You guys know me, but a lot of people don't. I'm here, I'm there,.....I swear I never thought I would be everywhere. But, I am. Life is weird and has taken me to places I never would have imagined I would live in 10 years ago. Now is in the East Bay region of the San Fran area. It is amazing and it is hilly, very hilly. I even live near several mountains, one being Mt Diablo. Devil Mountain,.........ooohhhhhhhhh.
The climbing starts in earnest 12.5 miles from my new place, while the park entrance is still another couple of miles up the road. The summit is 3849 ft and I've only ridden just beyond the 1000 ft mark twice now. The problem isn't my fat ass or the engine,....I'm geared all wrong. I never paid real attention to my cassette gear ratio as I never had to ride any real uphill roads. That has now all changed. My "usual" ride has me going to the 12.5 mile mark & back, and I've done that 7/8 times now.
Well you might be thinking what the hell does this have to do with the Dolphins ?? Nothing or everything,......you tell me.
I'm pissed about rebranding, yet have put together group tickets for both HOF game and Cleveland for week 1 (both of which will be here in a blink of an eye). So while cycling has vastly improved my health, it also is a great outlet for any frustration I might have about the situation. At about the 9.5 mile mark there is a couple little baby climbs before I turn around at Mt Diablo Scenic Dr. It was there I noticed a Jeep Wrangler with a huge Dolphins logo in the rear window at the stop light. I noticed the window was down as I creeped by her. "Hey", I yelled, "are you a Dolphins fan??". Without pause,.....'yeah". I kept moving and said "check out my calf". Without having to stop the light changed and I grabbed that bike and shook it left & right as I accelerated thru the intersection before settling into the saddle for the upcoming climb. As she passed me, both her & her friend let out a rip roaring "WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO !!!!". Instant adrenalin sure coupled with a big ol' smile !
Yes I hate the new logo, and some have lost respect for me because of my point of view I'm told. That strike me as funny cause I'm kinda a low life anyways,.....
So this Saturday the Amgen Tour of California will finish at the summit of Mt Diablo. But before that it starts in Livermore which is also in the neighborhood. It just so happens I have a kick ass Dolphins Cycling Challenge jersey handy, a Dolphins flag, a DCC cowbell, and will power that would crush most men my age,......and many my junior. My new cassette should arrive by Tues or Wens. So set your DVR's. While I can't say for sure I will make it on air, I can say I will be somewhere near the top of that mountain this week. in Dolphin gear,.....gear that looks familiar.