Thursday 130 miles with 9,500 feet of climbing (9,000 in the first 50 miles) and Friday another 100 miles on the coast. On Thursday, I hitched a ride to Glendora with some friends. I climbed Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) descended and topped off my bottles at Camp Williams. I then cut across on East Fork and climbed from below 2,000 feet elevation to Dawson Saddle (7901 Elevation) on Hwy 39. My friends didn’t want to climb to Dawson Saddle so I “stranded” myself and I rode home from 84 miles away. I told my friends that they did not have to wait for me while I kept climbing and that they could go home.
A training note: This was a 400 mile week. One of the greatest challenges of riding that many miles is RECOVERY. Eating enough calories and protein to rebuild your muscles overnight is very important. Proper hydration during my ride on Thursday was very challenging because of the remote nature of the course (refer to this post on Dawson Saddle). I spent the rest of the day on Thursday re-hydrating so that I could be ready for Friday’s century. After Friday’s century I was still dehydrated because I only stopped once to fill my bottles and rode for six hours on four bottles.
Today- another 100 miles with sore legs.
and now for some fun…
George “Red-Eyed Vireo” Vargas view from Crystal Lake (5200 feet) looking up.