20080607

Location =  Albuquerque NM  
Distance =  105.79
Time =  6:22:07
Ave. Speed =  16.6
Max. Speed =  32.5
Monthly Dist. =    209.49
Yearly Dist. =  1898.24

Albuquerque Century! This was a ride, not a race. I wanted to do it to get my butt ready for the 100 miles that I am going to have to do in Leadville, in August. This was a little bit different from Leadville since this 100 miles was done on a road bike on pavement, and Leadville is done on a mountain bike on the dirt. But still, 100 miles is 100 miles.

The ride started at UNMH Hospital, near I25 and Lomas, and I got going around 7:00am. There were already lots of people underway, and a steady stream was heading out. They had 25, 50, and 65 mile rides, as well as 100 miles. Temps were already in the 60s, and it was looking like it was going to be a beautiful day.

The route went over to the trail by the Rio Grande, and then headed south to Isleta. The first rest stop was very crowded. They had only two porta-potties, and there was a long line of people waiting for them. I decided not to stop, and instead waited for rest area number two. The ride went up Coors, and then headed west to Paseo del Vulcan, where it turned north. On the way I passed a young woman who was riding a unicycle, and I told her that she was awesome. Another gal asked her if she was riding the entire century, and she said "no, just 50 miles." That's still very impressive. I pulled into rest stop #2, and then took this picture as I headed out.

The ride was on the west side of the Petraglyphs, and there were great views of the Sandias in the distance. The ride made it's way through Rio Rancho, and then headed north all the way to Bernalillo. From there, it headed south again, back to Albuquerque, and I picked up my pace for this stretch. I rode hard between miles 75 and 90, and made goog time on the climb up Tramway toward the last rest stop. There were some inspirational signs along Tramway to keep the riders spirits up. That was the biggest climb of the entire day.

My plan for the day was to start the ride with a full 100 ounces of water in my camelback, and then drink at each rest stop, so hopefully, I wouldn't have to fill my pack during the race. This was a good plan, but it didn't exactly work out, because as soon as I left the rest stop on Tramway, I ran out of water. That wasn't that big of a deal, because I knew that it was almost all downhill from where I was, to get to the finish. The ride went down Tramway to Indian School, and then head west down Constitution, all the way back to the hospital. It took a long time to get there, because it seemed like I had to stop at every red light along the way.

By the time the ride ended, temps were in the mid 90s, but it was still a most beautiful day.



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