Category Archives: biking

The bridge and beyond

I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time this past weekend for another ALC training ride. (The map I drew is a rough estimation of the path we took.) We started off early in the morning and climbed out of the Presidio to bike across the bridge, into Sausalito through Tiburon and back around. I loved everything except the bridge (and the flat I got just before the biggest climb). There was a ridiculous amount of fog crossing in the morning. Going north on the bike path you are moving against the flow of traffic which is slightly unnerving. There are boats going under you with their fog horns blaring and on the way back the Blue Angels were flying over head. (Which was awesome once I wasn’t biking and able to watch.) Let’s also not forget the tourists that have no idea what they’re doing and stop whenever they want and the other cyclists who feel they don’t need to warn you before flying past you and said tourists at ridiculous speeds. Needless to say, I’m more than happy staying down south for my training.

Crossing the bridge on the way back. Still loads of fog!

But afterward there was a raffle, as there typically is at these get togethers, and I won a 60 minute massage! 2010 really is my lucky year, I think karma is making up for the last 26 years when I never won anything!

Bikers milling around waiting for the raffle.

However, Fiona (my bike) has been having rear derailleur issues so I had to take her back to the shop after having picked her up only a few days before this ride. I’m hoping my amazing mechanic can work his magic yet again and make her work.

Training begins

This past weekend I went on my first two official ALC training rides. It was so great to finally get out and put miles on my bike. Especially after having gotten used to riding 40+ miles on weekends and then nothing.

The first ride was one I was used to since I live on the peninsula, however Sunday’s ride was a real treat. I had never ridden in the city except to/from work and to/from a bar or friend’s house. Who knew you could go from sun to fog to mist to sun all in one day in a city that is 7×7 miles? I’ll be house sitting in Potrero for the first half of October so it will great to explore the different routes folks use. Especially over the Golden Gate Bridge!

Saturday's ride through the Peninsula

Really real

I recently went to a mixer/reunion for AIDS/Life Cycle and wow am I excited.

When I got back from traveling in Dec I saw an ad somewhere for ALC 9 and thought that this was exactly what I needed to help me get through post traveling sadness.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a good enough bike and quickly found out I had to raise $3,000 dollars.  Not something I was ready for while still on the hunt for a job.  So 9 came and went.

Now I have a shiny new bike and am working on my fund-raising page to get that 3k.  Like I told folks at the event last week, I’m not afraid of the nearly 600 miles, most the $3,000 I have to raise.  But I have a little less than a year so I think I should be able to work it out somehow.

Ready, set, go!

It’s that time again

So it turns out that the spring is break a bone time for me. Last year around this time I broke my right foot. That took a good 4 months to heal and I nearly messed up my trip. This year I’ve gone and broken my LEFT foot. The doctor has told me that this time it’ll only take a month (due to lots of glorious blood flow to that part of my foot) but I’m not that optimistic.

Unfortunately this means that I can’t go on my very first ride in June like I had hoped.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll still be able to do Waves to Wine in September but I’m not making any commitments until this stupid foot situation has worked itself out.

Lesson learned?  Be careful in the spring time, folks.

What have I gotten myself into?

So I finally registered for my first proper ride a week or so ago and I decided to do the longest one, 80 miles.  The next step down was 45 miles which I’ve already done and so I figured I would challenge myself.  I may have challenged myself a little too much…  Here’s the ride:

As you can see there are two climbs both around 2,200 feet.  The most I’ve done is 1,700 feet and that took me about an hour of stopping and starting.  So to do two huge hills effectively back to back is going to be a huge endeavor for me.  But! I have a month and would like to think that this is totally something I can do. I mean, I scaled volcanoes and dove depths all through Central America, I can totally do this!