The downhill along the ridge is not recommended. Classic Simi ridge-running trail. I walked a significant portion. Fun to check out for the sake of exploration, but I won't be back.
Took my first shot at climbing Heartbreak Hill today. It wasn't so much a bike ride as an interval training session:
- pedal hard uphill
- when you can't pedal, lose traction, or veer off the line, stop and pant for 90 seconds.
- hike-a-bike to the next spot where I can remount
That continued until I hit the bottom of the the last pitch, which is rideable by someone, but not by me. Loose, gravelly, and brutally steep.
I'd love to ride this clean one day. Straight through, bottom to top, no stopping. But that's not going to be today, or any day soon. It's going to take time to build the skills and conditioning required. But I'll keep trying it now and then, when the mood strikes me.
There are a few random fire roads around Agoura that I've always wanted to explore. Today, I finally got to ride a couple of them.
As often happens, the mystery was more fun than the reality. I don't think I'll ever ride either one again. But the idea of a weird, bushwhacking loop through Agoura crossed my mind. Maybe there's a way to link up a few of these grungy old trails and make something interesting out of 'em.
But today, it was fun to just wander wherever time allowed.
I've been focused on doing bigger lunchtime rides, and barbell workouts if/when I have time. I've been riding or lifting nearly every day, and the results have been generally good. I posted strong times on Rock Store, Mulholland, and Westlake.
And today, with allergies kicking my ass, I still managed to match my 3rd best time up Rock Store, just 20 seconds or so off my PR.
That's all good stuff.
But it's time to switch gears. The plan was to add muscle, and I have. Back in September I weighed around 182, and I've grown to around 191. My measurements (waist, chest, thigh) haven't changed, and my clothes fit just fine (better, in fact), so I'm reasonably sure the bulk of that weight is muscle.
But still. I've hit the half-way point in my progress toward 175# @ 12% body fat. It's time to focus on weight loss. Food diary is starting back up, and after-dinner snacks are officially suspended.