20080226



Location =  Albuquerque NM  
Distance =  19.15
Time =  1:56:19
Ave. Speed =  9.8
Max. Speed =  41.0
Monthly Dist. =    249.96
Yearly Dist. =  523.18


20080227



Location =  Albuquerque NM  
Distance =  17.20
Time =  1:44:59
Ave. Speed =  9.7
Max. Speed =  39.0
Monthly Dist. =    267.16
Yearly Dist. =  540.38


20080228



Location =  Albuquerque NM  
Distance =  20.36
Time =  1:53:39
Ave. Speed =  10.7
Max. Speed =  44.0
Monthly Dist. =    287.52
Yearly Dist. =  560.74

DAY 1
I left the house in the late afternoon, under bright blue sunny skies. It looked so nice out that I didn't even take my jacket. That lasted until I reached the end of the cul-de-sac, where I turned around and went back to the house to get my windbreaker. It was a bit cool out, because the temps were in the upper 50s, and there was a bit of a breeze. I headed for the La Luz trailhead on the road bike, and time trialed up to the parking lot. I started out fast, but faded a little bit as I neared the top. I didn't set any records. I rode back down and made a second climb, trying to stay out of the saddle for as long as I could. I managed to make the entire climb standing up. That was the first time that I've been able to do that. I rode back down and did a third climb, taking it relatively easy.

DAY 2
I went out again on the road bike, heading for the La Luz trailhead. It was another beautiful sunny day, with temps in the lower 60s. I didn't time myself, but I pushed things along at a pretty good pace. I went down and did it again a second time, taking it a little easier. As I made the second climb, a guy came riding by me like I was standing still. That's both discouraging, and encouraging, at the same time. It's discouraging that I am as slow as I am, but it is encouraging that I have so much room for improvement. On the way down from the second climb, I turned off into the Tierra Monte neighborhood, and rode on all of the dead end side streets. I had forgotten how steep some of those little climbs were. I found myself doing a little bit of weaving back and forth to make it up without walking. That was quite a workout

DAY 3
I headed out again on the road bike, and today the temps were in the upper 60s. I rode down to the casino with my windbreaker on, only because it was very windy. I stopped at the bottom and put it away in my backpack to get ready for the long climb back up. It was shorts and short sleeves, for the first time this year. I climbed up to the La Luz trailhead, then went down and climbed up to the La Cueva Picnic Grounds, and then finished the ride off by climbing up to the Tram, and then heading back to the house.

These three days have been a very difficult workout. I need it. I signed up for the Dawn til Dusk ride in Gallup NM, in the middle of March. That's a 12 hour race on the mountain bike, around a 13 mile loop, with more than 1600 feet of climbing on each lap. That ought to be a challenge. It's only 45 days away, so I don't have a lot of time to get ready.

Happy Trails!



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