Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 SMR 30

Veteran's Victory Velo charity ride was today, but I opted out.  We started seeing the riders coming down about 8:20.  Looks like they didn't draw a very big field this year.

Hi Rick!
 Wildlife Encounter:  Turkeys in the cow patch... so many of them the cows were kind of freaking out.

Zero tarantulas... season's definitely over for them.

One rider with orange tires gave JB a hard time about having a vintage-looking steel bike with an iPhone mounted to the handlebars.  Actually he made the mount himself out of an aluminum extrusion scrap from a window or something... said he just didn't like any of the commercially available mounts.

What the... ???  Summit Wall is ONE FREAKING WAY, dude.

Charlie took video of me on last Wednesday Night's Ride - I thought I looked way cooler than this though.

Scott Up and Down from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 WNR 18

Just me tonight.  The guys from work were either out of town or did the MTB ride instead.  JB showed up at the Junction and said he had a flat on the way to The Mountain.

Roadkill Report:  tree squirrel at the Loading Dock

I did the first mile kind of fast and then just tried to push a little harder than usual so I had a decent result.  Little windy in a couple of the sections.

The sun is setting early enough now that it's not in your eyes in too many places while descending, but it's still light enough to see the road well.

Wildlife Encounter:  two deer

Deer Crossing from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 SMR 29

JB skipped out to go watch a football game, so it was just me and a few dozen riders on The Mountain.

Wildlife Encounter:  two deer on The Approach (NGR below The Gate)

Tarantula Tally:  one squished one near Moss Landing.

Wildlife Encounter:  COYOTE! at Coyote Flats

Doodoo-Head Driver Award goes to this Dangerous Dumbass:


Almost forgot about this guy - on a hand cycle just past THE BUMP... chappeau dude.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 WNR 17

Me, Kevin, and Charlie tonight.  JB started early and waved as he was coming down.

Charlie mounted his GoPro on his seatpost so maybe he'll send me some video or photos of me riding behind him.

GoPro on the seatpost - zoom in if you can't see it.

Kevin is determined to get faster and asked me for some training ideas so today's idea was big gear, low cadence practice.  I figured work on strength and he did a great job but didn't last the whole ride... his legs got all rubbery by mile 4.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

2014 SMR 28

Somehow wound up at the Gate about 10 minutes early - almost decided to get a head start on JB but then was joined by special guest... RICK.

Rick's been tearing it up in the NorCal criterium and road race circuit and has all the points he needs to be a Cat 2 but is waiting until some more of his team mates get theirs as well so they can make a big statement and all cat up at once.

Wildlife Encounter:  at least four deer at the bottom of The Bump.

Slummin it with the slow guys.

JB turned around at Junction for some kind of family function in The City.

Wildlife Encounter:  turkeys at the Upper Ranch.

We decided to call this stump "The Totem Pole"
 Tarantula Tally:  two flat ones.
Peak heart rate up The Wall was almost
three beats per second.  Anybody impressed?

Rick gives the best leadouts:

DipsSprint from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

2014 WNR 16

Damn nice weather tonight.  Tall Charlie wanted some personal video so he could critique his technique so I put the Contour on Seatstay Cam Mode.

Zach, Kevin, and Matt took off on PB efforts but I held back a bit to keep Charlie in my field of view. Kevin scored his PB and was pretty proud of himself; I suggested an appropriate reward would be an official Mount Diablo Jersey.

Tarantula Tally:  one crawler at the washout.

Gettin' dark earlier and earlier!  We're thinking the first Wednesday in October will be our last of the season.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day Bonus Post

Went to spin class yesterday.  The cool video thing they usually do on Sunday mornings was broken.  

Look at all that DATA!
I had a moment of sudden clarity when I uploaded this screen shot from Training Peaks.  With a lot of free services they offer a taste of the deluxe data, and if you want additional data  you have to pay for the premium subscription price or something and that makes sense of course.  But with Training Peaks, they give you WAY TOO MUCH data with the free plan, and if you want to filter it all out into something more useful you have to pay the fee... BRILLIANT!

Who has opposable thumbs, a box full of tools, and can install his own fenders?   THIS GUY!  I figure the earlier I put them on, the earlier it'll start raining and save California from the drought.

I kind of wanted black fenders, to keep with the stealth look of my fixed-gear commuter, but REI only had chrome ones and I didn't really feel like shopping around.

I was a little concerned that it'd look too much like a Harley... what do you think?

Fenders are notoriously finicky to install, but when you get it right, there is a real pride of craftsmanship.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 SMR 27

Whoa - hot this morning.

Lots of people riding anyway.

Tarantula Tally:  two cadavers

Kind of windy above Junction, but it was nice.

I'm 100% recovered from the pelvis fracture in March.
But I'm still nervous around the curves.

OOPS!  Camera mount let loose.

I've made the switch to mini Clif bars - because the big ones
are a bit too much for a plain old Saturday Morning Summit

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 WNR 15

New guy MATT joins us tonight.  He's been up Diablo before on a solo trip.

Matt likes softball more than cycling, but the season's over.

Kevin wanted to go for a PB tonight and I thought he had it, but he flared out after about 4 miles.

Warmer than I was expecting, or I would've gone sleeveless.  

Matt got into cycling because his wife was a rider.  Then wife gave it up but he hasn't.

At the Junction, there was a guy there who maybe was kind of new to cycling.  He asked the group of us "How do you guys cool your legs off after a hard ride?".  I told him cooling off your legs wasn't an objective - better to keep them warm.  He seemed to think that professional athletes take ice baths after big efforts.  I've never heard of such a thing.  Massage: yes.  Jacuzzi: yes.  Compression sleeves: yes.  Ice baths: No... not unless there's some inflammation in your knees or something.

Tarantula Tally:  ONE crawler near Coyote Flats.  I think that makes the last six rides in a row.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

2014 SMR 26

Beautiful weather, lots of riders enjoying the Mountain this morning.

You know what's worse than the walk of ignominy?
Not even trying.

Tarantula Tally:  TWO.  One near Sunset... he was still but looked alive.  Then another on the way down past Son of Chainbuster... a couple had gotten out of their car to photograph it.

Wildlife Encounter:  a young deer on NGR outside of the Park... ran across the road in front of me.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2014 WNR 14

Intervals in Sunday's spin class

Me, Kevin, and Zach.  Kevin was eager to challenge himself after last week's PB.  Zach was more restrained after last week's MTB crash.  Also Zach's second time up so he understands the Mountain a little better than last time.

Tarantula Tally:  one crawler at the ZigZag

Starting to get that long shadow / sunset in your eyes feel that comes with this time of year.

I registered for Foxy's today - sound off in the comments!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 SMR 25

Flat Damn It:  on Walnut Avenue, rear tire, I rode out to the traffic circle so JB would see me if he hadn't gotten that far yet.  Fixed it and then cracked the threads on my CO2 inflator... not the ones that thread into the cart, just the ones that thread into the holder so it still works fine.

Roadkill Report:  skunk on the approach to the Gate.

So I get to the Gate at 8:10 and no rock and no JB so I figured today would be a solo ride and I put myself in endurance mode.

Didn't stop at Junction cuz I needed the outhouse at Sunset so I took a little break there and rearranged my flat tire fixing stuff.  Determined that the punctured tube was repairable so I rolled it up better in my pocket.

Then at Muir I hear a pop and feel a little burst of air and I figure my repair failed for some reason, but it wasn't really that loud, and my tire wasn't going flat, so it must've been something else... like I ran over a balloon or something - yeah, I'm pretty sure I would've seen that.  So I pull over and inspect the tire and everything's fine and I conclude maybe the used CO2 cart in my seatbag vented off some pressure somehow.

edit:  yup, sort of.  I guess those plastic threads were more important than I thought.

At the Summit Lower Lot I always stop and make sure I'm ready for the Wall... I have a drink from my bottle and usually some HammerGel and take some deep breaths and get my heart rate down into Zone 1 before I start up.  It's probably overkill but it's routine and I like it.  It also gives me a chance to listen for any cars that are coming up so I don't get in front of one because they can't pass once you get past the split to single lane width road.  But today a big black SUV zoomed in right behind me right at the no passing point and the driver had to watch me plod up the whole way... he didn't seem to mind and I gave him a thank you wave at the top.

These guys had a bunch of microwave antennas; I think they
were trying to communicate with their home planet.

My Contour camera worked much better today - it's been getting kind of quirky the last few rides but did everything right today... even the GPS recording... I should do a video... except I didn't catch anything too interesting.  Did have a close call with a loose dog near the goat yard.

Rawhide from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 WNR 13

Tarantula Tally:  One crawler near the 2,000 ft rocks.

Kevin wanted to do a PB so I made him suffer and he did... and he enjoyed it.

Seppi's first time up all year... he was dragging a bit.

Tarantula Tally:  one crawler near the 2,000 ft rocks.

Weather Words:  very nice!  Warm with a bit of a breeze.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

2014 SMR 24

Weather words:  cool and windy at the bottom, hot and calm at the top.

Smelled like smoke near Blue Oak which is scary - Ranger Carl said there's nothing going on in the Park but smoke from fires farther north is drifting in.

Brown fog over the east bay hills as well.

This guy pulled out in front of me on Walnut Avenue and we rode about the same speed all the way up.  He had a jersey that was the dark green of the official State Park jersey, but it was for something else.

Wildlife Encounter:  nothing special but big swarms of dragonflies and a huge flock of turkey vultures.