Critical Section


breathless again

Monday,  05/04/15  08:45 PM

Last Saturday I rode the Breathless Agony, once again*, and was once again breathless and in agony. 

This is a horrible 114 mile ride from the flatlands of Redlands up to the Onyx Summit at 8,440' above Big Bear Lake, and every year I ride it, hate myself for riding it, wonder why I'm riding it, and then afterward feel much better and soon cannot wait to ride it again.  Proof positive, if any were needed, that middle-aged cyclists are masochists.

* 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

This year I made it seriously harder by making bottles with expired protein formula; note to self, don't do that.  Turns out you cannot climb very well when you run out of calories...


Herewith, some pictures:


endless stretches as the sun rises, before the first climb


summit #1, Jackrabbit, a Paris-Roubaix clone


summit #2 of Oak Glen, the steepest but not the hardest


climbing "Damnation Alley" to summit #3 at Angeles Oaks


forcing a smile


cresting summit #3, yay


hitting 7,000' on the way to summit #4, this is where it gets really bad


the summit!  Yay.  Not feeling that great, yet...


but after a period of lying-on-my-back recovery, ready to pose with the Reaper

Onward!  Can't wait to do it all again next year :)

Home
Archive
flight
About Me
W=UH
Email
RSS   OPML

Greatest Hits
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Unnatural Selection
Lying
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji The Nest Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
Confidence
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
entertainment
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
resolved
to space
notebooks
where are the desktop apps?