“Just a short ride, about an hour,” promised John. At the end of the driveway I pensively tried the new Speedplay Light Action pedals, and was impressed how easy it was to find the sweet spot and click in. Thanks, John. They are a silky dream. We start and I’m pretty psyched for a quick little around Hawaii Kai jaunt.
“To the hills,” barked my coach.
“WTPho,” I internalized. Grrrrrr.
“Hey, gotta try out the new equipment!”
That’s right. John put on a new cassette so I could go 11-28. Of course I’d have to do the hills to try them out. Once I get the grrr out of my system, I accept my task and wrap my head around the ride. It was probably the new cassette that made going up Kamiloiki Hill easier. It’s still hard, but, I could tell I had some help in my gears. We then proceeded to Makapu’u and that wasn’t so hard either. Sure, I was heaving when I caught up with John, but not OMGWTPho kind of heaving that plagued my earlier training days.
We saw lots of riders out today. Each of us doing our own little ride in honor of the impressive human specimens mincing their muscles in the Kona Ford Ironman Triathlon today.
Lots of glass on the roads already, sad to say. Some of it was from the blue recycle bins out for the municipal opala collection today. Whoever was driving the opala truck in East Oahu was either a trainee or doesn’t take much pride in his work. Many bins were dropped on the ground and on their sides, instead of left standing upright.
The giant plumbing project on Kalanianaole Highway was cleared out. It’s too much to expect that roadwork is ever done, but how nice to not have to risk our lives because of big pipes and screaming traffic!
Good ride. Now it’s time to get the house ready for tomorrow’s party: 10/10/10 for the family birthday gals: Sophie and Grandma Lois.