Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  61.76
Time =  6:36:13
Ave. Speed =  9.3
Max. Speed =  38.0
Monthly Dist. =    61.76
Yearly Dist. =  917.24

Streak Ride #131 is out of the way early this month. The weather forecast for today said it was going to be beautiful and then a storm was coming in. I decided that since I had a day off I might as well try and get to the top of the mountain. It was 40 degrees when I left the house but it warmed up fairly quickly. By the time I reached the sidewalk on the other side of I40 it was warm enough that I could take off my warm gloves and headband.

I took my break at the Y and I noticed my pee was yellow. I started drinking water at a faster rate. Once I was back on the road I would take a drink every 10 or 15 minutes, making a conscious effort to rehydrate. I was back to normal in an hour or so and I never had any issues with leg cramps.

I took my break at Capulin and then headed up for the rest of the climb. My warmer gloves came out and the headband went back on as I headed for the top. A couple miles up the road there were some road crews replacing guard rails and one of the flagmen was giving me words of encouragement, at the same time as he was telling me to be careful and not get run over.

I made it to the top where I stayed just long enough to eat a cookie and warm up a bit. It was 43 degrees up there when I headed out. Anytime it's above freezing I'm happy, but it's still a chilly first few miles as I headed down. There was one shady spot that was full of ice that I had to be careful going through, but the rest was smooth sailing. There was a few inches snow in the shade of the trees that was left over from a recent storm, above 9000 feet, or so. Hopefully, we'll be seeing a lot more of that this winter, just not on the days that I want to ride to the top of the mountain.

I got more water at the Shell station at the bottom and then I was headed for home. I took the warm clothes off and opened up all my zippers. The climb back up 337 to Raven Road went smoothly. I didn't try to do too much.

It was a beautiful, sunny day with temps reaching into the 60s. I can only hope that I get some nice days over the next few months. There is a big El Nino predicted for this winter that could make things very interesting.

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