Gorgeous Sunday morning solo ride: Out of the saddle!

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If John can depart at 415 a.m. to slog through 20 miles to Kapiolani Park and back, and if there isn’t too brisk a trade wind blowing, then why not do the hills? When I turn onto Lunalilo Home Road from Kaumakani Street, I decide if I’m going to head toward town or toward Makapuu via Kamiloiki Hill. I chose that latter today. It was tough going, but not so tough that I was swearing them off forever. It was more like, “this is tough and it’s making me tougher!”

What I’m super excited about is that since using the Spinervals training dvds at home, which has a drill to get out of the saddle, I was actually able to do that yesterday and today, for the first time since I was like, oh, I dunno, 14? It was so fun! I felt so strong! I had such a fun day yesterday letting my new friend Dwayne ride in my slipstream, that I forgot to mention my being able to get out of the saddle. I did it a few times today, too, so it wasn’t a fluke! Yay!

On I went up to the lookout at Makapuu where there were some guys already on break up there. I like to treat myself with a 10-minute break for water and a photo shoot, to check my Twitter and Facebook pages, and to upload a photo edited with my iPhone apps. Then I’m on my way again.

Here’s the first shot, taken at Makapuu, looking North, the sun to my right and behind me some.

Makapuu view
View from Makapuu Lookout

When I get back on the road at Makapuu, it’s an amazing roller-coaster ride down. I have to take the entire lane as it’s a fast 37mph or so. I try to relax and imagine the best way to fall. Then I head back up the back side of Kamiloiki Hill, which is a little bit slower going down, but still a fast ride. I like getting these two hills out of the way while I’m still fresh. I stayed on the highway instead of dipping into Niu and Aina Haina valleys because I thought I might see John running back from Kapiolani Park. But I also thought that if I did see him, that would be a slow 20 miles for him. I didn’t. He got home about the same time I was rolling by Hahaione Valley and headed toward Diamond Head.

Here’s today’s shot from Diamond Head. It was lovely, glassy, a great day for surfing.

From Diamond Head Lookout
Morning waves at Diamond Head

I took a 10-minute break there, too. A woman asked me about getting up Diamond Head crater so I told her how to do that. I hope she enjoys the view. She looked like she could handle it.

It was a good ride. I took to the drops just about the whole way back on Kalanianaole Highway. Had to pass several clots of marathon clinic runners. It’s always great to roll back down my street. Time for some caffeine!  What’s next, Sunday?

By lavagal

Hawaii Kai wife and mom. Melanoma Stage 3a Cancer survivor. English Language Arts teacher, English Learners Coordinator, and Paraprofessional Tutor. Super sub teacher. Dormant triathlete. Road cyclist and Masters swimmer. Gardener. Mrs. Fixit. Random dancer. Music Curator. A teenager trapped in an aging body. Did you know 60 is the new 40? It is.

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