fall riding to folsom

Growing up in San Francisco I didn’t really experience autumn. In San Francisco the climate doesn’t change much between seasons, and I remember most of the trees (of which there weren’t all that many) being evergreen. So I didn’t really experience colorful autumns until I moved to the Davis/Sacramento area. Out here there are tons of trees, and every fall they erupt into an explosion of color.

The area near the American River Parkway has a ton of trees, which makes it a really nice bike ride this time of year.

Although there were tons of leaves that had fallen, the path itself was clear.

We started at the Sac state bridge.

And then rode about 20 miles to the Old Folsom bridge.

We refueled at a coffee/gelato shop in Old Folsom. Espresso bean gelato– rawr… I was trying to focus on the gelato, but my little point and shoot camera doesn’t have any way to select the focus point. The camera seems to like Ray’s bike and didn’t wanna focus on anything else. I, on the other hand, focused on eating my tasty gelato.

Old Folsom is quite nice. I like it better than Old Sacramento. They even have street performers here. This statue guy was teaching this little kid how to be a statue. I wish I had thought of that when I used to teach fourth grade boys Sunday school. My class would have been less rowdy if they were pretending to be statues.

My ride back was pretty quick. I stuck to the back of this paceline. The guy in front was a real beast, he was pulling 23 into a headwind the whole way, outside of this paceline I was pulling maybe 18 on my own.

It was my first ride in a while, so I guess I’m kind of out of shape. I’m hoping this is another mild winter, so I can continue biking through the winter and hopefully at least keep some of my endurance up.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • nice autumn days
  • fast pacelines to leech a draft off of

seoul search

The weather has been quite incredible lately, it’s kind of hard to believe that it’s November. I for one would like to take advantage of the awesome weather to get a little bit more riding in, before it gets cold and rainy.

Today I rode with Fan– he’s been wanting to ride for a while, and this has been the first day that we’ve been able to get our act together and actually ride. We decided to bike to Seoul, one of my favorite Korean restaurants in Sacramento.

The ride starts out on the country roads in Davis then climbs up onto the causeway.

The causeway brings us from Davis to West Sacramento.

After the causeway you ride along West Capital, which dumps you off near the Tower Bridge.

From there you ride through Old Sac.

And then onto the short river path that takes you to Discovery Park.

That short path ends at the Discovery Park bridge. Once you cross the bridge, you’re at the start of the American River Bike Trail.

We are so blessed to have this bike trail. It’s gotten even better lately, they’ve been repaving the entire path, so it’s incredibly smooth.

It’s really nice this time of year, with the fall colors in some of the trees along the path.

To get to Seoul, we continue riding until we hit the Watt Ave bridge. What’s Fan staring at down below?

There was a fly fisherman below the bridge. I guess it’s salmon migration season.

After you cross the bridge, it’s just a short ride down La Riviera to get to our destination.

Seoul Restaurant.

From my house to Seoul it’s a bit over 25 miles.

The reason why I go to Seoul is the lady there is super nice– she lets us bring our bikes into the restaurant.

The side dishes are another reason why I like Seoul. We ended up ordering four plates– a ridiculous amount of food. I was amazed that we actually finished it all. The waitress lady was even more amazed– while I went to the bathroom I heard her laughing about it with the cook lady in the back…

We rode a bit further on the bike trail, to this river access point, before turning back home.

When I got back to Davis and crossed the bike overpass, the sun was just beginning to set. By the time I had gotten home I had cranked out about 55 miles for the day.

The first time I ever rode the American River Bike Trail was with actually with Fan, many many years ago, back when he was in youth group and I was a youth counselor. We had these two crappy mountain bikes. I think we got in like 7 or 8 miles before flatting all our tires. We ended up having to walk all the way back to the car. It took forever, we didn’t get back to the car until like 2am.

It’s amazing how much things have changed. Even just 7 miles felt incredibly long back then. Nowadays even 50+ miles is not too big a stretch. Well I suppose most of it is because of the better bikes we ride nowadays, but I’d like to think that at least some of it is because we’re in better shape too.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • efficient road bikes
  • the American River Parkway– we’re seriously blessed to have this bike path
  • Korean food… Rice and kimchee is premium biking fuel– Good amount of carbs and electrolytes…

giro d vino

Today I rode the Giro D’ Vino with Stanley and Jiro. I rode this ride once before and found that it was a nice chill ride, a great way to end the season. Last time I rode it, the weather was pretty bad, cold and cloudy the whole day, and it even rained for a bit. This time the weather was perfect all day.

We arrived a bit late, right as the cyclists were lining up for the mass start. Instead of parking in the parking lot, they had us park on the side of the road right next to the vineyard.

The last time I did the ride it was a 100km ride. This year they shortened it to 75km, which is just under 50 miles. There are over a dozen wineries in those 50 miles.

The first of many tastings.

Somehow biking and wine works out to be a great combination. Seriously, everyone is so happy during this ride.

See the huge smile on Stanley’s face as he rides?

Jiro is all smiles, even though he’s got a long wait ahead of him for this tasting.

All that wine made me happy too, but it also made me quite sleepy. Thankfully there was coffee available at some of the stops. This espresso shot helped tremendously.

Riding through rows of vines is quite nice.

I like biking because it feels like you’re flying over pavement.

The food at the end was okay, typical biker fare, salad, pasta and chicken. They give you a nice commemorative wine glass.

All the wine purchased during the ride is delivered to the finish line for you. I ended up purchasing three wines, a Tempranillo, a Zin and a Port.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • flying over pavement on my bike
  • nice fall weather
  • biking buddies
  • free wine tastings for Giro D’ Vino riders (even out here in Lodi the tastings aren’t free anymore)

neglected hobbies

Today was a fun filled day. I suppose what made it really fun was the variety of activities. I guess I have a wide variety of hobbies, and lately they’ve been somewhat neglected. Lately I’ve been pretty lazy, preferring to lie on my couch and watch stuff on Amazon Prime or lie in bed reading on my Kindle. (Stupid Amazon– making it too easy to be lazy.) So it was good to get back out and enjoy some of those neglected hobbies.

The day actually started a couple of weeks ago with this email. I forwarded it to a few friends, some of the people that I’ve ridden mountain bikes with before.

Before the demo day I went to a camera swap meet. The swap meet was just sort of a bonus, I had just randomly found about it the night before, and it happened to be close to the demo day. There was a wide variety of stuff, from vintage collectible stuff to pretty high end current equipment like full frame digital SLRs. I didn’t buy anything (I wasn’t expecting to), but it was fun to walk around and see all the stuff for sale. I’m actually kind of looking to buy a new SLR, but I recently looked at the number of shots I took with my current SLR and figured I should hold off a couple more years. I only took about twelve thousand pictures over four years, and since an SLR is typically rated to over 100,000 shutter actuations my camera still has a lot of life left.

At the demo day I told the Giant Rep that I wanted to try their cross country 29er. They set me up with a Giant Trance X 29er 0. I got to the demo day before everyone else so I was able to get some time on my own to test out the bike. It was a pretty sweet ride.

George ended up inviting a whole bunch of people to the demo day. I think in total we had ten people. With a group that large you tend to spend a lot of time sitting around regrouping. Here’s half the group waiting for the other half of the group. I was really glad that I got to spend some alone time with my demo bike beforehand.

I really liked the bike I demo’d. Originally I was told it was under $3k, which I thought was a really good deal, considering how well it rode, and considering the components it was spec’d with. I later found out that it was actually $4,250– which put it well out of my price range.

I’ve actually kind of been looking at getting a new mountain bike for a while. A few months ago I kind of decided that if I could hit the trails twice a month I could justify buying a nice mountain bike. I actually haven’t ridden that much though, so I guess I should hold off on buying one. My trusty old Bianchi still gets me through all the trails that I would ride.

I brought my trusty Bianchi thinking that after the demo day I would ride the trails on my own. Parking is expensive at Granite Bay and I wanted to get my money’s worth. That ended up not happening, but I guess I still got my money’s worth. At the beach at Granite Bay we saw kayaks and paddleboards for rent. I asked the shop owner if he could get us a discount since we had a pretty large group. He ended up letting us rent kayaks for $7 per person and paddleboards for $9 per person for two hours, which seemed like an awesome deal. So we ended up kayaking and paddleboarding across Folsom Lake.

It was pretty fun- It’s been a while since I’ve gone kayaking or paddleboarding. I used to own a kayak, which didn’t really get used, so I ended up returning it. I think if I ever get the itch to kayak I’ll go back and rent from this guy again.

So anyways, yea, it was a fun filled day. I think it was a good reminder too, to make use of the stuff that I already have. My camera is still decent and my mountain bike works fine for the trails that I ride, I should make better use of both of them before I consider upgrading.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • Friends to share hobbies with
  • Being able to afford toys like mountain bikes and cameras

tour of napa 2012

Today I rode the 2012 Tour of Napa century ride. I’ve done this ride enough times that I don’t really take it too seriously anymore, seeing as how I went on a hike the day before. And I guess there’s really nothing special about the Tour of Napa century– other century rides have better scenery and better food at the rest stops, and are better supported as well. There’s only one thing that makes this ride special to me– it was my first century ride, way back in 2008. It feels like such a long time ago and a lot has changed since then- I ride with a largely different group nowadays and even ride a different bike.

But as I sat in my bike for the almost seven hours that it takes me to ride a century, I realized that a lot of things are still the same. Every year this guy plays his bagpipes at the top of Mount Veeder. Hearing the bagpipes provides a nice mental boost that gets me to the top.

The descent down from Mount Veeder still scares the crap out of me. I’ve descended a good number of hills on my road bike, and I’ve done this particular one several times already, but it still scares me. It’s a relatively steep descent, with tons of curves, and the pavement is terrible, with tons of cracks and potholes, and it’s often hard to see, because it shifts from bright sunlight to dark shade often. I’m a much more confident rider nowadays, but I can honestly say I still fear coming down from this hill.

After the descent from Mount Veeder, the course is pretty much flat and easy for the next 40 miles or so. Ray and I had started the course pretty late, so during this easy section I wanted to try and make up for lost time and catch up to a paceline ahead of us. We rode at a pretty good pace, but didn’t really find any pacelines to draft off of. So we pretty much rode the entire time on our own.

After lunch is the second big climb, the infamous Ink Grade. I always dread it, even though in reality it’s not all that bad a climb. I don’t think that will ever change for me– I will always dread climbs. The descent from Ink Grade is still the remarkably smooth and fast stretch of pavement that I remember. It makes up for the really scary descent down Mount Veeder. I always hit my fastest speed of the year here, this year I hit 42.1– slightly slower than the 43.2 I hit last time I was out here. I’m not sure if that means I’m slightly fatter than before. Actually now that I think about it, the speeds don’t really compare, since I was riding a different bike last time. The Bianchi that I used to ride would be faster downhill, since it had a slightly more aggressive riding position.

For some reason or other, every year the group I ride with on the Tour of Napa finishes after the official course close time. There’s a bunch of different reasons why, from crashes to riders getting lost to sheer exhaustion. This year, with just me and Ray riding, I thought we’d actually finish on time for once, since Ray’s a pretty experienced rider. But I ended up riding into the last rest stop just as they were closing it. I didn’t know this, but as I sat in the rest stop waiting for Ray, a SAG wagon sat outside of the rest stop waving everyone past. I waited for a bit and then decided to continue on, at that point not knowing whether Ray was ahead or behind of me. So I rode for a bit and luckily found Ray pretty quickly. We ended up pacelining in the headwind the rest of the way back.

When we finished the post-ride meal had already closed, so we found a barbecue joint on our way back. The greasy fried chicken I ordered really hit the spot after a long grueling day of riding.

My experience this year was pretty much the same as the last time I did this ride, which was in 2010. You can read my ride report here- “Le Tour de Napa.” I think it’s a much better read than this year’s ride report, but if anything my thoughts from this year reminded me that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

When I got home I hung my jersey on the wall, adding to my growing collection. I think I’m done with the Tour of Napa– it’s been a great few years riding it, and I have great memories of the ride, but from here on out I’ll be riding other rides (Strawberry Fields, Marin, Sierra or Foxy’s) instead.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • Despite coming in after the official course close again, it was a good ride– no crashes, no one SAG’d, no one got lost– that’s always something to be thankful for.
  • All the friends that have done this ride with me over the years.

marin century 2012

Today I rode the 2012 Marin Century. Apparently this year is its 50th year– I wonder what kind of bikes they rode back then. I rode this ride once before, in 2009. I thought it was a fun ride, with nice scenery. I don’t remember it being particularly tough, but for some reason this year it ended up being a long and grueling ride.

The ride started out pretty easy, the first two rest stops were pretty close to each other. There was a climb before each of the first two rest stops, but nothing too long or steep or high. Between rest stop 2 and 3 there was a long ride of a little over 30 miles, but it looked pretty easy on paper, just a few rolling hills.

The scenery was nice between stops 2 and 3. Lots of small ranches. I challenged these guys to a race, but they were content to just stand around looking cool…

The scenery was nice here. I ended up sitting here and waiting here for a long while, not realizing that the rest of the guys had stopped to rest a couple of miles back.

There was a pretty nice view though, so I didn’t mind waiting. I took a panoramic with my phone…

Okay, I kinda did mind a little bit that it took us so long to get to rest stop 3. I saw this girl that was kinda cute at rest stop 2, and I made up my mind that if I saw her at rest stop 3 I’d go and say hi to her. She kinda stood out because she wasn’t wearing cycling clothes like everyone else, plus I thought she was kinda cute. And in general I’m kind of a sucker for girls that ride road bikes, partly because I know so few of them, and I know even fewer that would ride a century ride. This year they had photographers set up at various places along the route, so there were pictures of all the riders. So I looked through and found her picture (now I sound like a stalker.) So anyways– cute girl in red, if you somehow see this blog post shoot me a comment… (Now I really really sound like a stalker…)

To even things out for any lady stalkers that I might have (–bwahaha yeah right), here’s one of my pictures from the ride. It’s nice that they had these for free, usually they’re pretty expensive.

By the time we got to rest stop 3, it seemed like everyone was pretty tired. At this point we were way behind the rest of the century riders, all the other riders at the rest stop were beastly double century riders. I think this is where experience comes into play. These long rides are all about conserving energy, and I guess since I’ve been riding the longest out of the four of us I have the most tricks to conserve energy and stave off cramping and bonking.

Between rest stop 3 and 4 there was a good sized climb called ‘Marshall Wall.’ It was really foggy near the top, which made the descent really scary.

At rest stop 4 they had hot food. I was pretty hungry by then. Most of the day my stomach wasn’t feeling to great, so I didn’t eat much. I consumed most of my calories through liquids. I think I drank almost a dozen cans of soda. But by now I was able to stomach some food. This was honestly the best tasting cup of noodles I had ever had.

At this point, Ray decided to take the SAG wagon to the finish line. He had forgotten to bring his vest and arm warmers, and it looked like it would only get colder from here on out. The rest of us decided to push on and try to finish before the sun went down. There was just under 30 miles left and a little over two hours left until sunset.

The course doubled back on itself for the last portion of the ride. We started the day climbing to this big rock, which meant that the last climb of the day would be back to this rock. When I got to the top I breathed a sigh of relief. From here on out it would more or less be all downhill. The sun was finally starting to show. Things were really looking up.

We were warned about the descent from this hill. “This hill tends to dislike males, age 25-39,” the pre-ride announcements said. All of us were males age 25-39. It was a pretty steep and fast descent, but the pavement was smooth and the visibility was great. We all made it down in one piece.

The post ride meal at the Marin Century is quite good. Lasagna, salad, pasta salad, barbecued chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, pizza– it’s all pretty tasty. Of course just about anything is satisfying after a long ride…

Things I’m thankful for:

  • Cycling vests and arm warmers
  • Pellegrino limonata and aranciata soda… I drank like almost a dozen of these in total
  • Free event photography
  • Despite a grueling (and cold) 12 hours on the course, we all made it back safely. That’s always something to be thankful for.

livestrong

Most people who read this blog know that I like to bike. Each year I try to channel that love for biking into doing some good by doing a charity bike ride. This past Sunday I rode in the Davis Livestrong Challenge, which supports the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation, a cancer advocacy group.

The day before the ride I went on my usual Saturday morning bike ride. I was kind of hesitant to go, seeing as how I’d be riding a century the next day, but it was fortunate that I went. We found that my tires were in pretty bad shape, I flatted three times. Good thing Ray had a patch kit with him, otherwise it would have been a long walk home… So anyways I bought a new set of tires and installed them the night before the Livestrong Challenge.

The starting line. When I arrived there were already hundreds of people lined up. The matching jerseys on the left are a group from Fat Cyclist, which is one of the few bike blogs that I read regularly. I wish I were a fat cyclist. Or maybe I should rephrase that– I am a fat cyclist, I guess what I want is a Fat Cyclist jersey to prove it…

The national anthem before the ride. My videos always come out crappy– but hopefully from this crappy video you could see how huge this ride is. I think there were over 1500 riders who raised over $900,000 in total.

I rode with my high school buddy Tim, who lost his sister to cancer. Each year he does a charity ride in her memory.

I’ve been riding for years now, but I think this is the first picture that exists of me in a peloton. This is right at the beginning, the first turn out of the starting gates. Thanks go out to Winnie and Jerry for taking pictures.

The ride starts out heading north towards Woodland. The Livestrong ride is really well supported, with cars leading the pelotons, and CHP officers directing traffic on the way out of Davis.

Lance Armstrong on the right leading the pack. Haha just kidding. He wasn’t here this year. I just took a picture of some random guy who happened to be wearing all the Livestrong gear. This guy even had a Livestrong helmet…

Since Lance Armstrong wasn’t there, the people at the front of the peloton were team Fat Cyclist, who raised over $90k, and a group called the Texas 4000, who were riding from Texas to Alaska raising money for the Livestrong Foundation. When I saw the Texas 4000 jerseys I figured I was close to the front, so I decided to try to make a break for one of the faster pelotons in the front. The peloton I ended up in was super fast, riding above 25mph. I got dropped as soon as they made a left turn into a headwind. I wondered how much faster the peloton would’ve been if Lance were in front…

All things considered, this was a very easy ride. No major climbs. There was a stiff headwind towards the end, but that section of ride was only for a couple of miles. So this was a very fast paced ride. It ended up being my first sub six hour century.

The food at the end was pretty good, provided by Burgers & Brew.

Honey Stinger was one of the sponsors of this ride. I picked up enough gel shots and bars for a month of training rides. I think these are my new favorite bike fuel.

I wanted to say thanks again to everyone who supported me on this ride. Together we raised over $600 for the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation’s mission of improving the lives of those with cancer.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • Friends and family who supported me financially and in spirit for this ride.

cyclic revelation

In the last couple of weeks I’ve had a chest x-ray, an EKG test, an echo-cardiogram, a holter monitor test and a cardiac stress test. Thankfully, all of them turned out with great results, so it seems that everything is okay.

The cardiac stress test ironically relieved a lot of stress for me and made me realize that all the biking I’ve been doing has done wonders for my cardiovascular health. During the test they hooked a bunch of EKG probes to various locations on my chest and then had me walk on a treadmill while the tech monitored the EKG readings. They gradually increased the incline of the treadmill and increased its speed until my heart rate reached the target that they had set, which was 162 beats per minute. It felt like it took forever for my heart rate to get there, it wasn’t until I was running uphill at an 18% grade that it hit the target. The tech said that meant I was in pretty good shape. She could find nothing wrong with my readings and said that most likely my fainting was a vasovagal syncope.

On the one hand that was really good news. I originally had gotten into bicycling to keep my blood pressure down and my heart healthy, although I continue to bike mostly because I love it. So it’s good to know that my heart is healthy. It would be the ultimate irony and (for lack of a better word) would’ve been really really crappy if I had to stop biking because of some heart condition.

I’ve done a lot of research over the past week on the vasovagal syncope, basically it sounds like a medical term for an unexplained fainting spell. There’s a ton of different things that could cause a vasovagal syncope, from low blood sugar to heat exhaustion to too much caffeine– even just getting up too quickly could cause it. So while it’s good news that my heart is healthy, I felt like a vasovagal syncope was kind of bad news, because I took it to mean that I could faint suddenly for no apparent reason.

So anyways, with my heart healthy and with the Davis Livestrong challenge a week away I wanted to go for a good long ride. I originally planned to do the 65 mile Cantelow loop, but with the weather forecast saying that it would be 105 degrees in the afternoon, changed plans and decided to do a short hills training ride in the morning.

I ended up driving out to Vacaville with Jiro and Ray to ride Mix Canyon and Cantelow. At the bottom of Mix Canyon we met this guy, who said that the climb had kicked his butt. It would soon kick ours too.

Since a vasovagal syncopy could be caused by low blood sugar and dehydration, I loaded up on carbs and chugged a bottle of gatorade, along with some electrolyte pills to prevent cramping.

Mix canyon is a tough climb, and it was really hot, but I was actually feeling pretty good. I didn’t expect to make it all the way to the top of the climb, but I was hoping to get to about the 3 mile marker. At around 2.5 miles I saw Jiro stopped on the side of the road, so I decided to stop and take a breather too.

I got off the bike, and then maybe a few minutes later I started to feel light headed. It was then that I realized what caused me to faint a couple of weeks back. It seems that going from riding pretty hard in hot weather to stopping suddenly causes a rapid change in blood pressure, which causes me to feel lightheaded, and even faint. Afterwards when I got home, I did some research and this seemed like the most probable cause.

So I sat for a while until the lightheadedness subsided, then continued up Mix Canyon until about the 3 mile mark. Amazingly, it gets even steeper from there on, so I decided to give up and save it for a cooler day.

After Mix Canyon we decided to head up the backside of Cantelow. I still remember the first time Lynn-kai and I attempted to go up this hill– it utterly destroyed us. Nowadays it’s not too bad.

I always enjoy the view from the top of Cantelow. On a clear day you can see for miles.

I had brought four bottles of Gatorade. By now I only had half of a bottle left. Thankfully there was only one short climb left, then it was all downhill back to my trusty old Subaru which was parked in Vacaville.

Afterwards we hit up a Filipino place we had found on Yelp. On weekends they have a lunch buffet, and all the food was pretty good. The owner, Roline, was super friendly and warmly welcomed us into her extended family.

They also had halo-halo, a Filipino iced dessert, which really hit the spot after riding in hot weather.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • Friendly Family-owned Filipino Food
  • Gatorade
  • Cold Desserts on hot days (Seriously, it was hot. It hit 106 degrees…)

parkway revisited

The American River Parkway is probably the place where I really discovered my love for road biking. I used to bike there pretty often in the summer, but in the last couple of years I hadn’t ridden out there much, preferring to ride west from Davis towards Winters instead. This year though, I’ve been riding with more people from Sac, so I’ve been splitting my weekend rides between Davis and Sac, so I’ve rediscovered how awesome the Parkway is.

Today I rode with Jeff, Jiro and Richard. We started at the Watt Ave bridge and rode to Beal’s point and back for a total of about 45 miles. It was really nice outside, but it was pretty windy.

You’d think I’d have learned my lesson about taking pictures while riding from my last crash, but nope… I’m still taking pictures while riding. The pavement out here’s really smooth though, which makes it safer.

We rode to Beal’s Point which is at Folsom Lake. There were a ton of people out there today. It looked like it was a Russian church gathering.

On our way back from Beal’s point I had forgotten that we were going to ride along the southern trail, so I got separated from the other guys. I waited for them at the Nimbus Hatchery. While waiting I saw a dad riding on a custom bike with his paraplegic son. They reminded me of the famous Team Hoyt. They also reminded me that Father’s Day is coming up.

After our ride we ate at the River’s Edge Cafe. My meal looks like a heart attack on a plate, which I probably should be avoiding nowadays, but after a bike ride is when I can sort of justify indulging myself.

I guess what I ate wasn’t all that healthy, but it’s nothing compared to this. In my younger days, I would’ve went for the challenge without hesitation, especially after a decent bike ride…

But now in my olden days, I realize I should try to eat somewhat healthier. The solution really is just to cook more, since it’s easier to control what I eat that way. Lately I’ve been trying to eat more veggies and fish along with whole grains.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • Strong riders to draft behind on windy days. (I wonder if Jeff minds that I’m constantly drafting behind him but never really pulling… haha…)
  • Rice cookers with brown rice setting (and my mom for giving the rice cooker to me…)
  • Brocollete. I just discovered this vegetable. It is awesome. It’s like a cross between asparagus and broccoli which tastes really good when roasted with some olive oil and seasoning.

face plant

According to Urban Dictionary, a face plant is when you fall such that you land directly on your face. Up until today, I never would’ve thought that it was physically possible to face plant. I mean, if you were falling, you’d try to break your fall somehow, you’d stick out your hands or something, right?

Well today I learned that it is indeed possible to face plant. I fell in such a way that I landed directly on my face. Seriously I didn’t even get scratched anywhere else on my body, except for my face.

My glasses actually took the brunt of the fall.

It was the strangest thing. I think I literally fainted next to my bike. I was biking out from Folsom up into the hills near Auburn with Ray and Jeff. I’m pretty slow at climbing in general, so at the top of one of the longer climbs Jeff and Ray were waiting for me. I stopped to rest at the top of the climb. I got off my bike and stood next to it. I listened to Ray and Jeff talk about cycling sunglasses. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground. I momentarily blacked out or something.

It was a pretty scary experience, mostly because it’s inexplicable. I’ve done harder climbs, and I’ve ridden in hotter weather (although not recently). I don’t think there’s anything physically wrong with me, but just in case I’ve scheduled an appointment with the doctor to see if anything’s wrong.

Things I’m thankful for:

  • Concerned biking buddies
  • Conveniently located bike friendly coffee shops