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Saturday, May 30, 2009
90 miler today..
I went for a 90 miler today. I got a late start. My legs were sore from commuting. I have ridden only 72 miles in three (3) rides since I got back from Trans Iowa on May 5th. My May numbers will only be respectable because of Trans Iowa (320 miles in one shot). I've been sick for over three (3) weeks and it's getting old. Finally this week I said eff it I'm going to start commuting.
Wed PM 65 miles
Thurs AM 30 miles
Thurs PM 65 miles
Fri AM 30 miles
Commuting total: 190 miles
Today's ride was a good eye-opener. I'm just not in shape. I suffered from mile 75 to the finish mile 90 and then there was a stiff headwind.
I also established two benchmarks to work from. I timed myself on Laguna Canyon from Pacific Coast Hwy to the point where bicycles must turn off on Quail something? My time to beat on the 7.5 mile "climb" is 24:20
Benchmark for Santiago Canyon is 39:09. From Glenn Ranch to the Sprint point on the Como Street group ride.
During my ride I discovered another hill! I was so excited when I looked up during a fast descent and noticed a water tower on top of a distant hill. I've descended this hill many times and have never noticed that water tower up there. A few lefts and rights and I found the way up through a resedential neighborhood. I was so excited I wanted to call Brandy. Problem was the hill was steep and I need to focus lol!
I also got an idea for some picture taking to liven up my blog. Before the age of digital cameras I used to take pictures of my bike in front of percentage of grade signs. I thought it was cool and my coworkers, who didn't ride, thought I was nuts for attempting some of the hills I told them about. They would say things like "I can't even walk up that thing" or "My car hates me when I go up Texas (15% grade)"
Here is the first installment of GRADE SIGNS new label.
I am an Ultra Cyclist and father who completed 2- Person Race Across America (RAAM) in 2007. I have finished Furnace Creek 508 SOLO FOUR consecutive years in 2006, 2007 (Fixed Gear)2008, and 2009. I am a Trans Iowa finisher and a Super Randonneur. I am a cycling coach with clients ranging from endurance cyclists, to triathletes, to beginners just entering the sport of cycling.