I went out knowing that the weather would be not-so-great because I needed to finally dial in the last of the saddle position. I ran on coffee much of the day…which subsequently caused me to not pace myself when I did get the saddle position to where I liked it. I got too excited and burned my legs out.
More after the break…
Part 1: To Bus
I started the ride at about 05:00, then headed east to catch the bus at the University District freeway station. On the way, I used one of the unlocked porta-potties on the trail for the Summer Solstice events. I didn't see much in the way of rain at all, by the way..
Had to lower front derailleur's lower limit. It wasn't right after shop replaced bottom bracket.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
Part 2: Snohomish County
When I got to Everett Station, I noticed that yet another plastic nut inside the bag had vanished. I used a Surly strap to take up the load, so nearby screws and nuts woludn't loosen.
It was raining in Everett, so I decided to do my normal thing and get coffee to stay motivated and warm.
Armoring myself against future rain with coffee. (@ Starbucks in Everett, WA) https://t.co/MbZdGbTflN— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
I often feel like I have to apologize when I confuse people.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
Unfortunately, the rain only got worse as I left. In fact, while riding on the SR-529 (old US 99) bridges out of Everett, 1-3 inches of standing water covered the road, as there was no drainage on the bridge. Great design!
I started noticing more porta-potties around Marysville for a parade later that day, and made use of one. I wish there were public facilities like this in all cities!
With coffee in my system, the rain didn't really bother me much. I made small saddle adjustments to reduce the strain on my kneecaps, and eventually found a place that felt pretty good and stuck with it.
I eventually passed through Arlington, and decided to change my plans.
My original plan was to check out the Whitehorse 'Trail' but riding a muddy path for hours on a loaded, slick-tired bike seems questionable.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
Lake McMurray it is, I guess.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
@IssaquahCycle A little less rain would be nice!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
The stub of the Whiteworse Trail attached to the Centennial Trail wasn't really rideable in those conditions, anyway, as it was comprised of large railroad ballast.
I rode up to Lake McMurray, then immediately headed back, but not before getting to the saddle position I kept through the rest of the ride. While heading back to Arlington, I saw a group of folks driving fancy European sports cars, followed by a group of motorcyclists. Hard core!
Back at Arlington, I stopped for coffee yet again, and stuck around for a while to fully warm up.
Need more coffee. (@ Blue Bird Cafe in Arlington, WA) https://t.co/K9B04IOiht— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
I think I finally got it! Not having knee pain is nice. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
The weather could be better, but I'll manage. pic.twitter.com/aEtQcXCMj2— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
While the rain continued as I headed south out of Arlington, it only got particularly nasty as I was halfway up Culpeper Hill. There was an inch or more of water flowing down the entire width of the paved trail! Other cyclists were also out there.
Hit a nasty squall while climbing Culpeper Hill.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
Since I was headed to my parents' place and only had so much time, I left the trail at Lake Stevens and took the shortest possible route to Everett. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of traffic and I was pressed to keep up the pace.
The big traffic jam in the above photo was caused by a guy in the left-hand shoulder standing outside his stalled car while talking on his phone.
My front brake pads were almost gone, so the descent into the Snohomish River valley wasn't too much fun. Unfortunately, it would be only a few more days until I was going to switch it to sintered pads, so I'd need to get new pads for safety, then replace them only a couple days later.
I was pretty much mentally done by the time I got to Everett…only for another squall to roll through. At that point, I decided to switch to Community Transit's Swift BRT line instead.
Running out of time, legs worn from coffee, and another storm rolled in. Taking the bus from here.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
I had some trouble finding a stop, and walked up some steep hills on busy Rucker Avenue to avoid traffic, but eventually found one. I only realized that this wouldn't get me anywhere near a way to quickly get to northern Bothell after I had boarded, then phoned a pick-up in Lynnwood instead.
Getting a ride from the bus to my destination (not home) because of the thunderstorm.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 18, 2016
I was glad to be out of that when I finally got to my destination!
Safe for now.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 19, 2016
.@AlaskaAir says Lightning strike on Flight 178 from Alaska to Seattle today— Michelle Esteban (@MichelleKOMO) June 19, 2016
It arrived at 3:05pm, no complications or injuries
I drank all that coffee to take the edge off the rain, then got too excited when my knee pain was gone and didn't pace myself. Oops.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 19, 2016
I still want a mixte. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 19, 2016
That feel when forecasts more than a few days out are meaningless.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) June 19, 2016
A couple days after this ride, I finally realized the true source of my knee problems: I was forcing my overbuilt quads (fronts of my thighs) to do all the work, which terribly stresses the tendons around my kneecaps. When I started to tell my hamstrings (backs of thighs) to pull their weight, the pain went away rather quickly. A big breakthrough!