Aug 14, 2007. Scheduled ride 107 Miles; 7000 ft of climbing. Completed 70 miles; 3200 feet of climbing.
Happily, today involved just one turn so even Genny and I could not screw it up. A left out of the parking lot onto Route 1 down the
The day was full of coastal “rollers,” that is consistent ups and downs throughout the day rather than yesterday where we faced two large climbs. Genny and I found them particularly difficult. They seemed to take more out of me than yesterday’s two major climbs.
Over the past few days, my rides have developed into a psychological pattern. First, the warm up. Basically, this is where the advil has yet to kick in, my knees try to tell my brain that they don’t want to ride until they get the picture that my brain is going to ignore them. Then, the scheming. With my knees getting the message and feeling strong as the advil takes hold, I feel bold and try to figure out how I can add 10 or 20 extra miles on the ride to make back some of what I gave up and make the full 1000. Then, riding. Not particularly strong or weak, just enjoying the day and working my way through the ride. Then, advil worn off, I’ve had a full day of biking with thirty or more miles to go, and I just want to be done!
We pulled into Point Arena for lunch and stopped at a place with “organic” burritos (mine had a spinach tortilla) and even “natural” soda. It seemed to do the trick.
Genny asked me what was the toughest day of the ride. There were two. The first was day 3, going up a 1000 ft climb, I had just had it. Psychologically, I did not think I could continue. And really, the hill was not that bad. A little shot of gu, a short term energy concoction, got me up the hill and by and large, so ended my psychological concerns during the trip.
And so it was, having realized that I now had a goal of 900 miles instead of the 1000 miles, I was totally fine with stopping at mile 70 realizing that with one more day to go, 900 miles was all but assured. I pulled up at our rest stop and was quite happy to see Genny waiting. She described the exploits of
The restaurant had a great view of
What a great treat for our last dinner on the ride!
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