Sleeve season

16 09 2011

And just like that, it’s fall.

Friday the sleeves and knickers came out for the first time in two months.

The weather forecast for the foreseeable future suggest they won’t be going back in the closet anytime soon. Which is too bad, as the riding opportunities are already becoming more and more limited; sunset at 7:30 means no more evening road rides after dinner.

The sleeves are on, likely for the rest of the dwindling road season.

Whether I like it or not, I guess I’m in taper mode.

And with two weeks to go until the Fondo, a bit of doubt is starting to set in; have I trained enough to go the distance, what about the climbing, what will the weather be like in Sonoma?

Let's hope it's warm enough in California for ice cream!

Of course I felt similar panic last year in the days before the Whistler Gran Fondo, and I got through that just fine. But that was 121 kilometres; the Levi Leipheimer will be close to 160 kms. I suspect it’s going to be a long day in the saddle.

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