BOOB — Bohlman/On Orbit/Bohlman
Erik and his buddy Derek wanted to do this ride after work on Friday. I wasn't going to miss out the fun, um, I mean, the pain. The traffic was surprisingly light when I drove down to Saratoga. I was glad that Derek showed up late because I needed the time to swap my pedals from my mountain bike to my road bike because I forgot to bring my shoes for the road bike.
A short approach took us to the bottom of Bohlman. "Rolling start!" The boys took off sprinting. I wasn't going to participate in their silly little game, so I took it slow. It was not very far into the climb, I caught Derek. I could hear him still breathing hard — recovering from the sprint effort.
This was my second time on this climb. Bohlman before On Orbit turned out to be easier than I remembered, and On Orbit turned out a little harder than I remembered, but not too bad. I took a wrong turn at the top of On Orbit and ended up climbing up to a Cul de Sac and had to turn back. I forgot that On Orbit ends with a steep descent back onto Bohlman. Bohlman after On Orbit turned out longer than I remembered and I passed a rider in San Jose Cycling Club kit pushing his standard double slowly. I love my tripple!
When I got the end of the road, Erik was leaning against the "End" sign taking notes of our times. This is what he posted to the Mud 'n Crud forum:
My Name Is Mud 37.22
We had a good chat afterwards at some pastry shop. Their muffins are delicious!
Update on May 22, 2009 (a week after):
I guess it helped to know what turns to take and what not to take. Also, I did not brake at every short downhill curves on the upper part of Bohlman this time. I knew I could make some improvement this time, but I didn't expect this much. Pleasantly surprised.
Ongoing updates can be found in this thread.