July 23, 2013
Location = To Sandia Creat and Back Distance = 61.30 Time = 6:11:12 Ave. Speed = 9.9 Max. Speed = 43.0 Monthly Dist. = 78.30 Yearly Dist. = 618.23
The forest is open and I can make my attempt on the summit, legally. I have a couple tricks that I could have tried, but it's better that it didn't have to come to that.
I started about 7:30 a.m. in order to try and get back before late afternoon. If there's a chance of getting caught in a storm it is most likely to happen later in the day. As it turned out, there was never any chance of rain. It was cool when I started with temps in the 50s.
I rode down 337 and things warmed up quickly as I went down. I cruised through Cedar Crest and then pulled in to my break spot near the Y to rest up before the big climb. I haven't been doing hardly any kind of exercise for the past month-and-a-half, and I suffered for that. I felt like I was very slow on this ride, but my time doesn't reflect that feeling. 6 hours and 11 minutes isn't bad.
I only had one PowerBar with me so I decided to save it for my break at Capulin. I started up the long climb taking it easy for the most part, or so I thought. About three miles up the road, a wave of nausea came over me. I suddenly felt like I was going to throw up. I stopped and drank some water and the feeling went away. The nausea came back a couple more times during the ride, but the feelings weren't as bad as that first time. I took a short break when I reached Capulin and ate my Powerbar, before heading up to the top. A few people passed me along the way. I knew I was slow. When I got to the top I found that one of the people who passed me was Becky Johnston. Nice seeing you Becky!
The gift shop and snack bar are still closed up at the top. I guess that's a permament thing. It's a drag to lose the only place to get warm at 10,678 feet. The temp was probably about 60 degrees at the top. It was cool as I started down because of evaporating sweat, but that didn't last long and temps quickly warmed up as I descended. By the time I reached the bottom it was in the low 90s.
I stopped in the gas station to fill up on water and scarf down a candy bar. After a few minutes I was heading for home. I was pretty wiped out when I came through the door. Luckily, I recover quickly, but I really do need to do more exercising.
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