Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sometimes It Just Blows

and blows and blows and blows…the wind, that is.  Sometimes it even manages to change direction in tune with your ride, because Mother Nature says there’s no such thing as too much headwind.

When I woke up this morning, I knew the weather would be different than the last 2 months, because the sky was clear and the sun was out.  We’ve had weeks and weeks and weeks of cold cloudy/foggy mornings with no sunlight till nearly lunch.  Sweet! I thought, we’ll have some warmth on this ride.  What I didn’t expect was that we’d also have this new north wind as we headed south, before the shift to our normal south wind as we headed north.  Nearly 56 miles of headwind is bound to annoy even the most optimistic person, unless she is my coach in which case she’s delighted I got a good tough day out there.  Still, at least I had wonderful companions (who let me hang on their wheel when I was supposed to be riding easy in between intervals) and beautiful scenery!

They re-paved Watsonville Road just for us!
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Thank you, trees, for providing some small shelter from the wind.
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We had Day Road all to ourselves!
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No shelter at all from the wind coming back up the valley to San Jose
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Typical Northern California summer scenery – dry hills studded with oaks and farm fields in between
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Post-ride/run recovery eating at its finest
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TLC for tired legs
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And so ends another big week, with one more to go before a rest week! 

10 comments:

Clarese said...

The yogurt looks scrumptious - the ice bath, not so much.

SSB said...

Yogurtland is the best! So are ice baths. Or I'm trying to convince myself of that.

beardies3 said...

Great job!

MAJ said...

OMG I want that yogurt! LOL

Sounds like a great day.

Erin said...

Ice baths! ugh.. I can't do ice baths without booties on my feet. I can take the cold anywhere but not on my feet, hurts too much! You are brave!

heather said...

I don't know that I'd label ice baths as TLC! Yogurt definately, ice baths no.

Wes said...

That first pic is my favorite view

:-D

Admit it. Some of those headwinds came from you riding 30 mph :-)

Charisa said...

brrrrr ice bath :) Nice work!

SHERRY said...

OMG... that yogurt parfait! YUM!

It gets pretty darn windy here during our winter months, so I know how much of a challenge it can be. Way to win the showdown!

Midwestern Dot said...

Oh! I love newly repaved roads...to drive on and to bike on!