After close to a month not riding to work, the ride today almost killed me. I've been riding a little hear and there, but nothing more than a few miles. You really lose the base you build up when you don't ride much. Time was still only 1hr 47min for the 26 miles, but I was crying up the hills. Taking too many stop breaks. Not breaks for photos or water, just breaks to stop pedaling for a few seconds. Shame shame shame.
Oh well, just need to pick up me britches and ride more. Easy problem to solve.
Sequoia is feeling so so great though with that sky-rise Nitto stem. When I installed them I had to put new brake cables on, and I trimmed them to match the stem at full extension. I can always go lower with it, and I'd be covered if I like it nice and high. So far,I like it nice and high. No sore neck, no sore wrists, just a comfortable touring ride.