Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday ride around San Francisco
Distance: 21.6 mi
Moving Time: 01:25:31
Resting Time: 00:15:20
Total Elevation Gain: 1,989 ft

It is so great to work in San Francisco. I feel like I have two days within a single one. To celebrate the beginning of the week end, I decided to go for a ride around our great city.

Starting with the usual Twin Peaks. I confirm, 17th st is a really hard (but short) climb. The view is beautiful as always.

Next step is ocean beach after crossing the Golden Gate park.
The view from the Lincoln Park.

And then, me, kind of lost in this small park. I ended up off trail with my road bike.

The view from the Palace of the Legion of Honnor. This place almost makes me want to play golf...And finally, a quick picture of this amazing neighborhood on the sea cliff. Houses must each be worth tens of millions of dollars ... but it is stealing, it's foggy there :)

Enjoy your week end. On our side, it is time to pack since we are moving out next week (moving in date is not clear yet).

Monday, April 5, 2010

Up and down Twin peaks

Since I now work essentially from the San Francisco office (yeah \o/) I have a lot of spare time I did not use to have. After work, I decided to go for a small ride on Twin Peaks. If you want a short city challenge, go up 17th from market. Your legs will love it.

So, I parked on Beaver st (which will become an important street for us if everything goes well) and I went up and down twin peaks for the east side to the west side, I think 4 times. Beautiful view as usual:
  • Distance: 12.3 mi
  • Moving Time: 00:55:21
  • Resting Time: 00:05:20
  • Total Elevation Gain: 2,030ft
A nice sunset on the twin peaks antenna. Of course almost no cellphone reception. AT&T is first on my list of company I admire the less (weather forecast guys are second as you know)

And last night's food :)
Goat cheese tartines, green salad and tuna gratin. Yummy!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Less than 100 days left!

Time flies by. There is less than a 100 days left before the D day. I have to stop doing flat rides and practice my climbing if I want to finish that ride.
With that in mind, I went up mount Tam yesterday. The forecast as usual in San Francisco was wrong. It was supposed to be cloudy and it was absolutely beautiful.
I think they should just give up on trying to foresee the weather in the bay area. Their models are not even correct 2 hours ahead... I think the website should display "Not a clue" when you ask for next day's forecast and "look outside your window" for today's weather. That would surely be more accurate. If you think about it, one would fail that much on predictions in a financial institution, one would not stay long. Anyway... the pattern "sunny everyday, foggy in SF, windy after 2pm NNW" is coming back soon so it will become easier for these poor guys.

Coming back to Mount Tam, here are a few pictures:

As you can see, pretty bad weather!

On the top, I met a guy who had done the Death Ride a couple of times and he gave me some good advices, like don't be competitive, just keep your own pace. Good advice! Also, weather can be 90F and then pouring rain an hour later (imagine how lost our poor guys from the weather forecast would be...).

Ok, now is time to go home. SF is on the horizon, where the car is parked. 40mph downhill. Life is great!
Distance: 43.1 mi
Moving Time: 02:47:51
Resting Time: 00:15:59
Total Elevation Gain: 5,616 ft (one third of the death ride...)

Happy week end everybody. Thanks to all of you who have already donated.