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Turkey with Suffering on the Side

Thanksgiving Day 2012 means it is time for this year's incarnation of the annual Los Gatos Turkey Ride. Just as the weather changes from year to year, enthusiasm and conditioning also vary from year to year.

While the recent weather had be overcast with some drizzle and rain, the sky was clear and the sun was bright for the 2012 Los Gatos Turkey Ride. The temperature at the start was about 41 degrees, which should have been plenty chilly. I just had a short sleeve jersey on top and felt fine.  This should have been a warning sign of things to come.

Even on the road climb up to the trailhead, I could tell this was going to be a tough ride. I pushed on while the rest of the crew did "adjustments" at the trailhead, but they soon caught and passed me. It felt like this was the theme for the day as more and more people caught and passed me. I kept going, but I was slow, slow, slow.

I made to the tree that seems like the halfway point and decided I was going to the top one way or another, so I pushed on and finally made it to the top.

It seemed like everyone was there already. I mean everyone. The crowd extended from the top of the climb to the junction and on up the hill in a solid mass of people. I don't think I have ever seen so many people on the Turkey Ride. Everyone was having a good time.

We had a good ride down the other side and returned to Los Gatos and then home to do my part in preparing dinner and seeing the family.

I would like to attribute my terrible climb to an off day. I would like to, but it wouldn't be accurate. I think my diet and training regime (almost nonexistent at this point) might need some "fine tuning." This is something to think about!

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