Sunday we persevered through a spectacular if crazy intense century, our second in our training and my second DIY figuring out the route for a century. We started, ridiculously, four hours late due to the bike store not having finished installing new parts (brake handles, bar tape, pedals) so were racing with the sundial all day. Still (and in spite of two flats) cannot really complain about what turned out be what feels like a perfect century: made our way from the bike store upstream through the San Francisco Marathon (toward its end, so with closed streets there was plenty of room), Golden Gate Park, Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito and several cute sister towns in Marin, Paradise Loop, San Quentin, hella winds around China Camp State Park with its commanding views of the North Bay, returned with the setting sun over the Bridge to the Legion of Honor, Cliff House, down the Pacific Coast, around Lake Merced into darkness through Stonestown Galleria, (the bike route literally goes under a shopping mall, surreal), St. Francis Woods and familiar neighboring Glen Park back to the Mission. About 35% more climbing than we’ll do on average during each day of our two days of centuries. Today, still in recovery mode. Am planning to buy new tires.
It’s been a pretty good week in spite of the cold and other setbacks. Made a point to get to that elusive gym class taught by my man Deven for my birthday Monday (on the weekend had celebratory libations with a medicinal tinge, kir royal, campari and grapefruit juice). Still working on getting this week’s miles in. A big focus this week has bee to finalize properly outfitting our bikes for the ride next month. We’re betting on one 28-year-old touring bike (Schwinn Voyageur) with new hand brakes, pedals, saddle, and bar tape slated for installation this weekend and one 12-year-old hybrid heavy on the patina, also ready for a new saddle. In conversations about centuries I’d say the #1 complaint I hear is about saddles, so hopefully we’ve chosen ok. Our intention is to keep the 205 mile ride as comfortable as possible.