Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tue, Sep 30: Diablo Tuesdays

This afternoon I had an appointment with my doctor to check on the progress of my recovery. Except "lifting heavy weights, and falling", I'm allowed to do any activity. This and the fact that the hospital is about 10 miles from Mount Diablo, facilitated my decision to take all of the afternoon off, and ride the mountain. It was a little warm, around 90F, when I started in Danville, and by the time I reached South Gate, I was close to just turning around. After South Gate, the temperature is usually a little cooler, and so as always, I tell myself "if you're already here, you can also ride to Junction", so I made my way to Juniper, Devil's Elbow, Lower Parking Lot, and finally to the Summit.

It's good in a sense to not participate in Sunday's Diablo Challenge, as I might disgracefully reach a new PWR ... personal worst record, considering today was only the third bike ride in 6 weeks; but I will be at Athenian School in Danville Sunday morning to hand out bib's and time chips. See you there.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sat, Sep 28: He's baaack

Yes, I am back to Mount Diablo ... after six weeks of absence ...

You can't get up early enough ... by the time I reached Junction at about 10:30am, the thermometer at the Ranger Station said "86F". The heat and me being not in the best shape made me turn around about a half mile past Junction on Summit Road. Overall, good to be back riding, but now I have to start working on getting back in shape.

Somewhere on the way up to South Gate:


The bike was also be happy to be let out of the garage ...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sat, Sep 27

Another beautiful autumn day in the Bay Area.

While I'm pondering whether to go for a ride or not, fellow cyclist TBV is in the hospital recovering from his injuries that he sustained during an accident, about which he wrote a detailed report.

As you can see and read, cyclists and other weaker participants in traffic, have to be smarter and more prepared than others in 3-4 thousand pound sheet metal boxes. Anticipating other driver's mistakes or inattentiveness is important to avoid an accident, or otherwise look for the best way out. Wearing bright clothing, a helmet, and lights at dawn or dusk, are compulsory; make yourself visible to drivers behind glass and windshield wipers. Always carry some I.D. and a cell phone. Being smarter and more prepared can save your life. Be safe out there. Always.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


This year is already not a good year for a few of us cyclists, but unfortunately worse for some ...

Not even two months after TBV broke his shoulder when crashing during a ride, he was hit by a car early afternoon today, and suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung. This evening, he sent an email via iPhone from the ER, so fortunately he is doing well, considering the circumstances.

This incident reminds us to be always safe out there, try to compensate for inattentive drivers, and have enough luck to make it back safely; a few other cyclists in Saskatoon (Canada), Minneapolis and Cleveland were not as lucky yesterday and today, when they were struck by cars.

We wish TBV a full and quick recovery !

Wed, Sep 24

Finally I did register for the Diablo Challenge, but you actually won't see me racing up the mountain on October 5. Since I'm in lousy shape now, I will volunteer instead, and handing out bib's and time chips during check-in.

If you also would like to help out at the event, please contact Kim Bratton (kbratton AT savemountdiablo DOT org), and provide contact information (name, email and/or phone) as well as times at which you would be available.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sun, Sep 14

After four weeks of idling and recovering, today I decided to go out for a ride. Instead of crossing the Bay though, I just circled the nearby Cal State campus for a total of 15 miles. All went well, but I realize that it's still early to push ahead for more; bumps and other unevenness in the road still creates an uncomfortable feeling. I think that I will have to skip the Diablo Challenge, and instead, contribute as a volunteer to the event.

Returning without incident ...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sat, Sep 13

After circling once around the block on my bike today, I feel good to venture out tomorrow for a little longer and further. My first ride, four weeks after my crash, will be on Canada Road; to keep it safe, I'll just ride to Woodside and back a couple of times. I didn't get permission to ride Diablo yet, but it would be too early anyway; officially I have another 2 1/2 weeks of recovery ahead of me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lance coming out of retirement ...

This sounds like it's more or less official ....

"AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong is getting back on his bike, determined to win an eighth Tour de France.

Armstrong's return from cancer to win the Tour a record seven consecutive times made him a hero to cancer patients worldwide and elevated cycling to an unprecedented level in America.

The 36-year-old Armstrong told Vanity Fair in an exclusive interview posted on its Web site today that he was inspired to return after finishing second last month in the Leadville 100, a lung-searing 100-mile mountain bike race through the Colorado Rockies.

"This kind of obscure bike race, totally kick-started my engine," he told the magazine. "I'm going to try and win an eighth Tour de France."

The sport and particularly the Tour have missed his star power, even though skeptics refused to believe he could win seven Tours without the help of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

The 2009 Tour "is the intention," Armstrong's spokesman Mark Higgins told The Associated Press, "but we've got some homework to do over there."

Tour director Christian Prudhomme did not return messages seeking comment on Armstrong's decision. His staff said he would not comment before Wednesday morning, if at all.

Armstrong's close friend and longtime team director, Johan Bruyneel, now with team Astana, sent a text message to an AP reporter in Paris saying he did not want to comment now.

In a video statement on his foundation's Web site, Armstrong said details — such as a team and schedule — will be announced Sept. 24 at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City."


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tue, Sep 2

Today, my doctor said that I shouldn't be riding my bike for another four weeks, so technically I could participate in the Diablo Challenge. I also got to see my new look:

The doctor's note about the Titanium plate came along with it; otherwise airport security might object letting me through.