Sidelined by an IT band injury during 3CR last week, I’ve had a lot of time to think about randonneuring these past few days — and what it means to me. When I decided to give it a try last year, I was attracted to my romantic notions of this sport: adventuring on the open road with like-minded comrades enthralled with exploration, thus pedaling for miles astride a beautiful steel bike with its bespoke accoutrements. Flipping through the pages of Bicycle Quarterly, I was lured in by photographs and articles that helped conjure up an idyllic past that could be lived vicariously in the present-day; for me, randonneuring could teleport me back to the era of wool jerseys and weathered leather saddles. Read More
Well, this is certainly not the ride report I thought I’d be writing today; I figured I’d still be out on the road pedaling towards SLO right now. But for all the training and prep one does for a big ride — you realize you can’t anticipate everything that might happen.
As an Interactive Producer for KQED Science, much of my work-related responsibilities involves research: interviewing scientists; reading tons of articles; staying up-to-date on current news in search of compelling story ideas. And I think I’ve naturally gravitated towards my chosen profession as I truly enjoy conducting research — especially for the documentary / journalistic nature of my job. So it’s no surprise this has carried over into my personal life, so when I embark on a new endeavor, or try out a new product — I tend to do a lot of research before committing to it.
I didn’t take a lot of photos on today’s permanent, a 68-mile ride that stops at Rivendell Bicycle Works in Walnut Creek, because it was tooooooooo damn hot. (It was 95 degrees when we rolled up to the bike shop just before 1PM. I seem to possess a knack for choosing the most sweltering day of the week to do rides.) When the thermometer goes above 85 degrees, I turn into a cranky, whiny, sweaty, salt-encrusted mess. So I was just happy to be slowly turning the pedals, much less documenting our journey, but I still was able to enjoy this fun route.