The ride started out well with my normal spin through Shady Lane. By the bump at the Left Bank in Downtown Larkspur, I knew my legs just weren't there. At the base of Camino Alto, I geared down and started whistling a tune. This would surely keep me from pushing too hard. According to Strava, my time up Camino Alto was 7 minutes and 53 seconds. This is quite impressive compared to my record of 5 minutes 50 seconds (I had to work like a mad man to get sub 6 minutes). I think I over-extended myself a bit on the Mill Valley Bike Trail as I hit 20 miles per hour more than a few times. But I made up for my exertion with a segment from Golden Gate Market in Sausalito to the Bridge of 8 minutes and 34 seconds. Compare this to my record of 6 minutes 12 seconds which I set only two days ago.
|Ominous clouds over Alcatraz and the Bay|
My pace this morning rewarded me with a fine gift. Upon hitting Fort Mason, it started to rain. As I reached the top of the pitch looking over the piers, I got this --
If I would have been one minute later or earlier, I would have completely missed the rainbow. The show lasted for all of thirty seconds. But I happened to hit the top at the perfect moment.
Feeling at peace with my rainbow connection (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSFLZ-MzIhM) I was able to complete the commute in perfect crawling cadence. The final stats are impressive. Total commute time, 1 hour 36 minutes and 43 seconds of moving time. Compare this to my previous record/low of 1:35.46 and an average through 69 commutes year to date of 1:23.11. In short (or maybe long), I achieved my goal and feel better for it. I am ready to get this day going. Happy riding.