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Mission Peak - April 1, 2011

I thought I would squeeze in a ride after work. I have been whining about being out of shape lately, so I thought I would head to Mission Peak since it was close to work. With all of this thinking going on, it was time to make a bad decision, so I went to the Stanford Ave. entrance rather than our usual Ohlone College entrance. Besides, it had been a while since I had ridden from this entrance. Wouldn't it be nice to back again??

Distance: 4.8 miles Ascent: 1,777 feet Moving time: 1:10 hours

The ride started OK. Sure, there was a bit of climbing and I had to get around lots of hikers. There was more climbing, but it would be a good training ride. I pushed on, but rather than continue on in the same way, it started getting steeper. And steeper. And still steeper. The grade spiked above 20% several times according to my GPS. I stopped for a quick breather and continued on, but not too far. I walked a bit and rode some more. Then I walked and rode. Then I walked and rode a bit. This was going in the wrong direction. The hikers left me behind. How humiliating!

I finally made it to the junction at the top. I must have been oxygen deprived because rather than do the ride around the back like we usually do, I was going to try the direct assault on the summit. I rode only a short way before gullies, ledges and a very steep grade got the better of me. I got off and started pushing up. I pushed and pushed, through the gullies and over the rocks, just to find even more of them. I rounded a curve and the summit was in the distance. I was beat. I have been to the summit before, but it just wasn't worth it this time. I turned, tucked my tail between my legs and headed down.

By the time I was finished, I was bursting at the seams. It had been quite a while since I had OD'ed on so much humble pie. That should last me a while!

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