Monday, October 13, 2014

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  61.68
Time =  7:05:02
Ave. Speed =  8.6
Max. Speed =  37.5
Monthly Dist. =    61.68
Yearly Dist. =  1032.12

I knew that this ride was going to be a struggle, and it was. I haven't done any riding since last month and I am paying the price for that. I just haven't been bicycle motivated for the past few months. I even have gotten way behind on writing down my rides. I need to find something to fire up my spirit.

I left a little bit after 8:00 a.m. and headed down the mountain. I decided right away that I would take my time and not try to push things too hard. Temps were cool, in the upper 40s as I headed out the door.

I cruised down 337, through Cedar Crest and then took a long break at the Y. From there I started the climb to the top. As I climbed, the sky started to get darker and menacing looking clouds began to form, here and there, in the sky. The forecast said that there would be a 10% chance of rain which wasn't very much. I was hoping that I would miss any that happened to fall.

When I was about a mile from the ski area I started to feel the twinge of a cramp in my left hamstring. I slowed down from the slow that I was already going and drank a bunch of water. That is usually effective strategy to ward off bad cramps but it wasn't going to work this time. Before I got to my next break spot which was Capulin, I suffered a severe cramp. I took my left leg off of the pedal and tried to pedal with only my right leg, but I only made it a hundred yards or so before the pain forced me to stop. I stood over my bike for several minutes and drank a bunch more water, and then I slowly limped into Capulin for a little bit of rest and recovery.

After a few minutes I headed up for the last five miles to the top. I was hurting and I stopped a few times for short rests. I didn't want to stop for too long because the sky was getting more and more nasty and I was looking forward to turning around and heading for home. I finally did make it up to the top where a couple of guys gave me some "attaboys" and "good job." I only stayed long enough to check the thermometer which read 45 degrees, and then I headed down.

When I was about a mile above the ski area it started to rain. It didn't rain very hard but some of the drops were like little snowballs. One managed to hit me in the eye as I was going about 30 miles an hour. That hurt! It rained like that for about three miles and then it let up. I rolled into the gas station slightly damp on the outside but out of water in my backpack. I took a short rest in the gas station and then I headed for home.

I didn't get very far before it started raining again, and this time it started raining hard. I took cover under the overhang at the Phillip's 66 station until the cloudburst moved on. It finally did in about ten minutes and I was back out on the road.

I took a couple more short breaks before I made it back to the house. I did say that I wasn't in a hurry.

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