Ride – 51 miles
Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 Qrings x 11-23 Ksyrium SL wheels
Breakfast – bagel and cream cheese
Ride food – 2 small bottles of water, half a powerbar
stats – 167lbs, resting HR 42, Max HR 203
Rosanna and I woke up to chilly temps and fog. AM 1000 (my wake up station… Travis Mayfield reporting!!!) was listing the accidents north and south from black ice. Yay. What’s the one thing you want to do in 35 degrees, fog and tired achy legs? Well go out and ride of course!
We headed down to Leschi to meet my teammates and Ro’s friend and husband. As my team headed off to do an epic day of Cedar Grove, Tiger, Squak, Zoo and Mercer… John and Lisa joined the four of us in an easy cruise around the south end of Mercer. The three of us broke off on the east side and headed toward Cougar.
All in all it was a great ride. For most of it we kept it an easy pace which I really needed as yesterday really had it’s way with my legs. Halfway up Cougar my hamstring really started to ball up and John started pulling away and he got to the top about 20 yards ahead. I cut a right and headed up to the very top and with my hamstring screaming I relied more on my quads and I am sure I looked like a monkey humping a football. Just plain ridiculous. The ride down Zoo was insane. The road is way torn up and gravel was everywhere. I hit 52mph before the hard left and then because of the road conditions I couldn’t keep a decent speed through the hairpins which was upsetting. Coming down Zoo is one of my favorite parts of this ride. Damn winter storms!
Back at Leschi, I spun down Lake WA Blvd to spin out my legs and try to work my hamstring out. It was such a beautiful day that I forgot about the pain and enjoyed the sunshine.
Pictures from the day-
How the day started… foggy and cold
Ro cruising around Mercer Island with the IJM.org crew
Above the fog on Mercer Island. Looking South to Renton across the water
John and Lisa making the climb up Cougar look easy
Brian… contemplating his hamstrings.
How the day ended…