragging. I think it took me 25-30 minutes to get up, definitely something to improve on! Once at Ridgecrest there was still come climbing left on the 7 sisters. I’m never sure what sister is what, but I’m think that sisters 4-7 are the crankiest.
After the seven sisters, its a fun downhill. I realized while my buddy is much stronger overall, I still have some advantage on the downhill… it was fun to finally be in front of him, albeit for a short while.
The ride back from Mill Valley to San Francisco was slow, as my legs were feeling the climb and my knee was starting to bug me. We got back to SF in one piece and despite my tired legs, I was glad I did the ride.
Overall, as much pain as I was in, sometimes it takes a good ass kicking to make me realize how much work I need to do to get back into fighting shape!
Ride Time: 4:16:25
Total Time: 5:05:25
Average Speed: 13.4 mph
Avg Heart Rate: 138 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 174 bpm
Calories Burned: 4751 kcal