20080602

Location =  Albuquerque NM  
Distance =  19.46
Time =  1:49:17
Ave. Speed =  10.6
Max. Speed =  39.0
Monthly Dist. =    89.59
Yearly Dist. =  1778.34

I headed out for the La Luz Trail head, and I was riding along enjoying the afternoon, cruising down Tramway, and as I made the turn off of Tramway, I realized that I had forgotton to wear my helmet. I thought about doing one climb up to the parking lot before going home and getting it, but then I thought about the 45 miles per hour that I hit last week, and what striking the pavement at that speed would do to it. It would be like Gallager smacking a watermelon. I turned around and went right back to the house to get it. Of course I felt like an idiot.

I still wanted to climb up to La Luz, so I rode back down Tramway, and then headed up to the trailhead. On the way up I noticed some equipment along the road, and a couple of guys were hanging out at the turn off to Tierra Monte. As I continued climbing, I passed some wrecked cars all covered with dirt, that were strewn along the sides of the road, and I guessed that it was going to be a scene in a movie. I stopped to talk to a security guard, and he said that it was being shot for Terminator IV.

I finished the climb to the trailhead, and it was another weak attempt at training. I decided to try to change things up a little bit, so I rode into the Tierra Monte neighborhood, and did hill repeats on the first half of a mile. There's a couple of steep little climbs in there. I don't know what the gain in elevation is over that half of a mile, but if there's another one with more, I'd like to know about it.

I climbed that half a mile, five times, and then headed back to the house feeling a little bit better about the training. On the last climb, there was a large snake in the road, and I stopped to shoo it out of the way. I was a little bit nervous, because I did the same thing last week to a little snake, and it turned and came right at me, causing me to jump out of the way, like a little girl. Anyway, this big guy didn't want to move, and I had to push on him with my bicycle tire, to get him started. He was not at all happy about this, and he started hissing loudly at me. I looked at him very carefully, to make sure that it was hissing, and not rattling. I got him off of the road, and then headed back to the house. Just as I was pulling into the cul-de-sac, there was another snake in the road. This one was smaller, and left the road without much complaint.

It was a beautiful, hot, sunny day, with temps in the low 90s.



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