Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunday SART (1997 Cannondale/No Gina ride)

Today was a totally awesome ride. I felt great! Gina did some visiting today so I figured Jose and I would push the pace a bit and we did. Well as much as the wind let us, pretty stiff headwind. I was worried as my legs were pretty tired the previous night after doing the 51 with Gina. I figured if all else failed, I'd ride Jose's wheel all day long. After exchanging pulls with Jose at the start of the ride I started feeling really really good. Jose  started to struggle so I did longer pulls and let him up front for short periods so I could get a little rest. At one point heading to the coast just after Warner he fell off my wheel. It was on the short uphill of one of the underpasses. I slowed to let him back on since we both had planned to ride together. My motto "don't drop anyone that starts the ride with you and helps out". Well he got back on so I figured he was tired so I sat up to take a swig of water. I asked Jose, "do you need some water?". He replied, "NO, I NEED MY TRUCK!". Ha ha ha, I thought that was funny and that statement made my ride today! He later told me he could tell that I was riding much stronger and that the weight loss and proper diet has made a big difference in my riding. I don't post this to brag but it really is a great feeling and makes one proud when you see your efforts paying off!

Just before the coast we ran into a couple of dudes, Andy (I sure hope my memory hasn't failed me) and Chris. We exchanged some ride stories and bike stories. The first pic is Andy's bike. He was telling me that this is considered the "low end" model. Seriously, I was ashamed to park my bike in the same vicinity as this rig, it's sweet! These guys were pretty friendly so we had some good laughs and good conversation.

Later Bad Bob and The Legend Greg arrived at the rest stop. Again more good chit chat. At one point Andy said he is known for wearing the color of his jersey. Bad Bob said, "no, Mr. Beanz is known for wearing this color!". Andy then said," Then I'm the Asian version of Mr. Beanz!" ha ha ha! I thought that was funny! Oh well, I may have to change my colors soon anyway as Bad Bob was telling me that my jersey really needs to be replaced. He said it has seen better days. Wow, I bought this thing about 3 months ago after my first of it's color was pretty thrashed. Hm, I must be really hard on jerseys ha ha! Well I'll replace it after I lose a few more pounds, maybe something real cool looking!

On the return, we rolled by a group of about 4 or 5 guys. One of them left his group to work with us. Pretty strong dude! Made for a fun return.

Anyway, it was a great ride and a pretty cool day as far as friends and new friends!

                                                    Andy's "low end" rig....OKAY!

                                   Andy and Chris...again, hoping I got Andy's name correct.

                                                                     Strike a pose!


                                                    Lucas was there for a short visit.

                                                                The Legend Greg

                                                                            Bad Bob

                                                       My 1997 CAD3 Cannondale

                                                Some dude we picked up on the return.



  1. Nice meeting you today, Mr. Bean!!
    Hope we meet again!!

    1. Likewise! You guys were a couple of cool dude with some good humor! :-)