Biking in the AV


The joys and challenges of riding in the Antelope Valley

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In which I take the train, bus, and ride my bike to the doctor

Friday, May 27th, 2011

A little change of pace. Today’s post is not about riding in the Antelope Valley. It’s about riding in the San Fernando Valley.

Let me backtrack a little bit to explain. On May 15th, I ran the Pasadena Half Marathon along together with two of my running buddies. Somewhere around the halfway mark, my left heel started to hurt. B-A-D-L-Y. There was so much pain my friend emphatically suggested I stop at the medical tent for some ibuprofen. That helped and I was able to complete the race. But, by the time I got home, I could barely walk.

It’s customary after a race to take some time off from running for recovery, then resume running later. When I tried to run again, though, the pain came back with a vengeance. My friend and I theorized that it was the dreaded plantar fasciitis, but it seemed prudent to get a medical opinion, and in the interim ice and take anti-inflammatories. I made an appointment with my podiatrist.

Around this time, I heard about Clif Bar’s Two Mile Challenge. So since I hate driving down to the doctor’s office in Northridge, I made an elaborate plan to ride my bike to the Antelope Valley Metrolink Line’s Palmdale station, get off at the Burbank station, catch the Ventura Line to the Northridge station, and bike the last mile and a half to the doctor’s office.

Unfortunately, I overslept yesterday morning. Despite riding as fast as I could, and getting to the Palmdale station on time, I could not get a ticket out of the machine fast enough. The train left without me. This was the only train that would make a connection with the only train of the day that would stop in Northridge.