207 and counting.
Ride 207 was 40 minutes on the trainer with a hard 20+ minutes in there. This was the hardest I've ridden the trainer at home in the last 207 days. Focused on spinning a relatively big gear. It worked well and I felt pretty good and very sweaty.
Ride 206 was a half-hour recovery on the trainer at home from ride 205.
Ride 205 was a (sadly) rare outdoor outing, during which I decided to climb Manzanita Road three times from both directions. Manzanita is about 0.15 of a mile and it climbs at ~17% above the top of North Pinehurst to the highest point on Skyline Drive in Oakland hills. This hill may be the highest point in Oakland. I peered across other hills on the ridge and it was close. Diablo Drive at the Skyline-Grizzly intersection may be a smidge higher -- I couldn't tell. Manzanita's north side is longer and steeper. I could tell after a couple of attempts on each side. After the second ascent of the north side, I felt as if I was in a good news-bad news joke: I was half-way done, but this sucker was really taking it out of me. I managed to complete the workout, glad that the last climb was on the easier southern side. That said, my 30-tooth chainring proved very handy, as I managed to remain seated and tried spinning for all six intervals. So, legs didn't hurt as much as when I used to climb this road in higher gears, though I that cardiovascular quality of the workout did not lessen.
It had rained and the wind blew strongly the previous night. There were TONS of crap -- gravel, leaves, twigs, needles, eucalyptus bark and acorns, and just plain mud on the road -- so I had to take my Manzanita descents carefully, picking my way around the debris. The wonderful thing was that I had San Francisco frame builder Dan Nelson raise the brake bridge 7 millimeters and now crap did not get stuck under my brake bridge. For the first time, the bike did not impede my climbing on crap-strewn roads. I wore a big smile when I realized what I was missing.
Ride 204 was a 40-minute high zone 1 -- low zone 2 spin at the gym.
Ride 203 was a 50-minute ride at the gym, which included one 10-minute interval and then I had to go, so I missed the others, but that was OK because I'd done them during Ride 202.
And ride 202 had three lengthy intervals with much time in zone 4 at low cadences. I tolerated this pretty well. Not sure if I was having a good day or whether my legs prefer lower cadences.