Friday, April 22, 2016

Location =  To Sandia Crest and Back  
Distance =  61.34
Time =  6:47:02
Ave. Speed =  9.0
Max. Speed =  38.0
Monthly Dist. =    73.46
Yearly Dist. =  333.90

I left the house shortly before 8:00 a.m. and headed out into a cool morning with temps in the upper 30s. I had my headband on and my medium gloves as I headed down the mountain. Temps warmed up nicely and I took off my headband and medium gloves when I reached the sidewalk on the other side of I40. After that I cruised through Cedar Crest and took my usual break at my spot near the Y. I was taking it easy with the obvious intention being just to survive the day.

As I started the long climb the wind decided to gain strength and throw some pretty fierce headwinds in my face. They didn't seem to last very long but they did seem to out number the times I felt a tailwind. As I approached the ski area I could feel a twinge developing in my left leg which I knew was the warning sign of a cramp. I slowed down a little bit and drank a bunch of water and I managed to subdue the muscle cramp feelings.

I reached Capulin where I stopped for another break and ate a PowerBar while I rested. The PowerBar was a flavor that I don't like, chocolate-peanut butter, but it tasted good at that moment in time.

I continued up to the top where I went inside to see what kind of snacks they might have. They had a turnover for $2.50 and they also had an apple for $1.50. The apple was huge and it looked delicious so that was my choice. While I was eating the apple a couple of people came over and were asking me questions about riding my bicycle up the mountain. Mostly, they just shake their heads in disbelief.

Once I finished my apple I tucked in and zipped up and I was ready to head down the mountain. It was 48 degrees at the top which was quite comfortable. I didn't bother with my headband or warmer gloves bacause I knew that in about 15 minutes it would warm up enough that I wouldn't need them. I fought the same intermittent winds going down the mountain that I did on the way up. Once I got below the ski area temps were quite nice, in the 50s.

I stopped in the gas station only long enough to fill up on water and then I was headed for home. I kept the pedals turning back up 337 and it was a big relief to make it back to the house. I was starting to run out of days in April for getting this ride completed.

The distance used for this ride is from the bicycle app that is on my phone. I compared it to the computer on the bike and the times were the same but I think the GPS in the phone is a little more accurate for the distance measurement than the computer. New technologies are taking over.


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