Full disclosure - the RDs put that dang aid station smack in the middle of the uphill AGAIN this year. I need to do a hand-up for water this time. If I stop, I will end up walking up that stupid hill... again. Dumbest spot for an aid station ever!
I met with a fellow tri dork who was also riding the course. Only he is crazy fast. I kept telling him that I was fine riding solo and that he should go ride his own ride. But then he hung with me the whole time. I'm not sure I should be annoyed or flattered.
It was only mildly windy and super sunny. I was in shorts (yay!), a tank top, and a jacket. We left at 8 AM and I had to ride 2.5 hours, so just shy of 40 miles. At the turn around, I was dying and took off the jacket. Sleeveless on the last day of March.... craziness.
|Not the most scenic, but hey, its close to the house.|
I felt ok going up the hills. A bit wussy (probably just comparing myself to the other guy who smoked me) but I stayed in my big ring and somehow, my heart rate stayed below 160. Interesting. I'm used to dying as I climb....
|zoomed in a bit to show the hills. They looked more impressive in real life. Having my |
garmin map would be handy too... if only I could find the USB connector thingy
to download my data....
After riding 38 miles, I took off to go run in the heat. Ugh. I had 20-40 min of running on my schedule. And of course, it was hilly. Boo. I took off on the dirt path next to the road leading into the Rez and after (no kidding) 3 minutes I had to stop and walk. Crapola. I kept pushing onward and did ok until the dirt path turned into weeds and large cracks in the dirt, resulting in ~1 mintute or so of walking. Fortunately this was at the turn around point (I compromised and told myself to run 3 miles). Then I pushed myself to run the whole way back, including up some hills. Holy schmoley, it felt hot. Sadly, it was maybe 75 degrees.
|wow, those are some pasty white arms|
Afterwards I was TOASTY and hungry and headed over to Jamba Juice. I freaking love Jamba Juice. The home for a shower, ice bath, nap, and quality time with Gunny on the couch.