Wednesday, July 8, 2009

tues 7/7 skyline 6:30 @ peets, steady pace

First Skyline ride report:

We left Peet's not quite on time. Scott fixed a flat around John Muir Dr. After the initial climb up Skyline I was somewhat behind the rest of the group. Several times I found everyone waiting at a turn, and we took 280 twice due to trail closures. I stopped somewhere in the middle of an incline on Skyline to eat something, when it was already 8:20, though I don't think I felt its usefulness until Canada. I proceeded to miss a turn and proceeded onto Black Mountain when Scott and Andreux, returning, caught up to me, pointing this out. Instead of turning back, we carried onward to Wedgewood -> Lakeview -> Tartan Springs -> Crystal Springs, adding a swooping downhill and bonus climb to the route. I, uh, can't recommend it in my current state, but it's there, just so you know. At the top at Skyline was the last time I saw the front group.

Again on undulating ground, I lost the group until the middle of Canada, where I found Liz and Andreux. Some of us fought muscle cramps and finally arrived at Google just after 10:30.

Thanks to everyone for being patient, especially those who made sure I wasn't getting too lost. It was pretty nice, even with the freeways, though I'm sure 'll be recovering for a while.

Yoyo Zhou

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