Thursday, January 9, 2014

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  61.74
Time =  6:53:41
Ave. Speed =  8.9
Max. Speed =  42.0
Monthly Dist. =    61.74
Yearly Dist. =  61.74

I am using this ride as the beginning of my training. Late last winter a lady from ski patrol asked me if I would do the Mt. Taylor Quad race with her. Without really knowing what I was getting myself into, she asked me again this year and now I realized that I was in trouble. One attempt at running was enough to convince me that team "Psycho Dawgs" was going to have to get someone else to run, besides me. There is no way that I can get ready for the running portion in a little over a month. I'll barely be able to do the biking, but I will try my best.

I left the house a little after 8:00 and it was still chilly, with temps in the 20s. I was bundled up pretty well for the downhill, and I stopped at the sidewalk past the freeway to put on lighter gloves for the climb through Cedar Crest. I took a short break at my break spot and then I began the long climb to the top.

I tried to push myself a little bit and the extra effort was weakening me rapidly as I approached Capulin. I stopped there and sat on a dry spot of pavement and took a relaxing break. One PowerBar later and I was feeling refreshed and off I went to the top. I rolled in to the gift shop and took a few minutes to warm up and put on more clothes. As I left the gift shop and headed back out on the road, a guy in his car motioned for me to come over and talk to him. He asked me how I was able to ride up the mountain when he could barely get out of his car and walk around. I told him, practice.

My ride down started out cold but warmed up nicely for the lower half of the mountain. It was 25 degrees at the top which is really pretty warm for January. It was probably in the low 50s at the bottom, for the ride back to the house. I stopped in the gas station for a quick candy bar and then I was headed for home.

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