Today was a big day as far as training goes. I did the longest ride so far. As my regular readers know, I was to do a 70 mile ride last Saturday but I didn't do it because I was feeling pretty burned out.
But today, even though I was pretty busy and started much later than I wanted to, I was determined to do it. Even if that meant riding long after dark. So off to Arcadia I went.
Then from the the end of the dam, back down, off of the dam and onto the San Gabriel River Trial.
I followed the trail all the way to Long Beach.
Something very strange happened at one point. I thought I heard something close behind me so I looked in the rear view mirror on my helmet and there was a crazed looking dude furiously riding up on me. Literally inches from my rear wheel. The expression on the guys face is what startled me the most. Well, that and the fact that he came out of nowhere. So I poured on the speed! I looked back after a few seconds and the guy was gone. Man, was that strange. I remember thinking as I sprinted away, that I was surprised I had the energy to ride that fast and also, WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON!!!
Camelbak and some electrolytes. It was hot on that trail!
There was some kind of kite contest happening at the beach.
I neared the Santa Fe Dam as the sun was setting to the west. Recently, the sunsets have been really nice.
I made it to the dam and turned west for the remaining three and a half mile ride to the Arcadia Golf Course happy to be finished. I was checking my watch to see exactly when I passed the seventy miles mark and as soon as I did, I felt pretty good.
Here were the final stats. 73.25 miles. 5:21:17 time. Elevation gain 2753. Calories burned 3085. According to Strava, I got thirty-five personal records.
When I sent my coach, Chris Hauth, a message about completing it, he responded with "Great! Next one will be 80 miles."
Until tomorrow my friends.