I'm taking this week off of work for some much-needed R&R. I kept waffling about where to ride, so I put some routes together on Strava, and now I have my to-do list. It's great to have just enough of a plan that I can get up in the morning, pick a ride, and go.
I'm feeling the fatigue today. Dog Park
yesterday, and pushing the big gears up the Triunfo singletrack
today. My hamstrings in particular are done. I climbed
most of the way up Brookview on the big ring. Uff!
Replacement pedals for the set I broke last
week arrived yesterday from Shimano's warranty department, so
my road bike will be back in action tomorrow.
I had a fun ride last night, hitting the climb up to the
Millennium Loop from the Bark Park on Las Virgines, and rode the
section of the Millennium Loop that
I skipped three years ago. I now feel
silly having skipped it— it's far easier than I
The area is fantastic, full of speedy climbs and fun, flowy
singletrack. Great stuff.
Two flat tires on my mountain bike means it's time for fresh
Stan's. Front tire is golden. Rear, not so much. Tried to get it
rolling again, but the valve seal was leaking. Cleaned it
up, re-seated it. Nope. Gooped it up with sealant. Nope. So it
went to the shop for new rim tape and valve.
And, it seems that this might be necessary soon for the front
wheel as well. In the interest of self-sufficiency, I'm planning
on swapping out the tape & valve myself. I'm ordering the
necessary supplies (rim tape and new valves), and when the seal on
the front tire goes south, it'll be time.
This is stressing me more than usual, partly because it's
compounding some unrelated frustration this morning, and partly
because until that rear tire is holding air again, both
bikes are out of order.
I'm just trying to reestablish some sense of normal. New
clothes are on the way, as well as a fresh supply of krill oil to
replace the horrible giant fish oil gels that I've been taking,
the dogs are healthy, etc.
I'm trying to incorporate new and rarely-ridden (for me) trails
into my rides these days. And I did a few squats & swings
yesterday, which gave me just enough excuse to do a
mostly-road lollipop ride that includes the trail
to Liberty Cyn.