Monday, November 4, 2019

Better than I thought......

6:57 am - Monday - November 4th - Ramona, CA - 36° F, 50% humidity, wind - CALM.....clear, blue, chilly skies this morning with a forecast high of 82°.

TLE and I began our Sunday exercising.  I went up to the trailer to retrieve my Intense 5.5 for another ride.  This time I decided to ride, as far as I could, up the fire road to the highest point in the park.  As I related yesterday, my goal is to eventually be able to ride all the way to the top without stopping, but achieving that goal is a few weeks away.  I did manage to ride about 2/3's of the way, while pushing my bike up the other 1/3.  The gradient up this road runs from 8-12%.  Once at the top you have a 360° view, and a long, technical downhill.  In all the total loop is around 1.75 miles.  I did that once, and then rode my normal loop up to the water tower, down to the office, and back up the hill to the trailer one time and I was done.  That's the first time I have ridden my bike two days in succession in a very long time.  I threw in some pushups, situps and back exercises to sweeten the deal.  All of that took me from 9 am until 9:45 am.  I spent another 15 minutes adjusting the air pressure in my front and rear shocks, and throwing a little White Lightning lube on my chain before walking back to the Newell.

 At top next to the microwave 'tower'

We spent the rest of the day relaxing outside on the 'lido deck' in low 80's temps watching Sunday NFL football, and reading.  I walked down to the office around 1:30 pm to retrieve an Amazon package (Gorilla glue gun) which was just ordered some 20 hours before...amazing!

And that was the extent of our Sunday shenanigans......I did find out I was in better riding shape than I had imagined after so many months of not riding, but I've got a long ways to go to achieve my goal of riding to the top of the fire road without stopping, or pushing my bike.

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