Here we are the third weekend in April. For the last five years or so I have done the Chico Wildflower Century on this weekend. It is my favorite century for many reasons. Most of all is the terrain. It is classic valley/ foothills transition. The course goes up from Chico to the little town of Paradise and then drops down by Lake Oroville and climbs back up on to table mountain. Neither of the climbs are very big. They are actually a typical length of climb for what I am used to riding around Coloma 1,00 0 to 1,500 feet or so. The rest of the ride is great rolling terrain except for the finish which is about 25 miles of pan flat valley riding. I love that part, mostly because I never get to ride roads like that but there is more.
Over the last few years of doing the ride I have discovered that the funnest way to do the ride is with a crew of strong riders. At the end of the ride, when you hit the flats and start working on a pace line the speeds stay in the mid twenties pretty easily. That is how I've done it for the last couple of years and it is a treat. Usually the guys I am riding with pick up a giant line of "passengers" a group of riders that are tucked into our slip stream that wont go to the front of the group and take a pull. That is fine. For some reason on that course as the flat miles tick by, I get stronger. I really enjoy those flats. As we start rolling into Chico I get frisky and start speeding up and generally start monkeying around.
The weather is a mix. This weekend it is hot and dry. In the past I have been rained on a couple of times. But I have always finished the ride in sunshine. It is also usually the peak of wildflower season in the foothills here in CA. This year it is quite late though. The food on the ride is really good. They make a salad that is really good... Maybe it just taste really good because I am starving when I finish.
So, that is what I am not doing this weekend. Instead, I am on the couch. Not much to report. The DVD player is on the fritz. I think I wore it out watching movies. I have a giant stack of loaners from friends. I amm Feeling pretty good. I watched Liege Bastonge Liege on VS. Good gawd there were a lot of commercials! I really wanted to see one of the Schelck brothers win but Andy got dropped after that big effort. I've been enjoying a bunch of CDs that Stu made for me a while back. Thanks dude.
Feels like we are in a limbo a bit. Waiting to see if the treatment is working, waiting to find out when I go for a BMT. Waiting for the next IV Chemo session to kick my butt.
I sure am looking forward to being done with this.