The good legs showed up today, powering me there and back as if the Enigma had a motor (albeit a small one) attached. Yesterday's low mileage might have helped, but then I slept terribly and expected the two factors to cancel each other out. I believe I've got some idea how to combine nutrition, hydration and training to avoid the dreaded "dead legs" but I'm clueless when it comes to predicting, far less programming great legs. By the way the massive pins in the photo belong to a thirty-foot-tall giant intimidating customers at a local transmission shop.
Tomorrow I'm heading up to Rapha Portland to reprise the Dutch Canyon ride with Slate, Daniel and hopefully Carey if she's feeling better. I sure hope I've not peaked a day early ;-)
San Jose is having that Indian Summer I'd asked for after all. The next ten days are forecast to be sunny and warm. Since this is cross season in Portland, sunshine is not on the menu for tomorrow. Instead we've ordered up steady rain the better to test the foul weather performance of the Classic Softshell I plan to wear.
Today you can see I got away with the purple Long Sleeve Jersey over short sleeve Base Layer and Touring Shorts over bibs. At the risk of repeating myself I've taken to wearing the Touring Shorts four out of five work days a week. They're a commuting staple, accented with a Velodramatic "V" on the left leg for a bit of flash. I've got two pairs (I picked up the second at an attractive end of summer price) and rotate them. I managed to separate the seam in the backside of the first pair after many months of heavy rotation and one unfortunately awkward crouch. This was easily remedied by two minutes on Juli's sewing machine.
A bit of packing are all that stands between me and sleep. Dutch Canyon awaits. Report late tomorrow as I get back at 10:30 pm.