back and forth

My two lives. My late night/early mornings life of mad crafty energy, where my fingers itch to create and my mild mannered day life of teaching, biking, tennis and the love of my life!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

West side of Cantelow!

So this was supposed to be the weekend of the Ill Fated Tour....(edited) : and I learn that I can do hills!

ANYWAY, I rode this morning. Did Solano Lake hill once, and
then rode down the beautiful Pleasants Valley Rd and hit the west side of
Cantelow. Just as the race team was coming down! I smiled off to the side (it really looks pretty cool ala peloton) as they came down (narrow road, and some swung wide on the turn. They were at ~35 mph, not something to get in the way of!) and got some smilesand nods back. So fun to watch. Diane went down towards the gathering group.
I waited for her, then decided to head up on my own. And up and up!! The road was loose with gravel, but I went up and thought for a while '...this isn't so bad' and then it got steeper! I saw a mature roadie up by a rail (who left as I headed up, embarrassed for having stopped??) and somehow I thought I was at the top, and I was already laboring for air and my legs were hurting , and I finally realized for the first time during a climb that I was going to have to go DOWN this up, so I pulled over obviously wasn't the top. IT was the turn before the REALLY steep part! I looked up, and remembered that the last time I went down it, I seriously thought I was
going to vault over the handlebars!! My heart was still pounding, and I thought, 'Okay, I'm good. I'm heading down' and even then, I couldn't make myself mount my bike and ride down. It was scary steep!! So I *walked* my bike down that section before it sloped a bit less and seemed acceptable to get back on and coast down. lol. Down a ways, I found Diane waiting in the shade. She had gone as far as she could and was waiting for me.

It was pretty awesome, though. After yesterday climbing up to the dam at Berryessa and today, I'm getting more confident with hills. I think I can keep going on grades that aren't as steep as Cantelow, and I think I could eventually get up Cantelow with practice, as long as I didn't have to go DOWN it! That was what seriously made up my mind to not continue UP
was the upcoming DOWN if I did...

I think I'm ready for Shasta next weekend.


At 9:54 PM, Blogger AmysBabies said...

Yay for hills! Down was always my favorite part, I love the wind in my hair.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi sock pal, I mailed your socks on Monday. :) Let me know when they arrive. I hope you like them. I'd love to see a picture on your blog!

At 12:18 PM, Blogger deedo said...

Jeanette, I love my socks!! I have the pic and everything, but blogger keeps telling me the field is blank...??? I'll keep working on it! LOVE THEM!! THANK YOU~!~


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